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

Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)

  • Rating: PG-13
  • -Genre: Sci-Fi

The second Anthology spinoff Star Wars story focuses on how young Han Solo became the smuggler, thief, and scoundrel whom Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi first encountered in the cantina at Mos Eisley. Plot details are largely unknown, but the film will cover Han’s life from the ages of 18-24 and explore key events such as meeting his lifelong friend Chewbacca and winning the Millennium Falcon from Lando Calrissian.

Han Solo was introduced in the original Star Wars film released in 1977, portrayed by Harrison Ford. Ford reprised the character in three sequels, most recently in 2015’s The Force Awakens, where he died at the hands of his son, Kylo Ren. Solo’s past has been shrouded in mystery in Star Wars canon, and this film hopes to shed more life on his earlier days before he became a Rebellion hero.

Rumors have indicated star Alden Ehrenreich signed a three picture deal with Lucasfilm when he was cast, so this conceivably could be the first installment of a standalone Han Solo trilogy.

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Venom (2018)

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

A film centering around popular Spider-Man villain Venom. Plot details are unknown but the project is being developed by Sony’s Columbia Pictures as a potential spinoff of Spider-Man: Homecoming. It’s unclear if Venom solo movie will be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe or if it will involve Tom Holland’s Peter Parker. Venom represents the fourth potential MCU movie scheduled for release in 2018.

Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018)

  • Rating: Not Yet Rated
  • -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.

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

Plot details are unknown. Boyega is playing the son of Idris Elba’s character from the first movie.

Ten years after The Battle of the Breach, the Jaeger program with its new set of heroes faces another Kaiju threat. Pacific Rim: Uprising is the sequel to the 2013 film, Pacific Rim. The movie is based on the story by the first film’s director, Guillermo del Toro, with screenplay co-written by Emily Carmichael, T.S. Nowlin, Kira Snyder, and Steven DeKnight who is also the director.

Rinko Kikuchi (Mako Mori), Charlie Day (Dr. Newton Geiszler) and Burn Gorman (Herman Gottlieb) will be reprising their roles, together with newcomers John Boyega (Jake Pentecost), Cailee Spaeny (Amara Namani), Scott Eastwood (Nate Lambert), Adria Arjona (Jules) and Tian Jing (Liwen Shao) among others.

The five Jaegers who will battle it out with the Kaijus have already been revealed to be named Gipsy Avenger, Bracer Phoenix, Saber Athena, Titan Redeemer, and Guardian Bravo. Gipsy Avenger, named after Gipsy Danger, has become the symbol of hope for humanity. Despite its Mark V classification Bracer Phoenix is built at par with the Mark VI Jaegers. Saber Athena is considered the sleekest and most elegant Jaeger created. Titan Redeemer is built to wreck massive havoc with its force and seismic Morningstar. Last but not the least, Guardian Bravo is designed for combat at range with its sophisticated proto-metallic Elec-16 Arc Whip.

Del Toro has been working on the sequel’s script since early 2012, and in 2014, he confirmed that he will be working on it again as the director. However, conflicts in production delayed the project. In early 2016 it was announced the project will push through with DeKnight as the director and after going through a couple of rewrites, the script was made.

The film is set for release of March 23, 2018.

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.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2018)

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

A continuation of the X-Men: First Class timeline that explores Jean Grey’s (Sophie Turner) transformation into Dark Phoenix.

The transformation of Jean Grey into a Dark Phoenix will be explored in the upcoming movie, X-Men: Dark Phoenix. The story is set 10 years after the events that occurred in X-Men: Apocalypse where Jean Grey was led into unleashing the full power of her Phoenix abilities in order to help her team defeat the ancient and powerful mutant, En Sabah Nur, played by Oscar Isaac.

The upcoming movie is not the first to explore the transformation of Jean into her dark alter ego. This had already been explored in the third X-Men movie The Last Stand, wherein the character of Jean Grey was played by actress Famke Janssen. 

Unlike the previous adaptation of the transformation, the upcoming movie will be a close adaptation of Chris Claremont’s “Dark Phoenix Saga.” The movie is directed by Simon Kinberg, who is also the writer and co-producer of the film.

Turner will reprise her role once again together with James McAvoy as Professor X, Michael Fassbender as Magneto, Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, Nicholas Hoult as Beast, Tye Sheridan as Cyclops, Kodi Smit-McPhee as Nightcrawler, Alexandra Shipp as Storm, and Evan Peters as Quicksilver. 

Jessica Chastain will join the cast to play the empress of the villainous Shi’ar, who is out to destroy Phoenix while actress Summer Fontana has been cast as the young Jean Grey.

Filming is already underway and the movie is set to hit theaters on November 2, 2018.

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.

Ready Player One (2018)

  • Rating: Not Yet Rated
  • -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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Rampage (2018)

  • Genre: Action, 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.

God Particle/Cloverfield 3

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

A shocking discovery forces a team of astronauts aboard a space station to fight for survival while their reality has been altered. This is the third installment in the Cloverfield franchise.

Artwork is from the first Cloverfield movie.

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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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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Mute (2018)

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

A mute bartender goes up against his city’s gangsters in an effort to find out what happened to his missing partner.

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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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.