The spring school semester is almost over, vacations are being planned and many of us are scrambling for jobs and internships in hopes to make some money during the summer months. In the midst of all that, there are also going to be some great movies in theaters. While this summer feels a lot lighter than past years, there are still going to be some blockbusters. And with that, here are my five most anticipated movies coming out this summer!
Note: I will NOT be discussing the early summer film, “Avengers: Endgame.”
“Dark Phoenix” (June 7)
The current X-Men saga has been nothing short of fantastic, and fans will get to see that story continue with the next iteration, “Dark Phoenix.” In this film, we get to see the beginning of Jean Grey, one of the most powerful and mysterious mutants of the X-Men universe. Some may remember the original story of Jean Grey from the original X-Men trilogy, so this film could be considered a sort of reboot. “Game of Thrones” star Sophie Turner is in the leading role, and she will be supported by X-Men veterans such as James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence and Michael Fassbender.
“Men In Black: International” (June 14)
Another reboot looking to be one of the hottest films of the summer is the newest installment of the Men in Black franchise titled, “Men In Black: International.” The original trilogy of films saw Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones battle aliens all over the world, and it is much beloved by sci-fi audiences. In the next film, we will see “Thor” series veterans Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson as they try to save the world from an even greater threat. The film is looking to continue the comedy of the original series, and the two stars already have great chemistry, so look out; it might be a hit!
“Toy Story 4” (June 21)
The Toy Story trilogy was wrapped up in a neat little bow back in 2010 with a fitting send-off as Andy went off to college. All was well for the toys… or so we thought. This summer, Woody, Buzz and the gang are faced with new challenges and get into even greater trouble as they discover the world of carnivals. Tom Hanks and Tim Allen reprise their roles as the leading pair, and they are expected to be great as always. Even if you think the Toy Story franchise has gone on too long, never fear; I would not bet against the artistic masters at Pixar even on their worst days!
“Spider-Man: Far From Home” (July 5)
This next film is another sequel, but it is a tricky one to dissect. “Spider-Man: Far From Home” is the next film in the new Spider-Man saga, but wait-- wasn’t Peter Parker “snapped” at the end of “Avengers: Infinity War?” We might have to wait until the next Avengers movie to see how that gets resolved, but this next Spider-Man film is looking to be a great one anyway. It will officially kick off the fourth phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it is sure to be a great adventure. Starring Tom Holland and Marvel Universe newcomer Jake Gyllenhaal, fans are chomping at the bit to see what trouble Spidey gets into next!
“Lion King” (July 19)
This summer might be known as the summer of reboots and sequels, but then again, plenty of movies nowadays are continuations and rehashes of stories already told. Be that as it may, people are excited for Disney’s newest live-action telling of one of their greatest movies, “Lion King.” Directed by Jon Favreau (“Iron Man,” “Jungle Book”), the film already looks gorgeous from a two-minute trailer. Audiences old and new are sure to delight in what many believe is Disney’s greatest animated feature, and it is led by a star-studded cast as well. Everyone from Donald Glover and Seth Rogen to Chiwetel Ejiofor and Beyoncé Knowles is in the film!
And that’s it! There are many more great films coming out this summer, so this is just a taste of what’s to come. Be sure to catch these movies if you want to beat the heat for a few hours. Happy watching, and have a great summer!