We here at Empire Ink love movies. We constantly talk and theorise about upcoming films, we discuss films we love, and also argue a bit about the 8th Episode in a certain sci-fi franchise set in a galaxy far, far away.
As such, we’re hyped about some of the films 2019 is going to treat us to.
The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part -February 8th
2014’s The LEGO Movie was a pleasant surprise. It had a lot of heart, a great message for both children and adults alike. It also featured cameos from dozens of the characters we love. Also, one of the easiest ways to annoy Laura Jane, is to play the Everything is Awesome! song.
Here’s hoping that this new one captures some of the magic of the first. With Chris Pratt pulling double duties, what’s not to love?
Alita Battle Angel -February 14th
This one hasn’t had a big marketing push but I do like the look of the film. In this, the final year of 20th Century Fox not being owned by Disney, they seem to be phoning a few things in. It’s also faced the same white washing criticism that last year’s Ghost in the Shell suffered.
That said, it’s being directed by Robert Rodriguez and produced by Steven Spielberg so it has the potential to be great.
Captain Marvel -March 8th
This one is the first one we’ll be going to a midnight screening for. It’s Marvel so I don’t really need to say anymore but it’s the first female led MCU film, it’s expanding the galactic side of the franchise, and it’s going to lead into our most anticipated film of the year, Avengers: End Game
Shazam! -April 5th
Sandwiched between 2 big Marvel releases, we’re getting DC’s first entry of the year. Shazam! looks like a bit of fun. High on the box office success of Aquaman, Warner Bros/DC will have high hopes for this one. DC has shaken off a lot of the stink of Zack Snyder’s “dark and gritty” beginnings and it seems to be pleasing audiences a lot more. Here’s hoping this one continues the trend.
Hellboy -April 12th
Hellboy is a great character and, as much as Ron Perlman will be missed in the titular role, this reboot is looking pretty good. Fans of the original were always going to moan when Perlman was recast but David Harbour fits the role nicely. It has a more grounded and comic accurate feel than the Del Toro films and hopefully that works in the film’s favour.
Avengers: End Game -April 26th
This film will make all of the money. ‘Nuff said.
Fun fact: Captain America is 50% less handsome without his beard. Thanos snapped away half of Cap’s rugged good looks
Alex is doing a new Avengers series of tattoos featuring the “A” logo. If you’d like to claim one of the remaining characters, let us know here.
Pokémon: Detective Pikachu -May 10th
Being an old bastard, I have to admit I have no nostalgia for Pokemon. I know enough to get by and Ryan Reynolds is usually entertaining so, if the reviews are halfway decent, I’ll check this one out… otherwise I can wait until it hits Netflix
I have no doubt that someone is going to request a realistic Pokemon tattoo off the back of this film. If you wanna be first, you can make a booking here.
John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum -May 17th
The first 2 John Wick films were a fun ride and I don’t see why this one wouldn’t be also fun. The action sequences are some of the best commited to film. Alex had a lot of fun doing this John Wick tattoo last year and is a big fan of the series.
On a related note, season 2 of The Punisher has some greatest fight scenes you’ll find in a TV series. It’s out now and bloody great.
I really wanna see a crossover that has John Wick Vs The Punisher. Two hours of the pair of them battling it out and getting progressively more bloodied as they chip away at one another.
Brightburn -May 24th
This is James Gunn’s first film after being unfairly binned by Disney. They were meant to announce it the Comic Con weekend that all the Tweet drama happened but Sony held off a few months.
Basically it’s a Superman origin/horror film. This looks like the 1% scenario that Batfleck warned us about. I’ve loved everything else that James Gunn has made in the past so this could be a hoot.
Godzilla: King of Monsters - May 31st
Rounding out the month of May is the sequel to 2014’s Godzilla. The first film was great and this one is going to lead into the Godzilla/King Kong crossover. Who doesn’t love big monsters fighting one another?
Toy Story 4 -June 21st
In June we’re getting a new X-Men film but I’m so over the X-Men films at this point that I’d happily skip this one and wait for the new and improved MCU X-Men.
That’s why the most exciting film in June is Toy Story 4. The first 3 are timeless classics and Pixar have a great track record. If you haven’t cried in at least one Toy Story film, you’re a heartless bastard.
Spider-Man: Far From Home -July 5th
Spider-Man, Spider-Man, Does whatever a spider can
Spins a web, any size, Catches thieves just like flies
Look out! Here comes the Spider-Man
Hydro-Man, Molten-Man, Sand-Man, and Mysterio. Spider-Man films in the past have suffered from villian overload in the past but I have faith that Marvel will handle this in a way that makes sense. No, I’m not a Marvel shill but if Disney do want to pay me to say good things about their films, I’ll be their bitch .
Joker -October 4th
We were all pretty disappointed with Jared Leto’s Joker so it will be interesting to see how they handle this new 80’s version. Sure, Jack Nicholson was a great 80’s Joker but whatever.
Star Wars - Episode IX - Abrams Strikes Back - December 20th
Contrary to what I said in the opening sentence, we don’t talk about The Last Jedi as it’s too divisive. It’ll be interesting to see where they go from here because no matter what they do, half of Star Wars’ toxic fan base is gonna be pissed off.
There’s a few others like the new Terminator film and (allegedly) a Masters of the Universe film but so little is known, it’s hard to be hyped for it. -Baz