Have We Cooled on the Summer Movie?

Summer is when we know Hollywood will bring out the big guns: the biggest stars, the most-anticipated sequels, and its most over-the-top special effects. For a lot of us, summer blockbusters like The Avengers, Independence Day, The Lion King, or Star Wars are exactly what we think of when we picture going to the movies. But these days, Hollywood’s “summer” seems to start earlier every year, and studios fill the entire calendar with huge franchises and outsized spectacles. And after the COVID-19 pandemic all but canceled it in 2020, the dominance of the “summer movie” faces its greatest test. Are we facing the end of the summer movie’s long day in the sun? Here’s The Take on how we came to love this unique cultural phenomenon and how it came to shape modern moviegoing.

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