There's something about a summer blockbuster that really gets us into the mood for the movies. By this time every year, we're always starting to miss the thrills, action and explosions that only be delivered by a big-budget behemoth of a film.
Lucky for us, blockbuster season is once again upon us. The Hollywood studios are gearing up for the release of their biggest pictures, and this year, there's plenty to choose from. But while there's technically no reason we couldn't buy a ticket for each and every one, there's definitely a couple of movies we're more excited to see than others.
Here's just a few of the flicks Hollywood has in store for us in the coming months. Mark your calendars for:
- "Iron Man 3"Directed by Shane Black. Starring Robert Downey Jr, Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle and Ben Kingsley.Opens May 3.
- "Star Trek Into Darkness"Directed by J.J. Abrams. Starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana and Benedict Cumberbatch.Opens May 17.
- "Fast & Furious 6"Directed by Justin Lin. Starring Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster and Dwayne JohnsonOpens May 24.
- "The Hangover Part III"Directed by Todd Phillips. Starring Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bartha and Ken Jeong.Opens May 24.
- "After Earth"Directed by M. Night Shyamalan. Starring Will Smith, Jaden Smith, Zoë Kravitz and Isabelle Fuhrman.Opens June 7.
- "Man of Steel"Directed by Zack Snyder. Starring Henry Cavill, Russell Crowe, Amy Adams and Kevin Costner.Opens June 14.
- "World War Z"Directed by Marc Forster. Starring Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, David Morse and James Badge Dale.Open June 21.
- "White House Down"Directed by Roland Emmerich. Starring Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Richard Jenkins.Opens June 28.
- "The Lone Ranger"Directed by Gore Verbinski. Starring Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, William Fichtner and Tom Wilkinson.Opens July 5.
- "Pacific Rim"Directed by Guillermo del Toro. Starring Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Charlie Day and Rinko Kikuchi.Opens July 12.
- "The Wolverine"Directed by James Mangold. Starring Hugh Jackman, Famke Janssen, Will Yun Lee and Tao Okamoto.Opens July 26.
- "Elysium"Directed by Neill Blomkamp. Starring Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley and Alice Braga.Opens August 9.
- "Kick-Ass 2"Directed by Jeff Wadlow. Starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz, Jim Carrey and Christopher Mintz-Plasse.Opens August 16.