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Ah, the summer movie season. It should be a time of ditching the heat by sitting in an air-conditioned theater for a couple hours watching the latest blockbuster. In a perfect summer movie season we’d even have wagered the top ten at the domestic box office (Fingers crossed for Summer Movie Wager 2021!!). The summer season is technically from May to Labor Day, but over the years that window has been stretched. Movies that would typically be considered a summer blockbuster have opened in April (or even the end of May). But there are still plenty of movies released over the last forty years that are definitely referred to as summer blockbusters.
So the question I ask today is: what movie released during the Summer Box Office season is your favorite?
There’s a lot of movies released during the summer movie season that I think are really great. Shrek 2 is definitely one that springs to mind (and I still faintly recall seeing it in theaters). But there is one that is still a cherished memory and all-time favorite to this very day: Marvel’s The Avengers. The MCU had had some minor success beforehand with Iron Man, Iron Man 2, and Thor, but they were still only averaging about $450M worldwide a film. The Avengers completely changed the MCU in terms of awareness and box office success.
I remember going to see The Avengers opening weekend Saturday. My buddy and I drove in. There was no lineup outside like there would be for the later MCU installments. We walked right in, got our food and drink, and sat down. I don’t think anyone knew exactly what we were going to experience, but it lived up to the hype. Slowly teasing us the Hulk, Coulson’s death, the 360 spin, the Battle of New York, the post-credits Thanos scene; this film had it all and really opened up the MCU and allowed it to grow into the behemoth it is today. It still remains one of my favorite movie-going memories (alongside Monsters University, Jurassic Park 3D, and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire).
So what about you, screenagers? Which summer movie(s) do you think is your favorite out of them all?
I’ll see you in the trenches. (Oh, and don’t forget to do our #1 Summer Box Office Movies List Challenge!)