Each year, Hollywood reserves some of its best films for the summer. These months are filled with the movies that are expected to be high-earning blockbusters – from superhero movies to action-packed flicks to franchises making a return. It looks like the competition is going to be tough for 2019 summer blockbusters as there is a lot of hype for all the movie releases. Here are the most-awaited movies of summer 2019 and why you should be watching them in theaters:
Release Date: April 05
What’s Exciting About It: DC’s most light-hearted superhero film yet
Just from the trailers, you can tell that Shazam! isn’t going to be like any other DC film you may have seen before. It’s packed with jokes, it’s self-aware, and it reinforces how fun it will be with an exclamation point at the end of the title.
Release Date: April 12
What’s Exciting About It: David Harbour reinvents the role
Guillermo Del Toro‘s horned hero is getting a grittier reboot with the main role being passed from Ron Perlman to the star cop from the hit Netflix series Stranger Things. This will be David Harbour’s biggest film role yet and he looks delightfully demonic in the trailer.
Release Date: April 26
What’s Exciting About It: The end of an MCU era
Marvel brilliantly pulled off one of the biggest crossover events in film history with Avengers: Infinity War and it appears they will be continuing the success with Avengers: Endgame. They have managed to keep all major plot details under wraps, only giving tiny hints to the fans through the trailers.
Pokémon Detective Pikachu
Release Date: May 10
What’s Exciting About It: The first live-action Pokemon film + Ryan Reynolds
With Pokémon being one of the biggest media franchises in the world, it is surprising that there hasn’t been a live-action film so far. This film is here to make it a reality with Ryan Reynolds voicing the cuddly hardened yellow detective who helps a young boy find his missing father.
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum
Release Date: May 17
What’s Exciting About It: Halle Berry joins the cast
John Wick reminded us that Keanu Reeves still has what it takes to be an action hero and the sequel (which remained equally impressive) reinforced it. Now, he’s ready to prove it again as his character faces a bounty of $14 million on his head. He will seek the help of an assassin we haven’t seen before – Sofia – who is played by Halle Berry.
Release Date: May 24
What’s Exciting About It: The animated classic comes to life
Guy Ritchie is directing the live-action adaptation of the animated Disney classic, bringing everyone’s favorite street rat to life. The film has an ethnically diverse cast and will be putting a new spin on the characters.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters
Release Date: May 31
What’s Exciting About It: Ginormous monsters
Sometimes when it comes to summer blockbusters, the bigger the villains and the higher the destruction, the more are the box office returns. Godzilla: King of the Monsters seems to follow that formula with god-sized monsters – Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah – who battle it out on Earth.
Release Date: May 31
What’s Exciting About It: Elton John played by a Kingsman
A musical biopic along the lines of last year’s hit Bohemian Rhapsody, Rocketman has the role of Elton John being played by Taron Egerton – known for playing Eggsy in the Kingsman films. The actor happens to have a surprisingly great singing voice (that he demonstrated in the aptly titled film, Sing) and seems to have sung the songs in this film himself.
Release Date: June 7
What’s Exciting About It: A long-awaited X-Men film
There had been talks about a Dark Phoenix film since as early as 2014 when X-Men: Days of the Future Past had released. The film had been in development since 2017 and though it was originally supposed to release last year, it was postponed to 2019 and we hope to finally see Jean Grey’s story this June.
The Secret Life of Pets 2
Release Date: June 7
What’s Exciting About It: An all-ages animated comedy
Illumination (the studio behind Despicable Me and Minions) had another hit in its hands with The Secret Life of Pets. The film, which explored the life of pets after the owners went away, focused on a dog named Max and his friends. They’ve taken a new approach for marketing the sequel by releasing a bunch of trailers focusing on different characters instead of a single unified trailer.
Men in Black: International
Release Date: June 14
What’s Exciting About It: An unexpected reboot + a great cast
Nobody was expecting a Men in Black reboot (although there were brief talks about a crossover with 21 Jump Street), and when it was revealed that the Thor: Ragnarok duo Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson would be in the lead, it was an even bigger surprise. The film also stars Liam Neeson, making the main cast a fabulous trio.
Toy Story 4
Release Date: June 21
What’s Exciting About It: The sequel we didn’t know we needed
When Toy Story 3 came out in 2010, it seemed like a glorious end to Pixar’s best franchise. It was tearful, heart-warming, and we had accepted its end. But then, Pixar surprised us with the news of Toy Story 4, which from the trailers, seems to be as exceptional as the other films.
Spider-Man: Far From Home
Release Date: July 5
What’s Exciting About It: Europe + Jake Gyllenhaal
Spider-Man has always been a New York City superhero, but now we’ll get to see him in Europe. As Peter heads on a school trip, he realizes that his crime-fighting skills are needed yet again. This film also has a new actor joining the MCU – Jake Gyllenhaal is playing Mysterio in the film, who might be a supervillain or a superhero.
The Lion King
Release Date: July 19
What’s Exciting About It: The cast
The Lion King is the film with the biggest star cast of 2019, even though they’re all only doing voices. Not quite live-action, but rather mostly CGI, this Lion King adaptation stars all the biggest names in not just Hollywood but the entertainment industry and includes everyone from Beyoncé to Rowan Atkinson to Donald Glover.
Once Upon A Time in Hollywood
Release Date: July 26
What’s Exciting About It: Everything
Once Upon A Time in Hollywood is one of the biggest films not just of summer, but of 2019. It’s directed by Quentin Tarantino and revolves around the Charles Manson murders. This also happens to be the first film co-starring two Hollywood legends – Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio – and is DiCaprio’s first film after winning an Oscar for The Revenant.
Hobbs and Shaw
Release Date: August 2
What’s Exciting About It: The crazy story
The Fast and Furious franchise has upped its ante with every passing film. Now, we have a Fast and Furious spin-off starring two of the series’ biggest stars – Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham – facing off against a superhuman (yes, you read that right) played by Idris Elba.
Please note that all the release dates mentioned for 2019 summer blockbusters are for the US release and the release dates in India are tentative.