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Since the Mayans have predicted that the world is going to end in 2012, it is only right that the summer had to go out with a bang. There has been lots of talk about the newest excitement in entertainment this summer, and it is only right that they are mentioned.

This summer has been a season for blockbusters such as Avengers, Ted, The Dark Knight Rises, The Amazing Spiderman, and Magic Mike.

Ted tells the story about a lonely boy named John Bennett, played by Mark Wahlberg, who got a teddy bear for Christmas, and wished that the bear could really talk to him. He named the teddy bear Ted (voice of Seth MacFarlane), and deals with the consequences of him becoming a life long friend. Of course, all little boys do grow up and outgrow their childhood toys. John now deals with his boyhood toy turning into a nuisance as he tries to live his adult life. From the Creator of Family Guy, Seth MacFarlane has created a comedy that guarantees audience laughter and leaves them wanting more.

This summer was the summer for comic book fans because DC and Marvel stole the box office. In The Amazing Spiderman, the audience is introduced to Peter Parker, played by Andrew Garfield, an outcast high school student whose parents abandoned him as a boy. He is left with his Uncle Ben, played by Martin Sheen, and Aunt May, Sally Field.

Like any normal teenager, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he became this person he is today. One day, Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father; it is then that he begins a quest to understand his parents’ disappearance. This leads him to Oscorp and the lap of Dr. Curt Connors, played by Rhys Ifans, his father’s former partner.

As Pete embarks on a collision course with Connor’s alter ego, The Lizard, he makes a life-altering choice to use his powers and shape his destiny to become the amazing Spider-Man. This film gives audience members amazing entertainment and a great feeling of suspense that keeps them on the edge of their seats.

In addition to The Amazing Spider-Man, the summer kicked off with an extraordinary movie entitled The Avengers. For the Marvel comic fans out there, Avengers was a great treat. The Avengers featured Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), the incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and Captain America (Chris Evans).  An unexpected enemy emerges to threaten global safety and security, and Nick Fury, director of S.H.I.E.L.D. finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster.

As for the DC Comics fans, they were given a real treat with the release of The Dark Knight Rises. The Dark Knight kept audiences on the edge of their seats with excitement with its action-packed scenes, amazing casting, and breath taking special effects.  In the Dark Knight Rises, it has been eight long years since Batman (Christian Bale) vanished into the night, turning into an instant villain in the city of Gotham. Because he sacrificed Batman’s good name and took credit for Harvey Dents murder, and he is not welcome in Gotham. Then, Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway) arrives on the scene with a mysterious agenda.  Things really start to heat up when Bane (Tom Hardy) emerges and starts terrorizing the city of Gotham. All of these events force Bruce to come out of his exile.  Batman’s biggest challenge will be trying to save Gotham from the notorious Bane, and living to see the light of day.

No a movie, but certainly important, were the 2012 London Olympics! The Olympics had the most show time views on NBC.  36 million views per day was the total of people watching and cheering on the competition. The Olympics featured 30 different sports, over 200 countries, and new world records. The Olympics honored Michael Phelps after he became the most decorated Olympian of all time with 22 medals. The U.S. also saw Gabby Douglas honored for winning gold in Women’s Gymnastics all-around event as well as a gold medal for Team USA. Overall, America won 104 medals in the 2012 summer Olympics: 46 Gold, 29 Silver, and 29 Bronze. The U.S. definitely accomplished something great!

This summer had some thrilling entertainment to watch from the hottest movies to some of the world’s largest most celebrated sporting events.