What’s kind of funny, and not all that surprising about the teaser is how much of Lightyear’s gags and plot points appear to have been at least partially inspired by Marvel Studio’s Captain Marvel, which drew inspiration from films like Top Gun. Though Toy Story’s signature three-eyed aliens don’t make appearances, we’re shown brief glimpses of other Star Command officers, a robotic ginger cat Buzz seems to befriend, and a handful of gorgeous shots of him launching into space to seemingly slingshot around a local star.


The cat and shots of Lightyear frantically trying to deal with a swarm of tentacles trying to eat him both feel like nods to Captain Marvel, a corporate cousin to Lightyear, which is...fine. But one can only hope that the story is sparing in those kinds of references because the movie feels like it has the potential to be something quite visually impressive and narratively intriguing— particularly if it ends up being more of a deep dive into what kind of person Buzz Lightyear really was beyond his fame and oversized chin.

Lightyear blasts into theaters on June 17, 2022.

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