Secret Headquarters, the next superhero picture from Paramount Pictures, is getting closer to its release date. The official trailer for the Owen Wilson-starring film was released about three weeks ago, and will premiere on Paramount+ on Friday, August 12, 2022 at 3am ET. The next film, directed by horror filmmakers Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman (known for Paranormal Activity 3, Paranormal Activity 4 and Nerve), also brings news to its youthful ensemble, which includes up-and-coming actor Walker Scobell from Netflix’s Project Adam. The film’s directing duo, along with screenwriters Christopher Yost and Josh Koenigsberg, also contributed to the script for Secret Staff.
The plot revolves around Charlie and his teenage friends, who discover a secret layer of superheroes, mimicking the famous “Batcave”, in his basement. When the “headquarters” is under attack from invaders, this young team tries to defend them. According to the official synopsis:
“Charlie and his friends are hanging out after school when they discover the headquarters of the world’s most powerful superhero hidden under his house. When the villains attack, the heroes must band together to protect headquarters and save the planet.”
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Secret Headquarters: The Plot, Trailer and More Revealed Ahead of Its Paramount+ Debut.
The teaser, which was released on July 15, 2022, reveals only a few tasty elements about the film, leaving viewers to expect suspense and drama. It opens with a series of short vignettes featuring a young Charlie Kincaid (Scobell), who believes his father (Wilson) is simply an ordinary person and not the superhero known as “the guardian of the world.”
“My dad can’t eat hot wings,” declares the child, unwilling to accept the possibility. When a father’s “work emergency” forces him to cancel plans with the child, he and his friends end up with a home-alone tantrum. Charlie discovers, through a series of amusing diversions, that his father has a Batman-esque underground bunker at home with hi-fi equipment, gadgets, superhero clothes and cars.
Fans of the MCU will recognize traces of nostalgia in Secret Headquarters.
When Wilson first appeared in the Secret Staff trailer, he was dressed in an outfit similar to that of Robert Downey Jr.’s well-known Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) films. Wilson gets the perfect opportunity to intervene and save the day when several villains force Kincaid and his friends to leave. Wilson finally reveals to his son that he is a superhero chosen by an “alien entity” to be Earth’s guardian. If the Secret Service trailer is any indication, the film may have some similarities to Robert Rodriguez’s 2001 thriller Spy Kids, which follows a group of teenagers who discover their parents work for a foreign intelligence organization.
Trailers also suggest that the film will depend on the promise and charm of the young actors to weave an enjoyable story that so far looks like it will come off as a cheerful and uncomplicated Marvel film and is guaranteed to attract MCU fans with new CGI and allusions. The Secret Staff cast also includes Jesse Williams, Keith L. Williams, Michael Pea and Charles Melton, alongside Wilson and Scobell.