Every year, thousands of movies hit theater screens around the world and I’m usually only able to catch a handful during their entire theatrical run. Therefore, I have to be pretty damn selective when it comes to what I choose to spend that precious Fandango gift card I received for Christmas on to see. With that in mind, I have assembled a list of the 20 films that are most likely to chip away at the obsidian monolith that is my movie ticket budget.
As you may have already noticed, I took the subheading of this article from a quote often attributed to Terminator 2: Judgment Day: “The future is not set. There is no fate but what we make for ourselves.” I suppose that’s my pretentious way of suggesting that one or more of the films on this list could turn out to be complete wastes of time, but we won’t know for sure until they’re released theatrically in the coming months.
Also, the release dates noted in the article are correct as of press time, but are subject to change.
Marvel Studios held an event today at the El Capitan Theater in Los Angeles to make some stunning announcements revolving around their Phase Three film release slate, the details of which have mostly been the subject of rumor and conjecture until now. Studio president Kevin Feige hosted the event (with some surprise guests) and later held court at a press-only Q&A following the announcements.
Movies/release dates that were announced or confirmed include Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Thor: Ragnarok, Captain America: Civil War, Black Panther (including who will play the title role), Captain Marvel, Inhumans, and a two-part Avengers titled Avengers: Infinity War.
You can read a full recap of the event, and see logo images for all of these movies and an official concept art image of Black Panther below!
Yesterday, it was confirmed that Paul Bettany had been cast as The Vision, Ultron’s synthezoid who turns on his creator and joins The Avengers. Whether or not that happens in Avengers: Age Of Ultron remains to be seen. But it was definitely an upgrade for the actor, who had been voicing JARVIS since Iron Man. Now, you might think with filming set to begin in a month that the casting phase is complete. Well, that isn’t the case.
Latino Review reports that Ms. Marvel is the final role for Avengers: Age of Ultron they are looking for.
It’s fairly obvious that Marvel Studios has laid out the groundwork for their Cinematic Universe. Each and every film bridges the gap to the next chapter of each Phase, with each and every event having an effect on the end of each Phase.
So the events in Captain America: The Winter Soldier will have an effect on what we see in Avengers: Age Of Ultron. Disney CEO Bob Iger told The Wrap that the upcoming film will “set critical events in motion” that will lead directly into next year’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron.