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12 Lessons We Learned From 2014’s Summer Movies

1. Marvel cannot be stopped.

Marvel Studios came into the summer from a position of strength, having scored the year’s first big smash with Captain America: The Winter Soldier. (Globally, the star-spangled sequel grossed $350 million more than the first Captain America.) All of Marvel’s Phase 2 sequels have outgrossed their immediate sub-franchise predecessors: proof of the Avengers halo effect. But what would happen when Marvel stretched outside of its Avengers wheelhouse? Could they launch a new franchise with zero name recognition—especially when that franchise looks nothing at all like their other movies, or hell, any other movie on the market right now?

And so Guardians of the Galaxy stormed into theaters. It made all the money. It earned raves from critics—and Iron Man! In a year or so, we might retroactively decide that Guardians also hit the market at a moment when moviegoers suddenly learned to love space movies again—one year after Gravity, we’re cusping on Interstellar and a new era of annual Star Wars movies. But for right now, the only thing that’s really certain is that Marvel turned one of their fringiest fringe franchises into a megahit.

2. Michael Bay also cannot be stopped.

Good news for humanity: Trans4mers grossed significantly less domestically than Trans3mers. Bad news for everyone: Age of Extinction is the year’s only hit to top $1 billion worldwide. Bay took a victory lap in August by producing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a canny Nolanization of a nostalgia-bait franchise that joined Guardians in lifting up the end-of-summer doldrums. You could argue that Bay’s success is just an example of savvy franchise profiteering—he’s not making any movies about weird raccoons—but 2014 reconfirmed his status as the demon god of teenage boys everywhere.

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Aren’t they just adorable?

22 Jump Street stars Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum cuddle up to talk about the summer’s most bromantic comedy for this week’s cover. 

Photo Credit: Robert Trachtenberg for EW

Wolverine! Mystique! Magneto! Talk about epic.

Get the latest on ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ and more in our SUMMER MOVIE PREVIEW.

BONUS: It’s a double issue, guys!

Which movie this summer had the highest HIT score?

Hint: It’s on the chart above as well as here.

We want your nominations for EW’s Summer Movie Awards!

Ever wanted to know what Jamie Campbell Bower’s go-to karaoke song is? Well you’re in luck!

The cast of Mortal Instruments: City of Bones answers this question and more as part of our Pop Culture Personality Test.

This week in EW: We go inside the making of Elysium, this summer’s most provocative (and political) action film. Here’s a synopsis:

The year is 2154 and Earth has become a Third World slum. The wealthy have long since departed, inhabiting an exclusive satellite paradise where advanced medical technology heals any ailment, from a hangnail to terminal cancer, in seconds. Damon plays Max, an orphan who dreams of the Eden in the sky, but is stuck slaving at a Los Angeles factory that manufactures droids. When he is accidentally irradiated, Silkwood-style, and told he has five days to live, Max hatches a plan to save himself. To do that, though, he’ll have to team up with a band of revolutionaries determined to make Elysium accessible to all. Standing in his way are Secretary Delacourt (Jodie Foster), head of Elysium’s Civil Cooperation Bureau, who guns down any illegal spaceship attempting to enter the satellite’s orbit, and her psychotic henchman (District 9‘s Sharlto Copley), dispatched to take Max and his crew out.

This week in EW: It’s our summer movie preview issue, featuring an all-new Superman movie that shuns kryptonite in favor of character development.

But when Snow White lands in the Dark Woods, Snow White and the Huntsman becomes a very different sort of movie. It turns into a clangy medieval epic, full of random woodland monsters and battles, and it begins to lose the pulse of its fairy-tale mystique. It’s like watching Clash of the Titans IV: Revenge of the Blood Apple.

Owen Gleiberman was into the first part of Snow White and the Huntsman. The second part? Not so much.

Exclusive Amazing Spider-Man photos — featuring Emma Stone, Andrew Garfield, and this cuddly little spider-guy — await you at EW.com.

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