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9 blockbusters of summer 2019 that we're already talking about

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Avengers: Endgame

Release date: 26th April 2019

With Infinity War closing on a gut-wrenching cliff-hanger, it's anyone's guess what to expect from the as-yet-untitled follow-up. So, what do we know? Erm, not much is the simple answer. This one's going to be a tough one to market for Marvel, given all the superheroes that – INFINITY WAR SPOILER ALERT CLAXON! – died (apparently) at the end of the last film.

We're presuming that some of them will find their way back, but Marvel won't want us to know who gets a reprieve ahead of the film itself, so the trailers will have to be VERY selective with their footage. One thing's for sure, though, Avengers: Endgame will be the closing of this particular chapter of the MCU story, and it's likely that, for all the tears spilled in the final moments of the last film, it will be like nothing compared to the end of the next movie. Colour us excited.


Aladdin

Release date: 24th May 2019

Lock Stock and Sherlock Holmes director Guy Ritchie puts his own spin on the street urchin from Agrabah in this live-action Disney reboot. Mena Massoud is our brand new Aladdin, Naomi Scott is Princess Jasmine and Marwan Kenzari is the villainous Jafar – but the show is surely set to be stolen by Will Smith as our brand new Genie.


Godzilla II: King of the Monsters

Release date: 31st May 2019

After 2014's Godzilla and 2017's Kong: Skull Island, comes Godzilla: King of the Monsters, the third movie in Legendary Pictures' so-called 'Monsterverse'. Yes, the giant nuclear-birthed sea beast is back, this time with Krampus' Michael Dougherty behind the camera. According to Legendary, "The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah." So, basically, more monsters. What's not to like? 


Toy Story 4

Release date: 21st June 2019

One of the many, many awesome things about Pixar is that they rarely rush their sequels. Precision-made by master craftspeople, there's never a sense that these movies exist only to generate cold hard dollars (well, maybe not the Cars sequels).

In fact, Toy Story is one of the few franchises that has managed to improve with each successive film. So, given the skycraping brilliance of Toy Story 3, what marvels can we expect from the fourth movie in the now 23-year-old franchise?

Well, this being Pixar, not much is known, except that it's reported to focus on the romance between Woody and Bo Peep, and that all the main cast, bar the late Don 'Mr Potato-Head' Rickles, are back.


The Lion King

Release date: 19th July 2019

Following his triumphant reinvention of The Jungle Book in 2016, director Jon Favreau returns to the realm of Disney, and sets aim at another all-time family classic. This gorgeous-looking CGI reworking of 1994 masterpiece The Lion King pairs groundbreaking technology with an all-star voice cast, including Donald Glover as adult Simba, Beyonce as adult Nala and a returning James Earl Jones as Mufasa. Combine all this with the talents of returning musicians Hans Zimmer, Elton John and Tim Rice, and excited isn't the word.


Spider-Man: Far From Home

Release date: 5th July 2019

Last year's Spider-Man: Homecoming showed, once again, that Marvel is just as adroit at putting out smaller-scale actioners as they are doing multi-superhero end-of-the-universe epics. With Tom Holland returning as everyone's favourite web-slinger, and director Jon Watts once more calling the shots, the dream team is back for this sequel. But who will be the Big Bad?

Top Gun: Maverick

Release date: 11th July 2019

It's on! After decades spent in the fires of development hell, it appears that the long-awaited Top Gun sequel is finally being made. Tom Cruise recently indicated on Twitter that filming has begun on the Joseph Kosinski-directed movie, which will see Cruise return to the role of Pete 'Maverick' Mitchell after 32 years. What's more, it looks like Val Kilmer will also be back, with the now 58-year-old confirmed to return as Iceman. The new movie will focus on the use of drones in modern warfare, with Maverick now an instructor in the US Navy. We certainly feel the need for this one.


Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Release date: 8th August 2019

With a cast so starry it could be studied in an observatory, Quentin Tarantino's next epic is said, by the man himself, to be the closest to Pulp Fiction he's directed since his postmodern masterpiece won the Palme d'Or at Cannes in 1994.

Set in 1969 against the historic backdrop of the Charles Manson murders, the movie stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a TV star who's fallen from glory, with Brad Pitt as his long-time stunt double. Margot Robbie is co-starring as Manson Family victim Sharon Tate, Damian Lewis as Great Escape star Steve McQueen and Al Pacino - in his first collaboration with Tarantino - as DiCaprio's Hollywood agent.

IT: Chapter 2

Release date: 6th September 2019

Instead of patiently waiting 30 years for the child stars of 2017's IT to grow up, Warner Bros have decided to fast-track this sequel that picks up the story of the Losers' Club three decades on.

Taking place in the modern day, this sequel (which actually covers the events of the second half of Stephen King's 1986 novel) has the first movie's characters reuniting as adults to do battle with Pennywise once more. James McAvoy, Bill Hader and Jessica Chastain head up the grown-up cast of what's sure to be one of the horror highlights of 2019.

What are you most looking forward to seeing at the cinema next year? Tweet us @Cineworld to let us know.