The summer season is finally here, and all movie fans know to skip the beach and head to the local cinema, for this is the time of year to feel glorious excitement in the form of moving pictures. There’s no need for summer road trips when cinema can transport you to wild, fascinating places like outer space, or significant eras of human history, or pubescent Tom Holland’s New York apartment. The summer movie season has got it all.

These are the movies audiences have been hyped to see for months on end (as well as the movies that studios risked a lot of money on), so we here at Audiences Everywhere have made a list of the movies coming out this summer that you should keep your eye on.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (Release Date: May 5 – U.S.)

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

As the Marvel Cinematic Universe ventures forth into its second slate of Phase 3 films, fans of the incredibly lucrative feature franchise have plenty to look forward to, including Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Following the events previously depicted in the first film from returning writer-director James Gunn, the second entry promises the middle chapter of a thoroughly thrilling sci-fi trilogy. And based on everything we’ve seen of it thus far—including promotional posters, trailers, and the official soundtrack—Star-Lord and company are in for another supersized blockbuster event fit to stand alongside the very best entries in the thematically adjacent Star Wars canon. – Sean K. Cureton 

King Arthur: The Legend of the Sword (Release Date: May 12 – U.S.)

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

Warner Bros.

I recently saw my favorite leading performance of the year so far from Charlie Hunnam in The Lost City of Z. The coolest movie I have ever seen may still be Guy Ritchie’s Snatch. Early in this summer season, these two superlatives intersect in a film that has already seen a somehow overlooked but still stellar trailer campaign, frankly one of the best of the half-year. There’s teased in these trailers for King Arthur a broad scope and epic ambition, perhaps the boldest and almost certainly the most over-the-top telling of the classic tale that we have yet to see on the big screen. – David Shreve

Snatched (Release Date: May 12 – U.S.)


20th Century Fox

Starting off the summer movie season with one of several female buddy comedies, Snatched (starring Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn) looks like it could be a pretty good time. Snatched follows a comically cautious mother (Hawn) reluctantly joining her recently dumped, party-loving daughter (Schumer) on a trip to South America. However, after a rowdy night out, things take a turn for the worse, and the mother-daughter duo are kidnapped for ransom. Physical comedy, calls to a neurotic brother (Ike Barinholtz), and general hijinks ensue. Hawn and Schumer’s chemistry is surprisingly appealing, and their mother-daughter bond is believable, so seeing these two comedy vets pair up on the big screen is sure to be fun. – Staley Sharples

Alien: Covenant (Release Date: May 19 – U.S.)

Alien: Covenant

20th Century Fox

In space, no one can hear you scream. On distant planets with thematic relevance inspired by “Paradise Lost,” it won’t matter. The follow up to Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, a.k.a. “At the Mountains of Madness… in Space,” Covenant marketing hints at an attempt to bridge the ties between the prequel and the original Alien. The crisp digital imagery Ridley Scott has conjured in the trailer creates environments both seemingly endless and claustrophobic, and features a sickly, slenderman-looking new xenomorph (prediction: this is a mix of android and xenomorph genetics). All of this is spread across a tapestry of science fiction philosophies and schlocky slasher thrills the series is known for. With any luck, Scott has struck Alien gold yet again. – Diego Crespo

Wonder Woman (Release Date: June 2 – U.S.)

Wonder Woman

Warner Bros. Pictures

After 75 years, and a breakout role in last year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Wonder Woman will finally have her own feature film courtesy of Patty Jenkins. Three movies in and the DCEU has shown a commitment to making bold choices, whether that be thematically or aesthetically, and this WWI set film looks like it will carry the torch of what’s come before while offering its own unique creative voice and style, with badass action to go along with it. Wonder Woman is a huge step for female-led superhero films and blockbusters in general, and with Gal Gadot’s charisma, we’re betting that we’re not only going to see a lot more Wonder Woman in the future, but a lot more women-centric superhero properties as well. – Richard Newby

It Comes at Night (Release Date: June 9 – U.S.)

It Comes at Night


For the past few years we’ve gotten an indie horror film that’s managed to settle into our collective fears and creep its way into our Top 10 lists. A24 has been at the forefront of this tradition, and that trend looks to continue with Trey Edward Shults’s It Comes at Night. The film, starring Joel Edgerton, Carmen Ejogo, and Christopher Abbott, centers on the collapses of domestic control when two families take refuge in an isolated house while a terror lays waste to the world outside their doors. We’ve got a feeling the less we know ahead of time about the film, the better. If that teaser trailer was any indication, we’re in for a film that’s equal parts dark beauty and sweat-inducing terror. – Richard Newby

The Bad Batch (Release Date: June 23 – U.S.)

The Bad Batch


Having just gotten our first whiff of the trailer for this film last week, our excitement is new and alive. It’s more than just the strange aesthetic of apocalyptic neon or the nearly unrecognizable involvement of iconic actors and familiar rising stars like Keanu Reeves, Jim Carrey, and Jason Momoa. It’s beyond the immediately recognizable ass-kicking screen power of Suki Watershed as the amputee heroine. More than anything, it’s the emboldened extension of a young visionary’s aesthetic innovation. The Bad Batch marks the sophomore effort of Ana Lily Amirpour, whose debut A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night wowed audiences and found its way on our list of the best horror films of the current millennium. – David Shreve

Baby Driver (Release Date: June 28 – U.S.)

Baby Driver

TriStar Pictures

After acclaimed filmmaker Edgar Wright exited production on the hotly anticipated Marvel Studios film Ant-Man, fans of the cult-favorite director were left in a state of abject disappointment. As such, Baby Driver is sure to be the center of extensive discussion and active spectatorship from Wright’s core fanbase. Featuring starring turns from the likes of Kevin Spacey, Jon Hamm, Ansel Elgort, and Jamie Foxx, those who adore The Cornetto Trilogy are in for the kind of action-comedy that only Wright could deliver, making his latest production one of the most exciting theatrical releases set for its premiere this summer. – Sean K. Cureton

Spider-Man: Homecoming (Release Date: July 7 – U.S.)

Spider-Man: Homecoming

Sony Pictures Releasing

What would have been the bonafide biggest movie of the summer a decade ago is now but a blip on the radar. The sixth movie starring the webhead and the eleventh MCU entry, it’s easy to sense the dread of Spider-Man fatigue. But if there’s anything the MCU has taught us, it is that even with brand formulas, the best of these interconnected movies still have a sense of identity. The true roots of Peter Parker and his journey explore more than just a funny kid in a suit. It’s the story of a lower working class kid from Queens, New York, and his attempts to do what’s right even in the face of constant adversity. Does anyone remember that old saying about power and responsibility? – Diego Crespo

War for the Planet of the Apes (Release Date: July 14 – U.S.)

War for the Planet of the Apes

20th Century Fox

If you had told me six weeks ago that this would be one of the movies I was most excited to see this summer, I wouldn’t have believed you. I had no interest in the Apes franchise (new or old) but then I found myself in a hotel room on a recent business trip with nothing to do and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes came on TV. Two hours later, I was renting Rise of the Planet of the Apes on iTunes. These movies are a masterclass in rebooting a franchise and creating something wholly new from something familiar. Andy Serkis’s performance as Caesar is masterful and the series has managed to make the whole concept work when it could have fallen completely flat. I’m looking forward to seeing Caesar and his apes on the offensive against what looks to be another awesome Apes villain in Woody Harrelson and possibly the return of some characters from previous installments (*cough* bring back Koba *cough*). – Sean Fallon

Dunkirk (Release Date: July 21 – U.S.)


Warner Bros. Pictures

Representing the small number of movie lovers who actively avoid trailers (at least for movies I know I’m going to see), contributing to a most anticipated list isn’t the easiest task. But after seeing the Dunkirk trailer, it’s moved its way up on my most anticipated summer movie list. Christopher Nolan’s latest film is already generating buzz for how and where it was shot. The decision to hand-hold IMAX cameras for much of the film, in conjunction with shooting on the actual Dunkirk beach, is potentially the perfect recipe for a war film that feels both intimate and historically accurate. Nolan takes no short cuts, and largely because of that, he’s responsible for some of my favorite films. While I have some concerns the score in Dunkirk may be God-awful (if the trailer is any indication), it looks as though the cinematography alone is worth the price of admission. And with Hacksaw Ridge occupying the most recent WWII film in my memory, I’m all the more eager to see Dunkirk.  – Grace Porter

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (Release Date: July 21 – U.S.)

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets


I first watched the trailer for Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets during an inaudible playing of it outside the cinema. Even without audio, I was quickly enamored by the breathtaking visuals of the film and the fantastical vision and energy the trailer was radiating with. It was no surprise when I found out the director was none other than mastermind Luc Besson. Besson seems to have captured the same look, flavor, and energy of 70s science-fiction and the good ol’ space opera genre, and to me, that’s very exciting. The film is probably going to flop at the box office, because delving into hardcore sci-fi may alienate general audiences, but if you’re reading this now, I hope you come join me in being excited and supportive of this film. – Anton Reyes

Atomic Blonde (Release Date: July 28 – U.S.)

Atomic Blonde

Focus Features

Positive reception at its premiere at South by Southwest in March, Charlize Theron in peak ass-kicking form, the presence of James McAvoy, and stellar visual direction have made Atomic Blonde one of my most anticipated movies planned for release this summer. John Goodman is always a draw as well, as is Sofia Boutella (no stranger to impressive stunts) who has been on a meteoric rise since a standout performance in Kingsman. I have read very little regarding the plot, and have even avoided watching the second trailer, as I’m hoping to go in with as few expectations as possible. Atomic Blonde’s source material, Antony Johnston’s graphic novel The Coldest City, also gives me hope that the film will not fall into the alluring trap of privileging stunts and visual character over any sense of narrative or characterization. Director David Leitch’s extensive career as a stunt coordinator promises impressive stunts at the very least, and its trailer also gives promising hints to the film’s tone and soundtrack. All I can hope for is two hours of Charlize Theron’s Lorraine Broughton bossing James McAvoy around, wearing various wigs, kissing ladies, and kicking ass to her heart’s content. What more could you ask for? – Christina Tucker

The Dark Tower (Release Date: August 4 – U.S.)

Columbia Pictures

Who would have ever thought we would be getting a Dark Tower movie? Reading the books, I thought about Roland on the big screen but knew deep down that the books were too big, too dense, to work on film and that dreams of a celluloid Ka-Tet would have to stay dreams. And now, here we are, Idris Elba as Roland in a piece of perfect casting that I had never even considered and Matthew McConaughey as Walter Padick, the Man in Black. The movie is supposed to be a new take on the material and rumours abound that it will actually be a sequel to the book series, which is a very interesting prospect. Stephen King crafted a huge world for these characters to play in and it’s going to be fascinating seeing which bits make it into the movie. At the time of writing this, we still haven’t seen a trailer yet but the casting alone makes me ready to see what they can do with this incredible series of books. – Sean Fallon

 Ingrid Goes West (Release Date: August 4 – U.S.)

Ingrid Goes West


Aubrey Plaza and Elizabeth Olsen star in Ingrid Goes West, an indie comedy that looks like Single White Female, Spring Breakers, and The To-Do List all bundled up into one raucous, scary-funny romp. Dealing with loss and personal setbacks, a frayed Plaza suddenly moves out West in a deranged mission to befriend the Instagram celebrity she’s obsessed with. The EDM-soundtracked trailer brings O’Shea Jackson into the messy mix, playing off Plaza, who looks like a dead ringer for her Insta idol (Elizabeth Olsen). Dealing with dark, uncomfortable topics, the satirical directorial debut from Matt Spicer lends itself to be one of the more interesting, female-driven feature films hitting theaters this summer. – Staley Sharples

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