Though it’s literally just been days since we all reminisced about all of our achievements in 2017, I believe it is time to instead look forward to our glorious future. 2017 may have brought us some big hitters when it comes to nerd culture films (Wonder Woman, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Spider-man: Homecoming, Thor: Ragnarok), it doesn’t hold a candle to what 2018 has in store for us. Here are 11 must-watch movies coming out this year, and it’s time to call it, folks: 2018 may be the ultimate year of the nerd.
Author’s note: Some release dates have changed since the publication of this article. Most notably, The New Mutants has been pushed back to a 2019 release date. Other changes have been noted under the movie’s title.
Black Panther (February 16)
A highly anticipated film, the star-studded Black Panther will be the first black-led film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If the teasers and trailers are any indication, Black Panther will be an amazing start to the 2018 film lineup.
Ready Player One (March 30)
Ernest Cline’s vision for the dystopian future comes to the big screen in March, embodying all of the pop culture references fans came to love in the book plus a few extra easter eggs. Nerds should love finding all of the new additions to the film, such as a cameo of Overwatch’s Tracer in the trailer (Overwatch was released in 2016, 5 years after “Ready Player One” was published).
X-Men: New Mutants (April 13)
One of the more intriguing films of 2018 is 20th Century Fox’s The New Mutants which takes a well known superhero property (X-Men) into the realm of horror. The cast includes talented actors Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) and Charlie Heaton (Stranger Things) and is sure to be a terrifying hit.
As of January 11, 2017, the movie’s release date has been pushed back to February 22, 2019.
Avengers: Infinity War (May 4)
The most anticipated film of the year will undoubtedly be Avengers: Infinity War. Nothing else really needs to be said, except maybe a suggestion to rewatch the MCU film series to get yourself hyped up for this epic event.
Solo: A Star Wars Story (May 25)
The production of Solo: A Star Wars Story has had its share of problems, but optimistic fans have been patiently awaiting its release. No official photos or trailer has been released, but with actors like Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), Donald Glover (Atlanta, Community), and Woody Harrelson involved, it’s unlikely that fans will be left disappointed. hit.
Deadpool 2 (June 1)
Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson gets into more hijinks in Deadpool 2, the sequel to the massively successful film of 2016. Being a rare R-rated antihero film, Deadpool was a breath of fresh air for fans who longed for something different. Deadpool 2 is sure to continue being the hilarious, profanity-filled movie we all enjoyed two years ago.
As of January 11, 2017, Deadpool 2’s release date has been moved to May 18, 2017.
The Incredibles 2 (June 15)
Our favorite superhero family makes a return 14 years after their initial debut. Though some fans have complained about the length of time it took to make this sequel, Pixar has hit it out of the park before with overdue sequels, so this film will probably be tear-jerking and amazing.
Ant-Man and the Wasp (July 6)
For many, the fact that Marvel Studios struck gold with another fairly unknown property in 2015 with Ant-Man was a big surprise. But an unforgettable cameo in Captain America: Civil War is enough for fans to await the return of the ever-charismatic Paul Rudd, joined by the talented Evangeline Lilly, in Ant-Man and the Wasp .
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (November 16)
Fans of the Harry Potter universe can rejoice in November when we join Newt Scamander for another magic-filled adventure. Much of the old cast has returned and are joined by Jude Law who makes his Harry Potter debut as young Dumbledore.
Aquaman (December 21)
Following his very successful debut as Aquaman in last year’s Justice League, Jason Momoa stars in Aquaman’s standalone film in December. You can think of it as an early Christmas gift.
Mary Poppins Returns (December 25)
Our favorite nanny graces the big screen yet again in Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns. Starring Emily Blunt (Edge of Tomorrow, The Devil Wears Prada) and Lin Manuel Miranda (Hamilton), this sequel to the classic 1964 film comes out Christmas Day.