5 geekiest news from CinemaCon

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  • Monday, 18 Apr 2016

Are you ready for four more Avatar movies, starting in 2018?

CinemaCon ended recently in Las Vegas, with all the major film studios giving presentations with lots of big announcements, footage and upcoming film news.

CinemaCon is the official trade convention for the US National Association of Theatre Owners.

Amidst the dozens of new trailers released (Rogue One! Dr Strange!), there was plenty of awesome news to get our geeky hearts aflutter. Here are a few that really stood out for us:

It’s chimichanga time ... again!

In the least surprising news ever, director Tim Miller and star Ryan Reynolds will be returning to shoot Deadpool 2.

Deadpool recently became the biggest R-rated movie in box-office history, making US$757.3mil (RM2.9bil) worldwide, so this was pretty much a given. What we’re more interested in for the sequel is: will there be more X-Men?

21 Jump Street meets Men In Black

One of the funniest parts about 22 Jump Street was the post-

credits sequence that imagined Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill’s undercover cops in various silly assignments, which included 23 Jump Street: Medical School, and, er, 31 Jump Street: Ninja Academy.

Well, if you watched that and wished they actually did make one of those, then your wish just came true. Sony Pictures announced that 23 Jump Street will cross over with ... Men In Black!

In MIB 23, Tatum and Hill will definitely be reprising their roles. Let’s hope that Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones say yes to this, frankly, wacky idea as well!

Batfleck to star and direct solo Bat-flick

WE can’t say we’re surprised about this news. A solo Batman film has been mooted ever since Ben Affleck was cast in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, and after he gave a decent performance that was one of the two good things about that movie (the other being Wonder Woman), Warner Bros has finally confirmed that Affleck will star AND direct a solo Batman movie. A release date has not yet been announced.

Spidey comes home

It's official: The title for the new Spider-Man solo movie will be ... Spider-Man: Homecoming.

We like the new name. It firmly establishes the new movie’s high school setting (will Peter Parker be homecoming king?) and at the same time, hammers home the fact that Spider-Man is “coming home” to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, where he belongs.

We can’t wait to see this joint Sony/Marvel Studios Spidey film in 2018. In the meantime, you’ll be able to catch the new Spider-Man in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War later this month.

Avatar goes forth

James Cameron announced that not one, not two, but FOUR Avatar movies will be made, with the first one to be released in 2018, followed by new films in 2020, 2022 and 2023.

The saga was initially meant to be a trilogy, but Cameron said three movies was “too limiting”. Maybe he was feeling the blues?

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