2018 marks ten years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and they’re kicking things off with the much-hyped Black Panther. Early trailers have promised a action packed yet personal story as T’Challa returns to Wakanda to take his rightful place as ruler. Chadwick Boseman, who stole Civil War within a minute leads the charge with Creed’s Ryan Coogler directing.
Avengers Infinity War
Thanos finally gets his ass off of that hovering chair to take on what the entire MCU in Avengers Infinity War. Directed by the Russo Bros (Captain America Civil War), and starring pretty much everyone, Infinity War is the biggest film of 2018, and it could be the best.
Moon and Source Code director Duncan Jones returns to the science fiction indie circuit after his ill-fated Warcraft movie. Distributed by Netflix, Mute stars Alexander Skasgard as Leo Beiler, a mute man with a violent past who is searching for his missing girlfriend. Deemed by Jones as a spiritual sequel to Moon, don’t be surprised if Sam Rockwell makes a cameo.
Alex Garland wowed critics, and a solid audience, with his directorial debut Ex Machina. For his second feature he is adapting Jeff VanderMeer’s dystopian novel Annihilation. The story follows a team of scientists, played by Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson, Gina Rodriguez, and Jennifer Jason Lee as they investigate a disaster zone filled with horrible creatures.
How does a comic book movie that focuses on the villain work? That’s a question I’ve asked myself ever since Venom was announced. Thanks to Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer I’ll finally get my answer as he will helm Venom which stars Tom Hardy as one of Spiderman’s greatest foes. Hardy’s casting is a masterstroke as anything he does onscreen will immediately wipe Spiderman 3 from our collective memory.
Solo: A Star Wars Story
The Han Solo origin movie has a lot riding against it. As well as directorial replacements, acting lessons for the star, and the divisive response to The Last Jedi, Solo also has to deal with the fact that audiences are increasingly against prequels, just as Ridley Scott. Still, it’s a Star Wars film, and any Star Wars film is a cultural event.
X-Men: New Mutants
Thanks to the likes of Deadpool, Logan, and Legion on the small screen, the X-Men franchise has never been more interesting. Despite Dark Phoenix also coming out this year it’s the characters on the margins of this universe that are the most interesting. Josh Boone knows that, and New Mutants looks like it’s doing a Logan by merging with another genre: horror. Starring Masie Williams, Anna Taylor-Joy, and Stranger Things’ Charlie Heaton, New Mutants promises to be a terrifying treat.
One of the most anticipated sequels of 2018, the Merc with a Mouth is back in Deadpool 2. The sequel is directed by John Wick and Atomic Blonde director David Leitch so expect more action and insanity. Josh Brolin will be pulling double duty this year as he will play fan-favourite Cable as well as Thanos in Infinity War so expect some sly jokes on that subject.
Shane Black was horribly killed in the original Predator so he wants some payback. Black is a great filmmaker when it comes to noir (The Nice Guys) and superhero movies (Iron Man 3), so it’s exciting to see what he can do with a sci-fi horror movie. He’s also assembled a killer cast which includes, Boyd Holbrook, Olivia Munn, Keegan-Michael Key, Sterling K. Brown, Jacob Tremblay, Yvonne Strahovski, and Alfie Allen.
The Incredibles 2
It’s about damn time this movie came out. The Incredibles is one of the best superhero movies of all time, and those kinds of movies usually get a sequel much quicker than this. The Parr family returns as the face off against a new villain named The Underminer. This might give Infinity War some stiff competition.