This year has been a good year for big blockbuster releases. Now that anticipated film's like Jurassic World, Mad Max: Fury Road, Antman and Fantastic Four have come and gone, you could be forgiven for thinking the big releases have dried up. So I wanted to make a list of the still to be released film's, due either this or next year, that I'm most anticipating.
Star Wars Episode 7 : Force Awakens.
This is pretty damn huge. The long discussed but never officially confirmed follow up trilogy, now due for release this December (a nice Hobbit replacement) expectations are (rightfully) set to 11. As a devout fan of all things Star Wars I honestly couldn't be happier. People may scoff at the Disney/Star Wars merger, but the fact it's led to not just a confirmed follow up trilogy featuring the return of all our favorite characters, but also an added stand alone trilogy of film's, is something for all fans to be excited about. It's actually quite shocking to be honest. To us fans it was pretty much understood the film's end at 6. The story was finished. Yes we wanted more, but had accepted defeat. Any talk or rumor's surrounding a third trilogy always fizzled out quickly and amounted to nothing. However maligned the prequel trilogy may have been, one thing it did perfectly well was introduce us to a whole new cast of characters/species/worlds, which of course breathed all new life in to the expanded universe. Leading to a massive onslaught of all new stories and adventures set in our favorite far away galaxy. New merchandise, videogames, action figures, comic books, novels, tv series... The amount of new content birthed by the prequel film's was simply staggering, Clone wars in particular is one of my all time favorite television shows and a fantastic companion piece to the films. Some really great comics and games were also created due to the SW resurgence, Star Wars ep 1 Racer and Bounty Hunter come to mind. I am excited for a similar resurgence when Force Awakens releases this Boxing day and I look forward to seeing what new soon to be classic stories will come out of it. I have high hopes the film will live up to expectation. J.J Abrams is one of my favorite directors. Lost is one of my all time favorite shows. I adored Super 8 and unlike the purists, dug the hell out of the recent Star Trek films. I love the idea of him putting his touch on my favorite saga. With Hamill, Ford and Fisher returning to their iconic roles I can't see how this could possibly fail? December 17th we'll find out :P
Captain America 3 : Civil War
This will be Marvel's big blockbuster release for the year. Captain America vs Iron Man, hero against hero, it's hard not to be excited at the prospect. Based on Mark Millar's famous Civil War comic storyline, it's difficult to know how heavily influenced it will be? A lot of the buzz surrounding the film is also due to the debut of Marvel's most famous face, Spider-man, in his first MCU appearance, before the announced trilogy. Played by newcomer Tom Holland it's not clear yet, how much of a part the wall crawler will actually play in the Civil War, or if it will even mirror the comics story? As long as it doesn't end with an unmasking I'll be ok with it, the MCU doesn't need to make the same mistake as "One more day". Spidey may be hogging the popularity limelight but lets not forget the film will also feature the debut appearance for another crucial player in the Marvel Universe, The Black Panther. The other big question is, who else will feature? It is a War after all with many heroes required on both sides. With so many confirmed actors, lot of fan's are dubbing it the unofficial Avenger's 3, and maybe rightfully so, but if it is the end to (Steve Rogers) Captain America trilogy, and it looks like it just may be, judging by the Winter Soldier hints previously lain, at least the series finale is sure to go out with an epic, explosive bang.
The latest and possibly final chapter in the long running X-franchise, lands next year and there is an awful lot of hype surrounding the film. Especially given the huge popularity of the last film Days of future past, anticipation is justifiably high. Continuing James Macavoy's "Charles" story arc, returning characters Magneto (Michael Fassbender) Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) Beast (Nicholas Holt) and fan fav Quicksilver (Evan Peters) will be joined by some familiar faces to X-fans, with a lot of heroes returning, albeit younger in appearance. Nightcrawler, Angel, Storm, Jean and Cyclops all being confirmed, with more to be expected. Based on the classic and decidedly epic Age of Apocalypse storyline, the prospect of a big screen adaptation is reason to start getting excited. A fan favorite comic character, the intimidating villain is far more dangerous than anyone the team has ever faced. Fan's were a little up in arms at the first set photos released, featuring Apocalypse in full costume, but don't forget they did the same thing regarding Quicksilvers new costume when first shown and he ended up stealing the show and quickly became the last film's most talked about character, plus a favorite among fans proving anything possible. I'll be reserving judgement until release. Regardless of costume shenanigans, with so many already confirmed mutants set to make an appearance, the film's at least sure to feature some truly incredible action set pieces.
Batman Vs Superman : Dawn of Justice
This is a very important film for DC and WB. Man of Steel may have given us our first glimpse at the all new DC shared universe, but it was hardly shared. It's sequel Batman Vs Superman is looking to rectify that. Not just an epic showdown between these two iconic, comic Juggernaut's but also the first appearance of many major players in the film's to come. Filled to the brim with appearances by Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Robin, Luthor, the fan service has well and truly been set to overdrive. It's great to see DC stepping up to the plate and giving Marvel a run for their money. However, they have a lot of catching up to do if they want to go toe to toe with the MCU, but judging from the film's trailer it seems DC are more than up to the task.
Star Wars: Rogue One
Now this is new ground. A Star Wars film not tied to continuing the saga but instead telling a side story set within the same universe. The first in a new trilogy to run concurrently with Episode 7, 8 and 9. It really is a great time to be a Star Wars fan. A film a year for the next 6 years. Directed by Gareth Edwards, the film will tell of a rebel suicide mission to retrieve the death star plans. Little else is known but it's sure to be unlike anything we've yet seen in a Star Wars film. It sounds like it could be truly original and add something totally new to the mythos. Due for release a year after the not yet released episode 7. It's still a long way off. Plenty of time to speculate.
Finally. The merc with a mouth returns to the screen to wash that awful Origins depiction out of our mouth's and finally do the character some justice. Judging from trailer impressions Reynolds is truly at home in the part, a true depiction of the cocky and annoying, crazy assassin made famous by the 90s comic. Featuring a hard R rating, the film is sure to retain all the adult content the comic is renowned for, thus making it something of a crazy oddity being so thematically different yet still tied to the X-franchise? With so much buzz already surrounding the film and a popular trailer that hit all the right marks, the film is looking set to be a surefire hit. It's a testament to Reynolds dedication to the part. His passion for the character and unwillingness to walk away when all studios had given up on the character refusing to touch yet another adult comic film after the lackluster box office performance of film's like Watchmen, Sin City 2 and Dredd. It just wasn't a viable option for a studio thus making it incredibly difficult to get made. Reynolds is a true fan blindly standing by the character and never giving up. Even when things seemed impossible. The film is a labour of love and looks like all the disappointing set backs and hard work will have paid off when Deadpool hits screens next year.
Another big upcoming film release for DC, Suicide Squad has already got fan's buzzing with excitement. With a recent trailer release giving fans their first glimpse at the villainous team, hype has been set to overload. Not much is known of the film's story other than looking to mirror the Suicide Squad's comic book antics as a team of villains serving time, sent on "suicide" missions for the government with reduced sentences being the payment. Featuring an all star cast (Smith, Leto, Robbie) and many characters first film appearance, not to mention Leto's controversial Joker debut, or a surprise Batman appearance, it's hard to see the film failing to live up to box office expectations. One thing's for certain, DC sure are proving a Hollywood force to be reckoned with.
Well that's my list. Other notable films still on the horizon and currently on my radar are, Star Trek 3, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 (Arrow as Casey Jones and bebop and rocksteady's film debut) Gambit, Wolverine 3, Alien 5, Crimson Peak, Fantastic Beasts (The anticipated Harry Potter spin off) Hitman Agent 47 and plenty more. Great time to be a geek.
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