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

December 19, 2012

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Aronofsky's Noah


I'm always excited for anything coming up from Darren Aronofsky, but this one especially. Who doesn't want to see this $150+ million studio epic that takes on a biblical apocalypse story of its own - the tale of Noah's Ark. How will it turn out? How is the known-for-gritty-real, Requiem for a Dream director Darren Aronofsky going to present the story of Noah's Ark starring Russell Crowe, Emma Watson and Logan Lerman? Ironically enough, the production ran into some of its own catastrophic woes when Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast where they were shooting. But it's shot, in the can, I just want to see this thing even though it's scheduled all the way in March of 2014, a while from now. I want to see all of Darren's career, wherever it goes and however this movie turns out (and fares at the box office) and what he does after that.



When Steven Spielberg makes a movie, we pay attention. But when he goes sci-fi, we get really excited. The Beard is adapting Robopocalypse next from writer Drew Goddard, and he's gathering big time stars like Chris Hemsworth, Anne Hathaway, and Ben Whishaw to round out the cast of his cinematic battle between robots and humans. And with Spielberg testing IMAX and 3D cameras already, this could be the director's biggest movie yet. But he hasn't started shooting and it's still a little ways out, so this is one that we'll need a few more years until we actually get to watch, but it would be a big one to miss.



Though many might be dreading the return of another Godzilla movie, after the glimpse they gave us at Comic-Con earlier this year, I'm actually very curious to see this. It's also another one where I'm fascinated by the filmmaker - Gareth Edwards. He came from the small sci-fi Monsters (our interview with Gareth), then Legendary Pictures scooped him up, let him go crazy bringing back Godzilla, and the first tease we got in July at Comic-Con was epic. This is one that I think will be heralded as a fantastic return for the classic Japanese science fiction monster, but we've got to make it to May 2014 when it's supposed to be released. That's a long time and I don't want to miss this because of some pesky non-giant-monster apocalypse.

X-Men: Days of Future Past

X-Men: Days of Future Past

X-Men: First Class was one of the biggest surprises of last year for us, considering how great it turned out after a rushed production and post-production schedule. Matthew Vaughn was great behind the camera, but fans are thrilled that original X-Men helmer Bryan Singer is back and looking to bridge the gap between actors from his original movie like Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart and the younger class of Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult and Jennifer Lawrence in the time-bending story of Days of Future Past. If Singer can pull this off, it's going to be awesome to see when it arrives in 2014.

Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase Two

Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase Two

Yeah, this is kind of a big deal. After witnessing the dawn of The Avengers and Marvel's Cinematic Universe Phase One (pre-order the box set here), you can bet your ass we're having a hard time waiting for Phase Two to kick off with Iron Man 3 next summer. But it would suck if we don't even make it to 2013. In addition to missing Iron Man 3, we'd also never see Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Ant-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy and The Avengers 2. That's six movies from 2013 through 2015 that we'd miss out on (at least!) and that would just drive us crazy in the afterlife.

Star Wars: Episode VII

Star Wars Episode VII

Frankly, it's still kind of hard to believe that this is actually a movie that we can seriously anticipate. This year's biggest story by far was the announcement that Disney had purchased Lucasfilm and were planning Star Wars: Episode VII, the first in a new trilogy picking up after the events of Return of the Jedi. While we'd include Episode VIII and Episode IX, we figure it'd be safe to just be excited for Episode VII in case it sucks and makes us wish that the end of the world would have actually happened. Of course, we still have to find out who will direct the damn thing first. That may alter our opinion on this anyway.

Warner Bros' Justice League

Justice League

We're still waiting to see if Warner Bros. can even pull this off by doing the reverse-Avengers model and starting with the DC Comics superhero ensemble before breaking off into individual movies. Of course, that whole perception might change if there's something secret being planned for the credits in Man of Steel (check out the stunning full trailer right here). Rumors of Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Batman have been tossed around, but there's no telling what's really going to happen with Justice League yet. It'd be a shame to miss it whether it's a triumph or a trainwreck. It's about time we saw the Justice League in Hollywood!

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

This is a bit of an odd choice, but come on, it's Fincher. Plus, you never know, in a few weeks from now David Fincher could be revealed as the director of Star Wars: Episode VII (or one of its sequels). Essentially, this is a Fincher cover-all, I want to see more from the guy — especially a big, bold, awesome studio epic. Whether it's the Star Wars movie or Disney's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, which he's actively developing, I'm all for it. We haven't seen enough from this filmmaker, and it could be cool to see him actually be given a studio budget. Imagine a studio movie, even 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea with the Nautilus and underwater adventures, in the same kind of scale as Nolan but with Fincher's sensibilities. Imagine, but to make it a reality, we need to get to 2014 or beyond when all of this is supposed to happen. Because who knows when Fincher will ever move forward on one of these projects anyway.

Disney's Tron 3

Tron 3

This is here for director Joseph Kosinski's most recent quote: "it would have to be our Empire Strikes Back for me to come back and for me to pull the whole team back together. I think we do have that idea." (More here) Okay, come on, even if it takes 4 or 5 more years, please let us see Kosinski's Empire Strikes Back of the Tron series. Even if that doesn't impress, and Kosinski passes on this sequel anyway, consider the possibility that Disney makes sure this sequel is the die-hard, comeback return bringing us Tron in 20-something the way it should be seen. They could turn out a sequel that blows away Tron Legacy and there's only one way to find out - wait and see. Unfortunately, that's the only way to find out right now.

Avatar Sequels


The greatness of Avatar might have been a bit overblown when it came out back in 2009, but no one can deny that the film's visuals were absolutely jaw-dropping. So while our expectations have been tempered as far as what to expect from the stories of James Cameron's planned sequels, we're still stoked to see what kind of visual wonders he can create when he brings us underwater on the planet Pandora. And with theme parks based on the franchise rumored to already be in the works, we're not the only ones who would be disappointed if the world ended, as it seems there's plenty more to explore in Cameron's Avatar universe.

And there you have it. There's a lot to look forward to, and we didn't even include all of the movies we're excited about over the next few years. But if all goes well, when December 21st rolls around, we'll be ready to see more movies to finish out 2012, and barring some freak accident, World War III (or real-life World War Z), or the coming of Xenu, FirstShowing will be here in 2013 to keep you updated on all the latest movie news, reviews and more. Thanks to our own Alex Billington and Ben Pearson for contributing to this article.

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Reader Feedback - 46 Comments


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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