In 2011, aliens will invade, robots will battle for the moon, and superheroes will save us. No, we aren’t predicting the end of the world. We’re talking movies! The silver screen in 2011 will be buzzing with science-fiction plots and comic book heroes.
Starting in January with The Green Hornet, heroes swoop in to save the day. Comic book fans will also see The Green Lantern, Thor, Captain America, and X-Men: First Class come to life on the big screen. In February, aliens start their invasion with I Am Number Four, followed by Battle: Los Angeles, Mars Needs Moms, Paul, Apollo 18, and Cowboys and Aliens. Moviegoers will also have the chance to experience an alternative reality where agents of Fate intervene in everyday lives in The Adjustment Bureau and glimpse into a future without aging in Now. Not to mention that film fanatics will finally learn the plot of the super-secretSuper 8.
So tell us, movie fans, which movie of 2011 are you most amped to see?
The Green Hornet
Release date: January 14
Britt Reid (Seth Rogen) is the son of LA's most prominent and respected media magnate and perfectly happy to maintain a directionless existence on the party scene until his father (Tom Wilkinson) mysteriously dies, leaving Britt his vast media empire. Striking an unlikely friendship with one of his father's more industrious and inventive employees, Kato (Jay Chou), they see their chance to do something meaningful for the first time in their lives: fight crime. [Source: Sony Pictures]
I Am Number Four
Release date: February 18
Extraordinary teen John Smith (Alex Pettyfer) is a fugitive on the run from ruthless enemies sent to destroy him. Changing his identity, moving from town to town with his guardian Henri (Timothy Olyphant), John is always the new kid with no ties to his past. In the small Ohio town he now calls home, John encounters unexpected, life-changing events - his first love (Dianna Agron), powerful new abilities, and a connection to others who share his incredible destiny. [Source: Walt Disney Pictures]
The Adjustment Bureau
Release date: March 4
Do we control our destiny or do unseen forces manipulate us? On the brink of winning a seat in the U.S. Senate, ambitious politician David Norris (Matt Damon) meets beautiful contemporary ballet dancer Elise Sellas (Emily Blunt) - a woman like none he's ever known. But just as he realizes he's falling for her, mysterious men conspire to keep the two apart. David learns he is up against the agents of fate itself - the men of The Adjustment Bureau - who will do everything in their considerable power to prevent David and Elise from being together. In the face of overwhelming odds, he must either let her go or accept a predetermined path. [Source: Universal Pictures]
Mars Needs Moms
Release date: March 11
A young boy named Milo gains a deeper appreciation for his mom after Martians come to Earth to take her away. [Source:IMDb]
Release date: March 18
For the past 60 years, an alien named Paul (voiced by Seth Rogen) has been hanging out at a top-secret military base. For reasons unknown, the space-traveling smartass decides to escape the compound and hop on the first vehicle out of town - a rented RV containing Earthlings Graeme Willy (Simon Pegg) and Clive Gollings (Nick Frost). Chased by federal agents and the fanatical father of a young woman that they accidentally kidnap, Graeme and Clive hatch a fumbling escape plan to return Paul to his mother ship. And as two nerds struggle to help, one little green man might just take his fellow outcasts from misfits to intergalactic heroes. [Source:Universal Pictures]
Release date: March 25
A young girl is institutionalized by her wicked stepfather. Retreating to an alternative reality as a coping strategy, she envisions a plan that will help her escape from the facility. [Source: IMDb]
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Release date: April 22
A film about the real mission to space in the 1970s that was canceled by NASA. [Source: IMDb]
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Release date: May 6
The powerful but arrogant warrior Thor is cast out of the fantastic realm of Asgard and sent to live among humans on Earth, where he soon becomes one of their finest defenders. [Source: IMDb]
X-Men: First Class
Release date: June 3
Before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Before they were archenemies, they were the closest of friends, working together, with other mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop the greatest threat the world had ever known. In the process, a rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto's Brotherhood and Professor X's X-MEN. [Source: Twentieth Century Fox]
The Green Lantern
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Release date: June 17
A test pilot is granted a mystical green ring that bestows him with otherworldly powers, as well as membership into an intergalactic squadron tasked with keeping peace within the universe. [Source: IMDb]
Rise of the Apes
Release date: June 24
An origin story set in present-day San Francisco, where man's own experiments with genetic engineering lead to the development of intelligence in apes and the onset of a war for supremacy. [Source: IMDb]
Transformers: The Dark Side of the Moon
Release date: July 1
The Autobots learn of a Cybertronian spacecraft hidden on the Moon and race against the Decepticons to reach it and learn its secrets, which could turn the tide in the Transformers' final battle. [Source: IMDb]
Captain America: The First Avenger
Release date: July 22
After being deemed unfit for military service, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) volunteers for a top-secret research project that turns him into Captain America, a superhero dedicated to defending America's ideals. [Source: IMDb]
Cowboys and Aliens
Release date: July 29
1873. Arizona Territory. A stranger (Daniel Craig) with no memory of his past stumbles into the hard desert town ofAbsolution. The only hint to his history is a mysterious shackle that encircles one wrist. What he discovers is that the people of Absolution don't welcome strangers and nobody makes a move on its streets unless ordered to do so by the iron-fisted Colonel Dolarhyde (Harrison Ford). It's a town that lives in fear. But Absolution is about to experience fear it can scarcely comprehend as the desolate city is attacked by marauders from the sky. Screaming down with breathtaking velocity and blinding lights to abduct the helpless one by one, these monsters challenge everything the residents have ever known. Now, the stranger they rejected is their only hope for salvation. As this gunslinger slowly starts to remember who he is and where he's been, he realizes he holds a secret that could give the town a fighting chance against the alien force. With the help of the elusive traveler Ella (Olivia Wilde), he pulls together a posse comprised of former opponents - townsfolk, Dolarhyde and his boys, outlaws and Apache warriors - all in danger of annihilation. United against a common enemy, they will prepare for an epic showdown for survival. [Source: Universal Pictures]
The Darkest Hour
Release date: August 5
In Russia, a group of kids struggle to survive after an alien invasion. [Source: IMDb]
Release date: August 8
The details about this film, directed by J.J. Abrams and produced by Steven Spielberg, are unknown. J.J Abrams hasstated a full trailer will be released in March.
Release date: September 30
In the not-too-distant future the aging gene has been switched off. To avoid overpopulation, time has become the currency and the way people pay for luxuries and necessities. The rich can live forever, while the rest try to negotiate for their immortality. A poor young man who comes into a fortune of time, though too late to help his mother from dying ends up on the run from a corrupt police force known as “time keepers.” [Source: THR Heat Vision]
Release date: October 7
A boxing drama set in the near-future where 2,000-pound robots that look like humans do battle. [Source: IMDb]
Release date: October 14
At an Antarctica research site, the discovery of an alien craft leads to a confrontation between graduate student Kate Lloyd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and scientist Dr. Sander Halvorson (Ulrich Thomsen). While Dr. Halvorson keeps to his research, Kate partners with Sam Carter (Joel Edgerton), a helicopter pilot, to pursue the alien life form. [Source:IMDb]
Release date: October 21
An action-thriller centered on the threat posed by a deadly disease and an international team of doctors contracted by the CDC to deal with the outbreak. [Source: IMDb]