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Posted January 14, 2018 by

How time flies! Here we are, already looking ahead to another film-filled year. 2018 promises to give fans a range of blockbusters, from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the DC Extended Universe, and beyond. We certainly will not be lacking in superheroes this year.

Below are the superhero films you don’t want to miss in 2018:

Black Panther (February 16) – Since his appearance in Captain America: Civil War, Black Panther has captured the hearts and imaginations of fans everywhere. Chadwick Boseman gave audiences the King of Wakanda we had been waiting for since the MCU launched. His T’Challa was sympathetic, strong and a man who accepted and learned from his mistakes. Many fans were disappointed at the absence of Black Panther in The Avengers but he has finally been integrated into the MCU and he is getting his own, much-awaited solo film this year. The trailers for Black Panther promise a strong story, a beautiful fictional country, and plenty of action. And, lest we forget, that amazing cast! Joining Boseman will be Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Angela Bassett and Forest Whitaker. We definitely cannot wait for this one!

The New Mutants (April 13) – Talk of a New Mutants film or tv series has been around for years but it looks like 2018 is the year we finally see this superhero team on the big screen. Back in the 80s, the New Mutants were introduced as an off-shoot of the X-Men, a group of young super-powered beings who are trained to eventually join the main X-Men team. The film has been framed as a horror film rather than standard superhero fare, which is exactly the kind of change the X-Men franchise needs right now. Though The New Mutants will feature a number of characters from the comics – Magik, Wolfsbane, Cannonball, Sunspot and Mirage – it has received some flack for leaving out an important original team member, Karma, the only Asian and gay character on the team. Hopefully, the eventual film will find a way to rectify this.

Avengers: Infinity War (May 4) – The superhero event of the year, Avengers: Infinity War is the team-up to end them all. Following a massively successful 2017, the MCU will bring together every hero on their roster to fight against Thanos, the big bad they have been teasing since The Avengers in 2012. The first trailer generated a frenzy online but expectations are tempered considering the disappointing second Avengers film, Age of Ultron. Having said that, fans can hardly help but be excited by the prospect of once again seeing Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Black Widow, Hawkeye and Hulk reunite, ably aided by Black Panther, Spider-Man, Scarlet Witch, Vision, Doctor Strange, and who knows who else!

Deadpool 2 (June 1) – For a section of fans, this is the cinematic event of the year. Everyone loved Deadpool, a superhero who fans had to wait far too long to see on the big screen. Deadpool 2 is back with most of the cast from the first film but what has excited fans is the introduction of Cable, with whom Deadpool has shared a long-running superhero partnership in the comics, and Domino, a fan-favourite from the comics. Josh Brolin will be on double superhero film duty this year, appearing as Thanos in Infinity War and Cable in Deadpool 2. If Black Panther and Infinity War get too gritty, Deadpool 2 will be here to inject some much-needed (albeit R-rated) humour to the superhero-verse.

Incredibles 2 (June 2) – It has been 14 years since The Incredibles. Fans of the animated superhero film had almost given up hope of a sequel until it was announced in 2017 that a follow-up would be released in 2018. And it couldn’t come soon enough. Taking place some time after the events of the first film, Incredibles 2 takes us back to the Parr family of superheroes. While matriarch Helen Parr/ Elastigirl is away fighting crime, her husband Bob/ Mr. Incredible is put in charge of taking care of his children, all of whom have super-powers. But, a new villain, the Underminer, surfaces to complicate the Parrs’ life. Sounds great!

Ant-Man and the Wasp (July 6) – The third phase of the MCU is in full force with the sequel to Ant-Man. This quiet hit got a lot of love, especially because it was the superhero film most expected to fail. Instead, it ended up being one of the most entertaining in the MCU. The only problem with Ant-Man was that fellow superhero Wasp didn’t get a look in. Fans were disappointed that the MCU had yet again shunted female superheroes but director Peyton Reed plans to repair some of that damage with Ant-Man and the Wasp. Evangeline Lilly embodied all the attributes of a superhero in the first film and she will have the opportunity to spread her wings, quite literally, in the sequel. But, one has to admit, as much as we want to see the superheroes and the action scenes, it is the prospect of seeing more of Michael Peña’s hilarious Luis that we are really excited about!

Venom (October 5) – Little is known about Venom except that Tom Hardy will be playing the titular role. In the Marvel comics, Venom has been an enemy/ frenemy of Spider-Man’s for years. Topher Grace brought the character to the big screen in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 but fans were disappointed in his Eddie Brock, saying his portrayal failed to capture the angst of the character. Hardy definitely has the acting chops to add depth to the character but the question fans now have is where this film fits into the existing universes? Venom was meant to appear in the now-shelved Sinister Six film, a spin-off of the Andrew Garfield Amazing Spider-Man films before Spider-Man was rebooted and introduced into the MCU. So, which franchise does Venom fit into? We will have to wait and see.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix (November 2) – X-Men: Age of Apocalypse failed to thrill fans despite the hype surrounding it. There were also mixed feelings about the new, young versions of the original X-Men trilogy characters but Fox decided to go ahead with a new sequel featuring those characters anyway. The story to be adapted? None other than the most iconic X-Men saga: Dark Phoenix. The arrival of Dark Phoenix was foreshadowed in Age of Apocalypse but considering how badly she was adapted in X-Men 3: The Last Stand, fans are understandably concerned. Sophie Turner, who plays the young Jean Grey, has made her mark as Sansa Stark in Game of Thrones so, presumably, Dark Phoenix should be a walk in the park for her. One thing is for sure, the film can’t afford to get Dark Phoenix wrong twice.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (December 14) – From the writers of the beloved The Lego Movie, comes a new animated Spider-Man film. Based on the Spider-Verse comic storyline from 2014, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse will feature different versions of Spider-Man working together. Not much is known plot-wise but the film will focus primarily on Miles Morales, and his struggle to balance being a superhero and a school student. Considering the source material, this is definitely going to be an amazing film to watch.

Aquaman (December 21) – Despite the runaway success of 2017’s Wonder Woman, Justice League, released in the same year, was a critical disaster. It is clear that the DCEU has its work cut out and it will be attempting to make amends with Aquaman, a character greatly short-changed in the team-up film. Though many noted that Jason Momoa’s surfer-dude style of speech in Justice League didn’t fit with the character, Momoa did manage to wow fans with his humorous take on Aquaman, and, of course, his impressive physique. And, if the glimpse of the under-water world of Atlantis was anything to go by, Aquaman should also feature stunning visual effects. However, considering the bad run that DCEU has been suffering lately, fans will have to reserve their judgement until they see the film.

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