#5. Black Panther – February 16th, 2018
I think it’s a given that everyone and their neighbor is anticipating the Black Panther movie, if the record-breaking advance tickets sales are any indication. So it should really come as no surprise that I am among the legions of anxious movie-goers counting down the days until February 16th. T’Challa was the highlight of Captain America: Civil War for me and I cannot wait to see him in his own film, with a plot drive by character development and expanding upon his universe. I’m excited to see if they stay true to the comics or if they veer off in their own direction, breathing new life into a character that has been around for fifty-two years. I’m also hoping that Black Panther will be able to nab costume nominations in the next award cycle because – have you seen them? Everyone looks like gorgeous, noble, warriors. I’m pumped.
Full disclosure: I’m not actually a huge fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so Black Panther slides in at #5 on my list.
#4. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom – June 22nd, 2018
The first time I saw the trailer for the new Jurassic World, I was actually left feeling a little lackluster. I think the problem was that it started off with the combination of “Anyone Who Knows What Love Is” and Bryce Dallas Howard which made me think Black Mirror and not Jurassic World. But once I got past that, I was completely sold (for Jeff Goldblum appearing, if nothing else). While the trailer may have left a lot to be desired, I do think it delivered exactly what every movie in the franchise does best: high stakes and dinosaurs. Jurassic Park was one of my favorite franchises as a kid, so there’s no surprise it ranks on my Top 5, despite the less-than-impressive trailer. After all, it’s the first trailer – there’s more to come.
#3. Tomb Raider – March 16th, 2018
We are finally getting the Lara Croft movie we deserve. As much as I loved Angelina Jolie’s contribution to the Tomb Raider franchise in the early 2000s, the movies left a lot to be desired for anyone who had played the video games. The trailer for this year’s Tomb Raider packed in believable action sequences that felt true to the 2013 video game (which is arguably the best), while also being realistic. I’m anticipating a riveting, action-packed, Lara Croft origin story that will be the launchpad for reviving this franchise. If ever there was a time that we needed a kickass woman like Lara Croft, 2018 is that year.
#2. Alpha – September 14th, 2018
I watched the trailer for Alpha three times (mostly because I saw The Last Jedi three times) and each time I saw it, I actually got more excited. The trailer offered gorgeous cinematography, a pseudo-anthropological look at the human condition, and wolves! What more could I ask for? A little history on this film – it was originally entitled Solutrean, which comes from the Solutrean Hypothesis that Europeans, commonly referred to as Solutreans, were among the first settlers in the Americas. It’s probably for the best that the title was changed, especially since I am not expecting Alpha to be a history lesson.
#1. Solo: A Star Wars Movie – May 25th, 2018
I will be perfectly honest in admitting that I am equal parts excited and terrified for the Solo movie. And that is exactly why it comes in at #1 for me. I have been incredibly psyched for this film since it was originally announced back in 2013 (and at that point, we only vaguely knew it had to do with Han Solo), but the closer we get to the date premiere the more I’m trying to tamper my expectations. I think some of my reservations about this movie comes from the fact that Han Solo is such an iconic and beloved character that has been around for forty-one years, but a lot of it probably comes from the fact that the production was fraught with creatives leaving and and reshoots. But Rogue One: A Star Wars Story had similar production issues and ended up being one of my top three in the franchise. I think I am most excited about Donald Glover as Landon Calrissian.
All in all, there’s a lot of really good films coming out in 2018 worth anticipation.
Honorable Mentions: Ocean’s 8, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, A Wrinkle in Time, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, Ready Player One, and Isle of Dogs.
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