Captain America faces off against Iron Man in one of 2016’s many cinematic smackdowns.


Get ready to grab your popcorn and geek out. From Star Wars and Star Trek to Marvel and DC, there’s a load of sci-fi, fantasy, action, horror and other geek treats coming to movie theaters in 2016.

We’ve compiled our guide to the big geek-friendly films of 2016, starring the likes of Chris Pratt, Jennifer Lawrence, George Clooney, Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Key and Peele, Benedict Cumberbatch, Matt Damon, Jeff Goldblum, Natalie Dormer, Matt Smith and many more.

It’s a big year for superhero smackdowns as Marvel’s Captain America and Iron Man get into it, while DC’s Batman and Superman go head-to-head too. The X-Men take on Apocalypse, and the Suicide Squad takes down the Joker, while Deadpool, Doctor Strange and Gambit all have their own adventures. That comic book bubble ain’t bursting in the next 12 months, it seems.

Meanwhile, Star Trek and Star Wars are blasting out of hyperspace with “Star Trek Beyond,” co-written by Simon Pegg, and the first Star Wars spin-off, “Rogue One.”

And it’s time to return to more beloved titles of the past too. There’s a new, rebooted “Ghostbusters,” not to mention belated sequels to “Independence Day” and “Finding Nemo.” Jason Bourne is back in action, as are the teen heroes of “Divergent.”

JK Rowling takes us back to Harry Potter’s wizarding world in “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” while classic novels “The BFG” and “Alice Through the Looking Glass” get the big-screen treatment. So does the Jane Austen classic “Pride and Prejudice” — with the addition of a few zombies, of course.

Gaming fans can console themselves with movies based on “Assassin’s Creed,” “World of Warcraft” and, er, “Angry Birds.” But it’s not all remakes, sequels and video games: Look out for original movies like “Passengers,” “Midnight Special” and “Hail, Caesar!”

Click through the photo gallery to see these and all the big-screen adventures that’ll keep you geeking out over your popcorn. And don’t forget to check out our guide to the sci-fi, fantasy and geek-tastic television shows of 2016.

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44 sci-fi, fantasy and geek-friendly movies of 2016 – CNET