Geek Vibes Nation 2018 Guide to Film
Written by Brian Flinchbaugh
2017 is in the books and it was a banner year for geeks at the movie theater. But have no fear, 2018 is here to offer even more than before.
To help you plan your trips to the movies and to let you know everything you have to look forward to, here’s your chronological 2018 Geek Vibes Nation Guide to Film.
This list doesn’t include TV shows, and we’ve cut the list down to our top 20 for the year. There are even more upcoming movies that we could have included, but you have to draw the line somewhere.
Black Panther- February 16th
Make your Valentine’s Day plans a couple days late to see the first of three Marvel installments of the year. Chadwick Boseman follows up his popular turn in Captain America: Civil War with his first solo film, which promises to be very different from its predecessors. Joining Boseman will be a stellar cast making their MCU debuts, including Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Angela Bassett and Forrest Whitaker, as well as familiar faces like Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue and Martin Freeman as Everett Ross. The cast makeup will be a groundbreaking change for the MCU.
A Wrinkle in Time- March 9th
Disney’s adaptation of the 1962 science fiction novel about two kids out to save their astrophysicist father from another planet features a stellar cast featuring Oprah, Reese Witherspoon, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Pena and Chris Pine, along with terrific director Ana DuVernay.
Tomb Raider- March 16th
The trailer for this reboot of the popular video game franchise looks to be more exciting and true to the material than the original Angelina Jolie films. Alicia Vikander was a great casting choice to play Lara Croft and looks convincing as the titular character. It may become part of a shared universe with other video game movies including Hitman and Thief.
Ready Player One- March 30th
Steven Spielberg directs this story about a dystopian future where much of Earth’s inhabitants live their lives through a virtual reality program. A $240 billion fortune awaits the winner of a virtual treasure hunt. It’s a story of an evil corporation against the little guy in a race to the finish. Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Simon Pegg and Mark Rylance star in this thriller.
Rampage- April 20th
Dwayne Johnson stars in this loose adaptation of the famous video game. George the gorilla, Ralph the wolf and Lizzie the crocodile undergo a genetic mutation that turns into giant, rage-filled beasts creating havoc across the continent. Johnson is joined by Naomie Harris and Joe Manganiello.
Avengers: Infinity War- May 4th
This is the movie we’ve all been waiting for, as it begins the culmination of ten years-worth of Marvel Cinematic Universe movies. The MCU heroes all unite to stop Thanos. As much as we think we know about this movie, so many surprises lie in wait. Without a doubt, it’s one of the most anticipated movies in recent memory. Starring: Everyone.
Deadpool 2- May 18th
Ryan Reynolds’ Merc with a Mouth is back with some new friends. Josh Brolin and Zazie Beetz debut as Cable and Domino. John Wick and Atomic Blonde director David Leitch replaced Tim Miller, who directed the first installment. This movie will begin to set up the X-Force and may be Deadpool’s last appearance before merging into the MCU.
Solo: A Star Wars Story- May 25th
The Star Wars spinoff focuses on a young Han Solo and his adventures with Chewbacca before meeting Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi. Ron Howard was brought in to save this one. Aldon Ehrenreich stars in the title role originally held by Harrison Ford. Woody Harrelson, Donald Glover and Emilia Clarke also star.
Incredibles 2- June 15th
It’s been 14 years since The Incredibles came out and Mr. Incredible is now a stay-at-home dad while Mrs. Incredible fights crime. But don’t worry, the entire animated family of superheroes will be back in action to save the world.
Ant-Man and the Wasp- July 6th
We’ll see Evangeline Lilly suit up as Wasp for the first time as she joins Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man to create a new superhero duo. The quantum realm will feature in the film to some degree and will have a major impact on the future of the MCU.
Alita: Battle Angel- July 20th
James Cameron is adapting this manga story about a post-apocalyptic cyborg martial artist. Robert Rodriguez directs the film starring Rosa Salazar as Alita with Jennifer Connelly, Christoph Waltz and Mahershala Ali in supporting roles.
Teen Titans Go! To The Movies- July 27th
Based on Cartoon Network’s Teen Titans Go! Television series, the movie will see the voice actors from the series reprising their roles in this film as Robin and crew head to Hollywood with the dreams of starring in their own movie only to be sidetracked by an evil villain.
The Predator- August 3rd
The fourth installment of the Predator franchise actually takes place after the events of Predator 2 but before Predators. Iron Man 3 director Shane Black provides a fresh take on the franchise in a film that features an entirely different cast led by Boyd Holbrook, who played Donald Pierce in Logan.
Venom- October 5th
Tom Hardy stars as Eddie Brock aka Venom in the character’s first ever solo film. It’s a bit of an experiment by Sony since the character is traditionally known as a villain. It takes place within Sony’s Spider-Verse, but whether it is connected to the MCU remains unclear.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix- November 2nd
It’s not the first time “The Dark Phoenix Saga” has been done on film, but hopefully this event is better than X-Men: The Last Stand from 2006. Taking place years after X-Men: Apocalypse, this film sees the return of all the key actors from the current generation of X-Men.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald- November 16th
Picking up where the 2016 film left off, dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald seeks power as the rest of the wizard community remains divided as to which side it’s on. Jude Law debuts as a young Albus Dumbledore to join Eddie Redmayne’s Newt Scamander in defeating Johnny Depp’s Grindelwald.
Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-it Ralph 2- November 21st
Ralph ventures into the internet this time and will come across numerous characters from the Disney/Marvel/Star Wars universe, crossing paths with Moana, Frozen’s Anna and Elsa, Yoda and Princess Leia, Iron Man and Gamora, among others.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse- December 21st
The first theatrical animated Spider-Man feature film focuses on Miles Morales and his life as a teenager struggling to be a superhero. The CGI is supposedly done in a way to make the animation look like a hand-drawn comic book.
Aquaman- December 21st
James Wan directs the first solo film for Jason Momoa’s popular portrayal of the king of Atlantis. This will be a rather groundbreaking film as it takes place predominantly underwater. The DCEU has a lot riding on this movie to gain momentum that was lost after Justice League’s mixed reception.
Bumblebee: The Movie- December 21st
Christmas weekend is sure to be busy as this is the third movie released on this day. This spinoff of the Transformers series is a prequel, taking place twenty years before the first movie. This is the first movie in the franchise without Optimus Prime or director Michael Bay.
Brian is the lead writer for Geek Vibes Nation. Follow him on Twitter @brflinchbaugh.