ByJames Buxton, writer at
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James Buxton

Can you believe its only April? We're not even four months into 2016 yet we've already been treated some of the best movies of the decade. The superhero genre in particular has been on top form so far, with Deadpool being a resounding success all round and Dawn of Justice still storming the box office. Kung Fu Panda 3 and Zootopia have revealed themselves as some of the best animated movies we've seen in years and 10 Cloverfield Lane and Midnight Special have brought the sci-fi thriller genre back with a vengeance.

Fortunately though, it seems like they've all just been a warm up for the rest of the year. 2016 has already gifted us with a handful of fantastic trailers and, because I'm nice, I've decided to shortlist some of the best just for you.

The Jungle Book - April 15

Starring: Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba

Disney's next foray into the world of live action remakes looks set to be one of their best. With an all star cast, cutting edge special effects and one hell of a story, The Jungle Book has all the makings of a runaway hit. The original 1967 animated hit was Walt Disney's final film before the man himself sadly passed away, and it looks like the studio is definitely going to do the film justice.

Ratchet and Clank - April 29

Starring: James Arnold Taylor, David Kaye, John Goodman, Bella Thorne

Anyone that grew up in the early 2000s should have already booked their tickets for this one. Ratchet and Clank acts as a prequel to the original PS2 classic and sees gaming's second most famous duo team up with Captain Qwark in their first ever adventure. The trailer is hilarious and the recent video game tie in has received stellar reviews all round. Could Ratchet and Clank be the turning point for video game movies?

Captain America: Civil War - May 6

Starring: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Chadwick Boseman, Scarlett Johansson

I don't even know why I'm bothering to link this one as I'm confident most of you have already seen it a million times. Yes, Civil War will be upon us in a matter of days and, according to fans coming out of early viewings, it's fantastic! The trailer itself nearly broke the internet because some kid in spandex mumbled, "Hey, everyone," so just imagine what a two hour movie will do. Needless to say, I'm very excited about this one.

Alice Through The Looking Glass - May 27

Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter

Another Disney live action remake will be arriving later this year in May. Alice Through The Looking Glass is the sequel to the 2010 hit, Alice in Wonderland, and will hold a special place in my heart as the final film to credit Alan Rickman following his untimely passing. The trailer looks incredible and with the whole cast returning, as well as Tim Burton as producer, you can be sure this will be one of the standout hits of the year.

X-Men: Apocalypse - May 27

Starring: Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar Isaac

The third movie in the X-Men reboot trilogy brings the franchise full circle, reintroducing our favorite characters during their first days as X-Men. Director Bryan Singer promises that this will be the series' biggest movie to date and has been described as the quintessential X-Men movie. Still holding out on that Wolverine cameo, though.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows - June 3

Starring: Megan Fox, Will Arnett, Stephen Amell

As a fan of the original cartoon, I have to admit I was slightly underwhelmed by the first TMNT movie. However, if this trailer is anything to go by, the sequel is going to be everything the franchise needed. The turtles are slightly less creepy-looking, Casey Jones is back in the game and Bebop and Rocksteady look pretty damn cool. Right now we can only speculate, but I really think this one is going to be good.

Now You See Me 2 - June 10

Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Mark Ruffalo, Daniel Radcliffe

Personally, I loved the first Now You See Me. It was exciting and different and ultimately a very entertaining movie. The sequel looks set to be just as good, if not better. With the whole cast returning aside from Isla Fisher and new additions Daniel Radcliffe and Lizzy Caplan, Now You See Me 2 looks set to destroy the box office this year. Also, who's going to miss out on Harry Potter himself in another movie about magic?

Warcraft - June 10

Starring: Ben Foster, Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton

This one is technically cheating as the trailer came out in December of last year, but for the purposes of this article I'll include it, because let's face it, this movie looks pretty damn awesome. Admittedly, I've never actually played a Warcraft game or delved into the lore at any point, so I probably won't get the most out of this movie. However, if the trailer is a fair representation of the movie to come, this looks like it could be the fantasy hit of the summer.

Finding Dory - June 17

Starring: Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Hayden Rolence

Pixar's sequel to one of the greatest animated movies of all time hits theaters in the middle of June and promises to be everything we could ever want. This time around, Dory takes center stage as she goes on a search for her family. From the look of the trailer, Finding Dory appears to be touching on some heavy topics throughout the movie, such as the mistreatment of aquatic animals in aquariums such as SeaWorld. This is definitely one to mark on your calendar.

Independence Day: Resurgence - June 24

Starring: Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Liam Hemsworth, Sela Ward

The award for most intense trailer definitely goes to Independence Day: Resurgence. Despite the troubling lack of anything Will Smith-related, Resurgence looks ready to take the world by storm just like its predecessor. With a fantastic score and a boatland of returning cast members, could we be seeing the alien invasion genre return in a blaze of glory? Here's hoping.

Ghostbusters - July 15

Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, Chris Hemsworth

Say what you will about the casting decisions or the style of humor, but the trailer for the Ghostbusters reboot looks pretty awesome. With a brand new cast, a brand new story and the promise of cameos from all surviving original Ghostbusters, this reboot hopes to do a Star Wars and bridge the gap between the generations. Only time will tell if they succeed.

Star Trek: Beyond - July 22

Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg

After JJ Abrams swapped sides to the Star Wars camp, actor and certified Trekkie, Simon Pegg, took over as writer while Justin Lin inherited the director's chair. From the looks of this trailer, it appears the franchise is in good hands, moving away from the Star Wars style and adopting a more Mad Max/Guardians of the Galaxy aesthetic. The whole crew of the Enterprise is returning along with fan favorite Idris Elba as the new villain. I don't know about you, but I'm confident this is going to turn out well.

Suicide Squad - August 5

Starring: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Viola Davis

This is the second full trailer for DC's Suicide Squad and it is by far the best of the bunch. Set to Sweet's Ballroom Blitz, the whole trailer is full to bursting with explosions, color and a whole lot of Harley Quinn. After the mixed reviews of Batman V Superman, Suicide Squad could be DC's saving grace and bring it up to an equal footing with Marvel just in time for the Justice League movie. If it isn't already obvious, I'm very excited for this one.

Sausage Party - August 12

Starring: Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, Michael Cera

This is what happens when a bunch of stoners gather together and make an animated movie. Don't be misled by the cutesy design and silly characters; this is not for kids. Sausage Party is already well on its way to being the most outrageous animated film since the South Park movie and it guaranteed box office success if the trailer is anything to go by.

Doctor Strange - November 5

Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tilda Swinton, Rachel McAdams

Doctor Strange is the most recent trailer on this list and by far one of the most dramatic. With a fancy new accent and a scraggly beard to boot, Cumberbatch looks spot on as Doctor Steven Strange. As one of the lesser known Marvel heroes, Strange has a lot to prove in this movie, but from the looks of this teaser, he's got nothing to worry about.

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them - November 18

Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Colin Farrell, Katherine Waterston, Ezra Miller

Fast forward a bit and we've got the long awaited spin off to the Harry Potter franchise, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Eddie Redmayne stars as a young Newt Scamander in 1920s New York on a mission to recapture a herd of escaped magical creatures. The trailer introduces us to a handful of brand new characters as well as namedropping everyone's favorite headmaster, Albus Dumbledore. If you're not excited for this one, there may be something wrong with you.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - December 16

Starring: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Forest Whitaker, Donnie Yen

And finally, the trailer everyone's been talking about recently. Rogue One is still eight months away, but that doesn't stop the entire internet from churning out dozens of fan theories every day surrounding our lead heroine, Jyn Erso (or, as she's referred to online, Aye Rebelle). This looks set to unite all Star Wars fans once again, combining the charm of the original trilogy with the effects and camerawork of the more recent additions to the franchise. I doubt this will be the last we'll hear of this movie before December rolls around.

Still got nothing on this scene though.
Still got nothing on this scene though.

Which is your favorite trailer of 2016 so far? Let me know in the comments below!


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