Sci-Fi/Fantasy films are dominating the box office. In the past few years, the genre has been taken more seriously and the movie-going audience can’t get enough. The Sci-Fi/Fantasy genre has also been blended into to other genres, most notably with Action/Adventure. To that end, we’ve seen recent blockbusters like Wonder Woman and Star Wars: The Last Jedi that play in both fantasy and action effortlessly. So what can we expect for 2018? Here’s list of the more anticipated Sci-Fi/Fantasy and Action/Adventure films of next year:
Pacific Rim Uprising (February 23rd, 2018)
Stephen S. DeKnight takes the writing/directing reigns from Guillermo del Toro in this sequel to his 2013 monsters versus robots movie. Well, since it’s Pacific Rim it’s more like Kaijus versus Jaegers. It’s been ten years since the events of the first film, Jack (John Boyega), the son of Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba) is our hero flanked by Nate Lambert (Scott Eastwood) and his adopted sister, Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi), from the first film. Also returning to the giant-sized action flick is Kaiju expert, Dr. Newton Geiszler (Charlie Day). Humanity’s extinction is at stake in this blockbuster sci-fi sequel.
A Wrinkle in Time (March 9th, 2018)
There have been several adaptations of the novel of the same name, but this is the biggest attempt to date. The beloved novel has been read by teens and kids alike for years and the anticipation of an adaptation that relies heavily on the source material is extremely high. The basic plot follows Meg Murry (Storm Reid) who’s trying to find her father who’s been taken to a faraway planet. The cast is packed with stars including Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Chris Pine, Michael Peña, Zach Galifianakis, and Oprah Winfrey.
Tomb Raider (March 16th, 2018)
It’s a reboot of a video game movie franchise. Already not off to a great start, historically. Video game movies aren’t known for being quality films but that could change with this action-adventure tale. The film takes much of its story from the more recent releases of the games along with Lara’s origin story. Alicia Vikander takes over the role as Lara Croft. The trailers have given audiences hope with a lot of action, a lot of drama, and a whole lotta Lara in peril moments.
Ready Player One (March 30th, 2018)
One of the biggest novels to be released in recent years is coming to theaters and Steven Spielberg is once again running the show. It worked for Jurassic Park, right? Based on the novel written by Ernest Cline (who also serves as the screenwriter for the script), the story is full of 1980s pop culture references that make most geeks giddy. The first two trailers have given us a glimpse at the virtual reality world of OASIS and the dystopian real world of 2045. It’s your basic “race against time” plot that has a ton of fun and has us all eager with anticipation.
Rampage (April 20th, 2018)
What can be said that hasn’t already been said about that vintage video game about monsters smashing buildings? Spending hours of your life and most of your quarters to take a giant gorilla, alligator, and wolf around the world to rain down destruction on the biggest cities on the planet. This video game series has been screaming “Movie Adaptation” for years. Well, throw the Rock into the mix and you might have blockbuster success.
Solo: A Star Wars Story (May 25th, 2018)
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story gave fans a glimpse at a story we mostly knew but also introduced us to new characters that we would grow to love. Now, Han Solo get’s a similar treatment with his very own origin-style story. We’ll likely learn how Han becomes the loveable scoundrel we meet in a little cantina in Mos Eisley. We’ll also see younger versions of Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover) and Chewbacca. All we can hope for is yet another fun and classic story set within the Star Wars universe.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (June 22nd, 2018)
I know, I know….they’re going back? To dino island? It doesn’t seem very wise, does it? But then again, who cares?! Our first look at the film promises more fun with Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard). This time, it’s Claire is trying to rescue the dinosaurs. Seeing herself responsible for the creatures her company created and placed in danger, she forms a team to rescue and remove the dinosaurs before a volcano wipes them all out. The story takes place four years after the Jurassic World and should offer more scares and jumps than our hearts can handle.
Mission: Impossible 6 (July 27th, 2018)
He’s back. As is most of the team from the last film. Not much is known of this sequel’s plot but you can be guaranteed that Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) will be at the center of some high octane action… and he’ll be running a lot. The franchise was resurrected with J.J. Abrams taking over in 2006 with Mission: Impossible III. The biggest additions to the cast are Angela Bassett and Superman himself, Henry Cavill.
The Predator (August 3rd, 2018)
A new Predator film. A new crew. Set between Predator 2 and Predators, Shane Black takes the writer/director chair this time and relies on Boyd Holbrook, Olivia Munn, Keegan-Michael Key, Sterling K. Brown, Jacob Tremblay, Yvonne Strahovski, Alfie Allen, Thomas Jane, Edward James Olmos, and Jake Busey in a large and stacked cast of stars. Not much of the plot is known yet, but it should be obvious that it’ll full of action and sci-fi horror moments that has been a trademark of this franchise. And the biggest unanswered question is – will it take place on Christmas?
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (November 21st, 2018)
The Wizarding World is alive and well with the Fantastic Beasts series and its upcoming sequel. Taking place after the event of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Gellert Grindelwald has escaped and is gathering his followers to eliminate all non-magical beings around the world. A younger Albus Dumbledore recruits Scamander again to help thwart Grindelwald’s plans along with his team of friends from the first film. We were introduced to the American world of magic in the first movie and hopefully, the sequel has even more fantastical fun that has become a staple of the Harry Potter universe.
Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 (November 21st, 2018)
Finally, the sequel to the smash hit video game success of Wreck-It Ralph is almost here. The zany and retro gaming style fun of the first film returns in a way that expands on the vintage action. While there will be even more gaming cameos and easter eggs, the sequel is said to bring in the Disney Princesses along with some Star Wars and Marvel characters as Ralph traverses the mundane and boring world of the Internet (see what I did there?).
Bumblebee (December 21st, 2018)
Serving as spinoff prequel, taking place in 1987, Bumblebee (now a Volkswagen Beetle) is found by a teenage girl played by Hailee Steinfeld. This movie marks the first Transformers film not directed by Michael Bay, but will surely still have all the big explosions and robot fights we’re used to expecting. John Cena joins the cast as a member of the government agency Sector 7. A Transformers film set within their original timeline of the 1980s warms this ’80ss child’s heart.