With summer just around the corner, it may be prudent to take a look at some of the big blockbusters coming up and see what’s worth going to. Here’s a list of some of the previews for the coming months.
Thor: Marvel is trying to dominate the movies this summer with three huge superhero blockbusters. The first is Thor. Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is the Norse God of Thunder and is banished to Earth after ticking off his dad, Odin. Hence, Thor has to figure out how to make a new life for himself. With the success of the Iron Man movies, this film has promise.
Captain America: The First Avenger: Joining Thor is his old buddy, Captain America, with his own movie. Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) is a young and eager soldier from World War II who volunteers to be transformed into a super hero. The thing looks like a cross between Saving Private Ryan and The Super Friends.
X-Men: First Class: This film is not part of Marvel’s Avengers series, but ties back into their mega X-Men series. It shows Xavier’s (James McAvoy) school for mutants when it first opened its doors. The original cast from the first four movies is surprisingly absent and a whole new crowd gets to slather on makeup and look like freaks.
Green Lantern: Not wanting to be left out of the summer, DC is throwing in its own mega super hero movie. Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds) is a test pilot who is chosen to be part of an intergalactic police squad who sport super powerful rings. For comic book lovers this film will be a treat since it looks like they copy/pasted the characters directly out of the books themselves. DC is also dropping hints at Batman and Superman movies next summer.
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides: The comic book companies aren’t the only ones milking franchises. Disney is bringing out the fourth of its magic pirate adventures, this time though the previews are hinting that mermaids and zombies will get to play with Johnny Depp. It’s pretty sad that Disney has to drag zombies, currently one of the most popular things since Pokemon, into this mess to draw crowds.
Cowboys and Aliens: The title alone is enough. It’s the “Wild West and ET shows up” to mess things up. The saddest part of this thing is that Harrison Ford, the original space cowboy, is starring. Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull wasn’t so bad that it killed Ford’s career, he shouldn’t have to do this. Look out for other titles like legionaries and zombies, confederates and ghosts and Nazis and witches.
Sucker Punch: It’s hard to tell where to put this film. It looks like a live action Anime. It seems to be mainly about underage girls in uniforms running around with swords as part of some sort of escapism fantasy. It actually doesn’t look half bad. The cinematics look great, even compared to today’s standards.