With the release of Avengers: Infinity War, the summer movie season is officially upon us. And as always, it's stacked.
Between Solo: A Star Wars Story and superhero sequels Deadpool 2 and Ant-Man and the Wasp, you won't run out of exciting things to see on the big screen in the next few months. But there's plenty more on the horizon, including non-franchise releases, along with some flicks we're looking forward to in the autumn.
Need to fill your cinematic calendar with the most enticing films of 2018? Here's everything we're excited about right now, along with the latest trailers for each. And check back, because we'll be updating this space regularly throughout the year.
Deadpool 2 (18 May)
The original Deadpool was an amazingly funny, intensely violent, and unbelievably vulgar comic book adaptation, the likes of which we'd never seen before – but we'll see more of it this May with Deadpool 2, which smartly doesn't shed that brilliant, box-office-booming concoction.
While the filmmakers claimed they wouldn't try to go bigger with the sequel, here we see Josh Brolin as Cable, the time-traveling assassin from the X-Men comics, and the introduction of the X-Force team – sure to get their own spinoff flick, too. Still, the laughs are obviously here and everything looks rightly outrageous once again. We're in.
Solo: A Star Wars Story (25 May)
For months, we've heard all of the reasons why Solo: A Star Wars Story might be a mess. Original directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (The Lego Movie) were punted for clashing with Lucasfilm, young solo actor Alden Ehrenreich reportedly can't act, and they waited until four months before the release date to show us any actual footage.
All of that still sits in the back of our minds, but after seeing the trailer, there's also plenty of reason to be pumped for the next Star Wars. Donald Glover looks absolutely perfect as Lando Calrissian, the brand-new Millennium Falcon is spectacular, and Chewbacca… well, we love Chewbacca. Ehrenreich doesn't look or sound much like the Solo we know, but Disney hasn't screwed up Star Wars yet, so we're keeping the faith for now.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (7 June)
What's the only thing scarier than an island overrun by violent dinosaurs? An island overrun by violent dinosaurs that also has an enormous volcano erupting hot lava all over it. That's the premise of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, now that the franchise is back in action after Jurassic World's enormous box office tally.
Or, at least, that's the initial premise: Fallen Kingdom sees Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard's characters returning to the abandoned Isla Nublar to try and rescue the remaining dinosaurs as the eruption grows imminent – but they quickly find out that the people who sent them there didn't do so out of the kindness of their hearts. It looks wild, and even if this dino-fest somehow falls flat, at least Jeff Goldblum is back to be his usual quirky self.
Ocean's 8 (8 June)
Wait, wasn't the last one Ocean's Thirteen? It's true – but Ocean's 8 isn't simply another sequel in the ensemble heist/comedy series. Instead, it's a gender-flipped soft reboot of sorts, starring Sandra Bullock as Danny Ocean's distant sister who decides to assemble a crew to rob New York City's ritzy Met Gala.
Consider it akin to the recent Ghostbusters reboot, which some people rolled their eyes at, but ultimately ended up being pretty damn funny. With the likes of Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, and… Rihanna… alongside Bullock, it ought to be an entertaining new take on the formula – and if you're pining too much for the originals then the fact that a couple of the other Ocean's characters will cameo should keep you happy.
Incredibles 2 (15 June)
Now here's a Pixar sequel we're actually looking forward to (unlike Cars 3). It's been 14 years since the original Incredibles film, but Incredibles 2 seemingly picks up right where the first flick left off, with little Jack-Jack showcasing some budding powers of his own and Mr. Incredible handling the family while Elastigirl is away fighting crime.
That dynamic should drive a lot of humour and tension, although admittedly we're also looking forward to some slick CG superhero battles. With original director Brad Bird both writing and directing this sequel, we have high hopes that it'll be more Toy Story 3 and less Monsters University. Or Cars 2, for that matter.