Superhero Summer

Hailey Wilt | hwilt@radford.edu

Summer is a time for rest, relaxation, and most importantly movies. The highest grossing films of all time, such as Jurassic World, The Avengers, The Dark Knight, and Finding Dory were all released during the summer months and had grossed more than $2,296,500,000 altogether. Typically, the months from May to July are huge box office successes. Filmsite.org calls this period ‘summer session’ in which it begins on the first Friday of May and goes up until Labor Day Weekend. The site even goes on to list the Top 25 films of summer since 1980, and all the titles are well known from any demographic.

It is no surprise that superhero films have topped these lists for several years. Ever since 1951, with DC Comics live-action Superman and the Mole Men came out the world of superhero genre movies have grown into what we know today. Many fans of the franchises credit the 20th Century Fox film X-Men to be the start of the most recent superhero trend in Hollywood. Released in 2000, X-Men grossed over $296,339,527 and paved the way for the higher production fan-favorite films being released every month.

Arriving this summer is a long list of superhero movies to make any DC Comics and Marvel fan excited. Kicking off the summer is the highly-anticipated Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, expected to release on May 5. The films will dig deeper into Peter Quill’s family and who his father is. Guardians of the Galaxy is easily one of Marvel’s highest charted flicks according to RottenTomatoes.com landing its place as the third best Marvel film, as said by critics and fans, falling just behind The Avengers and Iron Man.

The month of June brings one of the first female-lead superhero motion pictures with the June 2, 2017, release of Wonder Woman. Directed by Patty Jenkins, the movie dives into who Diana was before she was given the title, Wonder Woman. Diana was a princess of the Amazons and a well-trained warrior. After a plane crashes near her land, Diana is pushed into the world outside of her walls, and she begins to discover her full potential and her destiny. Wonder Woman is considered DC Comics most prominent female hero.

Moving onto the last month of the ‘summer session,’ July brings the one film that everyone cannot stop talking about, Spider-Man: Homecoming. This will be Tom Holland’s first stand-alone film since taking on the role as Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War. Peter Parker has big webs to fill as he tries to reclaim his normal life balance after the events of Civil War. With some help from Robert Downey Jr. who once again takes on the role of the playboy, billionaire, philanthropist Tony Stark, Peter Parker is urged to try to find his equilibrium between his high school career and his crime-fighting hobby.

Personally, I see the appeal of these films as summer blockbusters. Each franchise has comedy, action, and a storyline that can pull in massive crowds and revenue. Even though big crowds would still be drawn in at any time throughout the year, summer allows for a younger audience to see the films. Summer films are looking up for the next few years. Marvel’s upcoming movies and phases are to be highly-anticipated for years to come, as does DC Comics with their multitude of films popping up in the news daily.

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