10 Blockbuster Films You Won’t Want To Miss During Summer 2015

NME previews the most eagerly-anticipated movies of the summer

With Joss Whedon’s sequel to The Avengers now just three weeks away from release, summer blockbuster season is rapidly approaching. NME looks ahead at the hottest comedies, superhero movies and sci-fi epics set to open in cinemas over the next few months.

1
Avengers: Age Of Ultron

Avengers: Age Of Ultron

NME’s unmissable summer blockbusters preview begins with Joss Whedon’s sequel to 2012’s The Avengers, the third highest-grossing film of all time. Iron Man and the gang are joined by newcomers Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch as they battle Ultron, a self-teaching A.I. system trying to eradicate the human race. (In cinemas April 23)

2
Mad Max: Fury Road

Mad Max: Fury Road

The first Mad Max film in 30 years sees Tom Hardy take over the iconic title role flanked by Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult and Hugh Keays-Byrne, who appeared in the original 1979 film. Mad Max creator George Miller returned as writer-director and the latest trailer makes it look, well, plain crazy. (In cinemas May 14)

3
Pitch Perfect 2

Pitch Perfect 2

The sequel to 2012’s surprise musical comedy hit follows Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson’s all-female a cappella group the Barden Bellas as they enter a global singing competition that no American group has ever won. Actress Elizabeth Banks makes her directorial debut and we’re promised a cover of Natalie Imbruglia’s ’90s anthem ‘Torn’. (In cinemas May 15)

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4
Jurassic World

Jurassic World

The new Jurassic Park film is set 22 years after the original, with Isla Nublar finally home to a fully functioning dinosaur theme park. However, when the park’s owners ask scientists to create a genetically modified hybrid dino, the results are disastrous and it falls on Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard to save the day. (In cinemas June 12)

5
Entourage

Entourage

The Entourage film picks up where the long-running TV show left off, with Jeremy Piven’s Ari Gold now running his own movie studio and agreeing to finance the $100 million directorial debut from Adrian Grenier’s Vincent Chase. The customary A-list cameos come from the likes of Pharrell, Calvin Harris, Jessica Alba and Liam Neeson. (In cinemas June 19)

6
Ted 2

Ted 2

Seth MacFarlane’s 2012 comedy about a potty-mouthed teddy bear was a surprise $500 million-grossing smash. The sequel sees Ted embark on a legal battle to prove he’s a person so that he and his girlfriend can have a baby via sperm donor – yes, really – with Mark Wahlberg joined by Amanda Seyfried as Ted’s lawyer and Morgan Freeman as the judge. (In cinemas June 26)

7
Terminator Genisys

Terminator Genisys

Arnold Schwarzenegger plays The Terminator for the first time since 2003, while Game Of Thrones‘ Emilia Clarke steps into Linda Hamilton’s shoes as heroine Sarah Connor. The plot synopsis promises time travel, an alternate reality and the prospect of judgement day – and yes, Arnie will definitely say “I’ll be back”. (In cinemas July 1)

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8
Ant-Man

Ant-Man

Marvel’s second huge superhero movie of the summer (after The Avengers 2, obvs ) stars Paul Rudd as a petty criminal who acquires the ability to shrink in size but increase in strength to become ‘Ant-Man’. Michael Douglas co-stars as the scientist who originally invented the Ant-Man technology and mentors Lang to take over from him. (In cinemas July 17)

9
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

The fifth Mission: Impossible film sees Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt on a mission to destroy the “Syndicate”, a near-mythical guild of assassins. Sean Harris – who portrayed Joy Division’s Ian Curtis in 24 Hour Party People – plays the villain with Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner and Alec Baldwin co-starring. (In cinemas July 31)

10
Fantastic Four

Fantastic Four

Billed as a “contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team”, this reboot arrives just eight years after the last Fantastic Four film but looks super-promising. Chronicle‘s John Trank directs a fantastic young cast led by Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara and Jamie Bell. (In cinemas August 7)

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