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.

Untitled DisneyToon Studios Film
April 12
Disney reserved this date in October 2015, apparently to put something non-superhero related in between a DC and Marvel film.

Untitled Avengers Movie
May 3
Marvel Studios recently announced this project in October 2014 as part of a slate of new films (see “'Black Panther,' 'Captain Marvel,' 'Inhumans' Movies”).

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.

M.A.S.K.
May 17
Hasbro and Paramount announced this date for a live-action film based on the M.A.S.K. (Mobile Armored Strike Kommand) toy and animated series property from Kenner. The film will be directed by F. Gary Gray. IDW released a crossover comicbook series featuring M.A.S.K. and other 1980s Hasbro toys in 2017, and M.A.S.K.  had its own spin-off comic.

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.

Minecraft
May 25
Warner Bros. will adapt the massively popular world-building game for the big screen. The film is set to be directed by Rob McElhenney, star of  It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia. 

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 Gambit Solo Film
June 7
On June 30, 2017, 20th Century Fox claimed this date for one if six untitled X-Men movie projects. It was revealed in January 2018 that Gambit, starring Channing Tatum will be filling this slot. It had previously been set for February 14.

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”).

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

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