If you are suffering from Superhero fatigue, plan to remain worn out from the barrage of heroes that will blast into theaters in 2014. Characters from the Marvel Universe will be ever-present throughout the year and no matter what the haters may say, Marvel fans will line up with their hard-earned cash to see the heroes jump off the page on to the big screen. Along with the Marvel heroes, there will be a pop culture explosion at the cinemas with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Transformers and Lego: The Movie hitting theaters in 2014. Here are the four films to keep an eye on in 2014. Dates subject to change.
X-Men: Days of Future Past (5/23/14)
If you thought The Avengers was a tall task to take on, you haven’t seen anything yet. X-Men: Days of Future Past is based on the classic Uncanny X-Men storyline and let me say, it’s a doozy. Under Magneto’s and Professor X’s (McKellan & Stewart) orders, Wolverine transplants his conscious mind and travels back to his younger body in the 1970s to stop an all out war with the help of a young Magneto & Professor X (Fassbender & McAvoy). Are you still with me? Think of the Hot Tub Time Machine time travel aspect. Fox is trying to build their own huge crossover with the appearance of past mutants from the previous X-Men films. This will be the hardest story to pull off and it will be difficult to get novice fans to buy into the intricate plot. Bryan Singer is returning to direct which will help the cause. The trailer gave die-hard fans like me goosebumps.
The big, radioactive Lizard has had a tough go at on the big screen for the last 30 years. The 1998 version Godzilla may be one of the worst movies ever and we all grew up watching the cheesy man in the suit movies. Things started moving in the right direction when Gareth Edwards (Monsters) was hired to direct a more serious version taking its inspiration from the original 1954 Godzilla. Then the teaser trailer dropped and so did our jaws. The new Godzilla has been given The Dark Knight treatment with its very serious tone and depiction of a world where a giant monster exists. Godzilla looks more Contagion than Pacific Rim with people fleeing the destruction of the radioactive beast. I have a strong feeling that this is the Godzilla film fans have been waiting for.
The Amazing Spiderman 2 (5/2/14)
This is the first entry to make the list for the wrong reasons. The Amazing Spiderman was an uneven experience to me. I liked the casting of Andrew Garfield, but I felt as if they were showing us the same story we had seen on film in the last decade. Spoiler alert! Uncle Ben Dies again. This time around they seem to be throwing the kitchen sink at you in The Amazing Spiderman 2. We get Jamie Foxx, as Electro, who looks nothing like Electro. Paul Giamatti is the Rhino who looks more like Voltron. Plus the Osbournes decide to take a ride on the family flying sled. To me it looked like there was way too much going on in the trailer with hints of the Sinister Six who are set to appear in future sequels. By the looks of the trailer, they may have thrown too much at the wall trying to figure out what sticks in The Amazing Spiderman 2.
Guardians of the Galaxy (8/1/14)
I’m sure no one knows who the heck the Guardians of the Galaxy are, but they will come August 1st. This is the Marvel machine at Disney taking their biggest risk ever with a Sci-Fi story that involves a raccoon and a tree. Yes, you heard me right. Wonder Woman, The Flash and Aquaman can’t get their own solo film, but Groot and Rocket Raccoon will make their big screen debut in August. Some think this could be Marvel Films first flop, but not this guy. Marvel will surely tease connections to future films which will make Guardians of the Galaxy a must see for the overall cinematic universe. I’m not saying Guardians of the Galaxy will make Iron Man money, but I do think $150 million is a strong possibility. Look for Chris Pratt, who plays the Guardians of the Galaxy leader Starlord, to become the break out star of 2014.