So much can change in a year. In January 2022, the Prime Minister was Boris Johnson, Queen Elizabeth II, Doctor Jodie Whittaker, and Will Smith was a nice guy.
So it is quite possible that 2023 will bring changes we cannot yet imagine. But what have the movies predicted for the coming year?
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Here’s what they told us…
We will learn to adapt to the disappearance of half the world’s population
According: Avengers: Endgame
With Avengers: Infinity War reaching its climax with the disappearance of half of all life in the universe in 2018, the timeline of observing everything but the kitchen sink jumps five years into the future where the world is still mourning the loss of 50% of its population (Steve Rogers even runs a support group, so why not come down if you want a sympathy hug from Captain America).
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And it is in this year 2023 that Ant-Man Scott Lang returns to the real world after five years spent in the Quantum Realm, visiting the Wall of the Lost (a memorial to the people of San Francisco who turned to dust after the “crash”). only to discover his own name among the missing. Of course, all will end well, because all those people who were dusted off five years ago will finally show up, albeit half a decade away.
The Anti-Purge Resistance Group will fight the Founding Fathers
According: Purge: anarchy
It’s 2023, and in Purge-land, these annual crime festivals have been going on for six years (unlike the real world, where Blumhouse has been throwing these movies out for – check calendar – close to a decade).
But now there is a resistance group led by Michael K Williams’ Carmelo Johns and they fought for control of government channels to denounce the New Founding Fathers and put an end to the purge. “The NFFA pigs are wrong,” their leader tells America.
“Making a profit is not the essence of democracy. wake people up. Wake up! Time to take a stand. Tonight we’ll write our message in blood… in their blood!” (Spoiler alert, they don’t win, as evidenced by the fact that we’ve had three more movies and a TV series since then)
The Guardians will rule the Earth, so be careful if you plan to help any mutants
According: X-Men: Days of Future Past
The year is 2023, and the world, as Professor X tells us in his opening tomb narrative, is “at war.” The Guardians, giant robots, rule the Earth, where mutants and all humans who dare to help them are exterminated. However, Kitty Pride and a group of mutants fight back, using their time travel powers to send Bishop’s consciousness back in time to warn the others of the coming attack. Meeting with the professor, they were told that this dystopia dates back 50 years to 1973 and Mystique’s murder of the weapons genius Bolivar Trask.
After Trask’s death, his plans for an army of all-powerful robots were accelerated, and the government used the DNA of the now imprisoned Mystique to create what would become the Guardians. So Kitty sends Wolverine’s consciousness back to 1973 Logan so he can stop Mystique and save the future. He succeeds, of course, and the film ends in a much less depressing 2023, in the X-Mansion, with no Ranger or destroyed city in sight.
Captured aliens are subjected to experiments to harvest their telepathic abilities
As seen in: Rise of the Aliens (2014)
No, despite being a major star that will say “yes” to all the stars of Aliens, Alien 3, and Alien Vs Predator, Alien Rising has nothing to do with facehuggers.
Instead, Lance Henrickson plays Colonel Cencula, a surly military thug experimenting on two captured extraterrestrials with the help of DEA agent turned dance teacher (no, we’re not making that up), Lisa Morgan (Amy Hathaway).
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It turns out that Cancula wants to use alien telepathic abilities to control the Earth’s population (boo hiss, etc.), but Morgan – when he finds out what he’s up to – decides to try to stop him. A film so derisively cheap that Blake’s 7 looks like Avatar is easily the worst film on Henrickson’s CV, which considering he was in Alien vs. Predator is quite an achievement.
Plant-based diets rule the UK
Simon Amstell’s 2017 dark, funny mockumentary tells the story of veganism in the year 2067. In the year 2023 Amstell, two years after a deadly swine flu pandemic that fundamentally changed the way the world’s population views meat eating, Freddy Jayashankar (played by comedian Mawaan Rizwan) becomes a superstar chef after his vegan recipes catch fire in the eyes public opinion.
“He’s probably the most significant person in this revolution,” says one talking head about the man who helped the world re-educate how to leave the body.