Movie 1- Avengers 2: Age of Ultron (should be coming up in May)
Movie 2: Ant Man (currently set to come out in July sometime)
This movie will start the storyline in the Marvel Cinematic universe version of Ant Man (aka Hank Pym). He had a much bigger role in earlier versions of Avengers (such as Avengers Earth's Mightiest heroes, Marvel Ultimate Alliance, and Marvel's Ultimate Avengers 1 and 2 movies). Interestingly, Hank is not supposed to appear in the New Avengers movie considering past versions of Ultron were Hank's creation.
Movie 3: Fantastic 4 Reboot
Who here saw Fantastic 4 back in 2005 with Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans (also known as Steve Rogers from Captain America), and Michael Chiklis portraying the Fantastic 4 characters? Well, it looks like we are about to be a reboot version of that movie, this time portrayed by different actors. Will the infamous Doctor Doom make a return in this movie? Only time will tell. It will be interesting to see how this version compares with the 2005 version.
Movie 4: Jurassic World
After a long hiatus in Jurassic Park movies, the franchise is about go get yet another sequel. This movie is supposed to be set about 22 years after the events of the original movie and a new dinosaur theme park is built in place of the old one. It appears a new mutant dinosaur is supposed to make a debut too? I still remember when the earlier version of the movies when they came out in the 1990s and early 2000s (especailly Jurassic Park and Lost World). By the way, where is Turok the Dinosaur (from the N64 game Turok) hunter when you need him should the dinosaurs go on a rampage once again?
Movie 5: Terminator Genysis
Interestingly, the 5th installment of the Terminator is slated to be released later this year and Arnold Schwarzenegger is supposed to make a return into the franchise once again, after being absent from Terminator Salvation (aka Terminator 4) probably as a result of him being governor of California at the time. Interestingly according to an article I read apparently, he wasn't too wild about Terminator Salvation (see http://www.fashionnstyle.com/articles/56098/20150409/terminator-genisys-news-arnold-schwarzenegger-slams-terminator-salvation-says-glad-didnt-have-appear-fourth-movie.htm), though I suppose having less say in the movie was a small price to pay for not being in that movie and being governor instead that year. By the way, while I have seen Terminator Salvation, I haven't seen all of the other 3 movies yet. Will have to watch the other movies sometime.
Movie 6 - Star Wars Force Awakens (aka Episode 7)
You know, who would have thought that there was going to be a third Star Wars trilogy in our lifetime. I remember George Lucas once saying that he wasn't going to make any new Star Wars movies after episode 3 (Revenge of the Sith). However it seems like he had a change of heart and let others directors continue the Star Wars movie storyline. This movie will officially mark the beginning of the 3rd trilogy and will see the return of old favorites (portrayed by the original actors and actresses), including Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, etc. This storyline is set 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi, though even I am in the dark on what the new movies are going to be about. Originally I thought that the Expanded Universe (such as books, comics, games, etc) were going to bridge the gap between the original trilogy and the new trilogy but it looks like the producers are not going to use those versions of events (no longer considered canon) and the new movies will be all new, so it is pretty much uncharted territory now. There is some speculation though considering that there were some loose ends ins the storyline after Return of the Jedi (especially in light of the prequels). Some questions I might have includes:
1) Does Luke restore the Jedi council (remember it was decimated during the events of Revenge of the Sith, especially once Order 66 was issued by Palpatine).
2) Does Darth Sidious Make a return despite his apparent death in Return of the Jedi?
3) What happens to Coruscant and the fallen Old Republic?
4) How about Han and Leia? In the book version of events, they get married and have kids (Jacen and Jaina)
5) Does Boba Fett escape the Sarlacc monster? In the expanded universe, he does?
6) Is Luke married? In the book version of events, he gets married to a lady named Mara Jade. Interestingly, if you read the Thrawn Trilogy, initially she wanted to kill Luke as a result of Palpatine's death, but I don't remember seeing her in the prequel trilogy, so I don't know if she will be in the movie or not.
7) Does Obi Wan Kenobi make a return as force ghost
8) Does Leia become a jedi? Remember in Return of the Jedi she just begun to realise her powers (much like how Luke was in Episode 4).
9) How about Luke and Leia's origins (not sure how much they knew about Anakin and Padme).
And many other questions. Of course right now, one can only speculate.
Well, that is all for now. I am sure there are many other movies set to be released this year. How about you, are there movies you are anticipating this year? Next year (2016) we will see more big name movies, including Captain America 3: Civil War, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Reboot (bringing back all of the original characters portrayed by new actors), Superman vs Batman (interestingly, when Man of Steel came out, I had to do a demo at the Walmart in South Everett where I literally had to dress up as Superman and try to get people to buy tickets for the debut screening of the movie, it will be interesting to see if Walmart stores do a similar promotion for the next film), and Independence Day 2 (yes, Independence day is getting a sequel at last). By the way, all of these movies coming up are already giving me ideas on what to dress up as to next year's Emerald City comic con. Could go as superman again, Batman, a power rangers character (doing a Bulk and Skull cosplay might be fun, though I would have to get someone to dress up too and get a punk outfit to look authentic), or even a Star Wars character.