Highly anticipated movies for summer 2013

Abby Hoffman ('14)/ Eastside Opinions Editor

After the successful releases of movies such as Iron Man 3, Star Trek Into Darkness, The Great Gatsby, Fast & Furious 6, and The Hangover 3, summer 2013 has certainly started on the right foot in terms of big-screen productions. In the next coming weeks, another large handful of highly anticipated movies are expected to premiere in theaters around the country.

First on the list is Man of Steel set to come out on June 14. A new take on Superman’s origin story, aspiring journalist Clark Kent (Henry Cavill)—who came to Earth after growing up on the planet of Krypton—has some trouble fitting in and keeping his superpowers a secret. Kent is eventually forced into action, making it his goal to protect his city and those in need by ultimately transforming into Superman.

As the prequel to Monsters, Inc. from November 2, 2001, Monsters University is set to come out on June 21. This film takes audiences back in time before James P. “Sulley” Sullivan (voiced by John Goodman) and Michael “Mike” Wazowski (voiced by Billy Crystal) formed one of the most successful “scarer” teams in Monsters, Inc. history. Throughout the movie, it is revealed when and how Sulley and Mike met and the progression of their relationship as they became best friends.

Next is Despicable Me 2 set to come out on July 3. This movie is the sequel to Despicable Me which originally aired on July 9, 2010. In this part of the story, Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) will no longer be looked at as the villain of the story, especially after he adopted three daughters of his own. However, his newly tranquil life takes an unexpected turn when he is recruited by members of the Anti-Villain League, a society dedicated to fighting crime on a global rule. With the help of Gru’s assistant, Dr. Nefario (voiced by Russell Brand) and his minions, Gru must try to save the world from destruction once again.

Finally, The Lone Ranger set to air on July 3. Overall, this movie is a retelling of “The Lone Ranger” legacy from the Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski. The masked hero (Armie Hammer) partners with his Native American acquaintance, Tonto (Johnny Depp) to help fight prejudice in the Old American West. The threat comes from industrialist Latham Cole (Tom Wilkinson) who takes the recent invention of developed railroad technology to new and criminal lengths.

Other big movies making their way into theaters this summer include After Earth, The Internship, Now You See Me, This Is the End, World War Z, Grown Ups 2, and more.