The1stMJC’s 2015: Movies

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Here is part two of my two part series where I look at what I am most excited about in the next year or so. Today we break away from games and look at what will be heading to the cinema in 2015.

Avengers: Age of Ultron (May 1st)
Did you see that trailer? There was so much going on – broken shields, fallen hammers, a bad-ass Ultron, another Quicksilver, and Iron Man decked out in Hulkbuster gear fighting The Hulk! Sorry I may need a minute to calm down.

Okay, the first Avengers film was not supposed to work. It was supposed to be impossible to balance a film with that much star power, but the based god Joss Whedon pulled it off and made a great action flick. Now with an impossible film under his belt (two if you count Serenity) Joss Whedon hopes to keep the Marvel train rolling with Age of Ultron.

In this movie Earth’s Mightiest Heroes face their biggest threat when the powerful A.I. Ultron begins wreaking havoc on the world. Can the team put their egos aside once again and take down their biggest threat or will they fall?

The trailer shows a much darker film than the last one and a great sense of urgency as everyone is seen getting beat up with even the Hulk going rogue. Marvel has a big picture view with films lined up until 2020 so Age of Ultron will be a big puzzle piece for the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So many questions are left just from the first trailer. Will the team come out of the movie intact or will we begin to see cracks to set-up Captain America: Civil War? How much backstory will Black Widow receive? Is Hulk snapping and being exiled to space like he did in the Planet Hulk run? Is Marvel’s Quicksilver going to be abe to top Fox’s Quicksilver? So many more questions are running through my head and I cannot wait to have them answered.

 

 

Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (December 18th)
The Prequels soured many on the franchise. Some fans ignore them completely while others deal with them but complain about them any chance they get. With that said, how will Star Wars fare in a new world so far separated from the original trilogy and not too far from the prequels?

The first trailer was shown for the film and while it had great visuals and a cool new lightsaber it didn’t reveal much. It was met with glee and hatred because of the track record of the prequels. Now out of George Lucas’ hands can J.J. Abrams do what he did for Star Trek and introduce a whole new generation of fans to a famous franchise while appeasing longtime fans?

I loved the original trilogy and thought the prequels were alright. I wouldn’t even consider myself a huge fan of Star Wars. What I find intriguing about this film is the response it will receive from the world. I question whether the franchise is as huge as it once was or if the Marvel, Harry Potter, or Hobbit franchises have passed it by. I don’t see a lot kids running to the toy aisles (I work in retail) for Star Wars stuff like they do for the latest Marvel or Transformer toys. Yes, that could be because it has been a while since the last movie, but still it makes me wonder about the franchise’s power.

Regardless I am absolutely fascinated by how this will work out for Disney and the future Star Wars films. It will make a ton of money, but can it beat Avengers: Age of Ultron at the box office?

 

 

Mad Max: Fury Road (May 15th)
I really didn’t have any expectations for this film in part because I don’t have the same reverence for the Mad Max franchise that others do. I’m 25 and that movie is hard to look back on without it being cheesy. But with that in mind the trailer absolutely blew me away with its blasting soundtrack and wild visual presentation. Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron are great actors and will likely deliver strong performances. I have wanted more major roles for Tom Hardy since Bronson and I hope this will be the movie that makes him a leading man in more films.

I love the idea that George Miller, the creator of Mad Max is directing this film because now with the help of technology he has the chance to really capture his original vision without the confines of 70s/80s tech. Revisiting or rebooting a franchise is a tired trope, but it is rare that the original mind behind the property has the chance to do the rebooting. So I’m sold and if you are not then just watch the trailer again.

 

 

Quick Hits
Kingsman: The Secret Service (Feb 13th) – I liked the comic book, the trailer looks like a fun film, and if it means we get two Mark Hamill movies in 2015 I am happy.

Jurassic World (June 20th)- Starlord riding a bike with velociraptors at his side means they have my money. I always wanted to see the park open and now we have the chance to see the dream of John Hammond realized.

Ant-Man (July 17th) – They lost Edgar Wright as the director and have Paul Rudd starring as the hero. It’s a risky project for Marvel, but so was Guardians of the Galaxy.

Fantastic Four (Aug 20th) – Fuck this movie! I’ll see it anyway because I’m pathetic and weak.

Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (Nov 20th) – The Hunger Games story ends and forces Hollywood to find the next young adult novel to turn into a blockbuster.

Written by Michael Cwick

Michael Cwick

Just a nerd from the Windy City. I’m actually really bad at describing myself because I get all self-critical and self-conscious. Follow me on Twitter, @The1stMJC, to see my borderline insane rants on tv shows and other non important subjects. If I’m not tweeting I’m probably just watching Buffy or Firefly for the millionth time.

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  • Keith Dunn

    I say ditto to ALL this!