2014 Blockbuster Preview: X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, INTERSTELLAR, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, 22 JUMP STREET, and More

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It’s no secret that 2015 is going to be a sort of moviepocalypse with regards to its sheer magnitude of massive films, but right now we’ve still got 2014 to look forward to.  There are plenty of exciting large-scale films on tap for the coming year ranging from sequels to reboots to (gasp!) original properties.  Inevitably some will be great and some will be disappointing, but right now we’re full of optimism, and we’ve put together a list of 25 promising blockbusters set to be released in the next 12 months.  Read on after the jump.

Note: For the sake of this article, a “blockbuster” is considered a large-scale, big budget event film.  Movies are listed in order of release.

THE LEGO MOVIE

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Directors: Phil Lord and Chris Miller

Cast: Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Ferrell, Will Arnett, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Charlie Day, Channing Tatum, and Jonah Hill.

Release Date: February 7th in 3D

Why We’re Excited About It:  Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller have carved out an excellent niche for themselves with Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and 21 Jump Street, and so it’s great to see their trademark goofball humor intact for the animated LEGO film.  The trailers have all showcased a mix of wonderfully odd jokes and a colorful, entertaining energy befitting a LEGO movie, so hopes are high for this one.

ROBOCOP

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Director: Jose Padilha

Cast: Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Abbie Cornish, Jay Baruchel, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, and Samuel L. Jackson.

Release Date: February 12th.

Why We’re Excited About It: Though it’s tough to argue that a RoboCop remake is “necessary”, Padilha looks to have crafted an interesting take on the Paul Verhoeven classic that speaks to modern issues like drone warfare and free will.  Joel Kinnaman is a rising star in his own right, and it never hurts to add the fantastic Michael Keaton and Gary Oldman into the ensemble.  The jury’s still out on whether all of this will be worthwhile or not, but we’re definitely curious to find out.

NOAH

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Director: Darren Aronofsky

Cast: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, Douglas Booth, and Anthony Hopkins.

Release Date: March 28th.

Why We’re Excited About It: Each new Darren Aronofsky film is an exciting affair, but Noah has the filmmaker navigating tentpole territory for the first time.  Though the initial trailers looked to be pretty straightforward with regards to Aronofsky’s Biblical epic, the director’s take involves plenty of curious additions (including 11-foot-tall fallen angels called Watchers) so we’re eager to see how this one plays out.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER

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Directors: Joe and Anthony Russo

Cast: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Sebastian Stan, Frank Grillo, Cobie Smulders, Hayley Atwell, Toby Jones, Emily VanCamp, Georges St-Pierre, and Robert Redford.

Release Date: April 4th in 3D.

Why We’re Excited About It: Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World had the difficult task of following up 2012’s The Avengers, but Marvel’s Phase Two is now firmly in full swing.  The most exciting aspect about The Winter Soldier is that the film will explore decidedly different territory for Marvel, as the timely pic is being described as a “political thriller”.  Add acting legend Robert Redford into the mix, and the first of two 2013 Marvel films is looking quite promising.

TRANSCENDENCE

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Director: Wally Pfister

Cast: Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Kate Mara, Cillian Murphy, Clifton Collins Jr., and Morgan Freeman.

Release Date: April 17th in IMAX.

Why We’re Excited About It: Here’s something new: an original, non-franchise, non-sequel, non-reboot movie!  Cinematographer Wally Pfister served as Christopher Nolan’s collaborator on nearly all of his films, but now Pfister is trying his hand as a feature film director for the first time.  Transcendence tackles some promisingly heady sci-fi issues like The Singularity, underground movements, and how technology rules our lives, and it also looks pretty terrifying.

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2

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Director: Marc Webb

Cast: Andrew Garfield, Jamie Foxx, Emma Stone, Dane DeHaan, Sally Field, Paul Giamatti, Felicity Jones, B.J. Novak, and Chris Cooper.

Release Date: May 2nd in 3D and IMAX 3D.

Why We’re Excited About It: Now that the origin story is out of the way, director Marc Webb has the freedom to really explore this new take on Spider-Man.  There do seem to be quite a few villains in the mix, but Webb’s strong suit is the small character scenes and adding Dane DeHaan as Harry Osborn into the mix will hopefully lead to some meaty Parker/Osborn scenes in the follow-up.  Of course, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will also be leading into Sony’s newly announced expanded universe plans, so we’re also eager to see how the film sets up The Sinister Six and Venom.

GODZILLA

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Director: Gareth Edwards

Cast: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, Ken Watanabe, and Sally Hawkins.

Release Date: May 16th in 3D.

Why We’re Excited About It: Any hesitation over director Gareth Edwards’ new take on Godzilla went squarely out the window after the stellar first teaser trailer was released online.  The tone looks to find a nice balance between the super serious Christopher Nolan-style tentpole and a massive monster movie, and the prospect of seeing Godzilla square off against multiple creatures in the pic is doubly exciting.

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

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Director: Bryan Singer

Cast: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Peter Dinklage, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, and Halle Berry.

Release Date: May 23rd in 3D.

Why We’re Excited About It:  This star-studded follow-up to X-Men: First Class marks a reunion of sorts for the X-Men series.  X-Men and X2 director Bryan Singer returns to the director’s chair to bring nearly the entire original cast together with the new First Class crop of actors in a story involving time travel, Sentinels, and Bolivar Trask.  The pic’s first trailer was great, and the film will lead directly into the recently announced follow-up X-Men: Apocalypse, which Singer will also direct.  The X-Men franchise is very much alive and kicking.

A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST

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Director: Seth MacFarlane

Cast: Seth MacFarlane, Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried, Sarah Silverman, Giovanni Ribisi, and Neil Patrick Harris.

Release Date: May 30th.

Why We’re Excited About It: Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane proved with Ted that he could successfully make the move to feature films, and he recruited Ted scribes Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild to help co-write the script for his second feature: a Western comedy.  MacFarlane also stars in the film, and while we haven’t seen much from the pic, we’re eager to see how the multi-talented MacFarlane’s next film comes together.  If anything, the prospect of seeing Liam Neeson as a notorious outlaw in a Wild West comedy will be worth the price of admission.

EDGE OF TOMORROW

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Director: Doug Liman

Cast: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Laura Pulver, and Jeremy Piven.

Release Date: June 6th.

Why We’re Excited About It: Though this Groundhog Day-esque actioner had been flying a bit under the radar, the film’s first trailer announced itself as one to look for in 2014.  Tom Cruise is one of the most committed actors on the planet, and the intriguing premise of a rookie military officer forced to relive the same battle over and over again sets up plenty of opportunities for some excellent action set pieces.  Here’s hoping 2014’s sci-fi offerings aren’t as disappointing as 2013’s were.

22 JUMP STREET

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Directors: Phil Lord and Chris Miller

Cast: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Amber Stevens, Jillian Bell, Craig Roberts, Nick Offerman, and Ice Cube.

Release Date: June 13th.

Why We’re Excited About It: The second 2014 film from Lord and Miller is just as exciting as the first—if not moreso.  21 Jump Street was a pleasant surprise, as the directors once again infused their goofball sense of humor into the action comedy genre.  This time around, the formidable comedic duo of Hill and Tatum are infiltrating a college campus.  The premise is rife with plenty of comedic opportunities, but we can rest assured that Lord and Miller will be finding the least expected ways to make us laugh.

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2

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Director: Dean DeBlois

Cast: Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Kit Harington, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T.J. Miller, Djimon Hounsou, and Kristen Wiig.

Release Date: June 13th in 3D.

Why We’re Excited About It: It’s been a long wait for the follow-up to Dreamworks Animation’s excellent 2010 film How to Train Your Dragon, but the sequel looks like it just might be worth it.  The follow-up takes place five years after the events of the first installment and finds Hiccup and Toothless exploring new territories, only to find a secret ice cave housing hundreds of new wild dragons.  The trailer is certainly promising, offering up even more gorgeous visuals, and we can’t wait to see what else the full film has in store.

TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION

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Director: Michael Bay

Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Jack Reynor, Nicolas Peltz, Kelsey Grammer, Stanley Tucci, T.J. Miller, Titus Welliver, Han Geng, Sophia Myles, and Li Bingbing.

Release Date: June 27th in 3D and IMAX 3D.

Why We’re Excited About It: Leave it to Michael Bay to reboot his own franchise.  The fourth film in Bay’s Transformers series focuses on a wholly new set of characters, and the director has teased that it’s a more “grown up” story than the previous films.  We’re interested to see how T4 fits into the Transformers universe as a whole, and of course we’re looking forward to seeing just how many different things Bay blows up.

DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

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Director: Matt Reeves

Cast: Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Keri Russell, Gary Oldman, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Kirk Acevedo, Toby Kebbell, Enrique Murciano, and Judy Greer.

Release Date: July 18th in 3D.

Why We’re Excited About It: 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes was a pleasantly surprising entry in the Apes franchise, and for the follow-up Fox is taking things down an even darker path.  Let Me In director Matt Reeves’ sequel takes place 15 years after the events of Rise and finds the human race in survival mode, trying to establish a peaceful coexistence with Caesar and his ape clan.  The first trailer looks fantastic, so we’re eager to see how the full film progresses.

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  • George

    Interstellar and Godzilla are easily my most anticipated for 2014. Looks like a much better year for blockbusters than 2013 was. Hopefully the quality of the films live up to the hype

    • Fiz

      Interstellar and Guardians of the Galaxy for me. I’m not familiar with those Marvel characters at all, so I’m really curious to see the latter. Though I’m not normally into big lumbering Kaiju movies, the Godzilla trailer was great.

      Based on the source material they’re pulling from, I’m not all that enthusiastic about the third Hobbit or Hunger Games films (though I’m sure I’ll end up seeing them).

      • George

        Yeah, I’m really curious how GotG will turn out. It will either be one of the best Marvel movies ever, or the worst, but definitely hoping for the former.

        The Hobbit movies have been pretty good, but they just aren’t reaching the heights that the original LotR trilogy did for me, and for that, I’m kinda disappointed. I wish Jackson didn’t try to cram in all of that extra exposition from Tolkein’s other writings into The Hobbit, and just stuck with a straight adaptation of the book. Splitting it into 2 films I was fine with, but 3 three hour movies is really pushing it. Desolation of Smaug was certainly an improvement over the first film, but again, not as great as I had hoped.

        I haven’t seen Catching Fire yet but I’ve heard great things about it, especially after the mediocre first film (with that godawful shaky cam).

      • The Flobbit

        Heyy…Desolation of Smaug was awesome. Everything from Bilbo maniacally hacking at a spider creature who stole the ring, to Bombur wielding double bladed axes in a barrel, to Legolas shooting two dudes with one arrow, to Lee Pace’s serpentine performance, Richard Armitage impossible gravitas, to Benedict Cumberbatch practically dripping with honey-tongued evil… It was great.

        And there were also positively Tolkienian moments – Bilbo and the butterflies, Beorn looked great, the folly of the Silvan elves, and the ever-present courage and bravery of hobbits to the stubbornness of dwarves.

      • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

        Just watched Catching fire yesterday, and I can confirm that it’s a movie not to miss. The tone is darker. special effects top notch.

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  • Oliver Queen

    Really good sum up but no TMNT?? Come on Adam!

    • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

      Thank you. I was wondering why that was left off. That’s one film that I am excited for, more than Robocop, and can’t wait to see the 1st trailer.

  • Adam Heatherly

    Omg Collider acknowledged the hobbit i think im gonna faint

  • Bob

    Interstellar, Guardians of the Galaxy, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Godzilla.

  • Doug_101

    Interstellar’s my #1 and I’m really looking forward to the Marvel films (both Disney and Fox), but I’m really curious about Jupiter Ascending. I really liked Cloud Atlas and am interested to see what the Wachowskis have cooked up with this one.

  • Michael Horne

    I’m really looking forward to The Maze Runner.

    • eternalozzie

      Me too .. cool book and Dylan O’Brien is quite talented.

  • God of Collider

    Nolan is a blasphemer and shall never be forgiven for his rape of Batman. Using such an egregiously idiotic Macguffin as Space Corn is also an unforgivable trangression.
    However, I must admit I was wrong to dismiss Transcendence before seeing the trailer; I found it mind-blowing.The time has come for Pfister to reveal himself as the true talent behind the curtain. All of Nolan’s hype and success rests at Pfister’s feet. He has spent to long carrying Nolan on his back, consigned to polishing Nolan’s turds. Take away Pfister visuals from Nolan’s films and all you have is hamfisted, awful dialogue and plotholes.
    Doubt me? Wait until you look upon the horror that is Interstellar and bask in the magnificence that is Transcendence.

    • yourmother

      troll harder idiot

      • God of Collider

        So you want me to troll? You baffle me.

    • AdeoAdversary

      Haha. ya for sure, the guy who wasn’t responsible for the conception, writing, storyboarding, directing, VFX, or casting of Nolan’s films but was responsible for the cinematography is the reason for Nolan success. Ok, good, glad we got that out of the way. But ya, Johnny Depp turning into an angry computer might actually be cool, I’ll give you that oh Lord.

    • Firefly13

      Agreed. Nolan’s Batman trilogy is over-rated beyond belief. The only good thing about the second flick was Heath Ledger. The rest was a shambles of overblown wannabe story-telling.
      Although it did look like an amazing world. I wish someone would take Batman back to being what he does best – being an intelligent “detective” instead of an all-out action hero.

      I love how the word “troll” is getting used these days. “Oh, you don’t agree with my opinion or you have a different opinion, you’re not a human being sharing a different view. Nope, you’re a “troll”.” Get over yourselves, people. Grow up. Allow discussions to happen whether you side with what is being said or not. Stop acting so juvenile.

    • Sheila E-40

      Agreed, Nolan’s Batman sucked – the lack of detecting, the gunfire, the murdering, the cowardly way he kept quitting in both parts 2 and 3…

      But c’mon, you gotta love Momento, The Prestige, Inception, right?

      • God of Collider

        Memento is good. Inception is entertaining. However, Rises is the point at which he became a total hack. He did not care at all about turning in a good film out of respect for the fans of the series. If Interstellar is good I’ll eat crow but I doubt he’ll ever return from hackdom.

  • Sidik chan

    No Noah?

  • The Flobbit

    My most anticipated films of the year. Starred films indicate huge anticipation:

    Noah, because: Russell Crowe and six limbed rock giants.
    The Lego Movie, because: Batman only works in very dark grey. *
    Transcendence, because: Johnny Depp looks normal. *
    Godzilla, because: HALO jumps rule. *
    X-Men: Days of Future Past, because: Twice the Magneto, Twice the Xavier. *
    Edge of Tomorrow, because: All you need is kill.
    How to Train Your Dragon 2, because: Cate Blanchett, and new dragons. *
    Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, because: He needs to speak to Caesar. *
    Jupiter Ascending, because: Some lives will always matter more than others *
    Interstellar, because: The teaser gives you tears
    Exodus, because: Ridley f–king Scott doing epic. With Christian Bale.
    The Hobbit: There and Back Again, because: Smaug, Smaug, and Thorin. *
    Snowpiercer, because: John Hurt and Ed Harris. Say no more. *

    BONUS:
    The Zero Theorem, Under the Skin, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Guardians of the Galaxy, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, A Most Wanted Man.

  • xxxDreamWorksxxx

    Jupiter Ascending – ”
    The first trailer showed off a massive sense of world building and a truly unique story”
    In what way does it sound unique? i don’t see a thang …it’s all about saving the princess

  • eternalozzie

    I am looking forward to most of those except the Tom Cruise movie. Spiderman 2 is the one I am most excited about being a HUGE fan of the Webb/Garfield spidey duo … it’s going to be a fun year unlike 2013 … which kind of sucked.

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