This year's summer movie season is shaping up to be one of the best in recent memory. Bteween new blockbuster superhero films, terrifying horror movies and uproarious new comdies, there's plenty to keep you busy and away from that pesky sun all summer long. Here's what you should be on the lookout for this summer, starting with "Avengers: Endgame" at the end of April.
Release Date: Apr. 26 There's usually a new Marvel movie to kick off each summer movie season, and this year is no exception. But "Avengers: Endgame" is not just any Marvel movie. It's the final culmination of the first decade of the MCU, as the survivors of "Avengers: Infinity War" challenge a victorious Thanos to avenge their fallen comrades.
Release Date: May 3 This romantic comedy features both a great cast and an amusing premise. Seth Rogen stars as an unemployed journalist who decides to court his childhood crush/babysitter (Charlize Theron), a woman who just happens to be running for president.
Release Date: May 10 The Pokemon franchise has consumed much of the pop culture world, but can it work as a live-action movie? We're about to find out. "Detective Pikachu" stars Justice Smith as a former trainer forced to team up with a talking Pikachu (voiced by Ryan Reynolds) in order to find his missing father.
Release Date: May 10 Anne Hathaway and rebel Wilson star in this female-driven remake of 1988's "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels." The two play rival con artists out to swindle the fortune of a very wealthy man.
Release Date: May 10 Nicholas Hoult stars as J.R.R. Tolkien in this biopic about the legendary creator of the "Lord of the Rings" novels. The film explores how his traumatic experiences in WWI and his lifelong romance with Edith Bratt (Lily Collins) influenced the creation of Tolkien's most famous works.
'John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum'
Release Date: May 19 The third (and presumably final) chapter of the "John Wick" saga is almost here. Keanu Reeves is back as the titular killer, now in more desperate straits than ever as he tries to escape New York while every assassin in the city attempts to collect the massive bounty on his head. The sequel will also introduce new characters played by Halle Berry, Mark Dacascos and Anjelica Huston.
Release Date: May 24 "Aladdin" is the second of three live-action remakes of classic Disney movies hitting theaters this year. Director Guy Ritchie is updating the beloved 1992 animated movie with a cast that includes Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Marwan Kenzari and Will Smith as the Genie.
Release Date: May 24 This coming-of-age comedy is already shaping up to be one of the best-reviewed films of the summer. Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein star as two soon-to-be high school graduates who regret studying too much and decide to cram four years of partying into a single evening.
Release Date: May 24 Producer James Gunn is taking a break before venturing into the DCEU by tackling a very different type of superhero movie. This horror-flavored film focuses on a couple (played by Elizabteh Banks and David Denman) who rescue an orphaned alien boy and find him growing up to become something terrible.
'Godzilla: King of the Monsters'
Release Date: May 31 The latest entry in the long-running "Godzilla" franchise is a sequel to 2014's "Godzilla," though it features a new director and mostly new cast. Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga and Millie Bobby Brown star as the titular beast goes up against fearsome foes like Rodan, Mothra and King Ghidorah. The film is also expected to set the stage for next year's epic monster mashup "Godzilla vs. Kong."
Release Date: May 31 We're always up for a new horror film from Blumhouse Productions, and this one is promising indeed. Octavia Spencer stars as a lonely woman who invites a group of teens to party in her house, only for her true intentions to become apparent.
Release Date: May 31 If last year's "Bohemian Rhoapsody" didn't quench your thirst for new rock music biopics, maybe this one will do the trick. Taron Egerton stars as flamboyant rock star Elton John, with the film focusing on his rise to stardom in the '70s as well as his struggles with substance abuse and his sexuality. Fans will be especially happy at the musical numbers, which feature some of John's most beloved songs and blur the line between reality and fantasy.
'The Secret Life of Pets 2'
Release Date: June 6 Animation giant Illumination is back with a sequel to their 2016 hit. Most of the voice cast from the original is returning (though Patton Oswalt is taking over as Max). The biggest selling point, though, may be that the sequel features the first ever animated movie role for Harrison Ford.
Release Date: June 7 "Dark Phoenix" is the fourth and almost certainly final entry in the saga that began with 2011's "X-Men: First Class." This sequel offers the franchise another chance at adapting the seminal "Dark Phoenix Saga" from the comics, as Sophie Turner's Jean Grey is consumed by her dark side.
Release Date: June 7 Mindy Kaling both writes and stars in this dramedy about a writer hired to spruce up a late night talk show for the only woman host in the business. That host is played by none other than Emma Thompson.
'The Dead Don't Die'
Release Date: June 14 Indie director Jim Jarmusch made one of the best vampire movies of the 21st Century in "Only Lovers Left Alive," so we're definitely looking forward to his take on the zombie genre. The cast alone makes this a must-watch, with Adam Driver, Bill Murray and Chloë Sevigny starring as small town police officers who team up with a morgue worker (Tilda Swinton) to halt a zombie outbreak.
'Men in Black: International'
Release Date: June 14 Sony is looking to revive the ailing "Men in Black" franchise by jumping across the pond and focusing on a new pair of agents. The sequel will carry over some of that "Thor: Ragnaork" mojo, as Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson don suits and shades. Liam Neeson will play their boss, High T, while Emma Thompson will be the sole carryover from "Men in Black 3" as Agent O.
Release Date: June 14 "Shaft" is the third film tp carry that name, but it's not a reboot. Instead, it's a sequel that brings back both Richard Roundtree and Samuel L. Jackson's characters and introduces the newest John Shaft, played by Jessie Usher. Can one movie handle that much cool?
Release Date: June 21 Chucky the killer doll is the latest horror icon to get the reboot treatment. This film specifically remake the original 1988 film and features none other than Mark Hamill as the voice of Chucky. Chucky himself will be getting a major upgrade, as he's less a doll than an interactive, AI-enabled toy. All the better to murder with.
'Toy Story 4'
Release Date: June 21 Better stock up on extra tissues now. "Toy Story 4" is coming, and it looks to be even more bittersweet than the last movie. This sequel introduces Forky (Tony Hale), a homemade toy who refuses to believe he's a toy. That forces Woody (Tom Hanks) to embark on yet another road trip, one that reunites him with the long-lost Bo Peep (Annie Potts) and forces him to reconsider where he truly wants to hang his hat.
Release Date: June 28 Between the involvement of director Danny Boyle and a truly killer premise, we're very eager to see this musical comedy. Himesh Patel stars as a struggling musician who suddenly awakens in a world where no one remembers the Beatles. Suddenly, he has the key to fame, fortune and international acclaim.
'Spider-Man: Far From Home'
Release Date: July 5 Marvel Studios' final 2019 release is a sequel to 2017's "Spider-Man: Homecoming." Set after the events of "Avengers: Endgame," this film follows a weary Peter Parker (Tom Holland) who wants to leave the superhero game behind long enough to enjoy a school trip abroad. Unfortunately, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) has no intention of letting him hang up his suit.
Release Date: July 19 Disney will follow up its "Aladdin" remake with an update of "The Lion King." Fortunately, "The Jungle Book" director Jon Favreau is steering this CG-animated ship, with a voice cast that includes Donald Glover as Simba, Beyonce Knowles as Nala, Chiwetel Ejifor as Scar and James earl Jones reprising the role of Mufasa.
'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood'
Release Date: July 26 Quentin Tarantino's ninth film will be a significant departure from the norm, as it's based on real events in 1960's Hollywood. Leonardo DiCaprio stars as struggling actor Ted Dalton (a character based on Burt Reynolds) while Brad Pitt plays his best friend and stunt double Cliff Booth. The film will also dramatize the Manson Family murders, with Margot Robbie playing the doomed Sharon Tate and Damon Herriman playing Charles Manson.
'Hobbs & Shaw'
Release Date: Aug. 2 The "Fast & Furious" franchise is getting its first spinoff, one focused on the exploits of Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham). These two enemies will be forced to put aside their differences in order to take on a superhuman villain named Brixton Lore (Idris Elba). We couldn't be more revved up.
Release Date: Aug. 9 Disney is launching what will hopefully be a successful new fantasy adventure series based on the popular YA novels. Director Kenneth Branagh is helming this adaptation , which stars Ferdia Shaw as an ambitious young thief who wants to restore his family's lost fortune by robbing fairies. You know, that old story.
Release Date: Aug. 9 "The Kitchen" is another welcome reminder that not all comic book adaptations have to focus on superheroes. Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish and Elisabeth Moss star as the wives of three Hell's Kitchen mobsters who take over the business after their husbands are arrested.
Release Date: Aug. 9 A24 is abck with another promising horror release. Florence Pugh stars as a woman enjoying an idyllic summer holiday, at least until she starts noticing strange, cult-like behavior all around her.
'Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark'
Release Date: Aug. 9 Anyone who read the "Scary Stories" books as a kid is probably looking forward to this adaptation with equal parts dread and excitement. Developed by Guillermo Del Toro, this adaptation even captures the horrendously creepy visuals of the books.
'Where'd You Go, Bernadette'
Release Date: Aug. 9 Acclaimed director Richard Linklater is venturing into more unusual territory for his latest. This adaptation of the 2012 novel casts Cate Blanchett as a reclusive, temperamental mother whose disappearance compels her daughter Bee (Emma Nelson) to uncover the truth.
Release Date: Aug. 16 Does the raunchy teen comedy formula still work when the subjects are preteens instead? That's what this Seth Rogen-produced movie aims to figure out. Jacob Tremblay, Brady Noon and Keith L. Williams stars as a trio of confused 12-year-olds whose desire to understand the complexities of kissing sparks a wild adventure.