What would the summer movie season be without a rash of superheroes, sequels and reboots?

On Thursday, things kick off in style with the latest Marvel creation — Avengers: Infinity War. “Infinity” suggests that the war goes on forever. Well, the war will last at least until Avengers: Infinity War - Part 2 hits theaters in 2019. What won’t end is the wildly successful string of cross-pollinating Marvel movies that started in earnest with Iron Man in 2008.

In Infinity, the gang, including Black Panther, Star-Lord and Spider-Man, unites to try to defeat the all-powerful Thanos. Also look for Copley native Carrie Coon as the voice of Proxima Midnight.

The Avengers’ group hug will open the floodgates of summer films, a season that includes tons of “2s” — Deadpool, Incredibles, Ant-Man, Mamma Mia, Sicario, Jurassic World — as well as the third Hotel Transylvania, a fourth Ocean’s, the sixth Mission: Impossible and the 10th Star Wars (depending on how you count your Lucasfilm titles).

Sports fans can circle June 29 to check out Kyrie Irving’s feature film debut in Uncle Drew. Here’s a glimpse of the more than 50 films headed our way in the next four months.

MAY

May 4: Director Jason Reitman and writer Diablo Cody — the duo behind Juno and Young Adult — are back with Tully, a new comedy-drama about a mother of three (Charlize Theron) who receives the gift of a nighttime nanny (Mackenzie Davis).

May 11: Melissa McCarthy stars as a mom who heads back to college (much to the chagrin of her classmate daughter) in Life of the Party. McCarthy co-wrote the script with husband Ben Falcone, who directs … Gabrielle Union plays a mother out to rescue her two children in the thriller Breaking In.

May 18: Ryan Reynolds returns as the funny, foul-mouthed superhero in Deadpool 2 … the Rachels — McAdams and Weisz — star in Disobedience, a drama about old friends, faith and sexuality … Stanley Tucci and Natasha Lyonne are among the voices in the animated adventure Show Dogs … In The Rider, a young rodeo rider (Brady Jandreau) seeks a new identity after a bad spill … And, in what may be the Mother of all Chick Flicks (senior division), Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda and Candice Bergen discover the joys of reading Fifty Shades of Grey in the comedy Book Club.

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May 25: The Star Wars spinoffs continue, as Alden Ehrenreich joins the galactic fun as a young Han Solo in Solo: A Star Wars Story. He’s joined by Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca and Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke as Qi’Ra.

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Also in May: Pope Francis and his personal journey are the subject of the documentary Pope Francis: A Man of His Word; Saoirse Ronan and Billy Howle star in the romance-drama On Chesil Beach; and Ethan Hawke is a parish pastor on the brink of brewing darkness in Paul Schrader’s First Reformed.

JUNE

June 1: Shailene Woodley plays a woman trying to save her husband (Sam Claflin), and herself, after their sailboat runs into a catastrophic hurricane in Adrift … A paralyzed man (Logan Marshall-Green) receives an artificial intelligence STEM implant that gives him the physical abilities to go after the men who killed his wife in Upgrade … And Johnny Knoxville performs more painful stunts as the daredevil owner of an amusement park in Action Point.

June 8: Time for a twist. If you liked the George Clooney-Brad Pitt larceny films Ocean’s 11-13, check out the latest, Ocean’s 8, in which an all-female team (including Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Rihanna and Anne Hathaway) plots to pull off a major heist … Speaking of crime, Jodie Foster plays The Nurse, a mysterious woman who runs a secret emergency room for criminals in Hotel Artemis … And the documentary Won’t You be My Neighbor? explores the life of legendary children’s TV host Fred Rogers.



June 15: The power of Pixar animation returns to theaters with Incredibles 2, the long-awaited sequel to Brad Bird’s smash from 2004. The voice cast, including Craig T. Nelson, Samuel L. Jackson and Holly Hunter, also returns … The classic ’70s film Superfly, about the life of a coke dealer named Priest, gets the remake treatment.

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June 22: The Jurassic reboot in 2015 went on to become the fifth top-grossing film of all-time, so, duh, of course there would be a sequel (or sequels). Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom picks up the run-for-your-lives, dino-defying exploits of Owen and Claire (Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard) as they try to save some old friends.

June 29: Movies are based on novels, comic books and TV shows, so why not a Pepsi commercial? Former Cavs player Kyrie Irving brings his elderly curmudgeon to the big screen in Uncle Drew, with an assist from former NBA hoopsters Reggie Miller, Shaquille O’Neal and Chris Webber … A second Sicario (minus Emily Blunt) features more drug wars mayhem with Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro in Sicario: Day of the Soldado.

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Also in June: Jon Hamm, Ed Helms and Isla Fisher play an elaborate game of tag in Tag (really); Ben Foster plays a man attempting to reclaim his off-the-grid life in Leave No Trace; Toni Collette leads the scares in the horror film Hereditary; and a London teenager falls for a rebellious alien (Elle Fanning) in the sci-fi love story How to Talk to Girls at Parties.

JULY

July 6: Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly team for the latest Marvel mash-up, Ant-Man and the Wasp. The super small dude and his pesky ally take on villains including Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen) … Lakeith Stanfield stars as a telemarketer who discovers a magical key in the comedy-fantasy Sorry to Bother You.

July 13: Dwayne Johnson fulfills his weekly action-film release commitment with Skyscraper. This time, The Rock plays a former FBI agent who is accused of torching the world’s tallest building. He didn’t do it (we think) … Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg (Quick: Which is which?) return as voices in the third rendition of the likable animated Dracula series, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation 3D … Based on the book by the late cartoonist John Callahan, Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot features Joaquin Phoenix and Jonah Hill as Callahan and his life coach.



July 20: The music of ABBA is back. Again. Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan and the rest of the all-star cast returns for more Greek island singing and dancing in Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again … Meanwhile, an ABBA-less soundtrack will accompany the action-thumper The Equalizer 2 with Denzel Washington.

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July 27: Mission: Impossible — Fallout reunites Tom Cruise with his crafty cohorts, including Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames and Simon Pegg. They are engaged in, you guessed it, “a race against time!”

Also in July: Lawlessness rages in The First Purge; the documentary McQueen tracks the rags-to-riches saga of fashion designer Alexander McQueen; a teenage girl tries to survive the last week of school in Eighth Grade; Riley Keough stars in the crime thriller Under The Silver Lake; and Nicolas Cage and Kristen Bell are voices to the animated romp Teen Titans Go! To The Movies.

AUGUST

Aug. 3: Ewan McGregor plays the grown-up title character in Christopher Robin … Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon get caught up in international intrigue in the action-comedy The Spy Who Dumped Me … Writer-director Tyler Perry returns as multiple characters in A Madea Family Funeral … Searching stars Jon Cho as a father frantically looking for his missing teenage daughter.

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Aug. 10: Jason Statham’s hefty adversary in The Meg is a prehistoric, 75-foot shark called a Megalodon. He must tame the toothy beast in order to save a crew of scientists trapped deep in the Pacific … Daveed Diggs stars in the comedy-drama Blindspotting about race and class issues in Oakland … Canines help couples connect in the live-action Dog Days.

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Aug. 17: Humans and puppets team up to solve a series of killings in The Happytime Murders, with Melissa McCarthy, Elizabeth Banks and Joel McHale … A woman (Constance Wu) must fend off hordes of interlopers trying to snag her boyfriend in Crazy Rich Asians … Aliens and Chicago toughs collide in the sci-fi thriller Captive State.

Also in August: A Papillon remake features Charlie Hunnam and Rami Malek as the French prisoners bent on escape; the action-packed Mile 22 stars Mark Wahlberg and Ronda Rousey; Domhnall Gleeson is a country doctor bewildered by a mystery in The Little Stranger; a group of teens tries to wrest the world from adults in The Darkest Minds; and a horrifying figure stalks young children in the scare-fest Slender Man.

Clint O’Connor covers pop culture. He can be reached at 330-996-3582 or coconnor@thebeaconjournal.com. Follow him on Twitter @ClintOMovies.