The summer movie season is always packed with the most anticipated films of the year. The summer movie season also continues to start earlier and earlier, with Avengers: Endgame kicking off blockbuster season in the final week of April. You could stay home and binge-watch Netflix shows—or you could seek out the most anticipated summer movies for 2019. You won’t want to miss seeing them in theaters.
Release Date: April 26
The highly anticipated sequel to Infinity War and the culmination of 22 films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Endgame is arguably the most anticipated summer movie for 2019. It’s also expected to have a historic box office run.
Pokémon: Detective Pikachu
Release Date: May 10
The first live-action Pokémon film finally hits theaters this summer, with Ryan Reynolds voicing Pikachu. Detective Pikachu follows a young man—accompanied by Pikachu—who goes on an adventure to find his lost father in the world of Pokémon.
Release Date: May 31
Kingsman star Taron Egerton steps into the role of famous musician Elton John in a biopic that blends fantasy and reality. Rocketman is directed by Dexter Fletcher, who also had a hand in directing last year’s hit Bohemian Rhapsody.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters
Release Date: May 31
The sequel to 2014’s Godzilla and the prelude to the upcoming Godzilla vs. Kong crossover, Godzilla: King of the Monsters is set to be a visual spectacle with a plethora of new monsters and a star-studded cast.
Release Date: June 7
The final film in Fox’s X-Men franchise will depict the transformation of Sophie Turner’s Jean Grey into the Dark Phoenix. As she unlocks new powers, she emerges as a new threat to the mutant team.
Men in Black: International
Release Date: June 14
Men in Black: International reunites Thor: Ragnarok co-stars Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson, who breathe new life into the franchise that previously starred Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones.
Toy Story 4
Release Date: June 21
Toy Story 4 brings together Woody, Buzz, and company for one last time with the introduction of a new toy named Forky, who takes them on a crazy adventure.
Spider-Man: Far From Home
Release Date: July 2
Tom Holland’s Peter Parker returns after the events of Avengers: Endgame for an all-new, globe-trotting adventure. Spider-Man: Far From Home will pit Peter Parker against Mysterio, played by Jake Gyllenhaal.
The Lion King
Release Date: July 19
Iron Man and The Jungle Book director Jon Favreau brings the animated 1994 classic to life with photo-realistic imagery. The Lion King also features an all-star cast that includes Donald Glover, Beyoncé, Seth Rogan, and James Earl Jones, who returns as Mufasa.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Release Date: July 26
Quentin Tarantino returns with his first film since 2015, which stars the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Margot Robbie. Once Upon A Time in Hollywood takes place in 1969 and follows a television actor and his stunt double as they try to maintain relevance toward the end of the Golden Age of Hollywood.