Did Thanos really win? Are Black Panther, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Star-Lord, Gamora and a host of other Marvel Comics cinematic universe characters really gone forever, except maybe in prequel films?
The world will find out with the release of “Avengers: Endgame,” which opens at Camana Bay Cinema on April 26. The film features many of the actors who played characters that died on screen last year, so unless they’re all shown in flashbacks, chances are that Doctor Strange’s cryptic “There was no other way” line near the end of “Avengers: Infinity War” had a deep meaning.
“Avengers: Endgame” isn’t the only highly anticipated film release in April, and it’s not the only one from the comic book world either. The DC Comics cinematic universe will see “Shazam!” released on April 12. Shazam is also known as Captain Marvel, but he shouldn’t be confused with Marvel Comics Carol Danvers, who was once known as Ms. Marvel, but later also became Captain Marvel, and had her own cinematic debut last month.
“Shazam!” tells the story of 14-year-old foster child Billy Batson, who, thanks to an ancient wizard, turns into the adult superhero Shazam, simply by shouting the word, “shazam!” Unlike “Avengers: Endgame,” the fate of the cinematic universe is not at stake in “Shazam!,” which offers a lighthearted and fun comic book film, even if Shazam does have to fight evil in the form of Dr. Thaddeus Sivana.
Two remakes are also on tap for April releases, with “Pet Semetary” scheduled to open on April 5. The horror film is based on a Stephen King novel and is a remake of a 1989 film of the same name. Those who don’t like cats will probably dislike them even more after seeing this film.
Hellboy, another comic book character from Dark Horse Comics, is back in film, this time in a reboot starring David Harbour, who has gained fame playing Police Chief Jim Hopper in the hit original Netflix series, “Stranger Things.” In this”Hellboy” film, planned for release on April 12, the wisecracking half human, half demon has to do battle with the wicked sorceress Nimue the Blood Queen, played by “Resident Evil” and “The Fifth Element” star Milla Jovovich.
One of the most acclaimed science fiction movies of all time, Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 masterpiece, “2001: A Space Odyssey,” returns to the big screen for one night as part of Camana Bay Cinema’s “Classics at the Cinema” programming. On a spaceship’s mission to Jupiter, the sentient on-board computer goes haywire and it turns out the mission is really about investigating a mysterious black monolith.
On April 16, Kevin Costner must protect a pop star played by Whitney Houston in 1992’s “The Bodyguard.” The soundtrack of the film remains the bestselling soundtrack of all time.
Patrick Swayze plays a spirit out for justice in the 1990 film “Ghost,” which plays on April 23. The film also stars Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg, who won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as a parlor psychic who finds out she can really commune with the dead.
The second installment of the Die Hard action thriller film series, “Die Hard 2,” will screen on April 30. Bruce Willis — who still had his hair at the time — returns as police officer John McClane, who stumbles on a terrorist plot to take over Washington Dulles International Airport on Christmas Eve and ultimately utters his famous “yippee-ki-yay” line when he blows up the bad guys as they try to escape on an airplane.
The weekly Saturday morning Kids Club features will also have Willis on the big screen, but in a non-violent role as the voice of RJ the raccoon in the 2006 animated feature, “Over the Hedge,” on April 20.
Antonio Banderas reprises his Puss in Boots voice role from three films in the Shrek franchise with a starring role in 2011’s “Puss in Boots” on April 13. Banderas is back in the role two weeks later, along with the voices of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Julie Andrews, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Justin Timberlake and Rupert Everett in “Shrek the Third” on April 27.
CULTURE AT THE CINEMA
A modern dress production of William Shakespeare’s “The Tragedy of King Richard the Second” will play in Camana Bay Cinema’s VIP auditorium on April 20. Filmed live from the stage of the Almeida Theatre in London as part of the National Theatre Live programming, the play stars Simon Russell Beale in the title role. Tickets for Culture at the Cinema features are $40 per person and include a glass of sparkling wine