There are so many promising titles scheduled to hit theaters in 2012 that only a fraction of them actually made it onto our most anticipated list for the year. The ones we chose included Marvel's superhero ensemble teamup (The Avengers), director Peter Jackson's return to Middle-Earth (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey), director Ridley Scott's return to the Alien-verse (Prometheus), a "revisionist" history lesson (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) and a genuinely cool-looking new spin on a classic fairy tale (Snow White and the Huntsman).
Today, we have new images (courtesy of USA Today's own anticipated 2012 movies list) to show off from all of those titles, along with two other significant 2012 movies: Pixar's original princess fairy tale flick, Brave, and the sci-fi/comic book threequel Men in Black III.
Marvel Studios and writer/director Joss Whedon are attempting the never-before-attempted task of making a live-action superhero movie that features multiple popular comic book icons. The eponymous squad will not only be pitted against formidable opposition, in the form of Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and his mysterious collaborators, but also have to handle the inevitable clash between their individual larger-than-life personalities.
Early footage from the film looks pretty promising in both regards - having provided glimpses of spectacular city-destroying action, heated exchanges between the likes of Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans) and Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and even brief looks at Cap coming to blows with fellow teammate Thor (Chris Hemworth).
The First Avenger and the God of Thunder are seemingly on better terms in the latest Avengers image (being united against an extraterrestrial invasion surely helps), as you can see below:
The Avengers assemble in theaters around the U.S. on May 4th, 2012.
Men in Black III
Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith are back as Agents K and J in Men in Black III, but early indications are that the two will be separated for most of the film - seeing how the latter spends a good deal of time back in the late 1960s, working with a younger K (Josh Brolin) to prevent a time-traveling, havoc-wreking alien named Boris (Jermaine Clement) from destroying the Earth's future.
The MIB 3 teaser trailer suggested that Brolin has the potential to be a scene-stealer in the film; in fact, the actor's involvement alone could very well prove to be the shot of fresh blood needed to rejuvenate this faltering franchise.
Rest assured, though, Jones and Smith will still share the screen together, as you can see in the new MIB 3 image below:
Men in Black III hits U.S. theaters in the 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D format on May 25th, 2012.
Snow White and the Huntsman
The news that Universal was planning to rework the classic Grimm tale of Snow White as a fantasy epic in the vein of the Lord of the Rings trilogy and Game of Thrones series caused many an eyebrow to be raised in confusion and skepticism. When an official teaser trailer for Snow White and the Huntsman was unveiled, pretty much everyone had their eyebrows raised - this time, in a good way.
Excitement for Huntsman is now pretty high, thanks in no small part to what looks to be one of the film's major highlights: Charlize Theron as a beautiful, but cruel female monarch who literally sucks the life out of others, in order to maintain her lovely exterior.
Check out Theron in her threatening Queen garb in the Snow White and the Huntsman image below:
Snow White and the Huntsman will hit theaters in the U.S. on June 1st, 2012.