This year’s summer blockbuster season kicks off Friday with ‘Avengers: Endgame’
This year’s summer movie season kicks off Friday with what’s likely to be one of the biggest — if not the biggest — blockbusters ever.
“Avengers: Endgame” brings together superheroes like Captain America and Iron Man in a three-hour showdown. That’s followed by Disney live-action remakes and new entries in franchises like “Fast & Furious” and “Godzilla,” as well as a handful of original properties.
Here are 20 of the biggest movies headed to theaters this summer.
‘Avengers: Endgame’ (Friday)
Picking up where last year’s “Avengers: Infinity War” left off, the Avengers, Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) and others make one last stand against Thanos (Josh Brolin) after he eradicated half of the universe’s population. The film has been heavily suggested to be the finale for some longtime actors in the franchise.
‘Long Shot’ (May 3)
This romantic comedy stars Seth Rogen as a journalist who becomes a speechwriter for his former babysitter and Secretary of State (Charlize Theron), now running for president. It premiered at this year’s South by Southwest, where it received positive reviews.
‘Pokémon: Detective Pikachu’ (May 10)
Another Pokémon movie hits theaters, this time with a twist as the first live-action film based on the video game series. Justice Smith plays Tim Goodman, the only human who can understand Detective Pikachu (voice of Ryan Reynolds), who aids Tim in finding his missing father.
‘John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum’ (May 17)
“John Wick” has become one of the best Hollywood franchises thanks to its stellar fight scenes and intriguing criminal underworld mythology. John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is now on the run from that underworld, with Halle Berry joining the cast as an assassin still willing to aid him.
‘Aladdin’ (May 24)
Disney’s live-action remakes continue with this tale of the thief Aladdin (Mena Massoud), princess Jasmine (Naomi Scott) and a genie (Will Smith). The Oscar-winning 1992 original wasn’t exactly asking for a remake, though this does at least add a cast of primarily Middle Eastern heritage.
‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ (May 31)
Godzilla squares off against his famous adversaries Mothra, Rodan and King Ghidorah, leading up to next year’s “Godzilla vs. Kong.” It also sports an impressive human cast, including Oscar nominees Vera Farmiga, Sally Hawkins and Ken Watanabe.
‘Rocketman’ (May 31)
Four-time Oscar winner and box-office smash “Bohemian Rhapsody” is followed by another biopic about a British music icon in Elton John. He’s played by Taron Egerton, who previously acted alongside John in “Kingsman: The Golden Circle.”
‘Dark Phoenix’ (June 7)
After 2006′s “X-Men: The Last Stand,” the comic book franchise tries again at adapting the famous “Dark Phoenix” storyline, where superhero Phoenix (Sophie Turner) becomes dangerously powerful. Jessica Chastain joins the series as a manipulative shapeshifter.
‘The Secret Life of Pets 2’ (June 7)
The animated film about what pets do when their owners aren’t around, one of 2016′s highest-grossing films, gets a sequel. Patton Oswalt replaces Louis C.K. as dog protagonist Max, while Kevin Hart and Jenny Slate return and Harrison Ford and Tiffany Haddish join the voice cast.
‘Men in Black: International’ (June 14)
The sci-fi franchise gets a spin-off, with the lead roles moving from Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones to Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson, as two U.K.-based agents trying to quell aliens. F. Gary Gray (“The Fate of the Furious,” “Straight Outta Compton”) directs.
‘Toy Story 4’ (June 21)
Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the rest return for this sequel, joined by a plastic fork (Tony Hale) whose existential dilemma about being a toy sets off the film’s events. The ending to “Toy Story 3” seemed like the perfect close to the series, but after two great sequels, Pixar gets the benefit of the doubt.
‘Yesterday’ (June 28)
This film by Danny Boyle takes place in a world where only one man (Himesh Patel) remembers The Beatles, and becomes a star playing their music. The premise sounds a little cute (particularly with the writer of “Love Actually” penning the script), but it’s always nice to see an original musical.
‘Spider-Man: Far from Home’ (July 5)
The latest live-action cinematic version of the web-slinger (played by Tom Holland) returns for this sequel where he heads on a school trip to Europe, only to find Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and his superhero duties following him. Jake Gyllenhaal joins the cast as comic book favorite Mysterio.
‘Stuber’ (July 12)
Kumail Nanjiani and Dave Bautista star in this action-comedy about an Uber driver who unwittingly picks up a detective on the trail of a villain. Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Dailey (last year’s standout “Game Night”) produce and Michael Dowse (“Goon”) directs.
‘The Lion King’ (July 19)
The summer’s other Disney live-action remake, of their 1994 animated film, features the same sort of photo-realistic CGI animals as director Jon Favreau’s earlier “The Jungle Book.” The star-studded voice cast includes Donald Glover, Beyoncé, Seth Rogen, John Oliver and more.
‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ (July 26)
Quentin Tarantino’s latest stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt as a former Western series star struggling in late-’60s Hollywood and his longtime stunt double, respectively. Margot Robbie co-stars as Sharon Tate, who along with the Manson family factors into the plot.
‘Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw’ (Aug. 2)
The “Fast & Furious” series has become so successful that it’s trying its first spin-off outside the street racing world. Agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and mercenary Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham), past adversaries, team up to bring down a genetically-enhanced terrorist (Idris Elba). ‘Artemis Fowl’ (Aug. 9) Kenneth Branagh directs this adaptation of the fantasy novel series about a youthful criminal mastermind seeking a fortune from fairies. The movie comes late to the game — the book it’s adapting came out in 2001 — but perhaps it can draw fans looking for the next “Harry Potter.” ‘The Kitchen’ (Aug. 9) The crime drama offers a different kind of comic book movie, adapting the DC Vertigo series about three wives who take over the Irish mob in 1970s Hell’s Kitchen when their husbands get arrested. Elisabeth Moss, Melissa McCarthy and Tiffany Haddish star as the wives. ‘Good Boys’ (Aug. 16) The writers of “Superbad” produce this R-rated comedy that has a similar premise, but follows an even younger trio of friends. Three middle schoolers (including “Room” star Jacob Tremblay) embark on a wild adventure after trying to learn how to kiss before a party.
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