Is this going to be the greatest 50 days in movie history? In superhero history? In history… period? Quite possibly.
April 4th – Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Captain America, Black Widow, Falcon, Nick Fury. The reviews are extremely positive. Looks amazing. According to Marvel, it’s really The Avengers 1.5.
May 2nd – The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Spider-Man, Electro, Green Goblin, Rhino. According to Sony, it’s the biggest Spider-Man movie in history. It will set up not only 2 more Spider-Man movies, but really an entire “Spidey-verse” they're launching in the coming years.
May 23rd – X-Men: Days of Future Past
Take a deep breath. Wolverine, 2 Professor X’s, 2 Magneto’s, Mystique, Storm, Kitty Pryde, Beast, Iceman, Bishop, Quicksilver, etc. According to Fox, this is just the very beginning of an X-Mennaissance. The movie that launches dozens of movies.
Certainly, the list of heroes, villains, legendary actors and flat-out gigantic movie stars on display in the next 50 days has never been close to approached — Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, Jamie Foxx, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Halle Berry, Emma Stone, Ian McKellen, Michael Fassbender, Paul Giamatti, Sally Field, and Robert Freakin’ Redford. They're all there to bring our childhood dreams to life.
My 12 year-old self is high-fiving me right now. He can barely breathe. But first… before we dim the lights… some “Thank You’s”:
Thank You Robert Downey Jr. and Jon Favreau. I honestly think the two of you haven’t made enough money off of all of this. Two guys who proved superheroes – even the more obscure ones – can become billion dollar brands on their own.
Thank You Sam Jackson. You truly are the godfather of all superhero movies. A bona fide enormous, global star who basically just said, “Yes… I’ll cameo in some movies… I’ll support some other movies… but don’t just put me in one or two of these things… put me in motherf---ing ALL of them. Let’s tie ALL this s—t together and blow people’s f---ing minds!”
Thank You Bryan Singer, Hugh Jackman and everyone from the original X-Men. Even when everyone thought it would be way too hard to have multiple heroes in one movie… way too confusing… you all were just like, “Nope… take a look at this.” And poof… something like The Avengers didn’t look that hard anymore.
Thank You Stan Lee. You know why.
And of course… Thank You Kevin Feige and the entire Marvel team for the MCU. Sony, for the new Spider-Man plan. FOX, for the new X-Men plan. Disney, for the future of Star Wars. WB, for the future of all things Harry Potter. For futures we don’t even know exist yet. All of our dreams are coming true… all of our 12 year-old selves our applauding and cheering in unison. And for that we thank all of you.
I can smell the popcorn already.