The Post About Manic Pixies

A question was posed to me today:

Sometimes the fault of the Manic Pixie lies not with the girl, but with how the guy perceives her, right?

I agree it’s about the male perception because, as far as I can tell — the history of these characters stems from male writers whose sole goal is sanctifying male wish-fulfillment. The manic pixie is to men of any age in throes of a mid-life crisis, as the prince charming is to women of any age in the throes of their romantic reality.

These gender tropes have been compounded, if not created, by many decades of Hollywood films. I say Hollywood because their aim in filmmaking has always been singular; to reach the widest audience. A goal achieved by diluting reality and stripping away variety — any deviance from the lowest common denominators — so their films can be enjoyed by everyone.

Speaking of lowest common denominators…

You can see the same in the history of political candidates. The push to become as central as possible, to widen the acceptance of the candidate, happens right before an election. Especially in presidential elections. The idea is self-projection.

Our spiteful selves do not want to believe in good things happening to other people that couldn’t happen to ourselves. That’s why America, which offered the pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness to all, has been the greatest country in history. The distinction being to all.

But behind all of this is advertising.

Until recently, when the internet transitioned from a left-brained tool to a hyper-personalized interactive community, access to specific targets and markets was, metaphorically speaking, analog. Now, as we interact online, behind the scenes is the largest collection, processing, archiving, and charting of information that has ever existed.

This information can now be used to target specific communities, genders, age groups, sexual preferences, religions, etc. This means advertising, which is what creates revenue for films, can reach the intended markets the film was created for.

This is why spec sales have gone up and why there are more successful films being created outside of the Hollywood system — films are finding their audiences. On the flip side, it’s also why Hollywood is making films with a focus on global appeal, using its access to this vast system of information to attempt to widen their audience, instead of targeting it. This reach for the world market has actually lead them into massive failures such as Battleship. While there are fiscal successes like Avatar, Iron Man, and Avengers, to reach the widest market in history the stories in these films are increasingly being diluted again — this time to a global lowest common denominator.

The additional thinning of narratives has especially targeted pillars of American culture.

The limits of your physical location, and the culture that effects it, no longer exist. So anyone is free to pursue, for better or worse, their inward leanings. Lynn Truss in her book Talk To The Hand expressed her concern for the ability to tailor ones life experience with such severe precision, believing it has lead to individuals who have no coping skills for living in a society they can’t control with the click of a mouse or the flick of a power button.

The same concept of tailoring your existence to be just as you wish it to be, was addressed in an article lamenting the loss of the VHS tape and video rental stores. There were many brilliant points in the article but to paraphrase a few them — going to your local video store and perusing the stacks of tangible videos, with cover art and cases, was an investment. And it was a community because people worked there and you could talk about film with them. Your favorite employee could say, ‘Have you heard of this?’ and point you to a film that was outside of what you knew you already wanted to see. That experience would push you outside your self-imposed parameters and widen the scope of your world.

It is an uncommon ability to be able to think outside the scope of your own experience, for most people your world is what you have seen and know. But that ability is what is required for interesting stories to be told. Stories that don’t draw from the same well over and over. Stories that don’t dilute characters into gender tropes because they’re not offering you personal-projection*.

There is some truth in the manic pixie. People come into your life and change who you are. Be it positive, negative, large or small — they do.

The classification of the manic pixie, however, doesn’t really apply to reality. The reason it’s so irksome is that the trope depends on something which cannot exist. The pixie — a magical person who is singularly there for the transformation of someone else and carries no internal reality of wants or needs.

She is the antithesis of reality because relationships are based on mutual and opposing wants and needs and love is created through the giving and receiving of those same essential properties — of which, by her very definition, she has none.

The manic pixie is in direct opposition to the trope of the free spirit whose actions are a direct result of wants and needs.

Are we all clear? Good.

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*All of this is why I love foreign film.
As a postscript: This post from GingerHaze yesterday about Manic Pixies is interesting.

The top 25 must-see movies of 2013
by Ryan Lambie & Simon Brew

25. Anchorman: The Legend Continues There’s no formal release date announced for Anchorman‭ ‬2‭ ‬yet,‭ ‬but it’s widely expected to turn up in‭ ‬2013.‭ ‬It’s comfortably our most eagerly-awaited comedy of the year,‭ ‬and looks far,‭ ‬far more worthwhile than something like The Hangover Part III.‭..
24. A Good Day To Die Hard Perhaps it’s the optimist in us,‭ ‬but the last trailer we saw for the return of John McClane in A Good Day To Die Hard looked really quite promising.‭ ‬Clearly,‭ ‬Die Hard‭ ‬5‭ ‬is about as far removed from the one man against some people in a building setup of the first film.‭ ‬This time,‭ ‬it’s John McClane and son,‭ ‬saving the entire world while sojourning Moscow.‭
There are lots of reasons to be wary,‭ ‬not least the decision to appoint John Moore to direct.‭ ‬Moore has his moments,‭ ‬but his finest film perhaps remains Behind Enemy Lines,‭ ‬and that in itself wasn’t too much to get excited about.‭ ‬His Max Payne movie still makes us shudder.
But then,‭ ‬Die Hard‭ ‬4.0‭ ‬turned out fine‭ (‬thought it’s best not to consider it a Die Hard movie‭)‬,‭ ‬and the appointment of Len Wiseman to direct that was widely questioned.‭ ‬Turns out,‭ ‬he did a decent job,‭ ‬and John Moore may yet surprise a few people.
Finally,‭ ‬there’s Bruce Willis,‭ ‬in his most iconic screen role.‭ ‬A Good Day To Die Hard firmly rests on his shoulders,‭ ‬and if he can deliver,‭ ‬then Valentine’s Day‭ ‬2013‭ – ‬for that’s when it’s out‭ – ‬might turn out to be really rather fun.
23. Evil Dead …A remake of as beloved an 80s film as The Evil Deadis always going to be controversial, but with Alvarez at the helm, Diablo Cody behind the script, and the first trailer displaying some strikingly creative gore, we’re willing to take next year’s riff on the classic cabin-in-the-woods horror on its own merits.
22. World War Z
21. Captain Philips
20. Ender’s Game
19. Monsters University We’re‭ ‬not on the bandwagon that’s suggesting the glory days of Pixar are over.‭ ‬Cars‭ ‬2‭ ‬was a misfire,‭ ‬certainly,‭ ‬but we had a lot of fun with Brave.‭ ‬Furthermore,‭ ‬Monsters University looks a lot of fun:‭ ‬the teaser trailer for the film is a hoot.
We’re sure we’re not alone,‭ ‬though,‭ ‬in preferring something a little bolder,‭ ‬and outside of a franchise,‭ ‬from Pixar.‭ ‬Up,‭ ‬Wall-E,‭ ‬Ratatouille‭… ‬these were films setting the standards for others to live up to,‭ ‬even in spite of their respective imperfections.‭ ‬While Pixar has shown it can deliver outstanding sequels,‭ ‬a prequel to Monsters Inc perhaps wasn’t the project we most wanted from the studio.
That said,‭ ‬though,‭ ‬it’s a film that’s impossible to resist,‭ ‬and we’re looking forward to it greatly.‭ ‬It takes Sully and Mike back to their university days,‭ ‬and tells the story of how they came to be such friends,‭ ‬in spite of an initial rivalry.‭ ‬Expect the animation to be first class,‭ ‬and expect the film to be a family treat.
18. Fast Six
17. The Last Stand With his relatively brief appearances in the Expendables films, Arnold Schwarzenegger dipped a dainty toe back into the action movie world. The Last Stand, meanwhile, will see the former Governator take the lead in a gun-crazy film for the first time since Terminator 3 almost a decade ago….
16. Oblivion Few people left cinemas excitedly talking about Tron: Legacy’s forgettable story, but one thing was for sure: it was a visually stunning film. Director Joseph Kosinksi will no doubt bring some of that shininess to Oblivion, another science fiction movie, this time about a repairman in a post-apocalyptic future.
That repairman is played by the endlessly energetic Tom Cruise, who will star alongside Olga (Quantum Of Solace) Kurylenko, whose character is a catalyst for some sort of war between aliens and the surviving dregs of humanity. Morgan Freeman, Melissa Leo and Game Of Thrones’ Nikolaj Coster-Waldau are also among the supporting cast.
Further plot specifics are vague, but one Universal executive has described the script as “one of the finest we’ve ever come across”, though we suppose they would say that. At any rate, a marriage of Kosinski’s visual skill and a story worth telling may make Oblivion one of next year’s more pleasant surprises.
15. The Croods The DreamWorks Animation slate is hardly an empty one,‭ ‬but there are some promising projects amidst the twelve active films it recently confirmed.‭ ‬The Croods might just be the most interesting.
This was a film that was originally co-scripted by John Cleese,‭ ‬and Aardman was putting it together as a stop-motion project ‬back when it had its deal with DreamWorks in place.‭ ‬When Aardman and DreamWorks went their separate ways,‭ ‬the latter kept control of The Croods.‭ ‬It kept Kirk DeMicco on board‭ (‬who’d been working on the project with Aardman‭)‬,‭ ‬and brought the excellent Chris Sanders‭ – ‬of Lilo‭ & ‬Stitch and How To Train Your Dragon vintage‭ – ‬in to co-write and co-direct…
14. After Earth Yes, it’s an M Night Shyamalan movie. But before you pull the power lead out of the back of your computer, bear this in mind: unlike his previous films, which were disappointing to say the least, Shyamalan has left the script for others to write this time.
Syriana scribe Stephen Gaghan and Book Of Eli writer Gary Whitta have joined forces to write this futuristic sci-fi movie, in which Will and Jaden Smith play a father and son stuck on a deserted planet Earth. With the father injured, the son must traverse a dangerous landscape to get help.
That Will Smith’s character’s called Cypher Raige has dampened our enthusiasm somewhat, but it’s important to remember that, way before the suicide-inducing winds of The Happening, or the dodgy kung-fu fantasy of The Last Airbender, Shyamalan was a storyteller of considerable skill. Will After Earth see the director reclaim his directing mojo? We live in hope.
13. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
12. Kick-Ass 2
11. Frozen Dedicated devotees of Disney animation will probably be viewing Frozen in quite a divided way.‭ ‬On the upside,‭ ‬this is arguably the last of the very long-in-gestation projects that’s been bubbling around the studio for decades.‭ ‬It’s the studio’s long-awaited take on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen,‭ ‬which last time fell apart just over a decade ago,‭ ‬when work had begun on it as a hand-drawn project.
It’s come back to life now as a CG musical under the eye of director Chris Buck‭ (‬he also co-directed Tarzan‭)‬,‭ ‬with Idina Menzel voicing the Snow Queen herself,‭ ‬and Kristen Bell lending her pipes to her estranged sister.‭ ‬Broadway composers Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez are working on the songs. Getting Broadway composes in in itself harks back to Disney of some 20 years ago.
We’ve thus far seen some early art for Frozen on a brief trip we made to Walt Disney Animation Studios,‭ ‬as well as some character design work.‭ ‬It’s impossible to call the film off the back of that,‭ ‬of course,‭ ‬but we remain desperately excited to finally see The Snow Queen on the big screen.‭ ‬It’s been a long,‭ ‬long time coming.
10. Thor: The Dark World
9. The World’s End Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright’s Cornetto Trilogy gets its concluding chapter in the potentially fantastic apocalyptic comedy, The World’s End. Wright’s usual collaborators, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are joined by Rosamund Pike, Paddy Considine, Eddie Marsan and Martin Freeman, as a group of old friends gets back together to enjoy a pub crawl before the apocalypse.
Shaun Of The Dead and Hot Fuzz were both truly special fusions of genre and comedy, and we’d be truly stunned if Wright and his friends didn’t have something equally inspiring in store for their third feature together.
8. The Wolverine
7. Stoker
6. Man Of Steel  ..There’s also the hand of Christopher Nolan involved.‭ ‬He,‭ ‬along with David S Goyer,‭ ‬came up with the story that finally unlocked the return of Superman to the big screen.‭ ‬Nolan is one of the producers,‭ ‬too.‭ ‬Zack Snyder,‭ ‬meanwhile,‭ ‬has much to prove with Man Of Steel.‭ ‬Some of his work on Watchmen remains quite brilliant.‭ ‬Much of his work on Sucker Punch wasn’t…
5. Iron Man 3
4. Star Trek Into Darkness
3. Pacific Rim Few directors can fuse a knowledge of fantasy and science fiction and individual artistry as well as Guillermo del Toro, and that’s why, in spite of only having seen one or two images from the set of Pacific Rim, we’re excited enough about the film to put it near the top of our must-see movies list.
del Toro’s “beautiful poem to giant monsters”, Pacific Rim is all about humans clambering into massive robots to battle creatures from the ocean. While movies like Transformers and Battleship dealt with vaguely similar destructive premises, we’re looking forward to seeing what a director as adept with special effects and framing can do - del Toro has previously said that he’s taken inspiration from the painter Francisco Goya, which certainly isn’t something you’d get from Michael Bay.
Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam and, of course, Ron Perlman are among the movie’s ensemble cast, while the script’s been worked on by, among other writers, the UK’s own Neil Cross, whose TV work includes Spooks, Luther and Doctor Who.
Whether or not del Toro can bring extra layers of human complexity to the distinctly visual kaiju genre remains to be seen. But even if it does prove to be just a big, beautiful-looking B-movie, we’re confident that it’ll be among the best big, beautiful-looking B-movies of next year.
2. Elysium …As his earlier short films proved, Blomkamp has a remarkable ability to create extraordinary worlds on a miniscule budget. With $30million, he managed to depict a convincingly grungy ghetto of alien refugees in District 9. We can’t wait to see what he has in store for us with the expanded resources he’s been given for Elysium.
1. Gravity As you will have noted by now, 2013’s schedule is positively awash with superhero movies, science fiction and fantasy. But if we had to choose just one such film as our most anticipated, it would have to be Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity.
Cuaron, of course, was the director of 2006‘s stunning Children Of Men. Gravity marks his return to the sci-fi genre, and his first movie in more than six years. On the strength of what we know about the director and this film, we’ve a feeling it’ll be worth the wait.
Sandra Bullock and George Clooney star as a pair of astronauts who, when their orbiting space station falls apart after a catastrophic incident, must fight for survival in debris-strewn space.
When the movie was still at the scripting stage, word got out that it was intended to unspool in a single, unbroken shot, with the camera moving in and around the action without an obvious edit. That same free-flowing concept appears to have found its way into the finished movie, with rumours of the opening scene comprising a single 17-minute shot, and the entire film containing only 150 or so shots in total…

Read the full article, see the pictures

The top 25 must-see movies of 2013

by Ryan Lambie & Simon Brew

25. Anchorman: The Legend Continues There’s no formal release date announced for Anchorman‭ ‬2‭ ‬yet,‭ ‬but it’s widely expected to turn up in‭ ‬2013.‭ ‬It’s comfortably our most eagerly-awaited comedy of the year,‭ ‬and looks far,‭ ‬far more worthwhile than something like The Hangover Part III.‭..

24. A Good Day To Die Hard Perhaps it’s the optimist in us,‭ ‬but the last trailer we saw for the return of John McClane in A Good Day To Die Hard looked really quite promising.‭ ‬Clearly,‭ ‬Die Hard‭ ‬5‭ ‬is about as far removed from the one man against some people in a building setup of the first film.‭ ‬This time,‭ ‬it’s John McClane and son,‭ ‬saving the entire world while sojourning Moscow.‭

There are lots of reasons to be wary,‭ ‬not least the decision to appoint John Moore to direct.‭ ‬Moore has his moments,‭ ‬but his finest film perhaps remains Behind Enemy Lines,‭ ‬and that in itself wasn’t too much to get excited about.‭ ‬His Max Payne movie still makes us shudder.

But then,‭ ‬Die Hard‭ ‬4.0‭ ‬turned out fine‭ (‬thought it’s best not to consider it a Die Hard movie‭)‬,‭ ‬and the appointment of Len Wiseman to direct that was widely questioned.‭ ‬Turns out,‭ ‬he did a decent job,‭ ‬and John Moore may yet surprise a few people.

Finally,‭ ‬there’s Bruce Willis,‭ ‬in his most iconic screen role.‭ ‬A Good Day To Die Hard firmly rests on his shoulders,‭ ‬and if he can deliver,‭ ‬then Valentine’s Day‭ ‬2013‭ – ‬for that’s when it’s out‭ – ‬might turn out to be really rather fun.

23. Evil Dead …A remake of as beloved an 80s film as The Evil Deadis always going to be controversial, but with Alvarez at the helm, Diablo Cody behind the script, and the first trailer displaying some strikingly creative gore, we’re willing to take next year’s riff on the classic cabin-in-the-woods horror on its own merits.

22. World War Z

21. Captain Philips

20. Ender’s Game

19. Monsters University We’re‭ ‬not on the bandwagon that’s suggesting the glory days of Pixar are over.‭ ‬Cars‭ ‬2‭ ‬was a misfire,‭ ‬certainly,‭ ‬but we had a lot of fun with Brave.‭ ‬Furthermore,‭ ‬Monsters University looks a lot of fun:‭ ‬the teaser trailer for the film is a hoot.

We’re sure we’re not alone,‭ ‬though,‭ ‬in preferring something a little bolder,‭ ‬and outside of a franchise,‭ ‬from Pixar.‭ ‬Up,‭ ‬Wall-E,‭ ‬Ratatouille‭… ‬these were films setting the standards for others to live up to,‭ ‬even in spite of their respective imperfections.‭ ‬While Pixar has shown it can deliver outstanding sequels,‭ ‬a prequel to Monsters Inc perhaps wasn’t the project we most wanted from the studio.

That said,‭ ‬though,‭ ‬it’s a film that’s impossible to resist,‭ ‬and we’re looking forward to it greatly.‭ ‬It takes Sully and Mike back to their university days,‭ ‬and tells the story of how they came to be such friends,‭ ‬in spite of an initial rivalry.‭ ‬Expect the animation to be first class,‭ ‬and expect the film to be a family treat.

18. Fast Six

17. The Last Stand With his relatively brief appearances in the Expendables films, Arnold Schwarzenegger dipped a dainty toe back into the action movie world. The Last Stand, meanwhile, will see the former Governator take the lead in a gun-crazy film for the first time since Terminator 3 almost a decade ago….

16. Oblivion Few people left cinemas excitedly talking about Tron: Legacy’s forgettable story, but one thing was for sure: it was a visually stunning film. Director Joseph Kosinksi will no doubt bring some of that shininess to Oblivion, another science fiction movie, this time about a repairman in a post-apocalyptic future.

That repairman is played by the endlessly energetic Tom Cruise, who will star alongside Olga (Quantum Of Solace) Kurylenko, whose character is a catalyst for some sort of war between aliens and the surviving dregs of humanity. Morgan Freeman, Melissa Leo and Game Of Thrones’ Nikolaj Coster-Waldau are also among the supporting cast.

Further plot specifics are vague, but one Universal executive has described the script as “one of the finest we’ve ever come across”, though we suppose they would say that. At any rate, a marriage of Kosinski’s visual skill and a story worth telling may make Oblivion one of next year’s more pleasant surprises.

15. The Croods The DreamWorks Animation slate is hardly an empty one,‭ ‬but there are some promising projects amidst the twelve active films it recently confirmed.‭ ‬The Croods might just be the most interesting.

This was a film that was originally co-scripted by John Cleese,‭ ‬and Aardman was putting it together as a stop-motion project ‬back when it had its deal with DreamWorks in place.‭ ‬When Aardman and DreamWorks went their separate ways,‭ ‬the latter kept control of The Croods.‭ ‬It kept Kirk DeMicco on board‭ (‬who’d been working on the project with Aardman‭)‬,‭ ‬and brought the excellent Chris Sanders‭ – ‬of Lilo‭ & ‬Stitch and How To Train Your Dragon vintage‭ – ‬in to co-write and co-direct…

14. After Earth Yes, it’s an M Night Shyamalan movie. But before you pull the power lead out of the back of your computer, bear this in mind: unlike his previous films, which were disappointing to say the least, Shyamalan has left the script for others to write this time.

Syriana scribe Stephen Gaghan and Book Of Eli writer Gary Whitta have joined forces to write this futuristic sci-fi movie, in which Will and Jaden Smith play a father and son stuck on a deserted planet Earth. With the father injured, the son must traverse a dangerous landscape to get help.

That Will Smith’s character’s called Cypher Raige has dampened our enthusiasm somewhat, but it’s important to remember that, way before the suicide-inducing winds of The Happening, or the dodgy kung-fu fantasy of The Last Airbender, Shyamalan was a storyteller of considerable skill. Will After Earth see the director reclaim his directing mojo? We live in hope.

13. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

12. Kick-Ass 2

11. Frozen Dedicated devotees of Disney animation will probably be viewing Frozen in quite a divided way.‭ ‬On the upside,‭ ‬this is arguably the last of the very long-in-gestation projects that’s been bubbling around the studio for decades.‭ ‬It’s the studio’s long-awaited take on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen,‭ ‬which last time fell apart just over a decade ago,‭ ‬when work had begun on it as a hand-drawn project.

It’s come back to life now as a CG musical under the eye of director Chris Buck‭ (‬he also co-directed Tarzan‭)‬,‭ ‬with Idina Menzel voicing the Snow Queen herself,‭ ‬and Kristen Bell lending her pipes to her estranged sister.‭ ‬Broadway composers Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez are working on the songs. Getting Broadway composes in in itself harks back to Disney of some 20 years ago.

We’ve thus far seen some early art for Frozen on a brief trip we made to Walt Disney Animation Studios,‭ ‬as well as some character design work.‭ ‬It’s impossible to call the film off the back of that,‭ ‬of course,‭ ‬but we remain desperately excited to finally see The Snow Queen on the big screen.‭ ‬It’s been a long,‭ ‬long time coming.

10. Thor: The Dark World

9. The World’s End Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright’s Cornetto Trilogy gets its concluding chapter in the potentially fantastic apocalyptic comedy, The World’s End. Wright’s usual collaborators, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are joined by Rosamund Pike, Paddy Considine, Eddie Marsan and Martin Freeman, as a group of old friends gets back together to enjoy a pub crawl before the apocalypse.

Shaun Of The Dead and Hot Fuzz were both truly special fusions of genre and comedy, and we’d be truly stunned if Wright and his friends didn’t have something equally inspiring in store for their third feature together.

8. The Wolverine

7. Stoker

6. Man Of Steel ..There’s also the hand of Christopher Nolan involved.‭ ‬He,‭ ‬along with David S Goyer,‭ ‬came up with the story that finally unlocked the return of Superman to the big screen.‭ ‬Nolan is one of the producers,‭ ‬too.‭ ‬Zack Snyder,‭ ‬meanwhile,‭ ‬has much to prove with Man Of Steel.‭ ‬Some of his work on Watchmen remains quite brilliant.‭ ‬Much of his work on Sucker Punch wasn’t…

5. Iron Man 3

4. Star Trek Into Darkness

3. Pacific Rim Few directors can fuse a knowledge of fantasy and science fiction and individual artistry as well as Guillermo del Toro, and that’s why, in spite of only having seen one or two images from the set of Pacific Rim, we’re excited enough about the film to put it near the top of our must-see movies list.

del Toro’s “beautiful poem to giant monsters”, Pacific Rim is all about humans clambering into massive robots to battle creatures from the ocean. While movies like Transformers and Battleship dealt with vaguely similar destructive premises, we’re looking forward to seeing what a director as adept with special effects and framing can do - del Toro has previously said that he’s taken inspiration from the painter Francisco Goya, which certainly isn’t something you’d get from Michael Bay.

Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam and, of course, Ron Perlman are among the movie’s ensemble cast, while the script’s been worked on by, among other writers, the UK’s own Neil Cross, whose TV work includes Spooks, Luther and Doctor Who.

Whether or not del Toro can bring extra layers of human complexity to the distinctly visual kaiju genre remains to be seen. But even if it does prove to be just a big, beautiful-looking B-movie, we’re confident that it’ll be among the best big, beautiful-looking B-movies of next year.

2. Elysium …As his earlier short films proved, Blomkamp has a remarkable ability to create extraordinary worlds on a miniscule budget. With $30million, he managed to depict a convincingly grungy ghetto of alien refugees in District 9. We can’t wait to see what he has in store for us with the expanded resources he’s been given for Elysium.

1. Gravity As you will have noted by now, 2013’s schedule is positively awash with superhero movies, science fiction and fantasy. But if we had to choose just one such film as our most anticipated, it would have to be Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity.

Cuaron, of course, was the director of 2006‘s stunning Children Of Men. Gravity marks his return to the sci-fi genre, and his first movie in more than six years. On the strength of what we know about the director and this film, we’ve a feeling it’ll be worth the wait.

Sandra Bullock and George Clooney star as a pair of astronauts who, when their orbiting space station falls apart after a catastrophic incident, must fight for survival in debris-strewn space.

When the movie was still at the scripting stage, word got out that it was intended to unspool in a single, unbroken shot, with the camera moving in and around the action without an obvious edit. That same free-flowing concept appears to have found its way into the finished movie, with rumours of the opening scene comprising a single 17-minute shot, and the entire film containing only 150 or so shots in total…

Read the full article, see the pictures

14 Great Moments Of Foreshadowing In Films
By David Christopher Bell

The Security Guard That Knows Way Too Much – Wayne’s World
Leave it to Wayne’s World to utilize a plot device while they simultaneously mock it as well. The entire film, as well as its sequel has a blast doing just this. Watching Wayne and Garth talk directly to the camera as a jokey form of narrative, you forget that it’s actually working in their favor as just that. Same when the two of them are seen putting down product placement while plugging as many products as they possibly can to the camera – the joke makes you forget that they are, in fact, plugging actual products and being paid for it.
Anakin “will bring balance to the force” – Star Wars – Episode I: The Phantom Menace
We’re all aware that these prequels left much to be desired, however they did utilize a healthy quantity of foreshadowing. When Obi-Wan tells Anakin that he’ll ‘be the death’ of him in Episode II we can all appreciate the humor in such a straightforward sign of things to come.
The Beginning Scenes – The Wizard Of Oz
There’s the crystal clear such as the music which comes with Miss Gulch’s sinister passing’s on her bicycle as well as the references to her as a witch – but there are also the little lines, Zeke’s encouragement to Dorothy about bravery and Hickory’s insistence that someday they will ‘erect a statue of him’.
Nick Fury’s Cameo – Iron Man
It was downright genius; create four completely separate fan bases for four completely separate characters and then have it all come together in one giant pile of film. Of course what made it all work was the fact that they actually put time and care into making The Avengers. It’s depressing to have to say this – but it was really nice to see that after spending all the time they did hyping the film they didn’t forget to actually make it good.
Beginning Credits – Final Destination
A fun fact about this movie is that it was directed by James Wong, who at the time was most known for writing, producing, and directing episodes of The X-Files. You see, it’s no coincidence that the film has two FBI agents written into it; it was originally planned as an episode of the series.
“My First Fight With Tyler” – Fight Club
There’s no way you can write a twist ending to your film and not throw in little hints here and there like some kind of Batman villain taunting the police. One of the most obvious moments of this film is also the one you’d least suspect, when the narrator is beating himself up in front of his boss and the whole thing stops just so he can let out the seemingly non sequitur line: “For some reason I thought of my first fight… with Tyler.” In hindsight it’s stupid obvious why he would be thinking of his first fight with Tyler as he is beating himself up – but at the time you’re just way too distracted by the display he is putting on.
“…as harmless as one of those stuffed birds…” – Psycho
Hah! Yeah… gross. This scene not only very specifically foreshadows the condition that mother really is in – but also is a very clear sign that Norman doesn’t exactly have all his psychological ducks in a row.
A Thousand Little Clues on Display – The Usual Suspects
There are even things you could never pick up on without seeing the ending – such as when all the characters are handed their films by Soze’s associate, and the importance of the order in which they are given those films.
Then you have the slightly more obvious indicators – one of the best being the gold lighter and watch that Soze has at the beginning, and who later is seen in possession of them. Then there is the fact that all the characters are seen at the beginning being arrested for the lineup except for one. This is probably one of the best films to re-watch, arguably better the second (or fifteenth) time around.
“He’s already got one!” – Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Considering how totally random this film is, combined with the fact that they completely changed their ending due to budget problems, it’s hard to even know if this was intentional. When King Arthur and friends first encounter the wonderful French Taunters in this film, asking them to tell their master about their quest for the grail – they fire back with a refusal to come along, stating that their master already has one. The main taunter then whispers this response to his fellow Frenchmen, eliciting laughs all around.
Alien Skull – Predator 2
So good. The idea, originally thought up by director Stephen Hopkins as a nod to the comics, was extremely easy to carry out considering that the company that owned the Alien franchise also owned the Predator one. Of course we all know the shit storm of excitement and waiting that followed until they were finally able to release the actual Alien vs. Predator films.
Every Pixar Film
It’s hard to know where to start – but basically all you need to know is that the people over at Pixar clearly have some kind group attention deficit disorder; they can’t go a whole movie without not only knowing what their next film is going to be, but also meticulously referencing it in their current one.
Toy Story 2 has characters from A Bug’s Life on display in Al’s Toy Barn, Boo has a stuffed Nemo doll in Monsters Inc, a little boy is reading a Mr. Incredible comic in Finding Nemo, WALL-E is seen in Bob’s garage in The Incredibles… it just goes on and on. See for yourself the kind of serial killer diligence they put into hiding the shit in all their films – it’s scary!
A Fistful Of Dollars – Back To The Future 2
It’s nice how much they decided to not only set up the third film in the one before it, but also managed to write these movies in a way that the first film even does this as well – despite the first film being written with no knowledge of a second or third. It makes the entire series seamless down every last detail, such as centering Marty’s arc on his refusal to back down from a challenge, contrasting his father’s refusal to stand up for himself. Frankly – with all the attention to detail, it’s downright weird how well written this series is considering that it revolves around a time traveling car.
Calling Card – Batman Begins 
Nolan had pulled it off – and then right at the end you get the Joker card. Suddenly you picture everything that you just saw – this amazing film with amazing characters, and you imagine the freaking Joker in it.
Ed’s Plan – Shaun Of The Dead
Edgar Wright is just one of those guys who gets off on this shit. The range is incredibly vast in both this film and his following as he gives the audience moments that they can pick up on right away, after the fact, and sometimes never. We all had a laugh when Ed and Shaun verbally fight with their roommate, who was bitten earlier on, and Ed exclaims afterward “Next time I see him, he’s dead…” It’s lovely because we all know exactly what that means even before it happens. Then there is later on when Shaun walks to the store on Z-day only to go through the exact same routine (and the exact same tracking shot) as he did earlier. It’s that kind of stuff we can only appreciate in hindsight.

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14 Great Moments Of Foreshadowing In Films

By David Christopher Bell

The Security Guard That Knows Way Too Much – Wayne’s World

Leave it to Wayne’s World to utilize a plot device while they simultaneously mock it as well. The entire film, as well as its sequel has a blast doing just this. Watching Wayne and Garth talk directly to the camera as a jokey form of narrative, you forget that it’s actually working in their favor as just that. Same when the two of them are seen putting down product placement while plugging as many products as they possibly can to the camera – the joke makes you forget that they are, in fact, plugging actual products and being paid for it.

Anakin “will bring balance to the force” – Star Wars – Episode I: The Phantom Menace

We’re all aware that these prequels left much to be desired, however they did utilize a healthy quantity of foreshadowing. When Obi-Wan tells Anakin that he’ll ‘be the death’ of him in Episode II we can all appreciate the humor in such a straightforward sign of things to come.

The Beginning Scenes – The Wizard Of Oz

There’s the crystal clear such as the music which comes with Miss Gulch’s sinister passing’s on her bicycle as well as the references to her as a witch – but there are also the little lines, Zeke’s encouragement to Dorothy about bravery and Hickory’s insistence that someday they will ‘erect a statue of him’.

Nick Fury’s Cameo – Iron Man

It was downright genius; create four completely separate fan bases for four completely separate characters and then have it all come together in one giant pile of film. Of course what made it all work was the fact that they actually put time and care into making The Avengers. It’s depressing to have to say this – but it was really nice to see that after spending all the time they did hyping the film they didn’t forget to actually make it good.

Beginning Credits – Final Destination

A fun fact about this movie is that it was directed by James Wong, who at the time was most known for writing, producing, and directing episodes of The X-Files. You see, it’s no coincidence that the film has two FBI agents written into it; it was originally planned as an episode of the series.

“My First Fight With Tyler” – Fight Club

There’s no way you can write a twist ending to your film and not throw in little hints here and there like some kind of Batman villain taunting the police. One of the most obvious moments of this film is also the one you’d least suspect, when the narrator is beating himself up in front of his boss and the whole thing stops just so he can let out the seemingly non sequitur line: “For some reason I thought of my first fight… with Tyler.” In hindsight it’s stupid obvious why he would be thinking of his first fight with Tyler as he is beating himself up – but at the time you’re just way too distracted by the display he is putting on.

“…as harmless as one of those stuffed birds…” – Psycho

Hah! Yeah… gross. This scene not only very specifically foreshadows the condition that mother really is in – but also is a very clear sign that Norman doesn’t exactly have all his psychological ducks in a row.

A Thousand Little Clues on Display – The Usual Suspects

There are even things you could never pick up on without seeing the ending – such as when all the characters are handed their films by Soze’s associate, and the importance of the order in which they are given those films.

Then you have the slightly more obvious indicators – one of the best being the gold lighter and watch that Soze has at the beginning, and who later is seen in possession of them. Then there is the fact that all the characters are seen at the beginning being arrested for the lineup except for one. This is probably one of the best films to re-watch, arguably better the second (or fifteenth) time around.

“He’s already got one!” – Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Considering how totally random this film is, combined with the fact that they completely changed their ending due to budget problems, it’s hard to even know if this was intentional. When King Arthur and friends first encounter the wonderful French Taunters in this film, asking them to tell their master about their quest for the grail – they fire back with a refusal to come along, stating that their master already has one. The main taunter then whispers this response to his fellow Frenchmen, eliciting laughs all around.

Alien Skull – Predator 2

So good. The idea, originally thought up by director Stephen Hopkins as a nod to the comics, was extremely easy to carry out considering that the company that owned the Alien franchise also owned the Predator one. Of course we all know the shit storm of excitement and waiting that followed until they were finally able to release the actual Alien vs. Predator films.

Every Pixar Film

It’s hard to know where to start – but basically all you need to know is that the people over at Pixar clearly have some kind group attention deficit disorder; they can’t go a whole movie without not only knowing what their next film is going to be, but also meticulously referencing it in their current one.

Toy Story 2 has characters from A Bug’s Life on display in Al’s Toy Barn, Boo has a stuffed Nemo doll in Monsters Inc, a little boy is reading a Mr. Incredible comic in Finding Nemo, WALL-E is seen in Bob’s garage in The Incredibles… it just goes on and on. See for yourself the kind of serial killer diligence they put into hiding the shit in all their films – it’s scary!

A Fistful Of Dollars – Back To The Future 2

It’s nice how much they decided to not only set up the third film in the one before it, but also managed to write these movies in a way that the first film even does this as well – despite the first film being written with no knowledge of a second or third. It makes the entire series seamless down every last detail, such as centering Marty’s arc on his refusal to back down from a challenge, contrasting his father’s refusal to stand up for himself. Frankly – with all the attention to detail, it’s downright weird how well written this series is considering that it revolves around a time traveling car.

Calling Card – Batman Begins 

Nolan had pulled it off – and then right at the end you get the Joker card. Suddenly you picture everything that you just saw – this amazing film with amazing characters, and you imagine the freaking Joker in it.

Ed’s Plan – Shaun Of The Dead

Edgar Wright is just one of those guys who gets off on this shit. The range is incredibly vast in both this film and his following as he gives the audience moments that they can pick up on right away, after the fact, and sometimes never. We all had a laugh when Ed and Shaun verbally fight with their roommate, who was bitten earlier on, and Ed exclaims afterward “Next time I see him, he’s dead…” It’s lovely because we all know exactly what that means even before it happens. Then there is later on when Shaun walks to the store on Z-day only to go through the exact same routine (and the exact same tracking shot) as he did earlier. It’s that kind of stuff we can only appreciate in hindsight.

Watch the clips and read the full freaking awesome article. Seriously.

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The Big Blockbusters Of Summer 2013
By Simon Brew

April 26thOBLIVION | Blockbuster season 2013 kicks off not with a Marvel project, as has been the case the past few years, but with a Tom Cruise movie… Oblivion, a sci-fi flick, unites him with Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski, and will be the actor’s fourth big release in eighteen months. 
May 3rdIRON MAN 3 | Jon Favreau isn’t directing this one, as the honours have been passed over to Shane Black. There’s a little bit of a back to basics feel to the film this time around, we’re told, with Tony Stark and Iron Man being stripped back just a little. As the first Marvel film post-The Avengers, it’ll be interesting to see just where and how it picks things up.
May 17thSTAR TREK 2 | Plot details are thin on the ground, and the production is being kept as secret as possible thus far. Expect the movie to be a smash hit and a half, though.
May 24thFAST SIX | When this one hits big, Fast Seven is all but a formality, too.
THE HANGOVER PART 3 | The film isn’t going to follow quite the same structure of the last two, but that’s all we know for now. If it hits big, expect a Hangover reunion movie in about a decade…
LEAFMEN | Leafmen is the new animated movie from Blue Sky Studios (the Ice Age movies, Rio). It’s based on the book The Leaf Men And The Brave Good Bugs, and it’s the story of a bug colony. It’s okay, our head is drawing a Venn diagram with Antz and A Bug’s Life in it, too.
May 31stTHE LONE RANGER | Johnny Depp reunites with his Pirates Of The Caribbean director (Gore Verbinski) and producer (Jerry Bruckheimer) for the delayed The Lone Ranger… Strikes us as a bit of a gamble, this one, although having Johnny Depp front and centre should do its box office chances no harm at all. 
June 7thAFTER EARTH | M Night Shyamalan tackles his first film since the commercial hit and critical disaster, The Last Airbender. The movie is After Earth, a mix of science fiction and action, which sees Smith appearing alongside his son, Jaden. Shyamalan hasn’t written the script for this one, and is purely on directing duties. 
June 14thMAN OF STEEL | Warner Bros originally had this one set to open at the end of 2012, but delayed it to a more natural summer release slot. That’s down the competition at the end of 2012 – The Hobbit, for starters…It’s already being set up as the film to beat in the summer of 2013.
THE APOCALYPSE | 2013 is shaping up to be a decent summer for the end of the world as we know it…The Apocalypse is the lightest take on the subject matter, though, with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg writing and directing this action comedy. It’s about a pair of guys who fake the world ending…
June 21stWORLD WAR Z | World War Z is based on the work of Max Brooks, and stars Brad Pitt. When the project was announced, it was met with some puzzled looks, given that it’s been labelled ‘unfilmable’ by many. But we’ll wait and see how it turns out.
MONSTERS UNIVERSITY | It’s unclear exactly how long before Monsters Inc that Monsters University is set, but it’ll see Mike and Sully meeting for the first time at college. Billy Crystal and John Goodman are reprising their voice roles, with Dan Scanlon directing. The film has ‘massive hit’ stamped right the way through it.
June 26thTHE WOLVERINE | This time, he’s taking the character to Japan, in a film that’s being directed by James Mangold. There are lots of promises about how this will be a much better film than the last solo Wolverine effort.
June 28thRIPD | Ryan Reynolds’ latest attempt to generate a full-on blockbuster hit…based on the work of Peter M Lenkov. The film co-stars Jeff Bridges and Kevin Bacon, with RED director Robert Schwentke directing. If this hits big, it might just speed up the Deadpool movie happening, too.
July 3rdROBOPOCALPYSE | Steven Spielberg heads back to science fiction for the first time since Minority Report, and he appears to have chosen well. Robopocalypse is based on the book by Daniel H Wilson, about a robot-reliant world that’s threatened when one of its number becomes self-aware.
DESPICABLE ME 2 |Unsurprisingly, in the teaser trailer, the role of the minions is already being played up, and by choosing a big, bold summer spot, Universal might just have pole position here. We’d also suggest that Despicable Me 3 is a bit of a certainty.
July 12thPACIFIC RIM | Not since 2008’s Hellboy II has Guillermo del Toro directed a film…It’s a big science fiction monster mash of a film we’re getting, too, with Idris Elba and Ron Perlman (natch) in its cast.
GROWN UPS 2 |Adam Sandler is getting his mates back together in a follow up to his most commercially successful movie…
July 19thTURBO | Turbo is perhaps the most conventional on paper, a tale of a snail who dreams of being a racer. It looks like it’s mixing in a dash of Pixar’s Cars here, although we’d imagine it’ll have more than enough distinction of its own. David Soren is making is feature animation directorial debut with the film. 
JURASSIC PARK 3D | To celebrate the 20th birthday (20th!) of Jurassic Park, the film gets a 3D re-release. That is all.
July 26thDIRTY DANCING | The remake/reboot of summer 2013?
July 31stTHE SMURFS 2 | Raja Gosnell is directing again, although it’s not clear yet which of the first film’s cast are back on board.
August 2ndRED 2 | …the sequel will bring back together Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren and Morgan Freeman. This time, though, there’s a new director, with Galaxy Quest helmer Dean Parisot calling the shots.
300: BATTLE OF ARTEMISIA | Set, for pretty good reasons, before the first film, Battle Of Artemisia is being directed by Noam Murro…Eva Green leading the cast. Far from a sure thing at the box office this one, which might account for its late summer release slot.
August 9thROBOCOP | Joel Kinnamon…is the new metallic law enforcer, in a film that re-explores the genesis of RoboCop. Jose Padilha is directing, and MGM has high hopes that this will reignite a franchise…
Also…SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR | We’re far from sure that Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller will release their return trip to Sin City in time for the summer season, but we wouldn’t count it out. 
And then there’s…Seth Gordon is directing the comedy Identity Thief, due out in May, with Jason Bateman starring. And Disney is launching a movie of its hit show, Phineas And Ferb in July. The Evil Dead reboot us due in early April, too.

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The Big Blockbusters Of Summer 2013

By Simon Brew

April 26th
OBLIVION | Blockbuster season 2013 kicks off not with a Marvel project, as has been the case the past few years, but with a Tom Cruise movie…
Oblivion, a sci-fi flick, unites him with Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski, and will be the actor’s fourth big release in eighteen months.

May 3rd
IRON MAN 3 | Jon Favreau isn’t directing this one, as the honours have been passed over to Shane Black.
There’s a little bit of a back to basics feel to the film this time around, we’re told, with Tony Stark and Iron Man being stripped back just a little. As the first Marvel film post-The Avengers, it’ll be interesting to see just where and how it picks things up.

May 17th
STAR TREK 2 | Plot details are thin on the ground, and the production is being kept as secret as possible thus far. Expect the movie to be a smash hit and a half, though.

May 24th
FAST SIX | When this one hits big, Fast Seven is all but a formality, too.

THE HANGOVER PART 3 | The film isn’t going to follow quite the same structure of the last two, but that’s all we know for now. If it hits big, expect a Hangover reunion movie in about a decade…

LEAFMEN | Leafmen is the new animated movie from Blue Sky Studios (the Ice Age movies, Rio). It’s based on the book The Leaf Men And The Brave Good Bugs, and it’s the story of a bug colony. It’s okay, our head is drawing a Venn diagram with Antz and A Bug’s Life in it, too.

May 31st
THE LONE RANGER | Johnny Depp reunites with his Pirates Of The Caribbean director (Gore Verbinski) and producer (Jerry Bruckheimer) for the delayed The Lone Ranger
Strikes us as a bit of a gamble, this one, although having Johnny Depp front and centre should do its box office chances no harm at all.

June 7th
AFTER EARTH | M Night Shyamalan tackles his first film since the commercial hit and critical disaster, The Last Airbender.
The movie is After Earth, a mix of science fiction and action, which sees Smith appearing alongside his son, Jaden. Shyamalan hasn’t written the script for this one, and is purely on directing duties.

June 14th
MAN OF STEEL | Warner Bros originally had this one set to open at the end of 2012, but delayed it to a more natural summer release slot. That’s down the competition at the end of 2012 – The Hobbit, for starters…
It’s already being set up as the film to beat in the summer of 2013.

THE APOCALYPSE | 2013 is shaping up to be a decent summer for the end of the world as we know itThe Apocalypse is the lightest take on the subject matter, though, with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg writing and directing this action comedy. It’s about a pair of guys who fake the world ending…

June 21st
WORLD WAR Z | World War Z is based on the work of Max Brooks, and stars Brad Pitt. When the project was announced, it was met with some puzzled looks, given that it’s been labelled ‘unfilmable’ by many. But we’ll wait and see how it turns out.

MONSTERS UNIVERSITY | It’s unclear exactly how long before Monsters Inc that Monsters University is set, but it’ll see Mike and Sully meeting for the first time at college. Billy Crystal and John Goodman are reprising their voice roles, with Dan Scanlon directing. The film has ‘massive hit’ stamped right the way through it.

June 26th
THE WOLVERINE | This time, he’s taking the character to Japan, in a film that’s being directed by James Mangold. There are lots of promises about how this will be a much better film than the last solo Wolverine effort.

June 28th
RIPD |
Ryan Reynolds’ latest attempt to generate a full-on blockbuster hit…based on the work of Peter M Lenkov. The film co-stars Jeff Bridges and Kevin Bacon, with RED director Robert Schwentke directing. If this hits big, it might just speed up the Deadpool movie happening, too.

July 3rd
ROBOPOCALPYSE | Steven Spielberg heads back to science fiction for the first time since Minority Report, and he appears to have chosen well. Robopocalypse is based on the book by Daniel H Wilson, about a robot-reliant world that’s threatened when one of its number becomes self-aware.

DESPICABLE ME 2 |Unsurprisingly, in the teaser trailer, the role of the minions is already being played up, and by choosing a big, bold summer spot, Universal might just have pole position here. We’d also suggest that Despicable Me 3 is a bit of a certainty.

July 12th
PACIFIC RIM | Not since 2008’s Hellboy II has Guillermo del Toro directed a film…
It’s a big science fiction monster mash of a film we’re getting, too, with Idris Elba and Ron Perlman (natch) in its cast.

GROWN UPS 2 |Adam Sandler is getting his mates back together in a follow up to his most commercially successful movie…

July 19th
TURBO |
Turbo is perhaps the most conventional on paper, a tale of a snail who dreams of being a racer. It looks like it’s mixing in a dash of Pixar’s Cars here, although we’d imagine it’ll have more than enough distinction of its own. David Soren is making is feature animation directorial debut with the film.

JURASSIC PARK 3D | To celebrate the 20th birthday (20th!) of Jurassic Park, the film gets a 3D re-release. That is all.

July 26th
DIRTY DANCING |
The remake/reboot of summer 2013?

July 31st
THE SMURFS 2 |
Raja Gosnell is directing again, although it’s not clear yet which of the first film’s cast are back on board.

August 2nd
RED 2 |
the sequel will bring back together Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren and Morgan Freeman. This time, though, there’s a new director, with Galaxy Quest helmer Dean Parisot calling the shots.

300: BATTLE OF ARTEMISIA | Set, for pretty good reasons, before the first film, Battle Of Artemisia is being directed by Noam Murro…Eva Green leading the cast. Far from a sure thing at the box office this one, which might account for its late summer release slot.

August 9th
ROBOCOP |
Joel Kinnamon…is the new metallic law enforcer, in a film that re-explores the genesis of RoboCop. Jose Padilha is directing, and MGM has high hopes that this will reignite a franchise…

Also
SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR |
We’re far from sure that Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller will release their return trip to Sin City in time for the summer season, but we wouldn’t count it out.

And then there’s…Seth Gordon is directing the comedy Identity Thief, due out in May, with Jason Bateman starring. And Disney is launching a movie of its hit show, Phineas And Ferb in July. The Evil Dead reboot us due in early April, too.

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‘The Avengers’ Starts to Sell Sex with Black Widow Fight Scene

Really Joss? This feels wrong. Unless Agent Coulson has Tony Stark on the other line and he’s doing the same thing. In the same dress.

(Black Widow & Coulson / Tony Stark)

Stan Lee cameos from all of the recent Marvel movies
X-Men (2000)
Spider-Man (2002)
Daredevil (2003)
Hulk (2003)
Spider-Man 2 (2004)
Fantastic Four (2005)
X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
Spider-Man 3 (2007)
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)
Iron Man (2008)
The Incredible Hulk (2008)
Iron Man 2 (2010)
Thor (2011)
Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)


105 movie sequels currently in the works
by Simon Brew
21 Jump Street 2300: Battle Of ArtemisiaAdventures Of Tintin 2A Good Day To Die HardThe Amazing Spider-Man 2Attack The Block 2Avatar 2 and 3The Avengers 2/Avengers Re-assembleBad Santa 2BatmanBeetlejuice 2BerandalBill & Ted 3Blade RunnerBridget Jones’s Diary 3Bruce Almighty 2Captain America 2Chronicle 2The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Magician’s NephewClash Of The Titans 3Cloudy 2: Revenge Of The LeftoversCloverfield 2Con Air 2Crank 3DDeath Race 3Despicable Me 2District 9 2Dumb And Dumber 2Enchanted 2Fast & Furious 6 and 7The Fighter 2Friday 4Get Smart 2Ghost Rider 3Ghostbusters 3The Girl Who Played With FireGnomeo & Juliet: Sherlock GnomesGreen Lantern 2Grown Ups 2Halloween 3DHancock 2The Hangover Part 3High School Musical 4Horrible Bosses 2How To Train Your Dragon 2Human Centipede 3The Hunger Games: Catching FireI Am Legend 2The Incredibles 2Indiana Jones 5Insidious 2Iron Man 3John Carter 2Journey 3Jurassic Park 4The Karate Kid 2Kick-Ass 2Kung Fu Panda 3The Last Exorcism 2Machete KillsMad Max 4 and 5Man Of Steel 2Mission: Impossible 5Monsters 2Monsters UniversityThe MuppetsNational Treasure 3Nativity 2: The Second ComingNight At The Museum 3Paranormal Activity 4Percy Jackson: Sea Of MonstersPineapple Express 2Pirates Of The Caribbean 5Project X 2Rambo 5Real Steel 2RED 2RiddickMore Of The Rise Of The Planet Of The ApesSalt 2Scary Movie 5Scream 5Sin City 2The Smurfs 2Star TrekStarship Troopers: InvasionStep Brothers 2Taken 2Terminator 5Thor 2Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy 2Top Gun 2Toy Story 4Transformers 4TRON 3The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2Twins 2Underworld 5Waiting To Exhale 2Wanted 2Who Framed Roger Rabbit 2The WolverineWorld War Z 2X-Men: First Class 2Zoolander 2

105 movie sequels currently in the works

by Simon Brew

21 Jump Street 2
300: Battle Of Artemisia
Adventures Of Tintin 2
A Good Day To Die Hard
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Attack The Block 2
Avatar 2 and 3
The Avengers 2/Avengers Re-assemble
Bad Santa 2
Batman
Beetlejuice 2
Berandal
Bill & Ted 3
Blade Runner
Bridget Jones’s Diary 3
Bruce Almighty 2
Captain America 2
Chronicle 2
The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Magician’s Nephew
Clash Of The Titans 3
Cloudy 2: Revenge Of The Leftovers
Cloverfield 2
Con Air 2
Crank 3D
Death Race 3
Despicable Me 2
District 9 2
Dumb And Dumber 2
Enchanted 2
Fast & Furious 6 and 7
The Fighter 2
Friday 4
Get Smart 2
Ghost Rider 3
Ghostbusters 3
The Girl Who Played With Fire
Gnomeo & Juliet: Sherlock Gnomes
Green Lantern 2
Grown Ups 2
Halloween 3D
Hancock 2
The Hangover Part 3
High School Musical 4
Horrible Bosses 2
How To Train Your Dragon 2
Human Centipede 3
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
I Am Legend 2
The Incredibles 2
Indiana Jones 5
Insidious 2
Iron Man 3
John Carter 2
Journey 3
Jurassic Park 4
The Karate Kid 2
Kick-Ass 2
Kung Fu Panda 3
The Last Exorcism 2
Machete Kills
Mad Max 4 and 5
Man Of Steel 2
Mission: Impossible 5
Monsters 2
Monsters University
The Muppets
National Treasure 3
Nativity 2: The Second Coming
Night At The Museum 3
Paranormal Activity 4
Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters
Pineapple Express 2
Pirates Of The Caribbean 5
Project X 2
Rambo 5
Real Steel 2
RED 2
Riddick
More Of The Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes
Salt 2
Scary Movie 5
Scream 5
Sin City 2
The Smurfs 2
Star Trek
Starship Troopers: Invasion
Step Brothers 2
Taken 2
Terminator 5
Thor 2
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy 2
Top Gun 2
Toy Story 4
Transformers 4
TRON 3
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2
Twins 2
Underworld 5
Waiting To Exhale 2
Wanted 2
Who Framed Roger Rabbit 2
The Wolverine
World War Z 2
X-Men: First Class 2
Zoolander 2