Greetings, one and all! Allow me to personally welcome you to the year 2018. Man, if you are anything like me, just saying the words “welcome to 2018” gives you the chills. Then again, it is pretty cold at the moment, even here in South Florida, so who knows? Maybe those chills are more hypothermia than anything else.
Alternatively, if you’re like me, the fact that it’s 2018 is reason enough to be excited out of your mind. Just look at all the big and exciting movies set to come in the next 365 days of life. Whether it’s the next installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a long-awaited adaptation of your favorite book, a remake of one of your most cherished films, the sequel to one of your favorite movies, or something completely new and original, 2018 appears to have a ton to offer moviegoers over the next 12 months.
Some movies may end up exceeding expectations and other will fall well beneath them, but for now, let’s highlight some of the movies I’m personally the most excited to see this year. Keep in mind that this is merely my own list, and even this is nowhere near exhaustive. I had to leave a lot out in order to keep this post from turning into a tome. Because of that, I invite all of you to list your most anticipated movies of 2018 in the comments below. And if you need help finding something to be excited about, here’s a full list of movies set to come out this year. Enjoy!
This list isn’t in any particular order, by the way. These are just some of the movies that came off the top of my head along with their (American) release dates found in brackets.
Avengers 3: Infinity War [May 4]
In May of this year, the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be celebrating it’s 10th anniversary. Yes, it has been a decade since Robert Downey Jr. first wore the Iron Man suit. What better a way to celebrate the birth of one of my favorite movie series of all-time then with my most anticipated movie of the past few years? This movie is a huge deal to nerds and action-movie fans everywhere. This is the crossover movie to end all crossover movies in Hollywood. Not only do you have the original six Avengers, but you also have the 4 “new” Avengers, Black Panther, Spider-Man, Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, and the Guardians of the (fickin) Galaxy. The culmination of 10 years of storytelling is finally being met between this film and next year’s Avengers 4: [insert name here], and I couldn’t be more excited to see it.
Ready Player One [March 30]
On top of the original Ernest Cline story being my personal favorite book, the idea of this ode to the 80’s and video game culture being adapated by the great Stephen Speilburg has been keeping me going since I first read the story nearly 6 years ago. It was the only solace I had that allowed me to stop dragging out finishing the book. To finally see a trailer for this movie in recent months was a wonderful experience for me and to find out that this movie comes out around my birthday tells me that this is a movie I’m destined to see.
That’s not to say that I’m not a bit nervous about how this movie will live up to the book. In fact, the review I’m most looking forward to making this year is the Ready Player One movie review, since I’m so enamored with the source material. I look forward to finding out how this movie goes, and will be the first to inform you if the book is better.
Jurassic World 2: Fallen Kingdom [June 22]
Some may recall from my 2015 Movie Countdown that Jurassic World was in my Top 10 films of that year. I loved how fun, thrilling, and captivating the movie was and how it maintained a distinct identity for itself rather than rely on the first film. Easily one of my favorite action movies of the past couple of years. Enter its sequel, Fallen Kingdom. I realize this could end up being to Jurassic World what Jurassic Park 2 was to Jurassic Park, but I honestly doubt that’s what will end up happening here. I really want to see this movie, and to quote Dr. Malcolm (who is in this movie), “When you gotta go, you gotta go”.
Black Panther [February 16]
In my review of Captain America: Civil War, I praised the inclusion of King T’Challa as one of the highlights of the movie. I even said, “Marvel is cruel for giving me this amazing character and making me wait two years until I see him again”. Luckily for me, that quote was from 2 years ago and Black Panther is now one month away. I am very excited to see one of my favorite MCU characters in his very own well-deserved feature film. I can’t wait to find out more about him, discover his place in the upcoming Infinity War, and see him fighting off Creed at the same time… Speaking of which:
Creed 2 [November 21]
I loved Creed… SO fucking much. As a Philadelphia native, I also have a huge love for the Rocky series and believe fully that Sylvester Stallone deserved that Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. (Although, I’m not too mad at who won instead). The review I made for Creed at the time is also one of my personal favorites because of how much I loved that movie. So, yeah. This movie is very much towards the top of my most anticipated films of the year. As if loving the first movie wasn’t enough to convince me to see it, this movie has Drago’s son as a boxer. If you know anything about the Rocky movies, you already know this is something you need to see.
Ant-Man & The Wasp [July 6]
If I could go back in time, I wouldn’t do anything fancy like witness the founding of America, punch Hitler in the face, or see a Queen concert live. No, I would go back just 4 or 5 years ago to tell my younger self that in the year 2015, there’s gonna be this movie called Ant-Man, and you’re gonna love the shit out of it. I’d do it just to see the mere amusement on my young, dumb face who wouldn’t believe me. Then I’d go to the year 2015 just after seeing the movie i theaters so I can point and laugh at myself all smugly. (I’m an idiot. I have no shame about it). Now, Ant-Man 2 is getting a well-deserved sequel and I’m no longer laughing. I’m dead excited.
Tomb Raider [March 16]
A little change of pace for a second, let’s talk about a video game movie and how my excitement for this movie is destined for disappointment. I’m well aware of the risks in getting my hopes up for a video game adaptation, but I’m really rooting for this one to do well. I really love the 2013 Tomb Raider game this was based on and think there’s a ton of potential in bringing this story to the big screen. Additionally, I think Alicia Vikander is a great choice for the role of Lara Croft. The trailers at least look like actual effort is being put into it. (Then again, so did Assassin’s Creed). I don’t know. I think this could be a decent movie. I’ll give it a shot at the very least.
Deadpool 2 [June 1]
Fun fact: now that Disney has bought 20th Century Fox and confirmed that Deadpool will remain rated R and as is, this may mean that Deadpool 2, its predecessor, and its 2020 sequel are all part of the Marvel canon. In other words, it could be completely acceptable to add Deadpool and Deadpool 2 to your MCU movie marathons. Isn’t that cool? Regardless, Deadpool 2 is a movie I don’t even need to explain my excitement for. The first one was so hilarious and orgasmic (I think Deadpool would approve of that remark) that the idea of more Deadpool so tantalizing. I’m ready!
The Maze Runner: The Death Cure [January 26]
The two Maze Runner movies are ones I hold in very high estimation; especially the first one. I found the concept, setting, and performances of that film very entertaining, and even though the second film’s post-apocalyptic twist is a bit uninspired, I still find it an entertaining take on that theme. Plus, one has to respect a series based on a book that decided to take their time with adapting the final book, and NOT split it into 2 movies. Thank you! Aside from that, I’m interested to see how this story ends.
Fantastic Beasts 2: The Crimes of Grindelwald [November 16]
Before the Marvel Cinematic Universe stole my heart with its expanded universe and speedy output of films, there was another movie series that I called “favorite” and that’s Harry Potter. My love for the Harry Potter series is immense, which is why despite Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them not being nearly as good as the previous 8 movies, I still hold hope that Fantastic Beasts 2 will be the one to bring this series to the next level. It’ll probably end up being just fine like its predecessor was, but I’m prepared for that, too.
Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 [November 21]
Those who saw my D23 post will know that I’m a huge fan of the direction Wreck-It-Ralph 2 is going to take. Even though I’d prefer that the movie sticks to the theme of video gaming, I do see a ton of opportunity with their new theme of the Internet. That footage description of Ralph and Venelope entering the Oh My Disney! website was enough for me to be sold on the idea. This will be brilliant, I’m sure.
The Incredibles 2 [June 15]
In my mind, there are two must-see movies of 2018: Avengers 3 and Incredibles 2. I have not seen anticipation for a Pixar movie this high since Toy Story 3. Not even Finding Dory was this hyped up. I wouldn’t go as far as to say I’m foaming out the mouth to see this like everyone else in their twenties is, but I do have very strong intentions on seeing it. Every time I’ve seen The Incredibles since 2004 has made me appreciate it more and more, and I have no doubt that the long-awaited sequel will deliver.
Bohemian Rhapsody [December 25]
Finally! A movie about Queen and Freddie Mercury is coming! For those who can’t tell from my first album review, the several posts I’ve made about this movie, or my blog’s head banner, Queen is my favorite band and Freddie Mercury is my favorite singer. More than that, they are one of the most influential bands in music history with a story and group of colorful individuals destined to be told on the big screen. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little concerned that the movie won’t be that good considering the movie’s development troubles, insistence on a PG-rating, omission of a key moment of the band’s history (Freddie’s death), and controversies regarding Bryan Singer. However, I’m choosing to be optimistic about this film being at least fine… The story deserves more than just fine, but that remains to be seen.
Christopher Robin [August 3]
If you’re curious about this or any of the other Disney live action remakes coming out in the next few years, I go into much more detail here. Apparently, since making that initial post, the Christopher Robin movie got moved up to a 2018 release date. Now, I’m not exactly hyped for this movie — in fact, this was the one project I was the most concerned and skeptical about out of the bunch. Winnie the Pooh is one of my favorite Disney animated movies, and I can’t bare the idea of it being messed with in what sounds like Hooked featuring Tigger. (Now that I think about it, this movie should change its name to Hundred Acre Hooked). However, it’s because of my love for the original film that I’m willing to see it regardless.
Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse [December 14]
Those who can’t get enough Spider-Man in their lives since last year’s Homecoming should know that there are two Spidey-related movies coming out this year. One is a live action Venom movie (which isn’t part of this list due to personal skepticism), and the other is an animated Miles Morales movie called Into the Spiderverse. Not only does the animation from the trailer look beautiful, but the fact that it’s the first time we’re seeing a Spider-Man that isn’t Peter Parker get time on the big screen is a breath of fresh air. I’m excited to see how Sony handles what I believe could be a brilliant opportunity to tell Spider-Man stories in a way that doesn’t mess with what Marvel is currently doing with the brand. Everybody wins! (Now, please don’t take Spidey away from the MCU).
God Particle [April 20… Most Likely]
Finally, let’s discuss a movie that you’ve may or may not have heard about. God Particle is a sci-fi horror movie directed by J.J. Abrams about a group of astronauts who are involved in a scientific experiment which apparently causes Earth to vanish. A horrible discovery is made in the aftermath and the team must now fight for survival. Pretty interesting, huh? Well get this: turns out this movie is part of the Cloverfield series. Yes, this is technically Cloverfield 3, which as a big fan of 10 Cloverfield Lane excites me to no end.
Before I go and we hope to God that all of these movies turn our great, here are a few honorable mentions that I chose to leave off my list. Nonetheless, I have my eye on these movies this year.
- Aquaman (December 21)
- Ocean’s 8 (June 8)
- The Grinch (November 9)
- Pacific Rim: Uprising (March 23)
- Solo: A Star Wars Story (May 25)
- Rampage (April 20)
- Scarface (August 10)
- Early Man (January 26)
- A Wrinkle in Time (March 9)
- Goosebumps: Horror Land (October 12)
- Venom (October 5)
- X-Men: Dark Phoenix (November 2)
- The New Mutants (April 13)
- Batman Ninja (TBA) (Direct-to-Video)
- Night School (September 28)
- Widows (November 16)
Now that I’ve gone through some of the movies I’m looking forward to in 2018, don’t forget to leave a comment below telling me what movies you’re excited to see in the new year! I’d love to hear your thoughts.
I’m SBox180. Thanks for reading!