It has been a busy few weeks for movie blockbusters.
At the end of April, “Avengers: Infinity War” kick-started the summer movie season with a record-breaking haul, while “Deadpool 2” was just as outrageous and hysterical as its predecessor, but this time around it had much more impressive action.
These two films struck such a chord with audiences that they even helped to deflate the “Star Wars” bubble, as Han Solo’s origin story failed to generate the same amount of interest as either of them. So much so that it has even been called a flop.
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But the summer is far from over. And even though upcoming releases won’t come close to the gross of “Infinity War,” there are still some very exciting new blockbusters and movies on the horizon. Here are the 10 that we particularly can’t wait to see.
“Ocean’s Eight” - June 8
“Ocean’s 12” and Ocean’s 13 were so underwhelming it’s easy to forget just how cool and entertaining “Ocean’s 11” genuinely is. Hopefully “Ocean’s 8” will have much more in common with the 2001 heist film than its follow-ups, and with a cast that includes Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Paling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Rihanna and Helena Bonham Carter it might even eclipse it, too.
“Hereditary” - June 8
Every summer there’s usually one seemingly tiny horror film that crosses over into the mainstream. Last year “It Comes At Night” quadrupled its budget, while the year before “The Conjuring 2” made over $320 million and “Don’t Breathe” grossed $157 million after costing just $9.9 million. “Hereditary” is set to be 2018’s summer horror sensation, as it wowed audiences at Sundance, already has a score of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, and, most importantly, looks downright terrifying.
“Incredibles 2” - June 15
It shouldn’t be forgotten that long before “Iron Man” launched the MCU in 2008 it was actually “The Incredibles” that helped to rejuvenated the superhero film. For many, it is still the pinnacle of the genre, too, as Pixar’s hysterical and action-packed exploration of a family of superheroes is still a blast 14 years on. That puts even more pressure on its upcoming sequel, which picks up where the original left off. Thankfully everyone involved is returning, too, so fingers crossed it is more of the same, if not even better.
“Tag”- June 15
Everyone has played at least one game of tag in their life. They usually last just a couple of minutes before someone storms off in fury or everyone involved is exhausted, though. But one group of friends was actually embroiled in a game of tag for several years, which took them across the country. Their story, which was published in The Wall Street Journal back in 2013, caught the eye of Hollywood, and “Tag” is the result. The friends will undoubtedly be ecstatic that they’re to be played by Ed Helms, Jake Johnson, Hannibal Buress, Jon Hamm and Jeremy Renner, too.
“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” - June 22
“Jurassic World” was always expected to do well at the box office, but no-one could quite believe that it went on to make $1.672 billion back in 2015. “Fallen Kingdom” is the follow-up, and while it isn’t expected to match the aforementioned sum, the involvement of J.A. Bayona has cinephiles hoping it will eclipse its predecessor in quality. The blockbuster’s trailers already make it clear that, if anything else, it should be a relentless hoot.
“Sicario: Day Of The Soldado” - June 29
Josh Brolin has already recently caused problems for the Avengers and Deadpool. But arguably the most intriguing film to feature the Academy Award nominated actor this summer is “Sicario: Day Of The Soldado,” the follow-up to 2015’s “Sicario.” And although it doesn’t feature Emily Blunt, the sight of Brolin and Benicio del Toro wreaking havoc against Mexican cartels should be more than enough.
“Ant-Man And The Wasp” - July 6
“Black Panther” and “Avengers: Infinity War” have already made 2018 a very successful year for Marvel. “Ant-Man And The Wasp” won’t come close to their gargantuan sums, but it should provide a reminder of just how fun and funny the MCU can be. It is impossible to hate Paul Rudd, while the addition of Michelle Pfeiffer and Walton Goggins to the already esteemed cast of Michael Douglas and Evangeline Lily will undoubtedly boost the franchise, which is just inherently entertaining.
“Skyscraper” - July 13
Dwayne Johnson is easily the biggest film star on the planet now. One of the main reasons for the continued growth of his status is his innate ability to know what his fans want. With “Skyscraper,” Johnson recognized that they wanted to see him climb up a burning building, save his family and escape from it, all with one leg. “Skyscraper” is likely to be very, very silly. But it will also provide the kind of spectacle that other films of its ilk just can’t match, and that’s currently a rare commodity in cinema.
“Mission: Impossible - Fallout” - July 27
“Mission: Impossible” is the fine wine of movie franchises, it just keeps getting better and better and better with age. “Ghost Protocol” and and “Rogue Nation” weren’t just the two most successful installments yet financially, but they also featured the series’ most spectacular stunts and set-pieces ever, too. Tom Cruise will be hell-bent on making sure that “Fallout” eclipses them all, which is why he has pit himself against Superman himself Henry Cavill, and why he broke his ankle filming.
“The Meg” - August 10
It is Jason Statham against a giant prehistoric shark. Need I say more?