We don’t have the official release of the Avengers: Infinity War trailer yet, so this is the next best thing. Although I think there are WAY too many superhero movies, I do have a soft spot for the Thor franchise. Of all the solo Marvel movies that have been released thus far, I have enjoyed the Thor movies the most because Loki is truly the only well-crafted villain the MCU has. Here’s hoping Jeff Goldblum’s character gets the same love. And if it doesn’t, at least we get more Loki. Oh, and Hulk is in space smashing stuff. So, that’s something. Thor: Ragnarok hits November 3.
While Batman v Superman was critically panned, Wonder Woman was loved by all. Let’s see how the next installment in DC Comics’ film universe works out. The most interesting part about this film is Zach Snyder, who a lot of people blame for the flaws in Batman v Superman, had to leave the movie partway through to deal with family issues. In his place, Joss Whedon took over directorial duties. Whedon did a fantastic job with Marvel’s Avengers films, so he knows what to do with a large ensemble cast. Call me crazy, but I’m looking forward to this (and not just because I’m a huge Batman fan). Oh, and the villain is called Steppenwolf. Interestingly, he was shown in a scene in Batman v Superman, but then that scene was cut from the movie. Justice League hits November 17.
STRANGER THINGS, SEASON 2
I’ve gone on record and said the Stranger Things Season 1 is the single best season of any TV show ever. It perfectly captured the feeling of the 1980’s. The characters were perfectly cast, the music was fantastic, and there was absolutely no filler. Let’s hope Season 2 can live up to my lofty expectations. If the trailer is any indication, it looks like the show hasn’t missed a step. I am 1000% IN. See it on Netflix on October 27.
MARVEL’S THE DEFENDERS
It’s all been building to this. When Marvel launched their deal with Netflix, they planned on creating four different series’ and then merging them all together for a mini-series event called The Defenders. Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist team up for the first time in what is the TV equivalent to the first Avengers movie. The Defenders hits on Netflix August 18.
WESTWORLD, SEASON 2
Westworld wasn’t a surprise hit by any means. I mean it had JJ Abrams and Jonathan Nolan producing, great acting from Ed Harris, Anthony Hopkings and Evan Rachel Wood, and the HBO seal of quality. Season one ended up garnering 22 Emmy nominations and season two looks to pick up right where season one left off – total anarchy. Season two hits in 2018.
STAR TREK: DISCOVERY
When a brand new Star Trek series is teased, millions of people perk up there ears and take notice. This show looks to be a lot more like the recent films than past TV iterations of the classic series, and that is sure to cause some divisiveness among long-time fans. Discovery explores the Federation-Klingon cold war while following the crew of the USS Discovery. Bryan Fuller, who is most famous currently for American Gods is helming the project. Have no fear though, as he also worked on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Voyager as a writer early in his career. Alex Kurtzman joins him, who most recently helmed The Mummy starring Tom Cruise. It debuts on CBS on September 24.
READY PLAYER ONE
WOW. This movie based on the Ernest Cline novel looks INSANE. The story, set in 2044, follows Wade Watts as he searches for an easter egg in a virtual reality game, the discovery of which will lead him to inherit a valuable fortune in a world torn apart by an energy crisis. The movie is put together by Steven Spielberg, so that pretty much guaranteed it’s going to be great. I mean, seriously, the guy has directed like 3 mediocre movies since 1974. His track record is insane. Watch this trailer and try and spot the ‘easter eggs’ in it. I spotted references to Deadpool, Back to the Future, Freddy Krueger, Halo, Akira, and Harley Quinn just to name a few. The film comes out on March 30, 2018.
THE WALKING DEAD, SEASON 8
I stopped watching The Walking Dead midway through Season 3. I think it’s a horribly written show. I mean, how can I be expected to watch a show where I literally hate every character. I want them all to be eaten by zombies. However, I know it still has a ton of fans. So, here’s the trailer for Season 8! See it on AMC on October 22 as the season kicks off with the show’s 100th episode.
KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE
The first Kingsman movie took me totally by surprise. I had no expectations going in and it just blew me away. A great mix of humour and awesome action scenes. If you haven’t given the series a chance, do it. Kingsman: The Golden Circle hits September 22.
Will Smith makes his Netflix debut in Bright. He plays a LAPD officer who teams up with an Orc cop, played by Joel Edgerton, in a world of both human and mythical creatures. The trailer looks pretty neat and there are a whole bunch of brutish gangster types chasing after a magic wand, so that’s cool. Bright is available for streaming on December 22 on Netflix.
For several years in a row, my favourite part of October was getting a new SAW movie. The series ended with the 7th installment, SAW 3D in 2010. Seven years later, the series returns with Jigsaw. Expect more of the same from the franchise, which would be a lot of creative ways to kill off a cast of actors. Jigsaw comes out on October 27.
Rocko’s Modern Life
This one came out of the blue when it was announced last year. Rocko’s Modern life returns after over 20 years with a TV special in 2018. Originally the show ran in the early 90’s for four seasons, and when it was cancelled most of the cast/crew went on to work on Spongebob Squarepants. Rocko and the gang have been off planet for 20 years and they are experiencing what it’s like to be in the 2010’s, having not been on Earth since the 1990’s. The trailer they released lambasts everything from cell phones, to food trucks, to 3D movies.
Blade Runner 2049
This looks SO GOOD. October 6 can’t come soon enough. The sequel to 1982’s Blade Runner is directed by Denis Villeneuve. Remember what I said earlier about Steven Spielberg’s track record? Well Villeneuve has been crafting his own A+ filmography with Prisoners, Enemy, Sicario and Arrival. He goes for five in a row with help from Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford and Jared Leto.