2017 is done and 2018 has already rolled out its early offerings. Granted, the only 2018 movie I’ve seen lately is A Futile and Stupid Gesture (which I will get to and definitely check it out if you have Netflix). So yeah, 2018 looks to be a promising year for film, and these are my top 10 movies that I am excited to see. If you have a movie that’s not on this list that you’re excited to see, let me know in the comments. Anyway, here we go:
10. Halloween 2018
To be honest, I didn’t think I’d put this of all movies on the list. Yeah, 2018 is another year chock full of sequels to major franchises, so why this one? Well, I love horror movies, and I love the Halloween series. Sure, it’s had its ups and downs, what franchise hasn’t? Thing is, Halloween provided a foundation for a genre that had an impact, both good and bad. And now, 40 years later after the original came out, there’s gonna be a new film, but what makes it stand out so far is that John Carpenter, writer/director of the 1978 classic, is returning to executive produce (and hopefully music as well), Blumhouse is producing it, Jamie Lee Curtis and Nick Castle are returning as Laurie Strode and Michael Myers, and Danny McBride and David Gordon Green are going to write and direct. It’s also going to be a standalone sequel to the original, ignoring all the other sequels and remakes. I’m hopeful in the potential this has, based on the franchise it’s a part of, the people making it, and that it’ll be a good, scary flick in its own right.
DC and Warner have had a tough time getting the DC Extended Universe off the ground, but if Wonder Woman and Justice League proved anything, it’s that they’re sorta learning from their mistakes, and I’m hoping the same can be said for this movie. Aquaman is a character I’ve learned to love and respect, and to hopefully see him done justice in movie form gets me excited. It’s got a good cast and crew and the premise sounds interesting. I’m ready to dive into this one when it comes out.
8. The Incredibles 2
It took THREE Cars movies for there to FINALLY be a sequel to The Incredibles. You’d think that with all the superhero movies out these days, Disney/Pixar would’ve done it by now, and well, they are, it’s just that it took so long to get to it. The first movie was definitely a gem of a film, not only for the animation and the premise, but the characters, world-building, story, and how it took all the best elements of superhero storytelling and made it modern and fun at the same time. Who knows what this movie will provide in regards to all that, but I’m excited for something INCREDIBLE nonetheless.
7. Isle of Dogs
I don’t get to see a Wes Anderson movie in theaters, so I’m hoping to make a change for that this year. It’s why I kick myself for not doing so with his past two films, Moonrise Kingdom and The Grand Budapest Hotel. Well, I’m not one for resolutions, but consider me seeing Isle of Dogs a resolution (of sorts) for 2018. I have no idea what it’s gonna be about, but I like Wes Anderson’s movies, it’s got a good cast, and it’s a stop-motion animated movie, so hopefully this turns out to be interesting.
6. The Predator
Shane Black has proven to be a talented and versatile writer/director, so the fact that he’s doing the next Predator flick, since he starred in the first one, gets me pumped up. Like the other movies, it’s gonna have a different setting, though more of a “suburban” feel, if what I hear is true. The cast seems interesting, though I’m a little disheartened there’s no Arnold Schwarzenegger (yet, but who knows). What’s kinda confusing is that this takes place between Predator 2 and Predators, so is this gonna explain certain details? Also, I find it funny that the title differentiates itself from other entries by simply adding “The” in it, so ya know it’s gonna be epic.
5. Ant-Man and the Wasp
I loved the previous Ant-Man movie. It was a good heist flick with a superhero flavor added to it. Sure, Edgar Wright leaving it left a sense of what could have been, but it still turned out great. Now, with this movie, The Wasp is FINALLY gonna be in a Marvel movie. Both Janet van Dyne and her daughter Hope will appear, along with the respective Ant-Men, Scott Lang and Henry Pym. What really excites me about this film is not only the returning cast and crew from the first and the addition of new characters, but also how it handles Scott dealing with the events since Captain America: Civil War and the story that unfolds as a result from both that and the first Ant-Man movie. And yeah, last time there was a “superhero duo” movie, we got Batman and Robin, but I highly doubt we’ll get that with this flick.
4. Solo: A Star Wars Story
Despite all the production problems going on with this movie, like the original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller leaving and Ron Howard taking over, I still can’t wait to see it. While the handling of the Star Wars franchise under Disney is up for debate, there’s no denying they’ve had success with it. Rogue One proved that these anthology movies have the potential to be successful, so hopefully the same can be done with Solo. I’m excited to see how both Alden Ehrenreich and Donald Glover do as both Han Solo and Lando Calrissian, as well as seeing newcomers to the franchise Woody Harrelson and Emilia Clarke, and everyone else in the movie. Here’s hoping for another great adventure in a galaxy far, far away.
3. Black Panther
Yeah, this movie comes out soon, but I haven’t seen it yet, so it’s on the list. What isn’t there to be excited about for this movie? Sure, it’s another MCU movie, but Chadwick Boseman has proven to be great as the character as seen in Captain America: Civil War, Ryan Coogler is a talented filmmaker, the cast is great, and I’ve really come to love and appreciate Black Panther as a whole. So far from what I’ve seen and heard, this movie takes particular inspiration from the Christopher Priest run, which is probably the definitive take on the character. And while I find the marketing for it a bit obnoxious, I think this might be a different kind of superhero flick than what the MCU has dished, since not only is Black Panther a superhero, but also a king, and I’m interested to see how the movie handles those aspects.
2. Deadpool 2
Deadpool is probably the greatest comic book movie I’ve ever seen. And yeah, it’s funny I have the sequel at the #2 spot, but I got good reason why it’s not at the top. Not only is Ryan Reynolds returning as the Merc with a Mouth along with most of the cast from the previous movie, but the co-director of John Wick is directing and Josh Brolin is playing Cable, the hard-hitting, no-nonsense antihero to Deadpool’s wacky and funny antihero. Basically, it looks to be a buddy movie of epic and hilarious proportions.
1. Avengers: Infinity War
Seriously, who didn’t see this one coming? The pinnacle of everything that’s been built up since the first Iron Man and it’s all come down to this: Avengers: Infinity War. All the heroes of the MCU, from Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, Black Widow, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy, and more, facing off against their biggest threat yet, Thanos. All kinds of questions and so many things to be excited for. Who will live? Who will die? Will Thanos succeed in finding all the Infinity Gems? Can every hero in the MCU stop him? And what will happen next? I guess all that and more will be revealed when it comes out.
So those are the movies I’m excited for that’re coming out in 2018. What movies are you excited to see? Let me know in the comments. Thanks for reading! 🙂