Star Wars: The Force Awakens has proven to be a record-breaking behemoth of a film. It was an incredible ride full of twists, turns, and blasters. It truly reminded us why we fell in love with Star Wars all those years ago. Everybody and their cousin went to see it, and Disney is now raking in the profits and pumping out the merchandise.
However, just because it will probably be the second-highest grossing movie of all time doesn’t necessarily make it the best movie of all time. The Force Awakens had a lot of factors that weighed in to making it perform as well as it did. For example, Star Wars is one of the most beloved franchises in history, and since its inception all those years ago, nobody has forgotten what a cinematic masterpiece the original was. Then, to finally have the sequel we’ve been waiting decades for (as in, a good one) just made audiences flock to the theaters. Not only that, but because the film is as good as it is, it only helped sell it to even the most skeptical of critics.
Now, this year alone, there are plenty of movies that are set to be big in scope. No, they won’t dethrone Star Wars. However, they will arguably be better movies (whether you agree with me or not). As a matter of fact, there are 10 upcoming billion dollar movies that I believe will be better than Star Wars.
10. Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice
Perhaps I’m a little biased because I love superheroes. That being said, I know when I see a bad comic book movie (X-Men Origins, anyone?). There is a lot of controversy as to whether Batman V. Superman will actually be a good movie, but I have faith that DC can pull this one off. I actually like the casting choice as Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor Jr., as well as the inclusion of Doomsday. It may seem overcrowded, but I think there is a method to their madness, and I for one think it will be great.
Technically this film is already out, but since it comes out today, I’ll let it slide. Deadpool looks to be a movie that knows the time period it’s in, and is aware that it exists alongside all of these other superhero blockbusters. However, that’s what’s going to make it a great film. It’s unique, different, but still full of action that will be a fresh take on a familiar genre. And who can argue with Ryan Reynolds as the merc with a mouth?
8. Captain America: Civil War
Uh, duh. Captain America: Civil War just seems to be hitting all the right notes. Since Cap and Iron Man first met, they’ve been at odds. Now it seems to be coming full circle, as they’re finally sick of each other. Splitting the Avengers down the middle will be heartbreaking and epic, making the film worth the watch from the get-go. The director for the movie also directed Captain America: Winter Soldier, and that was easily one of the best MCU movies to date. That’s not even mentioning the introduction of Black Panther and Spider-Man to the Avengers’ ‘verse. This one could be a top five all-timer.
7. Finding Dory
Pixar has proven that it can make a fantastic film time and time again. Their classic, Finding Nemo, was one of their crowning jewels. Now that they’re making a sequel, it’ll be a one of a kind experience to go into that world under the sea all over again. Every original voice actor is returning to reprise their roles (except Nemo, of course, because his voice actor is all grown up). New lovable characters are going to be introduced, and we’re finally going to get a little more depth about Dory’s past, something that was mysteriously overlooked in the first movie.
When I first heard about Zootopia, I was intrigued, but I was also a little bit skeptical. After all, the whole anthropomorphic animal-city thing has been done before, as well as having a fox as a protagonist. That being said, after seeing some trailers, Zootopia looks to embrace its concept to the fullest, as well as being full of heart and having a great message. It’s as if Disney animation finally discovered Pixar’s formula for making fantastic movies that people of all ages can enjoy. I may be a grown man, but I will go and watch it shamelessly.
5. The Jungle Book
Disney’s live-action remakes haven’t exactly done it for me. Sure Maleficent and Cinderella weren’t necessarily bad movies, but they’re not incredibly memorable either. After seeing trailers for the new Jungle Book movie, though, I’m actually excited for this one. Each of the animals is going to be given a voice (done by great actors, mind you), and the magic that was present in the original tale seems to be all the more present here. Hearing Baloo whistle “Bear Necessities” was enough to sell me in one fell swoop.
4. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
The first of the Michael Bay Ninja Turtles movies was controversial at best. The turtles looked odd, and it seemed to be more of a Megan Fox-centered experience than anything else. Now it looks like all of that is being done away with. The sequel looks to embrace it’s TV show roots, with crazy action, a bombastic cast of characters, and a more colorful version of the turtles. Casey Jones, Krang, Bebop, Rocksteady, and more are all making an appearance, and it could be a really fun ride.
3. Suicide Squad
Is this just real life? Is this just fantasy? Every ounce of footage I’ve seen for Suicide Squad has made me more excited for the movie. Jared Leto is definitely rising up to the challenge of playing the Joker, Margot Robbie looks to be a lovably dark Harley Quinn, and so much more. Like in the case of Deadpool, it’s an original take on a familiar genre. And the fact that it’s set in the DC universe means that Batman will make an appearance, and this movie will definitely have lasting effects for all of our favorite heroes.
2. Independence Day: Resurgence
Independence Day is a classic film with the greatest motivational speech to ever be put on the big screen. The announcement that a sequel was getting made was enough to make us drool with excitement. Everybody but Will Smith is returning for the action, and it will continue years after where the first film left off. With the kind of technology available today, it could leave a much more lasting impression than the original ever could. However, it could have the same problem Star Wars did, of being too close in plot to its predecessor.
1. 10 Cloverfield Lane
Whether 10 Cloverfield Lane is set to be an actual follow-up to Cloverfield or not, it’s going to be a great hit. From the little we’ve seen, there are so many questions that I’m tempted to go see the film just to satisfy my curiosity. It looks to be thoughtful, mind-bending, and full of terrifying moments. It could end up being bad, but it has some of the best marketing I’ve seen for a movie in my lifetime, and that alone tells you that the makers are doing something right. I don’t doubt they’ll handle that movie very well.