Everyone seems to agree that 2017 wasn’t the best year. That being said, some really great films came out last year: WONDER WOMAN, GET OUT, THOR: RAGNAROK, and THE LAST JEDI, to name but a few. So, we’re hopeful that 2018 will give us even better movies to get excited about. Here are 10 not-comics-related 2018 movies we’re looking forward to!

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1. MAZE RUNNER: THE DEATH CURE — January 26

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After four years, the finale to the MAZE RUNNER franchise is finally here. Following up on 2014’s MAZE RUNNER and 2015’s MAZE RUNNER: THE SCORCH TRIALS, DEATH CURE is primed to end the MAZE RUNNER saga once and for all (unless they decide to go the spin-off route, a la HARRY POTTER).

I have to be honest, I haven’t seen any of the MAZE RUNNER movies or read any of the books they’re based on. I stopped reading young adult literature awhile back, so I haven’t kept up with the newest trends. This is especially true lately when YA book series are being adapted like crazy. The trend that started with TWILIGHT and cycled through countless YA novels kind of wore me out.

That being said, MAZE RUNNER has done much better than many of these series, proving there’s something to the material. Also, these movies have a talented cast (though I’m freaked out by Aidan Gillen being anything other than Littlefinger). If you’re into YA lit, dystopia, or Thomas Brodie-Sangster (who isn’t?), then MAZE RUNNER: THE DEATH CURE looks like a great film for you!

2.) A WRINKLE IN TIME — March 9

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A WRINKLE IN TIME is one of the 2018 movies I’m most excited about. Ever since I saw the announcement that they would be making a movie out of A Wrinkle in Time, I’ve been sitting on the edge of my seat. A Wrinkle in Time was one of my favorite books when I was a kid. It was possibly my first introduction to science-fiction in literature (STAR WARS being my first introduction to sci-fi overall, of course).

Plus, A WRINKLE IN TIME looks fantastic. The visuals are stunning, and I think that the medium will allow a better exploration of some of the mathematical concepts. With a great cast and the fantastic Ava DuVernay directing, A WRINKLE IN TIME looks promising. Storm Reid looks great as Meg, and I’m always ready for more Chris Pine.

A WRINKLE IN TIME will be a great bit of childhood nostalgia for me, but even people who haven’t read the book should enjoy the film. The movie stands ready to attract adult and child audiences alike. In a film culture that frequently suffers from franchise fatigue or reboot mania, A WRINKLE IN TIME seems like it will be a breath of fresh (mathematical) air.

3.) PACIFIC RIM UPRISING — March 23

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Giant robots battling for the future of humanity? John Boyega as another awesome sci-fi protagonist? Philosophical questions about legacy and heroism? What’s not to like? The follow-up to 2013’s PACIFIC RIM seems like a good bet for a fun time.

On the surface, PACIFIC RIM might seem like just another in film in the vein of TRANSFORMERS: battle bots fighting monsters for the sake of protecting us and saving humankind. But 2013’s PACIFIC RIM was more nuanced than any TRANSFORMERS film so far (it probably helps not having Michael Bay in the director’s chair). With a second offering, it’s possible that UPRISING may fall into sequel territory and rehash the original to no new effect, but I don’t think that’s what will happen.

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We’re approaching UPRISING with hope, not hesitancy. As ComicsVerse’s own Brian Long puts it, “John Boyega is really good at pumped-up yelling, so I’m excited to see him use that to greater effect.” For my part, I’m all aboard the Boyega train after THE LAST JEDI, so I welcome any opportunity to see him again. With Boyega and other new characters on board, UPRISING seems like it will follow, not restate, PACIFIC RIM.

4.) READY PLAYER ONE — March 30

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READY PLAYER ONE seems set to excite the video-game inclined among us. The film tells the story of Wade Watts, an average nobody who finds solace and escape in the OASIS, a virtual-reality simulation type game. The OASIS offers anyone the chance to do anything, even if it isn’t real life. Wade is set to inherit the OASIS and the vast wealth of its creator by solving a series of riddles and following clues to win a contest.

Unfortunately for Wade, other people are not pleased with his progress, and he finds himself in grave danger. He meets people who resist the OASIS, and, seemingly, focus on real life. Wade fights for his life and relearns everything he thought he knew.

READY PLAYER ONE seems like an engaging blend of THE MATRIX and THE SIMS, with bits of TRON thrown in for kicks. The movie also seems like it could ask interesting questions about our relationship with technology, though, to be fair, I haven’t seen the movie. For all I know, it could be shallow and explosion-y, rather than introspective. But judging from the trailers, READY PLAYER ONE wants you to think, which is interesting.

5.) SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY — May 25

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SOLO is the latest of the anthology offerings in the STAR WARS universe: stand-alone stories that don’t follow the central “Skywalker Saga.” The movie focuses on our favorite smuggler-with-a-heart-of-gold: Han Solo. The film is a prequel of sorts, taking place before A NEW HOPE and giving us some backstory to Han. Donald Glover also appears as the ever-enjoyable Lando Calrissian.

Fans have long anticipated SOLO. Among 2018 movies, the only one possibly more anticipated is AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR. Han was a fan-favorite, and ever since his death in THE FORCE AWAKENS (oops, spoilers) fans have wanted more of our favorite anti-hero. I also am a huge fan of the Expanded Universe Han Solo novels. Although they’re no longer technically canon, they may serve as inspiration for the storyline.

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That being said, there’s some worry about SOLO. So far, we have received no trailers or updated information; we don’t even technically know what the movie is about. Rumors fly about troubles on set, starting original directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller leaving. Alden Ehrenreich, who plays Han, is said to be somewhat less than inspiring as our hero. Will SOLO be the first STAR WARS flop? Only time will tell.

6.) INCREDIBLES 2 — June 15

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It’s been a long fourteen years since the original INCREDIBLES came out, but that hasn’t dimmed the fan furor at all. THE INCREDIBLES was one Pixar’s greatest hits, and fans have been clamoring for a sequel for years. Now, our persistence is finally rewarded.

Picking up shortly after THE INCREDIBLES left off, no time has passed for our favorite family of heroes, unlike us. It was pretty shocking to see when we finally received a trailer, which Jack-Jack is still a baby. We’ve suffered through over a decade; why haven’t they? The news also debunked a lot of fan theories about what the new story will be about.

So far, despite the trailer, we don’t know too much. We know that Mr. Incredible has to take care of Jack-Jack, who is still cycling through powers. What else will happen? Will something happen to Jack-Jack? A villain already almost kidnapped him once. Will our favorite super-powered family team up to save them? We’ll know this June when millennials are sure to fill more seats in the theater than children do.

7.) JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM — June 22

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Great news everyone — Jeff Goldblum is back! After last year’s breakout role in THOR: RAGNAROK, it seems we just can’t get enough of the Goldblum (I know I can’t). Now, he’s reprising his role from the original JURASSIC PARK in the follow-up to 2015’s JURASSIC WORLD.

Oh, and yeah, the sequel also sees the return of another Marvel favorite, Chris Pratt, as well as Bryce Dallas Howard and some really cool dinosaurs. FALLEN KINGDOM also looks like it will bring back the JURASSIC PARK classic of asking big questions. Did the scientists have the right to bring back these creatures? Who is responsible for the destruction they cause? Now we wonder what rights these dinosaurs have and what our responsibility to them is.

FALLEN KINGDOM looks like another excellent addition to the dinosaur franchise. Sure, there are really cool dinosaurs, destruction, and adventure. But the point of JURASSIC PARK has always been to marvel at these creatures, too. By asking us about how we protect these creatures, FALLEN KINGDOM subtly raises questions of environmentalism, responsibility, and the future of humanity. Or, you know, it’s just cool dinosaurs. We’ll see.

8.) THE JUNGLE BOOK — October 19

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I know what you’re thinking — didn’t this movie come out a few years back? Well, it’s true that Disney released a live-action THE JUNGLE BOOK movie in 2016, but this is a different movie. I didn’t even know we were getting another JUNGLE BOOK this year until I started researching 2018 movies for this article. Still, the movie won’t come out until October, so we may have to wait awhile for trailers or other information.

Here’s what we do know: director Andy Serkis has stated that this will be much darker than Disney’s version. I personally liked the Disney version. It did amazing things with CGI, and the characters were likable. But as far as CGI goes, there’s no one like Andy Serkis, so I have faith that the effects will be no less stunning in this version.

Serkis’ JUNGLE BOOK also has an amazingly star-studded cast: Cate Blanchett, Christian Bale, Benedict Cumberbatch, Freida Pinto, and others appear. Although I liked the Disney version, and I’m hesitant about dark ~gritty~ reboots, I’m willing to give this one a chance.

9.) FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD — November 16

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FANTASTIC BEASTS joins A WRINKLE IN TIME as the 2018 movies I’m most excited about (both based on literature, which says something, I’m sure). As a die-hard HARRY POTTER fan, I’m always excited when we re-enter the magical world. Some fans complain about money-grabs, but I think FANTASTIC BEASTS is worth the hype.

That being said, I’m of two minds about THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD. On the one hand, with all the controversy surrounding Johnny Depp and all the strides we’re otherwise making toward better equality in Hollywood, it’s disappointing to see Depp still headlining this film. It’s doubly disappointing when considered alongside the reputation of HARRY POTTER and creator J.K. Rowling as advocates for justice.

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On the other hand, I fell in love with the first FANTASTIC BEASTS immediately, and I’m beyond happy to get another installment. Eddie Redmayne’s Newt Scamander is adorable and amazing, and the rest of the cast is fantastic (sorry, not sorry). Jude Law looks stunning as Dumbledore, a character I don’t even like. If only we could get rid of the Depp factor, this movie would be a shoe-in for my most anticipated of 2018.

10.) MARY POPPINS RETURNS — December 25

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Ending our list of 2018 movies is the Christmas release of MARY POPPINS RETURNS. The Disney original is a classic, so there are high hopes for the follow-up. This is another case where we might wonder at reboot culture — is it really necessary to make another MARY POPPINS — but I for one will withhold judgment.

So far, we haven’t gotten much on this movie, but what we have received looks fantastic. Emily Blunt looks magical as the supercalifragilistic nanny. Although it’s a tough toss-up, with A WRINKLE IN TIME and THE JUNGLE BOOK, MARY POPPINS has perhaps the most illustrious cast on this list. The movie brings major stars like Colin Firth, Meryl Streep, Angela Lansbury, and the fabulous Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Hopefully, 2018 will be better than 2017, but if it isn’t, what better way to finish off 2018 than with a magical nanny and wonderful music? And there could be no better time to release than Christmas when we believe that things are more magical than they appear. This movie seems like the best way to end your year!

Honorable 2018 Movies Mentions

There are some cool looking 2018 movies that I don’t know much about. That being said, they still look super interesting! Keep these honorable mentions in mind when you’re looking for something to see!

  • MARY AND THE WITCH’S FLOWER — January 19

    With Studio Ghibli-esque visuals and a whimsical storyline, MARY AND THE WITCH’S FLOWER seems primed to become a family favorite. The movie is based on the 1971 children’s book The Little Broomstick by Mary Stewart.

  • TOMB RAIDER — March 16

    On the one hand, I find myself wondering if we really needed a new Lara Croft adaptation. On the other, the video game series has always been popular, and it’ll be interesting to see a new take on such a long-lasting franchise.

  • THE PREDATOR — August 3

    This is another case where you might wonder, do we really need another PREDATOR movie? But in today’s remake/reboot culture, the question is why not? THE PREDATOR movies have lasted this long for a reason.

  • SMALLFOOT — September 28

    Another family-friendly option, SMALLFOOT is a reversal of the traditional Bigfoot narrative: a young Yeti believes that humans do actually exist. SMALLFOOT comes from Warner Bros. and features a fantastic cast.

What 2018 Movies Are You Looking Forward To?

2017 had a lot of great movies, to be sure, but looking at this list, these 2018 movies might be even better. With great options ahead, there’s no doubt that I’ll be at the theater a lot this year.

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What 2018 movies are you most looking forward to? Is there something we missed? Hit the comments to let us know what 2018 movies you’re most excited about!

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