We may only be in the early weeks of spring , but soon enough summer will be on the way and with it comes the season’s kick-ass blockbusters! With so many films offering up loads of explosions, laughs and more CGI effects than Michael Bay can shake a stick at, it’s easy to lose track of the good films and accidentally drop some cash on a real box office bomb. To help ease your movie-going experience and get some bang for your buck, we at COED have compiled a list of the 2011 summer movies that won’t suck, and – more importantly – shouldn’t be missed!
1) Thor (May 6th)
Kicked out of Asgard by his bitchy dad Odin, Thor must adjust to life on Earth as a mortal. The fish out of water story quickly turns into a fight between Earth and Asgard. Basically, think Beastmaster 2 if it didn’t suck. You can expect some kick-ass battles with Thor smashing up the place with his giant hammer Mjöllnir. The cast includes Anthony Hopkins as Odin and Natalie Portman as Jane Foster. Not to mention it’s directed by Kenneth Branagh, an odd choice considering he mostly directs Shakespeare flicks. As an Avengers tie-in, you can also expect a cameo from a certain bow and arrow-wielding superhero and several S.H.I.E.L.D. agents.
2) Priest (May 13th)
Taking place in a post-apocalyptic world, warrior priests become spiritual soldiers in a war against vampires. And I don’t mean spiritual warriors as a metaphor. To quote Dead Alive, they kick ass for the lord! After the great vampire war, warrior priests take refuge in a walled-off community, despite being ruled by the church. When the vampires come back, a priest must go rogue by venturing out of the city to find his kindapped niece. Judging by the trailer, Priest will feature awesome visuals and lots of action. This includes crosses turning into weapons. It’ll be interesting to hear the Christian reception on this one.
3) The Hangover Part 2 (May 26th)
What could be worse than having a drunken blackout in Vegas? How about in Bangkok? Stu is getting married in this crazy country where his buddies Phil and Alan not only have another wild night, but end up losing a kid they were looking after. As they hunt for their McGuffin, the three must once again retrace their steps to find out what crazy crap went down the night before, including a shaved head and a facial tattoo. Expect lots of hijinks involving a monkey as well as cameos from Liam Neeson, Mike Tyson and a rumored appearance by Bill “Bubba” Clinton.
4) X-Men: First Class (June 3rd)
Fresh off his bitchin’ direction for 2010′s Kick-Ass, Matthew Vaughn takes on the world of the X-Men. This latest installment is actually a prequel, taking place in the 1960s. The film involves the formation of the X-Men through Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr who would later become Professor X and Magneto, respectively. The plot involves the government trying to use mutants as a deterrent to nuclear warfare. So you can expect several battles including Magneto lifting submarines into the air. You’ll also see younger versions of more recognizable characters like Beast and Mystique. If X-Men Origins: Wolverine left a bad taste in your mouth, this prequel might be just the thing to wipe that from your memory.
5) Super 8 (June 10th)
Movie-making giants Steven Spielberg and J.J. Abrams team up to make a film that feels like a satisfying cross between Close Encounters of the Third Kind and The Goonies. In the late-70s, a bunch of kids are filming their own movie on super 8 film (hence the title) when they witness a horrible train crash. They soon realize that the train was carrying some sort of alien monster that is slowly destroying the small town in which the children reside. Not much else is known about the movie, including the actual appearance of the monster. But, then again, that is how J.J. Abrams’ hit Cloverfield was marketed and it looks like it may work again here.
6) Green Lantern (June 17th)
Despite several people confusing this film with The Green Hornet, come June 17th, everyone will know who the Green Lantern is. Ryan Reynolds plays Hal Jordan, a jet pilot who discovers a dead alien, Abin Sur, that gives him a ring and a lantern. Hal soon learns the secrets, the powers and the responsibilities that come with being a Green Lantern, which is essentially being an intergalactic cop. Featuring a large cast of characters including three villains and what looks like EVERY member of the Green Lantern Corps, this is looking to be one of the best movies of the summer. It has a little something for everyone. Geek dudes will get the chance to see all their favorite characters on the big screen and chicks will dig seeing Ryan Reynolds, named one of the sexiest male actors, in a skin-tight superhero suit. If you’re looking for a date movie that won’t suck, see if you can convince that special lady to see this one.
7) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (July 15th)
Despite the first part of the finale playing out like slow drama, all signs point to the epic conclusion of the incredibly popular book-to-movie adaptation being a battle royale. More character deaths and wizard battles are assured as Harry finally turns into a wizard-version of Charles Bronson. Along with his companions, Harry wages a war against the freakish Voldemort and his hordes of kabuki-rejects known as Death Eaters. Will Harry succeed or will the director pull a fast one with a bad ending? If you’ve come this far in the series, you might as well see how it all turns out.
8) Captain America: The First Avenger (July 22nd)
Nothing says patriotism like a buff American donning the colors of the USA while beating the snot out of Nazis. The wimpy Steve Rogers can’t get into the army because of his shrimpy appearance. That is until he volunteers for the Super Soldier program where he’s transformed into a beefy fighting machine. Expect lots of crazy World War II weapons and Hugo Weaving as the freaky looking villain, the Red Skull. It’s just too bad Captain America wasn’t scheduled for July 4th as that spot is reserved for Transformers 3. You tell me which flick sounds more patriotic.
9) Cowboys & Aliens (July 29th)
Jon Favreau takes a break from the Iron Man series to create a Reese’s peanut butter cup of cinema by combining two great genres: westerns and science fiction. A spaceship arrives in the old west of Arizona to take over the Earth, but not if Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford have anything to say about it. Despite their differences, the two band together to form an assault force comprised of outlaws and Indians to combat the intergalactic threat. Will they succeed in running the scum off their planet or will they just be vaporized instantly a la War of the Worlds? It could go either way for all I care. Just as long as the movie delivers on the title with bad-ass cowboys firing six-shooters at UFOs. If so, this will be one of hell of a film!
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