By Ken Parker
I have some questions and things I am looking forward to in 2014 in the world of Sci-Fi and Fantasy. It is going to be a big year and some of these can't come soon enough. My interests in movies and television has led to the following list of things I will be watching closely in 2014.
Which Marvel Sequel will kick butt? We have Captain America: Winter Soldier and X-Men – Days of Future Past both coming out in the spring and both have sharp looking trailers for promotion. X-Men has Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen so I give X-Men the advantage but Captain Scarlet is from The Avengers and Scarlet Johansson is in it, so no surprise if that film ranks higher overall. More than likely one of these films will be the box office king for the year unless movie goers suddenly get sick of superhero films. April 4 sees Captain America and May 23 is when The X-Men return.
Has Marvel Gone too far with Guardians of the Galaxy? This film could fail miserably. It is not connected that well to the existing Marvel movie mythology and so will not get the built in audience that Thor and Captain America will. Still, if the trailer is impressive and the release date well planned, it could do well and support the cause for other Marvel films. It could also speed up the superhero saturation of the market.
Will Godzilla Rise Again? For some reason people laughed at the teaser for the new Godzilla film. Not sure why, it looked pretty spectacular and scary as hell. But the perception in most people's minds is that Godzilla is a silly rubber suited monster from Japan or a bad film from the 90's. Giant monsters have enjoyed a mini revival of sorts with the success and fun of Pacific Rim but unless the new Godzilla can shake the perceptions of silliness, it could be a box office failure. I hope it is a darker, scarier film and you can do scary giant monsters. Godzilla appears on May 16, only has a week before The X-Men come to town.
Which Sci-Fi Film will come out on top? We have two bigger films coming out this year, Interstellar and Jupiter Ascending. Christopher Nolan is helming Interstellar which looks to be a good old space exploration film which I so badly want to see. The Wachowski Brothers (The Matrix) are ready with Jupiter Ascending which looks to be an adventure in space looking like The Fifth Element. That is not a bad thing and while I feel more connection with Interstellar, until I see a real trailer for it, I am not too sure. Jupiter Ascending is out on July 18 and Interstellar is not out until November 7.
2015, the new 1982. 2015 is looking to be the biggest fan-geek movie year of all time. We should see some trailers and teasers for most of these in 2014 and might be some of the more memorable movie going moments this year. What will Ant-Man look like? A new Terminator is back. Batman vs. Superman and a reboot of Fantastic Four is in the cards. We also have a brand new Mad Max: Fury Road and Jurassic World to enjoy. And that is not all. The next Avengers film and the return of Star Wars to to round it off.
Gerry Anderson's Legacy – I am looking forward to at least two things from this year. First, the novel release of Gemini Force One, a never completed project that Gerry's son, Jamie, is producing with the hopes of a book or TV series to follow. The book should be out in April.
I am also looking forward to seeing photos and even trailers for the WETA produced Thunderbirds Are Go TV series slated for 2015. It would also be good to see some kind of Gerry Anderson tribute special on TV at some point.
Marvel's Agents of Shield has a spectacular episode. Still waiting for this underperforming show that isn't bad, but isn't quite where we hoped it would be. For a Joss Whedon show, it does not match the usual standard. I would hope to see some episodes this second half of season 1 to fit this bill and not have to wait until season 2.
Seeing classic Doctor Who episodes I have never seen – this is my number one thing for 2014. We have had a taste with “The Enemy of the World” and “The Web of Fear” but now I am ready for “The Massacre,” “The Macra Terror,” “Marco Polo” and so many more. Fingers crossed that things get sorted out and these stories start to see the light of day.