Most Anticipated Films of 2018
Here are the movies we're looking forward to most this year!
10. Ant-Man and the Wasp
It was extremely difficult to narrow our most anticipated films down to just ten, but we did it and coming in at number ten is Ant-Man and the Wasp. While there are plenty of superhero films coming this year, there's something special about this one from Marvel Studios. First, it's the first of the Marvel Cinematic Universe films to have two major heroes in the title as both Ant-Man and the Wasp will lead this film. Second, it'll be fun to see Scott Lang and Hope Van Dyne's relationship grow as she takes on her mother's mantle as the Wasp. Also, I'm psyched about seeing them work together, how their powers develop, and more of the Quantum Realm as they seek to rescue her long-lost mom, Janet. I'm glad Peyton Reed, who directed 2015's Ant-Man, is back in the director's chair, and this cast is fantastic with Evangeline Lily, Paul Rudd, and Michael Douglas returning alongside new additions Laurence Fishburne and Michelle Pfeiffer. We are ready to buy our tickets now.
9. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
One of the highest grossing films of all time, Jurassic World brought back the franchise in a major way. Now we get to pick up the story years later with Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard returning to rescue the dinosaurs from another extinction-level event as a dormant volcano begins to erupt on the island. However, that's just the beginning of the story as they bring the prehistoric creatures back to the mainland where the major problems arise and some big action goes down. It's gonna be a spectacle with new director J.A. Bayona cranking up the tension and delivering some real scares. Also, Jeff Goldblum is returning as Dr. Ian Malcolm which is always a win. It's gonna be a wild ride.
8. Alita: Battle Angel
This trailer came out of nowhere and when it did we were shocked to see what an incredible technical achievement it was but also how surprisingly emotional it was, too. Based on the long-running manga character, this film follows the adventures of a cyborg who has lost all memories and is found in a garbage heap by a cybernetics doctor who rebuilds and takes care of her. Soon she uncovers a conspiracy and must fight for her life and for those she loves. It looks like a visually stunning film with great music and wonderful performances from newcomer Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, Jackie Earle Haley, Michelle Rodriguez, Keean Johnson, Eiza Gonzalez, and Lana Condor. Robert Rodriguez directs the film from producer James Cameron who's been working on the project for decades. This is one you won't want to miss on the big screen.
7. X-Men: Dark Phoenix
Finally, X-Men fans will get the adaptation of the popular Dark Phoenix storyline from the comic books we've all wanted... at least we hope so. Putting such a huge task on the shoulders of first-time director Simon Kinberg is a risky move but since he's been on board these and so many other projects as a writer and no doubt has a handle on these characters which is most important. It seems to be skewing closer to the comics as more of a sci-fi angle is being taken with this movie which is set in the 1990s. This cast is always incredible with James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Sophie Turner, and Tye Sheridan sure to give us knockout performances. This could be the most epic X-Men movie yet, but hopefully it's also the most intimate and emotional.
6. Mission: Impossible 6
Somehow the Mission: Impossible franchise manages to keep getting better and better (except M: I-2) and it's due to Tom Cruise and the ever-rotating list of amazing director's each of whom put their own stamp on the series. Shockingly, writer/director Christopher McQuarrie is the first director to return to helm another Mission. It's a risky move, but one that may pay off. Since the success of Rogue Nation in 2015, McQuarrie and Cruise have been working on making the next Mission the best yet. There's a returning cast including Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, and Michelle Monaghan, as well as some new characters like Henry Cavill and Angela Bassett. It's sure to be an action-packed, globe-trotting adventure this summer with an intense and heartfelt story.
5. Ready Player One
Based on the novel, this Steven Spielberg movie finds a kid in the future who dreams of living with his heroes in the 1980s. He gets his wish when a virtual reality game called Oasis is released and most of the world's population is enthralled. When the inventor of the game dies he leaves clues to the literal and figurative keys to his billion dollar kingdom in the game itself and anyone can find them to take over his real-world empire. This looks like the most original and inventive film of the year and also the most fun with a killer 80's soundtrack including Rush's Tom Sawyer and plenty of references to pop culture like the DeLorean from Back to the Future and The Iron Giant. Prepare to be blown away.
4. Incredibles 2
At last, Pixar got Brad Bird to make a sequel to his 2004 animated hit, The Incredibles. What's great about animation is that these characters don't age, so we'll pick up right where the first film left off as the family of Supers battles the Underminer. This time Helen will have to go to work after Bob lost his job leaving him at home with the kids where he discovers that baby Jack-Jack has superpowers. There's also another threat that will rise which the family will have to confront along with their friend Frozone. The original is one of the best superhero films ever made and one of Pixar's best ever, so with most of the voice cast returning and Bird back writing and directing it's sure to be a fun family adventure with plenty of laughs and action. Pixar's track record is mixed when it comes to sequels (Toy Story's are great, everything else, not so much) but with the same creative team back, it could be on of the few sequels that's better than the original.
3. Solo: A Star Wars Story
The second spin-off standalone Star Wars film is Solo which will follow the exploits of a young Han Solo. Here's an excellent cast including Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton, Paul Bettany, Donald Glover, and Emilia Clarke and they're being directed by one of the best in the business Ron Howard. It's gonna be a challenge for relative unknown actor Alden Ehrenreich to take on the iconic role of everyone's favorite space smuggler, but if he makes it his own while reminding us of Harrison Ford's character, he'll pull it off. There's sure to be plenty of thieving as it's been called a heist film set in a galaxy far, far away which is perfect for this one. It'll be exciting to see a different corner of this universe which doesn't deal directly with Rebels fighting the Empire.
While DC Films has stumbled with their team-up movies, they've done a great job with their standalone superhero films and I'm hoping that trend continues with Aquaman. Jason Momoa was a stand out in Justice League as the title character and I can't wait to see what he does as the half-Atlantean half-human King of the Seas in this movie by horror director James Wan. There's sure to be thrills and chills as Wan describes this as The Lord of the Rings meets Raiders of the Lost Ark making it a high-adventure globe trotting epic with a royalty bent. It's got Amber Heard, Patrick Wilson, Willem Dafoe, Dolph Lundgren, Temura Morrison, and Nicole Kidman, so the cast is certainly up the the task. Seeing an underwater world will be something unique most movies, especially superhero films, haven't taken on yet.
1. Avengers: Infinity War
Our most anticipated film of the year is Avengers: Infinity War. The fact that Marvel Studios' films begin and end this list says something about what a great movie studio they've become. Ever since Thanos showed up at the end of the first Avengers movie in 2012 we've been waiting to see what would happen if Earth's Mightiest Heroes had to do battle with him and his powerful Infinity Gauntlet. He's been collecting the Infinity Stones in each of the Marvel movies thus far, each of which give him a different superhuman ability, and now he's ready to take on the meager might of Earth. All of Marvel heroes (and villains?) will have to assemble to take on this threat which is unlike any they've ever faced before. It's sure to be an epic war movie, but also has elements of a heist film as Thanos has yet to take all of the precious gems and will have to steal a few more of them before he can conquer our world. The cast is huge, the action looks stunning, and the story will be unforgettable. Which heroes will die? Maybe a better question is: Which heroes will live?