The beginning of May marks the beginning of summer blockbuster season and this year is no expection. Studios are trying to make up for dismal numbers in 2010 by releasing even more of what they hope are huge hits this year.
So what are the big movies coming out this summer? Take a look at our list to find out.
Thor (May 6) - The summer blockbuster season got off to a great start with Thor, the story of the god of Thunder who is cast from his kingdom to earth when his arrogance proves deadly. It did well at the box office and came in number 1 its first week in theaters.
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (May 20) - One of the most highly anticipated movies of the year. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides sees Captain Jack Sparrow on a mission to find the fountain of youth. He runs into a little trouble when he meets Angelica and her murderous father Blackbeard.
Continue reading for the rest of the big summer flicks.
Kung Fu Panda 2 (May 26) - The first one was hilarious, so the second one should be pretty good. Jack Black is back as the Po and we find him and the Furious Five venturing to China to battle a villain and uncover the secrets of Po's mysterious origins.
X-Men: First Class (June 3) - This prequel to the X-Men series has fans really excited. We finally get to see how Professor X and Magneto became mortal enemies. X-Men: First Class, set in the '60s, follows the superheroes as they live their lives in secret, not wanting anyone to know their true identity. It explores the origins of the famous superheroes.
Super 8 (June 10) - The once top secret project from J.J. Abrams is finally set to hit theaters this summer. Super 8 focuses on a group of six kids from Ohio who are shooting their own Zombie movie on a Super 8 camera. The kids accidentally film a train wreck, which released something inhuman into the a small Ohio town.
The Green Lantern (June 17) - This one has recently ramped up its publicity campaign and it's set to hit theaters right in the middle of summer blockbuster season. The Green Lantern follows Hal Jordan who is granted a mystical green ring that bestows him with otherworldly powers, as well as membership into an intergalactic squadron tasked with keeping peace within the universe.
Cars 2 (June 24) - The crazy cars are back for another awesome adventure -- this time all around the world. The film follows Lighting McQueen and Mater as they journey overseas to compete in the first-ever World Grand Prix to determine who is the fastest car in the world. But things don't go as planned when Mater gets involved in a secret espionage mission of his own. He must choose between following his own adventures or helping out his friend win the race.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon (July 1) - The transformers are back to help bring in the month of July. This time, it's shot in 3D and we see a replacement for Megan Fox. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley joins the franchise.
Horrible Bosses (July 8) - One of the big comedies of the summer star quite a few very funny A-listers in a comedy unlike any other. Three friends conspire to murder their awful bosses when they realize they are standing in the way of their happiness.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (July 15) - The final installment to the epic series based on the books by J.K Rowling is a bittersweet moment for Potter fans. On the one hand, it will be exciting to see the last epic battle between Harry and Voldemort on the big screen. On the other hand, no more Harry Potter after July 15.
Captain America: The First Avenger (July 22) - Lots of hype created already for this summer blockbuster -- and one of the key characters in the upcoming mega comic book flick, The Avengers. After being deemed unfit for military service, Steve Rogers volunteers for a top secret research project that turns him into Captain America, a superhero dedicated to defending America's ideals.
Cowboys and Aliens (July 29) - It's never been done before, but director Jon Favreau is bringing the unlikely to the big screen -- cowboys and aliens in one movie. In Silver City, Arizona, Apache Indians and Western settlers must lay their differences aside when an alien spaceship crash lands in their city.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (August 5) - James Franco has the most varied resume and now he's adding apes to the colorful list. Franco stars as a scientist who, in a moment of compassion and arrogance, leads the world into an all out war unlike any other.
Conan the Barbarian (August 19) - Even though it doesn't hit until the end of the summer, Lionsgate is already ahead of the game with promoting this one. Conan the Barbarian hasn't been in the spotlight for quite some time, but maybe this new movie will put him back there. In this one, Conan Cimmerian is on a quest to avenge the murder if his father and the slaughter of his entire village.
Final Destination 5 (August 26) - In this fifth installment, Death is just as omnipresent as ever, and is unleashed after one man’s premonition saves a group of coworkers from a terrifying suspension bridge collapse. But this group of unsuspecting souls was never supposed to survive, and, in a terrifying race against time, the ill-fated group frantically tries to discover a way to escape Death’s sinister agenda.