8 movie sequels to look out for this year

From Pitch Perfect 2 to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we present to you our list of 8 other movie sequels to look out for this year

Furious 7
Furious 7
01 Apr 2015

Furious 7

The first quarter of the year has passed without much fanfare in terms of blockbuster releases, but this is set to change with the fabled summer movie season creeping up on us. While it unofficially starts in May, at least two big titles are set to blaze into cinemas this month.

Today (April 2) will mark the day that the first of many highly-anticipated sequels hit theatres with the launch of Furious 7, the latest installment in the Fast & Furious franchise. This will be Paul Walker’s final film appearance after the actor passed away in an off-set accident.

From the sassy, eargasmic Pitch Perfect 2 to the intergalactic epic that is Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we present to you our list of sequels to look out for this year.

Avengers: Age of Ultron
Avengers: Age of Ultron
01 Apr 2015

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Expected release date: April 23

The Avengers movie did so well when it was released in 2012 that it spawned a whole new generation of fans. It went on to become the first Marvel production to generate more than US$1 billion in ticket sales, and its sequel has massive expectations to do as well as – or even outdo – its predecessor.

In what will be the last Avengers movie for the next few years (the next sequel, Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 is set to be released in 2018), our favourite Marvel superheroes band together once again to battle the big bad guy – Ultron.

The previous lineup of Avengers, namely Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye are joined by new recruits Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch to stop Tony Stark’s artificial intelligent unit that was meant to keep the peace but ended up making the eradication of humankind its mission instead.

If the movie’s trailers are anything to go by, the reunion will be accompanied by generous servings of action, snark, witty humour and camaraderie (be it willing or otherwise) – all while saving the world. Again.

Pitch Perfect 2
Pitch Perfect 2
01 Apr 2015

Pitch Perfect 2

Expected release date: May 14

The Barden Bellas first sang and charmed audiences around the world in 2012 in the original, which was nominated for – and won – numerous accolades, including Favourite Soundtrack at the American Music Awards, Choice Movie: Comedy at the Teen Choice Awards and Best Musical Moment at the MTV Movie Awards.

Fast forward to Pitch Perfect 2 and it’s senior year for the a capella group is set to swim with even bigger fish with the girls headed for an international contest that no American group has ever emerged triumphant in. If the trailers are anything to count on, fans and new audiences alike can expect to be amazed by an array of eargasmic covers of popular tunes alongside a healthy dose of friendship and sass.

Quoting the movie’s tagline, prepare to be pitch slapped.

Jurassic World
Jurassic World
01 Apr 2015

Jurassic World

Expected release date: Jun 11

The fourth installment in the hugely popular series comes more than two decades after the original Jurassic Park first transported viewers to a place where we dinosaurs walked the earth once again. The second and third movies were released in 1997 and 2001 respectively.

Given the success of the previous movies, the pressure on this upcoming release is understandably sky-high, especially since the movie was postponed for a decade due to developmental issues. The film touches on fresh topics – in particular, a brand-new genetically modified dinosaur.

The new species proves as too much of a success as it outsmarts its creators, forcing the park’s staff to come up with extreme measures to put a stop to its rampage. 

Terminator Genisys
Terminator Genisys
01 Apr 2015

Terminator Genisys

Expected release date: Jun 25

“I’ll be back” has gone down in history in what is arguably the most memorable line in the franchise’s history, and this summer, the Terminator is back indeed.

The sci-fi action flick sees Arnold Schwarzenegger reprise his role as the Terminator in what may be the series’ changing point after 2009’s Terminator Salvation did poorly at the box office. John Connor sends his lieutenant back in time to protect his mother’s life but the latter ends up discovering that the past has been changed.

They now have to take on two newer Terminator models in a bid to stop Judgement Day from happening and ensuring the survival of mankind.

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
01 Apr 2015

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

Expected release date: Jul 30

It seems this year will be a year chock-full of action flicks with yet another well-loved series returning to our big screens. Tom Cruise takes on the role of IMF Agent Ethan Hunt once again in the fifth installment of the Mission: Impossible series, which has had its release date brought forward by almost half a year from its original tentative Christmas date.

The Syndicate – an anti-IMF which even the CIA has no inkling of – comes after the Impossible Missions Force and Ethan, along with his team, have to perform what may be their most challenging and last mission: to take the Syndicate down while proving to the world that it exists.

Spectre
Spectre
01 Apr 2015

Spectre

Expected release date: Nov 6

Also known as the latest James Bond movie, fans are undoubtedly eager for a healthy serving of Agent 007 after the three-year gap since Skyfall. Our favourite secret agent, reprised by Daniel Craig, is approached with a cryptic message that leads him to come face-to-face with a sinister organisation named SPECTRE.

Political pressures are threatening the survival of the secret service MI6 and Bond’s continued perusal of the truth behind SPECTRE may end up with him discovering a secret too much for him to handle.

While details are still shrouded in mystery, Christoph Waltz’s casting as Franz Oberhauser has been greeted with interest as he has remained silent on his character’s role in the movie. The film will also see the oldest-ever Bond girl – Monica Bellucci, who turns 51 this year.

Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2
Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2
01 Apr 2015

Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2

Expected release date: Nov 20

Mockingjay – Part 2 will be the final movie in the hugely popular Hunger Games tetralogy (the literary series is a trilogy with the movies splitting the final book into two). The nation of Panem is at war and the only person who can stop it is Katniss Everdeen.

Seasoned for battle after emerging twice victorious from the Hunger Games, Katniss goes on a mission to end the bloodshed once and for all by assassinating the one behind it all: President Snow.

The franchise has built up a strong fan base that is comparable to that of the Twilight and Harry Potter series’ and has whet their appetites by teasing them with snippets of information on the movie. While this is slated to be the last official movie, reports that production studio Lionsgate is considering the possibility of prequels and sequels will most definitely be welcome news be those who hold the series close to their hearts.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
01 Apr 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Expected release date: Dec 17

It’s been a long time coming for what is also known as Star Wars Episode VII. Originally slated to be made before the turn of the century, creator George Lucas declared that it would be a no-go until Disney acquired Lucasfilm and decided to bring the project back.

Set 30 years after 1983’s Return of the Jedi, The Force Awakens is the first of a trilogy and features three new leads. Joining them will be well loved characters C-3P0, Chewbacca, Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia Organa and R2-D2.

The movie’s plot has been confirmed to be a brand-new story but details have very much been kept tightly under wraps with only one official trailer being uploaded about three months ago. However the plot turns out to be, fans and curious audiences alike will likely be drawn to the intergalactic epic that can only happen in a galaxy far, far away.

Special Mention: Minions
Special Mention: Minions
01 Apr 2015

Special Mention: Minions

Expected release date: Jun 18

These small yellow creatures need no introduction after stealing the show(s) in both Despicable Me and its sequel. While Minions is not a sequel – it’s in fact a spinoff or prequel – we think that it deserves a mention because let’s face it – everybody loves minions.

Be it having outwardly expressed your everlasting love or adamantly denying your love for them while secretly having their ‘Banana Song’ programmed in your phone, we expect theatres to be packed with people cooing over minions and their harebrained schemes.

That, of course, while accidentally killing off a string of masters (Napoleon, Dracula and a Tyrannosaurus Rex are just a few) in their quest to serve the most despicable overlord. Bring on the cute.

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