If you have recovered from your Christmas-induced food coma, by now you’re probably thinking about what adventures 2016 will bring. In true Futurist fashion, I present you the biggest movies of 2016. (So it is written, so it shall be)
The Marvel Cinematic Universe – including movies yet to come.
These all happen to be gleaned from the Superhero genre – mainly because the biggest movies these days are in that field, or the sci-fi genre. Superhero movies is, much like Spaghetti Westerns of the 60s and 70s, a money making genre that appears to generate the most hype and have a growing fan base. This can be both good and bad.
Just look at some internet comments from fans of these movies, and you’ll know what I’m talking about. Someone expressing their love or hate for one of these movies on the net risks initiating World War 3. With that being said, I will enjoy reading the comments stemming from this post…
Enough of the rambling, let’s head to the movies that you should ensure you book well in advance of their respective release dates!
4th February 2016
A long time coming, many have not heard of the wise-cracking, sword wielding, fourth wall breaking Deadpool. Deadpool is a mutant with a healing ability not unlike Wolverine with a severely scarred body. Which is why he’s always wearing the suit. He also has a dark sense of humour – he literally cannot shut up. Ryan Reynolds was born to play this guy.
Deadpool is special because in the comics, he consistently talks to the “readers” (what is known as breaking the 4th wall). He is the only one aware he is in a comic book. The same is true with the movie version. In fact in the Deadpool trailer, Ryan Reynolds’ character says “cue the music” at the point where the beat drops from the trailer – as he knows he is in a trailer. Also he makes references to the failed Green Lantern movie which he acted the main character: “Don’t make my costume green… or animated”.
He is definitely an anti-hero with a difference. Definitely not a movie for kids incidentally.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
25th March 2016
DC and Warner Brothers are finally working towards their answer to Marvel Studio’s movie dominance. The rivals, Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is approaching their 13th movie – they have built up 12 interconnected movies so far. DC entered with Man of Steel, and have gone for pitting Batman against Superman already. Too soon? But wait, there’s more.
Wonder Woman and Aquaman are also scheduled to make an apperance. The main villain looks to be an interesting take on Lex Luthor acted by Mike Zuckerb… I mean, Jesse Eisenberg. Oh, not enough bad guys for you? Then let’s throw in Doomsday too. Not to worry, I would like DC and Warner Brothers to do well. I’m not a blind Marvel fan. But I am pointing out that DC are taking a big risk introducing so many characters in their second movie. It would be the equivalent of Marvel releasing Iron Man, and then The Avengers – with no build up of Captain America, Thor, Nick Fury, Black Widow, or Hawkeye.
It is a risk by DC, but one that may pay off given the popularity of their characters. It will be the first time in cinematic history that Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman share the same movie. So far, the trailers look visually stunning. Let’s all hope it delivers!
Captain America: Civil War
29th April 2016
I have a whole blog post dedicated to why one should watch this movie in the post Captain America: Civil War… Why Should You Care?, sooo… I’m not going to waste time here. That’s right. Add to my post view count. Go ahead.
Ok fine, here’s a tidbit. In general, this movie has been dubbed as “Avengers 2.5”, given most of the Avengers show up in this movie. After continuing escalation of disasters involving superhumans leads to a government sanction to register people with powers, the heroes are split right down the middle, forcing them to fight against each other. The opposing sides are led by Captain America and Iron Man.
27th May 2016
The Fox produced X-Men movies have had some ups and downs, but the recent two movies, X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past have reinvigorated the franchise and have X-Men fans enthused about this latest instalment.
It features the immortal mutant Apocalypse – the first mutant to exist as the main antagonist. His powers, including total control over his molecules so he can alter his size, are so vast that through the ages he has been worshipped. Of course what I’m trying to say, is that his powers are so vague, I don’t really know them all. He usually recruits 4 mutants (ok, forces 4 mutants) and gives them power. They become… wait for it… the four horsemen of the apocalypse.
5th August 2016
This movie has the potential of being the sneak success of the year. The main synopsis is that a government agency, Argus, assembles a group of villains to complete missions for their country. There have been animated movies of this group as well as an adaptation on the TV series Arrow. There is usually some implanted chip in each of the villains ready to be detonated by the head of Argus, Amanda Waller should they step out of line.
Why should this be so successful? The same reason The Dirty Dozen was successful. Assembling a group of misfits have been done successfully in Marvel’s The Avengers. But it will be especially interesting watching a group of villains, who care nothing about saving the world ordinarily, trying to work together. We have yet another iteration of The Joker making an appearance, and fan-favourite Harley Quinn making her movie debut. Will Smith stars as the expert marksman Deadshot.
7th October 2016
I’ll be honest, besides the fact that Channing Tatum will be playing Gambit, and… he’s an X-Men character…
I’ve got nothing.
They did try to show us Gambit in X-Men: Wolverine Origins, but evidently it wasn’t too impressive. Perhaps the fact that not much is known about this movie so far will help it in the long run. The guy was my favourite X-Men character. Hence, it’s in this list.
4th November 2016
My top two movies for 2016 are Captain America: Civil War, and this one – Dr Strange.
Not many know about this character, besides comic book fans. The next entry is Marvel Studios’ introduction to a character whose powers lies in the mystical. His full title is Dr Strange, Sorcerer Supreme. He is to be portrayed by a very talented actor Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock, Star Trek Into Darkness). Now that the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has touched on the technological, the political, and the cosmic, they are now expanding on the mystical/magical side… or is it?
Dr Stephen Strange was actually mentioned in Captain America: The Winter Soldier if you paid enough attention. His background is as a world renowned surgeon who, after an accident, lost the use of his hands. He tried everything scientific to bring them back. He ended up meeting a character called The Ancient One who showed him how to harness inter-dimensional power.
Chiwetel Ejiofor will be acting as Baron Mordo, another sorcerer who trains under The Ancient One, but his jealousy of Dr Strange being Sorcerer Supreme instead of himself leads him to the dark side of… wait, that’s a Star Wars reference… leads him to evil. Yeah. Evil.
This movie will be a game changer for Marvel, and one of the most visually stunning movies they have produced, so don’t miss it!
There are of course other highly expected movies over the course of 2016 to watch out for…
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Michael Bay reloaded)
Now You See Me 2
Independence Day: Resurgence
Star Trek Beyond
Make sure you book your tickets early – these movies are likely to be sold out early. Also, a number of these are sequels or part of a franchise. Catch up, or go with someone who knows!
No, I’m busy.