It's time to begin Phase Two in this first trailer for THE MAZE RUNNER: THE SCORCH TRIALS

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No, not that Phase Two. There’s nothing Marvel-ous here. Well, unless you count the box office success of 2014’s The Maze Runner, which pulled in just shy of $341 million worldwide off a production budget of just $34 million. Even more importantly, it was actually kind of good.

First-time feature film director Wes Ball and his young cast did a solid job (despite the slightly ludicrous plot reveal at the end) of adapting James Dashner’s popular YA novel, never falling into the stereotypical traps of the genre, instead giving us an edge of your seat action thriller that occasionally got a lot darker than you would expect given its target audience. But that audience apparently loved it, leading to a quick turnaround for production based on the second novel in Dashner’s series.

And now the first trailer for The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials is here, and seems to show off a movie that’s keeping the original’s frantic intensity, and putting it’s very talented young cast in grim situations, but expanding the scope of the world significantly, all of which gets a great big thumbs up from me. Also, there’s now some added Aiden Gillen which is always a good thing.

Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end. Thomas was sure that escape from the Maze would mean freedom for him and the Gladers. But WICKED isn’t done yet. Phase Two has just begun. The Scorch. There are no rules. There is no help. You either make it or you die. The Gladers have two weeks to cross through the Scorch—the most burned-out section of the world. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them. Friendships will be tested. Loyalties will be broken. All bets are off. There are others now. Their survival depends on the Gladers’ destruction—and they’re determined to survive.

The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials stars Dylan O’Brien, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter, Patricia Clarkson, Rosa Salazar and Giancarlo Esposito. It is scheduled for release on September 18, 2015.

Last Updated: May 20, 2015

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