There Are Lots of Great Upcoming Movies in 2018!
Yeah yeah, new year new you. More importantly, new year new movies! 2018 has a lot of new movies coming out and it’s still early enough in the year for audiences to feel excited about the possibility of a great year for films. That’s why it’s time for Stars & Popcorn’s list of upcoming movies in 2018 we can get excited about. Just a heads up, there are a lot of great looking upcoming movies, but given some of the mistakes we’ve seen recently a few flicks didn’t make it into the top 10, like Solo: A Star Wars Story or Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. It’s not that they’re blacklisted, it’s just that we’ve been hurt before and prefer to take a stand of cautious optimism when it comes to them. So, get ready for Stars & Popcorns List of 10 Upcoming Movies to Look for in 2018 and be sure to comment on what movie you’re the most excited form
10. Alita: Battle Angel
We finally actually got to see something from that movie James Cameron has been talking about making for… Well, years. It’s been the reason for the hold on the Avatar franchise and something that is clearly a passion project for the director known for revolutionary visual effects in his films. Will it be good though? Honestly, I have no idea. After all, Avatar was jaw-dropping and beautiful, but it’s wasn’t “good.” Time will tell with this one, but given that anime has had such a hard time transitioning to live-action features in the past, the fact that a powerhouse like Cameron is taking a swing might settle the debate of if it can actually be done well.
9. Isle of Dogs
Wes Anderson is one of the true auters of modern cinema, and one that film school students absolutely love. As far as my opinion of him goes, he’s hit and miss. However, I love his more recent movies and his newest one is reminiscent of Fantastic Mr. Fox, which was great. Of all the upcoming movies this year, Isle of Dogs boasts one of the most impressive cast with the likes of Bryan Cranston, Harvey Keitel, and Frances McDormand. It’s also really uncommon to get claymation these days, which is another reason to get excited about this. Besides, everyone loves a movie about man’s best friend and this one’s got an isle filled with them.
Yeah, I know that we’re on shaky ground with the DCU. At least that’s what critics would leave us to believe. After Wonder Woman last year though, I think that there’s a lot of hope for the upcoming movies they’re getting ready to roll out and Aquaman is leading the pack. Jason Momoa proved to be one of the best parts of last year’s Justice League film and proved that the hero that talks to fishes are not one to be taken lightly. This version of the hero has a bit of a rock and roll makeover, making him more like a Viking. That means he loves to drink and nothing makes him happier than a good fight. Here’s hoping Aquaman turns the tides for the DCU in 2018.
Alex Garland has started the transition from screenwriter to director and after Ex Machina, I’m curious to see if lightning can strike twice for him. The fact that Natalie Portman is returning to the sci-fi genre makes this one of the intriguing of the upcoming movies. From what I can tell Annihilation is the kind of movie that keeps you up not just wondering about all the questions it asks, but also terrified of the creaks coming from the dark. Given the talent behind this, I have little doubt that it will be one of the first really good movies of 2018. I’ve been wrong before though, but that’s not going to stop me from being excited about it.
6. Pacific Rim Uprising
John Boyega is quickly becoming not just one of my favorite actors, but like the kind of guy, I would love to grab a pint with. With the money he made from Star Wars, he started his own studio and saw to it that the sequel to Pacific Rim was fast-tracked for production. Now, the internet was a little divided about the del Toro film, but for me, it really doesn’t get any better than robots throwing down with giant monsters. So far we’ve only gotten to see a teaser trailer for the film, but it looks like everything we loved about the first movie will be back in the sequel. My only concern is that this will be director Steven S. DeKnight first time feature film. But with how much of a fanboy Boyega is, I doubt he would do us wrong. Plus del Toro is producing and writing the story.
5. Ready Player One
As big as Pacific Rim Uprising looks, Ready Player One takes the cake as the sci-fi film I’m most excited for of the upcoming movies. Steven Spielberg is returning to the blockbuster genre after a slew of drama and I couldn’t be more excited. If that wasn’t enough, it looks like the movie is going to be a trip down memory lane for most people my age with plenty of references to 80’s pop culture and gaming. The fact that the majority of it occurs in virtual reality means that there’s no telling what we’re going to see. Now writer Zac Penn has made some mistakes in the past (Elektra and X-Men: The Last Stand), but with Spielberg on board there is little doubt that this adaptation is in capable hands
4. Black Panther
Last year Wonder Woman proved that audiences really want female-led action films and will support superheroines. Now it’s time for us to get a black hero on the big screen. I don’t know much about Black Panther from the comics, but his introduction in Captain America: Civil War proved that he is a force to be reckoned with. The fact that this movie is coming out as a prelude to Marvel’s main event this year means that it will definitely be a must-see. The only problem I have is that it looks like it might have the same villain problem Marvel has gained a reputation for, but that’s just going to have to be something I wait to see for myself.
3. Incredibles 2
There’s been a demand for a sequel to The Incredibles ever since the first one proved to be on of Pixar’s most beloved films. Luckily for us, it looks like that’s going to be one of the upcoming movies for 2018. That’s right, our favorite big-screen superhero family is back (don’t even think about bringing up the Fantastic Four) and director Brad Bird is coming with them. All that’s really known about the sequel is that Mr. Incredible is left to care for the baby while Elasti-girl (woman?) is out saving the world. Five bucks say this is going to be a movie about challenging traditional gender roles in child-rearing.
2. Avenger Infinity War
The big event for 2018 is the Marvel movie that’s marking the end of an era. Phase Three is coming to an end and rumor has it that not all our favorite heroes will make it into phase four. Plus, that big purple guy with an affinity for floating recliners is finally going to get up and do something! We’ve been waiting to see more than a pretty smile from him since The Avengers, and from what Kevin Feige says, he is going to be doing a lot more than smiling. The movie looks like it’s going to be absolutely huge with more heroes than you can shake a stick at. I guarantee that we’ll laugh, we’ll cry, and we’ll probably get into a lot of internet arguments.
1. Deadpool 2
That’s right of all the upcoming movies, the Deadpool sequel is the one to look forward to the most. Ryan Reynolds is returning with T.J. Miller and Morena Baccarin, along with the writers responsible for the first one. I know you’re thinking, how could this movie possibly be better than the last one? Well, how about we toss in one of the guys who helped make John Wick real? Director David Leitch is known for his stunt work but has already proven that he can give us everything we want from Deadpool with the teaser trailer above. So, while the future might be certain, I’ll stake my film critic badge on Deadpool 2 being one of the best movies of 2018.
There you have it, 10 upcoming movies to get you excited for 2018. There are a ton of other great films spread out over the year, like The Happytime Murders and Bohemian Rhapsody, but these ones are probably the safe bets to look forward to. What do you think of the upcoming movies for this year? Do you agree with the list or were there a few missing that you think will be outstanding? Comment below what you’re the most excited to see this year!