2015 was a great year for the film industry. Box office records were smashed left, right and centre by the movie giants of Mad Max, Fast 7, Jurassic World and Star Wars, the last two both breaking the records for fastest film to $1 billion worldwide.
Now, 4 days into 2016, the films being released this year seem to be more anticipated than the films that came out last year. And so, here, I’m gunna be talking about the films I’m most looking forward to.
First of all, Honourable Mentions:
Now, this is a film that I’m really looking forward to, and it didn’t make my top 5 purely because I’m looking forward to those films more. The reason why I’m looking forward to this film is because I absolutely love the X-Men franchise, especially the First Class cast members. This film promises to be an epic battle between mutants, a return to the classic X-Men stories between Xavier and Magneto, except this time the enemy is the ancient mutant ‘Apocalypse’ (played by Mr. Poe Dameron himself, Oscar Isaacs). Hopefully this film will carry on from where Days of Future Past left off and bring us all the action and humour an X-Men film should bring.
Batman V Superman
I have mixed feelings for this film. On the one hand I’m loving the idea of Batman and Superman fighting each other and also the introduction of Wonder Woman and the (hopeful) beginning of the Justice League. However, the trailer has done it no favours. It appears only a section of the film will be taken to solve the issue between Batman and superman and then the final act will be focused on a battle against Doomsday. Not only has the trailer seemingly spoiled the whole film but it seems we’re not even getting a full Batman Vs Superman film. I’m hoping I’m wrong, and that there are still some surprises in store for us film goers.
This is an honourable mention, not because I’m looking forward to watching it, but because I’m looking forward to see how well it does. I’m personally of the opinion that Ghostbusters should not have been rebooted, whether it’s an all-female cast, all-male cast or a mixed cast. There’s nothing wrong the original Ghostbuster films, so why re-make them? (This is an on-going issue I have with Hollywood right now) I’ll wait until a trailer comes out for this movie to make a firm decision as to whether or not I’ll go and see it, but until then, I won’t be seeing this in a cinema. (Melissa McCarthy is also someone who I’m not a fan of)
Now. Onto the biggies.
5: Star Trek Beyond
This is the third film in the re-booted Star Trek universe, and it’s the first film not being directed by J.J.Abrams. When the trailer came out, it got me very excited. It looks like a good Sci-Fi action film with the humour and action the first Star Trek film contained, taking a lighter approach than Into Darkness took. This film will also introduce Idris Elba as a main villain, adding to this already star-studded cast. Overall this is one to look out for this year and I think (hope) this’ll be a surprise package this year.
4: Independence Day: resurgence
ITS BEEN 20 YEARS! That’s right, the long awaited sequel to Independence Day is finally here (sadly without Will Smith). This film is focusing on how the human race has used and developed the left over alien technology from the first invasion and how this will be used to stop another alien invasion. It stars returning cast members Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman as well as newcomer Liam Hemsworth. The trailer for this got me suitably hyped for the return of one of my favourite Sci-Fi films especially with the inclusion of that famous presidential speech from the first film.
The Merc With a Mouth is back, and this time his mouth isn’t sewn shut! After his horrific appearance in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and fans pushing for someone to do justice to the character, the film is finally hitting the big screen. With Ryan Reynolds returning for a second go at the character, this R-Rated film promises to be a gem of 2016 and will hopefully lead us to see more of the red-suited superhero and maybe even lead to future cross-overs with the rest of the X-Men.
2: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
This might be one of the biggest gambles Disney and LucasFilm might ever take. Striding away from the episodic timeline Star Wars films have been taking, ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ is the first of the spin-off films being released in between the Episodes and focuses on the story of the rebel troops who steal the Death Star plans that is the center of A New Hope. If this film is a success it’ll be a brilliant addition to the Star Wars Universe and will finally shed some light on the brief time before A New Hope. However, if it fails, it’ll no doubt fall under the same category as the prequels (let’s hope not). Being released in December, much like The Force Awakens, fans will no doubt be looking forward to an early Christmas present again this year.
1: Captain America: Civil War
Finally, my most anticipated film of 2016. Captain America: Civil War. This is the 13th film released by Marvel Studios and will be loosely based on the Civil War comic book. The story will follow Captain America and how he refuses to sign the Superhero Registration Act causing a rift between the Avengers and some new heroes coming in. The film will include familiar faces such as Iron Man, Bucky Barnes and the newly introduced Ant-Man but will also hand debutes to two of Marvels newest heroes Spider-Man and Black Panther. The teaser trailer got every Marvel and Comic fan excited and this is another film I cannot wait to see in the cinema multiple times.