Captain America. Spiderman. X-Men. Guardians of the Galaxy.Transcendence. Jupiter Rising. The Hunger Games. Under the Skin. The Muppets. Noah. Earth to Echo. Godzilla. Maleficent. Edge of Tomorrow. How to Train your Dragon. Transformers. Planet of the Apes. Jupiter Ascending. Hercules. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Lucy. The Giver. Sin City. The Maze Runner. The Box Trolls. Interstellar. Exodus. The Hobbit. Night at the Museum. Into the Woods. Paddington Motherfucking Bear.
This year is the year of champions. Thirty one sci-fi/fantasy films, thirty one movies which could become the next Avatar, the next Jurassic Park, the next Alien or Lord of the Rings trilogy, destined to join its sci-fi/fantasy brothers atop the pantheon of Nerdom. And we’ve got the low down on every single one. Enjoy.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (April 4th)
Cap is back, in this further adventure into the ever expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe and this time he’s facing the Winter Solider – a figure from his past with some scores to settle. More interesting than watching our muscle bound defender of all things Red, White n’Blue defeating the big bad will be a further look into how Captain Rogers is dealing with life in the twenty first century – a time so heinous that Kim Kardashian and Kanye ‘Used to be a Rapper’ West are on the front cover of Vogue.
Prediction: Hopefully stronger than the middle of the road Thor sequel, the cast is excellent and the premise looks good. Early reviews are coming in highly positive, commenting on a move away from CG spectacle and towards character driven powerhouse performances. Ace.
The Amazing Spiderman 2 (May 2)
Sequel to the recent reboot starring real life couple Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, the Amazing Spiderman 2 has a line up of villains we can’t wait to see inevitably defeated. But whatever’s going to happen to Gwen? Poor, poor Gwen…
Prediction: Bound to be great fun – expect an emotional ending. And that trailer- oh gosh.
‘You know what it is I love about being Spiderman? Everything…’
Under the Skin (April 4)
The Second Scar-Jo movie in this list features the A-List actress playing a beautiful Scottish alien who preys on men, luring them into her van to be uh, well, it gets messy. Shot on the fly using largely real people as actors, this is either going to be a piece of fried indie gold or total tosh. We love you Scar Jo, whatever happens.
Prediction: If it does homage to its satirical source material, it’ll be ace. It’s already being called a ‘grand statement on what it means to be a human being’. We’re optimistic.
Transcendence (April 18)
It’s Cap’n Jack Creepy Scientist in this chilling look at humanity’s future, focusing on the intriguing development of the singularity, or to the average chap, the ability to live forever as a machine. It’s what Sheldon’s been after in the Big Bang Theory.
Prediction: We’re not as excited as we expected to be. The trailer’s look a little…meh. See for yourself.
Earth to Echo (April 25)
Not much has been written about Earth to Echo, the Disney vehicle which looks like it could be a lot like Super 8, but less terrible. The trailer’s great and the premise is interesting, in this further continuation of the ‘kids meet aliens and whoooooa stuff happens’ genre.
Prediction: Looks like it could be a winner. We’re cautiously optimistic. Emphasis on the caution. Best line from the trailer: ‘Is it amazing? ‘Cause I think it’s scary as balls!’
Scary as balls indeed lad. Scary as balls.
Godzilla (May 16)
Forgive me whilst I put on my most racially insensitive Japanese accent and shout ‘Godziiiiiiillllllllllllla!’ whilst pointing frantically towards a collapsing building.
Prediction: The trailer almost look good enough to banish from our minds the memories of the most recent reboot starring Ferris Bueller. Excitement abounds.
X-Men: Days of Future Past (May 31)
In the top three most exciting movies on this list. A combination of the cast of previous X-Men outings (hello Hughverwine) and the younger cast of First Class, this should be the diamond of the superhero year. If only Marvel still owned the rights, for some proper cross over excitement. This installment is all about our X-Pals attempting to prevent a dystopian future – which we’ll assume doesn’t go so well, as the next movie is going to be entitled Apocalypse.
Prediction: Bryan Singer’s last good movie was an X-Men entry. Let’s hope that’s a good sign.
‘What’s the last thing you remember?’
Coming up in Part 2: Angelina Jolie goes Evil in Maleficent, Tom Cruise plays himself, again, in Edge of Tomorrow and we train some more Dragons in Transformers. Wait, I might be getting that mixed up…