3. CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER

Director: Joe Johnston
Stars: Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving, Tommy Lee Jones, Hayley Atwell, Stanley Tucci, Dominic Cooper, Toby Jones, Sebastian Stan, Richard Armitage
Release Date: July 22
Why we’re excited: It’s amazing what an effective trailer can do for a movie. For the past year or so, we honestly didn’t know what the hell to think about Captain America: The First Avenger. The casting of Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Cap? Cool, we guess. Hugo Weaving as Red Skull? Sure, why not. Joe Johnston calling the shots as director? Considering that his last film, 2010’s messy The Wolfman, was plagued by widely reported production woes, its box office death wasn’t really his fault, so who knows if he’s capable of handling a property as massive as Captain America.

All of our unbecoming indifference quickly evaporated once Captain America: The First Avenger’s trailer debuted a couple months back, though. With truly riveting action shots and believable acting, the first look at Johnston’s World War II-set flick left us on an optimistic high.

And just like that, Captain America: The First Avenger became our most anticipated solo superhero movie. Why do we emphasize “solo,” you might ask? Read on...