Promising new summer films

Varsha Ravi, Managing Editor

Summer is nearly here, and along with warm weather and no school comes…

“Spider-Man: Far From Home” 

Set directly after the events of “Avengers: Endgame”, “Spider-Man: Far From Home” follows Peter Parker (Tom Holland) on a school trip to Europe. 

Shaken by the loss of a close friend, Peter is relieved to take some time off from his side job protecting New York City and hang out with his friends. 

Unfortunately, after arriving in Europe, he’s confronted by Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), the infamous former head of S.H.I.E.L.D who enlists his help to defeat The Elementals, a group of extradimensional humanoids with control over the natural forces of earth, fire, water, and wind.  

Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) is introduced as a mysterious superhero from a faraway dimension, which he refers to as “Earth 833” in a clip from the movie released on “The Ellen Show”. The Elementals come from his world, and he works together with Fury and Peter to help defeat them.

“Far From Home” represents a dramatic shift in Peter’s perspective regarding the world around him and the role he has in it. 

“This film is about the world telling him, ‘It’s time for you to step up and grow up, kid,’ and he’s saying, ‘But I still want to be a kid and go on vacation,’” director Jon Watts said in an Entertainment Weekly interview.

The movie is the second in what is expected to be a trilogy reflecting Peter’s journey through high school. 

“Spider-Man: Far From Home” will debut in theaters on July 2, but tickets are already on sale. If Endgame sales are anything to go by, it’s best to get them while you still can. 

“Men In Black: International”

“Men In Black: International” opens a new chapter in the Men In Black universe, which began in 1997. 

The protagonists, Agent M and Agent H, will be played by a familiar dynamic duo from the MCU, Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth, respectively. 

In this new take on an old classic, Agent M is a recent recruit of the organization, who spent 20 years of her life tracking it down after she saw M.I.B. agents erase her parents’ memories of an incident when she was a child. She’s assigned to the UK branch, where she becomes partners with the renowned, but reckless, Agent H. 

The plot of the movie revolves around the arrival of an enemy called the Hive that can take the form of anyone (a la the Skrulls from the spring blockbuster “Captain Marvel”). 

Agent M and Agent H are tasked to eliminate the Hive, an ambitious mission that leads them on an international hunt. 

After it’s revealed that there’s a mole in the organization, the stakes are higher, leaving it to Agent M and Agent H to save the world and hopefully not kill each other in the process.  

In addition to Thompson and Hemsworth, Emma Thompson will be reprising her role from “Men In Black 3” as Agent O, and Liam Neeson will play High T, the head of the UK M.I.B. branch. 

Kumail Nanjiani will voice Pawny, a snarky pint-sized alien that tags along with Agent M and Agent H after accidentally pledging loyalty to the former. 

“Men In Black: International” opens in theaters on June 14. 

“The Lion King”

“The Lion King”, a film that many of us grew up with, will return this summer with a twist. 

This new remake will be a photorealistic computer animated remake that will feature, among other Hollywood stars, Donald Glover as Simba, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa, and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala, Simba’s love interest. 

The plot of the original movie will stay untouched, but that’s not to say that it will be identical to the 1994 animated version. 

A reinvented soundtrack, complete with all the classic songs we all know and love, such as “Hakuna Matata” and “Be Prepared”, will also accompany the movie. 

Elton John is reworking his original composition, with the help of Beyoncé. 

J.D. McCrary and Shahadi Wright Joseph will play the younger versions of Simba and Nala, respectively. At ages 11 and 14, they’re the youngest members of the cast. 

“When I found out she was going to be playing older me, I really had to step my game up and think about what Beyoncé would want,” Joseph said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. 

The film is set to release on July 19, the 25th anniversary of the original animated film. 

It will also be available on Disney+, Disney’s new video-on-demand service,  as one of the first films to be featured.