Hype can be dangerous. People get so excited for upcoming projects that sometimes their expectations are not met. Lifelong fans have high standards for their beloved properties - like Avengers: Endgame, one of the most anticipated movies of 2019 - and a failure to live up to those expectations can be devastating.
Still, there are times when projects live up to the hype. The most talked-about pop culture projects of 2019 run the gamut, from the last season of Game of Thrones to the belated-but-still-welcome release of Kingdom Hearts III.
What are you excited for this year? Is there a hyped new show starting in 2019 you are super pumped for? Or a long-awaited video game, like Pokémon Switch, you just can't wait to play? Once you finally get to experience whatever it is you've been patiently waiting for, vote up the 2019 projects that lived up to the hype.
Release: April 26, 2019
The Hype: Everyone and their mother was talking about Endgame as soon as the credits for Infinity War started rolling back in April 2018. Ticket sites crashed the minute the tickets went on sale.
The Reviews: The film was certified fresh with a 94% on Rotten Tomatoes. Critics said the film "rings purposeful, weighted with existential truth even as it flashes before our eyes." Expected to earn anywhere from $850 million to $900 million globally during its opening weekend, it made $1.2 billion, the biggest opening weekend in movie history.
Avengers: Endgame is a 2019 American superhero film directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team, and the sequel to Avengers: Infinity War. After Thanos (Josh Brolin) wiped out half of the population, the Avengers must find a way to save their fallen heroes and protect the world. ...more on Wikipedia
Release: July 2, 2019
The Hype: The hype for the web-slinger's latest big-screen adventure didn't really get started until late spring - and that was by design. With plot details about April's Avengers: Endgame being kept tightly under wraps by the Marvel braintrust, that left precious little room for discussion about the first movie scheduled for release in a post-Endgame world. The key variable, as it turns out, was the death of Tony Stark, who served as Peter Parker's mentor, father figure, and usher into the world of intergalactic crimefighting (and time travel). Once that particular cat was out of the bag - directors Joe and Anthony Russo lifted their own moratorium on May 6 - the hype began in earnest, with attention showered on Jake Gyllenhaal's mysterious Mysterio and Peter's burgeoning, awkward relationship with MJ (Zendaya).
The Reviews: Like most Marvel entries to date, Spider-Man: Far from Home received mostly warm notices, earning a Certified Fresh designation. According to Salon's Matthew Rozsa, it's a "good movie that becomes great in its final act." The Washington Post's Ann Hornaday drew attention to the nimble way Far from Home navigates the repercussions of Endgame's events: "Both plotlines - Peter accepting the adult responsibilities that Tony prepared him for and finally getting on MJ's vibe - unfold and intersect with chipper efficiency."
Spider-Man: Far From Home is a 2019 American superhero film directed by Jon Watts, based on the Marvel Comics character. While on a vacation trip to Europe with his friends, Peter Parker is recruited by Nick Fury to team up with Quentin Beck, who seemingly appeared out of a tear in the Multiverse, in order to battle the Elementals. ...more on Wikipedia
Release: May 24, 2019
The Hype: Despite mixed reactions about Will Smith's Genie look, fans of the 1992 original animated feature were excited to get a live-action remake of Aladdin and Jasmine's love story.
Aladdin is a 2019 American musical romantic fantasy adventure film directed by Guy Ritchie, based on the Arab-style folktale. Smitten with the free-spirited Princess Jasmine (Naomi Scott), an Agrabah thief (Mena Massoud) uses the power of Genie (Will Smith) to become a prince. ...more on Wikipedia
Release: May 10, 2019
The Hype: When Ryan Reynolds was cast as the quick-witted sarcastic titular character, some were unsure of how the film would turn out. As trailers dropped, however, fans became optimistic and couldn't wait to see some of their favorite Pokémon on the big screen.
Detective Pikachu is a 2019 action mystery film directed by Rob Letterman, based on the video game. Despite not being as powerful and nimble as other Pikachu of his kind, a peculiar talking Pikachu (Ryan Reynolds) meets a boy (Justice Smith) who is able to understand what he is saying, and the two decide to become detectives. ...more on Wikipedia