The coming year promises great things for the types of high-tech and imaginative movies that technophiles tend to love, and geeks are lining up to give their predictions for the top movies of 2007. But, essentially, their excitement can be summed up in one word:
One of the most beloved comic book villains of all time, Venom, a symbiotic alien organism that makes everyone's favorite wall-crawler do the unthinkable, is hitting the silver screen in Spider-Man 3 on May 4, 2007. Many geeks are already lining up for tickets, if only in their minds.
After what some felt was a disappointing year for Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars, Volume One," said Steven Myers, owner and manager of World of Comics, a comic book store in South Daytona, Fla. "It's a story in which the heroes are transported to another planet, and they basically have to fight each other, and whatever team wins gets to go back to earth."
While on the planet, Spider-Man's classic red and blue costume is damaged and he makes a black and white replacement using materials native to that world. Later on, Myers continued, the heroes manage to outwit the forces which pitted them against each other and they return to Earth.
Back on Earth, Spider-Man realizes that the black and white costume is actually a symbiotic organism which takes over his mind and body at night, forcing him on jaunts through the city, and he is unable to remove it. Eventually, with the help of scientist Reed Richards of the Fantastic Four, Spidey does remove the costume and encases it in a special tube.
Myers said he's unclear on whether Spider-Man 3 will remain true to the original story line. The comic book expert says he's looking forward to the film but remains skeptical, because Venom isn't the only antagonist featured.
Spider-Man 3 also features Marvel Comics villains the Sandman and the Chameleon, and Myers fears that the film's tension will be spread a little too thin. It's a problem that plagued the Batman franchise, he said.
Superman Returns features the Man of Steel returning to Earth from the ruins of his home planet Krypton after a five-year sabbatical. The man who made blue tights cool then finds himself faced with the pressures of new parenthood, courtesy of love interest Lois Lane, and a diabolical real estate plot, courtesy of arch nemesis Lex Luthor.
To some geeks, Superman Returns didn't remain true enough to the original comic book series. And this may have been the recurring theme in 2006.
"Superman Returns and X-Men: The Last Stand spit on decades of comic book legend by going off on their own tangents," Di Girolamo said. "The best comic book movie of the year would have to be, surprisingly, V for Vendetta. Then again, I have a thing for Natalie Portman, so take that for what it's worth."
Another somewhat geeky film making a lot of money at the box office in 2006 proves that a drunken, obscenity-laced, anti-Semitic and sexist tirade in front of police doesn't necessarily make one a bad filmmaker. The controversy surrounding filmmaker Mel Gibson -- and the abundance of subtitles in his new film Apocolypto -- have the late-night talk show hosts crowing.
"If I want to see a movie that's incomprehensible in language, I'll go see Rocky Balboa," quipped David Letterman, host of CBS's The Late Show with David Letterman.
2007 and beyond
Looking to 2007, Di Girolamo said he's particularly enthused about Grind House, which includes two full-length feature horror movies written by Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez.
The first segment, Planet Terror, is a zombie film written and directed by Rodriguez. The second part, Death Proof, is a slasher film written and directed by Tarantino. The double feature is set for release on April 6, 2007.
Meanwhile, some geeks are already looking beyond 2007 to films like Indiana Jones 4 and Star Trek XI
"Nothing outweighs Indiana Jones 4 in terms of movies I'm looking forward to, and I'm extremely happy the wheels are finally in motion," said Dave Pye, a blogger. "If Connery comes back, that will just be the icing on the cake."