My Most Anticipated Movies of 2018
2017 was a pretty great year for cinema, giving us gems like Thor: Ragnarok, It, and Get Out, to name but a few of my favourites. 2018 looks set to be even better, especially if you’re (still) a fan of superhero movies, with the highly anticipated Avengers: Infinity War hitting the big screen this year. Disney also has another cracking year ahead of them, considering they own the Marvel franchise, but we’ve also got the likes of The Incredibles 2 to look forward to. So, without further ado, here are the movies I can’t wait to see in 2018!
UK Release Date: 12th February 2018
The first, and by no means last, Marvel movie of 2018, it’s time for Black Panther to get his moment to shine. He was undoubtedly a highlight of 2016’s Captain America: Civil War and his inaugural movie will pick up from the aftermath of his father’s death in that film. T’Challa returns home to take his place as the King of Wakanda, but an old enemy has other ideas. It’ll be great to see Chadwick Boseman don the Black Panther suit again and take on foes without the Avengers crew behind him.
UK Release Date: 1st March 2018
I can’t wait to see this adaptation of Becky Albertalli’s loveable coming-of-age book Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (2015). It tells the story of Simon, a gay 17-year-old who is yet to come out, and his online relationship with a boy known as “Blue”. The trailer makes my heart hurt, so I have high hopes this movie will be just as enjoyable as the book – if not more.
UK Release Date: 20th April 2018
I first saw the trailer for Wes Anderson’s new flick when I went to see Coco and was instantly excited. With the same director as 2009’s Fantastic Mr. Fox, it features the same stop-motion style that makes it unique to most animated movies. Set in a future Japan where dogs have been exiled to an isle of garbage, the movie features an impressive cast with Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Jeff Goldum and many more lending their voice. Let’s face it, an entire movie dedicated to dogs was always going to get my attention, but this one looks amazing.
UK Release Date: 27th April 2018
To say this film will be an event is an understatement. With such an extensive back catalogue in the Marvel Cinematic Universe now, this movie brings together the most characters we’ve ever seen in one place – and I can’t wait! For the first time, we’ll see the likes of Doctor Strange, Spider-Man, Black Panther, Bucky, Thor and the Guardians of the Galaxy mob onscreen together to take on the biggest threat to the universe thus far, Thanos. Mark this date in your calendar because this is going to be special.
UK Release Date: 1st June 2018
The first Deadpool was a hilariously refreshing take on the superhero troupe as we’ve come to know it, reestablishing Ryan Reynolds as a credible actor for the role. If the trailer is anything to go by, we can expect much of the same from Deadpool’s second outing, which will undoubtedly be just as successful.
UK Release Date: 15 June 2018
Say it with me – FINALLY! We’ve waited 14 years for this sequel, which is insane, but hopes are high that Disney•Pixar have nailed this. It looks like all our favourite characters from the original are back, including the sassy Edna Mode (Brad Bird) and Frozone (Samuel L. Jackson). Not much has been been given away yet about this sequel, but we know Jack-Jack is discovering his powers and the Parr family are still navigating their way through life as superheroes.
Ant-Man and the Wasp
UK Release Date: 6th July 2018
Ant-Man (2015) was a surprisingly brilliant film, thanks to Paul Rudd’s casting and a script that didn’t take itself too seriously – the toy train fight scene sticks out in my mind! While the hero has been seen again in the likes of Civil War, it’ll be nice to have a full-length feature dedicated to him again. This time, however, he’s joined by Evangeline Lilly as the Wasp, which will be awesome to see another female step up to the plate.
UK Release Date: 20th July 2018
Mamma Mia! was a box office smash when it was released back in 2008 – I went to see it multiple times in the cinema and bought it on DVD immediately. It is one of my favourite musicals, after all. While a sequel could fall flat on its face, it looks unlikely as the majority of the cast are returning, as well as iconic additions like Cher. This time, the movie looks back at how a young Donna (Lily James) prepared for life as a single mother to guide Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) who has found herself in the same position. I’ll be there with bells on to see it!
UK Release Date: 16th November 2018
While there is controversy around keeping Johnny Depp as the title character in this film, I can’t deny I’m excited to revisit this magical world again. Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them was one of my favourite movies of 2016 and I have no doubt the sequel will be just as spellbinding. All of the cast members are returning with the addition of Jude Law playing a young Albus Dumbledore – who would’ve thought! Hopefully the adorable Niffler will be back too…
Mary Poppins Returns
UK Release Date: 25th December 2018
Mary Poppins is my favourite live-action Disney movie, without a doubt. When I heard that they were making a sequel no less than 25 years later, I was sceptical. But, I couldn’t think of a better actress to take on the legendary role than Emily Blunt. I also really enjoyed Saving Mr. Banks (2013), which was another foray into the world of Mary Poppins, so fingers crossed this movie doesn’t let me down.
Until next time,