Sequels to the rescue?

With familiar favourites returning to the big screen for 2014's blockbuster season, the future looks rosy indeed.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (April 3) The star-spangled Avenger's (Chris Evans) modern-world woes are put on the backburner as his former sidekick Bucky (Sebastian Stan), believed to be dead for decades, re-emerges as a part-human, part-machine assassin called the Winter Soldier.

Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow has a substantial role here as Cap's co-fighter.

Another Avengers favourite - the Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Cap's long-time partner in the comics - will also be introduced.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (May 1) Our friendly neighbourhood vigilante has more issues to contend with, besides girl problems, this time round. For starters, there are two baddies - Electro (Jamie Foxx) and Rhino (Paul Giamatti) - who will take up Spidey's (Andrew Garfield) time, as well as a budding bromance with the complicated Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan).

Transformers 4 (June 26) Michael Bay isn't a man of his word. The director, who declared that 2011's Transformers: Dark Of The Moon would be his last, is looking for a slice of the box-office pie next year with a fourth instalment.

Call it a reboot or rehash, the storyline is the same - saving the world from the Decepticons with the help of the Autobots - but with a brand new cast.

Scrawny Shia LaBeouf has been replaced by he-man Mark Wahlberg. Josh Duhamel and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley are also off the list.

The other newbies are Stanley Tucci, Nicola Peltz and Li Bingbing.

Fast & Furious 7 (July 10) Horrormeister James Wan takes the wheel in this seventh instalment. So will we see more thrills? The movie's in pre-production now, so many things are under wraps. But what we know is that the story will continue from Part 6.

Jason Statham officially joins the testosterone- heavy flick as Ian Shaw, and he's going to make Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and gang pay for killing his brother Owen (Luke Evans).

X-Men: Days Of Future Past (July 17) Definitely the most anticipated movie of 2014.

Those who have watched The Wolverine are already privy to a great teaser of what's to come. How did Magneto and Professor X come back from the dead? How are they going to combine the old and new X-Men cast? Who's sexier - Hugh Jackman or Michael Fassbender?

So many questions, so little answers. All we know is that Wolverine (Jackman) is sent back in time to change history so that the future can be rewritten.

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