Nerdgasm for New Year’s: Geeky Things to Be Excited About in 2015

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A new year means a whole host of opportunities for new games, movies, tv shows and scientific developments to enrich our lives. 2015 is shaping up to be a particularly exciting year thanks to a bunch of huge projects finally coming to fruition.

Some promising franchises are set to get banner sequels while plenty of new ideas are being thrown into the mix. So, in honor of the fanboys eagerly anticipating standing in a line to see or buy the latest big thing, here are some of the reasons 2015 will be one of the coolest years ever for us geeks…

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New Movie Franchise Entries

Back in the early 2000s people had gotten plum sick of sequels. Instead of “Friday the 13th part 5 million,” studios had made an effort to try to repackage old ideas in ways that make them seem fresh. Thank god all that crap has gone out the window for some proper, good-old-fashioned sequelage.

Headlining the summer will be the film I am personally most excited about — Avengers: Age of Ultron. Joss Whedon’s first Avengers movie proved that a huge cast of weird and disparate characters can make sense as long as there is great writing and enough plot to keep the gears turning. It also helps to have a cast that fits their roles like a glove.

Kevin Feige and the rest of the Marvel Studios team can be thanked for this accomplishment. They managed to craft a hugely ambitious film brand with very few slip-ups. In fact, their riskiest decisions seem to keep paying off, such as a film where a giant tree and a talking raccoon all managed to keep us emotionally invested. However, I have less faith in Ant Man because of its shaky production schedule and director who has yet to impress. Paul Rudd’s charm will hopefully carry the film and prove me wrong.

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Other movie series are set to return to the big screen after quite a long hiatus. The trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road looks like a visually spellbinding graphic novel come to life on the big screen. Tom Hardy is sure to replace everyone’s former favorite anti-semite as “the person most frustrating to apocalyptic punk gangs” — though I do wonder where they find all of their discarded football gear.

Now that the legal battle over IP rights is over, the new Bond film titled SPECTRE  can finally reveal the underground criminal conspiracy organization responsible for killing off all of Bond’s sex partners and making Judi Dench have to wake up in the middle of the night to go pee. Returning Skyfall director Sam Mendes will be sure to clamp down on the tension and give a fresh take on action sequences, as sure as he is to go overbudget before production even starts.

Oh, and there’s going to be a new Star Wars movie in December. No big deal.

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