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2018’s Most Anticipated Movies

Joe Bozzella, Staff Writer

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1.) Avengers: Infinity War (May 4th)

 

Ever since the release of 2008’s Iron Man, the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe has been leading up to this. After a few brief appearances in The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy, Thanos has finally arrived to claim the Infinity Stones and complete his Infinity Gauntlet in order to rule the galaxy. The directors of the last two Captain America movies, Joe and Anthony Russo, have been tasked with telling this grand story filled with every hero in the MCU. Audiences will be able to see their favorite characters, like Spider-Man, Dr. Strange, the Guardians of the Galaxy, and more, reunite in order to take down the Mad Titan. With more than 200 million views in the first 24 hours following the release of the first trailer, Avengers: Infinity War is the most anticipated movie of 2018.

 

2.) Ready Player One (March 30th)

 

Following 2005’s War of the Worlds, arguably the greatest director of all-time, Steven Spielberg, has not made a blockbuster film like E.T. or Raiders of the Lost Ark until now. Ready Player One follows the adventures of Wade Watts (Mud and X-Men:Apocalypse’s Tye Sheridan) in the OASIS, a massive virtual reality game littered with pop-culture references like the Iron Giant and Chucky, as he attempts to solve the easter egg hunt that OASIS creator James Halliday left upon his death. Based off a nostalgia-filled book by veteran sci-fi writer Ernest Cline, Spielberg is attempting to capture the magic of his other blockbuster films and create another film that will inspire millions like Jurassic Park did in 1993.

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3.) The Incredibles 2 (June 15th)

 

Fans have been clamoring for a sequel to Pixar’s seminal 2004 film The Incredibles immediately after they were introduced to the Parr family, and 2018 will finally see their return to the big-screen. Director Brad Bird returns to the world of The Incredibles and has made Elastigirl the focus of the sequel while Mr. Incredible is left at home in order to take care of baby Jack-Jack who is developing his powers. The original film truly is the Fantastic Four film that audiences have never gotten and is by far the year’s most anticipated animated movie.

 

4.) Black Panther (February 16th)

 

Creed and Fruitvale Station director Ryan Coogler is at the helm to direct the King of Wakanda’s first leading film and looks to have turned in one of the best comic-book movies of all-time, based on recent trailers. Chadwick Boseman returns as the titular character and is surrounded by one of the greatest casts in the history of film, with Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B. Jordan, Forest Whitaker, Danai Gurira, Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Bassett, Martin Freeman, Andy Serkis, Letitia Wright, and Sterling K. Brown rounding out the cast. Coogler has shown with his previous two films that he is one of the brightest young filmmakers working today and could have done any project he wanted following Creed, but he chose to lend his talents to this film. The African-American audience has been waiting for this movie their entire lives: a big-budget film that has a predominantly African-American cast and is made by African-Americans. Black Panther truly looks to be one of the best films of 2018.

 

5.) Widows (November 16th)

 

This adaptation of a 1983 ITV series in Britain marks director Steve McQueen’s return to filmmaking following 2013’s Best Picture winner 12 Years a Slave. Widows follows a group of women who attempt to finish the heist that their husbands died trying to perpetrate. Academy Award Winner Viola Davis leads a stellar cast that includes Liam Neeson, Michelle Rodriguez, Colin Farrell, Daniel Kaluuya, Jon Bernthal, Carrie Coon, and the legendary Robert Duvall among many other outstanding actors. Working from a script by Gone Girl writer Gillian Flynn, this film, on paper, looks to be McQueen’s most commercial film yet and be a heist film that the cinemas are dying for.

 

6.) Solo: A Star Wars Story (May 25th)

7.) Venom (October 5th)

8.) Annihilation (February 23rd)

9.) Deadpool 2 (May 18th)

10.) Aquaman (December 21st)

 

Honorable Mentions:

The 15:17 To Paris (February 9th)

Early Man (February 16th)

Red Sparrow (March 2nd)

A Wrinkle in Time (March 9th)

Tomb Raider (March 16th)

Pacific Rim: Uprising (March 23rd)

Isle of Dogs (March 23rd)

You Were Never Really Here (April 6th)

A Quiet Place (April 6th)

Rampage (April 20th)

Tully (April 20th)

Where’d You Go Bernadette? (May 11th)

Ocean’s Eight (June 8th)

Tag (June 15th)

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (June 22nd)

Sicario 2: Soldado (June 29th)

Uncle Drew (June 29th)

Ant-Man and the Wasp (July 6th)

Skyscraper (July 13th)

Alita: Battle Angel (July 20th)

Mission: Impossible 6 (July 27th)

The Predator (August 3rd)

The Spy Who Dumped Me (August 3rd)

Christopher Robin (August 3rd)

The Meg (August 10th)

Crazy Rich Asians (August 17th)

The Happytime Murders (August 17th)

White Boy Rick (August 17th)

Robin Hood (September 21st)

The Kid Who Would be King (September 28th)

Night School (September 28th)

A Star Is Born (October 5th)

Bad Times at the El Royale (October 5th)

First Man (October 12th)

Halloween (October 19th)

Mowgli (October 19th)

The Girl in the Spider’s Web (October 19th)

X-Men: Dark Phoenix (November 2nd)

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (November 2nd)

Mary, Queen of Scots (November 2nd)

Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas (November 9th)

Holmes and Watson (November 9th)

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (November 16th)

Creed 2 (November 21st)

Ralph Breaks the Internet (November 21st)

Marwencol (November 21st)

Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse (December 14th)

Mortal Engines (December 14th)

Bumblebee (December 21st)

Mary Poppins Returns (December 25th)

Bohemian Rhapsody (December 25th)

Photo Credit: http://sciencefiction.com/2018/01/02/sciencefiction-com-anticipated-movies-2018/

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