Last year was a pretty good year movie-wise from my perspective. This year looks to be even better. There are not only more movies I’m planning on seeing , but with the possible exception of “The Martian” I’m more excited about the movies as well.
In no particular order (It may or may not be the order they’re actually going to be released – I’m not going to bother to check):
- Captain America: Civil War – I have been super psyched about this from the earliest trailers, and each new trailer just increases my excitement. Yes, there are a ton of ways this could go badly, but the potential is huge and the guys directing it already made one of the best movies in the MCU with “The Winter Soldier”. This is one I will make a point to see in theaters. It quite possibly might be my IMAX movie of the year (I have one IMAX theater in the year and tend to splurge on one IMAX release a year or so).
- X-Men: Apocalypse – You know, I never was really a fan of this franchise, even when it was supposedly great during its first two movies. But the new cast really invigorated it, and I loved both “First Class” and “Days of Future Past”. So yes, I’m officially excited about this.
- Dr. Strange – Benedict Cumberbatch is in the MCU! Benedict Cumberbatch is in the MCU! I’m sorry, I can’t hear you because BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH IS AN MCU SUPERHERO!
Okay, I know my excitement is a little undignified, but the man’s reputation as an actor is mostly very well deserved, and I can’t help but be excited about this. Plus, the Operative as his co-star? That’s a heck of a 1-2 punch. It’ll be great!
- Suicide Squad – This has even more potential to go bad than “Civil War” and “Batman v. Superman”, but they have been consistently nailing those trailers. If the movie lives up to the promise shown in the trailers this can be a dark horse candidate for best superhero (comic book?) movie of the year.
- And finally, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Again, early images and trailers make what can potentially be a rather dull or trite concept, even a blatant cash grab, into something that I’m genuinely excited about – and it helps QUITE A LOT that Rowling herself has personally written the screenplay. This is the other candidate for IMAX movie of the year, and in spite of myself it still might be the movie I’m most excited for.
I think I can officially say it, though I’ve been avoiding it since, with rare exceptions, I don’t read comic books (seriously, most comic writing as a rule is incredibly bad): I am a superhero fan. I love it on TV, as “Daredevil” and to a lesser extent “Jessica Jones” proves. I love the MCU. I loved the Nolan Batman films. I loved the Sam Raimi Spider-Man movies. I love the X-Men reboots.
Just like people used to be fans of westerns, I’m a superhero fan. And you know what? Who cares. It all makes for a fun year in the movie world.