Kev's Most Anticipated Films of 2018
*Updated on January 11, 2018 after the announcement that THE NEW MUTANTS is being pushed back to February 2019.
The Fall 2017 semester is finally coming to a close, my final projects are done, and I can now go back to focusing on movies for a solid month and a week before the Spring 2018 semester begins. Can you believe 2018 is so close already?! I know I can't, but it's true. I figured there's no better time to share with you all my most anticipated films of 2018. Keep in mind this one thing - these are the films I am most excited for in 2018 and NOT a prediction of what I think will be the 15 best movies of 2018. There is a huge difference! Let's kick this list off with some honorable mentions.
Solo: A Star Wars Story - It's a Star Wars movie, so of course I still look forward to it, and I'm sure I'll be there opening night, but the reshoots and changing of directors has me nervous.
The Irishman - Martin Scorsese. Robert De Niro. Al Pacino. Joe Pesci. Netflix. Need I say anymore? If all of these guys uniting for a crime-thriller does not excite you, then what will?
Red Sparrow - How can one not be excited for a new Jennifer Lawrence film? It may be similar to the likes of John Wick or Atomic Blonde, but give me Jennifer Lawrence any day.
A Quiet Place - John Krasinski of The Office directs and co-stars in this near-silent, sign-language horror film alongside Emily Blunt, Noah Jupe (Suburbicon, Wonder), and the breakout star of Wonderstruck, deaf actress Millicent Simmonds. This film has me sold on its premise and cast.
Venom - Is it connected to the MCU or not? Apparently the jury still hasn't come to a verdict on that one, but I'm looking forward to what Sony and Marvel do with this story of Spider-Man's iconic and villainous look-alike.
Aquaman - I still have hope for this one because of director James Wan and Jason Momoa's performance in Justice League, but the JL film has left a bad DCEU taste in my mouth.
Before people start hating on me for this list, let me say this one thing. Yes, I know this list has a lot of Marvel and Disney properties on it. What else would you expect from me? Sorry, not sorry. Now, let's get to the list.
15. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom - Despite the incredible amount of money made by Jurassic World, most people seemed to think it was an average film. I loved it. I didn't know I needed Chris Pratt taming raptors, but that's what I got. The fact that this film is being directed by A Monster Calls director, J.A. Bayona, just gives me even more reason to be excited, though the trailer has me concerned.
14. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - I already know I'm going to have a strong love-hate relationship with this movie. I really enjoyed Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and I'm glad a fellow Hufflepuff is finally in the spotlight, but why must Johnny Depp be playing the titular character? He's the reason this isn't higher up on my list.
13. A Wrinkle In Time - Ava DuVernay has more than solidified herself as a top-notch director after blessing us with Selma and 13th. Now she's been handed the keys to a Disney film starring Oprah, Reese Witherspoon, and about a million other people that comes out on my birthday weekend. I'm there.
12. The Nun - Last year you would've never found a horror movie anywhere on this kind of list for me, but 2017 was an eye-opening year for myself and horror films. I love The Conjuring Universe so far and The Nun is scary as hell, so I'm excited for her character's solo film.
11. Mary Poppins Returns - Ah, the long-overdue Mary Poppins sequel that nobody asked for or wanted until they heard that Lin-Manuel Miranda and Emily Blunt were cast in the lead roles. I am one of those people. Plus, we have the added bonuses of Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Angela Lansbury, and Dick Van Dyke. I'll be flying a kite all the way to the theater for this one.
10. Sicario 2: Soldado - This is a sequel to Sicario that's also written by Taylor Sheridan and sees Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin reprising their roles. However, there is one essential piece missing here - Denis Villeneuve. Stefano Sollima has some big shoes to fill here, but I'm hopeful after seeing the latest trailers.
9. Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 - When Wreck-It Ralph first came out, it came out of nowhere and surprised everybody with its lovable characters, stellar voice cast, and wonderful world-building, but I must admit I'm a little nervous about this franchise's universe continuing to expand. Regardless, I'm excited for this sequel.
8. Ant-Man and The Wasp - Ant-Man was another surprise film for me when it first came out because no one had any idea what to expect. I ended up loving it and Ant-Man quickly became one of my favorite characters in the MCU. I'm so glad there's a sequel coming and we finally get to see Evangeline Lilly as The Wasp!
7. First Man - Of all the films on this list, I'm certain this is the one the fewest people have heard about. There are no trailers, there isn't much of a plot yet, and it's really only talked about in the film community right now. So what has me sold on this? Damien Chazelle and Ryan Gosling are teaming up again after doing La La Land together. Yeah, you know I'm there.
6. Ready Player One - I'm a sucker for futuristic films and I'm a sucker for nostalgia and pop culture references in films. This film, directed by the legendary Steven Spielberg, is a film set in the 2040's, but is heavy on references from the 1980's and 1990's. The book is fantastic, so I can't wait to see it come to life on the big screen. The trailer is one of my favorite trailers of the past few years.
5. Dragged Across Concrete - When I first published this list on December 1, 2017, this film wasn't on the list. Why wasn't it? Because I hadn't heard about it until today, December 31, 2017. This film is directed by S. Craig Zahler (Bone Tomahawk, Brawl in Cell Block 99) and stars pretty much the entire cast of Brawl in Cell Block 99 plus Mel Gibson. If this is going to be as absolutely brutal and violent as Zahler's previous films, then we're all in for one heck of a bloody treat!
4. Black Panther - First there was Fruitvale Station. Then there was Creed. Now we have Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan joining Chadwick Boseman in the MCU. This film's cast is insane from top-to-bottom featuring names such as Boseman, Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis, Sterling K. Brown, Daniel Kaluuya and many more. Wow.
3. Incredibles 2 - Pixar blows my mind. The Incredibles, which is a solid 8/10 for me, is only my 10th ranked Pixar film out of the 19 that have been released thus far. So yeah, I don't love The Incredibles as much as everyone else, and I hate the teaser trailer that just recently dropped, but I am always there opening night for a Pixar film. I may or may not shove kids out of the way so I can get my seat.
2. Deadpool 2 - What can I say about this film that hasn't already excited people? Deadpool was such a surprise in 2016, broke a bunch of records, and is easily one of the funniest films I've ever seen. The marketing campaign is wonderful again (Phone booth and Bob Ross teasers) and we get Josh Brolin as Cable. I'm in.
1. Avengers: Infinity War - What else did you expect to see in the top spot on this list? Did you see that trailer? This is going to be the most anticipated movie of 2018 for about 99% of the world. This film has a chance to break all of the box office records as the MCU has been building up to this for several years now. This isn't just going to be a movie people go see; this is going to be an event on par with or bigger than Star Wars premieres.
There you have it, everyone. Those are my most anticipated films of 2018. Please like, comment on, and share this article. Let me know what you think on Twitter and let me know if there is anything else you're super excited to see in 2018.
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