The most anticipated upcoming movies of 2018 and beyond

Us

An image from the upcoming movie Us poster

Release date: March 15, 2019

Up until recently, we knew very little about upcoming movie Us, but the only thing you really need to know is that it’s the next movie from Get Out writer and director, Jordan Peele. That’s more than enough reason to get hyped about this film, which stars Black Panther's Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke, The Handmaid’s Tale’s Elisabeth Moss, Aquaman’s Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, and more. The latest information we have about the film comes in the form of an official synopsis, which states: "A mother (Nyong’o) and a father (Duke) take their kids to their beach house expecting to unplug and unwind with friends (Moss and others). But as night descends, their serenity turns to tension and chaos when some shocking visitors arrive uninvited." It doesn't give much away, but it's clear that Us will have the same thriller edge, which made Get Out so successful and honestly, we can't wait. 

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Shazam!

An image from the upcoming movie Shazam!

Release date: April 5, 2019

Warner Bros. and the DC Extended Universe is kicking things off in 2019 with a Shazam! movie. Yes, really. This might seem like an odd choice from the universe which bought us the oh-so-serious Batman v Superman and the excellent-but-not-exactly-a-laugh-a-minute Wonder Woman, but perhaps embracing its more ridiculous side is exactly what the DCEU needs right now? Directed by horror filmmaker David F. Sandberg, it stars Zachary Levi and Asher Angel as Shazam/Billy Batson - a teenage boy who can transform into an adult superhero using the magic word "Shazam". Done right this movie sounds like it could be just what the DCEU needs, and we've recently had a first trailer for the movie (courtesy of San Diego Comic Con 2018), which seems to prove just that!

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Pet Sematary

An image from upcoming movie Pet Sematary

Release date: April 5, 2019

Whether it's down to the success of last year's It movie, or a resurgence in chillingly good horror films, we're getting another Stephen King adaptation/remake next year. I say adaptation/remake because, just like It, upcoming movie Pet Sematary is both an adaptation of the original best-selling novel, as well as a remake of the first movie, which hit cinemas back in 1989. Directed by Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmeyer - who are most well-known for Starry Eyes and the Scream TV series - it tells the gruesome tale of a family who move to the countryside only to be met with horror and despair. Starring Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, and John Lithgow, the first trailer for the movie does a decent job of setting the scene for this disturbing tale. *Shudder*

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Hellboy

Release date: April 12, 2019

You might be wondering why we need another Hellboy adaptation when we already have Guillermo del Toro's fantastic 2004 offering and satisfying sequel The Golden Army, but hear me out. This upcoming movie stars Stranger Things' Hopper as the big red guy. Yes, David Harbour is Hellboy and he's joined by Milla Jovovich, Ian McShane, Sasha Lane, and Daniel Dae Kim. Original imagined as a sequel to The Golden Army, del Toro declined to return to direct, which led to original actor Ron Perlman pulling out as well. Once The Descent's Neil Marshall was bought on to helm the project, Hellboy 2019 was reimagined as an R-rated reboot, which is something we definitely want to see. All we've had so far is a fiery poster (above), but the first Hellboy trailer was recently shown at New York Comic Con 2018 and it's safe to say, it impressed. Fingers crossed the rest of the world will get to see it soon too. 

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Avengers: Endgame

Release date: April 26, 2019

This upcoming movie needs no introduction. The sequel to the epic Avengers: Infinity War (and originally called Avengers: Infinity War - Part 2), Avengers: Endgame will pick up where its predecessor left off. So basically, with half the universe dead. The Russo brothers are directing again and filming has wrapped, so Endgame already exists in one form or another, but up until recently, Marvel Studios weren't telling us anything. And then, after waiting for what felt like forever, we finally got our first look in the form of a teaser trailer! Tony Stark is lost in space, Hawkeye has gone rogue, and Cap and Black Widow have some sort of plan to save everyone, as the Avengers: Endgame trailer outlines the heartbreak post-Infinity War. Elsewhere, we (sort of) have a synopsis, some sneaky set photos, and the confirmation of the Soul Stone theory, which hints at a time travel element to the MCU movie to end all MCU movies. After Endgame, we're into Marvel's Phase 4 and the unknown!

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John Wick 3: Parabellum

An image from upcoming movie John Wick 3: Parabellum

Release date: May 16, 2019

John Wick was the surprise action hit of 2014 and its follow-up - 2017’s John Wick: Chapter 2 - did not disappoint, so it’s little surprise that we’re now getting a third film from returning director Chad Stahelski called John Wick 3: Parabellum. Why the change in title format? Apparently, Parabellum means "prepare for war," so make of that what you will. Keanu Reeves returns as the technically-retired-but-still-kinda-killing-a-lot-of-people assassin who loves dogs, but this time he’s joined by Halle Berry, Angelica Huston, Orange is the New Black’s Asia Kate Dillon, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Jason Mantzoukas. You may remember that at the end of Chapter 2, Wick had been ‘excommunicated’ from the criminal underworld and the third film will pick up with him on the run in New York. The above first image shows returning characters Winston (Ian McShane) and the Bowery King (Laurence Fishburne) finally coming face-to-face. We predict violence. 

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Godzilla: King of the Monsters

An image from upcoming movie Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Release date: May 31, 2019

Yes, Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla is getting a sequel. Directed and co-written by Michael Dougherty, Godzilla: King of the Monsters appears to be setting up the long talked about Godzilla vs King Kong showdown with the synopsis stating: "The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah." And the good news doesn't stop there. Stranger Things' Millie Bobby Brown will star alongside Vera Farmiga as paleobiologist Dr. Emma Russell who finds herself (and her daughter) in high demand once the monsters make an appearance. We recently got a full-length trailer for the upcoming movie and if you weren't convinced we needed this movie before, the terrifying and exciting footage will have you booking your cinema tickets asap.

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Dark Phoenix 

An image from upcoming movie Dark Phoenix

Release date: June 7, 2019

Being completely honest here: X-Men: Apocalypse was… not great, but one thing it did give us was Game of Thrones’ Sophie Turner as a young Jean Grey. And now she’s getting her own movie! Originally set for 2018, the upcoming X-Men movie - simply titled Dark Phoenix - has recently been pushed back for a second time until June next year, despite recently releasing its first trailer and poster. The movie will focus on the troubled telepath as she loses control of her powers and unleashes the Phoenix. X-Men fans will know what this means, but for everyone else, let me summarise: it’s bad. The rest of the new generation X-Men will be joining Turner, along with new cast member Jessica Chastain in a villainous role, and if the comic book storyline is anything to go by, it will be set in the ‘90s after the X-Men have sprung to global fame, and involve space. Yes, space. I won’t say how, but rest assured once the malicious Phoenix Force is awoken its thirst for destruction is all-consuming, giving Sophie Turner the chance to show us the same acting mettle that we’ve already seen in Game of Thrones.

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Men in Black International

An image from upcoming movie Men in Black International

Release date: June 14, 2019

Hands up who wants another Men in Black movie? Everyone? Yeah, that's what I thought. Well, F. Gary Gray is about to make your dreams come true as the Straight Outta Compton director is helming Men in Black International, which leaves Agents K and J behind to focus on a new generation. Starring Thor: Ragnarok buddies Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson, as well as Rebecca Ferguson, Liam Neeson, Kumail Nanjiani, and Emma Thompson who will reprise her role as Agent O (Head of the Men in Black) from Men in Black 3. Rumour has it that the plot will focus on an alien invasion on a global scale, but with Iron Man screenwriters Matt Holloway and Art Marcum on script-writing duties, we're not worried. All we've seen of the upcoming movie so far is the above first look image, but it's enough to get us hyped for another MiB adventure. Looking good you too!

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Toy Story 4

An image from upcoming movie Toy Story 4

Release date: June 21, 2019

Although many quite rightly feel that the Toy Story trilogy doesn't need another movie, you can’t deny you’re excited about next year's Toy Story 4, directed by Josh Cooley. We have an official synopsis which reveals: "Woody has always been confident about his place in the world and that his priority is taking care of his kid, whether that’s Andy or Bonnie. But when Bonnie adds a reluctant new toy called “Forky” to her room, a road trip adventure alongside old and new friends will show Woody how big the world can be for a toy." There's also a teaser trailer which shows all the toys we know and love alongside Forky who screams: "I'm not a toy!" It looks like Woody is going to have his work cut out for him helping this new 'toy'. Want more? Ok, there's also another teaser which shows some new toys doing inappropriate impressions of Woody and Buzz...

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