Another year done and dusted- and what a year it’s been for nerdom. A new Doctor arrived, Thanos killed half the universe (SPOILER ALERT for the three people who don’t know), the Skeleton Detective got political and del Toro won his Oscar. 2019 promises to be huge, so without further ado it’s time to reveal what I am looking forward this year in terms of films, television shows and books. We are returning to Hawkins, visiting our favourite drunk reality jumping cynical genius once again, travelling to a galaxy far far away and the most underrated comic book hero of all time is getting a new coat of red. 2019 is going to be huge.
First of all, let’s look at films and see which ones I am desperate to see-
- Avengers: Endgame
Duh. I mean, who isn’t going to watch this? As hard as it may be to top Infinity War, I believe the Russos can do it. Marvel have been doing this for over ten years and show no sign of slowing down. This film is going to be my generation’s Return of the King, and my only wish is that it enjoys the same level of Oscar glory. Is there a tiny chance that this whole endeavour could crash and burn? Yes, but it’s such a tiny chance I’m willing to take that risk. Bring on the Endgame.
- Captain Marvel
One month before Thanos is defeated we flash back to the 90’s for Marvel’s latest solo adventure. Carol Danvers has been a comic book legend for decades and I can’t wait to see a character often neglected by the general public come into the foreground for her solo film. There’s a reason Nick Fury summoned her at the end of Infinity War and that’s because Captain Marvel is one of the Marvel Universe’s most powerful heroes. The MCU is a guaranteed seal of quality so this will be a great start to the movie going year.
Could it happen? Two consistently amazing DC films in a row? Based on the trailers for Shazam it’s entirely possible. Granted Shazam (confusingly also known as Captain Marvel) is hardly my favourite DC character but this looks like it could be entirely self-referential and mocking of itself in a similar style to Thor: Ragnarok or Deadpool. All I can say is I am so glad DC is embracing its roots and actually taking risks with their properties and if this is half as good as Wonder Woman or Aquaman then we’re in for a treat.
Granted the trailer for this upcoming reboot wasn’t great but I am still optimistic that this new take on Hellboy will be good. We have the perfect lead actor in David Harbour taking over and Neil Marshall has strong horror credentials, and whilst I will always love Guillermo del Toro’s take on the character Mike Mignola has stated this film will be closer to the comics which will help differentiate them. Let’s hope this film is just a victim of bad marketing and nothing more.
- Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters
Alright- the Monsterverse has finally got me. I have never been a big fan of Godzilla or King Kong but… the cast of these films! Giant monsters fighting each other! The trailers! I concede. I’m going to do my homework and catch up on the rest of the films before checking this one out. Let’s be honest though, a King Kong vs Godzilla fight will end in a Godzilla victory because we’re talking a big ape vs a mutated nuclear-breathing monster the size of a skyscraper. Regardless, throw giant monsters at me and I will check it out.
- Spider-Man: Far From Home
Whilst the confirmation of this film has revealed at least one character will feel good at the end of Endgame, I am still excited to see where a post-Thanos MCU is headed. The return of Michael Keaton as the Vulture is honestly the main draw for me at this point as he is my personal favourite MCU villain and one of my favourite actors in general but I would be checking this out regardless as it’s Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe- the quality speaks for itself. Let’s see whether the Sinister Six is actually happening.
- It: Chapter 2
The two year gap between the two halves of this adaptation should have given you time to read at least the first half of Stephen King’s book, which is so huge reading it in one go should be an Olympic sport. Anyway, given the strength of the first film this should be good, although I am fascinated as to how the downright bizarre climax of the story is pulled off. I have had a re-appreciation of horror within the past year and what better film to watch to confirm that?
The Joker has been portrayed excellently by many great actors such as Heath Ledger, Mark Hamill and Jack Nicholson and now it’s the turn of Joaquin Phoenix. The more I read and hear about this film the more optimistic I am about it, as whilst an origin film for a character with no origin is risky I am fascinated by the idea of a film that exists in its own continuity and give us possibly the best portrayal of the Clown Prince of Crime. This could be this year’s Logan in that we have a mature comic book film that shatters all expectations.
- Star Wars Episode IX
Well duh. It’s been a year and the vicious and toxic arguments about The Last Jedi still linger on the Internet but whatever- I’m still going to be there opening weekend for the epic conclusion to one of the finest franchises in history. Questions will be answered and as if I didn’t need more of a reason to be excited Lucasfilm only go and bring Matt Smith into the film! Yeah, I’m stoked for this film and given how good the new films have been I think this trilogy will end on a high.
So, what of the small screen? What is coming out on television (or the web. Netflix’s confusing) that I’m looking forward to? Unfortunately there’s no full series of Doctor Who this year (although we do have a New Year’s special later today) but fortunately I’ve discovered many other shows, many of whom have reached the upper echelons of my favourite TV shows. Here’s what I’m excited about-
- DC Universe
DC have recently begun their own streaming service and courtesy of Netflix the rest of the world outside the US will be getting shows such as Titans, Doom Patrol and my personal favourite DC character Swamp Thing. I’ve heard mixed things so far about these new shows but I’m willing to commit and see these characters be brought to life on the small screen and seeing how Marvel’s Netflix empire is collapsing DC could rise to the opportunity. I just want to see Swamp Thing brought to life.
- Good Omens
Over Christmas I got Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett and I’m now somewhat obsessed with this book. I’ve been a huge Gaiman fan for a while and his involvement in the project guarantees the best aspects of the book will come to life. And of course, David Tennant is in this as a demon and that sentence is so amazing I just have to see this show. Thanks to the BBC I can see this without needing to subscribe to Amazon Prime and let’s see this unique tale be told.
- Rick and Morty Season 4
The only show with a schedule more inconsistent than Doctor Who is Adult Swim’s masterpiece Rick and Morty. Whilst Season 3 left many fans underwhelmed I still found it to be a quality run of episodes on the whole (although not without its faults) and hopefully with the time taken Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon have given the mad scientist the adventures and complexity he deserves. As one of my favourite animated shows I just want to see this brilliant series go on for many years.
- Stranger Things Season 3
Well, I was kinda late to the party but I am completely on the Stranger Things train. The Duffer Brothers have crafted two seasons (yes Season 2 is better. Yes it is) of brilliant paced, fantastically characterised and captivating science fiction which makes me nostalgic for a decade I wasn’t even born in. Season 3 has been teased slowly and patiently and this summer we will see it in full glory and I will be there to see the continuing adventures of Indiana’s most unlucky small nondescript town. Just don’t kill Hopper.
- The Good Place Season 4
I am somewhat obsessed with the shows of Michael Schur. I’ve gushed about this wonderful show before and my passion has not died with the innovative and exciting Season 3. Each and every episode of this show contains boundless energy and imagination and the ensemble cast is one of the strongest on television. Season 3 hasn’t actually finished yet but the great thing about this show is how unpredictable it is and whatever happens this season will definitely make Season 4 later this year just as good.
- Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 6
In early 2018 Brooklyn Nine-Nine got cancelled by Fox (they really do not know what a good show is don’t they?) and many celebrities I follow such as Mark Hamill, Guillermo del Toro and Sean Astin leapt to save it and help guide it to its new home on NBC. I hadn’t seen the show at the time but thanks to Netflix and lots of free time I am now utterly obsessed with this outstanding show. Of course I can’t watch Season 6 until I watch Season 5 when it comes onto Netflix but as a recent convert I am ready for whatever New York City’s finest have to offer.
- Castlevania Season 3
What happens if anime gets mixed with gothic horror? You get the gorgeously animated and insanely addictive Castlevania Netflix TV series. With only 12 episodes so far the show appeals to me in every way- namely fantasy, vampires, action and snarky leads. The end of Season 2 (incidentally, the penultimate episode of Series 2 is the most fun you will ever have. Ever.) Basically I’m desperate for more and thankfully Netflix has renewed this wonderful show for another run of episodes. Bring. It. On.
And of course, what list of mine would be complete without an obsessive paragraph freaking out about the next book of the epic adventures of Skulduggery Pleasant?
- Skulduggery Pleasant Book 12
Do I even need to explain this? My favourite book series and my favourite literary character recently got a rebrand under Phase 2 and it’s a darker, more fascinating take on the franchise. The characters are now going through genuinely intense experiences that have forced them to reconsider their relationships with each other and Derek Landy has tinged the books with biting political satire and commentary on society that just makes this wonderful series go from strength to strength. Now where’s that film adaptation?
Based on everything I’ve just discussed, 2019 promises to be an amazing year in geek culture. As usual I will probably end up watching not only everything on this list but also watch more television shows and films that I will of course needlessly obsess over. Let’s see what this year has to offer.