The Summer Movie Season 2018 – Sequels and Action and Superheroes, Oh My!

Summer is the loudest and most exciting season for movies, and this year doesn’t seem to give us a break for all the cacophony – not that we want one.  Actually, this year’s crop of sequels and kids’ movies looks to be a great deal of fun...

Avengers: Infinity War (April 27) (Playing Now)
It’s not a summer without 35 superheroes jockeying for screen time.  In this nineteenth (NINTEETH!) entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Royal Rumble of super good guys try and fight the all-mighty Thanos. 
 
Deadpool 2 (May 18) (Playing Now)
The Merc With the Mouth returns for more mirth, merriment, and murderous mayhem, this time on the wrong end of a time-traveling mutant soldier named Cable. 
 
Solo: A Star Wars Story (May 25) (Playing Now)
The first Star Wars movie off the major timeline takes us back in time to tell us the origin story of the galaxy’s favorite scoundrel, as he ventures into the criminal underground and meets Chewbacca and future frenemy Lando Calrissian. 
 
Ocean’s 8 (June 8) 
The first spinoff off the popular Ocean’s Eleven series deals with an all-female crew featuring Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett, among others, pulling a heist at New York City's star-studded annual Met Gala. 
 
Incredibles 2 (June 15) 
Pixar’s long-overdue sequel rejoins the superfamily as Helen Parr/Elastigirl goes out to fight crime, leaving Bob Parr/Mr. Incredible home to care for their infant son Jack-Jack – whose budding superpowers prove to be a problem. 


 
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (June 22) 
For this fifth go-around, the message is still the same: Man is in idiot.  After the down-fall of the Jurassic World Theme Park, Owen Grady and Claire Dearing try to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from a volcanic eruption. 
 
The First Purge (July 4) 
If you love the Purge series thus far then you were probably wondering what led to the 12 hours of crime per year and . . . here’s your answer. 
 
Sicario: Day of the Soldado (June 29) 
A sequel to the hard-bitten 2015 drama deals with the CIA’s discovery that Mexican Drug Cartels are smuggling jihad terrorist across the border into the United States. 
 
Ant-Man and The Wasp (July 6) 
Global problems bubble up for the puny hero as he tries to balance his domestic responsibilities (he’s a new Dad) with his duties as Ant Man. 
 
Skyscraper (July 13) 
The Rock, a war veteran, lives in what is described confidently as The Safest Skyscraper in the World, but there are a few terrorists willing to test that theory. 
 
Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again (July 20) 
It’s a sequel to 2008’s Mamma Mia! and this time, Samantha is pregnant and learns about her mother’s younger days. 
 
Mission: Impossible Fallout (July 27) 
A world of trouble awaits the MIF, as questions of their loyalties are brought to the surface when a mission goes bad. 
 
Christopher Robin (August 3) 
Winnie the Pooh’s human buddy is all grown-up and has left his imagination behind him. It’s up to our favorite Honey-lovin’ bear to help him find it.

Jerry Roberts is a movie critic and movie fan who believes in Birth-Movies-Death. He is the historian for armchaircinema.com, armchairoscars.com, and he has a blog at overthinkingoscar.wordpress.com.  

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