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It's the summer of the sequel on the big screen

By Somerset Guardian  |  Posted: June 27, 2013

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There's a sense of déja vu in Hollywood at the moment: everywhere you look there are sequels to this, and 'part twos' of that. But that shouldn't be seen as bad news!

In fact, the next few months should see a great amount of top-quality sequels that will brighten up your summer, even if the weather doesn't!

Undoubtedly, the most highly-anticipated film of the year should be Monsters University, sequel to the 2001 Disney/Pixar hit Monsters, Inc.

Monsters University is set about 10 years before the events of the first film, as Mike (Billy Crystal) and Sulley (John Goodman) meet at university.

Things don't start off as chummy as we left them though, as Mike and Sulley develop a rivalry that threatens their place at the prestigious Monsters University.

Like the first film, and most Disney/Pixar collaborations, this is not just one for the kids.

Adults will appreciate the humour and plot and for those who were children themselves when the first film came out, Monsters University should provide a welcome shot of nostalgia when it is released on July 12.

Battling it out with Mike and Sulley for the title of Family Film of the Summer is another sequel, Despicable Me 2.

Set to prove a hit with everyone who fell in love with the little yellow minions from the first film (just type 'despicable me banana' into YouTube and see what all the fuss is about) Despicable Me 2 stars the returning Steve Carell as Gru, the baddie-turned-goodie from the first film, and Russell Brand as his hard-of-hearing gadget man Dr Nefario.

Gru must juggle saving the world from a brand new super-villain, with looking after his three adopted daughters who changed his outlook on life in the first film.

If it's anything like its predecessor (and here's hoping it is) Despicable Me 2 will result in a fantastic mix of fun, action, and heartfelt moments that will be fun for the whole family on its release tomorrow.

If fluffy monsters and tiny yellow creatures aren't what you're looking for this summer, then have no fear: for action fans, RED 2 looks promising to follow in the footsteps of the first film and make a killing at the box office.

Bruce Willis and Helen Mirren are set to return for the sequel, alongside new faces Anthony Hopkins and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

The film will follow Frank Moses (Willis) and the rest of the gang as they attempt to escape from assassins after a bounty from his old Cold War days comes back to haunt him.

RED 2 will hopefully retain the humour of the original while delivering some classic action scenes (explosions, guns, the works) which should please fans of the first film, and mean newcomers shouldn't need to assume too much prior knowledge when the film comes out on Friday, August 2.

Finally, The Wolverine is the latest in the long line of X-Men related films to grace the silver screen.

The sequel, set shortly after the conclusion of 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand, follows Marvel's favourite antihero Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) as he moves to Japan to escape the pain of losing his loved ones.

Once there, he must deal with the biggest threat to his life and honour since his early life, whilst trying to win the affections of Lady Mariko Yashida (Tao Okamoto).

While some may feel that the X-Men franchise and superheroes in general have been done to death by Hollywood in recent years, there is no doubt that The Wolverine will be fun, loud, and dramatic, with a solid performance from Jackman.

It should be a hit at the box office too – Wolverine is Marvel's most bankable character, and is wildly popular throughout the world.

You can catch The Wolverine in cinemas from July 25.

There will be more comic book action and adventure in Kick-Ass 2.

The superhero sequel to the 2010 film Kick-Ass is written and directed by Jeff Wadlow and co-produced by Matthew Vaughn, who directed the first film.

The film stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz and Christopher Mintz-Plasse reprising their roles from the first film.

Inspired by Kick-Ass (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), other masked heroes appear.

One such, Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey), forms a team and Kick-Ass joins them on patrol, while Hit-Girl ( Grace Moretz) "retires", and tries to have a normal life.

Meanwhile Red Mist (Mintz-Plasse) returns to play supervillain with his army, and exact revenge on Kick-Ass for his father's death.

The film is due for release in August

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