This is my list of summer 2015 movies that have great promise of being well-made entertaining movies AND appropriate for kids (some are for older kids, maybe 12 and up). These are the ones I’m personally looking forward to. I plan to see every one of these eventually, but the two that have me about to jump out of my skin in anticipation are The Avengers 2 because the first Avengers movie is possibly the greatest movie every made, and Inside Out because it’s the first Pixar movie that isn’t a sequel since Brave in 2012. And, in my opionion, Pixar movies are practically flawless. OK, so I’m a Marvel/Pixar geek. I admit it. At least my summer is looking up. Here’s my geek-ed out list of Summer Movies to look forward to. A full list of summer movies can be found here at ew.com. The movie descriptions I’ve used below are from imdb.com.
AVENGERS 2 ( May 1st) – When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for a global adventure.
TOMORROWLAND (May 22nd) – Bound by a shared destiny, a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor jaded by disillusionment embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as “Tomorrowland.”
INSIDE OUT (June 19th) – Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.
MINIONS (July 10th) – The story of Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s Minions begins at the dawn of time. Starting as single-celled yellow organisms, Minions evolve through the ages, perpetually serving the most despicable of masters. Continuously unsuccessful at keeping these masters-from T. rex to Napoleon-the Minions find themselves without someone to serve and fall into a deep depression. But one Minion named Kevin has a plan, and he-alongside teenage rebel Stuart and lovable little Bob-ventures out into the world to find a new evil boss for his brethren to follow. The trio embarks upon a thrilling journey that ultimately leads them to their next potential master, Scarlet Overkill (Academy Award® winner Sandra Bullock), the world’s first-ever female super-villain. They travel from frigid Antarctica to 1960s New York City, ending in mod London, where they must face their biggest challenge to date: saving all of Minionkind…from annihilation
ANT MAN (July 17th) – Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world. (Scott’s Note: I am hoping this one will be kid-friendly, based on Marvel’s reputation for putting out superhero movies with less graphic violence and less adult content. However, Ant Man is a new hero that I know very little about, so it’s hard to say how kid-friendly this one will be until it actually comes out. I recommend checking a parent review site like Pluggedin.com after the film is released to get more specifics on content issues)
PAN (July 24th) – The story of an orphan who is spirited away to the magical Neverland. There, he finds both fun and dangers, and ultimately discovers his destiny — to become the hero who will be forever known as Peter Pan.
FANTASTIC FOUR (August 7th) – A contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy. (Scott’s Note: There is a possibility this one will NOT be very kid-friendly. It’s being reported that it will be darker than the previous Fantastic Four movies. However, I’m hoping that 20th Centery Fox will remember that this group of heroes is a natural favorite of younger readers and viewers, and give us a movie that’s fit for the whole family. I recommend checking a parent review site like Pluggedin.com after the film is released to get more specifics on content issues)
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I’m looking forward to Avengers, of course! Maybe the Pixar. Probably not the Pan and definitely not the Minions.
Ant Man is a longtime Marvel character with a complicated history. The first Ant Man, Hank Pym, had a partner/girlfriend/wife, Wasp, who was a great character in her own right. They both helped found the Avengers, and Wasp was team leader several times. Unfortunately, Pym had mental problems and the two divorced.
Ironically, Pym was the creator of Ultron in the comic. Since they’ve replaced Pym with Stark in Avengers 2 publicity, I’m guessing they’ll go with Ant Man #2, Scott Lang, a single father. I’ll miss Wasp very much, but I do think the single father character is needed in movies today.
Thanks for the insight into Ant Man. Maybe Marvel will bring Wasp into the story at some point. They certainly aren’t shy about bringing new heroes into their movie universe.