Hollywood is notoriously stingy with good roles for women, but that may finally change this summer. As you read this, the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and the Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) are helping Avengers: Age of Ultron crush it at the early summer box office, and a parade of female protagonists are set to follow in their wake. Here are a few upcoming summer releases in which the women take charge:
Pitch Perfect 2 (Opening May 15)
The Bellas are back, ready to sing once again, and this time they’re taking on an impossible task: winning an international singing competition that no American team has ever won. Led by an all-star cast including Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, and Academy Award nominee Hailee Steinfeld, the Bellas will look to strengthen their bonds of sisterhood as they try to accomplish their dreams (hopefully, while wearing underwear this time).
Tomorrowland (Opening May 22)
This Disney-inspired tale stars Britt Robertson as a scientifically curious teen who joins a former boy genius (George Clooney) on a dangerous journey through time and space to uncover the secrets of “Tomorrowland,” a wondrous realm of mystery. (With any luck, their adventure won’t involve spending a lot of time waiting in long lines the way the rest of us do while visiting the real Tommorowland.)
Spy (Opening June 5)
In this comedy caper, a desk-bound CIA analyst volunteers to go undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer. The fact that this movie stars Melissa McCarthy, possibly the funniest person in show business today, is enough to make me hand over my money.
Inside Out (Opening June 19)
Our pals at Pixar bring us inside the mind of Riley, a young girl whose emotions clash when she’s uprooted from her Midwestern life after her dad takes a new job in San Francisco. This animated feature stars the voices of Diane Lane, Mindy Kaling, and Amy Poehler, who may also be the funniest person in show business today.
Terminator: Genisys (Opening July 3)
It’s a new timeline in this revered sci-fi series, and trust us, this ain’t your mother’s Sarah Connor. In this film, she’s kicking android butt and taking names as she teams up with Kyle Reese and an aging Terminator (Ahnold) in an effort to ward off “Judgement Day.”
Fantastic Four (Opening August 7)
She may be only one quarter of this classic superhero team, but Sue Storm (a.k.a. the Invisible Woman) has always been the group’s moral center and the glue that holds the gang together. This time, she’s played by Kate Mara (House of Cards, American Horror Story, Entourage), and in this incarnation of the time-honored character, you’ll see a whole new Sue Storm. That is, when you can actually see her.