Now that the biggest blockbuster of all-time, Avengers: Endgame, has arrived and completely dominated the box office, it is my duty to let you know that there will be other movies coming to theaters this summer. And let me tell you, there are many to be excited about.
Detective Pikachu - May 10
Hopefully this list is done by the time Detective Pikachu opens up in theaters, but either way, I think this movie is going to be worth seeing in theaters, especially if you are a 90s baby.
John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum - May 17
If you haven’t seen any of the John Wick films, pause that episode of The Office and watch the first two entries in the series. This out-of-nowhere franchise has some of the best action scenes/choreography that have been put on film in the last 20 years or so. I cannot wait to see how the trilogy ends up.
Aladdin - May 24
I’m not really sold on Disney’s latest attempt at recreating one of their most-beloved animated features as live-action. We all know and love Robin Williams’ performance as the genie in the original. It will be quite a daunting task for Will Smith to live up to the role. But, I’m including it on this list because I feel like this movie is either going to tank terribly or make $500m at the box office. Could go either way.
Booksmart - May 24
Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut looks like the female version of Superbad, and I’m totally okay with that. The trailer is hilarious. It features a solid supporting cast (Jason Sudeikis, Will Forte, Lisa Kudrow) and the two leads, played by Kaitlin Dever and Beanie Feldstein, seem to have great chemistry. Booksmart has the potential to be my favorite film of the summer.
Brightburn - May 24th
I love Brightburn’s concept of the super-powered protagonist choosing to do evil instead of good. Oh, and it looks absolutely terrifying. With so much competition on its opening weekend (Aladdin and Booksmart), I don’t think I’ll be able to see Brightburn until maybe its second weekend.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters - May 31
I wasn’t planning on seeing this one in theaters, but after seeing how much screen time the monsters seem to be getting in the latest trailer (above), how could I not include this movie on the list? I’m very much looking forward to seeing a bunch of monsters kick the crap out of each other. Oh, and the CGI looks incredible.
Rocketman - May 31
Elton John is a musical legend and deserves a high-quality film in his honor. I’m really hoping this music-biopic is a lot better than Bohemian Rhapsody. I expect this movie to do fairly well at the box office, because who doesn’t love Elton John?
X-Men: Dark Phoenix - June 7
There’s a lot of interesting points to talk about with this one. We all remember the calamity that was X-Men: The Last Stand, right? Well, this is Fox’s chance to redeem themselves on butchering a beloved storyline from the comics. The previous entry in the franchise, Apocalypse, was a snoozefest that wasted the talent of Oscar Isaac. Oh, and Disney now owns the rights to the X-Men franchise with their purchase of 20th Century Fox, so the state of the franchise in general is in question, no matter how well it does at the box office this summer.
Men in Black: International - June 14
I had no idea another Men in Black film was in the works until I saw the first trailer while I was waiting to see Aquaman (not entirely sure, but this sounds about right). Tessa Thomson, who by the way, has become one of my favorite actors right now, reunites with Thor: Ragnarok co-star Chris Hemsworth. The two already have a great dynamic from working together, so I think MIB: International is going to be a very fun movie to see in theaters.
Toy Story 4 - June 21
Like everyone else who saw Toy Story 3, I thought Pixar’s flagship IP had come to an end. Pixar has handed the directorial reigns over to Inside Out writer Josh Cooley to continue Toy Story’s path of tackling more grown-up themes, such as the purpose of life. It will be interesting to see where Woody, Buzz, and the rest of the toys we wanted as kids end up in this one.
Yesterday - June 28
This is another film that has an interesting premise and I’m excited to see how the final product is all put together. Yesterday is the story of a down-on-his-luck musician who, after a global blackout, is the only person who remembers The Beatles and rises to fame by claiming their original music as his own. With acclaimed director Danny Boyle in charge of the film, I can see this being a wonderful movie-going experience.
Spiderman: Far From Home - July 5
Far From Home will be the first MCU release since Avengers: Endgame and will take place after the events in Endgame. There’s a lot of questions that will hopefully be answered in Tom Holland’s second stand-alone film as your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. I still don’t think people are superhero movied-out just yet, so expect a busy opening weekend for this one.
The Lion King - July 19th
Is this movie even necessary? It’s “live-action” but actually just made with really, really good CGI. Most of the scenes from the trailer look like they are shot for shot remakes from the original animated film. Am I going to see it because the 1994 version was one of my favorite movies growing up and Disney knows exactly how to take money from my wallet? Absolutely.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood - July 26
It’s mind-boggling when you look at the cast of Quentin Tarantino’s ninth feature film. Go ahead, take a look. DiCaprio, Pitt, Pacino, and Margo Robbie. I could go on and on. With that type of lineup, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood should continue the legendary director’s string of recent commercial successes.
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw - August 2
The Fast & Furious franchise might be the most unexpected billion-dollar franchise. It went from a story about undercover cops and street racing to stopping terrorists from global destruction. I’ve seen all of the movies, and I cannot even tell you exactly where the current storyline stands, but here’s a film with The Rock and Jason Statham doing a whole bunch of ass-kicking. Should be fun!
Good Boys - August 16
A bunch of foul-mouthed kids is always a win in my book. Produced by Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogan, Good Boys seems to have a lot of similarities to the first feature film they ever wrote, Superbad. Sort of a spiritual prequel? Anyway, it looks super funny and potentially a great movie to end the summer with.
Are there any movies I forgot to list that you’re looking forward to seeing this summer? Make sure to let me know in the comments.