It looks like 2013 is going to be a great year for the cinephile. The year started with the release of a few great movies like the latest “Die Hard,” “GI Joe: Retaliation” and “Oz the Great and Powerful” — but the best is yet to come. Whether you're a cinemagoer or you prefer to watch movies online, here are a few blockbuster films being released later this year.
❤ Iron Man 3
Marvel has been a top name in comic books for many years, but the release of the first “Iron Man” movie in 2008 made it a top name in movies as well. While DC Comics has “Superman,” “Iron Man 3” is probably one of the most anticipated movies of the year for comic book fans. Now that “The Avengers” showed the world how great a comic book movie can be, fans will flock to see more of the wisecracking Tony Stark — played by the incomparable Robert Downey Jr.
❤ Anchorman 2
Fans loved the first “Anchorman,” the movie in which Will Ferrell played the unforgettable Ron Burgundy. Its initial reception showed how much fans enjoyed the quirky cast and unforgettable lines, and the premiere of “Anchorman 2” is no doubt going to be packed by fans of all ages. The sequel will be released Dec. 20.
❤ The Wolverine
There are few people who embody comic book characters as completely as Hugh Jackman, and Wolverine is one of the most popular comic characters of all time. Wolverine gets more screen time in “The Wolverine,” the story of his true love, the samurai training that turned him into the ruthless killer he became, and his journey to find himself. Comic enthusiasts loved Jackman's performance in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” and the new movie looks even better. July 26 marks its release.
❤ Star Trek Into Darkness
Trekkies are already queuing up outside their local cinemas to see the latest “Star Trek” installment, this time starring the BBC's “Sherlock” — Benedict Cumberbatch — as the main villain. With J. J. Abrams at the helm and an unknown plot, “Star Trek” fans will be out in full force on May 17 to see this movie.
❤ Man of Steel
DC fans may finally have a new Superman to love as much as Christopher Reeve. Henry Cavill gives the ladies eye candy so they’ll happily accompany their men to theaters on June 14. Russell Crowe promises to deliver a legendary performance as Superman's father, and Michael Shannon has the acting chops to make a superior General Zod. Let's see if the Christopher Nolan–directed “Man of Steel” lives up to his versions of “Batman.”
❤ Thor: The Dark World
“Thor” was one of the movies that put Marvel Studios on the map and worked in tandem with “Iron Man” to draw the world’s attention back toward comic books — as well as to set up “The Avengers.” The handsome Norse god and his … charming brother Loki return to the big screen on Nov. 8, along with Natalie Portman as Jane Foster.
❤ Hunger Games: Catching Fire
The film adaptation of the first “Hunger Games” book was one of the biggest movies of 2012 and it put Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence on the mainstream radar. Now, the second installment comes to the big screen in November. People will witness what’s next for protagonists Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark.
About the Author: Shannon Eckelwhite is planning on seeing every movie on this list. She runs a movie review blog and posts reviews of all kinds of films.