Get set for the return of Spider-Man, X-Men, Transformers and more
Time Out Dubai staff
300: Rise of an Empire Originally a prequel to Zack Snyder’s 2007 movie 300 focusing on Persian King Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro), this has turned into something that’s both a prequel, a sequel, and set at the same time as the original film. The flick tells the story of a naval battle between Greek and Persian forces. Gerard Butler isn’t in this one, as this time the Greek army is led by Themistocles (Sullivan Stapeton). Although it’s set at sea, there was no water on set – it was all added afterwards digitally. Still, you can expect to see plenty of sepia-toned blood and gore. UAE release expected March 6, 2014.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier A sequel to both The Avengers and the first Captain America film, starring Chris Evans’ While trying to adjust to modern day life in Washington DC, Captain America finds himself locking horns with an adversary from the old Soviet Union. As most of his Avengers team-mates are busy starring in their own films, the Captain gets some help from Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L Jackson. Robert Redford also joins the cast as a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, a part that pays homage to his roles in 1970s political thrillers such as All the President’s Men. UAE release expected April 3, 2014.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Brit actor Andrew Garfield dons the red and blue costume again for the second film in this rebooted series, which is directed by the appropriately named Marc Webb. While dealing with high school and his new girlfriend (Emma Stone), Peter Parker finds himself fighting off the glowing, blue-skinned Electro – Jamie Foxx, the first Oscar winner to play a Spider-Man villain. He also faces danger from Paul Giamatti’s Russian mobster, Rhino. As in nearly all Marvel films, creator Stan Lee is set to make a cameo, so keep an eye out for him. UAE release expected May 1, 2014.
Neighbors Sadly not an adaptation of the Australian soap. A couple (Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne) living in a perfect neighbourhood find their lives turned upside down when a group of college students (including Zac Efron and Dave Franco) move next door and set up a fraternity. Annoyed by the loud music and the badly behaved students, Rogen and Byrne try to get their revenge, which escalates into a war of pranks between the neighbours – one of which includes a very inventive use of airbags. UAE release expected May 8, 2014.
Godzilla This monster reboot is directed by Gareth Edwards. The only other film he’s directed was 2010’s indie sci-fi flick Monsters, so he has good credentials for tackling Godzilla, the giant lizard made famous in Japanese films in the 1950s. Starring Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston and Martha Marcy May Marlene’s Elizabeth Olsen, the director hasn’t revealed much about the film, which he’s calling a ‘character-driven disaster movie.’ Even the teaser trailer has only been shown at Comic-Con. All we really know is that Godzilla won’t be the only monster, as he’ll be seen battling other enormous creatures. UAE release expected May 15, 2014.
X-Men: Days of Future Past Bryan Singer returns to the X-Men franchise for this story of time travel and mutants. Bringing together actors from the original trilogy, as well as their younger counterparts from X-Men First Class, the film has a sprawling cast and stars Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, and Halle Berry to name just a few. Based on a critically acclaimed comic from the 1980s, the film sees Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine travel back in time to stop mutants from being wiped out. UAE release expected May 22, 2014.
Transformers: Age of Extinction The fourth in Michael Bay’s series about robots fighting and blowing things up, it’s also the first that won’t star Shia LaBeouf – he’s been replaced by Mark Wahlberg. None of the original human cast will feature, and most of the Transformers have been replaced, too. Not much of the plot has been released, but Bay has already been filming in Hong Kong, where someone ran on set and attacked him with an air conditioning unit. That probably won’t make it into the film, though. UAE release expected July 28, 2014.
Guardians of the Galaxy Shaping up to be one of Marvel’s strangest superhero films, this features the titular Guardians of the Galaxy, a group of alien misfits that includes a walking tree and a raccoon voiced by Bradley Cooper. Led by Chris Pratt as the human Star-Lord, the group is forced to work together to defeat an evil cosmic force. Scottish actress Karen Gillan, in one of her first film roles after Doctor Who, plays one of the film’s villains, although you might not recognise her – she had to shave her head for this role. UAE release expected August 21, 2014.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Andy Serkis reprises his role as the CGI chimpanzee Caesar in this sequel. Set 15 years after Rise of the Planet of the Apes, most of the human race has been killed by a deadly virus, while the population of intelligent, highly evolved apes keeps on growing. Only a few humans have survived, although thankfully Gary Oldman is one of them. They’re forced to fight for the human race’s survival as the apes take over Earth. UAE release expected August 28, 2014.
Fifty Shades of Grey Based on the best-selling book (even if you haven’t read it, you’ve probably already got some idea of what it’s about), this romantic drama has already had its fair share of controversy. Fans and critics drew up wish-lists of who they wanted to star, until Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson were announced as the two leads, but a month later, Hunnam pulled out. Christian Grey will now be played by Jamie Dornan from US TV series The Fall in what looks like the first in a trilogy. UAE release expected September 18, 2014.
RoboCop In the works since 2005, this remake of an ’80s action film stars Joel Kinnaman (The Killing) in the title role. In the year 2028, robots are used to protect people throughout the world. A police officer is critically injured in an explosion and the only way to save him is to turn him into a cyborg police officer – or a RoboCop, as he’s renamed. The distinctive armour has been redesigned for this film, as it’s now sleeker and matte-black, making RoboCop look slightly like an iPhone that’s capable of killing you. UAE release date TBC.
The Expendables 3 The latest in Sylvester Stallone’s testosterone-fueled series – expect lots of explosions and one-liners. The cast list reads like a Who’s Who of the world’s biggest action stars, as Harrison Ford, Wesley Snipes and Antonio Banderas have been added this time. Bruce Willis was meant to reprise his role, but requests for more money led to Stallone ranting on Twitter, calling him ‘greedy’ and ‘lazy,’ and replacing him with Ford. Still, he probably won’t be missed – there are plenty of other heroes, not to mention Mel Gibson as the film’s villain. UAE release date TBC.