Naturally, this edition won't be listing the releases of every single movie that will be coming out in the year—partially because that's too daunting of a task and partially because even the studios don't know all of those yet—but it will still follow the same format as far as the picks go. This will be much harder, as there are hundreds of films that will be coming out, but it still boils down to the same concept: if I had to pick only six movies that I could watch, which ones would they be?
Without further ado, let's take a look at what makes my cut for 2016!
This is so difficult, especially because I don't even know how many movies are going to come out that I'm completely unaware of. That being said, there are some huge films coming out, so I ended up sticking to some pretty standard choices. Even still, that in itself made this hard, because when this is based on a monthly list, they aren't in direct competition with one another. I actually got my list down to 10 and then got stuck.
What Didn't Make the List: Sorry Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, you're #10 because I just didn't enjoy the first movie enough to justify putting you higher, even though I loved you as a kid. #9 ended up being Gambit, which I'm really excited for, but I've yet to see anything to base this movie on. The first trailer could look terrible. Star Trek Beyond is #8 and while I very, very much enjoyed both of the previous films, this trailer didn't wow me and I'm not as loyal to the brand as I am to other things. Rounding out the ones that were rejected is Doctor Strange. Yeah…sadly, a Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) movie isn't on here. This is primarily because I don't like magic and Doctor Strange is a character that has never resonated with me. Don't get me wrong, I'm very interested in the movie and it will probably be great and make me have a newfound appreciation for the character, but while I enjoyed stuff about Iron Man and Hulk and whatnot before those movies, the same doesn't apply for Stephen Strange.
6. Deadpool — I'm going on record saying that I don't think this movie will be fantastic. In fact, it even has potential to flat out suck. Then again, it has the potential to be one of the most fun and funny movies of the year. I think the Deadpool character is getting ruined a bit with its popularity because of how watered down a lot of it has become. Chimichangas aren't funny to me just because they have a funny name, for instance, and seeing cosplayers try to act like Deadpool is embarrassing. If we get that quality, it will be a disappointment, but here's hoping we don't, as a well-done movie could kick so much ass.
5. Suicide Squad — Boy does this movie have the ability to go either way as well. I've always loved the concept, but I think DC is rushing into this movie far too quickly. This shouldn't have come out until after Justice League as a sort of piggyback idea of "well, if the heroes could form a team, why not villains?" I'm not loving everything I see, but I'm not hating any of it, either, other than Jared Leto and Margot Robbie having tattoos all over the place. Ugh. This movie could test my patience or it could open me up to a whole new thought process for superhero films.
4. X-Men: Apocalypse — X-Men: Days of Future Past was such a glorious movie in many ways that I feel I have to give this movie a high ranking just out of respect for that, even though there are a lot of flaws that I'm worried about from the trailer. Apocalypse is one of my favorite villains, and I don't know if this story is going to be done with the same amount of attention to detail that DOFP was, which makes me a bit nervous. I'm not expecting it to be as good, so it will be a shame if that ends up being true, but since we haven't had a bad X-Men film since X-Men Origins: Wolverine, maybe history is on its side.
3. Captain America: Civil War — Duh. Right? #ImWithCap
2. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice — Why do I feel like this movie has the biggest potential on the list both in terms of a positive outlook and a negative possibility? This movie could end up being something I geek out over to a dangerous heart attack level or it could piss me off to oblivion with dumb ideas like Man of Steel did at times. If they ruin this movie, they'll effectively ruin the entire DCEU for me and I don't know what they could do at that point to bring me back. If they nail it and it ends up being super awesome, then suddenly my expectations skyrocket for Justice League to be potentially even better than The Avengers. Don't let me down, guys, cause Batman is my favorite superhero of all time.
1. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story — After seeing how good The Force Awakens was, how could I not rank this at the top of the list?