It goes without saying that we’re excited for summer movie season. Studios place their biggest blockbusters in between May and August, and we count the weeks down every calendar year. Here are the movies that we’re most excited for this year – and we’re betting you’re looking forward to these too.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (May 5)
Consider this highly-anticipated sequel the kickoff to summer movie season. Yes, it’s literally the first weekend of May (meaning that it’s still spring), but what says “summer blockbuster” more than a talking raccoon, a bevy of special effects, and a lot of explosions in space?
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (May 12)
We wouldn’t be excited for this overly stylized medieval reboot if it wasn’t for the fact it’s directed by Guy Ritchie. Sneak peeks at various conventions have had positive reactions, but it will be interesting to see how the general populace reacts to the film.
Wonder Woman (June 2)
Uh, yeah – of course this is on our list! And it should be on yours too – if you don’t go see Wonder Woman’s first solo film appearance, you’ll regret it. And future generations of fans will shake their heads at you in disgrace.
Transformers: The Last Knight (June 23)
Sure, this franchise isn’t known for its masterful storytelling, but if you’re looking for something mindless to geek out to this summer – this is the film for you. Enjoy amazing CGI and sound mixing while you eat popcorn in an air conditioned theater.
Spider-Man: Homecoming (July 7)
It’s Spidey’s first MCU film! That alone is enough to make us forget that this feels like the millionth Spider-Man film in the past ten years. Tom Holland is going to crush it as Peter Parker, and Robert Downey Jr. stepping in as Spidey’s mentor seems like a natural fit for the film (and for the MCU as a whole). We’ll buy our tickets now, please!
War for the Planet of the Apes (July 14)
Say what you will about this franchise being the prime example for Hollywood’s reboot craze, but all of the recent films in this franchise have been exceptional. Everything we’ve seen thus far makes it seem like War for the Planet of the Apes won’t be an exception, and we love any chance for Andy Serkis to shine.
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (July 21)
A graphic novel adaptation directed by Luc Besson? Sign us up. (Besson is best known for directing Lucy and The Fifth Element.) The visualization of this classic sci-fi read looks promising, and what we’ve seen thus far makes it look like it will be a visual spectacle like no other.
The Dark Tower (August 4)
Fans have waited years for this movie adaptation, and as a token of thanks, they get Idris Elva as the last Gunslinger. Although we don’t know how it will actually pan out, we do know that Idris Elba can’t do much wrong.
Death Note (August 25)
This is the only streaming premiere on this list, but we think it’s important to note anyways. (See what I did there?) The only trailer we have so far has been derided by the internet, but we really want to see Willem Defoe as Ryuk – along with a legitimate explanation as to why the film takes place in Seattle.
What Summer Movie are you most excited for let us know in the Comments below?…