In addition to numerous remakes coming out next year, the movie industry is also churning out sequels to beloved classics (and some not so beloved classics). Whether it’s an animated film starring classic arcade characters, a talking bear movie, or a Harry Potter related movie, all of these films will be showing in a theater near you in 2018.
General consensus is that sequels suck. After all, most sequels are trying to cash in on the nostalgia of the first movie, which can be impossible to match. Movies like X-Men: The Last Stand and Batman & Robin have gone down in infamy, giving sequels a bad name. But then there are still films like Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and The Dark Knight, which remind us how good sequels can be. Sometimes sequels can be memorable and stand on their own… when they’re not crashing and burning in the box office.
So, let’s check out these 15 Sequels You Didn't Know Were Coming In 2018. Which ones do you think will succeed? Or do you think all of them will be failures critically and commercially? And if none of these interest you, you can go see the numerous comic book sequels coming out, such as Deadpool 2, Avengers: Infinity War or X-Men: Dark Phoenix instead. Or, you know, go see an original movie.
16 The Incredibles 2
An animated Disney feature we’ve been waiting for since the first film was released over a decade ago in 2004, The Incredibles 2 is about a family of superheroes. Bob Par is Mr. Incredible, who has super strength. His wife, Helen Parr, is Elastigirl, whose ability is (surprise surprise) super stretchiness. Their daughter, Violet Parr, can turn invisible, and their son, Dashiell "Dash" Parr, has super speed. Then there’s the Parr’s infant son Jack-Jack, who appears to have every power in the book. In this film, Bob must stay behind and watch his son Jack-Jack while his wife saves the world.
Oscar winner Brad Bird (Ratatouille, Tomorrowland), who also wrote and directed the first film, will be taking the same roles in this film. Many of the original voice-actors are returning to their roles, including Craig T. Nelson (Parenthood) as Mr. Incredible, Holly Hunter (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) as Elastigirl, Sarah Vowell (Please Give) as Violet, and Samuel L. Jackson (The Hitman's Bodyguard) as their cool friend Lucius Best aka Frozone. The only voice actor not returning is Spencer Fox as Dash, who is being replaced by the unknown actor, Huck Milner.
Get ready for some family-friendly superhero action on June 15, 2018.
15 The Predator
A sequel to the Arnold Schwarzenegger sci-fi film Predator (1987) about a team of commandos in the Central American jungle fighting against a dangerous creature known as the Predator. It was originally going to be a reboot, but instead became a sequel when the director and co-writer Shane Black (Lethal Weapon, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) signed on and stated it would be a sequel that explores more of the Predator mythology.
One of the actors in the film ensemble, comedian Keegan-Michael Key (Key & Peele), commented to Entertainment Weekly that: “Predator was a real privilege to do, and if people think they’re going to see a remake of the original movie, they’re in for a surprise…. A very pleasant surprise.”
Get ready to see them all become prey when The Predator hits theaters on August 3, 2018.
14 Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
The plot of the latest film is currently unknown, but Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom follows closely behind the previous film in the Jurassic Park series, Jurassic World. For those unfamiliar with the now classic film, Jurassic Park was about a park featuring dinosaurs brought back by the power of movie science. Of course, something goes terribly wrong and visitors to the park are in for the fight of their lives.
Jurassic World stars Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Bryce Dallas Howard (The Help) reprise their roles, as does Jurassic Park’s Jeff Goldblum (Independence Day). Director J.A. Bayona (A Monster Calls) worked with the original director of Jurassic World, Colin Trevorrow, and the film has been finished.
Expect to see plenty of prehistoric creatures when Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom comes to theaters on June 22, 2018.
13 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2
It’s ridiculous how many Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them sequels are currently in the works— the film series is planning at least five films, with the latest being scheduled for 2024. But then again, is it really surprising considering this fantasy film takes place in the same world as Harry Potter?
Written by J.K. Rowling, this series follows the adventures of Newt Scamander, played by Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything).
Other actors who are part of the cast in this new film include Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean) as Gellert Grindelwald, Jude Law (Sherlock Holmes) as a younger Albus Dumbledoe, and Katherine Waterston (Alien: Covenant) as Tina Goldstein.
More magical adventures will be in theaters when Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2 comes out on November 16, 2018.
12 Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2
A sequel to Disney’s animated film Wreck-It Ralph (2012), which stars a video game “villain” who wants to be more, Ralph Breaks the Internet plans on exploring a much bigger world than just the arcade we saw in the first movie. Set six years after the first film, Ralph and Vanellope find a wi-fi router and journey on to new adventures surely filled with tons of video game references.
The directors of the first film, Phil Johnston and Rich Moore (Zootopia), are both back to direct this sequel. Phil Johnston will be writing the script alongside Pamela Ribon (Moana). The original voice acting cast is back, including John C. Reilly (Sing) as Ralph and Sarah Silverman (School of Rock) as Vanellope.
Some new characters to this film franchise include Auli'i Cravalho, who is reprising her Disney role as Moana, and Kristen Bell reprising her role as Anna from Frozen.
To see all these Disney and video game characters come together, look out for Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2, which connects to theaters on November 21, 2018.
11 Ocean’s Eight
Ocean’s Eight is a sequel to the crime thriller Ocean’s Eleven (2007). The film stars Danny Ocean's sister Debbie, who is planning a huge heist at New York City's annual Met Gala. But she’ll need a team to help her make it happen, including Lou, Rose, Daphne Kluger, Nine Ball, Tammy, Amita, and Constance.
The film is directed and co-written by Gary Ross (The Hunger Games) and also co-written by Olivia Milch. Debbie Ocean will be played by Sandra Bullock (Gravity). Other stars in the film include Rihanna (Bates Motel) as Nine Ball, Matt Damon (The Bourne Identity) as Linus Caldwell, and Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables) as Daphne Kluger.
Getting ready for the biggest heist of the century, which is being released on the eleventh anniversary of the original film, on June 8, 2018.
10 Pacific Rim Uprising
Pacific Rim: Uprising is a sequel to the Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy) movie about giant fighting robots. The plot is unknown, but the son of Idris Elba’s character from the first movie, Jake Pentecost, will be one of the main characters.
This film is directed and co-written by Steven S. DeKnight. Screenplay writers include Emily Carmichael, T.S. Nowlin (Maze Runner: The Death Cure), and Kira Snyder, based on del Toro’s story. According to Hollywood Reporter, del Toro, who is a producer on the film, has commented that DeKnight is “doing things differently, and I like that.”
The film’s stars include Scott Eastwood (Gran Torino) as Nate Lambert, Tian Jing (Kong: Skull Island) as Liwen Shao, Adria Arjona (Emerald City) as Jules, and John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) as Jake Pentecost.
Be prepared for some giant robot battles when Pacific Rim: Uprising hit theaters on March 23, 2018.
9 God Particle (Cloverfield 3)
All the Cloverfield movies have been vastly different. The first Cloverfield (2008) was a straight-forward found footage monster movie. 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) is a drama about a woman being held hostage with a questionable threat looming outside.
Confirmed to be the third film in J. J. Abram’s Cloverfield franchise, God Particle is a sci-fi horror story about a scientific experiment on a space station. A particle accelerated leads to unexpected results and the astronauts are alone and must fight to survive.
This new film is directed by Julius Onah (The Girl is in Trouble) and written by Oren Uziel (Freaks of Nature) and Doug Jung (Star Trek Beyond). Members of the credited cast include Elizabeth Debicki (The Man from U.N.C.L.E.), Chris O’Dowd (Calvary) and Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Concussion).
Sounds like we’re in for an Alien-esque adventure when God Particle comes to theaters on February 2, 2018.
8 Mary Poppins Returns
The ultimate babysitter is back with her magical shenanigans in 2018. A sequel to the now classic Disney family comedy fantasy Mary Poppins (1964), which took place in the turn of the century in London, Mary Poppins Returns takes place in London during the Depression. The children from the first Mary Poppins, Jane and Michael Banks, are now all grown up. Mary Poppins returns after a personal loss to help Michael with his three children.
The film is directed by Rob Marshall (Pirates of the Caribbean, Into the Woods) and written by David Magee (Life of Pi, Finding Neverland), based on the original books by P.L. Travers. It is chock-full of stars, including Golden Globe winner Emily Blunt (Sicario, Edge of Tomorrow) playing Mary Poppins and Oscar winner Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady, Sophie’s Choice) playing Topsy, as well as Emily Mortimer (Shutter Island) as Jane Banks and Ben Whishaw (Skyfall) as Michael Banks. Other stars include Angela Lansbury, Colin Firth, and Dick Van Dyke.
The most magical babysitter of them all will be returning on December 25, 2018.
7 Maze Runner: The Death Cure
The third film in a series inspired by the young adult dystopian sci-fi novels, Maze Runner: The Death Cure follows a young man named Thomas and his squad as they go on a mission to find a cure for the disease called the “Flare.” It is also a rescue mission movie.
This marks the end of the Maze Runner trilogy since director Wes Ball decided to not split the final book into two movies (a la Hunger Games or Harry Potter). T.S. Nowlin (Pacific Rim: Uprising) adapted the original novel by James Dashner into a movie.
Dylan O’Brien (Teen Wolf) stars in the film as Thomas. Other stars in the film include Nathalie Emmanuel (Game of Thrones) as Harriet, Katherine McNamara (Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments) as Sonya, and Walton Goggins (Django Unchained) as Lawrence.
Find the cure when Maze Runner: The Death Cure hits theaters on February 9, 2018.
6 The Girl In The Spider’s Web
This film is a sequel to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, a psychological thriller based on the book series by Stieg Larsson. However, this movie is based on the fourth book of the series, which was not written by Stieg Larsson’s but David Lagercrantz. This is because Larsson passed away in 2004, a year before any of his extremely popular books were even published.
In this new film, hacker Lisbeth Salander and journalist Mikael Blomkvist find themselves up against cybercriminals and corrupt government officials.
None of the cast from the previous film will be returning, so don’t expect to see Rooney Mara as Lisbeth or Daniel Craig as Mikael. No one has been confirmed yet besides the director and co-writer Fede Alvarez (Don’t Breathe), who will be co-writing the movie with Jay Basu (Monsters: Dark Continent) and Steven Knight (Peaky Blinders).
Get ready for some computer hacking skills when The Girl in the Spider’s Web comes out on October 19, 2018.
5 Super Troopers 2
After over a decade, Super Troopers 2 returns with hopefully more crime, comedy and mystery. The film deals with a border dispute between the United States and Canada. This is a job for the Super Troopers, who need to establish a Highway Patrol station in the area.
The film is directed and co-written by the original director, Jay Chandrasekhar, and all the other writers also worked on the original, including Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, and Erik Stolhanske. The writing team also worked together on comedies like Beerfest and Club Dread.
Fingers crossed that lots of hijinks and hilarity will be coming to theaters when Super Troopers 2 arrives on April 20, 2018.
4 Insidious: Chapter 4
Another supernatural horror movie written by Leigh Whannell (Saw), the plot of Insidious: Chapter 4 is currently unknown. The first two films follow a family haunted by evil spirits who exist in a realm called “The Further”. They’re assisted by a medium and two paranormal investigators, who also make an appearance in the third film, which was actually a prequel about a young girl who was being haunted.
This fourth film is directed by Adam Robitel (The Taking of Deborah Logan), his first time directing an Insidious film. Lin Shaye (Ouija) will reprise her role as the medium, Elise Rainier, and Leigh Whannell as well as Angus Sampson (Mad Max: Fury Road) will return as the two paranormal investigators who work with Elise. There is a rumor the film will focus on Elise’s backstory.
Here’s to hoping for some awesome spooks to keep the franchise strong when Insidious: Chapter 4 hits theaters on January 5, 2018.
3 Paddington 2
Paddington Bear is a popular character in children’s literature created by Michael Bond who first appeared back in 1958 in A Bear Called Paddinton. Additional material was created by Jon Croker.
A sequel to the 2014 film, Paddington 2 stars Paddington, an animated bear living in London. He’s trying to get a present for his Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday. After taking several odd jobs, he finally gets her the perfect present, but it ends up being stolen.
This family comedy is directed and co-written by Paul King (Paddington, Bunny and the Bull) and also penned by Simon Farnaby (Mindhorn). Paddington is voiced by Ben Whishaw (Skyfall, Cloud Atlas). Some of the other actors in the film include Brendan Gleeson (Edge of Tomorrow) as "Knuckles" McGinty, Jim Broadbent (Cloud Atlas) as Mr. Gruber, and Hugh Grant (Love Actually) as Phoenix Buchanan.
Learn all the bare necessities from another bear when Paddington 2 hit theaters on January 12, 2018.
2 Equalizer 2
The Equalizer 2 is sequel to the 2014 film, which is based on a TV series about a retired agent who becomes a hired gun in search of revenge. The plot is currently unknown, but Denzel Washington returns as Robert McCall. Bill Pullman (Independence Day) and Melissa Leo (Snowden) reprise their roles as Brian and Susan Plummer. The only other actor cast is new to the Equalized films, Pedro Pascal (The Great Wall).
Antoine Fuqua (Olympus Has Fallen) returns to direct the sequel to his film, and he will be rejoined by writer Richard Wenk (The Expendables 2). The film is based on the characters by Richard Lindheim and Michael Sloan.
Most likely Denzel Washington will be on another quest for vengeance that involves lots of fighting and shooting. Be ready for some running and gunning when The Equalizer 2 hits theaters on September 14, 2018.
1 Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!
Celebrating the 10 year anniversary of Mamma Mia!, a sequel to the musical comedy is in the works. Several actors from the original will be returning, including Amanda Seyfried (Dear John) as Sophie, Meryl Streep (The Devil Wears Prada) as Donna, and Pierce Bronan (GoldenEye) as Sam.
For this film, the choreographer is the same one who worked on the traveling “Mama Mia” musical when they did their farewell tour. The director and writer is Ol Parker (Now is Good).
The movie was originally about Sophie, a bride-to-be, trying to figure out who her real father is by inviting several suspects to her wedding, stirring up some feelings in her mother. There was a lot of singing and dancing to hit songs by ABBA.
Now, more musical numbers will hit theaters when Mama Mia: Here We Go Again! comes out on July 20, 2018.
Which of these sequels do you think will be the best? The worst? And which ones are you disappointed are coming out next year? Let us know in the comments below!