The Hangover Part II / Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (Photo: Warner Bros.)
Well, at least it's more or less confirmed that this is going to be the last one.
"The Hangover Part III" is coming out in a little over two months -- not that you would know that, as there hasn't even been a teaser trailer released for the final installment of one of the most successful comedy series of all time. However, there finally seems to be a spark of life coming from the Warner Bros. marketing team as a poster has made its way online.
The poster, released via Twitter , assumes that you at least sort of remember Summer 2011 (which is when the last "Hangover" came out, by the way) -- or rather, specifically, the advertising campaign for the final "Harry Potter" film, "Deathly Hallows - Part 2," in which Warner Bros. bombarded seemingly every other billboard in every single American city with a series of ominous "IT ALL ENDS" artwork featuring bruised and battered "Potter" characters in various battle poses, grimly accessing the closing of a ten-year franchise.
" The Hangover " doesn't quite have the all-encompassing pop culture legacy that "Harry Potter" has, but WB knows that nothing riles up an audience quite like somewhat fatalistic "THIS IS THE END" marketing -- thusly, we have Alan (Zach Galifianakis) facing off against Mr. Chow (Ken Jeong), Harry vs. Voldemort style, as all of Vegas burns in the background, a stunning early vision of what will surely be a dark, epic finale to the comedy trilogy.
It's cute. And what's even better is the tweet also announces that we'll be seeing a real live trailer on Thursday.
"The Hangover" series chronicles the surreal adventures of the Wolf Pack, a group of guys who are old enough to know better, upon the aftermath of a night of unspeakable yet apparently mostly forgettable debauchery. Armed with only fractured memories, splitting headaches and often very strange and cryptic clues (why is there a tiger in the bathroom and a baby in the closet?), the men must face the unforgiving dawn, put together the pieces and resolve some crisis, which until the road trip-themed third installment involved getting a groom to his wedding on time.
"The Hangover" (2009) grossed over $467 million in worldwide box office, making it the highest-grossing R-rated original comedy ever until it was dethroned by last summer's "Ted," which took in over $543 million. The much-reviled but even more successful " The Hangover Part II " (2011) earned over $581 million worldwide, proving that the entire planet can relate to a bunch of idiots who drank too much.
"The Hangover Part III" will hit theaters on May 24, up against the sixth installment of Universal's "Fast & Furious" franchise.