Pacific Rim Comic-Con Poster

At last weekend’s Ain’t It Cool News Butt-numb-athon, Guillermo del Toro called Pacific Rim a “film made by fans, but not a fan film,” and it’s easy to see what he’s talking about in this first full-length trailer for the film. He isn’t making Hellboy this time around, but a big, accessible summer blockbuster for everyone.

Considering all the massive action on display here, this could be what makes del Toro an actual household name. Who can’t get behind human-controlled gigantic robots defending Earth from monstrous aliens? We may have said the same thing about Cowboys & Aliens all those many naive years ago, but del Toro is a filmmaker we can trust with a high-concept as good as this. Check out the first trailer for Pacific Rim after the break!

Now we know why Legendary Pictures was antsy to get going on a script for Pacific Rim 2. Even though that’s a common “jump-the-gun” practice nowadays, del Toro’s picture looks to warrant that sign of confidence. There is nothing better than seeing a talent like del Toro smashing together the world’s most expensive action figures, and, after seeing this trailer, nobody would turn down seeing del Toro do that for a few more films, especially if we get to see more Idris Elba speeches.

Pacific Rim opens in theaters on July 11, 2013. [Apple]

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