Sub-par visual effects and a casting choice that split comic fans, 2015’s Fantasic Four reboot made the previous Jessica Alba-version looked like a box office hit. But it was quite a year with the return of the Avengers vehicle, the introduction of Ant-Man, and Star Wars awakening the Force in every marketing department.
Brace yourselves for 2016, though. Because these 10 nerd-overload movies are set to hopefully satisfy every inner geek.
What: Marvel Comics’ wise-cracking antihero who often breaks the fourth wall, gets his own movie after a brief appearance in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
Who: Ryan Reynolds reprises his role, Ed Skrein (of Game of Thrones fame) plays main villain Ajax and former MMA fighter Gina Carano as super-strong Angel Dust.
Expect: Deadpool in straight-from-comic costume, an impressive Colossus who is actually Russian, dark humour, and lots of blood.
Release date: 4th February
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
What: Mainly Batman picking a fight with Superman because he fears the repercussions of having a super-powered alien hailed to God-like status.
Who: The cast of Man of Steel reprise their roles (Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White and Diane Lane as Martha Kent). The Batman camp, however, gets a do-over with Ben Affleck as Batman and Jeremy Irons as Alfred the butler.
Expect: Batman using his arsenal of weapons and tech (Batmobile and Batwing included) against Superman, Wonder Woman finally brought to life again since Lynda Carter, appearances by other Justice League members, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash, as well as villain, Doomsday.
Release date: 24th March
Captain America: Civil War
What: The Avengers are divided on whether the government should regulate their activities or remain free to act on their own will, with Captain America leading the charge for no government intervention and Iron Man for it.
Who: Marvel Studios retains its Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) cast. Winter Soldier, Falcon, Sharon Carter, Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch and Ant-Man are Team Captain America while Team Iron Man consists of Black Widow, War Machine, Vision and Black Panther played by Chadwick Boseman.
Expect: Loads of epic action and visual effects sequences, introduction of villain Helmut Zemo, the appearance of a new Spider-Man and possibly a sneak peek into upcoming MCU releases.
Release date: 28th April
What: The ninth instalment in the X-Men film series is a sequel to X-Men: Days of Future Past and sees Professor X and his mutant students battle Apocalypse, the world’s first mutant.
Who:James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult and Rose Byrne return as Professor X, Magneto, Mystique, Beast and Moira MacTaggert respectively. Oscar Isaac portrays the titular villain, Apocalypse.
Expect: The return of favourites Cyclops, Jean Grey, Storm, Jubilee and Nightcrawler as young mutants, more Quicksilver action, Olivia Munn in signature skin-tight purple costume as Psylocke, Archangel’s metal wings and Professor X finally going bald.
Release date: 19th May
What: Based on the much-loved video game series and novels of the same name, Warcraft brings together two different worlds as humans protect themselves from the invading orcs fleeing their dying world of Draenor.
Who: Stars Travis Fimmel as Sir Anduin Lothar, a knight of the human kingdom of Stormwind, and Toby Kebbell (last seen as Dr Doom in the previously mentioned Fantastic Four reboot) as Durotan, the chieftain of the orcs.
Expect: An incredible use of visual effects by Industrial Light & Magic, humans vs. orcs, humans vs. humans and orcs vs. orcs.
Release date: 9th June
Star Trek Beyond
What: The USS Enterprise crew finds themselves stranded on a planet after being attacked by unknown aliens and fight their way out of it.
Who: Reprising their roles in the reboot series are Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, John Cho and Anton Yelchin.
Expect: The USS Enterprise finally ventures out further into space, Sofia Boutella (the badass chick with blades for feet in Kinsgman: The Secret Service) plays a white-skinned alien and Idris Elba as head villain Krall.
Release date: 21st July
What: A secret government organisation recruits supervillains on a suicide mission. Based on the DC Comics team of the same name.
Who: Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman and Jai Courtney portay Deadshot, Joker, Harley Quinn, Rick Flag and Boomerang respectively. Emmy Award winner Viola Davis plays Amanda Waller, the government official in-charge.
Expect: Jared Leto’s buzzed-about portrayal of Joker, it-model Cara Delevingne as the Enchantress, gritty violent action and have we mentioned, Joker?
Release date: 4th August
What: Doctor Stephen Strange, a neurosurgeon, gets into a career-ending accident and encounters a world of magic and spirituality while in search of healing.
Who: Benedict Cumberbatch steps into the lead role as Doctor Strange, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Karl Mordo and Rachel McAdams plays Doctor Strange’s love interest.
Expect: A different spectrum of superheroism as opposed to other MCU movies and Tilda Swinton doing what she does best; being androgynous as the Ancient One.
Release date: 3rd November
What: The popular video game franchise hits the big screen. Callum Lynch, a descendant of the Assassins, taps into the memories of his ancestor to battle the Templars, the Assassin’s nemesis.
Who: X-Men’s Michael Fassbender plays Callum Lynch.
Expect: Not much is known but if the games are anything to go by, expect parkour-like action.
Release date: 22nd December
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
What: Set sometime before the events of Episode IV, the movie centres around a band of Rebel spies tasked to steal the plans for the Death Star.
Who: The Theory of Everything’s Felicity Jones, Nightcrawler’s Diego Luna, Forest Whitaker and our September 2015 cover star, Donnie Yen.
Expect: Cinematic sci-fi action sequences the franchise is known for, little to no lightsaber action since the Jedi Order was exterminated after Episode III and possible glimpses of Darth Vader.
Release date: 15th December
Header image: 20th Century Fox