2012 was a great year for geeks when it came to theatrical releases. Huge flicks like The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises, and The Amazing Spider-Man (among many others) made sure we got our fill of blockbusters for our inner geek. 2013 looks to be no different in that regard as well. There are a great number of films coming to theaters in 2013 that will make us geek out. Here are a few films that you should check out in 2013:
After a delay from a 2012 release, the decades old and beloved Hasbro franchise, G.I. Joe, will see its new film, G.I. Joe Retaliation release this year. The action looks a bit more serious than the first film and more members of the famed gang are joining the team. Here’s the full synopsis:
“A follow-up to the 2009 release of “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra,” which grossed over $300 million worldwide, Paramount Pictures, MGM and Skydance Productions, in association with Hasbro, commenced the di Bonaventura production of “G.I. Joe: Retaliation.”
In this sequel, the G.I. Joes are not only fighting their mortal enemy Cobra; they are forced to contend with threats from within the government that jeopardize their very existence. The film stars D.J. Cotrona, Byung-hun Lee, Adrianne Palicki, Ray Park, Jonathan Pryce, Ray Stevenson, Channing Tatum with Bruce Willis and Dwayne Johnson. Directed by Jon M. Chu, and produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Brian Goldner, from a screenplay by Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick based on Hasbro’s G.I. Joe characters.” – Paramount
Tom Cruise is back for another original sci-fi futuristic and post-apocalyptic flick, one of the first films to be recorded in 4K. Check out the synopsis:
“TOM CRUISE STARS IN OBLIVION, AN ORIGINAL AND GROUNDBREAKING CINEMATIC EVENT FROM THE DIRECTOR OF TRON: LEGACY AND THE PRODUCER OF RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES. ON A SPECTACULAR FUTURE EARTH THAT HAS EVOLVED BEYOND RECOGNITION, ONE MAN’S CONFRONTATION WITH THE PAST WILL LEAD HIM ON A JOURNEY OF REDEMPTION AND DISCOVERY AS HE BATTLES TO SAVE MANKIND.
JACK HARPER (CRUISE) IS ONE OF THE LAST FEW DRONE REPAIRMEN STATIONED ON EARTH. PART OF A MASSIVE OPERATION TO EXTRACT VITAL RESOURCES AFTER DECADES OF WAR WITH A TERRIFYING THREAT KNOWN AS THE SCAVS, JACK’S MISSION IS NEARLY COMPLETE.
LIVING IN AND PATROLLING THE BREATHTAKING SKIES FROM THOUSANDS OF FEET ABOVE, HIS SOARING EXISTENCE IS BROUGHT CRASHING DOWN WHEN HE RESCUES A BEAUTIFUL STRANGER FROM A DOWNED SPACECRAFT. HER ARRIVAL TRIGGERS A CHAIN OF EVENTS THAT FORCES HIM TO QUESTION EVERYTHING HE KNOWS AND PUTS THE FATE OF HUMANITY IN HIS HANDS.” – Universal Studios
With Phase One of the Marvel Cinematic Universe wrapping up with the massive record setting blockbuster The Avengers, Iron Man 3 kicks off Phase Two bringing Iron Man’s arch enemy Mandarin to the screen for the first time.
“Marvel’s “Iron Man 3″ pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?
Starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale with Jon Favreau and Ben Kingsley, “Iron Man 3″ is directed by Shane Black from a screenplay by Drew Pearce & Shane Black and is based on Marvel’s iconic Super Hero Iron Man, who first appeared on the pages of “Tales of Suspense” (#39) in 1963 and had his solo comic book debut with “The Invincible Iron Man” (#1) in May of 1968.” – Marvel Studios
Trekkies worldwide will no doubt be lining up to grab their tickets for the sequel to J.J. Abrams’ hit Star Trek feature. Whether you’re a Star Trek fan, a sci-fi afficenado, or just looking for a hot blockbuster to see, Into Darkness looks like it’s shaping up to be even better than the last film.
“In Summer 2013, pioneering director J.J. Abrams will deliver an explosive action thriller that takes Star Trek Into Darkness.
When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis.
With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction.
As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.
Star Trek Into Darkness, starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, John Cho, Bruce Greenwood, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve and Peter Weller, arrives on May 17th, 2013.” – Paramount Pictures
Father and son duo Will and Jaden Smith are teaming up for M. Night Shyamalan’s newest work, another post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller, After Earth.
“One thousand years after cataclysmic events forced humanity’s escape from Earth, Nova Prime has become mankind’s new home. Legendary General Cypher Raige (Will Smith) returns from an extended tour of duty to his estranged family, ready to be a father to his 13-year-old son, Kitai (Jaden Smith). When an asteroid storm damages Cypher and Kitai’s craft, they crash-land on a now unfamiliar and dangerous Earth. As his father lies dying in the cockpit, Kitai must trek across the hostile terrain to recover their rescue beacon. His whole life, Kitai has wanted nothing more than to be a soldier like his father. Today, he gets his chance.” – Columbia Pictures (Sony Pictures)
Comic fans have been eagerly anticipating the return of Superman’s on-screen glory days and it looks like our wait could finally be over. With a top-notch production team behind the project, Man of Steel is shaping up to be one of the year’s most anticipated films. Here’s the synopsis:
“NEXT SUMMER, “MAN OF STEEL” IS COMING TO THE BIG SCREEN. THE FILM IS FROM DIRECTOR ZACK SNYDER AND PRODUCERS CHARLES ROVEN, CHRISTOPHER NOLAN, EMMA THOMAS AND DEBORAH SNYDER. THE SCREENPLAY WAS WRITTEN BY DAVID S. GOYER FROM A STORY BY GOYER & NOLAN, BASED UPON SUPERMAN CHARACTERS CREATED BY JERRY SIEGEL & JOE SHUSTER AND PUBLISHED BY DC COMICS.
“MAN OF STEEL” STARS HENRY CAVILL, AMY ADAMS, MICHAEL SHANNON, KEVIN COSTNER, DIANE LANE, LAURENCE FISHBURNE, ANTJE TRAUE, AYELET ZURER, CHRISTOPHER MELONI AND RUSSELL CROWE.” – Warner Bros. Pictures
Not just another zombie movie, World War Z is based on the best selling book and stars Brad Pitt for what looks like it could be a summer hit and a possible start to a new trilogy.
“Based on Max Brooks’ best-selling novel “World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War,” the story revolves around United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Pitt), who traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself. Enos plays Gerry’s wife Karen Lane; Kertesz is his comrade in arms, Segen.” – [via ComingSoon]
This could be the live action film that mecha fans have been waiting for. From acclaimed director Guillermo Del Toro, Pacific Rim takes on the monster vs robot theme seen in so much geek culture, in a whole new way.
“When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes—a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi)—who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.” – Warner Bros. Pictures
The X-Man Wolverine is back in FOX’s sequel to the hit X-Men movie franchise based on the popular Marvel comics. The Wolverine sees the return of Hugh Jackman as the adamantium clawed mutant in a brand new adventure.
“Based on the celebrated comic book arc, this epic action-adventure takes Wolverine, the most iconic character of the X-Men universe, to modern day Japan. Out of his depth in an unknown world he faces his ultimate nemesis in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed. Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he confronts not only lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own immortality, emerging more powerful than we have ever seen him before.” – 20th Century Fox
While not too much has been revealed about the film, Ender’s Game is being eagerly anticipated by fans who have been following the franchise from its inception as a novel of the same name to video games and comics expanding on the universe. Starring Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, and Abigail Breslin – This will be the first feature film made based on the hit book.
” In the near future, a hostile alien race (called the Formics) have attacked Earth. If not for the legendary heroics of International Fleet Commander, Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley), all would have been lost. In preparation for the next attack, the highly esteemed Colonel Graff (Harrison Ford) and the International Military are training only the best young children to find the future Mazer. Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a shy, but strategically brilliant boy is pulled out of his school to join the elite.
Arriving at Battle School, Ender quickly and easily masters increasingly difficult war games, distinguishing himself and winning respect amongst his peers. Ender is soon ordained by Graff as the militarys next great hope, resulting in his promotion to Command School. Once there, hes trained by Mazer Rackham, himself, to lead his fellow soldiers into an epic battle that will determine the future of Earth and save the human race.” – Summit Entertainment
Thor: The Dark World
The second film in Phase Two of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, Thor: The Dark World joins the Asgard prince on his journey through the nine realms. Comic lovers and action flick fans will likely not want to miss this one.
“Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World” continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel’s “Thor” and “Marvel’s The Avengers,” Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos…but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.
Starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano and Jaimie Alexander with Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins as Odin, “Thor: The Dark World” is directed by Alan Taylor, produced by Kevin Feige, from a story by Don Payne (credit not final) and screenplay by Christopher Yost and Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely (credit not final) and is based on Marvel’s classic Super Hero Thor, who first appeared in the comic book “Journey into Mystery” #83 in August, 1962.” – Marvel Studios
Last but surely not least, we have The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug coming out at the end of the year. Part two of the three part Hobbit epic, Desolation of Smaug is likely to captivate fans of the books and films alike.
” ‘The Hobbit’ follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakensheild. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers.
Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever… Gollum.
Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s “precious” ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities… A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know. ” – [via ComingSoon]
So there you have some flicks coming to theaters that will surely satiate your geeky needs. Of course there are a bunch of other films that were not listed, so now’s your time to shine: What movies are you looking forward to during 2013? Sound off in the comments below and lets us know!