The 15 movies we're most excited about in 2019

Godzilla: King of the Monsters (31 May)

The MonsterVerse is in full swing! Following both 2014's Godzilla reboot and 2017's Kong: Skull Island, Godzilla: King of the Monsters expands the rebooted and combined monster universe by introducing Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah to battle with Godzilla.

Looks like another fun monster mashup, and we hope you're ready for more because it'll all culminate in 2020's Godzilla vs. Kong. No, really! Everything's a cinematic universe now… and hopefully King of the Monsters makes this one worth continuing on with.

Dark Phoenix (7 June)

Dark Phoenix could well be the last of Fox's core X-Men flicks now that the characters are coming under the wing of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it's focusing on one of the most iconic storylines in mutant comic-book history.

It's also material that was covered in the terrible X-Men: The Last Stand, but thankfully that's been retconned out of the universe, allowing the current cast of actors and creatives to offer a more faithful rendition of Jean Grey's embrace and abuse of incredible power.

Toy Story 4 (21 June)

It's been several years since the emotional gut-punch that was Toy Story 3, but Pixar and Disney weren't content to let Woody and Buzz rest in the toy box forever.

Toy Story 4 has been billed as a road trip movie for the plastic crew, and they have an odd new member along for the ride: Forky, a makeshift spork toy who doesn't quite fit with his new store-bought pals. The teaser doesn't show anything from the film itself, but given Pixar's run with the franchise to date, we expect it'll be another insta-classic.

The Lion King (19 July)

You've probably seen people calling this the "live-action" remake of The Lion King, but that's half-true at best. It's actually another hyper-realistic CG flick that looks convincingly lifelike, but is the result of performance capture, high-end workstations, and impeccable artistry. (Also, good luck getting scores of real animals to act on command like this.)

As this first trailer shows, Jon Favreau's take on The Lion King seems largely content to follow the exacting storyline and set pieces of the '90s animation classic. Even if that holds true for the finished product, the star-studded voice cast and stunning visuals should make it a treat to take in.

Star Wars: Episode IX (20 December)

It all comes down to this: the sequel trilogy is set to end with Star Wars: Episode IX, which as of this writing doesn't have a proper subtitle yet.

The Last Jedi (shown) proved to be incredibly divisive as a riskier film than its predecessor, but with The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams back at the helm, we have to wonder if it will continue to take storytelling chances for the legendary franchise or just try and deliver a comforting finale before Star Wars begins telling other tales. We're sure to get a trailer in the coming months, and we can't wait to see what's happened with Rey, Finn, and the gang.