By Ryan Stazciewicz
Tosans assemble—for a summer of blockbuster movies that are out of this world! With the mega success of both Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War, this summer’s success stories will surely belong to superhero and action flicks once again.
Will Marvel have the gusto to reach a staggering $3 Billion box office total by the end of the year? With Black Panther raking in a $1.185 Billion box office total, Avengers: Infinity War nearly reaching the $1 Billion mark in just its first week alone, and a steady arsenal of films coming out the rest of the year, it appears that they just might do it.
Filmmakers are visiting familiar territory with sequels and spinoffs alike: Deadpool 2, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Incredibles 2, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Ant-Man and the Wasp, and Teen Titans GO To the Movies. We aren’t saying originality is dead, but rather what people want today is continuity, to pick up where we left off.
Tosa Connection is happy to be previewing this summer’s action movies and tell you of the ones we are most stoked about. So strap in and get ready for the next loop in this rollercoaster ride!
Deadpool 2 : May 18, 2018
“The Merc with a Mouth” is back again, and irreverent as ever in the second installment of Deadpool, which is the eleventh film in the X-Men series.
Returning is a cast that will try to recapture the magic of the original, featuring Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool), T.J. Miller (Weasel), Brianna Hildebrand (Negasonic Teenage Warhead) and Stefan Kapičić (voice of Colossus). This sequel to Marvel’s first R-rated film is looking to maintain the same edgy humor and ultra-violent tone that kept audiences coming back to the theater the first time around.
But this is a brand-new chapter for our hero, and this time around he faces-off against the time traveling, cybernetic mutant, Cable, played by Josh Brolin. Brolin is pulling double-duty in the MCU, as he also played Thanos in Infinity War. However, Deadpool won’t have to take on this fight alone because he is teaming-up with the mutant group X-Force. X-Force is a cast of X-men rejects with an assortment of superpowers that range from cliché to downright ludicrous—which is perfect fodder for the self-referential and self-deprecating humor stylings of Deadpool.
The new cast of heroes includes Bedlam (Terry Crews), Shatterstar (Lewis Tan), Domino (Zazie Beetz), and Zeitgeist (Bill Skarsgård). Deadpool2 is a must-see this summer (assuming you are of age) and you can count on it delivering equal parts humor, action and gore.
Solo: A Star Wars Story May 25, 2018
It’s hard to fathom anyone other than Harrison Ford flying through space in the Millennium Falcon. Luckily, we’ve had a few recent Star Wars films to ease us into a universe where Chewbacca is co-piloting alongside a fresh face. This time it’s a little different because not only is the seat filled by a new actor, but so are the shoes, as Alden Ehrenreich takes on the titular role of the young Han Solo.
Solo is a true space western at heart and has everything you’d expect: gambling, revenge, lawless frontiers, fast getaways, train-top gunslinging, and Wookies galore! The Millennium Falcon has room for more than Han and Chewie, as fan favorite Lando Calrissian will be hitching a ride—it is his spaceship after all. We are all eager to see how Donald Glover will take on the role of this smooth-talking raconteur.
With Solo: A Star Wars Story, you can expect a masterfully crafted film from Ron Howard. Howard heroically swept in and took the helm in the middle of shooting, after the studio and original director parted ways over “creative differences.” There were rumors that the production was doomed despite Howard’s involvement, but this isn’t the first tight spot from which Han and Chewy have escaped. And from the looks of the action-packed trailer for this sure-to-be blockbuster, it won’t be their last, either.
The Incredibles 2 June 15, 2018
Everyone’s favorite super hero family The Incredibles are back after a 14-year hiatus and ready for action…well…that is, as long as all of their homework is done, and the garbage is taken out.
These super heroes don’t have the luxuries of a live-in butler, fortress of solitude, or a mansion that houses a school for the “exceptionally gifted”. No, this is your average American family whose members just happen to also have super powers. And the struggles of this family are real, especially in a world where super heroes are now illegal.
Attempting to win back public favor, Helen Parr, Mrs. Incredible, takes a new job and strikes out on her own to fight crime. Her decisions leave Bob Parr, aka Mr. Incredible, to take on the new role of stay-at-home dad. There might be super villains lurking around the corner, but the real challenge this family faces is how to cope with the issues of everyday life, like how to teach “new math,” deal with teenage angst, or control an uncontrollable baby.
The day-to-day challenges these superheroes face are rooted in the mundane, but events turn super interesting when the mysterious super villain the Screenslaver takes control of the worlds TVs, computers and mobile devices. Between overcoming the challenges of domestic life and the balance of good and evil, this is a movie that is sure to be a hit with all audiences.
Upcoming Superhero Films
- Venom – Oct. 5, 2018
- Aquaman – Dec. 21, 2018
- Silver and Black – Feb. 8, 2019
- Dark Phoenix – Feb. 14, 2019
- Captain Marvel – Mar. 8, 2019
- Shazam! – Apr. 5, 2019
- Avengers 4 – May 3, 2019
- Justice League 2 – Jun. 14, 2019
- Gambit – Jun. 7, 2019
- Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 – Jul. 5, 2019
- Wonder Woman 2 – Nov. 1, 2019
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom June 22, 2018
The Jurassic Park franchise has come a long way since its debut in 1993. Yes, the original was a technological marvel that still holds up today because of Spielberg’s “less is more” approach in selectively framing these primitive CGI creatures. But with today’s state-of- the-art graphics the rebooted Jurassic World series takes the “more is more” approach and will feature all your favorite dinosaurs charging directly in your face!
Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard), leader of the Dinosaur Protection Group, and Owen Grady (Chris Pratt), a Navy veteran and former dinosaur trainer, make their way back to the now defunct theme park Jurassic World on Isla Nublar, a Central American island off the pacific coast. Their mission is to locate and exfiltrate Blue, the last remaining Velociraptor trained by Grady himself—a proverbial needle in a haystack search on an island now overrun by free-roaming prehistoric beasts.
Evading piercing teeth and ripping claws won’t be the only harrowing task to complete, as mother nature has built a countdown clock (in the form of an active volcano) liable to explode at any moment. These challenges provide our heroes plenty of incentive to get off the island or they too, will go the way of the dinosaur. All in all, it suggests to be a thrilling ride for movie-goers anywhere.
Ant-Man and the Wasp July 6, 2018
Scott Lang, aka Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), has grown into his role as super hero—I mean he’s literally grown into a goliath super hero—65 feet to be exact! And in this upcoming adventure, he’s cruising down the winding hills of San Francisco on a flatbed truck like it’s a scooter.
Lang will need to make sure he doesn’t get too big of a head from living the superhero lifestyle because real life has a funny way to keep you grounded, especially when you are a single father trying to raise a daughter. Figuring out how to be a dad and superhero simultaneously won’t be his only uphill battle, as he will also need to learn how to be a partner with his new companion, Janet van Dyne, aka the Wasp (Evangeline Lilly).
Lang had a steep learning curve when figuring out how to be Ant-Man, but van Dyne is a natural who takes command from the moment she puts on the tights. As the Wasp, she ejects henchmen from moving cars with flying acrobatic kicks and stops her adversaries in their tracks with a common everyday saltshaker— sure, it’s been expanded 100 times its size, but who’s counting.
So, get ready to go subatomic with this tandem as they fluctuate between the micro and the macro and jump into the quantum realm to stop the mysterious Ghost from endangering the world in this sure-to-be summer hit.
Teen Titans GO! To the Movies July 27, 2018
Teen Titans Go! To the Movies is an animated feature film based on DC Comics sidekick-super- group the Teen Titans, led by Robin—that’s right, the Boy Wonder himself— and his lesser known companions Starfire, Raven, Beast Boy and Cyborg. In this light-hearted kids flick, no one seems to take the Titans seriously, not Batman, not Superman, not Wonder Woman and especially not Hollywood.
After being rejected by friends and producers alike, Robin and the gang set out to prove they can be taken seriously by courting their very own arch-nemesis to show the world that they are bonafide superheroes and gosh darn it they should get their own movie franchise!
That’s where Slade (Will Arnett) comes in, a real super villain who just happens to have brainwashed every superhero in the DC universe to do his bidding. This is a real proving ground for our heroes because not only will they have to take on their very own super villain but they will need to do so while fending off some of comic books greatest heroes!
While the main cast is primarily made up of lesser known voice actors, this movie is not shy of star power with Nicolas Cage (Superman), Jimmy Kimmel (Batman), singer Halsey (Wonder Woman) and rapper Lil Yachty (Green Lantern), who are all doing their part to boost this movie into a higher stratosphere.
Can’t make it out to your local multiplex to see the latest super heroes in action?
No worries, Tosa Connection has your back, we complied a top 10 list of must see super hero movies that you can watch at home.
- The Dark Knight
- Wonder Woman
- The Incredibles
- The Avengers
- Hellboy II: The Golden Army
- Guardians of the Galaxy
- The Dark Knight Rises
- Black Panther