2018 is going to be a big year for Disney. With their second Star Wars spin-off and what will probably be one of the biggest–if not the biggest–superhero films of all time, it’s going to be one heck of a year for the studio. With all of the exciting releases coming up this year, here are the 5 you absolutely have to see.
1. Black Panther | February 18
If you didn’t fall in love with Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa in Captain America: Civil War, you need to reevaluate. Black Panther may not be the first superhero film led by a POC, but it is the first in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With its diverse cast, soundtrack produced and curated by Kendrick Lamar and director Ryan Coogler (of Creed fame) at the helm, this is shaping up to be one of Marvel’s strongest entries. With this being the last Marvel film before Avengers: Infinity War, it’s absolutely a must-see. From the Infinity War trailer already released, it’s clear that Black Panther and the Wakandans play a large role in the team-up film. If for nothing else, see Black Panther for the always-elegant and absolutely divine Lupita Nyong’o.
2. A Wrinkle In Time | March 9
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle is undoubtedly a classic. Unfortunately, as many fans of the novel know, the only film adaptation to date has been Disney’s less-than-stellar tv movie, released in 2003. Fortunately, for fans of the book such as yours truly, they’re taking another chance. This adaptation looks promising, with stunning visuals, an exceptional cast (OPRAH? O P R A H???????), and a phenomenal director behind the camera. Director Ava DuVernay is most notable for directing 2014’s Selma, but isn’t the only reason Disney’s choice of director is exciting. DuVernay’s Twitter presence is excellent, as she often engages with fans and raises awareness for important causes. Most importantly, DuVernay is officially the first woman of color to direct a film with a budget of over $100 million. Though this is only a small step in the right direction, Disney’s decision to let DuVernay helm this film hints at a future of more opportunities for minority directors to step behind the camera. Make sure this film isn’t one you skip; a good turnout gives Disney (and other studios) just another reason to make diversity a priority.
3. Avengers: Infinity War | May 4
This one is a no-brainer. Even the most casual of MCU fans are anticipating the May release of the culmination of Marvel’s efforts since 2008. Avengers: Infinity War is probably going to be the most financially successful superhero film of all time, due to the sheer number of A-listers they’re packing into this one. After years of easter eggs, Infinity Gems, and hints at Thanos, we will finally get to see the culmination of Marvel’s efforts for the past nearly 10 years. And after all that, there’s still a part two! Definitely don’t skip Black Panther if you’re planning on seeing Avengers: Infinity War, though; from the trailer, it seems like the Wakandans will play a large role in the film.
4. Solo: A Star Wars Story | May 25
This is the film we definitely have the least information about. A lot of controversy and skepticism has surrounded Solo: A Star Wars Story. Chris Miller (pictured between Alden Ehrehreich and below Woody Harrelson) and Phillip Lord (pictured between Donald Glover and Emilia Clarke) were originally in charge of the project, but exited the film due to creative differences. Fans of Lord and Miller’s work (which includes The LEGO Movie and the 21 Jump Street films) were definitely disappointed when this departure was announced, but renowned director Ron Howard has since taken over the project. This will be the second official Star Wars spinoff film, and the first to revolve around an established character in the universe. The success of this film may reveal the fate of the rumored Boba Fett and Obi-Wan solo films. Though there is a lot of skepticism, the talented cast and creative team of this film will, at the very least, make something interesting. Also, if you never saw Hail, Caesar!, do yourself a favor and watch this clip of Alden Ehrenreich’s very finest work. Tell me you don’t want to swim in those eyes. Or, at the very least, just splash around a little bit.
5. Incredibles 2 | June 15
I know you. This is what you came here for. You’ve been waiting for me to cover The Incredibles 2 because what kind of MONSTER wouldn’t be over-the-moon at just the thought of an Incredibles sequel? Not this monster. I’m here and I’m ready. The Incredibles is one of PIXAR’s strongest entries, and it is absolutely mind-boggling that it took this long for them to make a sequel, especially considering the fact that they set one up at the end of the first film. Set mere months after the events of the original Incredibles, this sequel will most likely explore how this super family lives their lives now that they have all developed their powers. There’s not a whole lot of information out about this sequel yet, so we can only hope that it’s just as good as (if not better than) the original. After over a decade of waiting, PIXAR has some pretty big shoes to fill, especially considering that they’ve only made 2 palatable sequels to date.
Of course, there’s a lot more to look forward to! There’s Ant-Man and the Wasp (which I am personally most excited about), Wreck-It Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet, Mary Poppins Returns (with Lin-Manuel Miranda? Sign me UP.), Christopher Robin, and The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. It is surely going to be an exciting year for Disney, and I can’t wait to see what these films have in store!