If you clicked on this article, you belong in one of two categories.
One, you have your tickets to the blockbuster event of the year and are anxiously awaiting your showtime this weekend.
Two, you have no idea what I’m talking about, and you likely will be unable to find a showing for this movie, which has sold out in multiple theaters around our general vicinity. If you are of the former category, I have bad news.
This “movie event of the year”, which has been highly anticipated by varying degrees of fanbase, will be over the minute the movie is. At this point, the satisfying (or disappointing) catharsis of the movie will likely die down in the following weeks. You may find yourself needing more. There may be a hole in the “movie event of the year” segment of your psyche. If that’s the case, never fear. Below is a list of movies you can anticipate until Marvel pumps out another massive movie event in ten years.
MAY 10, 2019: Pokemon Detective Pikachu
People may have their opinion on whether Pokemon is a viable pastime, but one thing that is not up for debate is that this franchise has an absolutely massive fanbase and cultural outreach. And that’s outside of surprised Pikachu memes. Ryan Reynolds stars as the titular character, a talking, caffeine-addicted, detective electricity monster. If there was an Academy Award for Most Original Film, this movie would have it in the bag. It also stars Justice Smith, Ken Watanabe, Suki Waterhouse and Kathryn Newton.
“Oh-ho-ho! That’s hot! Oh, that’s hot!”
It’s not exactly what everyone said when Will Smith’s Genie popped up in the trailer, but one should never count out Smith’s ability to draw in a crowd. Not even thirty years after the release of the original, Disney has decided to retell yet another classic film in live-action format. The film recasts Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Will Smith, Alan Tudyk and Marwan Kenzari as Aladdin, Jasmine, Genie, Iago and Jafar, respectively. It will be the debut of new songs from Benj Pasek and Justin Paul(La La Land, The Greatest Showman) and Alan Menken, who composed the original.
MAY 31, 2019: Godzilla: King of Monsters
I’ll be the first to say it; giant monsters fighting is not for everyone. But for those of you who do, this will be one you don’t want to miss. This follow up to Gareth Edward’s 2014 film is expected to top the original by including three classic monsters from the original Toho films. Roman(the pterodactyl one), Mothra(the benevolent bug goddess creature) and King Ghidorrah(a three-headed, lightning spitting dragon). Millie Bobbie Brown from Stranger Things makes her blockbuster debut alongside Ken Watanabe, Bradley Whitford and Vera Farmiga.
JUNE 7, 2019: X-Men: Dark Phoenix
Before Marvel kicked off their now-legendary cinematic universe, they had another moneymaking franchise first thought unbeatable. The X-Men were the superheroic kings of the box office long before they had come around. Fast forward about twenty years, and the tables have turned a little bit. Their universe isn’t quite the powerhouse it used to be, and it has fallen largely under the shadow of Avengers films. After Disney’s recent acquisition of the rights, this is expected to be the final bow for these characters (until Disney reboots in another five years) This movie stars Sophie Turner as Jean Grey/Dark Pheonix, with James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Tye Sheridan, Evan Peters, Nicholas Hoult, Alexandra Shipp and Kodi Smit-McPhee reprising their previous roles.
Even before Star Wars IX hits theaters later this year, it already seems that this will be the year of ending franchises. Pixar has decided to revive the thought-dead franchise for another outing, which we presume to be the last. Then again, we thought that with the last one. Tom Hanks, Tim Allen and the rest of the original cast all return, with Annie Potts, Tony Hale, Christina Hendricks, Keegan Michael-Key and Jordan Peele voicing Bo Peep,…Forky,…Gabby,…Ducky, and ….Bunny, respectively. There’s a lot of Y’s in this movie.
No matter how Endgame ends, we can still look forward to seeing our friendly neighborhood webhead who will presumably be feeling a little better than last we saw him. It will focus on Tom Holland’s Peter Parker heading on a study abroad with his friends, only to be pulled into an international disaster plot by Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury. As a plus, it is also expected to directly deal with the events of Endgame. Cobie Smulders, Marisa Tomei, Jacob Batalon, Zendaya, Angourie Rice and Tony Revolori reprise their roles from previous films, while Jake Gyllenhaal joins the cast as Mysterio. Numan Acar and Remi Hii have been cast in undisclosed roles.
Following the success of 2016’s photorealistic The Jungle Book, Disney jumped at the opportunity to recruit director Jon Favreau to redo another classic. The movie is expected to be entirely CGI, so it can’t technically be called “live-action”, but it shares a lot of similarities with Jungle Book‘s visual style. The film stars Donald Glover, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Beyonce, Seth Rogen, Billy Eichner, Keegan Michael-Key, Florence Kasumba, John Oliver and John Kani as a new take on the original cast. James Earl Jones reprises his role as Mufasa, because who could replace him? Elton John and Beyonce supposedly collaborated to make new songs as well.
AUGUST 2, 2019: Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw
By the cover, this might seem as just the newest in a long line of adrenaline-fueled, dumb action Fast and Furious movies. Upon closer examination, you will find that it also has a few little chestnuts that might actually save the movie. Idris Elba debuts as a cybernetically-enhanced super soldier, a self-proclaimed “black Superman”. If Captain America bites the dust, there might be a vacancy for buttkicking super soldiers. There’s also a scene where Dwayne Johnson returns to his Polynesian homeland and him and his brothers take out mercenaries with clubs while performing a haka and taking them down rugby-style. In other words, I’m sold. William Statham reprises his role as Deckard Shaw, while Elsa Gonzales and Vanessa Kirby take on new roles.
While none of these have the same hype as Avengers, they just might help with with event withdrawal until you can find a decent hobby or purpose in life. Or maybe nothing on this list interests you and you can find some bootleg copy of Avengers 5 online. Your choice. Happy viewing!