By the Corsair's Closet's Liz Carlie, the 'Mad Woman with a Box'
2013 was the year that the Marvel Cinematic Universe took the world by storm. Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, and TV’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. continued to draw audiences in record numbers, and the ever popular franchise shows no signs of stopping. With the new year upon us, 2014 promises to continue following the adventures of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, their everyman counterparts in S.H.I.E.L.D., as well as expanding the reach of the MCU into the distant stars.
Beyond the limits of the MCU? Not much else is going on . . . unless superhero teenagers, mutants, and a ragtag team of neophyte crime fighters strike your fancy.
With a busy year lined up for all things Marvel, it’s time to run down the list and decide which box office blockbuster will be earning our dollars in the coming months.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (release date April 4, 2014): This movie, the ninth in the MCU franchise, showcases the Winter Soldier of comic book legend, aka Bucky Barnes and played by Once Upon A Time’s Sebastian Stan. The film began its countdown with a sneak peek scene that played before many showings of Thor: The Dark World, and has continued with action standees that have been placed in movie theaters nationwide, allowing patrons to take their picture holding Cap’s legendary shield. Marvel’s official Captain America Twitter account has been retweeting pictures of eager fans and their heroic snapshots with the hash tag #CantWait.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (release date May 2, 2014): Sony Pictures continues to hold onto the rights to the Spider Man franchise with a quality reboot that has delivered a Peter Parker we can get behind, a new love interest, and some top quality performances. A recent trailer has been making the rounds for the sequel to the 2012 sensation, and the picture is ringing in the new year with a brand new teaser featuring an introduction by the man himself, Stan Lee.
X-Men: Days of Future Past (release date May 22, 2014): The latest in the world’s favorite mutant franchise will be showcasing X-Men both old and new as the film moves through time to combat the threat of the mutant-hunting Sentinels. Reuniting Bryan Singer with the franchise that helped paved the way for the likes of the MCU and other comic book movies, the film still harbors a great many secrets despite recently released pictures that bring a lot to light . . . such as the recent set photo put out by the UK’s EMPIRE showing Singer with the young versions of film protagonists Professor X and Magneto, James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender alongside a decidedly hairless and not-blue Hank McCoy.
Guardians of the Galaxy (release date August 1, 2014): The tenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise, we got our first glimpse at the tail end of Thor: The Dark World with a cameo from Benicio del Toro as The Collector. Featuring a star-studded cast with a peppering of unique choices such as Doctor Who’s Karen Gillan as Nebula and WWE’s Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, the rather unique comic film full of talking raccoons and sentient plants recently released their very first still from the film via Marvel’s official Twitter account.
An early peek at a still from #Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy”! What do you think of the lineup, fans? #GotG pic.twitter.com/p52FAkw6KR
— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) January 1, 2014
Big Hero 6 (release date November 7, 2014): As a rabid Marvel fan, I pride myself on knowing what’s coming from the studio I love, and yet I’ve heard precious little about this film. Still, not only have recent stills come to light from Big Hero 6, but the picture’s website also features a First Look at the film, which will be the first of Marvel’s big budget comic movies to be released as an animated feature. The movie is based on the Marvel comic of the same name, and will showcase the adventures of a group of neophyte crime fighters in the futuristic world of San Fransokyo.
Marvel’s movie schedule is packed to the gills with a little something for everyone, be it more of their money-making giant that is the MCU, the classic films that brought fans to the theaters first, or the new and daring film ventures ready to introduce us to our favorite, unexplored comic book properties.
Will you have to make some hard decisions? Are you ready to take it all in? Or, perhaps, are your favorites still on the horizon come 2015? Let me know on Twitter or Tumblr, or hit me up in the comments below to discuss your top picks for 2014!
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The Corsair’s Closet features Elizabeth Carlie as the Mad Woman With A Box and Kristine Cherry as the Time Siren. The pair co-host Krypton Radio’s wacky and high-energy Doctor Who-themed cosplay show in which they get their geek on by squeeing about Doctor Who, cosplay, pop culture, and fan creativity.
The Corsair’s Closet airs with a new episode each Wednesday at 4PM, and repeats Friday at 5PM.