Summer wouldn’t be complete without superheroes, comic book adaptations and sequels. All three go hand-in-hand, especially because many of this summer’s superhero films are sequels like The Amazing Spider-Man 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past and Sin City: A Dame To Kill For. Then there are other sequels that aren’t necessarily based on comic books like Michael Bay‘s Transformers: Age of Extinction and The Purge: Anarchy. We’ve already gone over the Comedies that this summer will bring, now let’s continue with the bigger spectacles.
1. The Amazing Spider-Man 2
If there’s something Sony won’t let us forget is that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is opening in theaters this Friday. They’ve released every kind of trailer, TV spot and clip known to man. But come Friday all of that will stop because Spidey is coming back to the big screen. Directed by Marc Webb, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 brings back Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, while Jamie Foxx takes on the role of the villainous Electro. Dane DeHaan, Felicity Jones, Sally Field and Paul Giamatti also star.
Release Date: May 2, 2014
2. X-Men: Days of Future Past
X-Men: Days of Future Past brings together 2011′s First Class and 2006′s The Last Stand. Loosely based on the comic book storyline of the same name, Days of Future Past follows Wolverine as he travels back in time 50 years to assemble a team and change the future. The much-anticipated sequel will bring back some old favorites like Halle Berry as Storm, Ellen Page as Kitty Pryde and Kelsey Grammar as Beast. The film also stars Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, Michael Fassbender as young Magneto, James McAvoy as Professor X, Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique and many, many more.
Release Date: May 23, 2014
3. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Directed by Matt Reeves, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is set 15 years after the events in the first film. It follows Caesar (Andy Serkis) as he tries to maintain control over his kingdom, and the scientists struggling to survive in San Francisco. The Apes sequel also stars Jason Clarke, Keri Russell, Gary Oldman and Kodi Smit-McPhee.
Release Date: July 11, 2014
4. The Purge: Anarchy
Last year’s The Purge was so successful that a sequel was put into development immediately after the original hit theaters. For those of you who didn’t watch the first film, the Purge is an all-night event where all crime is legal and all hospitals, fire stations and police stations are closed down for 12 hours. This time the story revolves around a new couple, played by Zack Gilford and Kiele Sanchez, who run out of gas en route to their house where their kids are just as the Purge begins.
Release Date: July 18, 2014
5. Step Up: All In
The fifth installment of the Step Up franchise features all-stars from previous movies battling it out for one massive competition in Las Vegas. The movie’s ensemble cast includes Briana Evigan, Ryan Guzman, Alyson Stoner, Stephen “tWitch” Boss, Misha Gabriel Hamilton and Adam Sevani, along with Izabella Miko (Clash of the Titans).
Release Date: July 25, 2014
6. Transformers: Age Of Extinction
Michael Bay’s Transformers franchise will return to theaters this summer with a whole new cast. Starring Mark Wahlberg as a scrap metal dealer, Transformers: Age of Extinction also features Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Kelsey Grammar, Stanley Tucci, Sophia Myles, T.J. Miller and Li Bingbing. Like with the former movies, expect a lot of CGI things clashing into each other and blowing up.
Release Date: July 27, 2014
7. Guardians of the Galaxy
Directed by James Gunn, Guardians of the Galaxy brings together a band of quirky superheroes to defeat evil. The film stars Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, as well as the voices of Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon and Vin Diesel as a large tree named Groot. The comedy-action film is based on the 2008 comics, and also stars Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, Benicio del Toro, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close and Gregg Henry.
Release Date: August 1, 2014
8. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Produced by Michael Bay and directed by Jonathan Liebesman, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles uses motion capture to bring Raphael (Alan Ritchson), Michelangelo (Noel Fisher), Donatello (Jeremy Howard) and Leonardo (Pete Ploszek) to life. It’s hard to tell what kind of movie we’re in for, but so far the trailers and TV spots show serious action with a comedic tone. Megan Fox also stars as April O’Neil and William Fichtner as the villainous Shredder. Johnny Knoxville and Tony Shalhoub were also recently hired to voice Leonardo and Splinter respectability.
Release Date: August 8, 2014
9. The Expendables 3
Once again, a bunch of older famous action stars are reuniting for the third Expendables. Starring Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, Jason Statham and many more, The Expendables 3 also features a younger generation of men, whose role is to help defeat the Expendables’ co-founder Conrad Stonebanks, played by Mel Gibson. There’s a lot of testosterone in this movie, we mean a lot (just look at the picture above).
Release Date: August 15, 2014
10. Sin City: A Dame To Kill For
Nine years after Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller released the original Sin City unto theaters comes the long-delayed sequel Sin City: A Dame To Kill For. Much like the first film, the black-and-white sequel is made up of interconnected vignettes that bounce between past and present time. A Dame To Kill For is primarily based on the second book in the Sin City series created by Miller, but he also wrote a couple of original stories specifically for the film. The film brings back Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, Jaime King, Powers Boothe, Mickey Rourke and Bruce Willis. Josh Brolin and Joseph Gordeon-Levitt also star.
Release Date: August 22, 2014