2018 is finally here and there is a lot to expect in theater screens. Among the already dozens of promising projects slated for release, here are some of the movies to anticipate, in order of their expected release date.
12 Strong – January 19, 2018
Just a couple of months before throwing down with Thanos, Chris Hemsworth will temporarily leave the MCU for the mountains of Afghanistan. In January 2018, the Australian actor will star in 12 Strong, a war film based on a true story by Doug Stanton. The movie is set shortly after 9/11, and focuses on a group of American soldiers who join up with the Northern Alliance to battle the Taliban. And as the title implies, Hemsworth will travel across the desert atop a faithful steed. The movie will also mark the first time Hemsworth will star in a movie with his wife, Elsa Pataky.
Maze Runner: The Death Cure – January 26, 2018
Production on the third Maze Runner installment was delayed roughly a year due to a gruesome injury suffered by lead actor Dylan O’Brien on the set. Much to the relief of James Dashner’s loyal fanbase, however, the movie wasn’t canned altogether, despite the setback and a middling domestic box office return on the first sequel, The Scorch Trials. The series’ third run at the big screen will kick off nearly a year after its planned release date.
Fifty Shades Freed – February 9, 2018
E.L. James’ third instalment of Fifty shades is hitting theaters just in time for Valentine’s Day, and this trilogy-ender is bound to be a date night must for the Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) faithful who want to see the climax of his whirlwind, erotic romance with Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson).
Black Panther – February 16, 2018
Marvel Cinematic Universe is going to make a quick stop in Wakanda,(right before Avengers: Infinity) war home of everybody’s favorite superpowered feline: the Black Panther. In the his first standalone film, T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) has returned home after his dad’s tragic death in Captain America: Civil War, and now he’s set to rule his technological wonderland. Unfortunately, according to the official plot description, the new king will find himself facing “a powerful old enemy,” which means there are going to be prison breaks, casino shootouts, car chases, and a one-on-one showdown with Adonis Creed himself.
Tomb Raider – March 16, 2018
Alicia Vikander is taking the place of Angelina Jolie, starring as one of the greatest video game characters of all time: Lara Croft. Directed by Roar Uthaug and written by Geneva Robertson-Dworet (who also penned the upcoming Captain Marvel), this new incarnation of Tomb Raider finds our hero getting her first taste of adventure. A bike courier “without any real focus or purpose,” Croft is inspired by video messages from her late father (Dominic West) to journey into the jungle and find the mysterious “Mother of Death,” a tomb that might end the world if opened.
Pacific Rim: Uprising – March 23, 2018
The Pan Pacific Defense Corps is gearing up for a rematch with Pacific Rim: Uprising. Sadly, Guillermo del Toro will only be producing this time, but the science fiction spectacle is in incredibly capable hands. The sequel will be directed by Steven S. DeKnight—the guy in charge of Spartacus and Daredevil—and the film will star sci-fi veteran John Boyega as the main character.
New Mutants – April 13, 2018
Now that the X-Men movies have exhausted pretty much every timeline they can leap into and out of with Logan’s dismal glimpse of the future, it’s time for the New Mutants to start running the school. Directed by Josh Boone, New Mutants will likely introduce a bevy of new talented teens who, as in the comic spinoff series of the same name, are trained by Professor Charles Xavier to emerge as a new class of world heroes.
Avengers: Infinity War – May 4, 2018
Four years after the events of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the Avengers have been torn apart following the events of Captain America: Civil War. When Thanos arrives on Earth to collect the Infinity Stones for a gauntlet that will allow him to bend reality to his will, the Avengers must join forces with the Guardians of the Galaxy to stop him. Directed by the Russo brothers (who helmed the last two Captain America movies), Avengers: Infinity War will follow Earth’s mightiest heroes as they go toe-to-toe with Thanos (Josh Brolin), an oversized purple madman who’s trying to gather all the Infinity Stones and rule the universe. But while he’s got backup from the Black Order and a multi-legged alien army, Thanos will have a tough time laying waste to the world, as he’ll have to face every hero we’ve met so far, including Doctor Strange, Black Panther, and the Guardians of the Galaxy.
Solo: A Star Wars Story – May 25, 2018
Nestled between The Last Jedi and Episode IX, Solo: A Star Wars Story promises fans the origin story of everyone’s favorite scruffy-looking nerf herder. Plot details are a little scarce, but we do know Alden Ehrenreich stars as Solo, Donald Glover will appear as Lando, Woody Harrelson will star as Han’s mentor Beckett, and we’ll get to see Han meet up with Chewbacca and become a snarky space cowboy.
Deadpool 2 – June 1, 2018
Deadpool grossed around $783 million and became the highest-grossing R-rated movie in cinematic history. The sequel has a lot to live up to, but if the trailers are any indication, Deadpool 2 looks like ia lot of foul-mouthed fun. Reynolds is returning and he’s bringing along his old friends: Brianna Hildebrand (Negasonic Teenage Warhead), Leslie Uggams (Blind Al), T.J. Miller (Weasel), and Monica Baccarin (Vanessa).
The Incredibles 2 – June 15, 2018
According to Entertainment Weekly, the sequel will open with our crime-fighting family battling The Underminer. Of course, that makes things a little tricky where the actors are concerned. While Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Samuel L. Jackson, and Sarah Vowell can pull off their original roles, Spencer Fox—the guy who played Dash—has grown up just a bit since the original movie. So he’s been replaced with the far younger Huck Milner. Bob Odenkirk and Catherine Keener have also joined the cast, and while we don’t know who they’re playing yet, there’s a good chance they might be some sort of dastardly duo. As for the plot, the exact details are hard to find, but we know Mr. Incredible (Nelson) will be staying at home, watching after his superpowered baby, Jack-Jack. We also know the film will focus more on Elastigirl (Hunter) as she goes on an adventure and stretches her superpowers to new limits. Also, expect new and improved animation, giving us characters that, as Brad Bird explained, will be “more realistic” and “more expressive.” The only other thing we know for sure about the sequel is that, no matter what, there will be no capes.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom – June 22, 2018
When Jurassic World roared into theaters in 2016, it quickly became the fourth highest-grossing film of all time, raking in approximately $1.6 billion. With that kind of success, we all knew it was only a matter of time before we went back to that dino-infested island. And now, with Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, not only will we get to see raptors run amok, but we’ll also watch an abandoned theme park get blown to smithereens.
Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018
Audiences are in for a marvelous time when Ant-Man and the Wasp arrives July 6. With Peyton Reed returning to direct, both Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly will be suiting up as the titular heroes, and they’ll be joined by quite a few familiar faces, including Michael Douglas, Michael Pena, Bobby Cannavale, and Judy Greer. But really, what we’re most excited about are all the new characters. Walton Goggins is going to show up as Sonny Burch, the chairman of Cross Technologies. Laurence Fishburne will star as Dr. Bill Foster, better known as Giant-Man. And Hannah John-Kamen of Black Mirror will play the villainous Ghost, who appears in the comics as a bad guy that’s part terrorist, part tech genius.
Mission: Impossible 6 – July 27, 2018
Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is at it again. Tom Cruise’s director BFF Christopher McQuarrie (Jack Reacher, Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation) returns to helm a sixth installment to the covert op action-adventure series, and while details are scant as to what the actual storyline will be, we know the film will delve deeper into Ethan Hunt as a character. McQuarrie has promised that we will get “to know who Ethan is in this movie,” and that our action hero will actually go on “an emotional journey.”
The Equalizer 2 – August 3, 2018
On April 22, 2015, Sony had officially announced a sequel with Washington returning to his role as vigilante Robert McCall, while Fuqua’s returning was not yet confirmed. In September 2016, producer Todd Black revealed that the script of the film was done and Fuqua would be returning to direct the sequel with the shooting to begin in September 2017. There aren’t a lot of plot details out there, but come on, we’re going to see Denzel Washington destroy a bunch of bad guys in incredibly creative ways. What more do you need to know?
Venom – October 5, 2018
Sony’s plans for a Spider-Man cinematic universe, including Sinister Six and Venom movies, seemed to hit the skids when the studio abandoned its Andrew Garfield-led Amazing Spider-Man franchise in favor of another reboot, teaming up with Marvel for joint custody of the character’s film rights and putting Tom Holland in the web-slinger’s duds. While the Sinister Six movie might still be dead, Venom is officially back on the schedule: the alien symbiote anti-hero is now slated to sling his way into theaters on Oct. 5, 2018, with Tom Hardy in the title role.
Jungle Book – October 19, 2018
Not to be confused with Disney’s animated 1967 classic, Jon Favreau’s live-action version from 2016, or the slew of other adaptations inspired by Rudyard Kipling’s classic tale, Andy Serkis’ version of The Jungle Book promises to be much closer to the source material than any other film.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix – November 2, 2018
Set in the 1990s, a decade after the events of X-Men: Apocalypse, the X-Men have become a household name and a public sensation. Professor X, with growing pride, encourages the team to do more as superheroes. Unfortunately, one mission takes them into space, and an unaccounted-for accident greatly empowers Jean Grey, but at the cost of losing control of herself and acting irrationally. All the while, an alien shapeshifter seeks to use Jean for her own intentions, believing her to be “the Phoenix”
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – November 16, 2018
J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter spinoff series Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is on deck for its second installment, following Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) and his pals on another adventure in the world of witchcraft and wizardry. Only this time, Scamander is leaving behind the U.S. and heading across the Atlantic, sailing for Paris. So why is he going to France? Well, according to Variety, the sequel will feature a young Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) who instructs our hero to chase down and apprehend Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp), a villainous wizard guilty of magical crimes. Controversy aside, the film promises to begin the battle for the ages between the esteemed professor and his former bestie-gone-rogue.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – December 14, 2018
Ever since he first appeared back in 2011, Marvel fans have desperately wanted to see Miles Morales get his own Spider-Man movie. And now, seven years later, it looks like all their arachnid dreams are about to come true. On December 14, 2018, Sony plans on releasing Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, an animated adventure following the young web-slinger as he fights crime.
Phil Lord and Chris Miller of The Lego Movie are credited as executive producers, and Lord penned the screenplay, so expect to see his unique brand of humor swinging across the screen. And as for the voice talent, we’ve got Shameik Moore (The Get Down, Dope) as Miles, Liev Schreiber as an unknown villain, and Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali as Miles’ uncle, Aaron Davis.
Aquaman – December 21, 2018
The introduction of Arthur “Aquaman” Curry in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was but a taste of what’s to come from Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones) as the trident-wielding hero, who’ll embrace his destiny as the heir to the kingdom of Atlantis by stretching his sea legs … and some brute strength. Director James Wan (Furious 7) helms the watery actioner that will follow Curry’s life from boyhood to kinghood. Amber Heard, Patrick Wilson, and Willem Dafoe are also on deck to star and Nicole Kidman will be playing Curry’s mom, while Dolph Lundgren will show up as a powerful Atlantean king. We’re getting a film with both Ivan Drago and Khal Drogo, which might be way too much muscle for one movie to handle.