The word "blockbuster" conjures a few images: heavy artillery, massive explosions, mind-blowing CGI, bulked up A-list actors (usually in a superhero outfit) and millions of dollars. But let's be honest, no one pays a small fortune for a movie just to see two burly dudes bump uglies. 

We're not ashamed to admit that, for us, the real draw is the leading ladies. From Scarlett Johansson in The Avengers to Kate Beckinsale in Total Recall, the women of the biggest summer movies give us a sense of gratification on a variety of levels—not just the desire to watch villains get beaten to a pulp. For a complete list of the actresses we're looking forward to seeing on the big screen, check our list of The 10 Hottest Actresses in Summer Blockbusters.