Looking Ahead: 2015 Will Be An Epic Year for Movies

By June 21, 2013

If you love movies, you may want to open a savings account for all of the theater tickets you’re going to have to buy in a year-and-a-half. From highly awaited sequels to franchise reboots, 2015 is poised become one of the most epic years in cinematic history.

While the year’s prime appeal is its summer releases, films like the third installment (technically a reboot) of The Fantastic Four should make for a nice appetizer. Slated to premiere on March 6, the Marvel release is still in the early stages of development. Though Josh Trank, who helmed the thrilling Chronicle, is attached to direct, the cast is still unknown – but rumors have been flying that Chronicle star Michael B. Jordan could play The Human Torch.

What will likely be one of the most successful films of the year will arrive on May 1. Marvel’s The Avengers 2 will serve as a followup to the record-shattering The Avengers, which grossed $1.5 billion globally. With Robert Downey Jr. now officially onboard, we have been assured that the cast of the first film will appear in the Joss Whedon-directed sequel. Not surprisingly, that’s pretty much all that’s known about the action/adventure flick, aside from the fact that Whedon will be bringing people like Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch into the equation.

If that’s not enough excitement for one month, rumors have surfaced that J.J. Abrams’ highly anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII will hit theaters on May 29, but an official announcement about the specific date has yet to be made. The fact that a new live action Star Wars movie is coming out at all still hasn’t quite hit us yet, but man – fans are going to go insane for this one.

June 19 will serve as the premiere date for Assassin’s Creed, a live action adaptation of the wildly popular video game. Production on the sci-fi action film was stalling until Michael Fassbender signed on as the film’s star and producer. The screenplay is being penned by Michael Lesslie yet the project’s director is still unknown.

Other possible summer releases may include the highly anticipated Justice League movie as well as a followup to Man of Steel, which was green-lit last week. That said, The Wall Street Journal recently quoted a “knowledgable source” that revealed the next Superman film may arrive as early as next year.

Blockbuster season will continue to pick up steam come July when Independence Day 2 makes its long-awaited debut. Set to be released on July 3, the action flick will feature Bill Pullman, who appeared in the first film, but not Will Smith. This could potentially hurt the sequel at the box office because despite the failure of After Earth, Smith is still seen as one of the most bankable stars in the world. The story is said to pick up 20 years after the events of the original, when the aliens return to Earth with reinforcements.

On July 10, around the time the buzz surrounding Independence Day 2 has died down, audiences will be treated to Pirates of the Caribbean 5. While some may argue that the Pirates franchise has been stretched too thin, the fact that Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides took in over $1 billion worldwide means we are going to see as many of these films as Disney can crank out.

As summer concludes, you can give yourself and your wallet a break before the holiday season begins. Expect a few horror films to spook up around October. Evil Dead 2 is set to premiere at some point during the year but a release date has not been announced. It’s also possible that Guillermo del Toro’s forthcoming Crimson Peak could premiere around this time.

In November, just before Oscar season officially gets underway, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 will hit theaters. Since this will mark the final installment in the series, you can expect late fall to be dominated by the young adult franchise.

As the year comes to an end and you’re sick of concession snacks, you’ll be entertained by the giant blue Na’vi of James Cameron’s Avatar 2. Both the sequel and its followup will be shot next year and much of the principal cast, including Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington, are expected to return.

A number of noteworthy animated films are also scheduled to be released throughout the year. The Madagascar sequel The Penguins of Madagascar will arrive on March 27, while Hotel Transylvania 2 will debut on September 25. The most anticipated of them all, the Finding Nemo sequel Finding Dory , is set to hit theaters on November 25.

What are you most looking forward to on the 2015 release calendar? Let us know what you think!

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Justine Browning
Justine is a film and culture reporter whose work has appeared in USA Today, Indie Wire and The Huffington Post. She currently serves as an on-camera correspondent for MovieWeb and Cine Movie TV.