It’s been a really great time to be a nerd who likes going to the movies. Think about it: which genres have made an enormous comeback in recent memory? Comic book movies. Girls with bows (the archery kind, not the hair accessory). Tolkien stuff. It’s our time.
2013 was a pretty great year for the cinematic nerdverse. What if I told you 2014 will be even better? Here are the upcoming movies that are making the biggest blips on Nerdy With Children’s radar.
The LEGO Movie
Yeah, I know, shut up about the LEGO Movie already! But no, really. I feel so strongly that this will be our favorite family movie of the year that I’m going to declare it here for all of the Interwebs to see. What’s not to love? It has LEGOs and Morgan Freeman.
In the exciting adaptation of the dystopic young adult novel shows a ton of promise, and follows my favorite theme of 2014: the strong female lead.
Disney’s not exactly the nerdiest name at the con, but how you can resist a live action version of Disney’s most terrifying dragon? In the 55 years since Sleeping Beauty came out, there hasn’t been a character painted onto a cell that’s come close to her.
Muppets Most Wanted
I have not once been disappointed by a Muppet movie. Silly, goofy fun with a sharp wit? Always. Take the Muppet tongue-in-cheek cheesiness and add a few A-list actors and you have a formula that really should never b changed. Tia Fey, Christoph Waltz and Lady Gaga are a few intriguing names on the cast list.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
We’ll pretty much see any entry into the Avengers series, so we can’t wait.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Electro is played by none other than Oscar nominee and general badass Jamie Foxx.
X-Men: Days of Future Past
In the not-quite sequel to the X-Men movies, The X-Men are sent back to meet up with their past selves (played by the cast of First Class) in a super-awesome attempt to save the future. What’s with A-list Oscar-winning actors appearing in comic book movies? This one’s got Jennifer Lawrence shuffled in amongst the usual X-Men suspects.
How to Train Your Dragon 2
So you can stop playing the first one over and over again. The DVD’s getting worn out, already.
Transformers: Age of Extinction
It would appear that Michael Bay has traded Shia Labeouf for Mark Wahlberg. Upgrade.
Guardians of the Galaxy
If you thought Marvel just had one film-worthy superhero team, think again.
And of course, there are the two movies that will make Christmastime feel exactly like the 2013 holidays:
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and The Hobbit: There and Back Again.