For movie buffs around the world, the month of June usually marks the beginning of Hollywood blockbuster season.
Let’s take a quick look at all the blockbusters coming up. There are some really exciting movies in store, with a bent towards sequels and adaptations.
Then there are at least four comic-book adaptations, three of them from the archives of Marvel Comics, including Captain America: The First Avenger and X Men: First Class which see more Marvel-based superheroes and villains battling it out on the silver screen. And not to mention DC Comics’ lone entrant this year: The Green Lantern.
And then there’s even something for the wizard-loving crowd, with the franchise finale of the big-screen adaptation of J.K. Rowling's epic series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.
With so much choices coming up, here’s a handy little guide that tells you what should be on the top of your must-watch list.
X Men: First Class (opens Jun 2)
With a new direction and younger cast, First Class producer Lauren Shuler Donner aims to propel one of Fox’s important superhero franchises in a whole new direction in this prequel. X-Men: First Class stars James McAvoy as the young Charles Xavier (played previously by Patrick Stewart) and Michael Fassbender as Erik Lehnsherr (previously Ian McKellen), and is set in the 1960s during the Cuban missile crisis. It has been reported that First Class is the first of a trilogy of films.
The Hangover 2 (opens Jun 2)
In the follow-up to the record-breaking hit comedy 'The Hangover,' Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms), Alan (Zach Galifianakis) and Doug (Justin Bartha) travel to exotic Thailand for Stu's wedding. After the unforgettable bachelor party in Las Vegas, Stu is taking no chances and has opted for a safe, subdued pre-wedding brunch. However, things don't always go as planned, and the gang ended up reliving their Las Vegasian shenanigans, this time in Bangkok. The first movie was highest-grossing comedy of all-time (taking US$105 million in just 10 days) and also won the Golden Globe for Best Film - Comedy or Musical.
Super 8 (opens Jun 9)
Super 8 pays homage to the early films of Steven Spielberg (who also produced it), and is set in 1979 Ohio and follows a group of kids who witness a train wreck as they are shooting a zombie movie late one night. The twist: The train is coming from Area 51 and contains ominous cargo.
Transformers: Dark of The Moon (opens Jun 30)
Our favourite robots are back! The third film in the franchise from director Michael Bay was shot in 3D and gets a new leading lady, English model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, to replace Megan Fox alongside series star Shia LaBeouf.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (opens Jul 15)
This second instalment of the finale wraps up the ultimate battle between Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) and the evil Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes). The Potter series is the highest-grossing film franchise of all time, with the first seven titles earning a combined $6.3 billion worldwide.
Captain America: The First Avenger (opens Jul 28)
He may not be as well-known as Spiderman, Superman and Batman, but Captain America has been on comic fans’ radars since the 1940s and has never quite made it onto the big screen successfully. An origin story and a lead up to 2012’s The Avengers, Captain America: The First Avenger depicts how weakling Steve Rogers is transformed into a super soldier. Starring Chris Evans (Fantastic Four) as Cap himself, it’s a close call whether the film will do the comic justice (fingers crossed). But judging from the success of Thor, we can safely say that we have a hit here.
Cars 2 (opens Aug 25)
Pixar's latest feature finds Lightning McQueen, voiced by Owen Wilson, competing in the World Grand Prix, with races in Tokyo, London, and on the Italian Riviera. Mater (Larry the Cable Guy) tags along and winds up getting involved in an international espionage mission with British agents Finn McMissile (Michael Caine) and Holley Shiftwell (Emily Mortimer). The first Cars grossed $462 million worldwide.