‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’ Teaser Poster Is A Huge Tease

Disney has released the teaser poster for “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” and it certainly is a tease — so much so that the name of the film doesn’t even appear on the image. Neither does the name or visage of the movie’s bankable star, one Johnny Depp, a.k.a. Captain Jack Sparrow, for that matter. In fact, the only writing on the poster is the film’s May 20 release date and a subscript alerting moviegoers to the fact that Capt. Jack’s fourth big-screen voyage will be in both IMAX and eye-patch-popping 3-D.

To be fair, the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise is so well-known at this point that one look at the image is all it takes to know what it’s promoting. And one could argue that the skull on the poster is Depp’s face, minus the devious smile and the flesh, of course. Either way, we’re sure this is just the first of 73 character posters, bus wraps and billboards the studio will be releasing in the push up to the movie’s 2011 release — so there will be plenty o’ time to get Depp’s smirking face out there. Take a gander at the poster after the full poster below.

The fourth flick in the swashbuckling franchise finds Depp’s Jack Sparrow finally getting a love interest in the form of saucy Penelope Cruz, who plays a mysterious woman from Jack’s past who just might be using Jack to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. Of course, Sparrow isn’t the only pirate with a hankering for immortality to rival his taste for rum: Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) also has his sights set on the fountain, as does the evil Blackbeard (Ian McShane). May the best pirate win.

What do you think of the teaser poster for “On Stranger Tides”? And are you psyched for the flick?