January 20, 2014 by Vinnie Leduc
As cinephiles, including us, scramble to catch up on the best movies of 2013 in time for awards season, we’re also looking ahead to 2014. The new year has already got our plates full, and we’re smackin’ our lips just thinking about them, especially the ones that have been teased via some of the best stingers of 2013 and 2012.
So it’s no wonder that Marvel movies are four of the top ten films we’re looking forward to most. This year we’ve ranked the 14 most anticipated movies of 2014, as voted on by the MediaStinger team and top contributors.
14. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
They’re still teenage, they’re still mutant, and fans of the beloved franchise hope it stays that way after massive uproar and criticism of producer Michael Bay’s decision to simply call the reboot Ninja Turtles to reflect that the pizza-loving reptiles were ALIENS. Blasphemy!
Interestingly, the sultry Megan Fox has somehow crawled her way off Bay’s sh!tlist to play April O’Neil, and William Fichtner will reportedly be Shredder. We’re hoping that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be more like director Jonathan Liebesman’s Battle: Los Angeles and less like like his previous film, Wrath of the Titans.
The Bible may have never looked this epic onscreen, especially with Oscar nominee Darren Aronofsky (Requiem For A Dream, Black Swan) directing Oscar winners Russell Crowe, Anthony Hopkins, and Jennifer Connelly. Noah‘s still gonna need a bigger boat though if he wants to have enough room for the unicorns, chupacabras, and dinosaurs.
12. 22 Jump Street
21 Jump Street was an honorable mention for one of the best movies of 2012, so we’re thrilled that Phil Lord and Chris Miller (who are also directing The Lego Movie by the way) are returning to direct the undercover unit. This time they’re setting up shot across the street at 22 Jump Street, they’re infiltrating college instead of high school, and Jonah Hill is fat again.
I’ve had mixed feelings on one of my favorite action movies being remade, especially after the new Total Recall, one of our most anticipated movies of 2012, tainted our memories of the original Arnold movie, another ultraviolent Paul Verhoeven classic.
The RoboCop reboot’s early viral campaign showed promise, but its first trailer and neutered PG-13 rating reenforced some of my skepticism. However, the second trailer, which you can check out above, looks much better… I’D BUY THAT FOR A DOLLAR!!!
10. The Amazing Spider-Man 2
While visually spectacular and entertaining, the reboot may have come too soon after the Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire trilogy and may have been too similar to Spider-Man. The new Marc Webb and Andrew Garfield trilogy’s middle movie, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, looks to spin its entirely own web, and if you’ve ever seen the trailer above in 3D, you know that this Marvel sequel MUST be seen in 3D.
9. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
Like 300: Rise of an Empire, this stylistic sequel was actually on our list of most anticipated movies last year and also adds Eva Green to the cast. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For comes nearly a decade after Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s original graphic novel adaptation, and the ensemble cast includes many returning actors along with new additions Joseph-Gordon Levitt, Josh Brolin, Ray Liotta, Jeremy Piven, Jamie Chung, and Lady Gaga.
8. Transformers: Age of Extinction
Transformers: Dark of the Moon was the best 3D movie of 2011 and one of our finalists for Best Sci-Fi Movie of 2011, and we’re stoked that Michael Bay has majorly upgraded his male lead from Disney alum Shia LaBeouf to Oscar nominee Mark Wahlberg. Nicola Peltz is the new female lead, but old-school Transformers fans are probably much more excited about Transformers: Age of Extinction due to the confirmed appearance of the Dinobots.
Update: You can check out the first official teaser here.
7. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Back in 2011, Rise of the Planet of the Apes was one of the biggest surprises of the year and ended up being named as one of the best sci-fi flicks and best overall as well. The foreboding mid-credits stinger, one of the best of 2011, is all we’ve had for any speculation as to where the rebooted franchise will go… until Dawn of the Planet of the Apes‘ recent teaser above, which will send chills down your spine.
6. Guardians of the Galaxy
The second Marvel movie on our list is Guardians of the Galaxy. All we really know about this film for sure so far is what was revealed in the mid-credits scene of Thor: The Dark World. The all-star cast includes Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, and Benicio del Toro.
Update: You can check out the first official trailer here.
Has Christopher Nolan made a movie that’s NOT good? No. So after The Dark Knight Rises wrapped up arguably the best trilogy of all time and became our pick for Best Movie of 2012, of course we’re dying to see Interstellar, especially when there’s talk of the sci-fi film dealing with wormholes and possibly time travel and alternate dimensions.
Naturally, Nolan also has a stunningly impressive cast that includes (soon-to-be Oscar winner?) Matthew McConaughey as the lead, a bunch of Oscar nominees (Ellen Burstyn, Casey Affleck, John Lithgow), and an even bigger bunch of Oscar winners (Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, Matt Damon).
4. Edge of Tomorrow
LIVE. DIE. REPEAT. That’s the tagline and premise of Edge of Tomorrow‘s Groundhog Judgment Day sci-fi story. Tom Cruise and sci-fi usually equal a recipe for success, and we really like what the trailer above has to offer.
3. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
While I thought the first Captain America was the worst Avengers movie, the action-packed trailer for The Winter Soldier has gotten me thinking about that playground rule that goes “first the worst, second the best.” The Marvel sequel features Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson as the two Avengers who team up to take down the subtitular character, and it notably adds two-time Oscar winner Robert Redford.
2. X-Men: Days of Future Past
The fourth and final Marvel movie on our list is X-Men: Days of Future Past. As we’ve previously discussed when we listed The Wolverine‘s mid-credits extra scene as the second-best stinger of 2013, we’re loving that Bryan Singer, who directed the first two X-Men movies, is returning to direct the seventh X-Men film, which serves as a sequel to three movies and marks the convergence of two different timelines. And although we didn’t see any in the trailer above, we’re crossing our fingers that he’ll show us some Sentinel action.
Only something GIGANTIC could top a quartet of Marvel movies as our Most Anticipated Movie of 2014. In an extremely close vote, the upcoming Godzilla reboot just barely beat out Days of Future Past for the top spot. Unlike Roland Emmerich’s critics-bashed and fans-trashed 1998 version, this reboot will not be limited to monster-vs.-man sequences, as it will also feature super-sized creature fights (à la Pacific Rim).
Honorable Mentions: How to Train Your Dragon 2, 300: Rise of an Empire, Jupiter Ascending, Need For Speed, Hercules: The Thracian Wars, Non-Stop, The Raid: Berandal, Horrible Bosses 2, Neighbors, The Giver, Divergent, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, Gone Girl, The Lego Movie
What do you think? What are you looking forward to the most this year? Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments.