If I’m not sipping tea in themed coffee shops, exploring museums, photographing colourful buildings or traipsing around film sets, you’ll probably find me at the cinema watching the latest blockbusters. It’s no mere hobby for me, it’s an addiction, and one of my absolute favourite things to do.
This year there are so many films I’m excited for, so thought I’d share a few I’m anticipating the most. As a comic book fan, most of the movies on my list are about Superheroes, but if you love fantasy or sci-fi, you’ll probably find something on here that you may want to schedule in your diary.
What movies are you most excited to watch this year? If your list is anything like mine, we may have just become best friends.
Release Date | 12th Feb (UK) 16th Feb (US)
Black Panther follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, returns home to Wakanda to succeed the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king, and Black Panther, is tested, and the fate of Wakanda is threatened. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people.
Release Date | 2nd March
Prima ballerina Dominika Egorova faces a bleak and uncertain future after she suffers an injury that ends her career. She soon turns to Sparrow School, a secret intelligence service that trains exceptional young people to use their minds and bodies as weapons. Egorova emerges as the most dangerous Sparrow after completing the sadistic training process. As she comes to terms with her new abilities, Dominika meets a CIA agent who tries to convince her that he is the only person she can trust.
A Wrinkle in Time
Release Date | 9th March (US) 23rd March (UK)
Meg Murry and her little brother, Charles Wallace, have been without their scientist father, Mr. Murry, for five years, ever since he discovered a new planet and used the concept known as a tesseract to travel there. Joined by Meg’s classmate Calvin O’Keefe and guided by the three mysterious astral travelers known as Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which, the children brave a dangerous journey to a planet that possesses all of the evil in the universe.
Release Date | 16th March
Lara Croft is the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished years earlier. Hoping to solve the mystery of her father’s disappearance, Croft embarks on a perilous journey to his last-known destination — a fabled tomb on a mythical island that might be somewhere off the coast of Japan. The stakes couldn’t be higher as Lara must rely on her sharp mind, blind faith and stubborn spirit to venture into the unknown.
Ready Player One
Release Date |30th March (UK) 29th March (US)
Ready Player One is set in 2045, with the world on the brink of chaos and collapse, but people have found salvation in the OASIS – an expansive virtual reality universe created by the brilliant and eccentric James Halliday. When Halliday dies, he leaves his immense fortune to the first person to find a digital Easter egg he has hidden somewhere in the OASIS, sparking a contest that grips the entire world. When an unlikely young hero named Wade Watts decides to join the contest, he is hurled into a breakneck, reality-bending treasure hunt through a fantastical universe of mystery, discovery and danger.
Avengers: Infinity War
Release Date | 25th April (UK) 4th May (US)
As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artifacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality. Everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment – the fate of Earth and existence itself has never been more uncertain.
Release Date | 16th May (UK) 18th May (US)
After surviving a near fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming Mayberry’s hottest bartender while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste. Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor, Wade must battle ninjas, the yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and flavor – finding a new taste for adventure and earning the coveted coffee mug title of World’s Best Lover.
Solo: Star Wars Story
Release Date | 25th May
Through a series of daring escapades, deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, young Han Solo meets his future co-pilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes.
Release Date | 8th June (US) 22nd June (UK)
Criminal mastermind Debbie Ocean and seven other female thieves try to pull off the heist of the century at New York’s annual Met Gala. Their target — a necklace that’s worth more than $150 million.
Release Date | 15th June (US) 13th July (UK)
Elastigirl springs into action to save the day, while Mr. Incredible faces his greatest challenge yet — taking care of the problems of his three children.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Release Date | 7th June (UK) 22nd June (US)
It’s been four years since theme park Jurassic World was destroyed by dinosaurs. Isla Nublar now sits abandoned by humans while the surviving dinosaurs fend for themselves in the jungles. When the island’s dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen and Claire mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event. Owen is driven to find Blue, his lead raptor who’s still missing in the wild, and Claire has grown a respect for these creatures she now makes her mission. Arriving on the unstable island as lava begins raining down, their expedition uncovers a conspiracy that could return our entire planet to a perilous order not seen since prehistoric times.
Ant Man & The Wasp
Release Date | 29th June (UK) 6th July (US)
From the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes a new chapter featuring heroes with the astonishing ability to shrink: Ant-Man and The Wasp. In the aftermath of Captain America: Civil War, Scott Lang grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a Super Hero and a father. As he struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he’s confronted by Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside The Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from their past.
Release Date | 4th Oct (UK) 5th Oct (US)
Plot details are currently unknown but the project is being developed by Sony’s Columbia Pictures as a potential spinoff of Spider-Man: Homecoming. It’s unclear if Venom solo movie will be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe or if it will involve Tom Holland’s Peter Parker.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix
Release Date | 2nd Nov
Not much is known about Dark Phoenix to date, but Mystique, Beast, Storm, Nightcrawler and the rest of the X-Men are all involved, springing into action when a malevolent, power-hungry force threatens to overtake Jean Grey’s mind.
Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald
Release Date | 16th Nov
At the end of the first film, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald was captured by MACUSA, with the help of Newt Scamander. But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set about gathering followers. In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead.