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Upcoming Summer Blockbusters

By James Bonner

Staff Writer

Movies have a way of bringing a community together through a shared culture, or love of certain celebrities. Many of the films released this year were remakes of beloved films, and that trend continues for the upcoming films of 2019. These films are a mixture of nostalgia and the hard work established by years of connected films from various studios.

Marvel Studios is celebrating its 10 year anniversary; Disney continues to make live action remakes of classics like “Dumbo” and “Aladdin.” Meanwhile in animation, “Frozen” will be getting a sequel.

With the acquisition of Marvel by Disney, along with their purchase of Fox and Lucasfilm, new merchandise and films for franchises like Star Wars, the Marvel films and so on are being released.

Comic book fans have much to look forward this spring with releases like “Hellboy” on April 12, 2019, alongside “Avengers: Endgame” and a reboot for “Men in Black” called “Men In Black: International.”

Most popular films are connected to other movies, mostly due to audiences already invested in the world and characters. For instance, Iron Man and Luke Skywalker were set up through years of films so the audiences’ connection to them is more personal.

The long awaited “Avengers: Endgame” comes out April 26, 2019. It offers a conclusion to the cliffhanger at the end of “Avengers: Infinity War,” giving Marvel fans closure and a satisfying ending to Thanos’ story as the remaining heroes go to confront him with the trailer’s tagline of “Whatever it takes.”

Following the inevitable triumph of heroes in “Avengers: Endgame” comes the sequel to Marvel’s “Spiderman: Homecoming” with “Spiderman: Far From Home,” coming out July 5, 2019. Tom Holland and Samuel L. Jackson reprise their roles as Spiderman and Nick Fury in the new setting of London.

”Frozen II” premieres on Nov. 22, 2019, continuing the adventures of Anna, Kristoff and Elsa for younger audiences who were enchanted by the trio’s debut in Frozen. The film features a new setting and characters. With a darker tone and grander scope, the sequel is more of a fantasy epic.

After the live action release of “Dumbo” on March 29, Disney will release another live action film, “Aladdin” on May 24, 2019. The film will feature memorable songs from the original release, with Will Smith in the role of Genie and Guy Ritchie in the director’s chair.

“Men In Black: International,” the reboot of the MIB film franchise, releases this summer on June 14, 2019, offering past and potential fans a new duo of laser shooting spies with Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson.

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