I’m going to come right out and say that this was a difficult list to make. For the past couple lists of my most anticipated movies of a certain year, the list would house a majority of movies that I was MAJORLY excited for and I would want to see them right this very minute. This year, though, that’s not the case. Don’t get me wrong, the movies on this list have me interested for a good reason and I’ll discus why, but there’s a only a few movies on this list that I’m absolutely dying to see. The majority of the movies here are simply movies that have peaked my interest and I’m curious as to how they’ll turn out, so let’s take a look at the films that I’m personally looking forward to in 2018.
10. X-Men: Dark Phoenix
The first movie on this list is the next installment in the X-Men film series, not counting “Deadpool 2”. I’m interested in this movie because it looks like we MIGHT finally get a decent portrayal of Jean Grey’s alter ego of the Dark Phoenix. That concept was completely ruined in “X-Men: The Last Stand” and we saw a tiny glimpse of it in “X-Men: Apocalypse”, so it’s now or never if we’re going to have the character done some justice. I like Sophie Turner as a young Jean Grey and even though I’m sure this movie will mess with the established X-Men timeline even more, I’m still hoping for a solid depiction of a character who’s been botched before. My one worry comes with the writer and director being Simon Kinberg. There were multiple rumors that he secretly directed the last act of 2015’s “Fant4stic” and we all know how that turned out. We don’t need this next X-Men movie to turn out like that mess.
9. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
No, I’m not a fan of this movie’s title, but I am a massive Harry Potter fan, so it only makes sense for me to be somewhat intrigued by this movie. I love both the Harry Potter movies and books and I also enjoyed “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”. Even though it’s obvious that the first movie was ultimately used as an excuse to set up future movies with returning HP characters, I’m very much interested in seeing the lore expanded upon on the big screen. Unfortunately, Johnny Depp is in this movie as Grindelwald, but to contrast that future bad performance, we have Jude Law stepping in as a young Albus Dumbledore. A young Dumbledore can be hard to envision, but I’m sure that Law will nail the role. For all the faults of the first movie, I’m still really looking forward to seeing key moments in Harry Potter lore adapted into film once more.
That’s right, the DC Extended Universe is still alive to give us our first Aquaman movie. Assuming the DCEU is still around by December 2018, we’ll be getting Jason Momoa reprising his role from “Justice League” and we’ll also be getting James Wan as the director. Wan has proven himself to be a master at horror film-making, so now it’s his crack at the comic book genre. There’s a lot of potential with Aquaman’s world, some of which we got a glimpse of in “Justice League” and this character needs to be given an experienced and talented director to tackle that content. Wan certainly fits those two criteria and I think that we may end up with an enjoyable entry in this Universe.
7. Ant-Man and the Wasp
Once again we have an upcoming movie with a name that I’m not too fond off, but I’m not going to act like a title is going to ruin the whole movie. The first “Ant-Man” was an absolute blast of a movie, literally and figuratively shrinking things for the Marvel Cinematic Universe and giving us an entertaining character played excellently by Paul Rudd. Now he’s getting a sidekick, the Wasp, with Evengeline Lilly reprising her role as Hope van Dyne and suiting up for the first time. The potential banter between them and the joy of seeing them work together as heroes is something that’ll be a welcome addition to the MCU and I also can’t wait to see Ant-Man in his first outing since his experience in “Captain America: Civil War”.
6. God Particle
This is the third installment in the unofficial Cloverfield film series and it’s also a movie that I’m slightly cautious on. It’s a movie that’s been postponed several times, including just yesterday when it was announced that it’s planned release date of February was pushed back to April 20th. The constant pushing back of release dates usually isn’t a good sign for movies, but after being impressed with “10 Cloverfield Lane” and the minimal marketing that it was given, I’m hoping that the same magic can be captured with this movie. It’ll be interesting to see the connective tissue that’s formed with this movie and the other Cloverfield films, though I worry that this may be the movie that can make or break the future of the franchise.
5. Mission: Impossible 6
Tom Cruise is still kicking ass and taking names in his fifties and he deserves credit for that, crazy as he may be. The “Mission: Impossible” film series is a series that shouldn’t be as good as it is now, but it somehow seems to get better with each movie. The fifth movie is the best in the series so far and with director Christopher McQuarrie returning along with the cast, it looks like we could get more of what made that movie so great. Plus, we have Henry Cavill as the villain. The DC movies don’t show it, but Cavill does have a sense of charisma and likability as an actor and I’m really hoping that this movie is the one to show mainstream audiences that Cavill isn’t the bore that he’s made out to be in his Superman role.
4. Sicario 2: Soldado
“Sicario” was one of 2015’s best films, though it never struck me as a movie that warranted a sequel. It seemed like a pretty straightforward and self contained story, but apparently there’s more to be told in this sequel. Emily Blunt won’t be returning, but that’s understandable seeing as how her arc was resolved in the first movie. Now the focus is on Josh Brolin and Benicio del Toro, the latter hopefully looking to move past whatever the hell he was doing in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”. Denis Villeneuve won’t be returning to direct and that has me slightly concerned, but this movie’s recent trailer showed that the intensity is still present and hopefully there’s an actual story to be continued instead of just having some new director come in, do his own thing, and create a sense of no direction or story for the future films.
3. Black Panther
This is the first MCU movie of 2018 and it’s also the one preceding “Avengers: Infinity War”. But let’s not let that get in the way of what looks like a really different movie for the MCU, at least from a cultural standpoint. Ryan Coogler is legitimately one of the best directors working today and with this cast that he’s assembled in Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, and Andy Serkis, we look like we might have a pretty kick-ass Marvel movie. Both trailers have been really slick and stylish and with how great Black Panther was in “Captain America: Civil War”, the excitement is certainly alive and well. If for nothing else, this movie’s post-credits scene is going to be absolutely insane given that it’s the last MCU film before “Infinity War”.
2. Deadpool 2
Yep, another comic book movie and there’s nothing wrong with that. With how much I loved “Deadpool”, there’s no way for me to NOT be excited about this movie. The marketing so far has been hilarious, featuring Deadpool as Bob Ross in a special little teaser and you can be sure that there’s plenty more to come. This movie’s villain will be Cable, played by Josh Brolin and from what I hear, this is a villain who means business for Deadpool. I’m hoping that this movie can be the proper step forward in terms of giving Deadpool a real challenge, but I also want it to maintain the sense of meta humor and self-awareness that the first movie established. In short, I just want an R-rated good time at the theater.
1.Avengers: Infinity War
We all saw this one coming from a mile away. I have no problem admitting that I’m a big fan of the MCU. Even though I believe 2017 to be one of its weakest years in terms of the quality of its movies that were released, I’m confident that 2018 will be its rebound year and the release of this movie will certainly help in that regard. This movie is the end result of ten years of build up with these movies. It won’t be the last MCU film, but it looks to be the most pivotal, monumental, and game-changing of them all so far. Josh Brolin once again appears on this list, this time in the role of Thanos, the big bad villain of the MCU that’s been built up since 2012. Thanos looks like he’s going to reign hell on all of the returning heroes, the ones that we’ve grown to care for after all these years and you would figure that something big has to give in this movie. Some big names may or may not die and drastic changes will take place, changes that’ll affect the future of the MCU as we know it. For that and many other reasons, it’s my most anticipated movie of 2018.
There’s my list for the 10 movies that I’m looking forward to the most this year. I’m not expecting every movie on this list to be mind-blowing or flawless, I’m just simply looking forward to them based off of their potential. 2018 will have its disappointments for sure, but here’s to hoping that for every disappointment, there’s plenty more great films to follow suit.