Summer Movie Season 2019 – Sequels, Action, Remakes, Reboots and Superheroes

08 May 2019 Jerry Roberts

Summer is always the loudest and most exciting season of the movie year, and this year will be no different. I tried to limit myself to just a handful of the best popcorn films from May to August. I failed.  

So, here are 13 (!) of the hottest films coming out this summer to thrill audiences (who will no doubt be glad to take a break from the heat in a cool, dark, theater).  


Avengers: Endgame (Released on April 27) 
How does it all end?  Thanos has snapped half the population out of existence, but what comes next? No spoilers here.  
 
John Wick 3 – Parabellum (May 17) 
Keanu Reeves returns as the world’s most stone-faced hitman who gets into trouble again. This time, Wick kills an assassin from an international guild and gets a $14 million price tag slapped on his head.   
 
Aladdin (May 24) 
Disney continues its onslaught of retendering its animated classics into live action with this remake that places Will Smith in the place of Robin Williams’ Genie. Can it possibly be as fun and magical without Williams?  We will find out on May 24. 
 
Rocketman (May 31) 
Last year we got Freddie Mercury, this year we have Elton John. Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service) steps into the role of the flamboyant pop star in a biographical fantasy about the music man’s life. 
 
Godzilla: King of the Monsters (May 31) 
Here is something difficult to resist: The King of the Monsters and the actress who plays Eleven on Stranger Things in the same movie. Too bad it’s not a cross-over. 
 
Dark Phoenix (June 7) 
This sequel to X-Men: Apocalypse finds Game of Thrones Sophie Turner stepping into the role of Jean Grey as the X-Men must decide what to do when her powers spiral out of control. 
 
Men in Black International (June 14) 
Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones are NOT in this third sequel.  Instead, the leads are Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth as Agent H and Agent M, respectively, who try to root out a mole in the MIB organization 
 
Toy Story 4 (June 21) 
Said to be Pixar’s last sequel for a while (we’ll see), this third Toy Story sequel finds that gang on the road when a spork-turned-toy suffers an existential crisis and runs away. 
 
Child’s Play (June 21) 
There isn’t likely to be much that’s new about this remake of the 1988 horror favorite, but since it has been revealed that Chucky’s voice will be provided by Mark Hamill, there’s curiosity afoot here. 
 
Annabelle Comes Home (June 28) 
Another evil doll is reborn, only this one does not have the advantage of Mark Hamill. No, this is the seventh film to be sprung from The Conjuring. It finds Ed and Lorraine Warren locking the titular doll away in their house, only to find that it has a negative effects on the other artifacts in their home. 
 
Spider-Man: Far From Home (July 5) 
Well, the fact that this movie exists is kind of a spoiler.  By that, we now know that Peter Parker is alive and well.  The story has him going to school in Europe and being recruited by Nick Fury to help battle several elemental creatures wreaking havoc across Europe. 

The Lion King (July 19) 
A much more hopeful live-action remake from Disney than Aladdin is this retelling of the 1994 classic. You know the story already, and the good news is that the early trailers are very promising. 
 
Fast and the Furious: Hobbs and Shaw (August 2) 
The high-octane series gets its first spin-off as Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and Shaw (Jason Statham) try to stop the machinations of a genetically enhanced supervillain.  
 
Jerry Roberts is a movie critic and movie fan who believes in Birth-Movies-Death. He is the historian for armchaircinema.com and armchairoscars.com, and he has a blog at overthinkingoscar.wordpress.com.  

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