By: Adam Basciano
I think it’s only appropriate we start with the first avenger. Steve Rogers’ next on-screen adventure will happen in 2014. While the film will be a solo outing, Marvel’s man out of time won’t be alone. He’ll be joined by S.H.I.E.L.D. agents Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) and Natasha Romanoff a.k.a. the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson). Of course, an appearance by S.H.I.E.L.D. on film wouldn’t be complete without their leader Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson). All three actors will reprise their respective roles from “The Avengers.” With all these heroes returning, there’s bound to be new threats on the horizon. One of those threats will be comic book villain Crossbones, to be played by actor Frank Grillo (The Grey). Crossbones featured quite a bit in Ed Brubaker’s run on the Captain America comic books. If they are adapting the storyline that the film’s title suggests, then fans should be very excited and pleased. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” will be released on April 4th, 2014.
“X-Men: First Class” stands tall next to Bryan Singer’s first two X-Men films. Some argue, that the Matthew Vaughn directed film is the best of the series. Up until recently, Vaughan along with the rest of the main cast were set to return for the sequel. However, Matthew Vaughn has opted not to return. Instead, former X director and current producer of the series Bryan Singer, will sit in the director’s chair once again. Matthew Vaughn will remain onboard as a producer. While I generally loathe Bryan Singer’s “Superman Returns”, I can’t deny that Bryan Singer’s “X-Men” and “X2:X-Men United” were fantastic. Judging by the title, “X-Men: Days of Future Past” is adapting a complex and classic story from the comic books. With the prospect of actors from the original films returning, it’s only fitting that the director who started the franchise be the one to bring it full circle so to speak. “X-Men: Days of Future Past” is scheduled to hit theaters July 18, 2014.