2017 was a pretty fantastic year for movies. From breakout hits like Get Out to long-awaited sequels like Star Wars: The Last Jedi and all the blockbusters and indies in between, there really was a movie for everyone last year. Which is why we're so stoked that there look to be even more highly-anticipated movies coming up in 2018! It's shaping up to be a truly epic year, from new adaptations of beloved books to massive Marvel showdowns! In fact there are so many movies we've had to split our list of our most anticipated into two. Here's the first half, covering now until end of June:
Proud Mary, January 12
Between last year's Atomic Blonde with Charlize Theron and this year's upcoming Red Sparrow with Jennifer Lawrence, hot female assassins seems to be a growing trend, and we are here for it. This time it's Taraji P. Henson wielding the weapons, and given her acting chops on display in more serious movies like Hidden Figures, we're willing to bet there'll be more going on in this story than one might expect.
Black Panther, February 16
We'll admit, this one is a little bit of a no-brainer. We've been looking forward to finding out more about Black Panther since we met him onscreen in Captain America: Civil War, and seeing more of the mysterious Wakanda that he calls home. Add in powerhouse actors like Michael B. Jordan, Angela Bassett, and Lupita Nyong'o, and director Ryan Coogler (Creed, Fruitvale Station), and we're all in!
A Wrinkle In Time, March 9
As fans of the Young Adult series of novels by Madeleine L'Engle that provided the source material, we were already excited for this adaptation. When we heard that none other than Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Kaling, and Reese Witherspoon were attached to play Mrs. Which, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Whatsit, the mysterious women who help Meg Murry on her quest, we were over the moon! This movie is sure to be an adventure the whole family can enjoy.
Ready Player One, March 30
If you haven't read the novel by Ernest Cline that this movie is based on, don't fret—you'll definitely still be able to enjoy this highly anticipated adaptation from director Steven Spielberg. Tye Sheridan plays Wade Watts, a young man who, just like everyone else on Earth in 2045, spends most of his time inside a virtual reality called The Oasis. Just like the book, based on the trailers alone we can already tell that this movie will be chock-full of pop culture references—so many that we're already planning to see it twice to catch every one!
The New Mutants, April 13
Putting a fresh spin on the superhero movie by casting this as part of the horror genre seems like a pretty smart move, given that the best superhero movies of the last few years can easily be called genre films as well (Ant-Man: heist movie; Logan: western; etc). As fans of both Marvel and psychological horror, we're pretty excited to see this eleventh entry in the X-men franchise this spring!
Avengers: Infinity War, May 4
All the Avengers including Steve Rogers (formerly Captain America), plus Black Panther, Ant-Man and The Wasp, The Winter Soldier, Doctor Strange, Spider-Man, AND the Guardians of the Galaxy team up to fight the mad titan Thanos as he scours Earth for the Infinity Stones. Need we say more? We cannot wait to see this epic intergalactic team-up on the big screen!
Where’d You Go, Bernadette, May 11
When her anxiety-ridden, agoraphobic, eccentric mother disappears, 15-year-old Bee Branch will do anything to track her down. This doesn't sound like the premise for a comedy, but readers of the book of the same name by Maria Semple know that the story of Bee and Bernadette is infused with dark yet gentle humour and whimsy. We can't wait to see what director Richard Linklater (Before Sunrise, Boyhood) will do with this sweetly sardonic tale of family lost and found.
Solo: A Star Wars Story, May 25
One of the few (if not the only) major characters from the original trilogy never to get a backstory, Han Solo has always remained a figure of some mystery. Well, not for long! Frankly we've been even more keen to find out what Han's origins are since Donald Glover was attached to play a young Lando Calrissian, and we're sure director Ron Howard will deliver!
Deadpool 2, June 1
Based on the teaser trailers released so far, we can't really tell what Deadpool will get up to in this sequel, but we feel sure that it's bound to be both foul-mouthed and funny, and as dark yet irreverent as the first movie. I mean, just look at the "official" IMDB plot synopsis: ..."Searching to regain his passion for life, as well as a new stuffed unicorn, Wade must battle ninjas, tight assed metal men, and babysit a group stereotypical side characters as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and creative outlets for his very open-minded sex life."
Ocean’s Eight, June 8
We've been excited for this one since we first found out who's in the cast: Sandra Bullock as Danny Ocean's sister Debbie, along with Cate Blanchett, Rihanna, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, and Awkwafina. We know from the first trailer that a heist at the Met Gala plays a part, but frankly no matter what the plot turns out to be, we are firmly on board for a heist caper with such a stellar all-female cast!
The Incredibles 2, June 15
One of Pixar's first breakout hits, The Incredibles introduced the world to the Parrs, a seemingly normal suburban family with one big secret: they were keeping their superpowers under wraps. Until, that is, the city needed them. Disney/Pixar are keeping the details close on this one too, but we're sure it's going to be a wild adventure for the whole family!
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, June 22
We confess, there was a time when we thought the Jurassic Park film franchise had dried out creatively. Then 2015's reboot Jurassic World took theatres by storm and changed our minds! Pitting dino-trainer Owen (Chris Pratt) against a never-before-seen genetically modified dino added a new element of danger, and Owen's hand-trained velociraptors added a note of suspense. Based on the trailer for the sequel, it looks like Owen and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) are heading back to the island and into danger again, and we can't wait!
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