The more I think about the Pacific Rim II trailer the more I’m waiting for the other shoe to drop.
It feels like exactly the sort of gung-ho tone some decisions in the original film were made to avoid. (Stuff like Pentecost being a Marshal rather than having a more, hah, martial title.) Pacific Rim was about giant robots punching giant monsters, sure, but it felt like it had a lot more to do with “if monsters are destroying our cities WE’LL PUNCH THEM” than “Look how cool our MEGASWORD 9000 is! This technical specification makes me feel warm and happy inside!”
So. Prediction: it turns out the single-pilot system of the Mark VI screws everything up horribly because plot, possibly making people evil for reasons that will become apparent shortly, and John Boyega has to train with someone he finds infuriating until they trust each other enough to pilot one of the old Jaegers together and take down the mark VI using an older, less advanced, more POWER OF FRIENDSHIP Jaeger.
That trailer’s selling a power fantasy, but it feels like it’s lacking balance: it doesn’t tell us anything about what we’d be using that power for; that’s quite a big hole, when the first film was so grounded in “this is what we’ll do to protect one another.”