2017 may have not been the best of years, but it certainly was in terms of film offerings. This year cemented itself as the greatest year for Comic Book Movies, as films such as Logan, Wonder Woman, and Thor: Ragnarok highlight the years best in that department. We also got some great films in general: Dunkirk, Blade Runner 2049, The Disaster Artist, Coco, Get Out, Baby Driver, The Shape of Water, just to name a few. 2017 is going to be very hard to top, but 2018 looks as if it’s about to give 2017 a run for its money. That being said, here are my most anticipated films for 2018:
This list was a hard one, as so many anticipated films are set to arrive in theaters in 2018. Here are some honorable mentions:
-Ant-Man & The Wasp (July 6, 2018)
-Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (November 16, 2018)
-The New Mutants (April 13, 2018)
-X-Men: Dark Phoenix (November 2, 2018)
-Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-it Ralph 2 (November 21, 2018)
Let’s begin with the official list:
10. Solo: A Star Wars Story (May 25, 2018)
“A movie directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller based on one of the most iconic characters of all time in Han Solo? Sign me up!” That was me when this was announced, but this isn’t the film we’re getting. If it weren’t for production issues such as the change in director right after 75% of the movie was already shot, and the rumors surrounding our lead man Alden Ehrenreich and his acting, this film would be WAY higher on the list, but for now, it’s barely getting in. The only reason it’s in it is because I am excited for Donald Glover’s portrayal of Lando Calrissian, and not because I hope this happens, but I want to see if the film is a disaster and not well received, especially with it coming right after the whole ‘The Last Jedi’ debacle.
9. Ready Player One (March 30, 2018)
If it’s a Spielberg movie, sign me up, ASAP. Based on Ernest Cline’s best selling novel, ‘Ready Player One’ follows Wade Watts as he embarks on a “reality-bending treasure hunt through a fantastical universe of mystery, discovery, and danger.” Other than it being a Spielberg film, the aspect that excites me is that the OASIS is just that, an oasis that features a plethora of characters, some of which we’ve seen in the trailers already. With a DeLorean, Freddy Krueger, and The Iron Giant in the mix, who wouldn’t be excited for this?
8. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (June 22, 2018)
I’m happy to admit that ‘Jurassic World’ took me (and the world) by surprise with its box office haul and actual enjoyability. ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ aims to shake things up a bit, as we saw a huge horror vibe/influence in the first trailer. Director J.A. Bayona is swinging for the fences, and I can’t wait to see if it works for the benefit of the film, or if it’s the film’s biggest downfall.
7. Aquaman (December 21, 2018)
What’s next for the DCEU? That would be James Wan’s Aquaman. After the release of Justice League, fans were eager to see what’s in store for these characters, and Aquaman is an intriguing way of following up. Not only does it have a solid cast that features Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Patrick Wilson, Nicole Kidman, and Willem Dafoe, it also features a great director, and the aspect of seeing Atlantis on the big screen and how a hero like Aquaman will come to life in his own film should be enough to get any fan excited.
6. Mission Impossible 6 (July 27, 2018)
The ‘Mission Impossible’ franchise is like a fine wine it appears, as it gets better with age. ‘Ghost Protocol’, the 4th entry, was amazing, and ‘Rogue Nation’, the 5th entry, was just as good if not better. With the return of series juggernaut Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt, the recently introduced character in Rebecca Ferguson’s Ilsa Faust, and Christopher McQuarrie at the helm, this one is shaping up to deliver what the franchise is best known for. Oh, and did I mention Henry Cavill is in it too with a suave mustache? What a time to be alive…
5. Venom (October 5, 2018)
Look, if you were to ask me a couple of months ago where ‘Venom’ would rank in my most anticipated list for 2018, It wouldn’t be on the list. Things have changed, as more information has come out in terms of the direction the film is heading, and it’s looking as good as ever. With a great cast that features Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, and Riz Ahmed, it’s really hard to not get excited over it. An R-rated ‘Venom’ solo film that doesn’t feature our friendly neighborhood hero used to sound stupid, now the prospect sounds more intriguing than ever.
4. Untitled Deadpool Sequel (June 1, 2018)
‘Deadpool’ was a critical and commercial hit, and we should thank it for paving the way to the masterpiece that is ‘Logan’ and the open-mindedness of creating R-rated superhero films. ‘Deadpool 2’ not only seeks to be better than it’s predecessor by adding Zazie Beetz and Josh Brolin as Domino & Cable (respectively) to its cast, but also seems to be the sequel fans are so desperately waiting for. With a new director that knows how to make a stylish and fun action film in David Leitch (See Atomic Blonde, John Wick) and a summer release date, ‘Deadpool 2’ is looking better than ever.
3. Black Panther (February 16, 2018)
Exotic Locations? Check. Amazing Cast? Check. Ryan Coogler directing? Yup. Another entry in the ever expanding MCU? Yes. So why wouldn’t you be excited for this film? ‘Black Panther’ is not only the last film before the massive cinematic spectacle that ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ is shaping up to be, but it’s also looking to be something completely different than anything we’ve seen before in the MCU. With Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, a phenomal supporting cast, and the idea that “It’s hard for a good man to be a king,” ‘Black Panther’ is looking to be yet another great film in the MCU collection.
2. The Incredibles 2 (June 15, 2018)
Listen, it’s about time we get this film. In what was one of the biggest cliffhangers for a generation, ‘The Incredibles’ ended with our favorite heroic family not named the Fantastic 4, suiting up to fight the Underminer. ‘The Incredibles 2’ is a film 14 years in the making, and aims to introduce the Parr family to a new generation of kids. With Brad Bird back to direct, you can expect kids and adults a like to be waiting in line when this film arrives in theaters.
1. Avengers: Infinity War (May 4, 2018)
The film we’ve all been waiting for is finally here, and ranks as the #1 most anticipated film of 2018. ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ is what the Marvel Cinematic Universe has lead up to, as this film marks the beginning of the end for our current batch of heroes. Whether you like it or hate it, you can’t deny the success and impact the MCU has had on the industry. ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ sees all of our favorite heroes unite to fight Thanos, a character that we’ve seen since the first ‘Avengers’. With one of the most stacked casts of all time, and the combination of The Russo Brothers at the helm, who haven’t disappointed since they first worked in the MCU (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), this film is looking like everything the fans are looking forward to and more.
What are your thoughts on the list? Do you agree with the choices or disagree? What are your most anticipated list for 2018? Let us know at @SuperBroMovies!