Looking at the year of films behind us, it’s fair to say that 2017 delivered a pretty great line-up of films. From Jordan Peele’s indie hit Get Out to bigger blockbusters like Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman and of course, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, we’ve seen plenty of surprises, scares and badass heroes, but can 2018 possibly give us an even better line-up of movies? Fans have plenty of films to look forward to in 2018, including highly anticipated sequels (Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald), massive team-up films (Avengers: Infinity War), and a few remakes, reboots, and strong female characters (Tomb Raider), but what will be the best?
In the list below you can see my ranking of the twenty most anticipated movies of 2018.
20. Oceans 8
Release Date: June 8, 2018
Cast: Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Sarah Paulson, Mindy Kaling, Awkwafina, Rihanna, and James Corden.
Synopsis: Danny Ocean’s estranged sister, Debbie (Sandra Bullock), attempts to pull off the heist of the century at New York City’s star-studded annual Met Gala. Her first stop is to assemble the perfect crew: Lou (Cate Blanchett), Rose (Helena Bonham Carter), Eight Ball (Rihanna), Tammy (Sarah Paulson), Amita (Mindy Kaling), and Constance (Awkwafina).
19. Sicario 2: Soldado
Release Date: June 29, 2018
Cast: Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, Isabela Moner, Jeffrey Donovan, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo and Catherine Keener.
Synopsis: In Sicario 2: Soldado, the drug war on the US – Mexico border has escalated as the cartels have begun trafficking terrorists across the US border. To fight the war, federal agent Matt Graver (Josh Brolin) reteams with the mercurial Alejandro (Benicio Del Toro).
18. Red Sparrow
Release Date: March 2, 2018
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Charlotte Rampling, Mary-Louise Parker and Jeremy Irons.
Synopsis: Dominika Egorova is many things. A devoted daughter determined to protect her mother at all costs. A prima ballerina whose ferocity has pushed her body and mind to the absolute limit. A master of seductive and manipulative combat.
When she suffers a career-ending injury, Dominika and her mother are facing a bleak and uncertain future. That is why she finds herself manipulated into becoming the newest recruit for Sparrow School, a secret intelligence service that trains exceptional young people like her to use their bodies and minds as weapons. After enduring the perverse and sadistic training process, she emerges as the most dangerous Sparrow the program has ever produced. Dominika must now reconcile the person she was with the power she now commands, with her own life and everyone she cares about at risk, including an American CIA agent who tries to convince her he is the only person she can trust.
Release Date: October 5, 2018
Cast: Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Jenny Slate, and Woody Harrelson.
Synopsis: The untitled Venom movie still doesn’t have an official synopsis and it is still unclear if the film will be set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe alongside Tom Holland’s Spider-Man.
16. Tomb Raider
Release Date: March 16, 2018
Cast: Alicia Vikander, Daniel Wu, Walton Goggins, Dominic West, Hannah John-Kamen, Kristin Scott Thomas, Nick Frost, Antonio Aakeel, Gintare Beinoraviciute, Alexandre Willaume, and Kenneth Fok.
Synopsis: Lara Croft, the fiercely independent daughter of a missing adventurer, must push herself beyond her limits when she finds herself on the island where her father disappeared. From Warner Bros. Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, Tomb Raider is the story that will set a young and resolute Lara Croft on a path toward becoming a global hero.
15. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Release Date: June 22, 2018
Cast: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, James Cromwell, Ted Levine, Justice Smith, Geraldine Chaplin, Daniella Pineda, Toby Jones, Rafe Spall and Isabella Sermon, BD Wong and Jeff Goldblum.
Synopsis: It’s been four years since theme park and luxury resort Jurassic World was destroyed by dinosaurs out of containment. Isla Nublar now sits abandoned by humans while the surviving dinosaurs fend for themselves in the jungles. When the island’s dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event. Owen is driven to find Blue, his lead raptor who’s still missing in the wild, and Claire has grown a respect for these creatures she now makes her mission. Arriving on the unstable island as lava begins raining down, their expedition uncovers a conspiracy that could return our entire planet to a perilous order not seen since prehistoric times.
14. A Wrinkle In Time
Release Date: March 9, 2018
Cast: Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Chris Pine, Zach Galifianakis, Levi Miller, Storm Reid, Deric McCabe, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Peña, and André Holland.
Synopsis: From visionary director Ava DuVernay comes Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time, an epic adventure based on Madeleine L’Engle’s timeless classic which takes audiences across dimensions of time and space, examining the nature of darkness versus light and, ultimately, the triumph of love. Through one girl’s transformative journey led by three celestial guides, we discover that strength comes from embracing one’s individuality and that the best way to triumph over fear is to travel by one’s own light.
13. The Incredibles 2
Release Date: June 15, 2018
Voice Cast: Holly Hunter, Craig T. Nelson, Sarah Vowell, Huck Milner, and Samuel L. Jackson.
Synopsis: Everyone’s favorite family of superheroes is back in Incredibles 2 – but this time Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is in the spotlight, leaving Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) at home with Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell) and Dash (voice of Huck Milner) to navigate the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life. It’s a tough transition for everyone, made tougher by the fact that the family is still unaware of baby Jack-Jack’s emerging superpowers. When a new villain hatches a brilliant and dangerous plot, the family and Frozone (voice of Samuel L. Jackson) must find a way to work together again—which is easier said than done, even when they’re all Incredible.
Release Date: October 19, 2018
Cast: Andy Serkis, Benedict Cumberbatch, Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Rohan Chand, Naomie Harris, Tom Hollander, Freida Pinto, Peter Mullan, Eddie Marsan, Jack Reynor, and Matthew Rhys.
Synopsis: The story follows the upbringing of the human child Mowgli, raised by a wolf pack in the jungles of India. As he learns the often harsh rules of the jungle, under the tutelage of a bear named Baloo and a panther named Bagheera, Mowgli becomes accepted by the animals of the jungle as one of their own. All but one: the fearsome tiger Shere Khan. But there may be greater dangers lurking in the jungle, as Mowgli comes face to face with his human origins.
11. X-Men: Dark Pheonix
Release Date: November 2, 2018
Cast: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Sophie Turner, Jessica Chastain, Evan Peters, Tye Sheridan, Nicholas Hoult, Alexandra Shipp, and Kodi Smit-McPhee.
Synopsis: Set in 1992, about 10 years after the events of last year’s X-Men: Apocalypse, Dark Phoenix opens with the X-Men, including Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), Beast (Nicholas Hoult), Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee), and Quicksilver (Evan Peters), in a new, unexpected role: national heroes. Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) even lands on the cover of Time magazine. But his growing ego puts the team at risk. After they’re dispatched to space for a rescue mission, a solar flare hits the X-Jet and the surge of energy ignites a malevolent, power-hungry new force within Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), the Phoenix.
Release Date: February 22, 2018
Cast: Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny, and Oscar Isaac.
Synopsis: Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; all the members of the second expedition committed suicide; the third expedition died in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another; the members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and within months of their return, all had died of aggressive cancer.
This is the twelfth expedition.
Their group is made up of four women: an anthropologist; a surveyor; a psychologist, the de facto leader; and our narrator, a biologist. Their mission is to map the terrain and collect specimens; to record all their observations, scientific and otherwise, of their surroundings and of one another; and, above all, to avoid being contaminated by Area X itself.They arrive expecting the unexpected, and Area X delivers—they discover a massive topographic anomaly and life forms that surpass understanding—but it’s the surprises that came across the border with them, and the secrets the expedition members are keeping from one another, that change everything.
9. New Mutants
Release Date: April 13, 2018
Cast: Maisie Williams, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Heaton, Henry Zaga, Blu Hunt, and Alice Braga.
Synopsis: An official synopsis for New Mutants hasn’t been released, but we already know that the film will be a horror film and will kick-off a new trilogy of films in the X-Men movie universe.
8. Ant-Man & The Wasp
Release Date: July 6, 2018
Cast: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, Michael Peña, Hannah John-Kamen, Michelle Pfeiffer, Laurence Fishburne, Walton Goggins, Randall Park, Judy Greer, David Dastmalchian, Bobby Cannavale, and T.I.
Synopsis: Ant-Man joins forces with the Wasp on an urgent new mission to uncover secrets from the past.
7. Ready Player One
Release Date: March 30, 2018
Cast: Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, T.J. Miller, Simon Pegg, and Mark Rylance.
Synopsis: The film is set in 2045, with the world on the brink of chaos and collapse. But the people have found salvation in the OASIS, an expansive virtual reality universe created by the brilliant and eccentric James Halliday (Mark Rylance). When Halliday dies, he leaves his immense fortune to the first person to find a digital Easter egg he has hidden somewhere in the OASIS, sparking a contest that grips the entire world. When an unlikely young hero named Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) decides to join the contest, he is hurled into a breakneck, reality-bending treasure hunt through a fantastical universe of mystery, discovery and danger.
Release Date: December 21, 2018
Cast: Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Patrick Wilson, Willem Dafoe, Nicole Kidman, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Dolph Lundgren, Temuera Morrison, Michael Beach, Otis Dhanji, and Michael K. Williams.
Synopsis: Arthur Curry aka. Aquaman (Jason Momoa) finds himself caught between a surface world that ravages the sea and the underwater Atlanteans who are ready to revolt.
5. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald
Release Date: November 16, 2018
Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Jude Law, Johnny Depp, Zoë Kravitz, Ezra Miller, Callum Turner, and Claudia Kim.
Synopsis: J.K. Rowling wrote the screenplay for the film, which opens in 1927, a few months after Newt helped to unveil and capture the infamous Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald. However, as he promised he would, Grindelwald has made a dramatic escape and has been gathering more followers to his cause—elevating wizards above all non-magical beings. The only one who might be able to stop him is the wizard he once called his dearest friend, Albus Dumbledore. But Dumbledore will need help from the wizard who had thwarted Grindelwald once before, his former student Newt Scamander. The adventure reunites Newt with Tina, Queenie and Jacob, but his mission will also test their loyalties as they face new perils in an increasingly dangerous and divided wizarding world.
4. Solo: A Star Wars Story
Release Date: May 25, 2018
Cast: Alden Ehrenreich, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Thandie Newton, Joonas Suotamo, Paul Bettany, Clint Howard, Warwick Davis, and Ian Kenny.
Synopsis: We still don’t know much about Solo: A Star Wars Story, but it’s safe to assume that the film will explore the young Han Solo’s adventures before he teamed up with Luke, Leia and the rebellion.
3. Deadpool 2
Release Date: June 1, 2018
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Zazie Beetz, Brianna Hildebrand, Morena Baccarin, Jack Kesy, T.J. Miller, Stefan Kapičić, Julian Dennison, Leslie Uggams, and Shiori Kutsuna.
Synopsis: After surviving a near-fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfil his dream of becoming Mayberry’s hottest bartender while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste. Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor, Wade must battle ninjas, the yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and flavor – finding a new taste for adventure and earning the coveted coffee mug title of World’s Best Lover.
2. Black Panther
Release Date: February 9, 2018
Cast: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Daniel Kaluuya, Andy Serkis, Martin Freeman, Florence Kasumba, Winston Duke, Sterling K. Brown, and Letitia Wright.
Synopsis: After the events of Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War, King T’Challa returns home to the reclusive, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to serve as his country’s new leader. However, T’Challa soon finds that he is challenged for the throne from factions within his own country. When two foes conspire to destroy Wakanda, the hero known as Black Panther must team up with C.I.A. agent Everett K. Ross and members of the Dora Milaje, Wakanadan special forces, to prevent Wakanda from being dragged into a world war.
1. Avengers: Infinity War
Release Date: April 25, 2018
Cast: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, Chris Pratt, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Holland, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chadwick Boseman, Sebastian Stan, Benedict Wong, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, Jeremy Renner, Karen Gillan, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Pom Klementieff, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Mackie, Paul Rudd, and Don Cheadle.
Synopsis: Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk and the rest of the Avengers unite to battle their most powerful enemy yet — the evil Thanos. On a mission to collect all six Infinity Stones, Thanos plans to use the artefacts to inflict his twisted will on reality. The fate of the planet and existence itself has never been more uncertain as everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment.
That’s it for my most anticipated movies of 2018. Be sure to let me know what you’re looking forward to in the comments section below, especially if you think I’ve left something important off of the list.