Sky-high budgets, epic productions, and all-star casts are slated to explode in theaters this year. With so many movies set to release within the next few months I wanted to take a moment to review what’s in store for us.
With Marvel’s Black Panther already setting records and showing little to no signs of slowing down, 2018 is gearing up to possibly be the biggest year ever for moviegoers. Blockbusters are teed up for a swing this year and with several highly anticipated sequels, prequels, and even a remake or three, there’s something big in store for just about everyone. Save your soda bottles and nickels folks and get ready to drop a few bills at your favorite theater. Here are just a few of the upcoming morsels you can prepare for.
Death Wish (March 2)
Bruce Willis stars as Paul Kersey in a remake of the role made famous by Charles Bronson all the way back in 1974. The trailers have been intriguing and we know that Kersey is a vigilante just as he was in the original but there appears to be a few differences such as him being a doctor now as opposed to an architect and his family is attacked but not killed. Bruce looks pissed and mean as hell though and with an R rating we’re certain to see plenty of vicious vigilante justice.
A Wrinkle In Time (March 8)
Finally Madeleine L’Engle’s masterful tale of tesseracts and travel across the universe comes to the big screen. I don’t know about you but my granddaughter isn’t the only one in my house excited about this one. Technically a remake of the yawn-inspiring made-for-tv attempt back in 2003, this adventure follows Charles and Meg Wallace as they try to save their scientist father. With Oprah, Chris Pine, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, and Zach Galifanakis rounding out the cast, this is one almost certain to entertain both the young and old(er).
Tomb Raider (March 16)
Yet another remake but with the best looking lead by far, at least so far anyway. Ex Machina’s Alicia Vikander takes over as Lara Croft, the role that Angelina Jolie first took on in 2001, and if the trailer is any indication of the forthcoming action we are in for a real treat. Based on the super popular video game series, this adventure takes Lara to a fabled tomb on a treacherous island that was her father’s last known destination before his mysterious disappearance. Searching for answers pushes Lara beyond what she ever knew possible and watching her discover her strengths is likely to be an enjoyable adventure.
Pacific Rim Uprising (March 23)
Pacific Rim Uprising is the much-anticipated sequel to the 2013 giant alien versus supersized robots war. The alien Kaiju returns and it’s up to the son of the original movie’s Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba) to lead the next generation of Jaeger pilots against the alien monsters. The trailer has sparked some interest but like so many out there, I have to wonder where the heck Charlie Hunnam is.
Ready Player One (March 29)
The trailer on this one looks spectacular! Set in the near future, a young man named Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) escapes the pitfalls and boredom of life by logging into ‘The Oasis,’ a virtual world where everyone can be anyone they please. When the creator of The Oasis passes away, it is announced that he hid an ‘Easter Egg’ within the giant game and whoever finds it will inherit his vast wealth and gain ownership of The Oasis. Required to solve puzzles and riddles along the way and being pursued by everyone else that wants to get their hands on the loot, Wade is going to have to work hard if he is going to grab this ultimate prize.
Avengers: Infinity War (May 4)
Thanos takes on around 50 superheroes as he attempts to collect the last of the six Infinity Stones which, if successful, would give him unimaginable power and bring death, chaos, and destruction of the entire universe. With a cast that includes almost every hero from the past 10 years of Marvel movies and the near-infamous Russo brothers directing with a reported billion dollar budget, this giant ensemble cast is certain to show us a war unlike any that has ever graced the big screen.
Deadpool 2 (May 18)
Currently still officially untitled, the Merc With A Mouth returns and of course Ryan Reynolds is back as the disfigured Wade Wilson. Josh Brolin portrays Cable, the son of the X-Men’s Cyclops and Jean Grey’s clone, who has traveled back in time to apparently kick the crap out of Deadpool. At least at first anyway, since we know that both our favorite fourth wall breaker and Cable are both basically good guys, it’s a safe bet they will team up at some point in the movie. There are pretty clear indicators that we’re going to see some serious action in this highly anticipated Deadpool sequel since neither character is opposed to some major bloodshed to achieve their goals and there’s an expected R rating attached to the movie.
Solo: A Star Wars Story (May 25)
Ron Howard is behind this standalone prequel starring Alden Ehrenreich as a young Han Solo. Set years before he joined the Rebellion and taking us back to his first meeting with everyone’s favorite Wookie and since Donald Glover is cast as a young Lando Calrissian, I think there’s a good chance we’ll see the wager that awarded Han the Falcon. I’m a long, long, long time fan of the Star Wars movies and if it’s even half as good as Rogue One we will have a great time learning more about the most famous smuggler in the universe far, far away.
The Incredibles 2 (June 15)
We’ve waited 14 years for this sequel, but from the trailer it looks like little to no time has passed for our Supers. Mr. Incredible is forced to be a stay-at-home-dad with the kids while Elastigirl is off on a mission to bring the Supers back. Can dear old Dad survive Jack-Jack’s blossoming powers of laser-eyes, lightning bolts, and incinerating flaming skin? The laughs are sure to be plentiful for the entire family and hopefully we wont have to wait over a decade for the next installment.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (June 22)
Chris Pratt returns as Owen Grady and Bryce Dallas Howard revisits her role as Claire Dearing in the next installment of the rampaging dinosaur series. Jeff Goldblum revives the beloved Ian Malcolm and I have high hopes that we will finally find out exactly what the heck Dr. Henry Wu (BD Wong) has been up to all this time. When a volcano threatens the island and the giant reptile’s lives our heroes return to Isla Nublar in an attempt to rescue them.
Ant-Man and the Wasp (July 6)
Set after the events of Captain America: Civil War with Paul Rudd returning as Scott Lang, a.k.a. Ant-Man. The stunning Evangeline Lilly dons the Wasp suit as teased in the Ant-Man movie and the two heroes team up to solve some mysteries from their past.
The Predator (September 14)
This followup to the franchise was originally going to be a complete reboot until Shane Black signed on as director after being offered a huge budget. Black played Hawkins in the original 1987 Predator and changed the plans and made this a direct sequel to the original three Predator movies. The movie has an expected R rating because, according to Black, “I don’t want to cut away every time the Predator does something violent.” This is definitely one I’m looking forward to.
So there you have it. A dozen reasons to hit the theater this year and munch on some fresh popcorn while taking in some good flicks. With so many of these movies coming out in March and May, it could be a tight squeeze for some of us, so if you have to wait for any of them to come to video, just check back here as I’m sure I will post reviews of at least some of them.
Which movie releases are you most looking forward to? Are there any that you just don’t care about? Leave a comment below and let us know.