#6: CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER
Director: Joe Johnston
Stars: Chris Evans, Hayley Atwell, Hugo Weaving, Stanley Tucci, Sebastian Stan, Tommy Lee Jones, Richard Armitage, Toby Jones
Release Date: July 22
Why we’re excited: The summer of 2011 is going to overflow with superhero flicks, and the biggest question mark hangs over Marvel’s crucial Captain America: The First Avenger. Essentially, it’s a fantastical World War II pic, with Nazi villains (Hugo Weaving’s Red Skull) and pro-USA propaganda. What’s most interesting about the film, though, lies behind the scenes. If the Cap bricks or just flat out reeks, the prognosis for next year’s massive The Avengers could slip into cardiac arrest. No pressure on B-list star Chris Evans (sarcastic much?), whose last forays into superhero territory (2005’s Fantastic Four and its 2007 sequel) were dumb and dumber.