Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice debuts in two weeks, which means the first blockbuster of the year hits theaters in MARCH. Traditionally, a superhero movie of this size and scope has ‘summertime’ written all over it. The growing trend at the box office proves this is no longer the case.

Captain America: Winter Soldier was released in April of 2014 and the first Hunger Games movie debuted in late March of 2012.  While the first installment of a franchise is hard to handicap (I’m looking right at you, Scorch Trials and Immortal Instruments), it does show that early spring isn’t only reserved for sequels (and now prequels) to the Taken franchise.

With BvS two weeks away, and being two weeks removed from the Oscars, we’re in a strange pre-season part of the calendar. Pre-season in sports is where interesting storylines develop and previous unknowns get a chance to stand out. Debuting in theaters this week are two movies that fit that profile: The Brothers Grimsby and 10 Cloverfield Lane.

The Brothers Grimsby (via wikipedia) is:
MI6’s top assassin has a brother. Unfortunately for him, he’s an English football supporter from the town of Grimsby. Nobby (Sacha Baron Cohen) has everything a man from the poor English fishing town of Grimsby could want – 11 children and the most attractive girlfriend in northern England. There’s only one thing missing in his life: his little brother, Sebastian (Mark Strong).

After they were adopted by different families as children, Nobby spent 28 years searching for him. Upon hearing of his location, Nobby sets off to reunite with his brother, unaware that not only is his brother an MI6 agent, but he’s just uncovered a plot that puts the world in danger. On the run and wrongfully accused, Sebastian realizes that if he is going to save the world, he will need the help of its biggest idiot.

Not sure what the, “MY WIFE!” of The Brothers Grimsby is going to be, but I guarantee you’ll know by Monday even if you don’t go see this movie this weekend.

10 Cloverfield Lane (via wikipedia) is:
After surviving a car accident, a woman, Michelle, wakes up in an underground cellar, where most of the film takes place. She fears she has been abducted by survivalist Howard Stambler, who tells her he saved her life, and that a worldwide chemical attack has left Earth’s surface uninhabitable. Uncertain what to believe, she decides to escape, no matter what dangers she may face outside.

This is super interesting and probably worth a look. Despite the producers of this film describing it as, “a spiritual successor” to the original Cloverfield movie, the same characters, events, and monsters have nothing to do with this movie.

This seems like the first step in establishing an expanded Cloverfield universe, which could be a lot of fun. Plus it’s hard to miss with John Goodman and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, two actors who are arguably the most fun cast member of any movie they’ve ever been in.

Both movies open Friday, March 11th.

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