From superhero conclusions to intergalactic sagas, 2019 is set to bring with it some epic movies! But which ones should you mark on your calendars?
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Release date: 26 April 2019
This is the big one. We’ve enjoyed well over a decade of build-up and investment in what will probably go down as the best comic book movie series, but it’s about to reach a conclusion of sorts in Endgame. It follows directly on the events that concluded Infinity War, and of course, there’s been terabytes of speculation on exactly how Endgame will wrap things up. Bottom line, though, we can’t really be sure. We’re just going to have to wait and see, but if Infinity War was anything to go by, then this will blow the roof off.
Pokemon: Detective Pikachu
Release date: 17 May 2019
A live-action Pokémon movie has been on the fringes of the fandom’s interest for a while, but this is unlikely to be exactly what they would’ve expected. Pikachu is effectively the mascot character for the franchise, so having a mystery movie that follows around the most popular and iconic Pokemon voiced by Ryan Reynolds seems like a decent bet. Who knows, maybe if this one hits the ground running the studio will greenlight a few more Pokemon projects in future?
Release date: 24 May 2019
A live-action remake of one of Disney’s most highly acclaimed animated movies will always be an ambitious project, and none more so than Aladdin – primarily because of the late Robin Williams’ portrayal of Genie. They managed to get a charismatic replacement in Will Smith, though, and all eyes will probably be on him and his performance in this adventurous caper. Guy Ritchie directs, which bodes well for the comedic aspect of the film given his knack for witty dialogue. Hopefully this one lives up to its predecessor’s success, although it’ll be a tough act to follow given how popular the original was.
Men in Black: International
Release date: 14 June 2019
For audience members who were around when the first Men in Black released back in 1997, it might seem sacrilegious to have a sequel that doesn’t feature the combo of Kay and Jay (Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith), but like all good things, even that alien-catching duo has to come to an end. Luckily, they’ve been replaced with a combo that has already shown great comedic chemistry and entertainment value: Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson, who first teamed up to great effect in Thor: Ragnarok. Although the old guard isn’t there anymore, this should still be a hugely entertaining movie worthy of continuing the franchise.
Spider-Man: Far From Home
Release date: 5 July 2019
The sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming picks up after the events of Avengers: Endgame (scheduled for release in April), where everyone’s friendly neighbourhood superhero decides to join his best friends Ned, MJ, and the rest of the gang on a European vacation. However, Peter’s plan to leave super heroics behind for a few weeks are quickly scrapped when he begrudgingly agrees to help Nick Fury uncover the mystery of several elemental creature attacks, creating havoc across the continent! Jake Gyllenhaal also makes his entrance into the MCU, taking on the role of iconic Spider-Man villain, Mysterio.