Epic blockbusters that are heading to a theater near you

Brandon Nelson and Brandon Nelson

The film industry is about to have its biggest season of the year with dozens of films hitting theaters this spring. Get set for a host of blockbusters.

The Disney movie “Maleficent,” a live-action film based on the 1959 animated classic Sleeping Beauty, has received a lot of hype lately. It will focus on the title character and villain, played by Angelina Jolie. For those who enjoyed “Snow White and the Huntsman,” another take on a classic Disney animated film, this looks to either match or surpass it. “Maleficent” hits theaters on May 30 and is not yet rated.

For die-hard action fans, “300: Rise of an Empire,” sequel to blockbuster film “300,” is a must-see. The tale of the Greeks uniting against Xerxes after his defeat of the 300 Spartans and driving the Persians away, “300: Rise of on Empire” comes to theaters Mar. 7with an R rating.

Another film with an ancient Greek vibe coming to theaters soon is “Pompeii,” set around the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. In order to give it a Hollywood twist, it tells the tale of a gladiator trying to break free and save the woman he loves during the eruption. “Pompeii” will be released Feb. 21 with a PG-13 rating.

Fans of “Breaking Bad” will get a kick out of the upcoming film “Need for Speed,” a video game-based movie starring Aaron Paul. Although this is a film aimed at video game fans, it will appeal more to the “Fast & Furious” fan base. The story is based on the lead character’s need for revenge after he was framed for a crime he did not commit. “Need for Speed” arrives in theaters Mar. 14 with a PG-13 rating.

Finally, Marvel is releasing a slew of films including the next step in its phase two with the launch of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” in theaters on Apr. 4. This film is not yet rated.

Sony will be launching its next step in “The Amazing Spider-Man” series on May 2. “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” film posters boast this will be his greatest battle yet, and the previews promise the same thing, diving deep into Spider-Man lore and teasing the Sinister Six, breaking the traditional aspect of only having one or two supervillains in a superhero film.

“X-Men” director Bryan Singer returns to the set with one of the darker storylines in X-Men history. “X-Men: Days of Future Past” from 20th Century Fox comes to the screen May 23 and is not yet rated.