Fans are fuming over the new Cars 3 trailer, which shows beloved car Lightning McQueen crashing and burning on the speedway.
In the clip, released Monday, November 21, the classic red race car (voiced by Owen Wilson) spirals out of control. Badly scorched, Lightning McQueen flips through the air in slow motion as embers cover the track.
“From this moment, everything will change,” the text ominously reads.
The Disney/Pixar movie’s description on YouTube explains that Lightning McQueen is feeling pressure to keep up with the younger and faster cars. “Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves,” it says.
“To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician, Cruz Ramirez, with her own plan to win, plus inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet and a few unexpected turns. Proving that #95 isn’t through yet will test the heart of a champion on Piston Cup Racing’s biggest stage!”
The preview leaves people wondering if he may have pushed himself a little too hard to keep up — and whether Lightning McQueen will ever race again. “Lightning McQueen dies!! HOW COULD DISNEY DO THIS TO ME,” one sad fan wrote, while another added, “Wait… is Lightning McQueen dead I am SHOOK.”
The third installment in the Cars series, which began with the original in 2006, will also feature old favorites Mater (Larry the Cable Guy), Sally Carrera (Bonnie Hunt) and Ramone (Cheech Marin).
Cars 3 hits theaters on June 16, 2017.
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