Anyone who’s been met with “Sold Out” messages while trying buy tickets to see The Avengers this weekend already knows: It’s officially summer movie season. Meaning, the need to buy passes well in advance for long-awaited, big studio fare is more important than any other time of the year. Remember, we’re only a little under three months away from a nondescript superhero sequel called The Dark Knight Rises—you may want to consult the good folks at Fandango sooner rather than later.

We’re not strictly referring to the necessity of copping Batman tickets early, though. The next four months represent what’s unarguably the strongest summer movie lineup in years. On the prime-time front, aside from The Avengers and Christopher Nolan’s final trip to Gotham City, major studios are set to unveil Ridley Scott’s much-ballyhooed return to visceral, H.R. Giger-inspired science fiction, a seemingly unnecessary but still promising reboot of Spider-Man, a remake of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s classic collaboration with a three-booby alien, and the grittiest interpretation of Snow White ever.

And that’s just the movies set for wide release. In the independent world, the next few months will be just as rich, with Sundance Film Festival award-winners and some of the year’s best horror flicks all on the immediate horizon. Are you excited yet? If not, check out our list of The 25 Most Anticipated Movies Of Summer 2012 and see how long you can resist the urge to bombard Fandango.

Written by Matt Barone (@MBarone)

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