10) J.J.Abrams' Super 8 & Alcatraz
The Lowdown: Since these are J. J. Abrams projects, your guess is as good as mine as to what exactly will be going down. Here's what we know so far: Super 8 is Abrams' Spielberg-homage/alien flick that will likely feature Slusho at some point. Alcatraz is an upcoming Fox pilot that will concerns some missing inmates at the infamous prison who unexpectedly appear in the present day. Or something like that, again details are vague as of yet. This sounds especially interesting since the cast includes such heavyweights (no pun intended) as Jorge Garcia, Sam Neill and Robert Forster. If it goes to series, expect a huge promotional push by Fox followed by a complete lack of support after the first few episodes air, middling ratings and eventual cancellation. Whee!
Release Date: Super 8 hits on June 10th, no word yet on when Alcatraz debuts.
9) Expensive/Awesome Figures from Hot Toys
Release Date: Fortunately for your bank account these figures will be hitting stores throughout the year, so keep checking your favorite online seller/pusher.
8) Things That Transform and/or Entertain
Release Date: Transformers: Dark of the Moon (which increasingly sounds like something out of a Julie Taymor fever dream) craps on your dreams of cinematic redemption on July 1st while Incredible Change Bots Two continues the cyborg comedy starting April 12th.
7) Marvel's Fear Itself
The Lowdown: No offense to those of you eagerly anticipating DC's upcoming Flashpoint whathaveyou, it's just that Marvel's Fear Itself is a much more relevant crossover event. With everyone waiting for the other shoe to drop, be it with the economy further going into the shitter or the upcoming destruction of mankind when Quetzalcoatl returns in 2012, it's fitting that our collective angst be exploited on the comic page. What is known at this point about the multi-title happening is that the characters in the Marvel universe will come to grips with the type of ennui that the rest of us poor schlubs seem to be ensconced in these days. Will Howard the Duck find a cure for his erectile dysfunction? How did the Red Skull deal with his early onset alopecia? Will Spidey face off against Julie Taymor? With any luck writer Matt Fraction will tackle these questions and more in Fear Itself.
Release Date: The shit hits the fan at comic stores everywhere beginning in April.
6) The Captain America and Thor Movies
The Lowdown: So far audiences have loved the interconnected Marvel movie universe. But will that still be the case once the fantasy-heavy Thor and largely World War II-set Captain America hit theaters? Early word of mouth has been overwhelmingly positive for both flicks, and as you can see above Thor looks, um, verily exciting (the Destroyer's brief cameo in the trailer is pure nerd Spanish Fly). Although it remains to be seen exactly how these will compare to The Incredible Hulk and the Iron Man films in terms of execution and box office performance, there's still plenty of cautious optimism surrounding the productions. In other words, they'll probably be tremendous.
Release Date: Thor comes out on May 6th, with Cap following on July 22nd.
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