In 2017, there was nearly one remake a week being released at the box office. Once again this year, almost all the most-anticipated new releases are sequels. Indeed, 11 out of 18 of the films featured on my list are sequels and every single film is based off an existing film or book. Shocking isn’t it?
Predictably, a whole host of new superhero movies will be gracing our screens this year and characters we’ll see popping up include: Deadpool, the Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Venom, Spider-Man, Ant Man, Aquaman, Black Panter and more.
Young adult adaptations to watch are Love, Simon and Ready Player One, whilst 12 Strong and Red Sparrow will appeal to fans of war and spy dramas. On a more light-hearted note, Disney brings us: A Wrinkle in Time, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms and the highly-anticipated Mary Poppins Returns. Of course, the one I’m most excited for is Fantastic Beast: The Crimes of Grindelwald, but we’ll have to wait until November for that!
Without further ado, here are 18 films to watch in 2018:
12 Strong is an American war drama based on the true story of the “horse soldiers”. Following the 9/11 attacks in New York, US Special Forces were sent to Afghanistan to help fight the Taliban. Starring Chris Hemsworth and Michael Shannon, this will be one of the most harrowing films of the year.
Release date: 26th January 2018
King T’Challa finds the African nation Wakanda under threat from two dangerous enemies. He teams up with a CIA agent and the Dora Milaje, Wakanda’s own special forces, to prevent a world war.
Release date: 16th February 2018
Red Sparrow, starring the award-winning Jennifer Lawrence, tells the story of Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorova and CIA agent Nathaniel Nash. She’s tasked with exposing him as an American mole in Russia but after falling for him she considers becoming a double agent herself.
Release date: 2nd March 2018
A Wrinkle in Time
A Wrinkle in Time, based on the 1962 book of the same name, stars leading women Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling as well as Zach Galifianakis and Chris Pine. Meg Murray discovers that her father is being held captive on a distant planet and must work together with her intelligent brother, classmate and three astral travellers to try and save him.
Release date: 9th March 2018
Based on the popular YA novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, Love, Simon follows the story of Simon, a 17 year old gay high school student. He’s still in the closet so when an email to his pen pal falls into the wrong person’s hands, he finds himself playing wingman to his blackmailer.
Release date: 16th March 2018
Ready Player One
Adapted from the book of the same name, Ready Player One takes us to the year 2045. The world has been ruined by overpopulation, climate change, pollution and corruption. As a result, the people turn towards OASIS, a virtual reality world where they can escape the desolation of the real world.
Teenager Wade Watts attempts to find an Easter Egg in OASIS in the hopes of winning a multi-billion fortune. However, another corporate giant is hoping to find the treasure first and seize it for themselves.
Release date: 30th March 2018
Avengers: Infinity War
Following Captain America: Civil War, the Avengers have been torn apart. Then Thanos arrives on Earth to collect the Infinity Stones in order to create a gauntlet that will allow him to control reality. The Avengers join forces with the Guardians of the Galaxy to try and stop him.
Release date: 4th May 2018
Our favourite mercenary Deadpool returns to our screens to battle the yakuza (the Japanese Mafia) as well as a pack of aggressive canines in his latest adventure. Having just visited Japan, I’m excited to see more movies about Japan and the yakuza, somewhat of a taboo subject for Japanese people.
Release date: 18th May 2018
Solo: A Star Wars Story
Fans of Hans Solo can rejoice for he’s finally getting his own spin-off. This stand-alone instalment is set prior to the events of the original 1970s film and we follow a young Hans Solo and Chewbacca on their adventures.
Release date: 25th May 2018
Aww yis – an all-female Ocean’s 8 is here! Debbie Ocean, Danny’s estranged sister assembles the perfect crew to attempt a heist at the annual Met Gala in New York.
This star-studded film counts amongst its leading actresses: Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter, Sarah Paulson and Awkwafina. They’re joined by Damian Lewis, Richard Armitage, Matt Damon and James Corden so this film is going to big.
Release date: 8th June 2018
Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom
Following the destruction of the dinosaur theme park, the dinosaurs are allowed to roam freely on the island for years. When their existence is again threatened by a volcanic eruption, Claire Dearing and Owen Grady return to the island to try rescue the remaining dinosaurs. Whilst on the island, however, they discover a conspiracy plot endangering both humans and dinosaurs.
Release date: 22nd June 2018
Sicario 2: Soldado
In the sequel to the 2015 film Sicario, the US discover that drug cartels are responsible for smuggling terrorists across the border. The CIA send their agent Matt Graver and former undercover operative Alejandro Gillick to solve the crisis. Of course, Gillick meets many of his old enemies along the way.
Release date: 29th June 2018
The superhero movies just keep on coming. Venom, a spin-off from the Spider-Man franchise, is set to hit cinemas in the autumn of 2018. Tom Hardy takes on the role of Spider-Man’s arch nemesis, the host of an alien symbiote. Plot details are a little thin at the moment and Marvel have not been clear about whether this spin off will exist alongside the Spider-Man franchise or if the plot will spiral off in its own vein.
Release date: 5th October 2018
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
From the studio that brought Beauty and the Beast, 2017’s highest grossing film, Disney presents The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. It is based on Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Nutcracker, about a girl who finds a Nutcracker doll among the family gifts at Christmas. With stars such as Keira Knightley, Helen Mirren and Morgan Freeman joining the cast, this will be another Disney big hit.
Release date: 2nd November 2018
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
In the second instalment of the Fantastic Beasts series, Grindelwald escapes custody of the MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America) and begins to raise a pure-blood wizard army. Dumbledore then enlists the help of New Scamander to help defeat Grindelwald but the road ahead is more dangerous than Newt knows. As the wizarding world grows more divided, friendships and loyalties are tested.
Release date: 16th November 2018
Mortal Engines, based on the popular book of the same name by Philip Reeve, is set in a post-apocalyptic steampunk world where cities are mounted on wheels. These enormous moving cities are motorised and can roam around the Earth devouring smaller towns for resources.
Release date: 14th December 2018
Arthur Curry, ruler of Atlantis, finds himself torn between the surface and his underwater kingdom. His own people are clamouring to invade the surface whose dwellers are polluting the globe and he must struggle to balance his responsibilities. Meanwhile, some new enemies have also come to the surface (excuse the pun).
Release date: 21st December 2018
Mary Poppins Returns
The long-awaited seuqel to the 1964 classic will soon be upon us! Set in the 1930s, Jane and Michael are all grown up and have kids of their own. After a family loss, Mary Poppins returns to visit the family with street lamplighter Jack and Topsy.
The only person from the original cast to be joining in this film will be Dick Van Dyke.
Release date: 25th December 2018