Sci-Fi in 2013

Sci-Fi fans have a lot to look forward to in 2013. Along with the return (and debut) of a few favorite comic book heroes, the coming year promises the continuation of much beloved series, screen adaptations of classic novels and a handful of highly anticipated stand-alone films. Horror, exploration of deep space and dystopian futures are all in store for the science fiction lover. Here are our 13 most anticipated sci-fi films (trailers included) of 2013.

After Earth

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/CZIt20emgLY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> <br><br> When Cypher Raige (Will Smith) and his son, Kitai (Jaden Smith) crash land on a long-deserted and quarantined planet Earth, the two struggle to fight against threats they could never have imagined. With no vehicle off the planet and no other human inhabitants around, it’s up to father and son to survive on this seemingly hostile planet. On the other hand, perhaps director M. Night Shyamalan has something else in mind. <i>After Earth</i> hits theaters June 7.

Oblivion

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/vGpjlfCfe2Y" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> <br><br> Common knowledge is that during an alien war that decimated Earth, humans abandoned the planet, leaving behind only drones. But when a small drone repair team sends Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) to the planet he discovers survivors led by Malcolm Beech (Morgan Freeman). His experience challenges widely accepted beliefs about the war and call into question his responsibility to share his experience. <i>Oblivion</i> opens April 12.

Iron Man 3

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/2CzoSeClcw0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> <br><br> In this third installment of Marvel’s <i>Iron Man</i> series Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) faces Mandarin, considered his most persistent and powerful enemy. After his private life is destroyed, Stark must once again rely on his clever resourcefulness to defeat this new foe. <i>Iron Man 3</i> comes out May 3.

The Host

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/SRKjf8b4f2E" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> <br><br> Based on a novel by Stephenie Meyer, author of the <i>Twilight</i> series, <i>The Host</i> is set in a future dominated by body-snatching aliens who brain wash humans to steal their bodies. The few remaining humans fight the alien race, but when Melanie Stryder (Saoirse Ronan), is captured and body-snatched, she becomes the first alien to fight the change and continues to experience her humanity. <i>The Host</i> opens in theaters March 29.

Star Trek Into Darkness

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/diP-o_JxysA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> <br><br> Director J.J. Abrams brings us the second movie in his <i>Star Trek</i> series. Led by Captain Kirk (Chris Pine), the crew of the Enterprise discovers an evil force from within Starfleet, the deep-space military and peacekeeping organization. The organization has been attacked and Captain Kirk leads a dangerous manhunt to capture those responsible. <i>Star Trek Into Darkness</i> opens May 17.

Pacific Rim

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/2vKz7WnU83E" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> <br><br> Guillermo del Toro directs this film that pits aliens against human piloted robots. When giant aliens use a portal between dimensions in the Pacific Ocean to attack Earth, mankind fights back with equal force, unleashing equally gargantuan robots. <i>Pacific Rim</i> opens July 12.

Man of Steel

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/KVu3gS7iJu4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> <br><br> Director Zack Snyder and Producer Christopher Nolan create their own backdrop for Superman’s heroics. Throughout his youth, Clark Kent (Henry Cavill) was encouraged to keep his gifts a secret. But his extraordinary abilities lead him to become a protector of humanity known as Superman. Now, he must decide whether mankind is really ready for him. <i>Man of Steel</i> opens June 14.

Ender's Game

This screen adaptation of the beloved and classic novel by Orson Scott Card finds Ender Wiggin, an exceptionally talented young boy, taken from his home to a battle school in deep space. There, Ender is tested against older and harder trainees only to find himself equal or superior to his peers. Though he trains to battle the Buggers who severely attacked Earth twice before, Ender struggles with his transition to a soldier, his longing for home and his heartsickness over losing his sister. <i>Ender’s Game</i> opens in theaters November 1.

The Wolverine

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ULKCX2Z26_A" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> <br><br> Based on the 1982 series Wolverine this sixth installment in the X-Men series follows Logan (Hugh Jackman) to Japan where he trains under a samurai warrior. In Japan, he encounters a figure from his past during a fight that will change him forever. <i>The Wolverine</i> comes to theaters July 26.

World War Z

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Md6Dvxdr0AQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> <br><br> After a global zombie pandemic, United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) searches the globe for a cure, leaving his family behind at an oceanic safe haven. Based on Max Brooks’ novel by the same name, this film features <i>28 Days Later</i> style Zombies—fast, aggressive and terrifying. <i>World War Z</i> opens in theaters June 21.

Elysium

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/9-cYgf6WyGA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> <br><br> In the year 2159, classes are divided into two groups. The extremely wealthy live on the luxurious and pristine space station, Elysium, built by Armadyne Corporation (see trailer). The rest of mankind lives on an overpopulated, filthy and devastated Earth. Secretary Rhodes (Jodie Foster) enforces strict immigration legislation preventing the people of Earth from coming to Elysium. When ex-con Max (Matt Damon) unwittingly finds himself on a mission to depolarize the two classes, he is not only fighting for his life, but also for human freedom. <i>Elysium</i> opens August 9.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

The second installment of the Hunger Games trilogy finds Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) returning home after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games. As they embark on the Victor’s Tour through the districts they find rebellion brewing. They are forced to convince those loyal to the capitol that the joint win was not done out of defiance, but rather, out of love. Though Katniss and Peeta try to forget their time in the Hunger Games they are continually forced to relive their experience and examine the reasons for their actions. <i>The Hunger Games: Catching Fire</i> comes to theaters November 22.

Gravity

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/xFn7Zr7WKkI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> <br><br> Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is a medical engineer on her first trip into space, while Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney) is commanding his last mission before retiring. When their shuttle is destroyed during a routine spacewalk, Stone and Kowalsky are left only with each other. With oxygen running low and no connection to Earth or other astronauts, they must work together to survive. Release date TBA.

13 Sci-Fi Movies to Look Forward to in 2013