Blockbuster season may have just opened with a bang, thanks to the box office success of Avengers: Endgame, but it seems like the season’s just warming up with a burgeoning lineup of upcoming films that are proving to be just as promising, if not intriguing as the Marvel powerhouse. From long-awaited Disney adaptations to bone-chilling horror remakes and Quentin Tarantino’s star-studded return, here are 13 of the biggest movies to get hyped up for this summer.
Aladdin (23 May)
As the third Disney fairytale to get its story reimagined through live-action story-telling, Aladdin will follow in the footsteps of its animated counterpart as he weaves the tale of a street urchin, the magic lamp he finds, and his blossoming love story with Princess Jasmine (Naomi Scott). Similar to the previous live-action remakes of Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast, fans of the animation should expect a more updated version of the film, which will see the addition of new characters, songs as well as slight changes to existing key roles.
Godzilla: King Of The Monsters (30 May)
Though it has been five years since the first Godzilla film which introduced us to the MonsterVerse of Kaijus, Godzilla: King of Monsters will feature an all-star cast of creatures including Mothra, Rodan and Godzilla’s greatest foe, King Ghidorah, as they face off with the titular beast in monster battles of epic proportions. Plus, Stranger Things fans will get to enjoy Millie Bobby Brown’s debut on the big screen!
Dark Phoenix (6 June)
Since the completion of Disney’s acquisition of Fox, there has been high expectations of Dark Phoenix which is to be the first official X-Men film to premiere under the Marvel and Disney umbrella. Picking up from where we last left the team of mutants in X-Men Apocalypse, the group is forced to take down one of their own after a mysterious figure manipulates Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) into threatening the lives of her friends and the world at large.
Men In Black: International (13 June)
If you loved the dynamic between Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth in Thor Ragnarok, you’re definitely going to enjoy the duo’s reunion as partners in Men in Black: International. Unlike the OG Men in Black franchise, the new installment will take things global instead of staying in their home ground of New York City. The story follows Tessa’s Agent M as she begins her probational trial period as a Men in Black alongside Agent H (Chris Hemsworth) to investigate and neutralise the threat within their organisation.
Rocketman (13 June)
Despite having a change of lead three years after the film went into development, Elton John’s biopic Rocketman is finally slated to be released with Taron Egerton playing the legendary singer through his breakthrough years. Unlike the successful Bohemian Rhapsody, this film weaves in performance pieces like legitimate pieces of musical theatre – so expect a musical, visionary fantasy that is fuelled by Taron’s brilliant performance and vocal talent.
Toy Story 4 (20 June)
Contrary to popular opinions, Toy Story 4 is not a continuation of the third movie in the franchise. Instead, it chronicles the toys years after the teary conclusion of its predecessor as they are forced to deal with Bonnie’s new makeshift toy, Forky (Tony Hale). When the newest addition escapes during a family road trip, Woody (Tom Hanks) naturally goes off to save him, but gets separated from his friends in the process. What ensues is an unlikely reunion with old friends and a period of self-discovery when he learns what it truly means to be a toy.
Annabelle Comes Home (27 June)
Having already haunted our nightmares with Annabelle and Annabelle: Creation, the member of the Conjuring Universe is back to give us sleepless nights with its third installment, Annabelle Comes Home. Though it does not serve as the long-awaited sequel to Conjuring, this next chapter will star Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga as fame paranormal legends Ed and Lorraine Warren, as they bring the doll back to their home for safekeeping. Unfortunately, an unholy night of horror awaits when Annabelle awakens the evil spirits within the room, targeting the Warrens’ 10-year old daughter and her friends.
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2 July)
After the events of Avengers: Endgame, our friendly neighbourhood superhero will be making his return with the sequel, Spider-Man: Far From Home. Deciding to unwind with his best friends Ned (Jacob Batalon), MJ (Zendaya) and the rest of the gang on a school trip to Europe, Peter Parker (Tom Holland) is begrudgingly made to say goodbye to his few weeks of relaxation when Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) enlists his help to uncover the mystery behind the elemental creature attacks that have been causing havoc across the continent.
Child’s Play (11 July)
In this reboot of the 1988 cult classic Child’s Play, the slasher film will see a re-imagination of the killer doll, Chucky (Mark Hamill), as a high-tech toy gone haywire that begins menacing a mother and her son. Although the character won’t have much of a personality change, this modern take does mark a slight change from its original backstory where the doll is possessed by the soul of a killer.
The Lion King (18 July)
Known to be one of the most endearing Disney animations of the ’90s, the live-action remake of The Lion King has been one of the most highly-anticipated releases of 2019 alongside Avengers: Endgame. Featuring a stellar and diverse cast of characters, the story will remain similar to the 1994 animated film where a mischievous young lion will have to cope with the loss of his father, his existence and his destiny. Much like all Disney remakes, there are bound to be a couple of changes here and there but not to worry, you’ll definitely be hearing the iconic songs including some new ones penned by Beyonce and Elton John!
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (1 August)
After eight successful films, the Fast & Furious franchise is back at it again uniting fan-favourites Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) in Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw. Despite getting off to a rough start in 2015’s Furious 7, the pair has since formed an unlikely alliance to save the world whenever needed. This new spin-off sees the duo work closer than ever as they attempt to take out Brixton (Idris Elba), an invincible super soldier who’s in possession of a lethal bioweapon.
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (15 August)
In his ninth feature film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino takes audiences back to Los Angeles in the summer of 1969, at the height of hippie culture in Hollywood. Despite rumours circling around the shared ill-fated timeline with the Charles Manson murders, Quentin has assured that the film would focus on the final years of Hollywood’s Golden Age – where his characters Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio), a former star of a Western TV series, and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) are struggling to make a name for themselves in an industry they no longer recognise.
IT Chapter Two (5 September)
Following the impressive casting choices for the Losers’ Club as adults, IT Chapter Two is back to pick up where it left off, 27 years after the first film. After attempting to put those horrific memories of their childhood and Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard) behind them, the gang returns to Derry to put an end to the evil entity once and for all, not knowing that it’s going to be an uphill battle as Pennywise has become stronger and crueler than ever since their absence.