‘90s Mattel Superhero Max Steel Is Getting His Own Movie—And We’ve Got A Trailer To Prove It

Hey ‘90s kids: remember Max Steel? That action figure you totally enjoyed playing with as a kid while watching the cartoon version’s adventures on TV but haven’t given much thought to since? Well, Max has his own movie now, a live-action, Stewart Hendler-directed one, due out in just two short months. So why are we only hearing about it now?

The Mattel-backed movie just released its first trailer—an international version with Japanese subtitles—in which we meet Max, a teenager who goes from average kid to super kid after he fuses with his alien pal, Steel, into a kind of cyborgian kid/metal meld.

The synopsis: “Based on a toy and animated series, the film chronicles the adventures of 16-year old Max McGrath (played by Ben Winchell) and alien companion Steel, who must harness and combine their tremendous new powers to evolve into the turbo-charged superhero Max Steel. As these two unlikely friends struggle to accept their oddly connected fates, they begin to uncover unimaginable secrets, working together to find the truth, and fighting the mysterious forces threatening their world.”

“Mysterious forces” that appear, from the trailer, to include: balls of gas and/or vapour, footprints made by an invisible runner, screaming, scary guys with a tonne of fire power, other cyborgs, and a force called the Ultralinks—a “race of small, sentient parasitic aliens created by Makino, constituted by organic technology.” Steel insists that the only way to defeat these annoying little buggers is to “work together” (i.e. cyborg themselves into something super). Will it work? Probably—no hope of a sequel if it doesn’t.

Max Steel is out October 21 so we’ve got until then to decide if this trailer makes any sense at all. Watch for yourself and let us know if you pick up on a plot: