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There’s nothing quite like the start of May. Yes, the movie release schedule has become much more varied in recent years, with blockbusters invading all parts of the calendar. But there’s nothing quite like the start of the summer movie season.

The moments before the summer movie season begins are among my most hopeful. The time when all the would-be blockbusters seem like they could surprise, entertain and wow us. When the hype, excitement and hope is at its highest point. When a quick look at the movie schedule over the next four months brings questions on just how am I going to see all these movies? As a movie fan, there are few times that rival the start of May.

What will this summer bring? Let’s take a quick look. Part one will look at Superhero films and animation. Part two will hit this weekend and look at big sequels and potential breakouts.

Superhero showdown

Possibly the biggest film of the summer will also be its first. “Captain America: Civil War” is essentially an Avengers film. And both of those can lay claim to two of the top five opening weekends of all time. The buzz has been high and the reviews have been strong. Add in seeing the appeal of Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Tony Stark) face off, as well as several of the other heroes in the Marvel universe, and this is a slam dunk. Marvel can do no wrong so far and the hype on this one seems higher than even “Age of Ultron”. It won’t be “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”-type numbers, but it may be the highest Marvel opening ever.

Opening weekend: $210 million.

Total: $550 million.

“X-Men: Apocalypse” seems like it should be set to enter the upper echelon of franchises. Yet, “Days of Future Past”, which performed strongly with critics and holds a very strong rating on IMDB, topped out at $233 million, essentially tied with “The Last Stand”. Only one X-Men film has grossed more than $300 million: Deadpool.

Given this track record, it’s hard to see Apocalypse doing significantly better, even if this is a great film.

Opening weekend: $115-120 million (four-day).

Total: $240-250 million.

“Suicide Squad” will be among the most interesting to watch from a box office perspective. It’s being released in August, which normally isn’t a great time (though “Guardians of the Galaxy proved a film can thrive in this timeframe). Will Smith provides a huge name, though everyone remembers “After Earth” don’t we?

The biggest question is how, if at all, does “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” affect this film. It is a connected universe, after all. And that film’s bad reception has caused a very different trailer to come out, one that makes the film look far lighter than all previous trailers. I wonder if that will dent this film’s long-term prospects.

Opening weekend: $85-95 million.

Total: $260-270 million.

Animation overload?

In a somewhat unusual situation, there could be a major animation overload this summer. “Finding Dory” will likely be the cream of the crop. Pixar unleashes a sequel to one of its most beloved films. It should improve significantly on “Finding Nemo” in terms of opening box office. The first film hit theaters with $70.5 million. This one should flirt with $100 million. The overall quality will determine its legs, though. “Toy Story 3” was great. “Monsters University” fell off rather quickly by Pixar standards.

Opening weekend: $90-100 million.

Total: $290-310 million.

I’m still not sure if I’m excited for “The Secret Life of Pets”. But thanks to a stellar marketing campaign, this one could be one of the summer’s breakout hits. The premise seems fun and one that, surprisingly, hasn’t been explored yet.

Opening weekend: $70-80 million.

Total: $230-270 million.

“The Angry Birds Movie” is one of those that could be hard to predict. I don’t know a single person who is excited for this film, but it should do well drawing the millions and millions of kids out to theaters. “The Lego Movie” taught us that films like this can surprise. But my guess is if “Finding Dory” is up to Pixar’s lofty standards, this one may struggle to find its audience.

Opening weekend: $35-45 million.

Total: $130-150 million.

“Ice Age: Collision Course” sees the band getting back together .. again. The series has had diminishing returns in the U.S. And coming hot on the heels of “The Secret Life of Pets”, this one smells bomb to me.

Opening weekend: $30-40 million.

Total: $110-130 million.


Here it is! The “Avengers: Age of Ultron” teaser trailer!

The highly anticipated Marvel film sees the return of Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Black Widow and a lot more. The film stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, James Spader and a host of others.

What do you think?

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Trailer for “Snowpiercer”

Here’s the first trailer for “Snowpiercer”.

The film from director Bong Joon-ho stars Chris Evans (“The Avengers”, “Captain America”). It looks pretty crazy.

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Chris Evans is busy as Marvel’s Captain America, but it wasn’t so long ago he was Johnny Storm/The human torch in “Fantastic Four” and “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer”. Now the reboot is coming from “Chronicle” director Josh Trank. And we may have our Sue Storm/Invisible Woman, played by Jessica Alba in the previous films. Allison Williams, who stars on HBO’s “Girls” is apparently in the early stages of negotiations. What do you think of the choice?

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

It’s strange to even be asking this. Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers”, which brought together Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Captain America (Chris Evans) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) set an opening weekend record and became the highest grossing film in the U.S. and worldwide not directed by James Cameron. And it earned significantly more than any single Marvel film before it. Which makes it surprising that “Iron Man 3” earned $195.3 million internationally last weekend, besting “The Avengers” opening at $185 million. The question becomes, is “Iron Man 3” going to beat “The Avengers”? The short answer is I don’t think so. Even if “Iron Man 3” has decent legs internationally, it’s tough to see it earning more than $650-700 million. The wild card is its release in the U.S. The good news is that Regal and AMC are selling tickets for the film again, meaning Disney/Marvel worked out its disagreement with the two chains. But how big will it open? “Iron Man 2” opened to just more than $128 million in 2010. That means even if this film received a 30 percent bump like “Iron Man 2” did its first weekend from the first Iron Man, then we’re looking at roughly $170 million for its opening, well below “The Avengers”. That would be a feat in of itself though, given how third films in series tend to not do as well (“Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End”, “Spider-Man 3”, “The Matrix: Revolutions”). So if this film builds on its opening at all, that’s a good start, the big question is will it have any legs. The answer to that is yes. This film is getting rave reviews right now, although that might indicate hype will become too high. Still, this film should reach $1 billion worldwide, just don’t expect it to get to “The Avengers” box office marks.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

This is exciting news! Hayley Atwell (Peggy Carter in “Captain America”) shared some great news with Fairfax. We know that she is making a cameo in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”, but now news that Comic Con could have a little good news for fans: “So “Marvel have made sure that as part of Comi-Con [sic] there will be a little kind of snapshot as to what Peggy’s actually really capable of, which was finished here and which was great fun. Hopefully, it will lead to other things,” Atwell said.

Am I the only one that, if handled properly, a cameo of a much older Peggy Carter getting that one dance before she dies with Captain America, who is still looking the same, be incredibly emotional?

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Marvel is gearing up for the release of “Iron Man 3” in May starring Robert Downey Jr., Ben Kingsley, Gwyneth Paltrow and a host of others. Of course you’ve got Captain America and Thor coming up. Heck even Edgar Wright’s “Ant-Man” is moving forward. One character that has seemingly gone nowhere is “Dr. Strange” but that may be changing. Reports are that Justin Theroux is in the running to play Dr. Strange. No word on whether he would be appearing in a future film, getting his own film or even that Theroux is in the running. He did write “Iron Man 2” so he has an in to Marvel Studios.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Robert Redford joining Marvel?

Yep. Reports are that Robert Redford is in talks to join “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”. This seems a bit out of left field, but I hope he plays an interesting role. The anticipated sequel hits theaters next year, so we’ll have to wait a while. The film stars Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Frank Grillo, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Scarlett Johansson, Toby Jones, Emily VanCamp, Hayley Atwell and Maximiliano Hernánde so this is getting a little crowded. Joe and Anthony Russo are directing.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

“The Avengers”, which had Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk and Captain America, went on to be the highest grossing film worldwide not directed by James Cameron. Now this summer sees the first  films of Marvel’s “Phase 2” with “Iron Man 3” and “Thor: Dark World”. How well will these films do?

“Iron Man” and “Iron Man 2” are Marvel’s most financially successful solo films. “Iron Man 2” earned $624 million worldwide. And if any solo film is going to make $1 billion worldwide, it will be this one. The film sees Robert Downey Jr. return, as well as Iron Man’s most famous villain, Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) and the trailers have done a great job selling the action and a more serious tone. Gwyneth Paltrow and Don Cheadle are back as well, so look for this film to have a bigger international gross as well as a new opening weekend record domestically for the “Iron Man ” franchise.

Total box office gross: $950 million

“Thor: Dark World” is a tougher one to predict. Chris Hemsworth is back. But the first film earned less than $500 million worldwide. “Thor” was frankly, box office wise, a second tier character for Marvel behind Iron Man. This one should see a bump at the box office as well. But it’s tough to imagine this earning a lot more.

Total box office gross: $700 million

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We’re inching closer to “Iron Man 3”, which not only kicks off the summer movie season, but also Marvel’s Phase 2. Included in that is “Thor; Dark World”, “Captain America; The Winter Soldier” and “Guardians of the Galaxy”. Producer Kevin Feige sat down with SFX and shared some interesting details.

“I wouldn’t say that in a broad sense. The Thor film and the Guardians Of The Galaxy film certainly are cosmic. Guardians and Thor will take the brunt of the cosmic side of the universe, particularly Guardians, which is 95% in space. I think Iron Man 3 shows the other side of Phase 2, which is delving deeper into the characters. Throwing them on a much more personal journey. And Captain America will showcase… What’s exciting to me about Cap – sort of about Iron Man 3 too if you look at it – is it’s tonally almost like a different genre. Shane Black’s described Iron Man 3 as a Tom Clancy sort of political thriller, which I like a lot. We hired our directors on Cap because they loved our explanation that we really want to make a ’70s political thriller masquerading as a big superhero movie. Just like with the first film – we got Joe Johnston because we said, ‘We want to do a ’40s World War Two movie masquerading as a big superhero movie.’ I love that we’re doing a sequel to a film that’s a completely different genre than the first film. I think that’s fun. And the comics do it all the time.”

He also had some quotes on whether “Guardians of the Galaxy” would be as important as the other solo films for “The Avengers 2”.

“I would say that it does not. It’s much more of a standalone film. It takes place in the same universe. And when we’ve been on the other side of that universe in other movies, you might see those characteristics in Guardians, but the Avengers are not involved with what’s happening out there at this time.”

Sounds pretty interesting.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.