Looking Ahead: 30 Movies We'd Be Sad to Miss If the World Ends

December 19, 2012

End of the World

It has been predicated by the Mayan civilization that the end of the world is coming on December 21st this week. However when an entire group of people try to predict the end of the world, but don't even see their own demise coming, that raises some eyebrows. We're pretty confident that we will all still be here after December 21st (unless Roland Emmerich is a prophet too), but just in case, we've compiled a list of some of the films that we would be pretty bummed to miss IF the world ends. There's some exciting films like The Avengers 2 and Star Wars: Episode VII coming out over the next few years, so what would we miss?

Here is our list of 30 movies and/or upcoming projects that we are looking forward to beyond December 2012. There's quite a few great films on the horizon, and I hope we all get to see these flicks in the future. Note: this was made purely for fun, we are not superstitious, we're just optimistic for the future of movies.

Django Unchained

Django Unchained

It's only just a few days away, but after waiting a couple years, it would be pretty annoying to miss Quentin Tarantino's latest film. By now, most of the press have seen it, but I've waited to see it with the rest of the general public. From Leonardo DiCaprio's first turn as a straight-up villain, to the interesting pairing of Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz (not to mention the rest of the cast including Jonah Hill, Samuel L. Jackson, James Remar, Kerry Washington, Walton Goggins and Don Johnson) this has been one of my most anticipated films for awhile, and it's too close to miss it just on account of the world ending.

Star Trek Into Darkness

Star Trek Into Darkness

Everyone is so busy trying to figure out who the villain is in J.J. Abrams' sci-fi sequel, that they might miss when the movie hits theaters next May. We just wrote about why it shouldn't matter who Benedict Cumberbatch is playing in Star Trek Into Darkness, and thankfully, the recently released full trailer doesn't really give too many hints to help obsessed parties solve the mystery, but it does give us a glimpse at how awesome this sequel does look. Of course, if the world ends, that would be a good reason to get mad at Abrams for being so damn secretive about everything so far.

Man of Steel

Man of Steel

We were a bit nervous about Zack Snyder's take on Superman until Comic-Con, when we saw the teaser trailer for the first time. Since then, we've been totally on board with his vision, which seems to bear more directorial hallmarks of producer Christopher Nolan than Snyder himself. An excellent full trailer just debuted, and this looks like the Superman movie we've all been waiting for, with a great mix of action and quiet character moments. This is already one of our most anticipated movies next year, and hopefully we'll have the chance to experience Zack Snyder's Man of Steel in all of its glory.

Pacific Rim

Pacific Rim

Giant frickin' aliens fighting giant frickin' robots! Does this not look totally awesome?! Guillermo del Toro finally back in the directors seat since Hellboy II in 2008 gave us a first tease of his badass monsters vs robots action extravaganza that unquestionably has a massively apocalyptic scale of its own. One of the best lines in the trailer is literally Idris Elba screaming "we are canceling the apocalypse!" Now that we got a taste of what we could be seeing next July, this is one of them I'm anxiously anticipating already, and hopefully get to see in seven months from now. Please, cancel this apocalypse so that we can include Pacific Rim on our summer of 2013 line-up as a must see movie on opening night next July.

The Wolverine

The Wolverine

We'd have been ecstatic if Darren Aronofsky actually stuck with this and ended up directing it, but 3:10 to Yuma director James Mangold looks like a good replacement. Frankly, anything that he does pretty much has to be better than X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and this finally sounds like the Wolverine Japanese saga that diehard fans have been aching to see. Hugh Jackman won't be playing this character forever so he only has a few more chances to get it right, and from everything we've seen and heard so far, this looks like it'll be the definitive Wolverine story finally told in the right way.

Kick-Ass 2

Kick-Ass 2

Two words: Jim Carrey. Though not everyone loved Matthew Vaughn's Kick-Ass in 2010, the sequel is bringing about a superhero ensemble, and Jim Carrey is joining the ranks of Kick-Ass (Aaron Johnson) and Hit-Girl (Chloe Moretz) to fight against the Red Mist turned super villain played by Christopher Mintz-Plasse. Carrey is playing "The Colonel", one of the many team members on Justice Forever, a group of citizens stepping up to fight crime with Kick-Ass. Joining them are Donald Faison and Lindy Booth, plus there's John Leguizamo playing a new bad guy, too.

The Hangover Part III

The Hangover Part III

Not many comedies appear on this list, but you can bet one of them is going to be the conclusion to this unlikely trilogy. Mostly because the second film was such a carbon copy of the original film, just in a different location, we're interested in seeing how this finishes out. The first photos from the sequel just popped up online, and director Todd Phillips says Alan (Zach Galifianakis) relies upon the rest of the Wolf Pack (Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Justin Bartha) after his father (Jeffrey Tambor) passes away. He called it a "fitting end to this three-part opera of mayhem and bad decisions."

The World's End

The World's End

Marking only the second comedy on the list (which is a great achievement), this one also happens to be the conclusion in a trilogy. Edgar Wright's new comedy with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost is the final chapter of the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy (which also includes Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz from years past). This time around, the British comedy duo will be joined by Paddy Considine, Martin Freeman, Eddie Marsan and Rosamund Pike. It only seems fitting that we don't want to miss a film called The World's End, about the world ending, should the world actually end.

Ender's Game

Ender's Game

We're still waiting to see some actual footage, but this is another one that is shot and in the can and ready to make 2013 one of the most memorable years for science fiction in a while. They're adapting a beloved and hard-to-adapt sci-fi novel about a young kid with a brilliant military mind training at a futuristic off-planet battle school. If they pull this off, which I've heard might be the case, it's going to be something to behold. Beautiful, awesome, intriguing, challenging, riveting, thrilling sci-fi at its best. Gavin Hood is at the helm, with Kurtzman/Orci steering the boat as producers. Starring is Asa Butterfield as Ender, along with Harrison Ford and Ben Kingsley as the wise old guys, and Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin and Moises Arias as kids. Everything about this sounds amazing, I can't wait to see it, I don't need a trailer.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire & Mockingjay Part I and II

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire & Mockingjay Part I and II

The first movie in this series made Jennifer Lawrence an international superstar, and while it was eventually relegated to the background when more anticipated movies came out later in 2012, The Hunger Games was still a solid first entry into a new young adult saga. Catching Fire and Mockingjay (both parts) can move forward without the baggage of having to set everything up in the post-apocalyptic world, and with I Am Legend director Francis Lawrence stepping in for the rest of the franchise, it's going to be very interesting to see what he can do with the world Gary Ross created.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug & There and Back Again

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug & There and Back Again

"A half-finished book is, after all, a half finished love affair." We must finish what we have begun! Peter Jackson opened the first movie in his trilogy, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, in theaters earlier enough before December 21st to give us 1/3 of the experience. Now I want the rest of it! I've been anxious to see the rest of the story, the company's journey to the Lonely Mountain, ever since the goofy dwarves rolled into Bilbo's house in An Unexpected Journey. In the first movie, Jackson sets up such epic adventure involving so many lovable characters, that it would be a shame if we didn't get to see it end - especially knowing that it's mostly filmed, just being held for the next two years to stagger the release. Plus, I've got a feeling he's building up to something much more exciting to end with (than any of us know about) in July 2014 with There and Back Again. Looking forward to seeing Bilbo make it all the way back, again.

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No smurfs 2?! Just kidding.

Guest on Dec 19, 2012


Good, fun list. But I've seen 2012 and the world is not going to end. Sure, it will be pretty ugly but nothing definitive. 🙂

Isildur_of_Numenor on Dec 19, 2012


excellent list! almost all the anticipated movies of the next couple years 😀

Roshan Jacob George on Dec 19, 2012


You've got to be kidding.... THESE are the movies you'd be sad not to see? Blockbuster sequels?

T on Dec 19, 2012


these are the ones we know of which have a 70% chance to be awesome...the other small budgeted drama & comedy movies have not yet been announced for us to get so excited about. Or else it will be like: George Clooney's next 3 drama/comedies ,Brad Pitt's next comedy ,Wes Anderson's unnamed comedy drama.We have no idea whether these will actually be any good

Roshan Jacob George on Dec 19, 2012


Haha, missed the point and listed a few massive names. Look at the Irish film "What Richard Did". You won't recognise anyone, but it's an amazingly evocative film

Richie G on Dec 20, 2012


It's hard to know which indies and awards contenders are going to really catch our eye when they come out, but with these movies, there's already so much excitement surrounding them, that'd it be a bummer to miss them.

Ethan Anderton on Dec 19, 2012


Don't poke the bear.

DAVIDPD on Dec 19, 2012



Guy who comments on things on Dec 19, 2012


I hope the world does end.

Robert L. Tuva on Dec 19, 2012



The Truth on Dec 19, 2012



avi on Dec 19, 2012


Awh, cheer up man. There's other fish in the sea

Richie G on Dec 20, 2012


Well... this was quite underwhelming.

Ray Hartley on Dec 19, 2012


Wolf of Wall Street? Zero Dark Thirty? World War Z?

Matt on Dec 19, 2012


We couldn't include everything, and tried to focus on the really big ones. This list would be much bigger, but then we'd just be reposting our release calendar.

Ethan Anderton on Dec 19, 2012


Surprised these didn't make the list: Gravity (dir. Alfonso Cuaron, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney) Elysium (dir. Neill Blomkamp, starring Matt Damon, Sharlto Copley and Jodie Foster)

Travis on Dec 19, 2012


Yeaaaa I might agree. But don't worry, these two will both get plenty of recognition in sci-fi articles I've got coming up for 2013.

Alex Billington on Dec 22, 2012


Again, this is just a list of big movies we're excited about and would hate to miss. The comment section is where you should post the movies YOU'RE excited about, and maybe not be so indignant because we didn't post the movies you're looking forward to over the next few years. Just be excited for more movies!

Ethan Anderton on Dec 19, 2012


Wouldn't have cost much ink to say "40(or 50) movies We'd Be Sad to Miss IF the World Ends" ?

David Banner on Dec 20, 2012


I don't understand the negativity. Yes some movies were left off o the list but with talent like Tarantino and aronofsky and fincher and Abrams I dot know how you can complain.

Jon Odishaw on Dec 19, 2012


I don't understand why people like David Fincher he absolutely ruined The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and alien 3 was horrible

filmfanatic on Jan 1, 2013


Fight club. Seven. Zodiac.

Jon Odishaw on Jan 5, 2013


Why isn't 'the next thing Chris Nolan makes' on this list? ;D

Cody Thomason on Dec 19, 2012


He's a hack *hides behind the couch* 😉

lol on Dec 20, 2012


Jurassic Park 4!!!!!!

BrettLikesFlicks on Dec 19, 2012


Enough!!! Stop this nonsense!!! The world is not going to end! And those who say "I hope the world does end." then get the hell off this planet! We dont need negative A-holes on this planet! Cant wait til Dec 22nd so I can say I told you so!

The Truth on Dec 19, 2012


...the world will end...eventually...but most of us will be dead by then for about 4,5 billion years ...the whole sun using its fuel and stuff...of course there's also the evil A.I. uprising some time this century ..and there's always zombies 😛

lol on Dec 20, 2012


There's nothing negative about this. It's a fun article joking about the end of the world. As we say, we're not superstitious and don't think the world is ending. Calm down, you zealot.

Ethan Anderton on Dec 20, 2012


A zealot? No, I'm not a fanatic person who fights on behalf of God, I'm not even Jewish!

The Truth on Dec 20, 2012


You should change your nickname to Literal Joe.

So? on Dec 21, 2012


Fuck this, I'm making my own list. Elysium Gravity Wrong Cops Only God Forgives Upstream Color Don Jon's Addiction

Japetto on Dec 20, 2012



I'm PISSED on Dec 20, 2012


I'd be really sad to miss: The Bling Ring, White Bird in a Blizzard, Grandmasters and Stoker..

Davide Coppola on Dec 20, 2012


"which seems to bear more directorial hallmarks of producer Christopher Nolan than Snyder himself." I think that's a little unfair. Nolan's Batman is good but I wouldn't say he's the only guy that's cornered the 'epic' feel. Zack's got a couple of decent films under his belt as well.

Payne by name on Dec 20, 2012


One up for making this in only two pages.

Shekhar Somani on Dec 21, 2012


I really could careless if i never see half of those movies. Avatar Sequels will just screw up a great ending Avatar had. J.J. Abram's Star Trek is just a mindless action Star Wars Ripoff. Justice League is going to suck because it wont have the proper build up the Avengers had. Also WB hasn't been able to do a good Superhero movie outside Batman and Superman. And the Trailer of Superman leaves me cold. Just because your excited doesn't mean everyone is.

Mike Jakermen on Dec 21, 2012


And once again it must be pointed out that the Maya did not predict the end of the world; tinfoil hat wearers who misinterpreted the Maya calendar did. That said, to stay on subject, the movie I would have most immediately been sad to miss if the world HAD ended on Dec. 21st is Les Miserables. I saw the stage production on Broadway in 2002 and loved it. Hoping to see the movie either this weekend with my friend Michelle, or if we opt to see the Hobbit (which would be my second time seeing that), then sometime next week.

Edward Curtis on Jan 2, 2013


Yes, let's see what Cameron can rip off to make Avatars 2 & 3. Ooooh, can't wait

chris on Jan 18, 2013


Would be funny if he would rip off Aquaman for his underwater ideas.

Kris Gokuraku on Jul 3, 2013


You realize you put Hangover 3 on this list, right?

AB85 on Mar 4, 2013


i think id rather the world end than have another star trek abortion

dregj on Jun 24, 2013


Where is The Mortal Instruments!!!!???

Guest on Jul 4, 2013


Would not be sad at all if I missed some of the movies mentioned. Some I've seen and wish I hadn't. MOS for one. A dark latex supersuit and dialog borrowed word for word from the animated series pilot movie.

John Taylor on Jul 17, 2013


antman is phase 3.

duder on Jul 20, 2013


Stopped right at Django Unchained. Another useless list

Jon on Jul 31, 2013

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