2018 Sci-Fi Movies

Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018)

  • Rating: PG-13
  • -Genre: Action, Sci-Fi

An unprecedented cinematic journey ten years in the making and spanning the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” brings to the screen the ultimate, deadliest showdown of all time. The Avengers and their Super Hero allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.

The third Avengers movie in the game-changing Marvel Cinematic Universe, this film is positioned to be a culmination of everything that has transpired in the franchise to date. Directors Joe and Anthony Russo, who previously helmed Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Civil War, have assembled the largest ensemble in a superhero film to date. Nearly every living character in the MCU will be included, as the Avengers join forces with the Guardians of the Galaxy to take down Thanos in a battle that will have massive repercussions for the future. The filmmakers have not been shy to tease character deaths are in store, signaling that some of the original Avengers might be at the end of their ropes.

A sequel, Avengers 4, is also on the release schedule and will be released in May 2019 to close out Phase 3.

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Black Panther (2018)

  • Rating: PG-13
  • -Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.

The character of Black Panther was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, first appearing in Fantastic Four #52 in July 1966. He was noteworthy for being the first superhero of African descent in mainstream comics, breaking new ground in the industry. After appearing in other titles across the Marvel Comics line, Black Panther received a solo series that originally ran from 1977 to 1979. Marvel has since published numerous volumes of Black Panther over the past several decades.

T’Challa first appeared onscreen in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, with Chadwick Boseman’s performance earning positive marks from critics and fans. His standalone film was announced as part of the MCU’s Phase 3 slate in October 2014. Ryan Coogler was hired as director in January 2016 and filming commenced a year later. Coogler grew up reading the Black Panther comics, so he believes this film will be as personal as his smaller, more dramatic works.

Black Panther will return in Avengers: Infinity War.

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Aquaman (2018)

  • Rating: Not Yet Rated
  • -Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Aquaman (Jason Momoa) is the King of the Seven Seas. Leader of Atlantis, he is caught between the surface world constantly ravaging the seas and Atlanteans looking to lash out in revolt. Aquaman is committed to protecting the entire world. This film is part of WB’s shared DC cinematic universe.

As one of the founding members of the Justice League, Aquaman is set to star in a standalone film as part of the DC Extended Universe. The film is scheduled to be released in December 2018 with actor Jason Momoa playing the titular role. The film will be directed by James Wan while Will Beall is in charge of the screenplay based on the story by Wan and Geoff Johns.

The character is based on the DC Comics character created by Paul Norris and Mort Weisinger. He first appeared on More Fun Comics #73 published in 1941 before starring in his self-titled series. He became one of the founding members of the Justice League of America during the Silver Age and has since also appeared in animation, tv series and movies.

On DCEU’s Smallville the character was played by actor Alan Ritchson. Momoa’s Aquaman has already appeared briefly in the 2016 movie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. He is set to appear again in the movie Justice League which will premiere in November 2017.

Aquaman is also known as the king of Atlantis and also goes by the name Arthur Curry. His father was a lighthouse keeper named Tom and his mother Atlanna later on revealed that she was an exiled Queen of Atlantis. As a half-human and half-Atlantan, he is able to thrive in both land water.  

In the rebooted world of DC Comics, he was also called Orin, born heir to the Atlantean Royal Family. His mother Atlanna conceived him during a dream and was left to die on Mercy Reef at the command of King Trevis. He was initially raised by Porm, a dolphin.

Filming for the movie has already began in Australia on May 2, 2017 but majority of the shots will be taken in Village Roadshow Studios in Gold Coast, Queensland. Other cast members include Nicole Kidman (Queen Atlanna), Amber Heard (Mera), Willem Dafoe (Nuidis Vulko), Patrick Wilson (Orm), Dolph Lundgren (King Nereus) and Temuera Morrison (Thomas Curry).

Read More: Aquaman Trailer, Cast, And Update

Venom (2018)

  • Rating: Not Yet Rated
  • -Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

This plot is unknown. The film is based on the Spider-Man villain Venom and is believed to be part of Sony’s plan to build a cinematic universe around the Web Head’s iconic rogues gallery.

Venom’s first full appearance in the comics happened in 1988’s The Amazing Spider-Man #300 and he quickly became one of Spider-Man’s most popular foes. The character was part of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 in 2007, but the portrayal was widely criticized by fans. A spinoff starring Venom has been in development for quite some time, with first word about the project happening in 2007. Venom finally gained traction again in March 2016 and was surprisingly confirmed in 2017. Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer will helm, with Oscar nominee Tom Hardy portraying the title role. Principal photography began in October 2017 and wrapped in January 2018. Sony is going for an R rating after Fox experience success with adult-orientated comic book adaptations.

It is unknown if this is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe following Marvel’s deal with Sony to use Spider-Man in the MCU. Kevin Feige says it is separate, but Amy Pascal referred to Venom as an adjunct of the MCU. New Spidey Tom Holland is rumored to cameo, though that has not been confirmed.

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Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018)

  • Rating: PG-13
  • -Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

From the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes a new chapter featuring heroes with the astonishing ability to shrink: “Ant-Man and The Wasp.”  In the aftermath of “Captain America:  Civil War,” Scott Lang (Rudd) grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a Super Hero and a father.  As he struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he’s confronted by Hope van Dyne (Lilly) and Dr. Hank Pym (Douglas) with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside The Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from their past.

This will be the 20th entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and sequel to 2015’s Ant-Man. That original film was another critical and commercial success for the studio, grossing $519.3 million at the worldwide box office. Scott Lang also appeared in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War as a member of Cap’s team. Ant-Man and the Wasp marks the first time a woman superhero serves as the co-lead in an MCU production, with Evangeline Lilly’s Hope van Dyne taking the mantle of The Wasp to form a formidable team with Scott. The film was officially announced as part of the MCU slate in October 2015, just a few months after the success of the first movie. It began production in August 2017 and ran through November of that year.

Ant-Man first appeared in Marvel Comics in 1962, in Tales to Astonish #27. Wasp debuted a year later in Tales to Astonish #44.

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)

  • Rating: PG-13
  • -Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

It’s been four years since theme park and luxury resort Jurassic World was destroyed by dinosaurs out of containment. Isla Nublar now sits abandoned by humans while the surviving dinosaurs fend for themselves in the jungles.

When the island’s dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event. Owen is driven to find Blue, his lead raptor who’s still missing in the wild, and Claire has grown a respect for these creatures she now makes her mission. Arriving on the unstable island as lava begins raining down, their expedition uncovers a conspiracy that could return our entire planet to a perilous order not seen since prehistoric times.

With all of the wonder, adventure and thrills synonymous with one of the most popular and successful series in cinema history, this all-new motion-picture event sees the return of favorite characters and dinosaurs—along with new breeds more awe-inspiring and terrifying than ever before. Welcome to Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

This is the fifth overall installment in the popular Jurassic Park franchise, which began with Steven Spielberg’s seminal film in 1993. Fallen Kingdom is the sequel to 2015’s Jurassic World, which broke box office records upon its release that summer. The movie ended up grossing more than $1 billion at the worldwide box office, all but guaranteeing a followup would be made eventually. The filmmakers have said Fallen Kingdom is the second installment of a new trilogy.

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Pacific Rim Uprising (2018)

  • Rating: PG-13
  • -Genre: Action, Sci-Fi

10 years after the Battle of the Breach, the oceans have become restless once again, but the Jaeger program has evolved into the next generation for the PPDC. However, something has reopened the Breach for the Kaiju and a Jaeger has gone rogue. Jake Pentecost, son of Stacker Pentecost, rises up to stand against the evolved Kaiju and the rogue Jaeger to prevent humanity’s extinction and preserve his father’s legacy.

This is the sequel to 2013’s Pacific Rim, which earned $411 million at the worldwide box office that summer. Though the film underperformed domestically with only $101.8 million, the global total was enough to warrant a followup. Guillermo del Toro, who directed the original, had been developing a sequel since 2012, revealing in 2014 he was writing a script with Zak Penn. Del Toro had hoped to call the shots on Uprising as well, but progress on the project stalled in 2015 due to a conflict between Legendary Pictures and their new distribution partner, Universal. Pacific Rim Uprising ultimately may have gotten a green light because Legendary was purchased by the Chinese Wanda Group, and the first movie had much success in China. In 2016, del Toro revealed Steven S. DeKnight would direct Uprising. Stars John Boyega and Scott Eastwood joined the cast shortly after.

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The Predator (2018)

  • Genre: Action, Sci-Fi

A continuation of the Predator franchise from writer/director Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Iron Man 3). Official plot details are currently unavailable.

Ready Player One (2018)

  • Rating: PG-13
  • -Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

When the creator of a virtual reality world called the OASIS dies, he releases a video in which he challenges all OASIS users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune. Wade Watts finds the first clue and starts a race for the Egg.

The latest film from legendary director Steven Spielberg, Ready Player One is based on Ernest Cline’s novel of the same name. The book was originally published in 2011 and received much acclaim, taking home an Alex Award from the Young Adult Library Services Association and the Prometheus Award in 2012. Critics enjoyed its nostalgic and heartfelt elements, with many feeling it has a fun and engaging narrative. Its story is noteworthy for making references to 1980s pop culture, including several movies Spielberg was involved with earlier in his career. Ready Player One‘s OASIS virtual reality also inspired the real-life Oculus system.

The film is set to have some clear differences from its source material. Spielberg has mentioned he is going to tone down the ’80s references (though there are plenty in the trailer), and Ben Mendelsohn said his character in the movie is not loyal to the version from the novel. The intent appears to be crafting a story that maintains the spirit of Ready Player One, but has the leeway to go off in its own directions if need be.

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The Cloverfield Paradox/Cloverfield 3 (2018)

  • Rating: Not Yet Rated
  • -Genre: Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

In the near future, a group of international astronauts on a space station are working to solve a massive energy crisis on Earth. The experimental technology aboard the station has an unexpected result, leaving the team isolated and fighting for their survival.

The Cloverfield Paradox stars David Oyelowo (Selma, Interstellar), John Ortiz (Fast & Furious films, Kong: Skull Island), Elizabeth Debicki (The Night Manager, The Man From U.N.C.L.E.), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Concussion, Beyond the Lights), Chris O’Dowd (The IT Crowd, Moone Boy, Thor: The Dark World), Ziyi Zhang (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) and Daniel Bruhl (Captain America: Civil War, Rush).

Directed by Julius Onah (The Girl is in Trouble). Originally scripted by Freaks of Nature and 22 Jump Street scribe Oren Uziel, the project was rewritten by Star Beyond‘s Doug Jung.

Rampage (2018)

  • Rating: PG-13
  • -Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Primatologist Davis Okoye (Johnson), a man who keeps people at a distance, shares an unshakable bond with George, the extraordinarily intelligent, silverback gorilla who has been in his care since birth.  But a rogue genetic experiment gone awry mutates this gentle ape into a raging creature of enormous size.  To make matters worse, it’s soon discovered there are other similarly altered animals.  As these newly created alpha predators tear across North America, destroying everything in their path, Okoye teams with a discredited genetic engineer to secure an antidote, fighting his way through an ever-changing battlefield, not only to halt a global catastrophe but to save the fearsome creature that was once his friend.

This film is based on the video game of the same name, which debuted in 1986. In the game, players would control a giant monster to destroy cities while evading the authorities. Warner Bros. acquired the rights to the title in 2009 as part of their deal to purchase Midway Games. A movie adaptation of Rampage has been in development since 2011, with star Dwayne Johnson signing on to headline in 2015. He reunites with his San Andreas director Brad Peyton on this action film, which promises to be more emotional than some may think.

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Bumblebee (2018)

  • Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld), on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken.  When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns this is no ordinary, yellow VW bug.

Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018)

  • Rating: PG-13
  • -Genre: Action, Sci-Fi

In the conclusion to the Maze Runner trilogy, Thomas leads his group of escaped Gladers on their final and most dangerous mission yet. To save their friends, they must break into the legendary Last City, a WCKD-controlled labyrinth that may turn out to be the deadliest maze of all. Anyone who makes it out alive will get answers to the questions the Gladers have been asking since they first arrived in the maze.

This is the latest film based on the series of young-adult novels written by James Dashner. The first movie came out in 2014 and was moderately successful, grossing $102.4 million domestically. A sequel, The Scorch Trials, was released a year later and unfortunately fared worse – bringing in $81.6 million during its run. The adaptations represented Fox’s attempt to cash in on the young-adult craze that swept the entertainment industry for a brief period, building off the blockbusters like Harry Potter and The Hunger Games.

The Death Cure was originally scheduled for release in February 2017, but star Dylan O’Brien suffered injuries during principal photography, which forced the project to be delayed. Filming shut down in April 2016 to give the star more time to recover and cameras started rolling once again in March 2017.

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Mute (2018)

  • Rating: Not Yet Rated
  • -Genre: Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Berlin. Forty years from today. A roiling city of immigrants, where East crashes against West in a science-fiction Casablanca. Leo Beiler (Skarsgard), a mute bartender has one reason and one reason only for living here, and she’s disappeared. But when Leo’s search takes him deeper into the city’s underbelly, an odd pair of American surgeons (led by Rudd) seem to be the only recurring clue, and Leo can’t tell if they can help, or who he should fear most

This is the latest film from director Duncan Jones, who made a name for himself with high concept sci-fi films like Moon and Source CodeMute was in development hell for several years, but Jones finally announced it would be his next movie in November 2015. He drew inspiration from Blade Runner while crafting its world, and started production in September 2016.

Jones previously described Mute as a “spiritual sequel” to Moon and envisions it as the second part of an unofficial trilogy. He has expressed a desire to see Sam Rockwell cameo in Mute as his Moon character, Sam Bell. In addition to being released on Netflix, there is a plan to give Mute a limited theatrical release. It was originally to premiere in 2017, before being pushed back to 2018.

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Alita Battle Angel (2018)

  • Rating: Not Yet Rated
  • -Genre: Action, Sci-Fi

Visionary filmmakers James Cameron (AVATAR) and Robert Rodriguez (SIN CITY) create a groundbreaking new heroine in ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL, an action-packed story of hope, love and empowerment. Set several centuries in the future, the abandoned Alita (Rosa Salazar) is found in the scrapyard of Iron City by Ido (Christoph Waltz), a compassionate cyber-doctor who takes the unconscious cyborg Alita to his clinic. When Alita awakens she has no memory of who she is, nor does she have any recognition of the world she finds herself in. Everything is new to Alita, every experience a first. As she learns to navigate her new life and the treacherous streets of Iron City, Ido tries to shield Alita from her mysterious past while her street-smart new friend, Hugo (Keean Johnson), offers instead to help trigger her memories. A growing affection develops between the two until deadly forces come after Alita and threaten her newfound relationships. It is then that Alita discovers she has extraordinary fighting abilities that could be used to save the friends and family she’s grown to love. Determined to uncover the truth behind her origin, Alita sets out on a journey that will lead her to take on the injustices of this dark, corrupt world, and discover that one young woman can change the world in which she lives.

This film is based on the manga Battle Angel Alita, which was created in 1990 by Yukito Kishiro. The original run of the publication ran for five years, ending in 1995. The series consisted of nine volumes and spawned various spinoffs, including Last Order and Mars Chronicle. A video game in the franchise, Gunnm: Martian Memory was also released. Two of the original Alita volumes were adapted into anime.

The live-action film has been in development since 2000, when a website domain was registered to James Cameron. Initially, Cameron thought he would direct Alita, but it was continuously delayed as the filmmaker decided to move forward with Avatar instead. In October 2015, Robert Rodriguez signed on to direct, with Cameron working on sequels to Avatar instead. Should this movie prove to be a success, there is the possibility for sequels down the road.

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The Meg (2018)

  • Rating: PG-13
  • -Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

After escaping an attack by what he claims was by a 70-foot shark, Jonas Taylor must confront his fears to save those trapped in a sunken submersible.

The Darkest Minds (2018)

  • Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller

When teens mysteriously develop powerful new abilities, they are declared a threat by the government and detained. Sixteen-year-old Ruby, one of the most powerful young people anyone has encountered, escapes her camp and joins a group of runaway teens seeking safe haven. Soon this newfound family realizes that, in a world in which the adults in power have betrayed them, running is not enough and they must wage a resistance, using their collective power to take back control of their future.

20th Century Fox acquired the film rights to Alexandra Bracken’s The Darkest Minds book series in 2015, with Shawn Levy producing alongside Dan Levine and Dan Cohen through his 21 Laps Entertainment. Filming began in Atlanta, Georgia in April of 2017.

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