Things I’m looking forward to (but also secretly dreading)

An Editorial

Have you ever really, really, really wanted to see a movie or TV show, or play a video game, or go to some event, and then you see/play/attend it, and you realize it wasn’t worth your time?

Have you ever worried that something you’re really looking forward to will turn out to be one of the above situations?

This is in dedication to those moments.

The Avengers (2012)

Why I’m looking forward to it:

In the Marvel comic books, all of the various characters and storylines exist in the same fictional universe. This is so that the comic book writers are free to use fellow Marvel characters for crossover stories at will. They have even created story arcs that span all of their titles and involve all of the Marvel heroes and villains. Fans love it because they can see Deadpool fighting the X-Men, for example. Marvel loves it because, well…

So when Marvel finally began making its own movies instead of farming them off to other studios, they decided to pull this same trick in the theaters.

Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, and Captain America: The First Avenger are all intended to build up to their masterpiece: The Avengers, a movie about how the superhero team is formed.

It has taken them four years to build this story up, with each new movie making increasingly overt references to the others in order to keep the over-arching plotline coherent and to get audiences jazzed up for what Marvel bills as the greatest superhero movie of all time.

Why I’m secretly worried:

There is such a thing as building up so much suspense and anticipation that the final product simply can’t compare to what people have in their imaginations.








I read an article by Stephen King about this very phenomenon. In horror writing, the author always faces the problem that when a monster is unknown, the audience will fill in the blanks with their imagination, and then when our hero opens the door to find a five-foot-tall giant bug, the reader will say, “At least it wasn’t a fifty-foot-tall bug.”

While I will almost certainly go see The Avengers in the theaters, and I will probably thoroughly enjoy it, there is this nagging worry that I will walk out thinking, “We spent all those years building up to that?”

Star Trek 2

Why I’m looking forward to it:

J.J. Abrams’s Star Trek reboot was really cool! I loved it. It is one of the best Star Trek movies of all time. They got a great plot, great pacing, great effects, and a great cast.

Of course the sequel is going to be great! It’s J.J. Abrams at the helm! How could it possibly go wrong?

Why I’m secretly worried:

The sequel was originally going to be released in June of next year. The problem is that they still don’t have a script. And they are due to begin filming in January. Naturally, the movie has been delayed, which gives them more time to work on it, but this IS Hollywood, and they will be under a lot of pressure from Viacom to convert film into cash as soon as possible. Even if the director and the fans are both in agreement that good movies are worth the wait, corporate bosses are only willing to push the release date back so far. I can only hope that the film won’t feel like a rush job.

Halo 4

Why I’m looking forward to it:

SPOILER ALERT! At the end of Halo 3, our hero finds himself many light-years from Earth in orbit of a mysterious planet. That sort of teaser is just begging for a sequel. Now that we’re done with the two main villains from the previous series, what bold, new alien life will Master Chief discover?

Besides, it’s Halo. The series that made first-person shooters cool again. And inspired dozens of online cartoons. And just generally was awesome.

You can't tell me he doesn't look cool in that shot.

Why I’m secretly worried:

Halo 4 will also be the first Halo game that will NOT have been made by Bungie Studios.

A little back story, first: In 2000, Bungie was working on a little game called Halo: Combat Evolved. While it was finishing this game up, it was bought by Microsoft. Halo became a major phenomenon, and I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say Halo was the reason millions of people bought Xboxes that year.

Five games and seven years later, Bungie announced that it was leaving Microsoft, buying itself back as an independent company. But Microsoft kept the intellectual property rights to anything Halo-related.

Pictured: Halo. From Microsoft's point of view, anyway.

So now Halo 4 will be made by a Microsoft in-house studio, staffed mainly by people whose last place of employment was the completely unrelated Pandemic Studios.

That would be like hiring Stan Lee to write a Batman comic. Oh, wait…

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