This mid year, it will rain Hollywood blockbusters loaded up with stars

The stakes are always high in the late spring film season.

In any case, even in a timetable that has heavyweights like Indiana Jones, Ariel, Ethan Chase and Dominic Toretto competing for film industry supremacy, the greatest, most clever standoff is happening on July 21. On that fateful Friday, cinephiles will be faced with a hard decision: Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer” or Greta Gerwig’s “Barbie”?

The “Barbieheimer” standoff is, naturally, a piece senseless. To start with, seeing two new films in a single weekend is far from impossible. Second, while opening ends of the week are important, they’re also not everything.

In 2008, “The Dark Knight” debuted on the same end of the week as “Mamma Mia!” and both proceeded to be major victories.

In any case, it has enlivened the sort of hot, half-serious, half-kidding talk online that no marketing can purchase, with images, jokes, wagers and Highlander references galore each time either film drops another advertisement. There were even a couple of hours in April when the web panicked that the beach-off was cancelled (it wasn’t). And before you go researching, the Highlander jokes are not about that film’s disastrous 1986 film industry run, yet at the same instead the persevering “there can be one” line.

The late spring film season always starts before actual summer. This year it starts off on May 5 with the release of Disney and Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” and runs through Labor Day. Since “Jaws,” the late spring season has been the most important for the moviemaking business and typically accounts for around 40% of a year’s homegrown film industry, according to data from Comscore. Pre-pandemic, that usually meant more than $4 billion in ticket sales. Last year hit $3.4 billion.

Be that as it may, the business is feeling hopeful. Last summer, just 22 movies released on north of 2,000 screens. This year there are 42, the same as in 2019, spanning each class. And, it appears, each studio has reprioritised theatrical releases over direct-to-streaming.

There are films based on comic characters (“The Flash,” “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Refrain”), toys (“Transformers: Ascent of the Beasts”), racing games (“Gran Turismo”) and theme park rides (“Haunted Mansion”); Action adventures (“Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny,” “Mission: Inconceivable — Dead Retribution”); Family cordial fare (“Elemental,” “Harold and the Purple Crayon”); Documentaries (“Still: A Michael J. Fox Film,” “Stephen Curry: Underrated”); And a starry Wes Anderson film (“Asteroid City.”)