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Eighteen Movies to Watch Out For in 2018

Matthew Demchak, Opinion Editor

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It’s a new year, folks! And with it comes a slew of new movies that will continue to shape franchises and wow audiences. This article will look at eighteen different movies, in order of release, that people should keep an eye out for this year.

Maze Runner: The Death Cure—January 26

The epic conclusion to the Maze Runner movie trilogy. After the events of the previous movie, Thomas (Dylan O’Brian) and the rest of the surviving Gladers must take the battle to WKED in their quest to find their captive companions and find a cure to the Flare virus.

Black Panther—February 16

The MCU continues! After the events of Captain America: Civil War, King T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) returns to his home nation of Wakanda to stop two old enemies from starting a world war. To do so, he must team up with his personal guard, the Dora Milaje, and CIA special agent Everett K. Ross (Martin Freeman).

Wreck-It Ralph 2—March 9

Disney continues its trend of creating sequels to movies years after the original came out. In this sequel, Wreck-It Ralph (John C. Riley) journeys through the internet to find a replacement part for the arcade game Sugar Rush.

A Wrinkle in Time—March 9

Disney’s latest book-to-movie adaption. When her father vanishes and is held hostage on a distant planet, Meg Murry (Storm Reid) and her brother must work with astral travelers Mrs. Which (Oprah Winfrey), Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon), and Mrs. Who (Mindy Kaling) to save him.

Tomb Raider—March 16

A reboot of the Tomb Raider film series. Based on the 2013 video game of the same name, the film tells the story of Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander), who, on her first expedition, must complete her father’s research and find ancient secrets that will be able to clear her name.

Pacific Rim Uprising—March 23

Another long-awaited movie sequel. Ten years after the Battle of the Breach in the first film, the Jaeger program is now the most powerful global defense force in history. When the Kaijus return, ex-Jaeger pilot Jake Petecost (John Boyega) is thrust into the battle to rally his fellow pilots and prevent humanity’s extinction once again.

Ready Player One—March 30

Another movie based on a book. In the year 2045, people find escape from the desolate world through a virtual reality world known as OASIS. When deceased OASIS creator James Halliday (Mark Rylance) releases a game where the winner will receive ownership of the virtual world as well as 500 billion dollars, teenager Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) works with several friends to win the game before players from the corporate giant IOI win it first.

Avengers Infinity War—May 4

The culmination of everything in the Marvel Cinematic Universe! Ten years in the making, the MCU’s Avengers face their biggest threat yet: Thanos (Josh Brolin) has come seeking the Infinity Stones. The Avengers must team up with the Guardians of the Galaxy to stop him. But even with every single hero ever featured in the MCU, will it be enough to stop the Mad Titan?

Solo: A Star Wars Story—May 25

The latest Star Wars anthology film and addition to the Star Wars Film Franchise. This movie reveals how the iconic and roguish smuggler Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) meets his sidekick Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) and will show how he got his start, including his encounter with smuggler Lando Calrissian and his acquisition of the Millennium Falcon.  

The Incredibles 2—June 15

A long-awaited sequel to a Disney film. After the events of the first film, the Parr family tries to maintain normal lives. Bob (Craig T. Nelson) is left at home to watch the children while Helen (Holly Hunter) goes out to fight crime. But the entire family, plus their friend Frozone (Samuel L. Jackson) will need to come together to battle a new villain.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom—June 22

The sequel to 2015’s Jurassic World. Four years after the events of the previous film, the dinosaurs of Isla Nublar are threatened by a volcanic eruption on the island. To save them, Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) and Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) return to the island. But a conspiracy is discovered during the mission, one that could result in dinosaurs returning to being the dominant species on the planet.

Ant-Man and the Wasp—July 6

The MCU’s third movie of 2018! After the events of Captain America: Civil War, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) sets off on a new mission with Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) and Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) to discover secrets of the past. At the same time, Scott must still balance his home life as a father. The film also features some other somewhat-iconic marvel characters such as Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen), S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Jimmy Woo (Randall Park), Bill Foster (Laurence Fishburne), and Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer).

X-Men: Dark Phoenix—November 2

The story of the X-men continues! After a rescue mission in space goes wrong, a solar flare hits the X-men, and Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) loses control of her abilities, and the all-powerful Phoenix begins to take control. Other returning characters in the film include Charles Xavier (James McAvoy), Magneto (Michael Fassbender), Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), Beast (Nicholas Hoult), Cyclops (Tye Sheridan), Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee), and Quicksilver (Evan Peters).

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald—November 16

The Harry Potter Franchise continues! After his escape in the previous movie, the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) raises an army of followers to conquer and rule over all the non-magical beings in the world. To stop him, Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) recruits Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) to assist him in battling Grindelwald’s forces.

Mortal Engines—December 14

Yet another book-to-screen movie, though this one is directed by Middle-Earth director Peter Jackson. Hundreds of years after the world was destroyed in a cataclysmic event (known as the 60 Minute War in the book), Giant moving cities roam the planet, eating smaller cities for resources. In the city of London, two unlikely companions—apprentice historian Tom Natsworthy (Robert Sheehan) and assassin fugitive Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar)—must join forces when the leaders of London prepare to use a powerful weapon to basically destroy more powerful cities chasing them. Also starring Hugo Weaving as head historian Thaddeus Valentine, Stephen Lang as undead cyborg warrior Shrike, and Jihae as pilot and resistance leader Anna Fang.

Aquaman—December 21

The next installment in the floundering DC Extended Universe franchise. After the events of Justice League, Arthur Curry (Jason Mamoa), king of Atlantis, struggles to fight against surface dwellers polluting the waters and other Atlanteans who are preparing to invade the surface. The film also features the characters Mera (Amber Heard), Orm Marius/Ocean Master (Patrick Wilson), Nuidis Vulko (Willem Dafoe), and David Hyde/Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II).

Bumblebee: The Movie—December 21

The next Transformers movie! Twenty years before the first film, the Autobot scout Bumblebee hides out in a beach town junkyard in California. Teenager Charlie Watson (Hailee Steinfeld) discovers him and is thrust into the dangerous life of being associated with a Transformer. The film also stars John Cena as Sector 7 agent Burns.

Mary Poppins Returns—December 25

With Christmas comes a sequel to one of Disney’s most famous and greatest films: Mary Poppins Returns. Set in London in the 1930s, Michael Banks (Ben Whishaw) still lives in the house on Cherry Tree Lane with his children. After he suffers a personal loss, Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt), Michael and his sister Jane’s (Emily Mortimer) nanny from when they were kids, returns with lamplighter Jack (Lin-Manuel Miranda) and her cousin, Topsy Turvy-Poppins (Meryl Streep). Dick Van Dyke also returns to the movie in a cameo role of Mr. Dawes Jr.

So there you have it! Eighteen movies that could be box office winners or flops. Keep an eye out for these movies as they are released, and also keep an eye on the Knightly Scroll as we review most—if not all—of these films.

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