My 10 Most Anticipated Movies of the Next Five Years

There are many great looking movies coming out over the next several years but these are the ones I am looking forward the most with the information I know about them.

The list is  in order from least to highest anticipated.

10.

The Amazing Spider-Man

July 3rd, 2012

© 2011 - Sony Pictures

Directed by Marc Webb

Starring: Andrew Garfield (Peter Parker), Emma Stone (Gwen Stacy), Martin Sheen (Uncle Ben), Sally Field (Aunt May) and Rhys Ifans (Doctor Connors)

I like the idea of rebooting the franchise and going in a whole new direction. I personally loved the original Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2 is one of my favorite movies and is, in my opinion, one of the greatest sequels of all time but, Spider-Man 3 is one of the most disappointing movies I have ever seen. This new series is the chance for Spider-Man to redeem himself and get back into the spotlight. The cast is amazing (no pun intended) and from what I’ve seen the tone of the movie seems to be much darker than it was in the previous series. Also the main villan is the “Lizard” and which is awesome considering he is one of the coolest villans out of Spider-Man’s gallery of rogues. Hopefully this will be among my favorite superhero movies when it releases.

9.

John Carter

March 9th, 2012

© 2011 - Walt Disney Pictures

 

Directed by Andrew Stanton

Starring: Taylor Kitsch(John Carter), Mark Strong (Matai Shang), Lynn Collins(Dejah Thoris), Willem Dafoe (Tars Tarkas),  and Brian Cranston(Powell)

For information on the story and the books this movie will be based on, here is the Wikipedia page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Princess_of_Mars

A huge, sci-fi/fantasy epic from the guy who directed WALL.E and Finding Nemo? Count me in. This also has a great cast and will be using the same 3D and motion capture-technology that James Cameron used on Avatar. It’s been in production for a while now and we will hopefully be seeing the first footage very, very soon.

8.

Pacific Rim

July 12th, 2013

Directed by Guillermo Del Toro

Starring: Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Charlie Day

In the future, a rift opens up in the Pacific Ocean and colossal monsters make their way out of it. The world must now unite to face this gigantic threat and in doing so they create sky-scraper sized, human piloted mechs to fight these enormous creatures. Probably the most awesome plotline ever right? The director is one of the greatest in the business ranging from  foreign classics such as Pan’s Labryinth to big comic-book movies like Blade II and the Hellboy movies. Del Toro has been quoted on saying “this will be the biggest monster movie ever made.” I’m ridiculously excited.

7.

Prometheus

June 8th, 2012

 
Directed by Ridley Scott
 
Starring: Idris Elba, Noomi Rapace, Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, and Ben Foster
 
It’s an Alien prequel that  isn’t an Alien prequel. Yeah it doesn’t make much sense to me or many others who, like me, read movie on a daily basis but I don’t really care, we will know soon enough. We do know that it does take place in the same universe (on an unknown planet) as the original Alien films and that it deals with the creature in the picture above which is now referred to by movie fans as the “Space Jockey.” It is also directed by the same man who helmed the first movie in 1979, the great Ridley Scott (director of other classics such as Gladiator, Blade Runner, and Black Hawk Down). It’s  an all new story with new characters, and another great cast. It’s going to be epic and I can’t wait.
 

6.

Man of Steel

December 2012

Henry Cavill Superman Man of Steel

Fan art depicting Henry Cavill as Superman

Directed by Zack Snyder

Starring: Henry Cavill (Superman/Clark Kent), Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Russel Crowe (Jor-El/Superman’s real dad), Julia Ormond (Lara/Superman’s real mom), Kevin Costner (Jonathan Kent), Diane Lane (Martha Kent), and Michael Shannon (General Zod)

Zach Snyder(300, Dawn of the Dead) definitely has a unique visual style to his movies and I personally love it but he has never really made a “great” film.  Hopefully now with the guidance of his Executive Producer, the amazing Christopher Nolan, and the writers of The Dark Knight, he create his own new take on Superman that has the quality and depth of Nolan’s films but the visual flair of Snyder. Superman is the first and greatest superhero and the potential is definitely there to make the biggest, and possibly best,  superhero movie yet.  I don’t think people understand how epic a Superman movie could be. The guy has taken on all-out alien invasions by himself, smashed planets with his bare hands and flown directly through stars unscathed (I know I could have said “faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound ” but that doesn’t really show what he can actually do).  That’s the kind of stuff I want to see in a movie. Hopefully we will.

5.

Elysium

March 1st, 2013

Directed by Neil Blomkamp

Starring: Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copely, William Fichtner, and Alice Braga

Neil Blomkamp has only directed one movie and its one of my favorite movies ever: District 9. That movie was a sci-fi masterpiece and will surely become a classic. In Blomkamp I trust. His next movie has an 120 million dollar budget, four times that of District 9, and he knows how spend his money. We don’t know very much but we do know that:  it takes place about 150 years in the future, Jodie Foster is the head of state on an alien planet, the scale will be much bigger compared to District 9, it will be very violent, and will cover many sociopolitical ideas. Too bad we have to wait almost two years.

4.

The Avengers

May 4th, 2012

The Avengers teaser Poster

Directed by Joss Whedon

Starring: Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Mark Ruffalo (The Hulk), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Scarlet Johansson (Black Widow), Colbie Smolders (Maria Hill) and Tom Hiddleston(Loki).

I’m pretty sure everyone and their grandmother is looking forward to this movie as it has so much potential to be great. Putting all these great superhero’s together in one movie is one big task but I have pretty good faith in Joss Whedon. The entire world is expecting this movie to be amazing and Marvel Studios has not let us down yet. Rumor has it that the plot revolves around Loki using a powerful object called the cosmic cube to summon an alien race called the Skrulls which the Avengers would then have to battle on earth. Sounds pretty darn awesome. Bring on May 4th, 2012!

3.

The Avatar Sequels

December 2014 and 2015

Directed by James Cameron

Starring: Sam Worthington (Jake Sully), Zoe Saldana (Neytiri)

Avatar is one of my favorite films of all time but I know it has a couple of flaws. It had a couple bad lines of dialogue and it was very predictable but I still loved it. Sure, the main story-line has been used many times before but it was well told, epic and had a very original set-up.  I compare Avatar to Star Wars all the time because they are not the best written movies ever but the stories are amazing, the world is so immersive and they both have characters we care and want to know more about. Avatar is, in my opinion, the most visually astounding movie ever made. The fact that this is being made into a trilogy has me so excited. I also really want to see the underwater side of Pandora that Cameron just promised he would show us. Also, James Cameron is the master of sequels with classic movies such Aliens and Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Let’s just hope he can use his sequel magic on these.

2.

The Dark Knight Rises

July 20th, 2012

Tom Hardy as Bane, the main villan from The Dark Knight Rises

 Directed by Christopher Nolan

Starring: Christian Bale (Batman), Anne Hathaway(Catwoman), Tom Hardy (Bane), Michael Caine (Alfred), Morgan Freeman (Lucius Fox), Gary Oldman (Commissioner Gordon), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (John Blake), and Marion Cotillard (Miranda Tate)

Ok I don’t know a single person who didn’t like The Dark Knight. It is commonly accepted as the greatest comic-book movie ever made and is in my opinion, one of the best movies of all time. There is no more trusted director other than Nolan and with good reason. I have seen every movie he has directed and every single one is no where close to being bad.  I don’t expect that to change either. There are a bunch of new additions to a cast that was already superb, a great,multi-dimensional villan in Bane, and the inclusion of Catwoman should create an interesting dynamic with Batman. This series is hopefully going to go down as one of the best trilogies in movie history. 

1.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There and Back Again

December 14th, 2012 and December 19th, 2013

Directed by Peter Jackson

Starring: Ian McKellen (Gandalf), Martin Freemen (Bilbo), Richard Armitage (Thorin), Hugo Weaving (Elrond), Luke Evans (Bard the Bowman), and Mikael Persbrandt (Beorn)

The Lord of the Rings are my favorite movies. They have everything you could possibly want in a movie: action, adventure, emotion, and humor. They were also some of the most visually impressive, and epic, movies ever made. The Hobbit is a much different story and is smaller in scale  than the sequels but I can’t wait to see Peter Jackson’s spin on it.  I am also glad that he is splitting it into two parts so he can capture everything that happened in the novel. Jackson is also adding elements from other books that take place during the same time period into the movie. I’m just  so glad these movies are finally getting made by the same man who directed the original trilogy. These next couple years are going to go by so slowly waiting for this.

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