We're halfway through 2018 and we've already had some awesome movies. In case you've just crawled out from under a rock, here's a very brief rundown. Marvel continued their streak with Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War, which both made practically all the money at the box office.
Not only that, but we've had the long-awaited sequel to the Incredibles, a second slice of Deadpool and a return to Jurassic World.
Outside of the giant cash-gobbling blockbusters, we've also had some great original movies like Annihilation, A Quiet Place and Game Night to keep us entertained.
Aside from a few disappointments, this year has been a brilliant one for movies and it only looks set to continue as we hurtle towards the holiday season and the cinematic treats the forthcoming months will bring.
While the pessimistic way to look at the situation is to say that the year's half over, we prefer to take the glass half-full approach and state that we've still got a solid half year to go.
There are still plenty of movies to come, all with the potential to be something special.
With that in mind, we decided to cast our eyes to the future and pick out the films on the horizon that may turn out to be the big talking points of this year and beyond. In fact, there are so many of them, we decided to break them down into a handy list for your perusal. It's what we do around here.
Here are the 15 Movies Coming Out This Year (And 15 Coming Out In 2019).
30 Christopher Robin (2018)
It's a pretty safe bet that, at least in some form or another, Disney basically owns your childhood. They're very aware of it too, if Christopher Robin is anything to go by.
The live action/CGI movie stars Ewan McGregor as a grown-up Christopher Robin, who has moved past his childhood adventures in the Hundred Acre Wood with Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore, Owl, Rabbit, Kanga and Roo.
Pooh and the gang must team up to help the boring adult Christopher Robin recapture his sense of fun and imagination.
We've only seen a few trailers, but Christopher Robin already looks like it's going to melt hearts. It hits theaters August 3rd.
29 It: Chapter Two (2019)
It proved to be one of the standout movies of last year, so there are plenty of people hyped for the sequel.
Chapter Two picks up 27 years after the original. The Losers' Club has grown up and disbanded, but fate brings them back to Maine where they must face the shape-shifting It once again and try to destroy Pennywise once and for all.
The 2017 movie ended up scaring a storm at the box office and Chapter Two is looking like it might be even bigger.
It: Chapter Two is out on September 6th, 2019.
28 BlacKkKlansman (2018)
Spike Lee and Jordan Peele have joined forces to bring us BlacKkKlansman.
John David Washington plays Ron Stallworth, an African-American police detective living in 1970s Colorado.
When a plot by the Ku Klux Klan is uncovered, Ron must enlist the help of Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver) and the duo must work together to infiltrate the KKK and take it down from within.
This may seem like a wacky Hollywood plot, but it's based on a true story. There really is a Ron Stallworth and he genuinely went undercover into the KKK.
The movie already has some great buzz about it due to its Cannes premiere and will be out August 10th.
27 Wonder Woman 1984 (2019)
Undoubtedly the DCEU's biggest success story, Wonder Woman is getting another crack of the lasso in 2019.
The main creative team are returning, with Gal Gadot as Diana Prince and Patty Jenkins directing.
Most surprisingly of all is the fact that Chris Pine's Steve Trevor is apparently back.
Diana also has a new villain to tangle with in the form of Kristen Wiig's Cheetah.
Rumors are swirling about when we'll get our first look at the movie, but there are whispers that Gal Gadot will present the first footage at this year's San Diego Comic-Con.
Wonder Woman 1984 will open November 1st, 2019.
26 Crazy Rich Asians (2018)
Crazy Rich Asians is already a talking point for a number of reasons and the movie isn't even out yet.
Firstly, it's based on a popular book of the same name and secondly, it's being considered an important victory for representation, regarded as the first Western made movie with a predominantly Asian cast since 1993's The Joy Luck Club.
Constance Wu plays Rachel Chu, an economics professor who joins her boyfriend in attending his friend's wedding in Singapore.
However, what BF Nick hasn't told her is that he's from one of Singapore's wealthiest and most powerful families. This means that Rachel is unknowingly thrust into a world of money, decadence, and celebrity.
The movie opens August 15th.
25 Toy Story 4 (2019)
This year may have had an Incredibles sequel, but 2019 will see the return of the juggernaut that is Toy Story.
Making a new sequel to one of the most beloved trilogies ever is a tall order, but Pixar have proven themselves capable numerous times before, meaning that it's pretty safe to start getting excited for Toy Story 4.
Woody's love interest Bo Peep (voiced by Annie Potts) has gone missing and so Woody (Tom Hanks), Buzz (Tim Allen,) and the rest of the toys must stage a mission to find her.
The movie will release on 21st June, 2019, nearly twenty years after the first film debuted.
24 The Nun (2018)
The Nun is the second spin-off series from the popular Conjuring movies.
The Nun will take us back to 1950s Romania and explore the macabre origins of The Conjuring 2's Demon Nun character. Not much else is known outside of basic plot details, but we do know that Taissa Farmiga, sister of series star Vera Farmiga, will be heading up the cast along with Demian Bichir.
If The Nun proves successful, it could be the start of its own series, following in Annabelle's creepy little footsteps.
The Nun will hopefully scare the bejeesus out of us when it stalks onto the big screen September 7th.
23 John Wick: Chapter 3 (2019)
Yeah, we're thinking he's back. Keanu Reeves returns as hitman John Wick in 2019.
The first two movies have featured stellar action and a great central performance from Keanu himself, so John Wick 3 can't come fast enough for our liking.
After the massive tease at the end of Chapter Two, John Wick 3 will see John even further on the fringes of society, with a hefty global contract on his life.
Many of the cast like Ian McShane, Laurence Fishburne, and Lance Reddick are locked in, with series newcomer Halle Berry looking to shake things up.
John Wick: Chapter 3 is released May 17th, 2019.
22 The Predator (2018)
The year 1987's Predator somehow managed to be great despite the plethora of problems it faced whilst being made. Lethal Weapon writer Shane Black was cast as Hawkins but also made several uncredited contributions to the ever-changing script.
This year, Shane Black returns to the Predator franchise, this time as both director and writer.
The Predator takes place between Predator 2 and Predators and concerns the Predators returning to Earth, this time augmented with genetic material from other lethal hunters.
With the fate of the world hanging in the balance, humanity must fight against their most dangerous threat yet.
The Predator decloaks September 14th.
21 Hellboy (2019)
Hellboy is getting a reboot next year with Stranger Things' David Harbour in the title role.
Harbour is joined by Milla Jovovich, Ian McShane, and Daniel Dae Kim as they and director Neil Marshall attempt to make another Hellboy adventure at least on par with Guillermo Del Toro's two previous movies.
According to the frustratingly vague synopsis, Hellboy will face off against a megalomaniacal medieval sorceress, which sounds pretty Hellboyish to us.
Also, it has to be said that David Harbour looks the business as Big Red.
Hellboy is currently slated for a January 11th release.
20 Mandy (2018)
Nicolas Cage movies are a complete gamble these days, but Mandy looks like a return to form for the actor.
The movie is set in 1983. Red Miller (Cage) has fallen for the eponymous Mandy (Andrea Riseborough). Their peaceful existence is shattered when a savage group of mountain cultists destroy their home and leave Red seeking vengeance.
The movie has already premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to critical acclaim and it looks like it's going to be a unique and stylish blend of insanity, violence and horror.
The trailer even ends with Nicolas Cage in a chainsaw fight. How could that not make you want to see it?
Mandy opens September 14th.
19 Dumbo (2019)
We don't know if you've noticed, but Disney is on a massive nostalgia trip at the moment. The trend continues with the live-action/CGI version of Dumbo, one of Disney's most beloved animated classics.
Outside of the scene-stealing cuteness of Dumbo, the movie has a great cast including Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Eva Green, and Alan Arkin.
Best of all, it's directed by Tim Burton, who will lend his signature weird sensibilities to the almost certainly heartbreaking tale. We can't wait to see what he does with the Pink Elephants sequence.
Dumbo flies into theaters in March 2019.
18 The Meg (2018)
This year will see the historic fight of Stath vs Shark. Jason Statham stars in The Meg, a movie about a supposedly extinct species of gigantic shark known as a megalodon, who suddenly appears and starts doing what sharks do.
Statham plays Jonas Taylor, a diver who's encountered the beast before and is drafted in to use his experience to stop us all from becoming chum.
The movie also stars Li Bingbing, Rainn Wilson, Ruby Rose ,and Cliff Curtis.
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, The Meg has come along to ruin swimming in the sea for everybody.
The Meg is unleashed August 10th.
17 Star Wars: Episode IX (2019)
Expectation is always sky high for Star Wars movies, but Episode IX (catchier title pending) has a larger weight on its shoulders than usual after the divisive Last Jedi and the underperforming Solo.
Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, and Oscar Isaac are all set to return, but other than the fact that JJ Abrams is directing, Disney is keeping very quiet about it all.
What we do know is that legendary composer John Williams has stated that Episode IX will be the last Star Wars movie he will score, marking the end of an era.
Episode IX is coming to a galaxy near us on December 20th, 2019.
16 Venom (2018)
Sony's attempts at expanding their own non-MCU Spiderverse have often been rather questionable.
There are concerns about this year's Venom solo movie, but Sony is clearly hoping it will be the start of something special.
Tom Hardy plays Eddie Brock, a journalist who happens upon an alien symbiote that bonds to him and grants incredible (suspiciously spider-like) abilities.
The Venom cast is impressive. Not only do we have Tom Hardy as the lead, but we also have Michelle Williams, Woody Harrelson, Riz Ahmed, and Jenny Slate in the mix.
Whether director Ruben Fleischer will deliver the goods on one of Marvel's most popular villains remains to be seen, but all will be revealed October 5th.
15 X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019)
As one of the most famous stories from the X-Men comics, the Dark Phoenix Saga was always going to be an idea that filmmakers came back to.
There was a half-hearted attempt in X-Men: The Last Stand, but as the movie has been (thankfully) erased from the continuity, it's time for a new team to deal with the Phoenix Force in X-Men: Dark Phoenix.
Sophie Turner reprises her role as Jean Grey, with James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, and Michael Fassbender also set to return.
It's aiming to be a more faithful adaptation of the Chris Claremont story and we'll know if it succeeds February 14th, 2019.
14 Halloween (2018)
The year 2018 has already been a good one for horror, but this year will also see the return of one of the genre's biggest icons.
Michael Myers is back, and forty years after his original horrific holiday spree, he's come back to terrorize Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) all over again.
If you didn't feel a tingle down your spine from John Carpenter's legendary theme when it was used in the trailer, you're made of stronger stuff than us.
Halloween is predictably scheduled for an October 19th release, ready for the big day itself.
13 Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)
We've commented on great casts a few times in this list, but Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood may have them all beat.
For those keeping score at home, the ensemble cast is comprised of Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Al Pacino, Burt Reynolds, Margot Robbie, Dakota Fanning, James Marsden, Clifton Collins Jr., Michael Madsen, and Timothy Olyphant, to name just a fraction.
A new Tarantino movie is always worth a look, but considering that this one has enough star power to light several cities, it's looking like a must watch.
We still have a lengthy wait for this one, though, as Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is slated for an August 2019 release.
12 Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018)
Fans of the wizarding world of Harry Potter won't have to wait much longer for their next magical fix.
The sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will take Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) and his friends on a darker adventure as they attempt to bring down the escaped dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) under the watchful gaze of a young Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law)
The first Fantastic Beasts movie was a heartfelt, magical movie and was well received by critics and fans alike, so hopes are high they'll manage to pull the same trick twice.
The Crimes of Grindelwald apparates into theaters on November 16th.
11 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)
Tom Holland's Peter Parker may not have fared too well in Infinity War, but that's not stopping him from appearing in Homecoming sequel Far From Home.
Far From Home will apparently take the webslinger overseas on a European field trip, with filming beginning in London, England this month.
We know that Holland, Zendaya, Michael Keaton, Marisa Tomei, and Jacob Batalon are set to return, but the big question is over the movie's villain.
Rumors suggest that Jake Gyllenhaal will be playing Mysterio, but nothing has been officially confirmed, although we hope the rumors are true.
Spider-Man: Far From Home is scheduled for a July 5th release next year.
10 Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 (2018)
Awkwardly long title aside, it seems like Wreck-It Ralph 2 is shaping up nicely. While the first movie was love-letter to old school video games, the sequel looks like it's expanding its horizons to all of popular culture.
The trailer promises gags about internet culture and technology as well as cameos from characters belonging to some of Disney's most popular movies.
Star Wars, Marvel, and the Disney princesses are all accounted for and it looks like the movie's going to be like a mix between Ready Player One and a good version of The Emoji Movie.
Ralph breaks the Internet on the 21st November.
9 Glass (2019)
People who haven't seen Split yet and don't know what happens, cover your eyes now.
For the rest of you, wasn't it awesome when Split turned out to be a sequel to Unbreakable? Well, 2019's Glass is looking to combine the two movies casts meaning that James McAvoy will be sharing the screen with Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson.
Little is known about the movie other than the recently released teaser poster, but the plot will revolve around Willis' David Dunn chasing down McAvoy's Kevin Crumb, with Jackson's Mr. Glass watching from the shadows.
Glass is released January 19th, 2019.
8 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)
Arguably one of the most unique-looking animated movies of this year, Sony continue their own branded universe experiment with Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
The movie focuses on Miles Morales (voiced by Shameik Moore), a teen who gains spiderpowers and learns how to be a hero from the original Spider-Man, Peter Parker (Jake Johnson).
Jump Street and Lego Movie writer/directors produce and write the movie, so we can be pretty sure that at least the humor will be on point.
The exploration of an entire Spiderverse's worth of heroes could be a lot of fun and the movie already looks like it's going to be visually stunning.
Into the Spider-Verse thwips onto screens December 14th.
7 Captain Marvel (2019)
With Captain Marvel already being the next hyped big event movie for the MCU, fans are more anxious than ever to see Brie Larson in action as Carol Danvers.
All that's been announced thus far is that he movie takes place in the 1990s and will contain the cinematic returns of Guardians of the Galaxy's Ronan (Lee Pace) and Korath (Djimon Hounsou), as well as Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg).
Captain Marvel apparently borrows elements from the Kree-Skrull War comic storyline, but as we're yet to even see a trailer, only speculation exists about anything further.
Captain Marvel opens March 8th, 2019.
6 Bumblebee (2018)
Considering that the worldwide commercial success of the Transformers franchise, it's surprising that it's taken them this long to start exploring spin-offs. That ends this year.
Bumblebee is a prequel to the 2007 movie and focuses on the lovable Autobot meeting a teenage girl named Charlie Watson (Hailee Steinfeld). As Bumblebee is technically an alien invader, he and Charlie are hunted by government forces led by Burns (John Cena).
Although Bumblebee has a ton of action, none of it seems to be the city-levelling mega destruction seen in previous Transformers movies.
Fingers crossed that it delivers the smaller scale, more character focused Transformers movie that fans have waited for.
Bumblebee opens 21st December.
5 The Irishman (2019)
Martin Scorsese is one of cinema's greats for a reason. Not only is he responsible for iconic movies like Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas, and Gangs of New York, but he's remained at the top of his game in the years since.
The Irishman will star Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino. If that isn't enough to get you hyped, it's also got Joe Pesci, Anna Paquin, and Harvey Keitel.
The Irishman refers to Frank Sheeran (DeNiro) recalling his involvement in the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa (Pacino).
It's already looking to be something special and the good news for couch potatoes is that it'll hit Netflix at some point next year.
4 Aquaman (2018)
No matter your feelings on the compromised Justice League, most can agree that Jason Momoa's Aquaman was one of the better parts.
As you'll no doubt know already, Arthur Curry is getting his very own movie this year, directed by James Wan.
The first trailer is scheduled to hit during this year's San Diego Comic-Con, but rumor has it that the movie is testing through the roof behind the scenes.
The DCEU has had a decidedly mixed reception from audiences, but Aquaman could prove that Wonder Woman wasn't a fluke and that the DC Extended Universe is back on track.
Aquaman is out 21st December.
3 Shazam! (2019)
One way or another, 2019 is going to be the year of characters named Captain Marvel. DC and Warner Bros. are hard at work on Shazam!
Shazam! stars Asher Angel as the young Billy Batson, a boy who is granted the power of the legendary ancients by a wizard.
Upon speaking the wizard's name, Billy is transformed into the adult Shazam/Captain Marvel (Zachary Levi), albeit still with his teenage mind.
Shazam! has the potential to be tons of fun and looks to answer the DCEU's critics who have accused their movies of being too dark.
Shazam! hits theaters April 5th, 2019.
2 Mary Poppins Returns (2018)
The classic 1964 Disney movie Mary Poppins is getting its belated sequel this year. Mary Poppins Returns stars Emily Blunt in the title role, as she comes back to the Banks household to solve family disputes.
The young boy from the first one, Michael, has grown up and has children of his own, leading Mary Poppins, her cousin Topsy (Meryl Streep), and lamplighter Jack (Lin-Manuel Miranda) to make the home happy once more.
Emily Blunt is perfect casting and we're hoping that the musical numbers are just as memorable and catchy as the ones in the first.
Mary Poppins returns on December 25th.
1 Avengers 4 (2019)
If internet chatter is to be believed, Avengers 4 may be titled Avengers: End Game, but until we get some official word, we'll simply refer to it as Avengers 4.
After the massive cliffhanger at the end of Infinity War, we now have to endure the long wait until the next part.
Avengers 4 looks like it's going to be both a send-off to the original incarnation of the Avengers and the start of an all-new version of Earth's Mightiest Heroes.
As we're still not sure which MCU actors will be leaving the franchise, anything could and probably will happen.
The Avengers will assemble once again on May 3rd, 2019.
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