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Merrick here...

This poster actually appeared online over at IGN a few days ago but got lost in AICN's SXSW madness.  

Nonetheless, here's a rather nice/classically styled poster for PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES.  Not out-of-the-park great, but rather good, and definitely puts to shame many recent poster offerings from similarly high profile projects (Universal's ROBIN HOOD posters and Fox's cheap/lazy/amateurish X-MEN: FIRST CLASS artwork spring to mind).  





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  • March 15, 2011, 10:06 a.m. CST


    by gangrel76547

    Works for me.

  • March 15, 2011, 10:07 a.m. CST

    Look! Up in the sky!

    by Chocolate_Giddyup

    My paycheck!!

  • March 15, 2011, 10:09 a.m. CST

    That's a pretty cool poster

    by jim

  • March 15, 2011, 10:14 a.m. CST

    nice, I can deal with it

    by BikoQue

  • March 15, 2011, 10:17 a.m. CST

    Joey from Friends Method Acting

    by tomdolan04

    'Smells something bad pose to express mystery'

  • March 15, 2011, 10:18 a.m. CST

    I like it

    by Zegna777

    a lot!

  • March 15, 2011, 10:19 a.m. CST


    by kiwicanuck

    Bringing them a little more front and centre would have been a nice touch. That is, with there chests facing front.

  • March 15, 2011, 10:23 a.m. CST

    This will suck and you all know it!

    by Mozzerino

    As will TF3. How many times do you fanboys need to get burned to learn your lesson?

  • March 15, 2011, 10:26 a.m. CST

    In the Disney Universe, mermaids always face away from the viewer...

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    ...or have clamshells instead of mammaries. It's a law!

  • March 15, 2011, 10:30 a.m. CST

    new X-men trailer out!

    by qtipsq

    It's in RUSSIAN!! check it out, it is grand!

  • March 15, 2011, 10:31 a.m. CST

    here is the link!

    by qtipsq

  • March 15, 2011, 10:39 a.m. CST

    Looking good. Very good.

    by WriteForTheEdit

    This whole shebang is really grooving to a "Black Pearl" vibe. I think a return to form is in the offing. Psyched.

  • March 15, 2011, 10:39 a.m. CST

    And yet, no-one gives a shit

    by LargoJr

    I'll PROBABLY see it with some friends, but tired of the stupidity... can't blame everybody for getting out, the stories kept getting more retarded with each release. Depp is like Nic Cage.. will sign on the dotted line for ANYTHING

  • March 15, 2011, 10:46 a.m. CST

    I DO give a shit, and this is a badass poster

    by zillabeast

    Another $350+ million for Johnny Depp and his Pirates. Book it.

  • March 15, 2011, 10:47 a.m. CST

    Am I the only when disenchanted with Johnny Depp's performance?

    by SmokingRobot

    He turned what could have been an interesting character in to a cartoon.

  • March 15, 2011, 10:48 a.m. CST

    i like it.

    by Richard

    Also, is that the pearl on fire ?

  • March 15, 2011, 10:48 a.m. CST

    Oh, hey, Depp is in this!!

    by -Halfscan-

    On the other hand, it is a nice looking poster.

  • March 15, 2011, 10:52 a.m. CST

    You know why this poster is gay?

    by In Action Man Reborn Requiem

    One of the most beautiful women in world, Penelope Cruz, is in this movie and you don't put her on the poster = GAAAAAAAY!

  • March 15, 2011, 10:53 a.m. CST

    I miss Drew Struzan's summer movie posters...

    by Na

    Take this exact shot, color, composition, etc., but have Struzan paint it in his wonderful style, and this poster goes from "cool" to "I WANT IT ON MY WALL FRAMED!" Summer blockbusters just aren't the same since he retired. Thank you studio marketing hacks.

  • March 15, 2011, 10:53 a.m. CST

    Nice work

    by D.Vader

    Jack Sparrow is gonna go all John Woo with those two pistols in his pockets. This is a really nice design for a poster. It's a heroic framing for Sparrow, and it's not floating head Photoshop.

  • March 15, 2011, 10:55 a.m. CST

    Is Blackbeard's ship made to look like flaming death?

    by D.Vader

    Does he set certain parts of it on fire to terrify opponents and victims the way he put fiery brands in his beard and hair?

  • March 15, 2011, 11:04 a.m. CST

    Looks Great

    by Wcwlkr

    I HATED the last Pirates Movie, but I'm actually excited to see this one. The poster looks great. And yes it seriously puts to shame that horrible X-Men Posters

  • March 15, 2011, 11:06 a.m. CST

    Now that's a poster

    by DrPain

  • March 15, 2011, 11:06 a.m. CST


    by JerrysGhost

    Just goes to show how our standard for what constitutes a good poster has fallen. Utterly forgettable, something which could never be said about Struzan, Peak, Saul Bass and co.

  • March 15, 2011, 11:10 a.m. CST

    That's awesome

    by Bobo_Vision

    They finally realized that Jack Sparrow IS POTC...and got rid of Elizabeth and that douche from LOTR.

  • And did pirates from a century or two ago REALLY have their loaded guns pointing right at their dicks? Looking at this poster, not knowing about the other movies, I wouldve just as easily thought the title was ASS-RAMMERS ON THE HIGH SEAS Part 6. Just saying...

  • March 15, 2011, 11:21 a.m. CST

    Or maybe HINEY-PIRATES Part 12. Hee hee, hee hee...

    by Coughlins Laws

    Sorry, let all complaint letters from GLAAD go to Merrick for posting this...

  • March 15, 2011, 11:31 a.m. CST

    But will this one be as bad as the last two?

    by Hooded Justice

  • March 15, 2011, 11:38 a.m. CST

    Yeah, no.

    by D Ropaela

  • March 15, 2011, 11:47 a.m. CST

    I don't think the second one was bad. It was just constant action set-pieces

    by Coughlins Laws

    and unnecessary plot twists and double-crosses. The third one, however, was just a bunch of really strange shit thrown up on screen, a criminally underused and killed off too soon Chow Yun-Fat, and an extremely disappointing climax that promised a huge battle royale among dozens, if not hundreds of ships, which ended up being a fight between two ships in a lame whirlpool. I'm just glad they cut Orlando Bloom out of this. He was a guy that they thought was some kind of star because he ended up being a character that could've been played by any actor and the two massively successful trilogies he was in would STILL have been blockbusters, it had ZERO to do with his ability or drawing power as an actor. As Hollywood quickly found out, he as no drawing power at all. See that Cameron Crowe movie he stunk up...

  • March 15, 2011, 11:49 a.m. CST

    They're desperately trying to win back people

    by D o o d

    but the problem was never the posters or even the actors. The first film was really good, the second one I can only compare to Transformers 2 and the third one decended into the kingdom of Rubbishdom. So really no one cares!

  • March 15, 2011, 11:54 a.m. CST


    by my liege

    Action movie protagonist standing there looking all moody in a HDR'd to death composite of random shit. We've seen it a THOUSAND times before. Fuck me, I HATE movie posters these days. Get Drew Struzen in. At least he had ACTUAL TALENT and not a GCSE in Photoshop.

  • March 15, 2011, noon CST

    I'll be lining up for this...

    by bubcus

    I've gotten over the stigma so many on this site still have where they condemn a movie in advance: "It'll suck" / "poster doesn't meet with my standards = movie bad" / "number 3 sucked, number 4 will too" / "Disney is desperate" I am going in expecting a fun pirate movie and that looks exactly like what I will get.

  • March 15, 2011, 12:09 p.m. CST

    Ian McShane is the only reason I want to see it

    by disfigurehead

    Otherwise it looks like a pile of shite.

  • March 15, 2011, 12:21 p.m. CST

    there's probably going to be different character posters

    by MamboMan

    this being the first one. looks awesome.

  • March 15, 2011, 12:27 p.m. CST

    Is that a pistol in your pants...

    by Royston Lodge

    ...or are you just happy to see a 10-year-old cabin boy?

  • March 15, 2011, 12:28 p.m. CST

    "One of the most beautiful women in world, Penelope Cruz"

    by KilliK

    hahahaha is this guy fucking serious? a word of advice: get a better taste for women before you get too old to fuck them.

  • March 15, 2011, 12:31 p.m. CST

    Zoe Saldana.. fuck i had forgotten that she was

    by KilliK

    in the first that is a fine piece of chocolate ass.

  • March 15, 2011, 12:35 p.m. CST

    Kind of a traditional poster.

    by Frank Conniff

    Not terrible, but kind of overly-serious looking. Guess they want to appeal to people who think the PotC movies are too goofy. I think they should have not focused the poster so much on Depp, and included Penelope, Blackbeard et al. They could still have had grave expressions. Maybe a bit more like the Star Wars and LotR posters. Also, I would enjoy this movie so much more if they would just have a bunch of topless mermaids in it. But they won’t, because of the children. Children fucking ruin everything.

  • March 15, 2011, 12:54 p.m. CST

    Captain Jack Sparrow in a heroic pose?

    by Orion

  • March 15, 2011, 12:55 p.m. CST

    are those sirens in the background?

    by JaredP

  • -which explains why they are going as far as they can with POTC before they finally crash and burn, walking away as if nothing happened when Jack wears off on people, or Depp decides not to do anymore and we get some new guy as Jack's long-lost brother John Sparrow to 'continue' said adventures (or at the very least, go all prequel on us as to how Jack became Depp).

  • March 15, 2011, 12:56 p.m. CST

    my only problem was with the last one

    by JaredP

    it was an hour too long

  • March 15, 2011, 12:56 p.m. CST

    Jack Sparrow looking high

    by KilliK

    "that jamaican weed is the shit,mon."

  • March 15, 2011, 1:02 p.m. CST

    X-Men Firstki Classki

    by teddy_duchamp

  • March 15, 2011, 1:04 p.m. CST

    as for the poster,

    by teddy_duchamp

    I agree with moondog this would look so much better as a panting.

  • March 15, 2011, 1:09 p.m. CST

    Best poster they've had for the series.

    by the_patriot

    I agree it would have been a better piece if it was done by Drew or another artist, but at least it's not the floaty heads like the posters for the other 3 movies.

  • his poop would look better than this poster.

  • March 15, 2011, 1:18 p.m. CST



  • March 15, 2011, 1:29 p.m. CST

    honestly, I think this one will be the best yet

    by Spandau Belly

    I'm not big on this series, but I get the feeling they've learned from the mistakes of the first three and this one will be a nice fun cartoon adventure movie.

  • March 15, 2011, 1:32 p.m. CST

    very nice.

    by FrankBlacksBarfBreath

    i really like that poster.

  • March 15, 2011, 1:32 p.m. CST

    creepythinmanlives: Don't worry, it's coming.


  • March 15, 2011, 1:38 p.m. CST

    On the poster, Depp looks like he smells a fart.

    by F-18

  • March 15, 2011, 1:44 p.m. CST

    According to Reuters, everyone should get the fuck out of California.


    The Big One is coming within the next 30 years. It's time to buy up some future beach front land in Arizona.

  • Last time I checked he did the first potc because he wanted to do something his kids could see. Even though they're not officially teenagers now, I remember him giving advice to a reporter about having children, telling him that kids start becoming like teenagers around 10, which is around his daughter's age now I believe. Personally I like both the 90s and current version of Depp. He very well could have been Charlie Sheen crazy by now, but I think he really did take River Phoenix's passing away on the sidewalk of his then partially owned Viper Room as a wake up call to live a cleaner life, if not at least do everything with more moderation.

  • March 15, 2011, 1:52 p.m. CST

    I dunno, I miss the 90's Depp...

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview the occasional weird-ass indie flick, smash up a hotel room with Kate Moss in tow, rinse, repeat.

  • March 15, 2011, 1:53 p.m. CST

    Seriously, why is Merrick still employed?

    by brokentusk

    He can't even put up a headline correctly.

  • March 15, 2011, 1:57 p.m. CST

    Merrick wants to make sure everyone knows he's here.

    by F-18

  • If he’s even there. I don’t know.

  • March 15, 2011, 1:59 p.m. CST

    SXSW coverage is pretty sparse this year

    by Aftertaste

    But at least you are RE-posting movie posters as news. Sweet!

  • March 15, 2011, 2:09 p.m. CST

    nice poster..this film will likely be a bore.

    by FleshMachine

    if the directors other work is any clue.

  • March 15, 2011, 2:14 p.m. CST

    Mark my words: This will be the Batman Forever of this franchise.


    Rob Marshall at this point in his career is just like Schumaker was when he took on Bats: Just DYING to make an over-the-top swishy genre film.

  • March 15, 2011, 2:18 p.m. CST

    The Shrunken Head

    by Twisk

    ...oh! Isn't that Jack's mother?! Cool!! :)

  • March 15, 2011, 2:27 p.m. CST

    ahole: It's okay. We all love some bad movies.


    I can't get enough of Schindler's List, for example.

  • March 15, 2011, 2:58 p.m. CST

    Just saw the Russian X-Men First Class trailer

    by tommyleespenis

    It was epic...

  • March 15, 2011, 2:58 p.m. CST

    This film could be either better or worse than the Verbinski ones.

    by Frank Conniff

    Or it could be about the same.

  • March 15, 2011, 2:59 p.m. CST

    I love it! It's very theme-park-ride-esque.

    by sweeneydave

  • March 15, 2011, 3:01 p.m. CST

    Where's Jesse Jane?

    by tommyleespenis

    Oh wait this is Pirates...of the Carribean

  • March 15, 2011, 3:04 p.m. CST

    I fear this poster will be the best part..

    by gabbygall

    ...of this movie. The trailers thus far have been a big yawn.

  • March 15, 2011, 3:13 p.m. CST


    by DangerDave

    I don't give a fuck.

  • March 15, 2011, 3:18 p.m. CST

    Sweringen is in this? Awesome!

    by Bash_Branigan

    Can't wait to see how many time she calls Depp "Cocksucker".

  • March 15, 2011, 3:25 p.m. CST

    Zoe Saldana isn’t s hot as

    by Frank Conniff

    the crazy voodoo witch lady. Whoever she is played by.

  • March 15, 2011, 3:27 p.m. CST

    I think this movie will succeed if

    by Frank Conniff

    they downplay any love story that might be involved. That was really the downfall of the other movies for me. And of course if the script and direction don’t suck. And they should throw in some topless mermaids for good measure.

  • March 15, 2011, 3:38 p.m. CST

    "the crazy voodoo witch lady" is in Ninja Assassin

    by Meadowe

    She looks a lot better in that movie because she doesn't have any of the makeup she did in potc.

  • March 15, 2011, 3:40 p.m. CST

    Who's in it?

    by Jaster

  • March 15, 2011, 3:43 p.m. CST

    by ripblade

    So is Jack Sparrow the only character in this movie? Usually the main posters feature a selection of the cast... So far all the marketing has been very Jack focused!

  • March 15, 2011, 4 p.m. CST

    What the fuck is he looking at?

    by Jaster

    This is what designers call "an open composition". That means that there is at least one element that directs attention off the page. This is usually considered a bad thing because the viewer is then wondering what they are missing instead of getting the message of the ad. However, in this case, guesing what you are missing is sort of the point. Or at least I assume it is. It is intrigueing and has hints of events in the film because of the background. However it is a bit odd that the background is obviously a painting and Jack is photoshopped into it. But that provides sort of an interesting effect, kind of implying the fantasy nature of the film. So yeah not a bad poster in and of itself. I probably would have preferred to have Jack actually involved in the action instead of strangely removed from it.

  • March 15, 2011, 4:10 p.m. CST

    crazy voodoo witch lady is kinky.

    by KilliK

    i would hit it provided she didnt shrink my head for not being the sexual tyrannosaurus i usually am.HA.

  • March 15, 2011, 4:18 p.m. CST

    I’ll have to check out Miami Vice.

    by Frank Conniff

    Maybe just fast forward to the aforementioned shower scene.

  • Huh wha? What is that? A leftover scar from Davy Jones' curse?

  • March 15, 2011, 5:19 p.m. CST

    Very Cool Poster

    by LiquidHotMagma

    It has that Indiana Jones vibe to it, I'm hoping this movie is a throwback to the adventure films of the eighties and early nineties. You know, the films where hot women that look like Penelope Cruz get nakey.

  • March 15, 2011, 5:23 p.m. CST

    Bit confused as to why this has even been made...

    by ChickenStu

    But fuck it, I'll give it a shot. Any excuse to watch a Johnny Depp movie. Whilst I found "Dead Man's Chest" and "At World's End" to be kind of shit, Depp still owned them.

  • from a week back.

  • March 15, 2011, 5:31 p.m. CST

    This movie will be the spiritual sequel to Curse of the Black Pearl

    by Andy Pandy

    2 & 3 should be nixed from the canon

  • March 15, 2011, 5:51 p.m. CST

    Ah, the ol' "double curved penis" look.

    by noiretblanc

    As a species, it makes no sense that humans don't have double penises. Who the hell doesn't want to put it in the vag and her butt at the same time?

  • March 15, 2011, 6:14 p.m. CST

    It's better then most out there...

    by TDH1138

    The sad thing is something like a Drew Struzan poster would RULE on this type one-sheet. This is one of the better Photo Collages I've seen. The art of the Movie poster is lost because of budgets. Drew charges out the ASS for such things. John Alvin has passed. But there are great artists out there who could do this type of work without the Drew price tag. Jerry Vanderstilt and Russell Walks do great work.

  • March 15, 2011, 6:30 p.m. CST

    Remember those old Hitchcock posters??

    by darthwaz1

    Those were the all-time best movie posters.

  • March 15, 2011, 6:38 p.m. CST

    At least it isn't an image of Depp from the back

    by IndyCollector

  • March 15, 2011, 8:17 p.m. CST


    by LargoJr

    To replace my dignity for doing another one of these turds.

  • March 15, 2011, 8:36 p.m. CST

    Can we please get a One Piece movie instead?

    by CreamCheeseAlchemist

    2 lovely ladies (one based on Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction), a guy who fights with a sword in his mouth, a talking reindeer, a rubber captain, a chicken**** gunner, a wannabe playa, a cyborg in a speedo and a skeleton with an afro.

  • March 15, 2011, 8:49 p.m. CST

    I love jack sparrow...

    by Norman Colson

    That was the only great shining spot in the whole pirates trilogy. He was fucking hilarious! I think the movie can work it's on the supporting cast though.

  • March 15, 2011, 9:41 p.m. CST

    Jack Sparrow and designer Galliano

    by ThrowMeTheIdol

    Which one is copying the other? They seem very similar, hate speech aside.

  • March 15, 2011, 9:53 p.m. CST

    I actually suspect that this will be better

    by J.B.M.A.

    than the two previous sequels. Getting shot of Bloom and whatsherface but retaining Rush is an excellent move towards the better things in the first movie.

  • March 15, 2011, 10:04 p.m. CST

    Pretty nice

    by Teddy Artery

    poster. No problems on my side.

  • March 16, 2011, 12:02 a.m. CST


    by uberman

    Cannot understand why some people gobble this crap up. It should be awe inspiring based on the universe it inhabits. Instead, it's like the longest couple hours you'll ever have to endure. Just get a pic of the creature effects and save yourself the agony of another episode of a gay Keith Richards trying too hard to amuse you.

  • March 16, 2011, 1:08 a.m. CST


    by one9deuce

    What Drew Struzan charges is a pittance in relation to what they spend on these films. The reason the studios don't use illustrations for posters anymore is because marketing is the number one thing now and a photograph (usually a large head shot) of a bankable star is the best way to get people to the theater. All they care about is: 1) A known property 2) A bankable star 3) The widest demographic appeal. Which is why movies (with a few exceptions) suck shit now.

  • March 16, 2011, 1:45 a.m. CST

    Ian McShane is the masterstroke.

    by MaxTheSilent

    After the bloated, incomprehensible clusterfucks that were the initial sequels I'll still be keen to see this. Only because the God-like Ian McShane is in the cast.

  • Damn rum farts!

  • March 16, 2011, 9:01 a.m. CST

    Hey, killik...

    by Balcony Fool

    It sounds like you're probably gay. Might want to look into that.

  • March 16, 2011, 12:17 p.m. CST

    or on the other hand,that i have better taste on women

    by KilliK

    and no i wont use mommy jokes.although the reply demands it but anyway.

  • March 16, 2011, 1:13 p.m. CST

    No more..

    by Photosuperstar

    I hope this film bombs big time. Depp's too talented an actor to keep playing a retarded pirate.

  • March 16, 2011, 1:34 p.m. CST

    Correction: Poster is Johnn Depp

    by IForgotAbout19

    I fail to see what's "pretty cool" about this. It's a picture of Johnny Depp as Captain Sparrow...the character that's in the movies....

  • March 16, 2011, 2:27 p.m. CST

    is there one for pepelope boobs?

    by silverdog

    .... I mean, cruz ....

  • March 16, 2011, 9:10 p.m. CST

    good find, braindrain

    by Frank Conniff

    I like that one better. I guess they will also come out with a poster featuring all the major cast members together then.

  • March 16, 2011, 10:32 p.m. CST

    A gun...

    by SchwarzenGollum

    Couldn't they have him pointing a gun or something, you know, like a pirate would?

  • March 17, 2011, 10:25 a.m. CST

    In their own way these are as bad as the SW Prequels

    by SmokingRobot

    Of course nothing is as bad as a SW prequel, but these come close.

  • March 17, 2011, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Penelope Cruz poster

    by MamboMan


  • March 17, 2011, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Barbossa poster

    by MamboMan arrrrrrgh..