The top 10 summer movies that are taking aim at 'Avengers'

Jeff Strickler, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) on

Published in Entertainment News

The tremendous response to "Avengers: Endgame" -- which not only set opening-weekend box office records but now has claimed the title of the "most-tweeted-about movie ever" -- set the bar pretty high for the slate of summer movies. But that doesn't mean that the rest of Hollywood is giving up without a fight -- be it involving superpowers (Spider-Man), superstars (Elton John) or super hits ("Toy Story"). Here are the movies that will be jockeying for superiority in the next few weeks (release dates are subject to change).


On the heels of the remake of "Dumbo" in March, Disney is revisiting two more of its classic animated films. First up is a live-action version of "Aladdin" with Will Smith playing the genie (if anyone could replace the effervescent Robin Williams, he's the one). Later this summer we'll get a reboot of "The Lion King" in what's being described as "photorealism," a souped-up version of computer-generated images that supposedly resemble photographs. From what we've seen of them so far, they are, indeed, impressive. "Aladdin" opens Friday, "The Lion King" on July 19.


The four Oscars won by the Queen biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody" haven't even had a chance to start gathering dust yet, but here comes another splashy, toe-tapping biography about a musical icon. In this case, it's Sir Elton John. Among the similarities between the two movies is director Dexter Fletcher, who was hired to wrap up "Rhapsody" after Bryan Singer was fired. British TV star Taron Egerton, who does his own singing in the movie, got John's seal of approval to the point that the two of them have performed together. May 31.



Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling have teamed up for this comedy that comes with a side order of feminist indignation. Thompson plays a late-night TV talk show host who fears that her male bosses are trying to force her out. Kaling, who also wrote the movie, plays the only woman on the show's writing staff. The script is based on the time Kaling spent as the only female in the writers' room for "The Office." Envisioned as an indie release, the movie set off a bidding war at Sundance. June 7


The gang's all back for the next chapter in this incredibly successful animated series. That includes Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Bonnie Hunt, Wallace Shawn and even Don Rickles, whose lines as Mr. Potato Head were pieced together from recordings of the late comic. There are some big-name new voices, too, including Jordan Peele and Keanu Reeves. Not much is being revealed about the plot except that it involves the toys mounting a rescue mission to save one of their own -- which is pretty much the plot for all the "Toy Story" movies. June 21.



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