Since the world is opening up again, now is the perfect time to go back to the movies. This summer promises not to miss new blockbusters, with a wide variety of genres to appeal to everyone’s taste buds. Here are 12 upcoming blockbusters this summer movie season that we’re most excited to see.
“Cruella” (May 28, in theaters and Disney +) – For Disney’s upcoming live-action adaptation of its many animated classics, we take a different take on ‘101 Dalmatians’ by giving its villain an origin story. Oscar winner Emma Stone stars as titular Cruella de Vil, now a young upstart in the London fashion world who is making a big name for herself.
“A Quiet Place Part II” (May 28, in theaters) – Picking up right where “A Quiet Place” left off, Emily Blunt battles these mysterious and deadly creatures and the outside world while trying to protect her children. Early reviews show it maintains the exciting moments of the original while telling a more mature and sophisticated story.
“In the Heights” (June 11, in theaters and HBO Max) – It’s been a long time since we’ve had a hit musical, but if anyone could make it happen, it’s Lin-Manuel Miranda from “Hamilton”. Adapted from Miranda’s first Broadway hit, “In the Heights” depicts everyday life in Washington Heights told through song and dance – and a store owner (Anthony Ramos) is saving for a better life.
“Fast and Furious 9” (June 25, in theaters) – Dom and his adrenaline-seeking family are back, and this time they’re stalked by Dom’s little brother played by John Cena. The “Fast and Furious” franchise is always good for crazy, extravagant action sequences, and this time around we can expect flying cars and spaceships. With the direction of Justin Lin, these films never disappoint.
“Black Widow” (July 9, in theaters and Disney +) – Marvel fans have waited almost a decade for a Black Widow solo movie, and we finally have one. Set after the events of “Captain America: Civil War”, Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) attempts to uncover more of her broken past, serving as both a prequel and bookends to the Black Widow story.
“Space Jam: A New Legacy” (July 26, in theaters and HBO Max) – Who is ready for the next generation of “Space Jam”? An update to the wacky antics of the combination of the NBA and Looney Tunes seems like a perfect match when you replace Michael Jordan with LeBron James. This movie promises even more of what we loved about the first movie released 25 years ago.
“The Green Knight” (July 30, in theaters) – For the big independent film of the summer, the most striking is A24’s “The Green Knight”. Set during the time of King Arthur, the film tells the story of Arthur’s nephew (Dev Patel) as he embarks on an adventure to kill a mythical giant. Based on the trailers, the film appears to be both fantasy adventure and horror.
“The Suicide Squad” (August 6, in theaters and HBO Max) – If you’ve been disappointed with 2016’s “Suicide Squad” (like most people) then this James Gunn reboot of the story will be a breath of fresh air. Starring a cast of dozens of low-level DC supervillains, the film feeds on the same savage energy as the “Guardians of the Galaxy” films.
“Respect” (August 13, in theaters) – For those looking for a biopic, then “Respect” is all you need. Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson plays Aretha Franklin, detailing her early career struggles to find her own voice in her brilliant success. If you are not going for the incredible legendary and fiery Franklin story then it is at least worth seeing for Hudson which presents its best hits.
“Paw Patrol: The Movie” (August 20, in theaters and Paramount +) – There is always a big hit with kids every summer, and “Paw Patrol: The Movie” seems to be the sure-fire winner. If you have kids, you’ve probably bought at least a few Paw Patrol toys or watched a few episodes. This movie promises to be like the show, so your kids are going to eat that.
“The Beatles: Get Back” (August 27, on Disney +) – When The Beatles premiered their last album together, “Let It Be”, they documented most of their collaboration. Now Peter Jackson and his team are taking the 55 hours of footage and condensing it into their best moments of creativity and camaraderie to show the world’s biggest band at its best.
“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” (September 3, in theaters and Disney +) – The summer movie season ends with one of the greatest martial arts movies ever to be made. The film follows its titular Shang-Chi (Simu Liu) as he weaves his way through the evil Ten Rings organization, something the MCU has been building since 2008’s “Iron Man”.