Summer is almost here and with that we have a new crop of summer blockbusters. Three certain movies coming out all are the big screen debuts of long time comic book heroes: Thor in May, Green Lantern in June, and Captain America in July along with a new X-Men movie also in June. That’s four super hero blockbusters in the making and with that I’m gonna take a quick look at them.
“Thor” stars Chris Hemsworth as the titular god of thunder, Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, Tom Hiddleton as Loki, and Anthony Hopkins as Odin. The story tells of Thor being exiled from Asgard to Earth for his arrogance, stripped of his god powers and then becoming a hero on Earth. Like the Iron Man movies and “The Incredible Hulk” before it, “Thor” (along with “Captain America: The First Avenger”) is part of the universe that Marvel has been setting up for the upcoming Avengers movie. Continuity nods are a bound and this will no doubt follow-up the post credits scene from “Iron Man 2”. The pre-release buzz has been good and Marvel is giving the same push as they did with Iron Man with tie-ins from comapnies including Dr. Pepper & Burger King. “Thor” is gonna be released in the US on May 6th.
“X-Men: First Class” stars James McAvoy as Professor Xavier, Michael Fassbender as Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto, and Kevin Bacon as Sebastian Shaw. Like “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”, this movie is a prequel to the previous X-Men movies, showing how the X-Men were formed, how the public found out the mutants, and the fall out between Xavier & Magneto. The flim doesn’t feature Wolverine so I’m sure are thankful for that. The antagonists of this movie are the Hellfire club, a group of evil mutants lead by Shaw that also has Emma Frost (January Jones), Azazel (Jason Flemyng), and Riptide (Álex González). The film also includes elements of the proposed Magneto origin movie, which is ultimately scrapped at this point. “X-Men: First Class” is coming your way on June 3rd.
“Green Lantern” stars Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan, Mark Strong as Sinestro, Blake Lively as Carol Ferris, & Peter Sarsgaard as Hector Hammond. For the longest time, I’ve been waiting to see my favorite super hero in a big screen adventure. Several ideas were pitched, some that had John Stewart as the emerald knight, that really dumb idea of Jack Black in a comedy akin to “The Mask”, but thankfully that has been averted. This one has faced the most divided criticism, mostly coming from the leaked image of the costume which is made entirely of CGI. On top of that, ads tend to play up as a fun action flick about an irresponsible man obtaining powers and responsibility a la “Iron Man”. Personally, I’m just they didn’t go far a Dark Knight approach and make it grimdark. Also some has complained about how the alien members of the Corp. The footage recently released at Wondercon has seemed to die down the hate. This movie pretty much has the future of DC movies, if it succeeds, we might see a Flash and, dare I say, Wonder Woman movie green lit. If it doesn’t, make way for more Batman & movies based off of non-DCU titles. “Green Lantern” is set for flight on June 17th.
“Captain America: The First Avenger” stars Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America, Hugo Weaving as the Red Skull, Sebestian Stan as Bucky, and Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter. Marvel’s most patriotic hero returns to the big screen for the first time since the 1940s. (The Reb Brown films and the 1990 movie doesn’t count) The story is set in World War II and tells how Steve Rogers joined a project called the “Super Soldier Program” and fought in the war. Like “Thor”, this ties into the Marvel Movie Universe with an appearance by a young Howard Stark & Samuel L Jackson is set to cameo as Nick Fury again. Evans is also signed on to do the Avengers movie, upgrading from the Fantastic Four to the main super hero team in the Marvel universe. “Captain America: The First Avenger” is set for July 22nd.
Well, that’s our four super hero movies for the summer. At the end of the season, I’m gonna give my thoughts on all four. See you then, True Believers!