15 Anticipated Movies of 2018

Moviegoers, 2018 won’t disappoint as superheroes, mutants and animated figures take over the big screen. Mark your calendars and brace yourselves for 15 of the most anticipated movies of 2018.

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Black Panther, Feb. 16

Marvel is making history with its upcoming superhero flick. Chadwick Boseman transforms into the first black superhero in mainstream American comic books in Black Panther. “It’s not just black people getting out of their boxes. Everybody is excited about the opportunity to do something that we should have already done,” the actor told CNET in an interview. The film, directed by Ryan Coogler, follows T’Challa’s return home to Wakanda to succeed to the throne after his father’s death.

Annihilation, Feb. 23

Sci-fi fans are in for a treat with Annihilation. Based on Jeff VanderMeer’s 2014 book of the same name, the film stars Natalie Portman as “The Biologist.” She and a group of scientists go on a dangerous expedition where unexplainable occurrences take place.

Red Sparrow, March 2

Jennifer Lawrence reunited with director Francis Lawrence for the thriller Red Sparrow. She plays prima ballerina Dominika Egorova whose career was destroyed after an injury. Her life takes an unexpected turn when she’s recruited to Sparrow School. The secret intelligence service trains her to use her mind and body as a weapon.

A Wrinkle in Time, March 9

Step inside the fifth dimension. Reese Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey and Mindy Kaling co-star in Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time which follows a young girl named Meg (Storm Reid) who enters space to discover the truth about the disappearance of her scientist father (Chris Pine).

Isle of Dogs, March 23

Dog lovers need to check out Isle of Dogs. After a canine flu hits Japan 20 years in the future, corrupt Mayor Kobayashi sends dogs to Trash Island. One 12-year-old boy goes on a mission to find his pooch Spots. The animated film features the voices of Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson.

Ready Player One, March 30

Get ready for an Easter egg hunt in Steven Spielberg’s new movie about a virtual universe called the OASIS. After his death, the creator of this world releases a video offering half a trillion dollars to the OASIS user who can find his Easter egg. That person will also get to control the OASIS. Ready Player One is based on Ernest Cline’s 2011 science fiction novel of the same name.

You Were Never Really Here, April 6

Expect a mystery flick that will have you on the edge of your seat. You Were Never Really Here stars Joaquin Phoenix as Joe, a “brutal and tormented enforcer” trying to rescue a missing teenage girl.

X-Men: The New Mutants, April 13

X-Men fans, get ready to meet five young mutants who are just learning about their power. They are told they are dangerous and placed in a secret facility. Will they be able to escape? X-Men Dark Phoenix also hits theaters on Nov. 2.

Avengers: Infinity War, May 4

And yet another one for Marvel fans. Avengers: Infinity War features the famous superheroes as they unite to defeat Thanos before he destroys the universe. This movie also features the Black Panther.

Solo: A Star Wars Story, May 25

The latest Star Wars movie—directed by Ron Howard—centers around Han Solo. Dive into his adventures with Chewbacca before he joins the Rebellion. The trailer has yet to be released.

Deadpool 2, June 1

Following the surprising success of Deadpool—$783 million in the box office—a sequel was inevitable. Ryan Reynolds returns for the role while Josh Brolin joins as Cable and Zazie Beetz plays Domino. An official title hasn’t been released.

Ocean’s 8, June 8

Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) goes on parole promising to live a “simple life.” But once out, she makes a plan to rob the annual Met Gala. The film also stars more talented ladies, including Cate Blanchett, Rihanna, Anne Hathaway and Mindy Kaling.

Incredibles 2, June 15

More than 10 years since the release of The Incredibles in 2004, the sequel is finally set to hit theaters in June. Prepare for the animated adventure showing Mr. Incredible watching Jack-Jack while Elastigirl is busy saving the world. The tot also has powers of his own.

Widows, Nov. 16

12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen returns with a crime thriller set in contemporary Chicago. It stars Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki and Cynthia Erivo as four widows who find a way to deal with the debt left behind by their husbands.

Aquaman, Dec. 21

The good news is Aquaman is coming this year. The bad news is fans need to wait until December. Jason Momoa plays the lead who finds out he’s the heir to the underwater kingdom Atlantis. Amber Heard also stars as Mera, a queen of the sea.

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