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Movies: Comic-Book Flicks

We look at the DC and Marvel characters that will be hitting the 2014 silver screen

X-Men: Days Of Future Past
May 23
The casts of the original X-Men trilogy and 2011’s X-Men: First Class team up for the highly anticipated Days of Future Past. “It’s not a reboot because there’s some of the same characters and same actors,” says Bryan Singer, who previously directed the 2000 original and 2003’s X2. “But it’s also not a conventional sequel — I call it an inbetweequel.” Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) is sent back to the 1970s by future Professor X (Patrick Stewart) and Magneto (Ian McKellen) to stop a cataclysmic event. There, he must help young Xavier (James McAvoy) reunite with his foster sister, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence), and best pal, Erik/Magneto (Michael Fassbender). As Singer teases, “These are very big emotional stakes as well as, you know, cool giant robots and superpowers.” —Tim Stack

The Amazing Spider-Man 2
May 2
Thanks to the first trailer for this sequel to 2012’s hit reboot, we know a bit of what to expect: villains Electro (Jamie Foxx) and Rhino (Paul Giamatti), father-son scientists Norman and Harry Osborn (Chris Cooper and Dane DeHaan), big explosions in Times Square, and a heap of adorableness between Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) and Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone). But what else? “In the first five minutes a lot of your questions about [Peter’s] parents will be answered,” says director Marc Webb. —Sara Vilkomerson

Captain America: The Winter Soldier
April 4
In a sequel to the 2012 WWII-set Marvel movie, Chris Evans’ red-white-and-blue hero is in conflict with S.H.I.E.L.D., the global peacekeeping agency that resurrected him from his icy stasis. “He’s bucking the system,” says Evans, noting that Cap objects to some new S.H.I.E.L.D. spy technology that “infringes on people’s liberties.” When a crisis hits, Cap falls under suspicion. What’s still under wraps is how this film sets up the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), a bioengineered assassin and Cap’s presumed-dead best friend from the first movie. —Anthony Breznican


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300: Rise of an Empire (3/7)
Sullivan Stapleton picks up the sword and sandals from Gerard Butler to lead the underdog Greeks against a bloodthirsty Eva Green and her Persian armada.

Guardians of the Galaxy (8/1)
The Marvel movie universe gets larger and a whole lot weirder with a story of spaceships, superheroes (including Chris Pratt), and a Bradley Cooper-voiced raccoon.

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (8/22)
Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller once again cohelm a kinda-sorta black-and-white tale starring Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, and Mickey Rourke as shady characters in a fictional urban landscape.