What's your most anticipated movie of all time?

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I was watching a documentary about The Phantom Menace and while I do remember a bit of the hype for it,the documentary reminded me of how how big is was and how many people were looking forward to it. People were taking days off from work and waiting in line for weeks to get tickets. The hype was massive. And so it got me wondering about everyone's most anticipated movie ever. What were the film or films you really looked forward to,and once you did see it was it worth the wait?
Being a huge Freddy Krueger fan,I remember being very hyped for Freddy vs. Jason. But without a doubt,the film that I consider my most anticipated film was Spider-man 3. I very much looked forward to Spider-man 2,but being a HUGE fan of Venom and the black suit saga,I was obsessed with this movie. I still am. lol But I remember coming on here everyday in 2006/2007 looking for any news or new pic or plot outlines from the movie. And when the movie finally did come out I went to the midnight show and ended up seeing it 7 times at the theater. There are a few films I really wanted to see,but I can't remember being so obsessed with a film.
 
Back in the day, when original Star Wars was all we had - the Phantom Menace was something that I was looking forward to more than any film I can think of.
It had been 16 years since ROTJ, and I was a massive Star Wars fan, read the novels , played the RPG, yeah to say I was looking forward to it, would be a massive understatement. There's that movie about those obsessed fans who break into Skywalker ranch to see a cut of Phantom Menace, .....I get it.
Anyway, it wasn't bad, but nowhere near the level of the original.

However, if we go further back, to original Star Wars 1977, I can't even begin to describe how excited I was about the Empire strikes back, and then another level up for ROTJ - which did the trick for me, still love that film.

I lost my mind with joy watching Superman the movie back in 1978, so the prospect of a sequel sent me over the moon.

I also really looked forward to Star Trek the motion picture as I had been watching Star Trek since I could watch TV. Wow.....disappointment.


Flash forward a bit to the year 2001 - the Lord of the Rings movies were a massive thrill, and I looked forward to each installment eagerly.

A little more recently, after TDK I was hugely pumped up for TDKR, to see how Nolan would end the trilogy.

Back in 2014 I absolutely loved Kingsman....wow disappointment again with that sequel.

Most recently....hmmmm. Well, after GOTG, which I loved I was super hyped for vol 2, and of course I was desperate to see Endgame, to see how everything played out. I was also really fired up for Mission Impossible Fallout, after enjoying MI Rogue Nation so much.


Anyway, out of all these films if I had to pick one it would be ROTJ back in 1983 - because I remember lining up for hours and hours to see it and having that amazing level of excitement that only a kid can have.
 
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Spider-Man :spidey:

it’s hard to put into words how absolutely hyped I was for it. As a Spidey fan since age 6, I wondered for years and years if there would become a live action movie, especially when I first saw Michael Keaton‘s Batman. I read the comics, had all the toys, watched all the old TV shows and cartoons, and when the day came that they finally announced a movie would be made, I was overjoyed.

Then came May 3 2002, myself with my parents and two best friends, we were at the local theater for opening night.

Spidey swings to black out the screen, the credits roll, and that sold out audience exploded with applause.

 
the dark knight rises with the incredible dark knight preceding it and my favorite actor Hardy playing one of my favorite characters in Bane I couldn;'t sleep the week of release I had 3 am tickets cause midnight was sold out my friends still hold it against me that I made them go to that 3am showing and I was the only one that didn't fall asleep watching it lolol
 
There are many through the years for me.

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace - I was excited because it was the first new Star Wars movie in my lifetime (it came out when I was 10). I had a good deal of the action figures before I even saw the movie.

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King - As a massive LOTR fan thanks to the movies, I was so excited to see how Peter Jackson and crew would wrap up the trilogy and I wasn't disappointed.

Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith - Being that I thought this was the last ever Star Wars film at the time (as we all did), I was even more hyped for this than The Phantom Menace. I was ready to see how the prequels would wrap up and to this day, I still consider it the best of that trilogy.

Spider-Man 3 - I was hyped for all three of the Raimi films, but this one was different for me because Venom was going to be in it and he was my favorite Spider-Man villain. It didn't deliver but I still have fond memories of it because it was the first movie I attended the midnight premiere for. It was also the movie that made me join the SHH Forums in the first place.

The Dark Knight - I had been anticipating this since watching the final scene in Batman Begins three years earlier. Needless to say, the eagerness to see the Joker brought to life in Nolan's Gotham was more than satisfied by seeing Ledger's performance. This was also during the days before assigned seating so I got to the IMAX about four hours early to wait in line to secure good seats.

Avengers: Age of Ultron - Sure, I was hyped as hell for the first one since I had been ardently following the MCU but I was starving for more once it ended. I remember the audio leaked from the 2014 SDCC trailer and I listened to it over and over again. The final product is ultimately not as good as the first, nor the two Avengers films that followed but it was still my most anticipated MCU film over its first two phases.

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens - I wasn't about more Star Wars films until I saw that Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher were coming back. Once they dropped that first trailer at the end of 2014 I was in full hype mode for an entire year. Scoring opening night tickets felt like scoring concert tickets after waiting for well over an hour on Fandango. Even though IMO the sequel trilogy didn't live up to its potential, The Force Awakens definitely lived up to the hype as a worthy Star Wars experience.

Avengers: Infinity War/Avengers: Endgame - The culmination of 10 years of filmmaking along with finally seeing Thanos in action had me hyped for Infinity War for years leading up to it, and the cliffhanger made the year long wait for Endgame nearly unbearable but these two more than lived up to the hype and they both brought some of the greatest theatrical experiences I've ever had, especially Endgame.
 
For me probably Toy Story 2, The Return of the King, Revenge of the Sith and Batman Begins (all of which more than lived up to the hype), kind of/to a lesser extent Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (which I liked but I think even then was thinking it was nice rather than amazing) and Spider-Man (which I thought was OK but disappointing).
 
I'd say three or four movies.

Biggest disappointment:

Matrix Reloaded

Most Rewarding:

IW/Endgame

Meh:

Star Wars Sequel Trilogy
 
There's been quite a few for me - notably Avengers : Infinity War, Superman Returns (big disappointment), The Dark Knight and the Matrix sequels, Inception and a couple of others.

But I think Man of Steel was probably top of my list, and likely because I'm a huge Superman fan. It was the first real fresh take on Superman since 1978 and I was ultra hyped about going to see it. Wasn't disappointed either.
 
Man of Steel

I've always been a Superman fan but being in this forum awaiting the film's release added to the anticipation. From discovering set photos, discussing rumors, and awaiting trailers, it generated a hype that I did not experience before. As a pre-internet kid, there were several films I eagerly looked forward to but had no one to share that enthusiasm with. That's why I appreciate the anticipation of MOS more than the film itself,
 
Depends. When I was 16, it was The Dark Knight and 10 years later, it was Blade Runner 2049.
 
There are many through the years for me.

Spider-Man 3 - I was hyped for all three of the Raimi films, but this one was different for me because Venom was going to be in it and he was my favorite Spider-Man villain. It didn't deliver but I still have fond memories of it because it was the first movie I attended the midnight premiere for. It was also the movie that made me join the SHH Forums in the first place.

Spider-Man 3 was also why I joined and was the second midnight movie I saw after Spider-Man 2. Venom was one of my favs too so I was thrilled that we would get the symbiote storyline. I remember looking at the site pretty much on a daily basis trying to see all the new spoilers/filming details.
 
Tie between The Dark Knight and The Force Awakens.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is up there because the book was the absolute peak of the series at the time, and Cuaran's aesthetic choice was unbelievable.

Still the best looking Harry Potter film ever if I don't know if it's still the best movie overall.
 
Spider-Man :spidey:

it’s hard to put into words how absolutely hyped I was for it. As a Spidey fan since age 6, I wondered for years and years if there would become a live action movie, especially when I first saw Michael Keaton‘s Batman. I read the comics, had all the toys, watched all the old TV shows and cartoons, and when the day came that they finally announced a movie would be made, I was overjoyed.

Then came May 3 2002, myself with my parents and two best friends, we were at the local theater for opening night.

Spidey swings to black out the screen, the credits roll, and that sold out audience exploded with applause.

Spidey was always my favorite,but I'll admit that while I was looking forward to seeing the movie,I wasn't like,super hyped for that first film that I was later on for parts 2 and 3. But I after I saw it I fell in love with it. I couldn't wait to see it again. I remember my first thought after leaving the theater was,"I can't wait for the sequel!" That original trilogy is so iconic.
 
LotR.

They were my favorite books as a kid by a whole lot. When they announced they were making movies (when I was a teenager), I flipped out. I went and watched every Peter Jackson movie I could (and that's how I fell in love with Dead Alive and Heavenly Creatures). I watched movies with various cast members in them. I watched Babe: Pig in the City for Andrew Lesnie's cinematography. I watched a ton of movies with Howard Shore scores (which got me into David Cronenberg, now one of my favorite directors). I think I even watched The Phantom with Billy Zane cuz it had the gaffer for FotR, lol. I read every piece of news and the trailers only amped me up more. I remember reading a report about footage of Moria (my favorite part of the whole trilogy) and it filled me with so much hope.

And, even with all that, the films did not disappoint me. As far as the modern blockbuster goes, I think LotR and Fury Road are basically miracles. They are crafted with such vision, such narrative purpose, and such a depth of spirit and heart. Millions upon millions of dollars and man hours that went into something where the commercial interest was so secondary to telling grand, powerful, moving stories as best as they possibly could.
 
Nothing came close to The Dark Knight Rises anticipation. The movie itself didn't age well for me, but waiting for it was so much fun.
 
Nothing came close to The Dark Knight Rises anticipation. The movie itself didn't age well for me, but waiting for it was so much fun.

I was definitely amped for that one, yeah (and generally am for Nolan movies, I saw Memento in the theater and loved it and since then the only two of his I wasn't that excited for was Insomnia and Tenet).

I think with TDKR I knew there was no way it was going to top TDK so that was kind of a built-in reservation I had, even though I was still pumped for it. And I like it overall but it's a bit of a mess, especially the last act. I respect Lee Smith a lot but that was the one time where I think him and Nolan kind of failed each other.

Similarly, Wong Kar Wai's In the Mood for Love is a top 5 all-time movie for me so I was excited for the follow-up (2046) at the same time I knew I was destined to be disappointed, especially since In the Mood had a perfect ending that needed no continuation. But 2046 ended up being something else that I can't even mentally connect to In the Mood, anyways.
 
I was definitely amped for that one, yeah (and generally am for Nolan movies, I saw Memento in the theater and loved it and since then the only two of his I wasn't that excited for was Insomnia and Tenet).

I think with TDKR I knew there was no way it was going to top TDK so that was kind of a built-in reservation I had, even though I was still pumped for it. And I like it overall but it's a bit of a mess, especially the last act. I respect Lee Smith a lot but that was the one time where I think him and Nolan kind of failed each other.

Similarly, Wong Kar Wai's In the Mood for Love is a top 5 all-time movie for me so I was excited for the follow-up (2046) at the same time I knew I was destined to be disappointed, especially since In the Mood had a perfect ending that needed no continuation. But 2046 ended up being something else that I can't even mentally connect to In the Mood, anyways.
I don't think it was possible to really improve TDKR much in editing. The material just wasn't that good.
 
I was super-pumped for The Dark Knight. That's probably the one I followed raptly all the way from post-Batman Begins sequel talk (in fact, it's what originally brought me here), all the way through all the viral marketing and production.
 
I don't think it was possible to really improve TDKR much in editing. The material just wasn't that good.

You might be right, that's why I said Lee and Nolan failed each other. But maybe Lee did everything he could with the footage he had. One way or another the editing felt like a mess at the end and, yeah, the content itself wasn't good.
 
My earliest most anticipated movie ever was Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith. I was 5 when I saw The Phantom Menace (it, I think, being the first movie I've seen in IMAX) and only 8 when I saw Attack of the Clones. There were some scenes I thought were pretty cool in TPM, especially on such a large screen; but the Geonosis battle scene in AotC was what really drew me into Star Wars. I watched all the other movies since then and was beyond excited for the saga finale. Thank you, George Lucas, for making some of my favorite movies and theatergoing moments from my childhood. Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi also make my list, but if only the sequel trilogy in its entirety (though I still enjoyed it) lived up to the greatness of TFA...... (Also, as much as I love Taika Waititi, I'd rather see George be involved again - at least just once - in the franchise HE created.)

Also on my list are Godzilla, Godzilla: King of the Monsters and Godzilla vs. Kong. I loved Godzilla as a kid, so I was obviously thrilled at the announcement of the 2014 movie and had the eye of a hawk for trailers and clips. I finally saw it in IMAX, absolutely loved it, and have been salivating since then for the sequel to be released (which was five LONG years later - that were worth it). It was, and still is, fun imagining what my favorite Toho monsters would look like in CGI glory and thinking about what other original monsters they could come up with. I wish I'd avoided the trailers for KotM before seeing the movie itself, but if the IMAX trailer wasn't one of the best (if not *the* best) for a blockbuster movie I've ever seen...... I'm also look thrilled to see Toho's monster cinematic universe.

Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame are on my list too. I saw Infinity War with my dad and twice again by myself; then saw Endgame with my friend, again with my dad, and once more by myself in the downtown small theater (this time with the Stan Lee tribute after the credits). I was ecstatic when the Marvel logo rolled onto the screen during Infinity War, but strangely didn't have that same feeling as I was watching the opening of Endgame. I guess I had so much fun watching Infinity War that I was curious, more than anything, to see how Endgame would match up - but boy, did it blow me away. I'm glad I actually saw it with my friend and had someone to fanboy over what I just watched with (as I don't often see movies with anyone but my dad, if anyone at all); and there were so many scenes I was excited for my dad to see as I was watching it again with him.

The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises make the cut also. I wasn't into comic books as a kid, but something about the next big Batman movie not even having 'Batman' in the title and the images of Heath Ledger's Joker with the messy makeup and all-around creepily psychopathic appearance made me really look forward to seeing the creative vision for TDK. Christopher Nolan became one of my favorite film directors after I saw it, and TDKR was the perfect ending for what I now consider my favorite film trilogy. Tom Hardy's Bane voice is still so addicting to listen to.

Other movies I've had much anticipation for watching......
  • King Kong (2005) and Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle. Semi-related to each other and to The Lord of the Rings, with King Kong directed by Peter Jackson and with Andy Serkis as Kong and Mowgli directed by Andy Serkis and produced by Warner Bros. A 2005 remake of a movie about a giant gorilla fighting T-rexes and the human characters coming across multiple other man-eating creatures? Sounded like the action/adventure movie of a lifetime to 12-year-old me, and it's still one of my very favorite movies (in spite of what many other people apparently say about it). I was also highly looking forward to a non-Disneyfied live-action take on Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book when it was announced; and I wanted it to do well, but sadly, the 2016 Jungle Book movie stole all the thunder. I still adore both Jungle Book movies, and my animal-loving heart is still joyed that someone actually used a brown hyena in a movie. :D
  • Pan's Labyrinth (2006) and The Shape of Water (2017). 12-year-old me: "A universally acclaimed fairy tale movie that's rated R for strong brutal violence? I'm curious, to say the least." 23-year-old me watching each trailer for TSoW, familiar with and praising of Guillermo del Toro's artistic determination and style: "A movie with a large amphibious creature as a main character that looks like anything BUT a shallow monster movie?? Looks like another masterpiece-to-be from the Mexican Tim Burton."
 
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I'd say either Man of Steel or Batman v Superman and upon a moment of self reflection, Man of Steel it is, and absolutely did not disappoint. A massive Superman fan and knowing who was behind the camera with Nolan's production and I thought the casting was 'spot on'. That first still released of Henry, to me, just clarified what I already knew and then the teaser with Crowe's narration came, and for me, it still stands as the best teaser ever made and released and I just sat watching it on repeat and weeping, and still do, it's just perfect to me.

There is a distinction here of what you are expecting and knowing what you are expecting because you are an inherent fan and MoS ticks both boxes for me.

Man of Steel Official Teaser Trailer #1 - Superman Movie - Russell Crowe V.O. (2013) HD - YouTube
 
A long time ago........
The anticipation there could be more Star Wars after Star Wars, was a transcendental experience.
Meanwhile all we had was Splinter of the Mind's Eye, the Han Solo novels; Stars' End & Revenge, the Marvel Comics, and the Pizzaz ongoing comic strips LOL!
Not nearly enough to contain all the excitement.
That ESB then delivered! And left you wanting still more.
Hard to top when news, adds and trailers for ESB began to hit.

 
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