5. Deadpool 2
After years of development hell, Fox finally relented and gave Deadpool the green light – and what they got was one of the their biggest hits and one of the freshest, funniest superhero movies out there. What’s exciting about the sequel is not just that we get to see Ryan Reynolds in the role he was born to play again, or that Josh Brolin got unbelievably jacked to play Cable – it’s the fact that this time around, Fox knows they’re sitting on a golden egg. No budget restrictions, no studio meddling – they’re gonna let these guys loose and do whatever the hell they want. Oh, and John Wick and Atomic Blonde director David Leitch is at the helm now. This is gonna be sweet.
Deadpool 2 is set for a May 18, 2018 release.
4. The Predator
Shane Black’s subversive, tongue-firmly-in-cheek genre pieces (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, The Nice Guys) tend to be relentlessly entertaining – who better to retool Predator for the modern era? The original was endlessly quotable and combined the corny, macho beefcake action movie with a creature feature horror flick, a winning formula that is right up Shane Black’s alley. Not to mention the killer cast – Boyd Hoolbrok, Sterling K. Brown, Trevante Rhodes? Even if you don’t recognise the names, odds are if you’ve seen them in something recently – and you probably loved what they brought to the table. I haven’t seen a Shane Black movie I haven’t really enjoyed yet, so bring it on!
The Predator is set for an August 3, 2018 release.
3. First Man
Whiplash and La La Land were two of the best movies not just in their respective years, but in recent memory and quite possibly of all time. Damien Chazelle is a rising superstar of a director and the fact that he’s reuniting with Ryan Gosling for his next project, First Man – a Neil Armstrong biopic – makes me giddy. Honestly, even if we knew nothing about the movie except that it was gonna be directed by Chazelle and star Gosling, it’d probably still be at number 3.
First Man is set to for an October 12, 2018 release.
2. Black Panther
Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther is awesome. So awesome that he managed to stand out even in a movie jam-packed with superheroes we know and love – a movie that also finally introduced friggin Spider-Man to the MCU! With another rising superstar director, Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station, Creed) at the helm and an absolutely astonishing cast, the Black Panther solo movie couldn’t possibly be in safer hands. The trailers look drop dead gorgeous and like no other Marvel movie – or superhero movie in general – we’ve seen yet. Best part? It comes out in less than a month.
Black Panther is set for a February 12 release.
1. Avengers: Infinity War
This is it. The culmination of everything the MCU has been building towards for the past decade. The mega-blockbuster to end all mega-blockbusters, Avengers: Infinity War is just months away and I can barely contain my excitement. Marvel at the top of their game and there is every reason to believe the hype behind their biggest movie yet. The trailer left me in tears of joy. I’ve seen it more times than I can count and in a few months time, I’ll probably be saying that about the movie too.
Avengers: Infinity War is set for a April 27/May 4 release (UK/US).