7 Movies We’re Looking Forward To: May 2013

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7 Movies We're Looking Forward To: May 2013

Iron Man 3 Legion Trailer Discussion Last May, records were broken and the landscape for superhero films was changed for the better. Marvel's The Avengers set the tone for Summer 2012, and they hope to repeat that in 2013 with Iron Man 3. However, unlike last year, Marvel has some very stiff competition. Some huge franchise sequels are hitting theaters this month, and there's little breathing room between them. In fact, this Memorial Day weekend could easily be a record-breaker based solely on the number of films that will be available, and the wide variety of audiences they appeal to. Will any of the May releases break Avengers' opening weekend record? Probably not, but most have the potential to make a ton of money. Here are the 7 movies we're looking forward to in May 2013:

May 3rd: Iron Man 3

May Movie Preview - Iron Man 3 As the follow-up to the wildly successful, superhero team-up film The Avengers, Iron Man 3 has some big shoes to fill. Not only that, the film kicks off the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Phase Two, which promises to be more ambitious (and more cosmic) than Phase One. Thankfully, as international box office numbers and early reviews have shown, Iron Man 3 is more than up to the challenge. Iron Man 3 tackles some of Tony Stark's most memorable adversaries (including The Mandarin, played by Ben Kingsley), and includes a fan-favorite storyline (Extremis). However, something that has us really excited is the addition of Shane Black, a director who has an eye for action-comedy. More importantly, the guy knows how to use Robert Downey Jr., as evidenced by their work together in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. With a skilled wordsmith like Black feeding lines to RDJ, Iron Man 3 could easily take the title of best written (if not outright best) entry in the series. Check out the trailer for Iron Man 3.

May 10th: The Great Gatsby

May Movie Preview - The Great Gatsby After a delay into 2013, Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby took itself out of the Oscar conversation and into the summer movie competition. With that delay also came the decision to add 3D to the film, which should (literally) add a new dynamic to Luhrmann's potent visual style. To go along with the flashy visuals, The Great Gatsby boasts a star-studded cast that includes Joel Edgerton, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire, and Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role. F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel more than stands up on its own, but we're curious to see what talent like this can bring to a classic story. Say what you will about the quality of Romeo + Juliet (another Luhrmann/DiCaprio collaboration), at the very least that film was not a by-the-numbers adaptation, and neither should this film. Check out the trailer for The Great Gatsby.

May 17th: Star Trek Into Darkness

May Movie Preview - Star Trek Into Darkness For the foreseeable future, the name J.J. Abrams will be synonymous with the sci-fi genre. After resuscitating the Star Trek franchise in 2009, Abrams is now tasked with pulling a similar Heimlich maneuver on the Star Wars franchise beginning with Episode 7 in 2015. Before that, though, is Star Trek Into Darkness – Abrams' darker follow-up to his playful reboot. Star Trek Into Darkness not only looks bigger and bolder, it also has one very important piece its 2009 predecessor was missing: a memorable villain. While there has been a lot of debate over whether or not Benedict Cumberbatch is Khan, or some other character from Star Trek lore, few moviegoers are debating whether Cumberbatch will make a great villain. And that's all that matters, right? Check out the trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness.

May 24th: Fast & Furious 6

May Movie Preview - Fast and Furious 6 The Fast and Furious franchise has come a long way since the flashy import-tuner cars and the quarter mile races. In Fast & Furious 6, Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his band of criminally inclined gearheads are no longer running from the law; they are working for the law. Dwayne Johnson's character returns to recruit the Fast and Furious crew to take down a group that, not unlike Toretto's crew, uses elaborate vehicle maneuvers to pull off heists. It's the classic bad-guys-become-the-good-guys scenario, only with planes, tanks, and automobiles. Although the franchise has moved further and further away from street racing, it continues to draw crowds in bigger and bigger numbers. And based on the film's Super Bowl spot and trailers, this franchise entry might just be the biggest one yet - at least in terms of all-out mayhem. Check out the trailer for Fast & Furious 6.

May 24th: The Hangover Part III

May Movie Preview - Hangover Part 3 The Hangover Part II was a huge box office success, but it didn't do much to evolve the concepts of the first film. The Hangover Part III, however, seeks to bring some finality to the story of The Wolfpack, as indicated by the film's promotional materials. Part III takes the characters back to where it all started, Las Vegas, and puts them into what we can only imagine will be some of the craziest scenarios put to film. Moreover, all of the film's iconic characters are back, this time at odds with John Goodman. Hangover Part III is director Todd Phillips' chance to get the band back together and put them in the trenches one last time, before sending Phil, Alan, and Stu off in style. It will be sad to see these characters go, but we suspect The Hangover's impact on R-rated comedies will be felt for a long time. Check out the trailer for The Hangover Part III.

May 31st: After Earth

After Earth There are a lot of question marks hanging over Warner Bros' After Earth, not the least of which is the presence of director M. Night Shyamalan. After bursting on the scene with a string of successes, the filmmaker's potential has seemingly tapered off quite a bit. That being said, After Earth does have an intriguing, post-apocalyptic premise: The planet fought back, humans fled, and now a father and son have returned to discover a much more savage environment. Will the Smith family's star power propel the film to a stellar opening weekend? Or will the Shyamalan name turn a large portion of moviegoers off? Check out the trailer for After Earth.

May 31st: Now You See Me

May Movie Preview - Now You See Me If you've listened to the Screen Rant Underground, you know that a few of us are quite fond of magic. So, when a movie like Now You See Me - about a group of magicians that use magic tricks to pull off heists - comes around, it's hard not to get excited. And even if you're not fond of magic, there appears to be something grander at work in the heists than just smoke and mirrors. To be fair, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone had a similar allure with magic – albeit with a comedic slant – and that didn't turn out so well. Luckily, Now You See Me isn't built solely on a gimmick (at least we hope it's not) but has some talent both in front of and behind the camera. We're not willing to bet any money on it, but maybe with a strong marketing push, Now You See Me can pull off a little magic trick of its own and stand out amidst the summer blockbusters. Check out the trailer for Now You See Me.

7 Movies We're Looking Forward To: May 2013

Star Trek Into Darkness Poster Iron Man 3 is already in theaters overseas, and is already shaping up to be another home run for Marvel. But what about Star Trek Into Darkness, The Hangover Part III, and Fast & Furious 6? How will those films perform domestically and internationally? There are also two more May releases that did not make our list: Tyler Perry Presents Peeples (May 10th) and the animated film Epic (May 24th). Even if they aren't big draws like Iron Man or Star Trek, we're still curious to know how they will fare at the box office. And most importantly, we want to know which of the May 2013 releases you are most looking forward to? Let us know in the comments below. Once again, here are the 7 movies we're looking forward to this month:
  • May 3rd: Iron Man 3
  • May 10th: The Great Gatsby
  • May 17th: Star Trek Into Darkness
  • May 24th: Fast & Furious 6, The Hangover Part III
  • May 31st: After Earth, Now You See Me
TAGS: After Earth, fast and furious 6, iron man 3, now you see me, star trek into darkness, the great gatsby, the hangover 3


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  1. just a heads UP!, IM3 is a big DISAPPOINTMENT, i mean really big

    • In case you didn’t see, Ill remind you.


      • That’s hardly a spoiler, that’s just an opinion. Even though it’s true. 😛

    • @ Ryan

      195.3 million dollar (and counting) disappointment?


      I can live with that.

      • Too bad that the disappointment only sets in after the theater has already collected the money. Revenue is never a gauge for quality.

        • This is true. I’m not doubting IM3 in that sense at all, but “Avatar” is the prime example of raking in money only to be shown a below average movie.

        • @ Lost Winchester

          So, all the positive word of mouth and people seeing IM3 multiple times is just a bunch of baloney then?

          Hmmm…….I don’t think so.

          Although I do hear what you’re saying. I felt that way about Prometheus, TAS, and TDKR. I want my two hours back!

          • Wait till you see the Mandarin. Until then, do not speak. I saw it myself and it was quite enjoyable, except for some things that just annoyed the hell out of me.

      • Haha you’re right. In my country, u can see many queeing in every cinema.

    • Couldn’t disagree more. I thought it was easily the best of the three.

    • Yeah, whatever you say man.

  2. May is going to be expensive and awesome. I’m not wanting to see Hangover 3. I was way to disappointed with the last installment to see another one. But nonetheless, bring on the summer movies!

  3. Can you please enlighten me on what spoilers did i reveal?

  4. I’m excited and nervous when it comes to IM3. Some people say it’s awesome, others say it’s a letdown.

    • It’s a sensational film. I saw it twice last week.

    • @ ACW 007

      Iron Man 3 is a phenomenal movie, you will really enjoy it.

      Don’t let a few comments by a few jackass’s deter you from seeing it, you’ll love it.

    • Don’t listen to the people who think it’s a letdown, and that goes for everybody who reads this comment. IM3 will kick ass.

    • Something tells me that most of the “letdown” comments are coming from DC fans; I might be wrong but I just get that feeling.

      • You’re probably right.

  5. @acw 007 for general audience its a decent movie but for us comic book fans ,its a gigantic Letdown…i literally felt cheated when the movie was over!

      • I see your username, but seriously: no hints towards spoilers.

        And on behalf of Screen Rant, I’d like to invite you to SIMMAH DOWN NOW!

      • And the spoilers start…

      • One of the main things that I have praised Marvel Studios for and lamented Fox and Sony for is that Marvel seems to stay the closest to the source material… at least that’s what they did for phase 1. Starting phase 2 off in this manner, where source material gets shat on, I dunno… doesn’t give me the best feeling going forward… especially when Quicksilver and Scarlett Witch could be around the corner… only NOT as mutants….

        • Does that last part really matter? I mean if they can’t or don’t connect them to the X-men and that whole branch then saying that they are mutants would only be the same as saying “hey, here’s two kids who have two random and unrelated powers for a reason we’ll very covertly mention once and never elaborate on what it means.”

          • @Dr Mindbender. (Comment got posted in the wrong spot)

            • Of course it matters: If they aren’t mutants… then it’s not Quicksilver and Scarlett Witch. If they aren’t Magneto’s kids, then it’s not Quicksilver and Scarlett Witch. The exact same way as if they aren’t “teenage mutant” then they aren’t “ninja turtles.”

              Now, that isn’t exactly the same situation as a director deciding to change something just for the sake of changing it to put there own “stamp” on the movie.

              That’s the #1 thing that bugs the absolute s**t out of me- directors changing things just because they feel like they can do a better job.

              In some very rare cases, this works in the directors favor- (Watchmen)

              But in most cases, it doesn’t make the story better… it makes it worse. At least in the eyes of the comic book fan it makes it worse. To non-comic fans they don’t know the difference and don’t understand the fuss.

              • You have to REEEAALLLLLY be familiar with the source material in order to enjoy Watchmen BTW… I think it failed in trying to tell that much story in one movie. I think had it been split into 3 movies with them actually covering the Minutemen and including the “comic within the comic” stuff within the movie and not as a dvd bonus, it probably would have seen double whatever it did, at least. Split all that material up into three movies and then you can have some emotion attached to the characters, and understand why it was such a big deal when Blake got tossed through the window…
                I’m convinced with what I saw Zack could have done it, if only…

      • Did you even see the disappointment. Did you even watch it? Did you ever read comics? Really, one thing that will disgust every Marvel comic book fan for eternity.

      • @ stark

        I many comment u claims ur on both side. If any one don’t like iron man 3 it don’t mean he is DC fanboy .

        I am not at any side. I like or dislike movie not company. I like Iron man and CA. Don’t like Thor , Iron man 2 , hulk. Watching Avengers is enjoyment and ok movie.

        In DC like TDK trilogy, dislike Green Lanterns and Superman just ok movie.

        Iron man 3 is different case. I don’t know about ur view .

        Sometime when I watching movie I don’t like first and second act but like 3rd act and come out with happy face but IM3 is opposite like 1st and 2nd act but 3rd act ruin full movie. So come out of theater with unhappy Heart.

    • For me though ryan, I’m not a big reader of Marvel aside from Spider-Man (well, I WAS) so I know the general basics of each plot of the Marvel universe, but I don’t know the specifics of them all.

      It’s going to come down to one question: is this the same Iron Man I have continued to love since 2008? RDJ is the only reason I could stand IM2 and although I felt Captain America was extremely put off in the wrong way during Avengers, I did love Iron Man as the sort of basis for the entire movie.

      Marvel has already bothered me with the re-casting of Bruce Banner with Mark Ruffalo instead of Edward Norton (and I am fully aware there are 2 sides to this story) and the way they are handling The Hulk in general. Those are 2 things I have to get off my chest, the others are saved for another topic.

      I want to love this universe, I really do. But Marvel is sending me some serious doubts

  6. This, I feel will be the best movie release month in recent history. All of these movies show great potential.

  7. Cannot wait for Star trek.

    • @ Chris Fawkes

      Me too!

  8. So the hangover does come out this month! Dammit it’s too much! Lol iron man fast six Star Trek am now you see me and hangover. Man my wallet is gonna break!

    Happy birthday to me though. It’s on the twentieth this month and looks like ill he celebrating all month long lol

    • Well enjoy your birthday month! I’ll be doing the same next month but with Man of Steel. Comes out the day before my birthday, so I decided I’m going to treat myself to midnight IMAX 3D.

      • Haha thanks I’m pretty excited. Hasn’t really been much for me at the movies to get me excited.

        Enjoy man of steel next month I’m quite looking forward to that one as well. Gonna be a epic movie going experience I belive.

    • Happy Birthday Guy!!!!

  9. Still no Open Discussion :-(

    What did we do to deserve this?!

  10. All u can rant on but we all know we r waitin for man of steel

  11. Haven’t seen Hangover II yet (didn’t seem worth it and word of mouth wasn’t all that great) but III looks like it’s back to form. My question to those who have seen II, do you predict there are plot lines from II that will affect III or can I see III while skipping over II?

    • The second is identical to the first but in a different location. The 3rd looks like a brand new story. But I could be wrong.

      • Cool, thanks for the input.

  12. Def be seeing iron man 3, star trek, ff6, maybe after earth.

    • Huge Spoilers Below




      • No there isn’t. You misread. Nothing gets spoiled. Nothing.

        • Strange… I thought there was lol :)

  13. Wow, After Earth comes out in May? I guess I’ve been missing the commercials.

    • Was originally suppose to come out on June 11th, but they changed it May 31st to keep the competition out from Man of Steel

      • Oh, gotcha.

  14. Iron Man 3 & Star Trek Into Darkness

  15. dude, what the crap? they say don’t post spoilers and you spew out this tripe?

    • ikr

      • Quicksilver and Scarlett Witch aren’t in Iron Man 3 R-tards. Calm down.

  16. Like every summer, I will be finding myself in the theater almost every weekend. Growing up I never read any of the super hero comics, so I will have no bases of comparison on how Iron Man 3 plays out. I normally just go to my good fried of 20 years and he fills in those gaps for me. Great Gatsby looks to be a visual stunning movie in the sense of Moulin Rouge, I look forward to seeing how it plays out. Star Trek Into Darkness, I feel like I’ve been waiting a lifetime for it to come out. I felt that J.J. did a good job bring this franchise back from the dead. Memorial Day weekend will be a double header, as I did not see either Hangover on the big screen I think this one might break that trend, while Part II was just a rehash of the first, it did have some funny moments so Part III breaking away from the formula “should” hopefully give us some pretty great laughs. And from the final trailer of Fast 6, all I can say is “WOW”. Looks like a fun summer popcorn flick that will build off of 5 and set the stage for the epic conclusion next summer. (At least, I think 7 is the last.) After Earth looks decent enough, but not for opening weekend. Now You See Me, definitely has my interest and looks to be an entertaining film in a league of it’s own.