Lightyear’s official trailer has exploded onto our screens – and it confirms who the film’s main villain is.
Released on April 21, the latest teaser for Pixar’s next animated film (one of our most anticipated films of 2022 to boot) is full of sci-fi action, humorous banter and better insight. of what his time travel plot will entail.
The biggest surprise, however, is reserved for the final moments of the trailer, with the reveal that Emperor Zurg – yes, Buzz Lightyear’s infamous adversary – will be appear in the movie. Needless to say, we’re even more excited about the arrival of Lightyear than before.
Take a look at the official trailer below:
For the uninitiated: Emperor Zurg was the big bad (from a toy perspective, anyway) in 1999’s Toy Story 2. In this Pixar movie, the toy version of Buzz Lightyear accidentally releases a minifigure articulated of Emperor Zurg, who pursues Buzz and company in an attempt to destroy his human enemy (or rather toy).
Later in the film, Buzz, Zurg and another Buzz engages in battle, only for Rex to inadvertently knock Zurg down an elevator shaft, thus winning the day. Before that fight happens, however, Zurg is revealed to be Buzz’s father – a comedic nod to the reveal that Darth Vader was Luke Skywalker’s father in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.
But we digress. It’s clear that Emperor Zurg is an actual entity in the Pixar movie universe, as we can clearly see the antagonistic robot overlord at 1:57 in Lightyear’s latest trailer:
We also see Zurg grab Buzz with one of his hands – via an extendable arm – seconds later as well. It is therefore clear that the pair will engage in a battle to the death in the third act of the finale. And, provided they do, we wouldn’t be surprised if this showdown is the inspiration for the line of Buzz Lightyear toys we see in the Toy Story franchise.
Lightyear will see former Marvel movie star Chris Evans voice the title character, with the Pixar film exploring the origins of the iconic Space Ranger and a first space test flight gone wrong. The supposedly four-minute experiment sees Buzz thrown 67 years into the future, where he must team up with other human survivors to stop Zurg from threatening the security of the universe.
Lightyear will also star Keke Palmer (Izzy Hawthorne), Taika Waititi (Mo Morrison), Uzo Aduba (Alisha Hawthorne), James Brolin (Zurg) and Peter Sohn (Sox), among others. The film is set to debut exclusively in theaters on June 17.
For more Pixar-based content, check out our conversation with the director and producer of Turning Red, or read why we think Ratatouille is the king of Pixar movies.