If you’re looking forward to new blockbuster movies this summer with original ideas and all new characters, then you may be out of luck. The movies this summer look like they fall into one of the two categories seen below: prequels/sequels or superhero movies. Many of these movies look promising though, and will hopefully deliver all the action and thrills desired from a summer blockbuster.

 

May 20 – Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) is back once again for the fourth installment of the popular franchise, and this time he is searching for the “fountain of youth.” Geoffrey Rush will be returning for this movie as Barbossa, but Kiera Knightley and Orlando Bloom will not be reprising their roles as Elizabeth Swann and Will Turner. Instead, Penelope Cruz will play the lead female role of Angelica. Also joining the cast is Ian McShane as the legendary pirate Blackbeard and the newest captain of the Black Pearl. This installation will have the usual Pirates antics, but will also include some new faces and new adventures.

 

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May 26 – The Hangover Part II

The Hangover was the U.S.’s highest grossing R-rated comedy, so why mess with a proven formula? That must have been the thought behind the creators of “The Hangover Part II,” because the sequel seems like the original “Hangover,” except now it’s set in Bangkok and there’s a monkey instead of a baby. Before his nuptials in Thailand, Stu (Ed Helms), Phil (Bradley Cooper), and Alan (Zach Galifianakis) decide to take     Teddy (Mason Lee), the little brother of Stu’s fiance, out for one small drink. It should be utterly unsurprising that Stu, Phil and Alan then wake up the next morning with no recollection of the previous night and no Teddy. Fan favorites Mike Tyson and Mr. Chow (Ken Jeong) will also be in this sequel.

 

June 3 – X-Men: First Class

This movie is the only one on the list with the honor of being both a prequel and a superhero movie.  Before they were Professor X and Magneto, Charles Xavier (James           McAvoy) began a school to teach humans with superpowers and fought alongside his best friend Erik Lensherr (Michael Fassbender) to prevent a nuclear apocalypse during the Cuban Missile Crisis. The stress of working together highlighted a difference in ideals between Xavier and Lensherr, however, and these differences eventually evolved into the constant battle between Professor X’s X-Men and Magneto’s Brotherhood seen in the other movies.

 

June 17 – Green

Lantern

Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds) was a gifted test pilot who shied away from responsibility until he suddenly found himself a member of the Green Lantern Corps. This group consists of superpowered protectors across the universe, and Hal is the first human ever to be selected to join the group.  He must struggle to learn to control his new powers in time to defeat a threat to the entire universe, an enemy known as Parallax. Blake Lively stars opposite Reynolds as his fellow pilot and love interest Carol Ferris.

 

July 1 – Transformers: Dark of the Moon

The Decepticons are back once again and seeking revenge against the Autobots. Noteworthy in this sequel is the replacement of Megan Fox as leading lady. In this film, Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) and Mikaela Banes (Megan Fox) are no longer together.  Sam’s new love interest is instead another highly attractive young woman named Carly (Rosie Huntington-Whiteley). Since this is a Michael Bay movie, expect plenty of fight sequences and explosions.

 

July 15 – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past couple of years, you know that this summer marks the end of the Harry Potter franchise (until someone decides to reboot it in about five years or so, that is). In this last installment of the movie series, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and his friends will face the Dark Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) in the ultimate battle between good and evil.  If the newly released trailer is anything to judge by, this movie promises to be as action-packed as the books, and perhaps even more so (see: Harry and Voldemort’s newly discovered interest in cliff diving). Either way, one thing is certain: millions of fans across the country will be queueing up to see the movie at midnight and say their goodbyes to this immensely popular franchise.

 

August 12 – Final Destination 5

According to the IMDb page, “Survivors of a suspension-bridge collapse learn there’s no way you can cheat Death.” You know what happens in the previous four Final Destination movies, so you can probably guess what happens in this one.

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