“Avengers: Infinity War” comes out Friday, kicking off the summer movie season. Take 2 Blog runs down the blockbusters, sequels, originals and independent films to keep your eye on.
Also, be sure to watch our video below to see which summer films Tamara Dunn of the Standard-Speaker and Joe Baress and Rebecca Kivak of the Times-Tribune are looking forward to.
Avengers: Infinity War (April 27): The mostly highly anticipated blockbuster of the summer, the epic superhero team-up marks the culmination of 10 years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The 19th film in the franchise assembles heroes from all corners of the MCU to save the world from the Mad Titan himself, Thanos (Josh Brolin). The original six – Iron Man/Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America/Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson), the Hulk/Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) and Hawkeye/Cliff Barnes (Jeremy Renner) – join forces with recent additions Black Panther/T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), Spider-Man/Peter Parker (Tom Holland), Doctor Strange/Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), Ant-Man/Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) and more. For the first time, the Guardians of the Galaxy – Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Groot (Vin Diesel), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Mantis (Pom Klementieff), Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) and Drax (Dave Baustista) – will mingle with Earth’s mightiest heroes. The result will forever change the MCU as we know it.
Deadpool 2 (May 18): Ryan Reynolds returns as the wise-cracking anti-hero in the sequel to 2016’s R-rated hit “Deadpool.” This time, Deadpool/Wade Wilson is pitted against time-traveling assassin Cable (Josh Brolin) as the Merc with a Mouth tries to protect a young boy with mutant powers.
Ant-Man and the Wasp (July 6): In the sequel to 2015’s fun heist movie “Ant-Man” and the third MCU movie this year, Paul Rudd returns for more shrinking adventures. Also returning is Evangeline Lilly, who makes her debut as the superhero Wasp. Joining the cast is Michelle Pfieffer as the Wasp’s long-lost mother, Janet.
Solo: A Star Wars Story (May 25): The second “Star Wars” anthology film stars Alden Ehrenreich (“Beautiful Creatures,” “Hail, Caesar!”) in the iconic role of Han Solo, before the rogue pilot and his Wookiee first mate Chewbacca met Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia in a galaxy far, far away. The cast includes Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke (“Game of Thrones”), Thandie Newton (“Westworld”) and Donald Glover, who threatens to steal the movie as smuggler Lando Calrissian.
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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (June 22): The sequel to 2015’s “Jurassic World” and the fifth film in the “Jurassic Park” franchise brings back Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and Jeff Goldblum in a race to save the dinosaurs from a volcano threatening the former theme park.
Sicario: Day of the Soldado (June 29): The follow-up to the acclaimed 2015 crime thriller brings back Josh Brolin as a CIA agent and Benicio del Toro as a former hitman willing to get their hands dirty to fight drug cartels. Isabela Moner joins the cast as a young witness whom del Toro is trying to protect.
The First Purge (July 4): The prequel and fourth film in the hit horror franchise traces the days of the first Purge, the only day of the year in America in which all crime – including murder – is legal. Marisa Tomei stars.
Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! (July 20): Featuring more ABBA songs, the musical serves as both a prequel and sequel to 2008’s romantic comedy “Mamma Mia!” Much of the original cast returns, including Amanda Seyfried, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth and Stellan Skarsgard, but it’s unknown how much Meryl Streep will be in the film. Lily James (“Downton Abbey,” “Cinderella”) and Cher join the ensemble.
The Equalizer 2 (July 20): Denzel Washington reprises his role as former black ops agent Robert McCall, who uses his particular set of skills to find justice for the oppressed. The violent actioner marks Washington’s very first sequel.
Mission Impossible: Fallout (July 27): Tom Cruise returns as master spy Ethan Hunt in the sixth installment of the rollicking action franchise. Rebecca Ferguson reprises her breakout role from 2015’s “Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation” and a mustachioed Henry Cavill joins the cast.
Overboard (May 4): This remake of the 1987 romantic comedy starring real-life couple Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell swaps the gender roles. Mexican superstar Eugenio Derbez stars as a rich playboy who falls off a yacht and loses his memory. Anna Faris is his disgruntled employee who seeks revenge by pretending to be Derbez’s wife.
Ocean’s 8 (June 8): In this all-female spin-off of “Ocean’s 11,” Sandra Bullock puts together a crew of eight women to carry out a heist at the Met Gala. The comedy also stars Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Rihanna and Helena Bonham Carter.
Superfly (June 15): The remake of the 1972 blaxploitation film about a drug dealer trying to go straight gets a modern update. The action film stars Trevor Jackson.
The Hustle (June 29): The female reboot of the 1988 comedy “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” stars Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson as con artists.
The Incredibles 2 (June 15): The long-awaited Disney/Pixar sequel about a family of superheroes picks up where the 2004 animated hit left off. Craig T. Nelson returns to voice Mr. Incredible and Holly Hunter as Elastigirl as baby Jack-Jack starts coming into his powers.
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (July 13): In the third film in the animated franchise, Count Dracula (voiced by Adam Sandler), his daughter, Mavis (Selena Gomez), and their family and friends, including Frankenstein (Kevin James), go on a luxury cruise.
Teen Titans Go to the Movies (July 27): The animated film based on DC Comics’ TV cartoon series “Teen Titans Go!” features the voices of Will Arnett, Kristen Bell, James Corden and Nicolas Cage as Superman.
Christopher Robin (Aug. 3): The live-action Disney film is based on the Winnie the Pooh books and films. A grown-up Christopher Robin (Ewan McGregor), who is weighed down by the pressures of adulthood, reunites with his childhood friend Winnie the Pooh (voiced by Jim Cummings).
Tully (May 4): Written by Diablo Cody (original screenplay Academy Award winner for “Juno”), this comedy follows a harried mother of three (Charlize Theron) and her relationship with her babysitter (Mackenzie Davis).
Breaking In (May 11): The home invasion thriller stars Gabrielle Union as a single mother who must protect her kids after criminals break into her deceased father’s fortress of a mansion.
Life of the Party (May 11): In this comedy, Melissa McCarthy plays a mother who goes back to college – the same school her daughter is attending. The film is co-written by McCarthy and her husband, Ben Falcone, who also directs.
Book Club (May 18): Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen and Mary Steenburgen are a group of friends in a book club who start reading “Fifty Shades of Grey.” They’re inspired by the book to find the romance and pleasure that’s been missing from their own lives.
Adrift (June 1): This real-life romantic drama is based on two sailors (Shailene Woodley and Sam Clafkin) who are stranded on the ocean after a terrifying storm in 1983.
Upgrade (June 1): Logan Marshall Green (“The Invitation”) stars in the sci-fi horror film about a quadriplegic man who allows a computer chip to control his body so he can avenge the death of his wife. The movie is a collaboration between Leigh Whannell, writer of the “Saw” and “Insidious” movies, and horror film maker Blumhouse Productions.
Hotel Artemis (June 8): In this action-thriller, Jodie Foster oversees a members-only hospital for criminals. The film also stars Sophia Boutella, Sterling K. Brown (“This Is Us”), Jeff Goldblum and Dave Bautista
Hereditary (June 8): The horror film from A24 stars Toni Collette about a family dealing with the grief of losing their matriarch. As the family digs deeper into their ancestry, they are scared about what they may be inheriting.
Tag (June 15): The comedy about a group of friends who have been playing the same game of tag for 30 years is based on a true story. Jeremy Renner, Jon Hamm, Ed Helms and Hannibal Buress star.
Skyscraper (July 13): In this blockbuster, action hero Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is a former FBI agent determined to save his family after Hong Kong’s tallest skyscraper is attacked by terrorists.
The Spy Who Dumped Me (Aug. 3): Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon star in this action comedy about two friends caught up in international intrigue after Kunis’ ex-boyfriend (Justin Theroux) reveals he’s a spy.
The Meg (Aug. 10): In this sci-fi adventure, Jason Statham works to rescue the crew of a submarine from a 70-foot shark – a Megalodon – thought to be extinct.
Crazy Rich Asians (Aug. 17): Based on the novel, Constance Wu plays an Asian-American professor who finds out her boyfriend (Henry Golding) comes from a very wealthy family. The romantic comedy features an Asian cast, including Michelle Yeoh, Awkwafina and Ken Jeong.
Alpha (Aug. 17): The Ice Age story of survival tells how dogs came to be man’s best friend. Kodi Smit-McPhee (“X-Men: Apocalypse”) stars.
The Happytime Murders (Aug. 17): Melissa McCarthy and Elizabeth Banks star in this puppet comedy about the cast of a 1980s puppet show targeted for murder.
Replicas (Aug. 24): In this dark sci-fi thriller, Keanu Reeves plays a scientist who clones his family after they are killed in an accident.
Under the Silver Lake (June 22): The comedy-drama focuses on a detective (Andrew Garfield) investigating the mysterious disappearance of his neighbor (Riley Keough).
Hot Summer Nights (June 28, Direct TV, limited, July 27): In this coming-of-age drama, Timothée Chalamet deals drugs and dates Maika Monroe while spending the summer in Cape Cod.
Sorry to Bother You (July 6): In this futuristic sci-fi comedy, Lakeith Stanfield is a black telemarketer who uses a white voice to climb up the corporate ladder. Tessa Thompson, Danny Glover, Steven Yeun and Armie Hammer also star.
BlacKkKlansman (Aug. 10): Based on a true story, a black detective (John Washington David, son of Denzel Washington) infiltrates the Ku Klux Klan in this drama directed by Spike Lee and produced by Jordan Peele.