There have been some pretty epic summer movie seasons in the past, but it appears that 2015 may have them all beat.
Some outstanding warmer month releases include 1984 with Ghostbusters, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Red Dawn, The Karate Kid and Gremlins or how about 1980 with The Empire Strikes Back, The Shining, Airplane, Friday the 13th, The Blues Brothers and Caddyshack?
Then, there is 1986 and it brought us Top Gun, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Aliens, Stand by Me, The Fly and Back to the Future. 1994 wasn’t so shabby either with The Lion King, Forrest Gump, Speed, True Lies, Natural Born Killers, The Crow, The Mask and Clear and Present Danger.
For us, 1982 takes the cake when it comes to movie summers of the past. There was E.T., Blade Runner, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, The Thing, Conan the Barbarian, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Tron, The Road Warrior, Poltergeist and Rocky III.
Yet, if you look at the scheduled releases for 2015, those past years may be pale in comparison. Check out the list below and let us know if you think 2015 could be the best ever and vote in our poll below.
May 1: Avengers: Age of Ultron
The Avengers superheroes reunite with Captain America, Iron Man, The Hulk, Thor, Black Widow and Hawkeye joining forces again to fight that devil of an artificial intelligence being, James Spader’s Ultron.
The moment Joss Whedon took the stage at Comic-Con this past summer and announced that Avengers: Age of Ultron was his title... he had us.
June 12: Jurassic World
When Universal announced that Jurassic World would be the title of the next chapter in the Jurassic Park series, fans were elated. It meant they had a concrete vision for what could be.
They announced that the film would arrive on June 12 and it follows the story of the park, 20 years after we last visited, that is humming along quite nicely. Then, something goes horribly wrong.
June 19: Pixar’s Inside Out
Anything Pixar does has to have audiences filled with excitement. And with Inside Out, they may be on to something truly special. The movie is set in the head of a young girl where five emotions -- Joy, Anger, Disgust, Fear and Sadness -- battle to guide her through life.
June 19: Assassin’s Creed
Michael Fassbender stars in the film based on the wildly popular video game, Assassin's Creed, that finds its plot centering on a man who learns he possesses a past that he never knew about when he is kidnapped. See, his kin are trained assassins and when he is sent back in time to retrieve priceless artifacts… the fighting spirit in his blood will surge to the forefront.
July 1: Terminator 5
The first in a stand-alone trilogy, we’re kind of excited for this fifth installment in the Terminator franchise alone due to the fact that Arnold Schwarzenegger has said he will be back (!) and Thor: The Dark World helmer Alan Taylor will be directing.
July 3: Independence Day 2
Independence Day 2 is a go, so says Roland Emmerich, and his sequel will take place 20 years after the original. So, how do the aliens invade again? Well, seems it took them this long to answer a distress call left by their colleagues from the first movie. So far, Jeff Goldblum is in, and Will Smith is interested.
July 10: Minions
When we announced that the Minions are coming, Movie Fanatic readers went nuts. Although we love Steve Carell as Gru, it is the Minions of the Despicable Me movies that truly get us in the seats. The fact that they will have their own movie is simply brilliant.
July 17: Batman vs. Superman
What more can be said than a film that features two of the greatest superheroes doing battle against one another had us the moment Zack Snyder announced the Man of Steel sequel would feature Batman. With Ben Affleck as Batman, fan discussion has not stopped and likely won’t until the film lands in 2015.
July 31: Ant-Man
The World’s End helmer Edgar Wright is directing Marvel’s latest film that introduces a new superhero to the universe. The character debuted in 1962 and follows a man who discovers a liquid that when made into a gas will reduce someone to the size of an insect. Simon Pegg is rumored to star… but we think the role will go to someone else.
Star Wars Episode VII – TBD
J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars Episode VII is arriving in 2015, but exactly when we do not know. It is likely to be a summer movie… so toss the first Star Wars movie in years into the mix… and summer 2015 is on its way to being the best ever.
Is Summer 2015 the best summer movie season ever?