It was an action-packed year for fandoms in 2014.
We saw the beginning of the end of “The Hunger Games” series with “Mockingjay,” Part 1, Marvel showed us there was life outside of “The Avengers” with “Guardians of the Galaxy,” the Middle Earth saga came to a close with “The Hobbit’s” finale, and the “Divergent” and “The Maze Runner” series made their transition from young adult book series to box-office juggernauts.
Still, 2015 looks set to eclipse this year as the biggest year in fandom so far. We’ll see the return of “Star Wars,” “Jurassic World,” “James Bond,” and “The Avengers.” “The Hunger Games” will come to a dramatic end with “Mockingjay,” Part 2, and “Glee” will bow out with its swansong season.
Plus, all of our favorite shows will be back with a bang.
In fact, there’s so much going on that it can be a little difficult to keep track of things. Luckily, Hypable is here to give you the lowdown on what’s happening when next year.
Here’s what you’ve got to look forward to…
Hayley Atwell reprises her role as Marvel fan-favorite Peggy Carter in a brand new series featuring her espionage exploits of the 1940s.
The members of New Directions return for their swansong season, as “Glee’s” sixth and final season hits FOX.
8th – ‘The Walking Dead’ midseason return
Following the shocking mid-season finale of 2014, “The Walking Dead” Season 5 returns to our screens as Rick and the gang continue their search for sanctuary in the zombie apocalypse.
…and ‘Better Call Saul’ two night premiere
Critical darling “Breaking Bad”
came to an end in 2013, but with the show’s unrivaled success it’s no surprise that Vince Gilligan is taking us back to Walter White’s universe, as we join Saul Goodman in AMC’s prequel series.
13th – ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’
E.L. James’ worldwide smash-hit makes the transition to the big screen, as Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan step into the kinky restraints of Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey, respectively. Check out the trailer here
22nd – The Oscars
The biggest night in film celebrates the best performances, pictures, and productions of the last year. “The Imitation Game,” “Birdman” and “Boyhood” are expected to be among the frontrunners for the ceremony, which will be hosted by Neil Patrick Harris.
27th – ‘House of Cards’ Season 3
Kevin Spacey’s political thriller returns to Netflix for Season 3. Millions of workers call in sick.
20th – ‘Insurgent’
Following the relative success of “Divergent” in 2014, the series continues with Insurgent, with rising star Shailene Woodley returning to the role of Beatrice Prior. Watch the trailer here.
… and ‘Glee’ series finale
Ryan Murphy’s musical comedy (which sky rocketed the careers of Lea Michele, Chris Colfer, Darren Criss and the late Cory Monteith, among others) draws to a close with an extended two hour finale. Expect tears. And singing. Lots of singing.
Clones will be clones as the amazingly talented Tatiana Maslany reprises multiple roles in BBC America’s hit sci-fi series.
Unscheduled – ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 5
Though an official premiere date is yet to be announced, we expect the epic “Game of Thrones” to follow its typical April premiere for its fifth series. Expect plenty of battles, twists, and deaths. Just another day in Westeros…
1st – ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’
The third highest-grossing film of all time gets its sequel as Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch join Tony Stark and the gang’s fight against Ultron in Joss Whedon’s “Avengers 2.” Watch the trailer here
15th – ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’
Mad Max fans get their first cinematic entry in 30 years as Tom Hardy steps into the titular role for the fourth film in George Miller’s cult series. Watch the trailer here
…and ‘Pitch Perfect 2’
The pitches are back for the sequel to the 2012 musical smash hit, with Anna Kendrick, Rebel Jones, and all of your faves back to make music with inanimate objects. Watch the trailer here
Unscheduled – ‘Daredevil’
The first of four collaborations between Marvel and Netflix to hit the web this year, the new Daredevil series reboots the superhero franchise following the 2003 film that Ben Affleck wants the world to forget.
5th – ‘Paper Towns’
The success of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars last year was no surprise to anyone, and you can expect similar takings for the second adaptation of one of the author’s books.
12th – ‘Jurassic World’
Hollywood’s latest heart-throb Chris Pratt opens the gates to Jurassic World – a sort of reboot to the iconic dinosaur series that Steven Spielberg introduced us to. Watch the trailer here
16th-18th – E3
Get up to speed with all of the upcoming games from Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo as the huge games exhibition returns. Expect to hear more about the latest entries in the Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts, The Legend of Zelda, Halo, and Uncharted series. Plus, we’ll surely get trailers for E3 staples FIFA, Call of Duty, and Assassin’s Creed, as well as a few surprises. Catch up on last year’s coverage here
1st – ‘Terminator: Genisys’
Arnie promised us he’d be back, and he is. Game of Thrones’s Emilia Clarke and Doctor Who’s Matt Smith join the cast for the fifth film of the Terminator franchise. Watch the trailer here
9th-12th – San Diego Comic-Con
Last year saw trailers for “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and plenty of other exclusives, so this is one event you want to keep up with. As always, we’ve got your back with wall-to-wall coverage. Catch up on 2014’s coverage here
17th – ‘Ant-Man’
After years of development hell (and the shock exit of the enthusiastic Edgar Wright), Marvel finally introduce the latest Avenger, “Ant-Man,” starring Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly.
7th – ‘The Fantastic Four’
Eight years since the previous series was killed off by critical and commercial flop Rise of the Silver Surfer, “The Fantastic Four” gets rebooted with Chronicle director Josh Trank behind the camera.
18th – ‘The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials’
The Maze Runner may have been met with polarising reviews and a relatively mooted box office taking, but FOX are backing the series as Dylan O’Brien and Kaya Scodelario return for the “Scorch Trials.”‘
Unscheduled – ‘Doctor Who’ Series 9
Peter Capaldi’s debut run as the Twelfth Doctor impressed fans, and Series 8 saw the shocking return of The Master — reincarnated as The Mistress. With the 2014 Christmas special revealing Jenna Coleman’s Clara Oswald will be staying in the TARDIS for another series, it’s business as usual for the sci-fi juggernaut.
23rd – ‘Spectre’
Skyfall pondered whether or not MI6 could remain relevant in our modern world, but the film proved James Bond was very much in the world’s conscious as it became the most successful film in the series so far. Daniel Craig and Sam Mendez are back, this time joined by Christoph Waltz and “Sherlock’s” Andrew Scott.
20th – ‘Mockingjay Part 2′
Katniss’s story finally comes to an end in the concluding part of “Mockingjay.” Jennifer Lawerence’s former tribute joins District 13 in the fight against President Snow’s Capitol. Fans of Suzanne Collins’s books know that we’re in for plenty of action in Panem’s concluding chapter.
18th – ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’
This film needs no introduction. J.J. Abram’s “Star Wars Episode VII” takes us back to a galaxy far, far away as Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo are joined by a new cast of characters for the start of a new trilogy. Watch the trailer here
25th – ‘Sherlock’ special (TBC)
Ahead of Series 4’s 2016 premiere, Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are back in Sherlock and John’s shoes for a special episode. As has become the standard for Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss’s sleuth series, little is known about the episode. But an intriguing photo released at the read-through suggests we could see the great detective in the traditional Victorian setting.
‘Heroes: Reborn’ premiere
The hugely entertaining, though very uneven (to say the least) superhero show returns to our screens, reincarnated as a 13 episode mini-series. Jack Coleman will be back as Noah Bennet to face a brand new cast of superheroes and super villains.
‘The Winds of Winter’… maybe
As HBO’s Game of Thrones series quickly catches up to George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, this year could finally see the author make some ground on the show with the release of the sixth book. But this is Martin we’re talking about, so we probably won’t see it for another few years.
‘Jessica Jones,’ ‘Iron Fist’ and ‘Luke Cage’ on Netflix
Following on from Daredevil, Marvel and Netflix will also be releasing series based on the Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage comics. No release date has been set for any of them yet, but we’re sure superhero fans will be binge watching these series when they burst on to the service this year.
‘Community’ Season 6 hits Yahoo! Screen
Following the unsurprising cancellation of Community last year, Yahoo! Screen jumped in to keep fans’ hopes of #sixseasonsandamovie alive. The 13 episode season will be released on the fledgling service later this year, though the ever-dwindling Greendale Seven (now four) won’t be joined by Yvette Nicole Brown’s Shirley.