Following in the heels of movies like Wonder Woman, Thor: Ragnarok, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Logan -- it’s almost tough to imagine an even bigger year for superheroes is on the horizon.
But have no fear, ET is here to dial up the hype. From the X-verse, to the MCU, to the DCEU and beyond, here are nine superhero movies to look out for in 2018.
Black Panther Feb. 16
This Valentines Day, we’re channelling all the love we have to give to Marvel’s Black Panther. After being introduced to T’Challa, in Captain America: Civil War, we’ve been impatiently waiting for Chadwick Boseman to take on Michael B. Jordan (Erik Killmonger) in the battle for their home, Wakanda. If “Michael B. Jordan and Chadwick Boseman are going to literally fight each other” isn’t enough to empty your bank account in movie tickets, buckle up. Director Ryan Coogler assembled a star-studded cast including Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Guirria, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Sterling K. Brown, Martin Freeman and Andy Serkis. Help.
What happens when X-Men becomes a straight-up horror film? The answer, it appears, lies within The New Mutants. This creepy, 11th installment in the X-Verse has Split’s Anya Taylor-Joy, Game of Thrones’ Maisie Williams and Stranger Things’ Charlie Heaton as some of the youngins fighting for their lives while trapped against their will in a secret facility.
May 4, 2018 will be the equivalent of the Olympics, Super Bowl and World Cup combining on screen except it’s all your favorite superheroes and it’s really nothing like that at all.
Anyway, the time has finally come for virtually every existing Marvel Cinematic Universe hero to unite in an unprecedented fashion to take on the biggest bad of them all, Thanos (Josh Brolin). The thought on every Marvel fan’s mind: Will every Avenger, Defender and Guardian make it out alive? GET BEARDED CAP A SHIELD AND KEEP HIM ALIVE.
After surviving a near-fatal kneeboarding accident, a disfigured guidance counselor (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming Poughkeepsie's most celebrated French Bulldog breeder while also learning to cope with an open relationship. Searching to regain his passion for life, as well as a new stuffed unicorn, Wade must battle ninjas, tight a**ed metal men, and babysit a group stereotypical side characters as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and creative outlets for his very open-minded sex life. He manages to find a new lust for being a do-gooder, a sparkly Hello Kitty backpack, all while earning the coveted coffee mug title of World's Best Fourth Wall-Breaking Superhero.
Does that sound ridiculous? Because that’s the actual premise 20th Century Fox penned for the Untitled Deadpool Sequel (please keep this title), which is an excellent indication as to the amount of outrageousness Ryan Reynolds will undoubtedly bring to round two.
While Marvel is certainly taking much-needed steps to give its female superheroes more on-screen prominence, Ant-Man and the Wasp will F-I-N-A-L-L-Y mark the first time a heroine is named in the title of a Marvel Studios film. The Ant-Man sequel will bring the badass Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) to the forefront, and will introduce the iconic Michelle Pfeiffer as her mother (and O.G. Wasp), Janet van Dyne.
Director Peyton Reed is returning to helm the sequel which will bring back Evangeline Lilly (Wasp), Paul Rudd (Scott Lang), Evangeline Lilly (Wasp), Michael Pena (Luis), Evangeline Lilly (Wasp), T.I. (Dave), Evangeline Lilly (Wasp), David Dastmalchian (Kurt), Evangeline Lilly (Wasp), Michael Douglas (Hank Pym), and Evangeline Lilly (Wasp).
Here’s more info if you honestly need it after that: Tom Hardy stars as Eddie Brock, aka Venom, one of Spider-Man’s most notable antagonists. As part of the somewhat complicated Marvel-Sony deal, Venom will share the world of Spider-Man: Homecoming while being adjacent, but separate from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The character of Eddie Brock was previously portrayed by Topher Grace in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 in 2007… but now it’s Tom Hardy.
From getting engaged to Joe Jonas, to getting her shining Sansa Stark MOMENT in Game of Thrones' penultimate season, Sophie Turner had a heck of a 2017 both on screen and off -- but now, she’s getting the solo superhero movie she’s deserved since birth.
Set a decade after the events of 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse, Turner returns as Jean Grey, a telekinetic mutant who faces a powerful force overtaking her own mind in X-Men: Dark Phoenix.
Star Wars fans were initially bummed to hear Jump Street and The Lego Movie masterminds Phil Lord and Chris Miller were booted from the Han Solo movie, but 2018 will not be completely Lord and Miller-less. The duo put their talents to good use, developing the beautifully animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which will follow Miles Morales -- voiced by The Get Down star Shameik Moore -- rather than Peter Parker, as the eponymous web slinger.
Which superhero movie are you most excited to see? Do you want to add anything to this list? Do you want to argue Han Solo is actually a superhero? We’re here for it. Let us know in the comments below!