2014's must-see events for comic book fans
Running down the top fandom events of the upcomming year
11. "The Hobbit: There and Back Again" (December)
Tolkien fans have been waiting to see "The Battle of the Five Armies" seemingly forever. The third installment of Peter Jackson's "Hobbit trilogy" will see the curtain fall on Middle Earth, but not before what might well be the biggest, most sweeping battle ever seen on the silver screen. All the myriad plot threads from the previous two "Hobbit" films will wrap up in one climactic clash between dwarves, elves, the men of Laketown, orcs, Wizards, a dragon and one lone hobbit. The tone of the last two films has been relatively light and fun, though things did darken a bit with "The Desolation of Smaug," but many filmgoers will be somewhat shocked by the darker turn the third act of Tolkien's classic will take, with character deaths and harrowing moments that tonally set up the much darker "Lord of the Rings." Most of all, the final "Hobbit" will be fans' last chance to see Middle Earth realized on film, a chance to look back on the last decade and take account of the brilliance of the world realized by Peter Jackson. Unless Jackson has some plans for the "Silmarillion." Hey, y'know what -- ?