This summer is set to be a big one for film. Between the release of long-awaited sequels like Jason Bourne, Finding Dory, and Independence Day: Resurgence, highly anticipated adaptations like Warcraft and The BFG, and the latest DC Comics flick (Suicide Squad), movie buffs should get ready to spend even more time in theaters than usual over the next few months. Here are 12 recently released or upcoming flicks we can’t wait to check out this season.
1. Captain America: Civil War, May 6
The latest Marvel sequel involves so many characters (both new and returning), it might as well be another Avengers movie. But as we know by now, two characters will take the lead: Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr). With political pressure mounting to install a system of accountability for the Avengers, the two heroes share clashing views on the possibility: Stark supports oversight, while Rogers believes they don’t need government interference. The debate ends up fracturing the Avengers, even as they try to protect the world from a new and nefarious villain.
2. The Nice Guys, May 20
Written and directed by Shane Black, this buddy cop mystery comedy takes place in the 1970s and centers on a Los Angeles private detective who partners with a rookie police officer to investigate the apparent suicide of a fading porn star. Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling lead what looks to be an exceptionally strong cast, with Matt Bomer and Kim Basinger also co-starring.
3. X-Men: Apocalypse, May 27
The latest installment in the X-Men franchise brings back James McAvoy’s Professor X, Michael Fassbender’s Magneto, Jennifer Lawrence’s Mystique, and Nicholas Hoult’s Beast and also introduces a slew of new characters — including the villain Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel’s X-Men universe. Upon awakening after thousands of years only to be disillusioned with the world as he finds it, Apocalypse recruits a team of powerful mutants — including a disheartened Magneto— to create a new world order over which he will reign. Meanwhile, Mystique and Professor X must lead a team of young X-Men to try and stop their greatest nemesis.
4. Warcraft, June 10
Based on the Warcraft video game series and novels, the epic fantasy film takes place in the once-peaceful realm of Azeroth, which now faces a fearsome race of invaders: Orc warriors fleeing their dying home to colonize another. As a gateway known as the Dark Portal opens to connect the two worlds, the humans face destruction while the orcs face extinction. Anduin Lothar (Travis Fimmel), leader of the humans, and Durotan (Toby Kebbell), leader of the orcs, are then sent on a collision course that will decide the fate of their families, their people and their home. Dominic Cooper, Paula Patton, Toby Kebbell, and Ben Schentzer co-star.
5. Finding Dory, June 17
The forgetful fish from Finding Nemo is back, this time setting out on an adventure of her own. With help from Nemo and Marlin (Albert Brooks), Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) embarks on a quest to reunite with her mother (Diane Keaton) and father (Eugene Levy). The animated family-friendly flick will reportedly take place six months after the events of Finding Nemo and will take place off the coast of California.
6. Independence Day: Resurgence, June 24
Twenty years after the events of the first film, the international community recovers and the United Nations creates the Earth Space Defense (ESD), a united global defense program that uses recovered extraterrestrial technology to protect the planet. But the peace doesn’t last long. After the defeat of the first wave of their kind, the aliens attack with unprecedented force and only a few brave men and women can save the world. Jeff Goldblum, Liam Hemsworth, Bill Pullman, Jessie Usher, and Maika Monroe co-star in the long-awaited sequel.
7. The BFG, July 1
Directed by Steven Spielberg, the fantasy adventure film is based on Roald Dahl’s popular novel of the same name. It follows a young girl named Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) as she befriends a friendly giant named the BFG (Mark Rylance), who, despite his intimidating appearance, turns out to be a kindhearted soul that has shunned by the other giants because of his refusal to eat boys and girls. The two soon set out on an adventure to capture the evil, man-eating giants who have been invading the human world.
8. Ghostbusters, July 22
Directed by Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, Spy), the Ghostbusters reboot follows a paranormal researcher (Melissa McCarthy), a physicist (Kristen Wiig), a nuclear engineer (Kate McKinnon), and a subway worker (Leslie Jones) as they try to rid New York of ghosts that can possess humans. Chris Hemsworth will co-star their receptionist, and yes, viewers should also expect to see cameos from the original Ghostbusters as well.
9. Star Trek Beyond, July 22
Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto will reprise their roles as Captain James T. Kirk and Commander Spock in the upcoming third installment of the Star Trek reboot series, which hits theaters around the same time as the franchise’s 50th anniversary. In addition to Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, John Cho, and Anton Yelchin returning to the cast, newbies Idris Elba and Sofia Boutella will also join the project. Fast & Furious vet Justin Lin will direct, from a screenplay by Doug Jung and Pegg.
10. Jason Bourne, July 29
Matt Damon returns to his iconic role in the fifth installment of this hugely popular franchise. The movie takes place 12 years after his disappearance in The Bourne Ultimatum, putting his timeline right on path with ours. Now remembering who he truly is, Bourne tries to uncover hidden truths about his past. Alicia Vikander, Julia Stiles, Tommy Lee Jones, and Vincent Cassel will co-star in the movie.
11. Suicide Squad, August 5
The next film in the DC comics universe follows a team of supervillains who are tasked with a dangerous top-secret government mission. The movie has earned lots of buzz for its star-studded ensemble cast, which features Will Smith as Deadshot, Jared Leto as the Joker, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, and Cara Delevingne as the Enchantress. Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Karen Fukuhara, Jay Hernandez, Adam Beach, and Viola Davis also co-star. With the film boasting such a great cast and a reportedly much lighter, funnier tone than the overly serious Batman v Superman, it’s hard not to have pretty high expectations for Suicide Squad.
12. The Founder, August 5
The biographical flick chronicles the true story of how Illinois salesman Ray Kroc (played by Michael Keaton) met brothers Mac and Dick McDonald (Nick Offerman and John Carroll Lynch) as they operated a hamburger restaurant in southern California in the 1950s. Kroc subtly maneuvers himself into a position to take control of their company, which grows into one of the world’s best-known brands after he buys the chain for $2.7 million in 1961. Laura Dern, Patrick Wilson, B.J. Novak, and Linda Cardellini also co-star.