It’s only the beginning of the year but 2018 looks ready to show us bigger and better movies than 2017.
Here are 18 movies (and its Malaysian release dates) which will have us lining up in the cinemas in 2018:
1.Maze Runner: The Death Cure (Jan 25)
Dylan O’Brien reprises his role as Thomas in this third and final installment in the Maze Runner film series.
In his final journey, Thomas is on a mission to find a cure to a deadly disease known as “the Flare”.
This time, Thomas and his friends must break into the legendary Last City, a labyrinth controlled by the World In Catastrophe: Killzone Experiment Department (WKCD).
2.Black Panther (Feb 25)
This is another exciting movie to anticipate from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
For those following MCU movies, you might notice that all but one of the Infinity Stones has shown up.
The question now is: Will we get to see the final stone in Black Panther?
The plot is set after the events of Captain America: Civil War.
3.A Wrinkle in Time (Mar 8)
Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, Mindy Kaling star in this star-studded movie.
It is an adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s book from 1963 of the same name which follows a young girl on the hunt for her missing scientist father.
4.Tomb Raider (Mar 15)
Here comes another reboot: This time instead of Angelina Jolie, Swedish actress Alicia Vikander is expected to bring Lara Croft’s character to life.
This edition sees Croft uncovering clues left behind by her father in England in the ancient lost Japanese kingdom of Yamatai which hides many secrets and tomb-raiding adventures.
5.Pacific Rim: Uprising (Mar 22)
It has been 10 years since the Battle of the Breach in 2013’s Pacific Rim.
The movie will continue the story of mankind’s battle against invading kaiju from where it left off in the first movie.
6. Avengers: Infinity War (Apr 26)
The third movie in the MCU Avengers series will gather the Avengers, this time to fight against Thanos.
The film is set four years after the events of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 when the Avengers have been broken apart following Captain America: Civil War.
7. Slender Man (May 17)
Slender Man is the horror story of our generation originally created as a creepypasta Internet meme.
Eric Knudsen, posting as “Victor Surge” joined a Photoshop Challenge where he posted photos of a tall, suited figure with elongated limbs.
Soon enough, people started claiming to see the figure whom they called ‘Slender Man’ stalking and abducting people.
A few violent acts related to Slender Man were reported including a near-fatal stabbing of a 12-year-old.
In the movie, Slender Man will continue to scare people trading computer screens with the big screen.
8. Solo: A Star Wars Story (May 24)
Do we need another Star Wars movie this year? Apparently we do.
Solo: A Star Wars Story is based on Han Solo and Chewbacca’s adventures before joining the Rebellion, including their early encounters with Lando Calrissian.
9. Deadpool 2 (May 31)
Here is the plot summary released by Twentieth Century Fox:
After surviving a near fatal knee boarding accident , a disfigured guidance counselor (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming Poughkeepsie’s most celebrated French Bulldog breeder while also learning to cope with an open relationship.
Searching to regain his passion for life, as well as a new stuffed unicorn, Wade must battle ninjas, tight-assed metal men, and babysit a group of stereotypical side characters as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and creative outlets for his very open-minded sex life.
He manages to find a new lust for being a do-gooder, a sparkly Hello Kitty backpack, all while earning the coveted coffee mug title of World’s Best 4th Wall Breaking Superhero.
Doesn’t make sense, does it?
10. Ocean’s 8 (June 7)
Take away the male cast in the Ocean’s Trilogy and replace them with an all-female cast – then you have Ocean’s 8.
In this movie, Danny Ocean’s estranged sister, Debbie, tries to pull off the heist of the century at New York’s annual star-studded Met Gala.
The cast is star-studded as well with names like Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling and Sarah Paulson rocking the screen.
11. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (June 7)
Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard return to star in this sequel to 2015’s Jurassic World.
It follows four years after the closing of the Jurassic World theme park on Isla Nublar.
Interestingly, the trailer shows Howard letting go of her much-talked-about high heels and wearing boots instead.
12. Ant-Man and the Wasp (July 5)
If you remember how Scott Lang (aka Ant-Man) took Captain America’s side in Captain America: Civil War,
Lang is now an internationally-wanted fugitive.
So we will get to see what happens to Ant-Man and what is the Wasp’s role in this Ant-Man sequel.
13. Venom (Oct 5)
When it comes to the comics universe, we know Tom Hardy as a DC villain in The Dark Knight Rises. Now he plays Eddie Brock/Venom, known in the Marvel Comics as a villain in Spider-Man.
Marvel Studio is reportedly not involved with this spin-off film and does not plan to integrate it with MCU.
But it is intended to be first film in Sony’s Marvel Universe to be set in the same world with Spider-Man: Homecoming, an MCU film.
14. Halloween (Oct 18)
In 2017 we saw the success of IT and this year another 1980s horror movie is making a comeback.
In Halloween, Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers.
Myers was the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.
15. The Girl In the Spider’s Web (Oct 18)
The Millennium book series created by Stieg Larsson revolves around computer hacker Lisbeth Salander and investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist.
Larsson’s untimely death from a heart attack in 2004 led to David Lagercrantz continuing the series.
The Girl in the Spider’s Web will mark the first time for Lagercrantz’s work to make it to the big screen.
The story follows Salander and Blomkvist fighting against spies, cyber criminals and perhaps even the government.
16. X-Men: Dark Phoenix (Nov 1)
Here comes another Marvel movie! X-Men: Dark Phoenix is set in the 1990s, a decade after the events of X-Men: Apocalypse.
The synopsis goes that X-Men, including Mystique, Beast, Storm, Nightcrawler and Quicksilver are now national heroes.
During a rescue mission in space, a solar flare hits the X-jets and the surge of energy ignites a new force in Jean Grey, the Phoenix.
17. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindlewald (Nov 15)
This movie is still nearly a year away from the cinema but it has already caused some casting controversy.
Nonetheless, this Potter prequel saga will have Jude Law as the young Dumbledore- something that we all look forward to.
18. Aquaman (Dec 20)
So far, the year 2018 seems like a big year for Marvel. So how about ending the year with a DC Comics film?
Following the events of Justice League (which was disappointing), Arthur Curry (aka Aquaman) is now caught between two worlds.
On one side we have surface dwellers who are always polluting the Earth and on the other the underwater kingdom of Atlantis.
To be honest, who cares if Warner Bros Pictures delivers another DC flop through Aquaman? Just give us one shirtless scene of Jason Momoa and all will be forgiven.