By Joel Dryden
Captain America: Civil War (Out now)
In what should have been known as Avengers Part 3, Captain America: Civil War bears Cap’s namesake but is sure to contain no less than 15 other Marvel superstars. From Iron Man to the Marvel-universe debut of the second-time-rebooted Spider-Man, the film pits Team Chris Evans vs. Team Robert Downey Jr. In terms of films featuring beloved superheroes facing off in special-effects smothered spectacles, CA:CW surely will satisfy fans’ deep-rooted urges better than the wreck that was Batman vs. Superman.
The Angry Birds Movie (May 20)
Not a recommendation, just a reminder that it exists.
X-Men Apocalypse (May 27)
Director Bryan Singer returns to the second sequel of the prequel to his original trilogy. Despite the fact that the X-Men series is long in the tooth with more entries than mutants, the quality has remained consistent throughout (with one or two notable exceptions). This entry sees Oscar Isaac as Apocalypse threaten Professor Xavier et al. with a variety of powers and what not. I’m sure it will be good.
Swiss Army Man (June 17)
First, the plot: Swiss Army Man stars Daniel Radcliffe as a farting corpse who helps a suicidal character played by Paul Dano find redemption by providing him companionship and going on an adventure (as a corpse). You can’t quite call this one a Sundance favourite considering half the audience stood up and walked out, but enough members stayed and applauded for a film that somehow is garnering surprising critical attention despite its grade-school premise.
Independence Day: Resurgence (June 24)
In what will likely kill at the box office despite probably not being very good, Independence Day: Resurgence reunites Jeff Goldblum with Roland Emmerich (The Day After Tomorrow) but sadly does not include Will “Welcome To Earth!” Smith. This after rumours that the recently-announced MIB 23 (22 Jump Street/Men In Black crossover, which is so wrong it’s right) would also not include Smith. Big mistake. There is no greater pleasure in the universe then watching Will Smith disrespect alien life.
Jason Bourne (July 29)
Matt Damon returns to the franchise that has dropped its Bourne X naming convention and Jeremy Renner and from the looks of the trailer neither of those two things will be much missed. The Bourne series has always impressed, and the return of director Paul Greengrass means you can expect 1) plausible car chase scenes 2) Matt Damon limping 3) Someone exclaiming, “That’s Jason Bourne!”
Suicide Squad (August 5)
Recent rumours of reshoots following the critical skewering of Batman vs. Superman have loomed over what was a very impressive trailer for Suicide Squad. Reportedly, producers were looking to add humour to the film. Which really is what everyone is expecting from a movie about psychopaths and murderers.
Other films on the docket: Alice Through the Looking Glass (May 27), The Conjuring 2 (June 10), Warcraft (June 10), Finding Dory (June 17), The Legend of Tarzan (July 1) and Ghostbusters (July 15).AB, Alberta, summer blockbusters, superhero movies