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What's Releasing this June: Spider-Men take center stage

Adam Beam SUTV News

The summer movie is officially in full swing and June is set to be another stacked month for blockbusters and major releases.

The month is kicking off with easily its biggest release as "Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse" will finally hit theaters on June 2, after being delayed from its original October release date. The film is a follow-up to the highly acclaimed "Into the Spider-Verse" which won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature at the 2019 Academy Awards. The film also grossed $384.3 million at the worldwide box-office.

The film is set to fully explore the titular Spider-Verse and will see Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) team up with familiar allies and face off against an entire army of Spider-people and animals. The main threats look to be Miguel O'Hara aka Spider-Man 2099 (Oscar Isaac) and The Spot (Jason Schwartzman). Other cast members include the returning Jake Johnson and Hailee Steinfeld, as well as newcomers Andy Samberg and Karan Soni. Early reviews have praised the film as yet another masterpiece and possibly superior to the original. The film has debuted with a 97% critic score on Rotten Tomatoes as of 5/31.

On June 9, Paramount Pictures will once again gamble on the robots in disguise as "Transformers: Rise of the Beasts" releases. The film is being described as a prequel, set before the events of the first five Michael Bay directed films, but after the events of 2018's "Bumblebee". The latter of which underperforming at the box-office with only $467 million worldwide. The film stars Anthony Ramos, and the voices of Peter Cullen, Pete Davidson, Liza Koshy, and Ron Perlman.

June 16 will be a three way battle for the number one spot as three majors releases are set for theaters. Warner Bros. risk it all on "The Flash", Pixar debuts a new world in "Elemental" and Lionsgate may have a sleeper hit with the horror comedy "The Blackening".

"The Flash" is a risk for the studio as they plan to build the future of their DC universe off the back of the film's success. The film has been delayed numerous times and star Ezra Miller's behavior has also thrown the film's success into question. Early reactions from fans, critics, and even Tom Cruise have praised the film. Some have even gone on record as to say it's "one of the best comic book films of all-time."

The film is loosely based on the popular comic storyline "Flashpoint" which sees Barry Allen/The Flash (Ezra Miller) altering the past so his mother is alive in the present. The ripples of his decision creates an alternate world, in this case, one without metahumans. When General Zod (Michael Shannon) invades, Barry must team up with Bruce Wayne/Batman played by a returning Michael Keaton. A role he has not played since 1992. Flash will also team-up with Kara Zor-El/Supergirl (Sasha Calle). Early box-office projections are low at only $70 million against a $250 million budget.

On June 23, Wes Anderson will team up with his most star-studded cast to this day in "Asteroid City". The sci-fi comedy will star Tom Hanks, Tilda Swinton, Scarlett Johansson, Jeffery Wright, Maya Hawke, Bryan Cranston, and Willem Dafoe just to name a few. The film will be going up against the R-rated comedy "No Hard Feelings" starring Jennifer Lawrence.

To close out the month, Harrison Ford will don the fedora one more time in "Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny" on June 30. The film will see Dr. Jones teaming up with his goddaughter Helena (Phoebe Waller-Bridge) to stop a Nazi plot set to the backdrop of the Apollo 11 mission.

The film debuted at the Cannes Film Festival to lukewarm responses from critics. The film currently sits at a 49% critic score on Rotten Tomatoes, however Ford has been unanimously praised for his final outing as the character. He received a standing ovation following the film's premiere screening.

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