One of the most pleasant surprises for me last year at the theater was how awesome The Maze Runner turned out to be. It’s the rare series where I haven’t read the books, and I’ve kept myself from reading the rest of James Dashner’s series so I can go into The Scorch Trials not knowing any more than what I do from this first trailer, which looks fantastic. Aiden Gillen (Game of Thrones), Lili Taylor, Nathalie Emmanuel (Furious 7) and Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad) join the cast as the trials continue on September 18, 2015.
Just a quick reminder to vote on which of these films is your most anticipated from Marvel’s upcoming third phase of its cinematic universe. Ant-Man will kick things off in just two months, so look through your choices and VOTE VOTE VOTE! The KT Phase 3 film of choice will be announced early next week so get to clickin’!With Avengers: Age of Ultron bringing to a close MCU Phase 2, we now turn our sights to Phase 3, which will begin in just a few short months with Ant-Man. Phase 3 is going to be the darkness before the dawn. We’re going to lose old friends, but we’re going to gain a heck of a lot of new ones including Spider-Man making his MCU debut in Cap 3. The final film in Phase 3 will NOT be Avengers: Infinity War Part II, but The Inhumans, which leads one to wonder what the jumping off point will be for Phase 4. Given their close ties to the Fantastic Four, perhaps they’re hoping they can wheedle them back from FOX by then and give us a post-credits Inhumans tease of Galactus. That ….would be epic.
Brad Bird’s fourth directorial effort (after The Iron Giant, The Incredibles and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol), Tomorrowland, will be hitting theaters on Friday and seems to be getting good-if not Brad Birdian great-reviews. His next project will be the long-awaited sequel to The Incredibles, possibly the greatest non-comic based super hero of all-time. Oh and possibly the greatest Pixar film, which is a debate that never can have a clear winner.
There are so many things to love about this movie, besides the fact that it absolutely does rip off The Fantastic Four and pretty much has made it impossible for anyone to do a FF movie that doesn’t look like a cheap knock-off of The Incredibles. Bird wrote, directed and co-starred in the film as my favorite character: Edna Mode. Edna, in a world awash with costumed heroes, is the Yves St. Laurent of their world. She’s also clinically insane.
I’ve cheated and included both her scene with Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) showing off the family’s new suits and the scene with Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Ferguson) explaining her “NO CAPES” policy. All I care about in I2 is that there is at least one Edna scene. I’m good after that. Tomorrowland opens Friday and The Incredibles 2 has what I think is a ludicrously optimistic release date of 2016 given that Brad Bird just started writing the script. Whenever it does come out though, I’m sure it’ll more than be worth the wait.
When Ant-Man jumped from the holidays to July 17, it did so to directly challenged this film: Pan. Pan then took a leaping hop backward to October 9, 2015 into the spacious early autumn. From what I’ve seen, after two trailers, I think this movie could have seriously beaten Ant-Man down and out of the two I’d be going to this. Not out of disloyalty to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but because I’d love to see James Barrie’s book (and he’s credited as a co-writer on the script) come to life over several films and watch the characters evolve.
There’s no Wendy, Michael or John in this story. This is the story of how Peter came to Neverland, how he met James Hook, and how that went so legendarily wrong. I love Barrie’s book; it’s one that means a lot to me, so a cinematic tribute to that work, expanded with the kind of care shown Lordof the Rings,would be an absolute triumph. Joe Wright is directing (Atonement,) and you have and actual boy playing Peter Pan in Levi Miller. Any adaptation that uses a grown woman has lost me before it’s begun. Hugh Jackman plays Blackbeard, the Pirate initially in charge and Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy) plays Hook, and we all know where that’s headed. I don’t recognize the actor playing Smee,but hilarious if he was fit as could be and on his way to pirate super-stardom,then we just see him slowly unravel over the course of the films. Rooney Mara plays Tiger Lilly, and pirates and Indians just don’t socialize well.
Below you have your first look at the individual character posters. Pan opens on July 17, 2015, hopeful it will be as strong as I’m hoping it will be.