Written by Corey Hughes

Ah, December. The month where every cinephile tries to cram in as many films that they’ve missed throughout the year into one, single month. It’s also the month where we begin to think about the year ahead, and what films are on our radars.

2018 has the potential to be a great year for film. It’s a year filled with big, blockbuster movies, with Marvel looking to add to their already impressive CV, and not to forget the return of the Merc with the Mouth. The new year also promises a few hidden gems, particularly Alex Garland’s return after his promising directorial debut with ‘Ex Machina’,  and the eagerly-anticipated return of Wes Anderson.

In short, there’s a lot to be excited about. So, without further ado, I present to you: JUMPCUT Online’s Top 10 Most Anticipated Films of 2018, as compiled by our marvellous team.

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#10 – The Irishman

Martin Scorsese returns in 2018 with a handful of familiar faces. Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Al Pacino all return under Marty’s direction in what will be the director’s fifth mob film, this time recollecting the assassination of former American labour union leader Jimmy Hoffa. Whilst there’s still speculation whether Netflix will distribute the film during late 2018 or early 2019, we are chomping at the bit to see the return of such a legendary cinematic collaboration.

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#9 – A Wrinkle in Time

Based on the novel of the same name by Madeleine L’Engle, visionary director Ava DuVernay will be at the helm of Disney’s next big outing, a multidimensional adventure of a young girl attempting to find her missing father. Starring an ensemble cast including the likes of Chris Pine, Reece Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey and Zach Galifianakis, and not to forget adapted to the big screen by the queen of Disney animations Jennifer Lee, A Wrinkle in Time has the potential to be a wonderful movie.

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#8 – Deadpool 2

Also returning this year is everybody’s favourite mercenary – Deadpool. The perfectly casted Ryan Reynolds reprises the role as the potty-mouthed antihero, accompanied by Josh Brolin as newcomer Cable. If the first film is anything to go by, we can expect plenty of vulgar humour and incredible action set pieces in next year’s sequel. You can count my sweet-ass in.

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#7 – Incredibles 2

Now, if you’re anything like us, you’ve been waiting years for this. Director Brad Bird and the wonderful ensemble cast all return to perhaps the most eagerly-awaited sequel ever made. Bird once said that he’d never return for an Incredibles sequel unless he could come up with a story that would be just as good as, or even better than, the first film. If that doesn’t make you excited for his sequel, then nothing will.

Honey, where is my super suit?!”

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#6 – Ready Player One

Steven Spielberg returns in 2018 to his beloved Sci-fi genre with an adaptation of Ernest Cline’s revolutionary novel, ‘Ready Player One’; a story of a young man entering the virtual reality world of OASIS to find an Easter Egg. Promising extraordinary visual effects and a catalogue of pop-culture icon cameos from the likes of Freddy Krueger, the Iron Giant and King Kong, Spielberg’s new adventure could be one of the year’s best.

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#5 – Annihilation

Also returning to the Sci-fi genre is Alex Garland, who made an impressive directorial debut in 2015 with ‘Ex Machina.’ The film tells the story of a biologist who signs up for an expedition where the rules of nature don’t apply, with the immensely talented Natalie Portman starring as the main lead. Count our words, this could be another successful run-out for Alex Garland. It’s just a shame that us folks in the UK might not be able to see it on the big screen, with Netflix being the front-runners to distribute the film. A damn shame, I tell you.

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#4 – Solo: A Star Wars Story

It may come as no surprise to see a Star Wars film included in our list. With the success of ‘Rogue One’, Disney proved that a spin-off Star Wars movie, outside of the main episodic format, could be as well received as the films within the Skywalker saga. This time round, fan-favourite Han Solo receives his stand-alone movie, with Alden Ehrenreich playing the younger version of Harrison Ford’s iconic character. With Ron Howard stepping in to direct after a rift between writer Lawrence Kasdan and former director Chris Miller, it has been reported that Howard has reshot almost the entirety of the movie, but whether or not this will negatively impact the final film, we are not sure. But there is one thing we are sure about – we are all going to see this film regardless.

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#3 – Isle of Dogs

Coming in with the bronze medal is Wes Anderson’s forthcoming stop-motion animation, ‘Isle of Dogs’; an Akira Kurosawa inspired story set against the backdrop of Japanese culture. With Tristan Oliver as Director of Photography, we can expect another shining example of Wes Anderson’s distinguishable and mesmerising stop-motion style that was last seen in ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’. We are expecting big things from Anderson, and we are confident that he will not disappoint.

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#2 – Black Panther

Now it’s time for the big guns. With Ryan Coogler at the helm of Marvel’s eighteenth addition to the MCU, audiences will be greeted with a catalogue of talented faces, including the likes of Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis and, of course, Chadwick Boseman as the titular character. From such a diverse cast showcasing an array of black leads, this is by far Marvel’s most successful feat in regards to representation on the big screen, proving once and for all that anybody can be a superhero. We cannot wait so see how it all goes down.

Honourable Mentions:

  • Sicario 2: Soldado (That new trailer has us hyped!)
  • Three Billboards outside of Ebbing, Missouri (UK really should have had this sooner…)
  • Phantom Thread (Daniel Day-Lewis’ final outing)
  • Ocean’s Eight (showcasing a fantastic ensemble cast)
  • A Quiet Place (John Krasinski’s promising thriller)

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#1 – Avengers: Infinity War

Was there ever any doubt? Topping our list is, of course, the gargantuan Marvel blockbuster ‘Avengers: Infinity War’. With parts 1 and 2 holding a staggering budget of almost $1 billion (most of that surely going towards paying the wages of the insane cast on offer), this is going to be the most monumental cinematic moment in all of Hollywood’s history. Marking the tenth anniversary of the dawn of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, ‘Infinity War’, if executed successfully, could be Marvel’s biggest accomplishment. Whether you love or hate the MCU, there is one thing for sure – this is going to be incredible. Book your tickets and secure your seats to be the first to see Thanos’s eagerly-anticipated arrival (or Chris Evans sporting a beard, am I right?).

So, there you have it: our top 10 most anticipated films of 2018. Have we missed any out? What films are you most anticipated for? Be sure to let us know!