Meg 2 Trailer Nods To Cinema’s Most Iconic Shark Movies

As far as modern shark movies go, those from 2018 The mega stands. It’s one of the most polished movies and it has the star power to x fastit’s Jason Statham. Here, the action superstar plays rescue diver Jonas Taylor, who finds himself unwittingly shark-hunting when the megalodon escapes and begins to wreak havoc. And Jonas returns for Meg 2: The Trenchwho promises to raise the stakes.

Interestingly, after killing the giant beast after it rose through the “breach” in the Mariana Trench, another mega came back. GOOD, three, To be more precise. And make no mistake, the first trailer for Meg 2: The Trench promises a wild ride ahead. But while it might sound like a slapstick game for new movie fans, some Easter Eggs nod to a few shark movies that act as mainstays for this subgenre.


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Meg 2 winks at the Quint’s Jaws finale

Quint looks away in Jaws

At 2:00 a.m. from mega 2 trailer, one of the sharks is chasing Jonas. It devours a pier and tries to eat it. However, as he corners him, aside from Jonas’ seemingly powerful kick, the chains hold him down. And the way Jonas looks like he’s falling in the shark’s mouth nods Jaws‘ epic finale.

In Steven Spielberg’s 1975 magnum opus that scared people to go swimming, the shark attacked Quint’s boat. He devoured most of the container, Quint sliding into his mouth and getting eaten. It was a heartbreaking death, but it paved the way for the shark to swallow a scuba tank and for Brody to blow it up. Unfortunately, Quint had chains restraining his shark like Jonas, which clearly pays homage to the heroic death decades back.

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Meg 2 Riffs on Deep Blue Sea’s Most Gruesome Death

A shark prepares to attack a woman in The Meg 2: The Trench.

Around 2:20 a.m., mega 2 organize a moment that pays tribute to The deep blue sea. This occurs when a woman from the underwater facility bangs on the glass, reiterating that the shark cannot break through. She video chats on the phone, nodding when influencers put themselves in dangerous situations to gain traction on social media. This sets the stage for a shocking scene as the shark swoops in and eats her.

That said, the concept of this jump scare was seen halfway The deep blue sea. There, Samuel L. Jackson’s Russell Franklin was one of the leaders of a facility experimenting on sharks for a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. It was unethical, however, as the sharks got smarter, flooding the place to escape into open water. It created an iconic pop culture moment when Russell was found giving a heroic speech, only for the shark to emerge from a diving harbor and devour him. The opening shot of the mega 2 the trailer also talks about it when a shark fights a T-Rex on the shore. SO, mega 2 clearly leans into its nerdy side while acknowledging the films that paved the way.

Meg 2: The Trench is swimming in theaters on August 4.

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