By SEAN COFFINDAFFER
The season moviegoers and film fanatics have been craving has finally arrived – the start of the traditional summer blockbuster.
The first to kick off the season is “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the highly anticipated sequel to the 2012 superhero phenomenon, out May 1. All the cast members from the last movie reprise their roles and team up to face off against evil robot Ultron, played by James Spader.
The next film in the Marvel universe, “Ant-Man,” will be released on July 17 starring Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly and Michael Douglas.
The Avengers are not the only ones with a big sequel this year. One of the most notable and anticipated is “Jurassic World.” The long-awaited fourth installment of the Jurassic Park series will be released on June 12. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard will fend off theme-park attraction dinosaurs gone rogue.
Other flicks going for another round on the silver screen include musical comedy “Pitch Perfect 2” on May 15, Tom Cruise as secret agent Ethan Hunt in “Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation” on July 31 and “Minions,” a July 10 prequel and spinoff of “Despicable Me” that focuses on the lovable, gibberish-speaking creatures in their early days.
On top of these sequels and prequels, there will be some remakes of classic franchises. For instance, the definitive post-apocalyptic saga of Mad Max will be reintroduced in “Mad Max: Fury Road” on May 15 with Tom Hardy taking over the lead role for Mel Gibson and the creative team from the original three films returning.
The Terminator series is also being revamped with “Terminator: Genisys.” Premiering July 1, Arnold Schwarzenegger reprises his iconic role as the warring humans and machines accidentally create an alternate timeline that drastically changes the previous events in the series.
There will also be new originals coming out this summer.
The animated comedy “Inside Out,” showcases the emotions inside the mind of 11-year-old Riley. In Pixar’s first movie since 2013, the feelings of Joy, Sadness, Anger, Disgust and Fear must work together to help Riley transition into her new life in San Francisco.
Another anticipated original is “Pixels,” a comedy about aliens attacking Earth in the form of retro video game characters. This film will be in theaters July 24.
Summer 2015 will be a memorable year in film thanks to its highly anticipated summer lineup.