The temperatures are rising, my friends, and it isn’t just because of Mother Nature. That’s because this summer is promising some hot, anticipated movies to be released. Audiences will be along for the ride swinging from buildings with superheroes and pillaging islands. Be prepared to be scared sh*tless of porcelain dolls (once again) and to catch glimpses of some fantastic girl power.
Here are our top 12 most anticipated movies of the summer:
Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (May 5th): This one has just released in theaters to great reviews! Who isn’t excited to see baby Groot and the rest of the Guardians make their return to the big screen? We got yet another fantastic performance by Chris Pratt along with the introduction of his father’s story line. Not to mention, the mix-tape soundtrack is ALWAYS on point!
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (May 26th): Jack Sparrow is back, and bless my heart. With most of the original Black Pearl cast reprising their roles, our favorite pirate comes across an old nemesis. As a result, he is on the hunt for Poseidon’s trident. In an interesting turn, protege Geoff Zanelli will be taking over for the original composer Hans Zimmer. However, we’ll probably still see some of the same musical elements as both worked together on the first four installments.
Wonder Woman (June 2nd): First of all, it’s about darn time that Wonder Woman finally got her own movie in the recent decade of the superhero takeover. With the reboot of the DC Extended Universe, we will be seeing a standalone backstory for Diana Prince, portrayed by Gal Gadot. We’ve been waiting for this since Batman vs. Superman, so it’s literally one of the most anticipated movies for this summer. Watching the trailers of her getting down into the trenches and sliding across floors with her ultimate, awesome power gives me goosebumps.
Spider-Man: Homecoming (July 7th): Another addition to the superhero movies of the summer, Spider-Man is getting his 3rd attempt in the Marvel universe. Following his cameo in Captain America: Civil War, Peter Parker is finding his footing in his new identity as Spider-Man. While balancing high school, he’s taken under the wing of Tony Stark. This time Spidey, finds himself in conflict of keeping a low profile when the Vulture enters the scene.
The Dark Tower
The Dark Tower (August 4th): Based on the Steven King books, we’ll get a take on an apocalyptic, magical world. With an Old Western feel, Idris Elba will play The Gunslinger facing off against Matthew McConaughey’s Man in Black. This will be the first of two major Stephen King adaptations to hit the theater in 2017. The movie is already said to serve as a sequel to some events in the series of novels, so we may see a slightly different route than the books.
Annabelle: Creation (August 11th): Just when you were starting to get comfortable with dolls again….wait, no! Who am I kidding? Porcelain dolls will always be creepy. Following the second installment of The Conjuring, this Annabelle sequel and The Nun are to continue the story that follows Ed and Lorraine Warren. In previous movies about Annabelle, we’ve seen a little more backstory to the doll which followed more closely to the true case of the Warrens. This movie intends to go behind the scenes to the actual possession of the doll before it got into the hands of the nursing school students and then the Form family.
It Comes at Night
It Comes at Night (June 9th): This psychological thriller follows a family that takes in another group to their secluded house. It takes place in what looks to be some kind of apocalypse or viral threat. The trailer shows how high the tensions rise when the families become paranoid with each other. Between the evil lurking outside and the terror inside, this horror film is sure to dive into some real twists and psychological questioning.
Despicable Me 3
Despicable Me 3 (June 30th): So there’s no better way to follow up scary movies than with something funny and childlike. I swear it helps me sleep at night! The third Despicable Me movie is widely anticipated by youngsters and adults alike. Who doesn’t love those little minions? And if you’re wondering what to expect in this movie, Gru gets a big surprise when he finds out he has a long lost twin brother.
Atomic Blonde (July 28th): Have I mentioned before how much I love a B.A. fighting female? Charlize Theron takes on the role of an undercover agent during the Cold War. Her mission? She has to investigate the murder of a fellow agent and find a missing list of double agents. If the first scene of the trailer tells anything about how the movie will go, then it’s going to be a good one. The stage is set while standing in a room full of men in a swanky cocktail room. She grabs a gun out of an ice bucket right as they’re reaching for their holsters. She takes all of them out, pours herself a drink, and looks coyly all in one swift move. We love it.
Detroit (August 4th): This film takes a look at the police raids and racial tension of 1967. The 12th Street riot and the Algiers Motel Incident drive this historical drama. The director, Kathryn Bigelow, and screenwriter, Mark Boal, have had a notable list of successful collaborations. Most noteworthy were The Hurt Locker, for which they won an Oscar for Best Picture as well as Zero Dark Thirty. This sets some pretty high expectations for Detroit as an anticipated movie this summer. This all star cast includes John Boyega, Anthony Mackie, John Krasinski, and Samira Wiley to name a few.
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (July 21st): Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne lead the way in this action-packed sci-fi movie. Based on the comic book series, Valerian and Laureline are members of a special ops team sent to keep order. On this mission, they’re sent to Alpha where they uncover a serious threat to the safety of the city and the universe. This story has been linked to inspiration for Star Wars, so we’re sure to love it.
Alien Covenant (May 19th): This is a long-waited sequel that continues where Prometheus left off. Traveling on the ship Covenant, the crew discovers what they believe could be an uncharted paradise. As we’ve come to see in the franchise, there’s probably something else lurking in the depths of the galaxy that they have yet to discover.
Some others to keep an eye for: The Hero, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, War for the Planet of the Apes
Which 2017 summer movie are you most excited to see?