Old friends, new he­roes com­ing soon in films of 2019

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It’ll be tough to beat 2018’s box of­fice suc­cesses, but Hol­ly­wood is cer­tainly go­ing to try with lots of heav­ily anticipated ti­tles com­ing in 2019. Here’s a look at what’s ahead (as al­ways, re­lease dates are sub­ject to change):

“Glass” — M. Night Shya­malan’s se­quel to 2016’s “Split” is also a se­quel to his 2000 out­ing “Un­break­able,” and has Bruce Willis re­turn­ing as se­cu­rity guard David Dunn, who uses his su­per­nat­u­ral abil­i­ties to track down Kevin Wen­dell Crumb (James McAvoy), a dis­turbed man who has 24 per­son­al­i­ties. Some­how tied to all

this is Sa­muel L. Jack­son as Eli­jah Price/Mr. Glass, who no doubt has an evil plan in place. (Jan. 18)

“Cap­tain Marvel” — Os­car win­ner Brie Lar­son stars as Carol Dan­vers/Cap­tain Marvel, who may be key in stop­ping big bad­die Thanos in “Avengers: Endgame,” but be­fore that we need to know her back­story. Set in 1995, this fol­lows Dan­vers as she gets caught in the cen­ter of a ga­lac­tic con­flict be­tween two alien worlds. (March 8)

“Dumbo” — Tim Bur­ton di­rects this live-ac­tion/CG hy­brid re­make of the 1941 Dis­ney hand-drawn classic about a young ele­phant whose over­sized ears en­able him to fly. I don’t know if I can han­dle that scene with his mother again, when she’s chained up and they lock trunks ten­derly. I got de­hy­drated form cry­ing so much! Eva Green, Colin Far­rell, Michael Keaton and Danny DeVito star. (April 5)

“Shazam!” — Street­wise 14-year-old Billy Bat­son dis­cov­ers he can mag­i­cally trans­form into the adult su­per­hero Shazam (Zachary Levi) sim­ply by shout­ing out that name. His new­found pow­ers get put to the test when he squares off against the evil Dr. Thad­deus Si­vana (Mark Strong). Based on the DC Comic. (April 5)

“Hell­boy” — David Har­bour (the cop on Net­flix’s “Stranger Things”) suits up as the red de­mon su­per­hero to bat­tle an an­cient sor­cer­ess bent on re­venge. Based on the graphic nov­els by Mike Mig­nola. (April 12)

“John Wick 3: Chap­ter 3” — Keanu Reeves re­turns as the leg­endary hit man, who must fight his way out of New York when a $14 mil­lion con­tract on his life makes him the tar­get of the world’s top as­sas­sins. Hey, ev­ery­one needs a pay­check. (May 17)

“Rocketman” — Taron Eger­ton (“the “Kings­man” movies) stars as El­ton John in this story about his life from his years as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Mu­sic through his in­flu­en­tial and en­dur­ing mu­si­cal part­ner­ship with Bernie Taupin (Jamie Bell). (May 17)

“Aladdin” — Guy Ritchie di­rects this live ac­tion/CG hy­brid re­make of Dis­ney’s 1992 orig­i­nal, with ris­ing tal­ents Mena Mas­soud and Naomi Scott star­ring as Aladdin and Jas­mine and Will Smith as a cer­tain Ge­nie who pops out of a magic lamp. (May 24)

“Avengers: Endgame” — Aw, life af­ter The Snap! Af­ter Thanos wiped out half of all life in the uni­verse in “In­fin­ity

War,” the re­main­ing Avengers must pick them­selves up from the de­bris to save mankind

(once again) — and their su­per­hero friends. (April 26) “Won­der Woman 1984” — Patty Jenk­ins re­turns to di­rect this se­quel with Gal Gadot re­turn­ing as Won­der Woman. Not

Marvel Stu­dios

Brie Lar­son stars as Carol Dan­vers in “Cap­tain Marvel,” in the­aters March 8.

Dis­ney

Mena Mas­soud stars in “Aladdin,” com­ing May 24.

Warner Bros.

Jack Dy­lan Grazer, left, and Zachary Levi star in “Shazam!,” open­ing April 5.

DAVID APPLEBY Para­mount Pic­tures

Taron Eger­ton stars as El­ton John in “Rocketman,” open­ing May 17.

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