With Christmas and the New Years Celebrations out of the way, it is now time to look at the forthcoming year. For Universe Guide, the most exciting thing for us in real space is the arrival of New Horizons mission to Pluto, the first time a probe has been sent to the distant dwarf planet. Up until now the only pictures have been long distance fuzzy pictures and artists impressions, now we'll be able to see what the planet hopefully looks like. Last month, N.A.S.A. woke the probe up successfully and the final countdown to the encounter began.
As for the realm of fiction, the single most anticipated event is going to be the release of Star Wars Episode VII The Force Awakens which will arrive in less than 350 days from now. Coinciding hopefully with the release of the film is the new Battlefront game so you can watch and then pretend to be part of the experience. Other highlights will include the second Avengers film. Other highlights includes the re-imagined Terminator film but neither Avengers nor Terminator will hit the same level of enthusiasm amongst fans as Star Wars. Also in late October, we will see the 24th James Bond film Spectre. Given the way the franchise has been going, James Bond will not be going into space like he did in Moonraker, he'll have his feet firmly on the ground.
End of the World movies make a return as mentioned earlier, the new Terminator film gets a release. In Terminator, we never had a chance to get into space big time as we were too busy fighting robots that wanted to kill their creators, humanity. Also returning to the cinema is Mad Max in the fourth film of the franchise. Fury Road will see Tom Hardy replacing Mel Gibson as Max Rockatansky in a lawless Australia.
There's no major fantasy film out this year, the Middle-Earth trilogy The Hobbit came to an end with Hobbit - Battle of the Five Armies. The next major fantasy film will be out in 2016 with the release of the Warcraft movie.
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