6 Fun Things I’m Looking Forward to in 2012
If we don’t count the bottle of Mountain Dew that I finished off that was still left over from 2011, then so far my 2012 New Year’s resolution to not drink soda is doing just fine! Thanks for asking. But a barren year of nothing to drink but water, milk and the tears of hungry orphans is not the only thing to look forward to in 2012. There’s a whole lot of crap going on, some of it better than others.
Also, it’s supposedly the last year on Earth. So there’s that.
2011 was a great year for geeky pop culture. We had an amazing year of superhero movies, with Captain America: The First Avenger, Thor, Green Lantern and the X-Men: First Class. TV was pretty neat, seeing the end of Smallville and the start of Game of Thrones. Everything from video games, comic books, novels and horse racing had a lot going on last year. Can 2012 even stack up? Well it’s going to give it the old college try. Here are 6 Fun Things I’m Looking Forward to in 2012. But rather than just individual things, they’re more like categories.
6. Television: I don’t watch a lot of television, so this one is low on my list. I simply don’t have any TV service in my apartment, relying on the Internet to watch what I want to watch. The problem with that, of course, is that I specifically have to hunt down which shows I intend to watch. I can’t just turn on the tube and watch whatever is on. So I’m hesitant to even try to watch some new show I’ve never heard of. Sometimes that can be good, like with Chuck, and sometimes that can turn out horribly wrong, like with Once Upon a Time.
So mostly I’m looking forward to returning shows. Season 2 of Game of Thrones is going to be fantastic, not to mention favorites like Doctor Who and – hopefully – Community. There’s also my tradition with my girlfriend of watching the latest Burn Notice season all on DVD. Also, with a presidential election, now might be the perfect time to get back into The Daily Show and The Colbert Report.
In terms of new shows I’m interested in, there’s Alcatraz from the people behind Lost, one of the greatest TV shows of all time. That premieres January 16. But that’s running solely on the production team. The premise sounds stupid! Also new this year, we may get a TV show called Powers based on a comic book by Brian Michael Bendis. But we’ll see. And that…that might be it. TV is gonna suck this year, folks. Unless we consider the rumors of a new Incredible Hulk TV show coming out this year, or A.K.A. Jessica Jones, based on the Marvel Comic Book Alias. If either of those shows comes out in 2012, I will be glued to my set!
5. Video Games: Last year was a great year in video games. We had Batman: Arkham City, Gears of War 3, Saint’s Row the Third, and a ton of other great games, some I’m not even finished playing yet. 2012, however, isn’t looking so hot so far. I guess it depends on who you ask, but most of my favorite franchises all came out with new games in 2011.
But this year has a few good titles. One of the earliest games coming out is Mass Effect 3 on March 6. I’ve been playing Mass Effect right along, because it’s a game with a strong emphasis on story. You design your own Commander Shepherd in Mass Effect 1, providing the look and the play style, either good guy or bad guy. Then the game carries over your saved information into Mass Effect 2, then eventually into Mass Effect 3. Did one of your companions die in the second game? Well they won’t be back in the third. Fun stuff like that.
This year will also see the release of Diablo III, Lego Batman 2, a South Park role-playing game and World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria. I’m going to be very tempted to get back into WoW just so that I can play as a panda! Though the biggest prize of the year will be Grand Theft Auto V. That game is gonna hit like a rocket-launcher and blow all of our fragile little minds! Unfortunately, there don’t appear to be any hotly anticipated co-op games. That’s a shame. We may consider Neverwinter, the next expansion in that series. But that game doesn’t look like it has anything to do with the Neverwinter Nights series I love. It might also be an MMORPG. I never stick with those for very long.
4. The Apocalypse: First thing’s first, I do not believe the world is going to end on December 21, 2012, like the Mayan calendar ‘predicts’. That’s as much hogwash as The Rapture in May 2011 or Y2K. So I’m not looking forward to the end of the world. What I am looking forward to, however, is all the hoopla and craziness that’s probably going to happen as we get closer to the date. I want to sit back and watch all the people go crazy with worry. Then on the day in question, I want to go to work just like normal and chuckle quietly to myself about how wackadoo some people can be. Silly fools.
3. Gay Wedding: My friend Katie and her fiancee Sarah are getting married in September! They are some of the sweetest, nicest babes I know. Katie is a true geek sister, and you can check out her blog Pop Culture Sushi, or her web comic Departmental. Both are hoots. They’re getting married in August in Massachusetts, which means my streak of August weddings continues! I have had one friend get married every August for the past 4 years! They say they fifth time is the charm. Their wedding is going to be one awesome party!
It’s also going to be my first gay wedding. I couldn’t be happier to attend and support what should be a right of all human beings: getting hitched. I try not to let my blog get too political, but here is one issue where I’m proud to take a stand. Conservatives like Rick Santorum who want to ban gay marriage are just wrong. Morally, socially, historically and in every other way. I say bring on the party! That trip to Boston is going to be one of the highlights of my year, I can already tell.
2. Comic Books: The year in comic books is looking pretty good. Marvel is well into hyping up their big Avengers vs. X-Men storyline that starts this spring. I believe they’re calling it ‘the biggest story they’ve ever done’, which doesn’t sound like hyperbole at all. Right now, I’m lukewarm to the idea. Sure the two teams are fighting, but they’re fighting over Hope Summers become the Phoenix, which doesn’t interest me in the least. Still, big Event Comics are always fun. DC, though, doesn’t seem to have one announced for 2012, which is surprising. Are they actually capable of waiting for their New 52 reboot to settle before they start throwing Crisis after Crisis at us again?
I am seriously surprised that they are so capable.
One comic of note is a new series called ‘Saga’ by Brian K. Vaughn. Announced this summer, Saga is the next masterpiece from the guy who wrote Y: The Last Man and Dues Ex, two of the best comic book series ever. Vaughn, who also wrote for Lost, is a master of his craft, and tells contained, long-form comic book stories that have an endpoint in mind. Pretty much all we know about Saga so far is that it’s going to focus on a single family struggling to get by in an epic sci-fi world. Sounds good to me!
On a more personal note, 2012 will also see the fate of Multiple Man and the return of the Mimic in X-Men comics. So I’m super-excited about both of those.
1. Movies: 2012 is going to be a HUGE year for movies! Can you think of any more hotly anticipated movies that The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises or The Hobbit? I’m quivering in my geeky booties just thinking about them. I think I’m mostly looking forward to (and am most worried about) The Avengers. We all know that Christopher Nolan’s Batman film is going to be just as good as the others when it opens on July 20. But the lackluster trailer didn’t excite me, not in the way that the very idea of The Avengers excites me. Seeing that movie is going to be a geek dream come true.
Which is also why I’m worried. So much could go wrong with The Avengers, which opens on May 4. I have all the faith in the world in director Joss Whedon, but still, you never know. I think Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger played it safe. Those movies were good, but they weren’t great because of it. I want The Avengers to be great!
Also dropping in 2012 is The Amazing Spider-Man on July 3. I’m not very interested in this at all, but then those are the same thoughts I had for X-Men: First Class, that it was just the studio trying to make more money. Then First Class turned out to be the best superhero movie of 2011. So maybe The Amazing Spider-Man will surprise me.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, of course, is going to be amazing. There’s no doubt in my mind. We’ll just have to wait through the entire year to see it. Of course, considering how quickly time seems to fly now that I’m in my late 20s, December 2012 will be here before we know it. And another film of note is the next Pixar flick, Brave on June 22.That could be good. We’ll see.
I think 2012 is going to be an OK year.
What are some things you’re looking forward to in 2012? Any movies or video games I missed? Any good books or music coming out? Let me know in the comments!