The number of films tied to geek culture has expanded rapidly in recent years, accounting for a bigger and bigger percentage of Hollywood releases.  "Best in Shows" is the ICv2 list of geek films, arranged by quarter, with some context for each.  Dates and other information are updated until release with new info as we get it.  To see all the periods we’re covering, see the "Best in Shows Index."

Shazam!
April 5
This date was part of reservation slate announced in August 2014 by Warner Bros. for nine currently untitled DC Comic films (see “Batman Blinks”).  Warner Bros. later confirmed it plans to release both a Shazam film, with Dwayne Johnson attached (see “The Rock to Play 'Black Adam' in 'Shazam' Movie), and Justice League Part Two, directed by Zack Snyder in 2019 (see “Warners Announces 9 More DC Movies”), and finally confirmed this as Shazam! in 2016.

Hellboy (reboot)
April 12
Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment will release the reboot of Mike Mignola’s Hellboy starring David Harbour as the half-demon spawn that was raised by and works for the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense (BPRD) (see “Hellboy Revealed”). The release was bumped from January 11. The original film adaptations were done by Guillermo Del Toro and starred Ron Perlman in the title roll. The new film will be directed by Neil Marshall (The Descent, Game of Thrones).

Avengers: Endgame
April 26
The remaining Avengers attempt to pick up the pieces after the fallout of Thanos' devastating victory in Avengers: Infinity War. Originally scheduled for May 3, the debut was bumped forward a week when the first trailer dropped (see “'Avengers 4' Trailer and Poster”).

Detective Pikachu movie
May 10
Legendary Entertainment will release a live-action “Detective Pikachu” film based on the Pokemon franchise. The film will star Ryan Reynolds (see “Ryan Reynolds to Catch 'Em All”), Justice Smith and Kathryn Newton. The film will be directed by Rob Letterman.

UglyDolls
May 10
STXfilms signed signer Kelly Clarkson to voice Moxy in the animated UglyDolls movie. Based on the toys from Pretty Ugly LLC, the story will subvert the idea of “ugly” by remaking it as a positive trait for characters Moxy, Wage, Babo, Ice-Bat and Wedgehead.

John Wick 3: Parabellum
May 17
Lionsgate has set this date for the latest installment of the action series that follows antihero/retired hitman John Wick (Keanu Reeves). Common, Laurence Fishburne, and Ruby Rose are set to reprise their roles from the second film. Dynamite released a comic prequel in 2017 (see “'John Wick' Comic Prequel Launches”).

Live-Action Aladdin
May 24
Disney moved the live-action adaptation of its animated film Aladdin to this date in September 2017 after swapping it with Star Wars: Episode IX.

Godzilla: King of Monsters
May 31
Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. announced the release date for the sequel to Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla film, nearly four years after the original (see “'Godzilla 2' Release Date Set”).  Considering the King of Monsters will be joined by his old friends Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah, it’s a fair bet that a lot of that time will be spent in post-production effects and animation. The film will be directed by Michael Doughery. The movie was moved from a March 22 to May 31 opening in May 2018.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix
June 7
Fox is releasing another X-Men spinoff, this one focusing on Jean Grey and the Phoenix force. The movie was bumped back from a November 2018 opening.

Justice League - Part 2
June 14
This date was part of reservation slate announced in August 2014 by Warner Bros. for nine currently untitled DC Comic films (see “Batman Blinks”).

Men in Black International
June 14
This spin-off of the popular Men in Black trilogy stars Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson as a London-based team of MIBs tasked with protecting the galaxy from alien threats. The new installment in the Sony franchise is directed by F. Gary Gary (Friday, The Fate of the Furious) and also stars Liam Neeson, Kumail Nanjiani, Rafe Spall, Rebecca Ferguson, and Emma Thompson (see "'Men in Black' Go International in New Promo Image").

Toy Story 4
June 21
This twice-delayed fourth film in the series has now been set for 2019 release.

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