By Vinnie Abbatecola
It is shaping up to be a very memorable summer for Hollywood. The biggest season of the year for movies could dominate once again with highly anticipated big-budget projects that will surely leave their marks on thousands of screens from May to August. But with the recent and massive success of director Gary Ross’ film adaptation of The Hunger Games, one could easily think that the summer movie season has already started. While that may not be the case, it’s very close to its arrival.
Just like many summers before it, this one is gearing up to launch some films that audiences have been waiting a long time to see, maybe for as long as a couple of years. Marvel Comics’ Avengers squad will finally team up. Batman will be unleashed for the conclusion to Christopher Nolan’s blockbuster trilogy. The Bourne series will return with a new agent on the run and much more will be waiting for audiences at the multiplex.
The Avengers (May 4): The summer begins with this superhero epic that has been years in the making. Every Marvel film from 2008’s Iron Man to last summer’s Captain America: The First Avenger has contained a post-credits scene that brought the stories of each Avengers character closer together. In this film, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), director of S.H.I.E.L.D., brings the superhero team together, which includes Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), the Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), to save the world from the army of Thor’s half-brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston).
The Dictator (May 11): One of today’s most outrageous comedic actors, Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat), returns for another film focusing on his latest character, Admiral General Aladeen, a Middle Eastern dictator who travels to New York City and becomes subjected to quite the culture shock.
Snow White and the Huntsman (June 1): In this remake of the Snow White legend, the evil Queen Ravenna (Charlize Theron, Young Adult) learns that her stepdaughter Snow White (Kristen Stewart, Twilight) could surpass her as the “Fairest One of All,” as well as become the kingdom’s true ruler. The queen recruits a huntsman (Chris Hemsworth, Thor) to kill Snow White. Instead he becomes Snow White’s protector and teaches her how to fight. Then, with the help of her dwarves and Prince William (Sam Claflin, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides), the troop sets out to conquer the unjust ruling of the queen.
The Amazing Spider-Man (July 3): In director Marc Webb’s reboot of the Spider-Man franchise, Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield, The Social Network) spends his days trying to unravel the secrets of his past and get his high school crush, Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone, The Help), to notice him. Peter is also led to his father’s former work partner, Dr. Connors (Rhys Ifans, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1) after finding a briefcase that belonged to his father. What Peter discovers will shape his fate into becoming Spider-Man and will bring him in a battle against Dr. Connors’ villainous alter ego, the Lizard.
The Dark Knight Rises (July 20): In Christopher Nolan’s conclusion to his colossal Batman trilogy, the story begins with Bruce Wayne, also known as Batman (Christian Bale, The Fighter), who is on the run after being accused of District Attorney Harvey Dent’s death at the end of the previous film, The Dark Knight. Eight years later, he makes his return to Gotham City where he must foil Selina Kyle’s/Catwoman’s (Anne Hathaway, Love and Other Drugs) and Bane’s (Tom Hardy, Inception) plans to take down the city.
The Bourne Legacy (August 3): The Bourne series resumes after 2007’s The Bourne Ultimatum. This installment deals with a new group of characters that must deal with the consequences of Jason Bourne’s actions.
Don’t let this list fool you, though. There are plenty of other films to see this summer and many big-screen journeys will be there to stimulate the interest of many movie-going demographics. So, when you have a day without anything on your to-do list, take a trip to a local theater, sit back and escape.