2. X-MEN: FIRST CLASS

Director: Matthew Vaughn
Stars: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Rose Byrne, Jennifer Lawrence, January Jones, Kevin Bacon, Nicholas Hoult, Lucas Till, Zoe Kravitz, Oliver Platt
Release Date: June 3
Why we’re excited: Because X-Men: First Class, our most anticipated superhero movie (solo or multiple heroes) of the summer, is promising on so many levels.

Let’s start with the director, Matthew Vaughn, an inspired choice who’s coming off of last year’s anti-super superhero winner Kick-Ass. Next, just look at that cast; from established talents (James McAvoy, Kevin Bacon) to on-the-verge powerhouses (Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence), it’s the murderer’s row of comic book ensembles.

Thirdly, the origin story’s historical bent, which finds young friends Charles “soon to be Professor X” Xavier (McAvoy) and Erik “soon to be Magneto” Lehnsherr (Fassbender) and their mutant protégés involved in the Cuban missile crisis, sets it’s apart from other comic adaptations. Rather than fantastical good-versus-evil, X-Men: First Class has deeper political issues to tackle.

Even if the dozen or so trailers that have already surfaced were all crap, we’d still be amped; taking into account that all of the previews have hit the mark, our anticipation is boiling over.