For the moment, Marvel Studios can lay claim to the lion’s share of money spent by the movie-going public.

Although it hit theaters April 26, “Avengers: Endgame” will most likely continue to siphon off box office revenue for weeks to come. Even “Captain Marvel,” released back in March, continues to draw audiences. It pulled in $4 million Friday through Sunday, May 3-5, making it the No. 5 film for the weekend.

Surely, the summer promises additional cinematic events …

It’s difficult to predict if any other big-budget movie spectacles will rival the long-awaited showdown between the good guys in tights and Thanos, Marvel’s super-baddie. Come to think of it, in the long shadow cast by the 22nd film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s difficult to remember the names of other films scheduled to open over the next few months.

Not to worry: Tampa Bay Newspapers has you covered. We’ve put together an overview of this summer’s parade of cinematic endeavors. We’ve viewed all the teasers and trailers, and we’re ready to reveal what Hollywood has in store for audiences this summer. It’s anybody’s guess as to which ones will soar beyond expectations to become blockbusters.

But what is a blockbuster?

Webster’s defines the term as something “notably expensive, effective, successful, large or extravagant.”

The 1975 film “Jaws” ushered in the era of the summer blockbuster. Movie studios adopted a marketing strategy focusing on the release of at least one super-grossing flick no later than July 4. Early examples of summer blockbusters include “Star Wars,” released May 25, 1977; “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan,” released June 4, 1982; “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,” released May 23, 1984; and “Batman,” released June 23, 1989. Each of these films had exceptional opening weekend revenues.

Following is a look at this year’s 10 most anticipated summer movies.

BRIGHTBURN

‘Brightburn’

Biggest name in the cast: Elizabeth Banks

Release date: May 24

‘Brightburn’

Biggest name in the cast: Elizabeth Banks

Release date: May 24

Rated: R

This is sort of a Superman story gone super dark … darker even than a Warner Bros./DC Extended Universe movie. A child from another world crash-lands on Earth. Instead of a noble hero from Krypton, this tale’s Ma- and Pa-Kent wannabes are stuck with a kid straight out of a Stephen King novel. Actually, you can thank writers Brian Gunn and Mark Gunn for this horror/superhero mashup.

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‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’

Biggest name in the cast: Godzilla

Release date: May 31

‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’

Biggest name in the cast: Godzilla

Release date: May 31

Rated: PG-13

From the same studio that brought “Godzilla” and “Kong: Skull Island” to the big screen, Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures serve up the next chapter in the Monsterverse. The enticing trailer sent shivers down the back of every Creature Feature aficionado. This promises to be the SmackDown of kaiju movies, with appearances by more than a dozen “god-sized monsters” including Mothra, Rodan and Ghidorah.

DARK PHOENIX

‘Dark Phoenix’

Biggest name in the cast: Sophie Turner

Release date: June 7

‘Dark Phoenix’

Biggest name in the cast: Sophie Turner

Release date: June 7

Rated: PG-13

Produced by 20th Century Fox and distributed by Walt Disney Studios, “Dark Phoenix” is the 12th installment in the X-Men film series — and the second go at adapting the popular “Dark Phoenix Saga” by Chris Claremont and John Byrne. The storyline focuses on Jean Grey and the Phoenix Force. Aspects of the story appeared in “X2: X-Men United” (2003) and “X-Men: The Last Stand” (2006). Because the events depicted in “X-Men: Days of Future Past” (2014) effectively erased the events of the previous films, filmmakers will get a second shot at bringing the story to the big screen.

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‘Men in Black: International’

Biggest name in the cast: Thor & Valkyrie

Release date: June 14

‘Men in Black: International’

Biggest name in the cast: Thor & Valkyrie

Release date: June 14

Not yet rated; probably PG-13

It’s been more than 20 years since Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith donned their uniforms to play Agent K and Agent J. The new film is being billed as a “sidequel” or spin-off of the main franchise. Instead of Jones and Smith, audiences will get to see the London bureau’s Agent H and Agent M. In the starring roles are Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson — also known for their Asgardian roles Thor and Valkyrie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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‘Child’s Play’

Biggest name in the cast: Chucky

Release date: June 21

‘Child’s Play’

Biggest name in the cast: Chucky

Release date: June 21

Not yet rated; probably R

A contemporary re-imagining of the 1988 horror classic, “Child’s Play” follows Karen (Aubrey Plaza), a single mother who gifts her son Andy (Gabriel Bateman) a Buddi doll, unaware of its more sinister nature. Word is that this time around, Chucky is an “out-of-control robot doll” instead of one possessed by a serial killer. Incidentally, Chucky will be voiced by Mark Hamill.

THE DEAD DON'T DIE

‘The Dead Don’t Die’

Biggest name in the cast: Bill Murray

Release date: June 14

‘The Dead Don’t Die’

Biggest name in the cast: Bill Murray

Release date: June 14

Rated: R

The buzz around this one has been a bit subdued, but the official synopsis promises two key elements: a zombie-filled raucous, satirical glimpse at modern society on the verge of an apocalypse and a star-studded horror-comedy featuring an ensemble cast. We’re talking Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Chloë Sevigny, Tilda Swinton, Iggy Pop, Steve Buscemi, Tom Waits, Selena Gomez, Danny Glover, Caleb Landry Jones and Carol Kane.

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‘Spider-Man: Far from Home’

Biggest name in the cast: Tom Holland

Release date: July 5

‘Spider-Man: Far from Home’

Biggest name in the cast: Tom Holland

Release date: July 5

Not yet rated; probably PG-13

Well, if you haven’t seen “Avengers: Endgame” yet, this should be a pretty good hint that Peter Parker’s back. Of course, the aforementioned film left a few unanswered questions. From the trailer, it looks like Nick Fury might pop in to provide a few answers — or just to recruit Spider-Man for a mission involving Mysterio.

‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’

Biggest name in the cast: Quentin Tarantino

Release date: July 26

Not yet rated; probably R

Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” takes audiences to 1969 Los Angeles, where everything is changing. Enter TV star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt). The two are hoping to make a name for themselves in the fading days of Tinsel Town’s golden age.

‘The Kitchen’

Biggest name in the cast: Melissa McCarthy

Release date: Aug. 9

Rated: R

This spot originally belonged to “The New Mutants.” On May 7, Disney announced that it would be pushing back the release date from August 2019 to April 2020. “The Kitchen” stars Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, and Elisabeth Moss as the wives of Irish mobsters who take over organized crime operations in the 1970s in New York City's neighborhood Hell's Kitchen after the FBI arrests their husbands. So … no mutants here.

‘Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw’

Biggest name in the cast: Idris Elba

Release date: Aug. 2

Not yet rated; probably R

Fast cars going fast. Big explosions going KABOOM. Guns shooting bullets, fire, etc. Guys punching each other a lot. The more ridiculous the premise, the more audiences love it. It’s a formula that works, and Universal is going to keep capitalizing on it … especially when they can lure stars like Dwayne Johnson, Jason Stratham, Idris Elba and Helen Mirren.

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Jackson A. Dunn stars as Brandon Breyer in Screen Gems' “Brightburn.”

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Godzilla rises from the depths and unleashes his atomic breath to claim his crown as King of the Monsters in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ action adventure “Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

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Sophie Turner stars as Jean Grey in Twentieth Century Fox’s “Dark Phoenix.”

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Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson star in “Men in Black: International.”

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Bill Murray stars as Officer Cliff Robertson in “The Dead Don’t Die,” a Focus Features Film.

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Chucky, voiced by Mark Hammil, returns in a new “Child’s Play” reboot.

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Tom Holland reprises his role as the web-slinger in “Spider-Man: Far from Home.”

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