4 things to do when you’re waiting for your favourite sci-fi franchise to release its new film

The build-up to the release of a film, in any fandom, is an exciting one.

The build-up to the release of a film, in any fandom, is an exciting one. However, there is always the opposite feeling of dread that it’s not going to turn out like it was promised. We all get that feeling- and unfortunately, we all get those disappointments where the filmmakers try and make it something it’s not. 

But you won’t know that until you’re sat in the movie theatre watching it. What you need right now is something to take the edge off of the waiting time for its release. It can be a matter of weeks or even days away – or maybe it’s just been announced, and you’re already getting too hyped up for your own good. Either way, here are four things to do when you’re waiting for your favourite sci-fi franchise to release its new film.

#1 Rewatch your old favourite films and TV series from the franchise, or comics and books if it has none

Rewatching your old favourites from the franchise can sometimes give you a pretty good idea about what’s going to happen in the next in the movie series. If you’re going through the nerve-wracking process of this film being the first in the franchise, it may be good to re-read the comics and the books to help take the edge off of the suspense. 


#2 Try and pass the time by taking your mind off of the franchise completely

Play video games or immerse yourself in something else entirely. Watch a different TV series or Netflix Original to take your mind off of everything that’s happening within your primary fandom. Play starburst slot or your favourite online team game, or even something relaxing that doesn’t have a storyline involved as such, like chess or cards, to take your mind off of the newcomer to your favourite franchise.


#3 Read fan theories and synopsis of the trailers to get a glimpse of what could happen

If you’re too excited to sit still, looking at fan theories and trailer analysis might be a bit better for you. This is what many Marvel fans did at the release of Captain America: Civil War. The trailer told us a surprising amount, and the introduction of characters such as Spiderman and Antman into the Avengers franchise had many people on their toes and were picked apart by many YouTubers. Your favourite fandom is probably very similar, and there are bound to be people who love it as much as you do. 


#4 Write your own theories and synopsis and discuss these on forums with fellow members of your fandom

Fellow members of your fandom will have many different theories of their own, and this can be exciting to listen to. Getting into debates about your favourite characters on forums can be thrilling, and the two of you may compromise on an even better theory than what the two of you started with. 

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: [email protected]
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