Well, after the sub-par international trailer we saw for Mattel’s ‘Max Steel’ movie, I honestly was not expecting that much from the new domestic trailer that they released. Fortunately, I was pleasantly surprised, as the domestic trailer is much better than the international one, but even that is not saying much. Mattel just seems to be a few steps behind the rest of the world, which is understandable as this is their first foray into the movie business, and while ‘Max Steel’ may have spawned a few solid cartoon adaptations over the years (and still has one going on Disney XD), this just seems like another standard superhero movie based on the trailers, and one that not many people are overly excited about.

The trailer itself shows off a lot more of the humor of the film, showcasing the “Steel” robot/alien and his relationship with Max, and also explaining a little more of the issues Max is forced to deal with once he starts to develop his powers. And while the special effects do not look half bad, there was just nothing super original or exciting in the trailer, but for someone like me who enjoys all of these superhero films, it was enough to warrant checking out the movie, albeit not in theaters, but once it hits online streaming.

Check it out for yourself below, and then share your opinion of ‘Max Steel’ in the comments section!

And here’s the extended synopsis of the film:

Max Steel is an in-depth “origin” story packed with captivating characters and fast-paced action. The plot chronicles the adventures of Max McGrath and his mother have just moved back to Copper Canyon, the town in which Max’s scientist father died in a mysterious accident shortly after Max was born. As Max adjusts to his new school, things get complicated when his body starts to generate strange energy flare-ups that he can’t control.

At first a confusing mix of inconvenient and exhilarating, this unpredictable power eventually grows too intense for Max to handle, causing him to distance himself from those around him including the girl he likes, Sofia. Eventually the energy pushes him to the verge of fatal combustion. In the nick of time, a techno-organic extraterrestrial named Steel, who has been secretly monitoring Max’s progress, saves him just before he loses consciousness. The two discover that when joined together they can control the energy and harness it into superhuman strength – and that when apart, neither can survive for long.

As these two unlikely friends learn to accept their connected fates, they begin to uncover secrets surrounding the death of Max’s father. As they dig deeper, they soon find themselves hunted by an unforeseen enemy bent on capturing Max and Steel for a sinister agenda of destruction. Uncertain who to trust, they will have to work together to find the truth, and fight the mysterious forces threatening our world.

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Nick is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles, who belongs to the privileged few who enjoyed the ending to ‘Lost.’ For more of Nick’s thoughts and articles, follow him on Twitter (@starfro67).