Summer Movie Preview: 37 Movies to Watch Out For

Wonder Woman is one of the movies we are most excited for this summer. Image: Warner Bros.
Wonder Woman is one of the movies we are most excited for this summer. Image: Warner Bros.

The summer movie season is usually very predictable. We all get super excited about all the big movies coming out. Expectations go through the roof. Then you see the movies, most of them are bad, and that’s it. For some reason, though, 2017 feels like it’s going to be an exception.


Maybe this is because 2017 somehow feels less predictable. Levels of anticipation and excitement are all over the map, with movies we all expect to be bad (Transformers, King Arthur, Dark Tower), expect to be great (Guardians of the Galaxy, Alien: Covenant, War for the Planet of the Apes), and have no idea whatsoever (Mummy, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Valerian), any of which could end up being totally the opposite. We just don’t know.

To help you figure it out, we present the 2017 summer movie preview, with 37 genre movies to look out for coming to theaters, on-demand, and even streaming services from May through August.


Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Like every summer from now until eternity, the season kicks off with a Marvel movie. In this case, the return of those a-holes in space. The story is set just a few months after the events of the first movie but this time around, things are much smaller and personal. Especially Baby Groot. (May 5)

Enter the Warriors Gate

Luc Besson wrote this fantasy-adventure about a young gamer who travels back in time to an ancient civilization run by a tyrant played by Dave Bautista. He then has to use his skills as a gamer to find his way home, naturally. (May 5)


Batman and Bill

Everyone knows Bob Kane created Batman. This documentary, coming to Hulu, aims to introduce to fans Bill Finger, the other man who birthed the Caped Crusader—but was robbed of the credit for decades. (May 6)

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

Guy Ritchie’s reimaging of the King Arthur legend feels like it’s been coming for years, but now it’s finally here. Charlie Hunnam plays a more gritty, ground-level version of the iconic character who rises from nothing to become a king. Jude Law stands in his way (as well as years of curbed expectations). (May 12)


The Survivalist

A post-apocalyptic thriller with an indie twist, The Survivalist is about a man who has survived alone for years. Then, one day, he’s faced with a dilemma when a woman and her daughter show up at his home and try to take it over. (May 19)

Alien: Covenant

This story bridges the gap between director Ridley Scott’s previous two entries in the franchise, Alien and Prometheus, by explaining about how and where those wacky, killer xenomorphs come from. Danny McBride, Katharine Waterson, and Billy Crudup star. (May 19)



A documentary narrated by Giancarlo Esposito that promises to provide never before seen information and access regarding UFO secrecy and coverups in the United States. (Digital Download May 9)

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Six years have passed since the last Pirates of the Caribbean movie and this one takes things into the future by telling a story of Will Turner’s son (Brenton Thwaites) on the prowl for his dad’s old friend, Captain Jack Sparrow. Expect huge action set pieces and even more Johnny Depp shenanigans, this time against the ghost pirate Salazar, played by Javier Bardem. (May 26)



Wonder Woman

The DC Universe returns with the first-ever big screen film for one of the brand’s most iconic characters: Wonder Woman. Directed by Patty Jenkins, this film will explore the character’s origins in a period piece set before her roles in Batman v Superman or Justice League. More than anything this summer, this is a movie we’re dying to see and hoping will be good. (June 2)


The Recall

A group of friends is on vacation when aliens attack Earth. Now totally unsure of what to do, they are forced to trust a crazy old man who seems to know exactly what’s going on. It’s a small indie film with one big thing going for it—the crazy old man is played by Wesley Snipes. (Barco Escape theaters June 2)

Captain Underpants

The popular children’s book series gets a big time animated feature featuring the voices of Kevin Hart and Ed Helms as students who turn their evil principal into the mindless titular superhero. (June 2)


It Comes at Night

This horror film starring Joel Edgerton looks creepy as hell. It’s about a family who isolates themselves in a cabin as an unnatural evil takes over the world. Because going to a cabin in the woods to get away from a horrible situation is always the right decision. (June 9)

The Mummy

Tom Cruise kicks off a brand new franchise for himself with this Universal Monster movie. Cruise plays a soldier who is cursed and hunted by an ancient, evil, and undead Egyptian queen. (June 9)


47 Meters Down

Mandy Moore plays one of two women who star in what is basically a full movie made out of a famous scene in Jaws. The women decide they want to see sharks up close, so they get in an underwater cage whose wire gets severed and drops to the ocean floor in shark-infested waters. (June 16)

Cars 3

Pixar’s incredibly lucrative franchise is back, this time flipping the idea from the first film around. Now Lightning McQueen is the old guy, dealing with a new generation of racers. As always, Pixar has a lot to live up to, especially with their one franchise that audiences love, but critics generally do not. (June 16)


Kill Switch

After an experiment to harness unlimited energy goes wrong, a pilot played by Beauty and the Beast star Dan Stevens has to traverse an imploding planet Earth to save his family. Sounds like a big movie, but it’s an indie. (June 16)

Transformers: The Last Knight

The fifth Michael Bay Transformers film will take things forward and backward at the same time. We’ll finally get to see the planet of Cybertron, but also go into the past to find out how and why the Transformers have such a connection to Earth, which somehow has something to do with King Arthur. Mark Wahlberg and Josh Duhamel reprise their characters from previous films along with newcomers played by Anthony Hopkins, Jerrod Carmichael, and Isabela Moner. (June 23)


The Bad Batch

Jason Momoa stars in this festival favorite, post-apocalyptic cannibal film from director Ana Lily Amirpour, who made the highly underrated vampire film A Girl Walks At Home Alone At Night. (June 23)


The acclaimed director of Snowpiercer and The Host, Bong Joon-Ho is back with another crazy scifi film about a young girl who fights to keep her best friend, a giant monster, from being taken by giant corporations. It’s coming to Netflix. (June 28)


Amityville: The Awakening

Lead by Jennifer Jason Leigh, a family moves into a new house to cut costs for healthcare. And yet, when the ailing brother is miraculously cured they realize something has gone horribly, horribly wrong. (June 30)

Despicable Me 3

The supervillain-turned -ero Gru (Steve Carell) is back, this time with his identical brother and a brand new adversary, voiced by South Park’s Trey Parker. Minions are involved. (June 30)



Spider-Man: Homecoming

Our third Spider-Man in 15 years. It’s kind of crazy. But, for the first time, he’s an actual high school kid and lives in a world with the Avengers. Plus he’s hanging with Tony Stark (a lot, apparently). And he’s fighting a villain played by former Batman Michael Keaton. (July 7)


A Ghost Story

Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara star in this critically acclaimed film about a man who dies and tries to come back and contact his wife as a ghost, but realizes he is being forced to watch life pass him by. (July 7)

War for the Planet of the Apes

Andy Serkis’ Caesar returns for the third film on the road to the 1968 original. This time, the apes are at full-out war with the humans, led by Woody Harrelson. I don’t think it’s going to turn out too well for the humans. (July 14)


Wish Upon

A twisted take on the classic genie story, a girl gets a magic box that grants her seven wishes. But as her life gets better with each wish, people around her begin dying in gruesome ways. (July 14)

Valerian and the City of the Thousand Planets

Director Luc Besson has made some of the most beautiful and influential genre films of the past several decades, but the movie he’s always actually wanted to make is Valerian. The swashbuckling, super scifi adventure film could be a masterpiece, a massive financial disaster, or both. (July 21)


The Gracefield Incident

A man embeds a camera in his eye mere days before he witnesses a meteorite crash and battle for humanity against extraterrestrials. Another summer indie with a big idea at its core. (July 21)

Atomic Blonde

Charlize Theron is a killer assassin in this action movie from the man who is next directing Deadpool 2. Buzz from the film festivals it’s played say that this has some of the craziest action scenes of the year. (July 28)


The Emoji Movie

It’s n animated movie starring emojis. The voice cast is impressive (Patrick Stewart, James Corden, Maya Rudolph, Steven Wright, T.J. Miller, Anna Faris) but... it’s still a movie based on emojis. (July 28)



It’s April 27 and there is still not a trailer for The Dark Tower. Image: Sony
It’s April 27 and there is still not a trailer for The Dark Tower. Image: Sony

The Dark Tower

Stephen King’s epic tale across multiple worlds and dimensions finally makes it to the big screen. Idris Elba is the Gunslinger, Matthew McConaughey is the Man in Black, and fans have been waiting for decades to see this story unfold. Lack of marketing has been scary but expectations are high. (August 4)



A small, 1980s period piece about a group of students who decide to go into the woods to study a local legend of a woman who supposedly turned into a werewolf. (August 4)

Annabelle: Creation

The maker of the killer doll Annabelle (itself a spinoff from The Conjuring) allows a new family into his life, which is probably going to go super smoothly. Miranda Otto of the Lord of the Rings stars in this sequel to a spinoff. (August 11)


Death Note

Based on the manga of the same name, the director of You’re Next brings this creepy story to Netflix. In the film, Nat Wolff plays a man who finds a notebook that kills anyone whose name you write in it. He uses this for good, until the wrong people take notice. Lakeith Stanfield and Willem Dafoe co-star. (August 25)



I feel like I’ve written about this movie 50 times but, here we go again. Maybe it’ll be out this year. It’s about a haunted polaroid camera that kills whoever’s photo it takes. (August 25)



Texas decides to leave the United States, starting a sudden, massive war. So when a woman (Brittany Snow) gets off the subway in New York, unaware of what’s going on, she’s forced to trust a war veteran (Dave Bautista) to keep her safe as the world goes to hell. (August 25)

Terminator 2 3D

James Cameron’s blockbuster sequel comes back to the big screen with a brand new 3D transfer. Not that this perfect movie needed 3D transfer, but any excuse to see it on the big screen is a good one. (August 25)


*Correction: A few of the film’s release dates were incomplete and have been updated.

Entertainment Reporter for io9/Gizmodo


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But really, I’ll be lucky if I get to 7 of these.