Blockbuster picks for 2018

2017 was a year full of blockbuster films. From Dunkirk to Wonder Woman, Star Wars: The Last Jedi to Beauty and the Beast, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 to Thor: Ragnarok. This year, it beckons to reach the same heights, if not eclipse them. Spoiler, 2018 is jam-packed full of superhero films…

Here are my top blockbuster picks for 2018:

Black Panther

In the eighteenth film of the Marvel Universe, you can expect big budget action scenes from this spin-off. Set after the events of Captain America: Civil War, Black Panther explores the story of T’Challa and the kingdom of Wakanda. With Wakanda beset with enemies, T’Challa (the Black Panther) teams up with CIA agent Everett Ross to prevent a global war.

Cast: Michael B Jordan, Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o, Martin Freeman

Release date: 16th February

Tomb Raider

Alicia Vikander takes over the reigns of Angelina Jolie, playing one of the most iconic characters of all time, Lara Croft. It’s the reboot of the Tomb Raider film series, telling the story of Lara Croft’s first expedition, in which she attempts to complete her father’s research and uncover the ancient secrets to clear her name.

Cast: Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, Walton Goggins, Daniel Wu, Nick Frost, Hannah John-Kamen, Kristin Scott Thomas

Release date: 16th March

Ready Player One

Based on the best-selling novel of the same name, if you liked films such as Tron, you’ll probably like this. Additionally, it’s directed by cinema legend, Steven Spielberg. The story is set in a near-future dystopian Earth, and focuses on a kid who escapes life by retreating into an interconnected virtual space called the Oasis.

Cast: Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, T. J. Miller, Simon Pegg, Mark Rylance

Release date: 30th March

X-Men: Dark Phoenix

The thirteenth instalment in the X-Men film series and a sequel to X-Men: Apocalypse. In Dark Phoenix, the X-Men must face against the full power of the Dark Phoenix, as well as the alien Shi’ar empire. Look out for Sophie Turner (of Game of Thrones fame) as Jean Grey (or the Dark Phoenix), a mutant who accidentally receives extreme power.

Cast: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner, Alexandra Shipp, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Evan Peters, Jessica Chastain

Release date: 2nd November

Avengers: Infinity War

The sequel to The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron, Infinity War will see the biggest Marvel superheroes converge in one epic battle against the biggest bad guy in the galaxy. It’s the ultimate cinematic crossover. In Avengers: Infinity War, the Avengers crew join forces with the Guardians of the Galaxy to confront Thanos, who is trying to collect the Infinity Stones.

Cast: Everyone from the Marvel world and more…

Release date: 4th May

Solo: A Star Wars Story

The origin story of everyone’s favourite rogue Star Wars character, Hans Solo. Two reasons to see it immediately spring out: a great cast, and the chance to see the beginning of the famous Solo and Chewbacca relationship. It’s a stand-alone film, set before the events of the first Star Wars film in 1977. The storyline follows the adventures of a young Han Solo and Chewbacca, including meeting Lando Calrissian.

Cast: Alden Ehrenreich as Solo, alongside Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Joonas Suotamo, Paul Bettany

Release date: 25th May

Deadpool 2

In 2016, Deadpool grossed around 783 million dollars. It became the highest Z-rated movie in cinema history. Why? Because it had a dynamite cast (led expertly by Ryan Reynolds), it was great fun, it took a different approach to your normal superhero film, and it was full of good action. Let’s hope the sequel delivers more of the same. Personally, I think Ryan Reynolds delivered one of his best performances in the first film as Wade Wilson, otherwise known as Deadpool.

Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller, Leslie Uggams, Brianna Hildebrand, Stefan Kapičić, Zazie Beetz, Josh Brolin, Jack Kesy

Release date: 1st June

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Jurassic World quickly became the 4th highest grossing film of all time. Therefore, its fair to say we can expect a lot from the sequel. Set after the disastrous events that occurred at the Jurassic World theme park on Isla Nublar, Claire Dearing and Owen Grady (the stars of the first film) attempt to rescue the dinosaurs left on the island from a volcanic eruption.

Cast: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, B. D. Wong, Ted Levine. Jeff Goldblum reprises his role as Dr. Ian Malcolm from the original film and its sequel!

Release date: 22nd June

Venom

Little is know about the plot, but the Spider Man spin-off sees Tom Hardy in the title role, alongside Michelle Williams. That alone is enough for optimism! The film will be about Eddie Brock, who gets incredible powers from an alien parasite, this becoming ‘Venom’.

Cast: Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Woody Harrelson, Jenny Slate

Release date: 5th October

Red Sparrow

If there was a trailer that ever intrigued me, this is it. The story follows a Russian ballerina turned spy (Jennifer Lawrence), Dominika Egorova, who falls for CIA officer, Nathaniel Nash (Joel Edgerton). Dominika’s role is to expose the CIA agent, but instead considers becoming a double-agent.

Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Jeremy Irons, Mary-Louise Parker

Release date: 2nd March

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

The upcoming Fantastic Beasts sequel follows Newt Scamander and his pals, and the film features a young Albus Dumbledore played by Jude Law. That has surely peaked your interest? The Crimes of Grindelwald is about Newt and Albus’ battle against the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (who has escaped custody following his capture at the end of the first film).

Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Johnny Depp, Jude Law, Zoë Kravitz, Callum Turner, Claudia Kim

Release date: 16th November

Aquaman

Jason Mamoa, our favourite Game of Thrones Khal Drogo, stars as the trident-wielding hero, Aquaman. Expect significant amounts of watery action and huge battle scenes. If you saw Mamoa in Game of Thrones, in which he was exceptional, you’ll be excited. In Aquaman, Arthur Curry (Aquaman), the reluctant heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, must lead his people to avoid a global war, while dealing with new enemies from within.

Cast: Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Patrick Wilson, Willem Dafoe, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Temuera Morrison, Dolph Lundgren, Nicole Kidman

Release date: 21st December

One to watch — Annihilation

Based on the novel, Alex Garland (director of Ex Machina and write of The Beach), returns with a star-studded horror sci-fi thriller, starring Natalie Portman. The story begins after a group of soldiers enter a disaster zone, only for one to return alive. The soldier is badly injured and in an attempt to save his life, his wife, Lena (a biologist), returns to the zone for a second expedition with the hope of finding out what happened to him.

Cast: Natalie Portman, Oscar Isaac, Tessa Thompson

Release date: 23rd February

Which films are you most excited for this year?

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