It's early yet, but 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.
*Additional words: Ankita Maneck
BLACK PANTHER (16 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 Warup 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.
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.
ANNIHILATION (12 MARCH)
After Ex Machina, we're down for whatever direct Alex Garland want to put in front of our eyes – and Annihilationlooks plenty tempting. Natalie Portman stars as a biologist whose husband is seriously injured in an insane-looking biological phenomenon, and she'll lead a team of women to discover exactly what the hell that growing bubble-thing is… and what's inside of it.
Bit of a weird release strategy here, though: Annihilation will debut in cinemas in the U.S. and China in February, but the studio opted not to release internationally. As such, it'll hit Netflix in the UK in March, instead. The big screen might've been better, but you can hardly argue with easy access from your couch.
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.
ISLE OF DOGS (23 MARCH)
We didn't need the trailer to tell us that Isle of Dogs hails from Wes Anderson, the eccentric mind behind classics such as Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums, not to mention the animated Fantastic Mr. Fox. But yes, this film is definitely, definitely from Wes Anderson.
And it looks incredibly charming, of course, telling the story of a time in the future when Japan quarantines its dogs to an island full of trash after a canine flu spreads through the nation. Anderson has called on a truly extensive list of collaborators to provide voices here, from Bill Murray and Edward Norton to Bryan Cranston, Jeff Goldblum, and Scarlett Johansson.
READY PLAYER ONE (30 MARCH)
Ernest Cline's book tends to spark a real love or hate reaction in readers, but with Steven Spielberg behind the camera, the film version of Ready Player One looks absolutely dazzling. As the trailer suggests, it's about the collapsing world of the future in which people turn to their VR headsets for any sort of happiness, entertainment, competition, and more.
And it's loaded with pop-culture references, ranging from the Batmobile, Lara Croft, and Chun-Li to Duke Nukem, The Iron Giant, and Gandalf, which like the book itself has inspired some early backlash. But Spielberg is a visionary, and even if the references are ladled on too heavily, we believe this'll be a visual treat to behold on the big screen. Fingers crossed, at least.
PARMANU: THE STORY OF POKHRAN (6 APRIL)
John Abraham is as synonymous to mindless action films in Bollywood as Dwayne Johnson is to muscles.
Abraham’s new release under his own production banner also stars Diana Penty, Boman Irani, and Abhishek Sharma is in the director’s chair. The film is based on the nuclear bomb test explosions conducted by the Indian Army at Pokhran in 1998 and opens in theatres on 6 April 2018.
The film was originally meant to release on 2 December 2016 along with Padmavat, then on 2 March 2018 with the Anushka Sharma produced Pari before being postponed to April to avoid competition. This film is crucial for Abraham and his production banner because of a past series of flops.
2.0 (27 APRIL)
Superstar Rajinikanth’s new film 2.0 is a sequel to the 2010 blockbuster Enthiran. The superstar will reprise his role as Dr. Vaseegaran and his creation Chitti the Robot and Akshay Kumar will play the villain and sport 12 different looks in the film.
The film is going to release on 27 April 2018 this year and is touted to be one of the most expensive films to be made in Asia with all the special effects involved in the film.
AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR (4 MAY)
Phase Three of Marvel's Cinematic Universe has spread far and wide while introducing the likes of Spider-Man, Black Panther, and Doctor Strange, and now they'll all assemble alongside Captain America, Iron Man, and the crew in Avengers: Infinity War.
It's all been building up to this for years now, as the galactic Thanos attempts to wield all of the Infinity Stones and The Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy amass to battle the threat. One more, final Avengers flick will follow in 2019, but expect serious ramifications on the MCU from this one, as the rather serious first trailer above suggests.
102 NOT OUT (4 MAY)
The silver screen version of Saumya Joshi's Gujarati play 102 Not Out stars Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor as a father-son duo who seems to be extremely codependent on each other. Amitabh is the easy-going, fun-loving father who seems to be bogged down by his cantankerous son played by Rishi Kapoor.
Will Amitabh and Rishi Kapoor be able to recreate the magic of their 70s hits like Kabhie Kabhi and Amar Akbar Anthony?
Wait and watch this Umesh Shukla directed film on 4 May 2018 to find out.