To call this a recap is actually a bit dishonest, I’m only going to talk about the stuff I care about. If you want the short version, here it is: there are a lot of movies and tv shows coming out that could be great, but might also suck. If you want the longer version, here is the stuff that stood out to me:
First things first, Marvel knocked it out of the park with the Thor: Ragnarok trailer, am I right? It it hits all the right notes with the music and the humor and the whatnot. Disney/Marvel sort of freaks me out, honestly, I mean, even when the movies aren’t great, they are still incredibly entertaining. Getting bored? Here’s an explosion. Getting bored with explosions? Here’s some humor. Getting bored with humor? Here’s something to pull on your heartstrings. It’s just so calculated, you know? But it works, and I’m going to keep watching them until they stop being good or I get bored with near perfect popcorn movies, whichever comes first. But Thor: Ragnarok has something the others don’t have: Taika Waititi directing! And what is the deal with the sort of 80’s arcade game font? I don’t know, I don’t care, it’s freaking awesome!
Speaking of MCU, Marvel’s Defenders looks awesome! We knew it would, it’s not a surprise or anything, but even Danny Rand seems a bit less annoying. On the other hand, Marvel’s Inhumans seemed kinda eh. We’ll see.
In non-MCU Marvel news, The Gifted looks okay. I mean, I hate to get my hopes up based on a trailer, but I’d love for it to be good.
I love Marvel movies/tv shows, but when I read comics, I read DC, so I was pleased to see Justice League looking like it might actually be okay. Plus, Flashpoint! Yes, the new Flash movie, which doesn’t even have a director yet, is going to be presumably based on the Flashpoint story arc. I honestly can’t decide if this is a good or bad idea. It could be good, because if the rumors are true about Ben Affleck leaving the DC-verse, it would smooth over that transition. But, after Wonder Woman, it seems unnecessary to force a reboot like that. Wait until we have a couple sucky movies in a row beforehand, at least. Or maybe they just already suspect Justice League and Aquaman are going to tank.
I’ve been fairly indifferent to DC shows since Supergirl moved to CW and Powerless got cancelled, but Black Lightning looks promising. I know, I know, it’s CW, so it’ll probably be terrible, but I hope not.
Stranger Things season 2 looks great! More 80’s nostalgia! More creepiness! More cute kids riding bikes!
As one of my favorite novels of this decade, Ready Player One has a lot to live up to, but the trailer was pretty much just one 80’s Easter egg after another. Which is pretty much what it needed to be. I have hope. Plus, Steven Spielburg directing Ready Player One? It’s just so meta!
Star Trek: Discovery looks good! I’m a Trekker from way back (ST:TNG was my jam), so I have high standards, but so far so good. I’m just a bit concerned about the CBS All Access thing. I don’t want another subscription service! Unless it gets a lot of buzz right off the bat, I’m probably going to wait til it hits Hulu or Netflix or something. I’ll have The Orville to hold me over in the meantime, right?
This really isn’t much to go on, but Stargate: Orgins! I might’ve preferred some resolution to SGU but whatever. Beggars can’t be choosers, right? Nope, never mind, give me some resolution!
And finally, Bright. It’s being described as an “urban fantasy.” Looks like a buddy cop drama with orcs, and everything about that is amazing. Thank you, Netflix, for being awesome.
What did you guys think? What are you most looking forward to?