The 18 movies we're most excited about in 2018

Scope out all of the biggest flicks hitting cinemas next year

Even with the start of the year just weeks away, 2018 already looks stacked from a movie-going perspective.

As well as the requisite Marvel and Star Wars flicks there are plenty of other big franchise releases already announced, plus a fair few lesser-known-but-probably-more-interesting movies too.

 

We've collected all of the biggest hitters here together with their latest trailers, and we'll keep this list updated throughout the year to bring in newly-announced flicks, fresh trailers, and smaller or indie flicks that don't have a year-long hype cycle attached.

Black Panther (9 February)

After his debut in Captain America: Civil War, Black Panther gets his very own starring role in film from Creed director Ryan Coogler. Black Panther sees the hero return to his mystical home kingdom of Wakanda as its new ruler, but a battle that begins there seems like it could have effects on the wider Marvel universe – especially with Avengers: Infinity War up next.

Coogler is an impressive director and Michael B. Jordan looks awesome here as an exile returning to try and usurp the throne. Black Panther should elevate the hero to a much larger role in the MCU, and what we've seen so far here looks pretty dazzling.

Death Wish (2 March)

Bruce Willis has starred in more than a few awesome action flicks in his career, and Death Wish could be another one to add to that list. It's a remake of the 1974 film of the same name, but this version from Eli Roth (Cabin Fever) shakes up the formula a bit.

Here, Willis plays a doctor from Chicago whose family is shattered during a home invasion, thus triggering a vigilante urge that he just can't seem to shake. He begins to take matters into his own hands, stopping crimes with deadly force and chasing tips from patients that end in bad guys covered in blood. Looks intense, expectedly, albeit with Willis adding just the right kind of understated smirk to the violence.

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A Wrinkle in Time (9 March)

Inspired by the classic Madeleine L'Engle novel, Disney's A Wrinkle in Time looks like a family-friendly adventure with a stacked roster of talent onboard, starting with director Ava DuVernay (Selma) behind the camera and some flashy special effects.

A Wrinkle in Time follows a young girl in search of her missing astrophysicist father, who seems to be trapped elsewhere in the universe – and she learns to use some serious time-folding magic to find her way there. This cast has everyone from Oprah Winfrey and Mindy Kaling to Chris Pine and Zach Galifinakis, so as long as the child actors are solid, we've got high hopes.

Tomb Raider (16 March)

The earlier, Angelina Jolie-starring Tomb Raider flicks came from an era of bad video game movies… and well, that admittedly hasn't changed much. But at least they're better-produced now, so maybe the Tomb Raider reboot will be worth watching come March.

It's inspired by the excellent video game reboot from a few years back, providing a fresh origin story for Lara Croft. Alicia Vikander, who was utterly memorable in Ex Machina, takes the lead role, and with the likes of Dominic West, Walton Goggins, and Nick Frost also onboard, we've got plenty of reasons to give it a shot.

Pacific Rim Uprising (23 March)

Guillermo del Toro's original Pacific Rim was a slightly underrated delight from a few years back, but it made so much money in China that we've now got a sequel to look forward to in the shape of this spring's Pacific Rim Uprising.

John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) is always a plus and the Jaeger mech designs are pretty neat, although we admit we're a little worried that Uprising is going to shift the campy, giant-monsters-and-anime tribute tone of the original into dumb, Michael Bay's Transformers territory. But we remain hopeful, and in any case, we're ready to see some giant mechs battle it out.

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