There's simply no denying that the most popular genre with audiences right now is the superhero movie, and judging by the most recent success of Thor: Ragnarok, that trend shows no sign of slowing down.
Over the past ten years, the superhero genre has entered a renaissance in Hollywood. Critically acclaimed films such as The Dark Knight, Iron Man, and X-Men: Days of Future Past have proved that the superhero movie has the potential to be taken seriously, and audiences have taken notice.
With viewers continually lining up in drones to see the next exciting story, every year seems to bring more and more superhero blockbusters. Also, with so many comic book epics hitting theaters from a range of various studios, it can be hard to keep track of what's coming out, when it's coming out, and how it connects to other movies in its franchise.
For this list, we'll be giving you a rundown of all the biggest superhero films coming out in 2018, some of which you've undoubtedly heard of, and some you might be surprised to learn are getting big-screen adaptations.
From Marvel to DC and everything in between, here are the 15 Superhero Movies You Didn't Know Were Coming In 2018.
15 The New Mutants – April 13, 2018
Marvel and DC aren’t the only studios with superhero epics dropping in 2018. Fox is set to have three X-Men movies released next year, the first of which will be New Mutants. Written and directed by Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars), the film will explore the relationships and powers of an entirely new group of mutants from the X-Men comics.
The cast is made up of a range of rising stars, including Ana Taylor-Joy as Magik, Maisie Williams from Game of Thrones as Wolfsbane, and Charlie Heaton of Stranger Things fame as Cannonball. Though not much is known about the plot, fans were taken aback with the first trailer which featured some surprising horror influences.
With its refreshing change of tone, New Mutants could be offering something new and different to the superhero genre. The creepy imagery from the trailer looks to be more in line with movies like The Conjuring rather than X-Men, potentially making New Mutants the dark horse of 2018.
14 Deadpool 2 – June 1, 2018
At the top of must-see lists is the return of everyone’s favorite chimichanga-eating mercenary in Deadpool 2. Deadpool became a household name last year when it became the largest grossing R-rated movie of all time. Unsurprisingly, 20th Century Fox quickly greenlit a sequel with director David Leitch stepping in to helm the project.
Ryan Reynolds will jump back into his red spandex as the infamous Merc with a Mouth. Also returning to the cast is T.J. Miller as Weasel, Morena Baccarin as Venessa, and Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead. Joining them will be newcomer Zazie Beetz as Domino and seasoned actor Josh Brolin (who also plays Thanos in the MCU) as the grizzled time-traveler Cable.
Though we’ve only had one teaser trailer so far, the marketing seems to be kicking off in style this month with new posters and a very interesting take on Holiday dinner. If the sequel is just half as raunchy, fun, and hilarious as its predecessor, then we should all be in for a treat come June 1st.
13 The Incredibles 2 – June 15, 2018
It’s been 13 years, but we’re finally getting The Incredibles sequel we’ve all been waiting for. Directed by Brad Bird, the 2004 Pixar comedy was a megahit with critics and audiences for its unique blend of humor, heart, and brilliant animation. Although it wasn’t based on a comic book, it quickly garnered a reputation for being one of the most entertaining superhero movies ever made.
When we last saw the Incredibles family, they were just settling into their new lives as a crime-fighting unit. Not much is known about the story of the sequel, but Bird, who will be returning to direct, has said that it picks off right where the first left off and that it will focus more on Holly Hunter’s Elastigirl.
Samuel L. Jackson, Craig T. Nelson, and John Ratzenberger are all confirmed to return as part of the cast, with Bird returning to voice fan-favorite Edna "E" Mode. With most of the creative team returning, we have high hopes that this sequel will be just as incredible as the first outing.
12 Black Panther – February 16, 2018
Coming off the success of Thor: Ragnarok, Marvel will have the first major superhero release of 2018 with the much anticipated Black Panther. Directed by Ryan Coogler (Creed), the movie sports an impressive cast, including Chadwick Boseman as the titular hero, Michael B. Jordan as villain Erik Kilmonger, Lupita Nyong-o as royal bodyguard Nakia, and Andy Serkis reprising his role as Ulysses Klaue.
While audiences got a taste of Black Panther with his debut in 2015’s Captain America: Civil War, this feature will finally give us an adventure centered exclusively on the character, including a first look into the secret kingdom of Wakanda.
With the release of two exciting trailers, fans have set their anticipations high for the first standalone entry for King T’Challa. The visuals alone for Coogler’s sci-fi blockbuster look like they’re going to be worth the price of admission.
Along with a great story, an exciting supporting cast, and the usual does of fun that comes along with a Marvel Studios' production, Black Panther is easily one of the most anticipated superhero flicks of 2018.
11 Animated Spider-Man Movie – December 21, 2018
Though Tom Holland is currently the face of the MCU version of Spider-Man, that doesn't mean that Sony has given up on the property yet. An untitled Spider-Man animated film is currently in the works for a December 2018 release. It will be directed by the team of Bob Persichetti and Peter Ramsey, with a script by ex-Solo: A Star Wars Story directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller.
The talented cast that will be lending their voices to the project includes Live Schreiber, Mahershala Ali, and Shameik Moore as Spider-Man, but not as Peter Parker. The story has been confirmed to be a standalone adventure centered on Miles Morales, a character who takes up the mantle of the web-slinger after the death of Peter Parker.
Though fans have been clamoring for a live-action version of Morales, a solo animated feature will hopefully still offer a refreshing change-up to Marvel's famous hero.
10 Avengers: Infinity War – May 4, 2018
Undoubtedly the most anticipated blockbuster of 2018, Avengers: Infinity War is the culmination of every MCU movie to date, featuring an all-star cast of characters including Iron Man, Captain America, Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor, Doctor Strange, Black Widow, Black Panther, and too many more to count.
The gigantic gang of heroes will be joining forces to do battle with Thanos, a big, bad villain that has been teased since his post-credits scene in The Avengers. The film will follow the Mad Titan as he hunts down the Infinity Stones, eventually wielding their power in the Infinity Gauntlet and using it to wreak havoc on Earth.
Rumblings about the movie started way back in July when a sizzle reel was shown at the D23 Expo. Since that time, no footage has publicly surfaced, although the Russo brothers have stated that a trailer will be released before the year’s end. Not that it’s necessary-- hype levels have already grown to insurmountable levels, making this superhero juggernaut at the top of everyone’s must-see list.
9 Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018
Though it didn't hit the box office numbers of The Avengers or Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel's Ant-Man was popular and unique enough to more than warrant a sequel. That sequel, Ant-Man and the Wasp, will be released later in July next year with Paul Rudd returning as the size-changing hero Scott Lang.
Returning with him will be Evangeline Lilly as Hope van Dyne, aka The Wasp, as well as Michael Douglas as Hank Pym. Joining the cast will be Laurence Fishburne (who also plays Perry White in the DC Cinematic Universe), Michell Pfeiffer, and Walton Goggins. Peyton Reed, who helmed the first Ant-Man, will be returning to direct.
While not much is known about the plot at this point, Ant-Man and the Wasp will have the enormous pressure of following Infinity War, which means, like it's hero, it's probably a safe bet it will be bigger in size than the first installment.
8 Venom – October 5, 2018
Sony's Venom movie has been years in the making, but development kicked into high gear this past year when it was announced that Tom Hardy would be stepping into the shoes of Eddie Brock. Joining Hardy will be Jennie Slate, Michelle Williams, and Riz Ahmed who is rumored to be playing supervillain Carnage. Ruben Fleischer (Zombie Land) has been hired to direct the project.
Since Spider-Man is now part of the MCU, the idea of a standalone Venom movie without Spidey is a tad jarring. Venom is known as one of Spider-Man's greatest villains, and without the famous web-slinger confirmed for the movie, at least for now, it's yet to be determined how well it will work.
Still, with a movie that involves the talent that it does, we have high hopes that Venom will be something special. The production of the movie has been moving full steam ahead, with Tom Hardy recently taking to social media to celebrate the first few weeks of filming.
7 Batman: Gotham by Gaslight – TBA 2018
Along with live action, the Dark Knight has had quite the career in animated movies. From Mask of the Phantasm to Under the Red Hood, some of DC's best animated outings have been with Batman, and Gotham by Gaslight will hopefully follow this trend.
The film will follow the comic of the same name, which is considered to be the first Elseworlds story, a series where DC takes their heroes and puts them in alternate realities and timelines.
The story takes place in 1889, where Bruce Wayne takes up the mantle of Batman to do battle with the infamous murderer Jack the Ripper until Wayne is falsely imprisoned for the Ripper's crimes and confined to Arkham Asylum.
The film, which is based on the highly popular graphic novel, will feature the voice talents of Bruce Greenwood as the Caped Crusader and Jennifer Carpenter as Selina Kyle, and is set to be released sometime in 2018.
6 X-Men: Dark Phoenix – November 2, 2018
The Dark Phoenix saga is one of the most popular storylines in the X-Men comics, so it was no surprise that fans were excited about the news of a movie based on Jean Grey's journey to the dark side. Sohpie Turner, who played the super-powered Grey in the most recent X-Men: Apocalypse, is confirmed to star along with Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, James McAvoy as Professor X, and Evan Peters as Quicksilver.
The sequel will take place after the events of Apocalypse, where Grey is just beginning to develop her telekinetic abilities until she is corrupted by a dark force. If the movie follows the source material, then she will be taken over by the dangerous Dark Phoenix entity and forced to do battle with her fellow X-Men.
While X-Men: The Last Stand touched on the Dark Phoenix storyline, this new incarnation will hopefully be much more fleshed out. X-Men: Dark Phoenix recently wrapped filming and is slated for a November 2nd, 2018 release date.
5 Aquaman – December 21, 2018
Warner Bros.' highly anticipated Justice League will finally hit theaters this weekend, and early reactions are already praising Jason Momoa's take on Arthur Curry, aka Aquaman. That praise will no doubt get fans excited about his self-titled adventure, Aquaman, which will hit theaters next December.
Along with Momoa, Aquaman will be lined with a star-studded cast that includes Nicole Kidman as Queen Atlanna, Amber Heard as Mera, Dolph Lundgren as King Nereus, and Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko. Director James Wan, who is responsible for kick-starting horror franchises like Saw and The Conjuring, is directing.
We're almost a full year from Aquaman's release date, which means not much has been revealed about the plot or production aside from some onset photos. However, with the inclusion of characters like Black Manta and King Nereus, it will most likely include some sort of power struggle involving Aquaman's rule over the ocean.
4 Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay – TBA 2018
Last year, DC's gang of anti-heroes made reluctant heroes made their cinematic debut with their very own self-titled movie. Next year will see the Suicide Squad also make their DC Universe Original Movies continuity debut as well with Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay. The animated universe already includes the Justice League and the Teen Titans, who may or may not appear in the film.
Which characters will be appearing the film is still anyone's guess, as the Squad's roster has dynamically changed over the years depending on what you're reading or watching. Members have included Rick Flag, Captain Boomerang, Deadshot, Enchantress, Harley Quinn, Plastique, Killer Croc, and many more.
As of now, no announcements have been made as to the film's line of characters, directors, or voice cast, though we do know that it will feature a completely original story. Hell to Pay is set to release sometime in spring of 2018.
3 The Death of Superman Part 1 – TBA 2018
In 1992, DC released one of their most controversial comics of all time with The Death and Return of Superman, a storyline which finally saw the demise and eventual resurrection of the Man of Steel. It's one of the most popular Superman stories ever told, one that has already received its own DC animated movie and served as a part of the narrative for last year's Batman v Superman.
Just in time for its 25th anniversary, the comic will be getting two feature length animated movies, the first part slated for release sometime next year. The movie will be adapting the legendary bout between the Man of Steel and the supervillain Doomsday, and, unlike the 2007 animated movie, will have more time to faithfully adapt the source material.
If Death of Superman is a success, you can keep in eye out for the second part of the story, Reign of Superman, which is due to come out sometime in 2019.
2 Flashpoint – TBA
Along with Aquaman, the DC Cinematic Universe has an entire crop of movies slated for the next few years, including a stand alone story centered on Ezra Miller's Flash entitled Flashpoint. However, the future of Flashpoint is entirely dependent on how well next week's Justice League is received.
For those unfamiliar with the source material, the Flashpoint Paradox deals with time travel and essentially has the power to reset the entire DC Universe. The movie (which has already gone through several rewrites and a string of directors) might be moved to a high priority project if Warner Bros. decides to make some major changes following the financial and critical response to Justice League.
Waiting to see how audiences react is a wise move by Warner Bros. before pushing out more movies. However, early reactions suggest that Miller's speedster is one of the highlights of Justice League, and it isn't beyond the realm of possibility that his stand alone adventure is fast tracked to a 2018 release.
1 Alita: Battle Angel – July 20, 2018
Based on the manga of the same name, Alita: Battle Angel is set in a 26th century dystopian future where a newly resurrected cyborg is tasked with hunting down criminals. The sci-fi epic is slated for a July 20th release next year.
Among the big names attached to the project is Robert Rodriguez who is set to direct, James Cameron who is producing and writing the screenplay, and actress Roasa Salazar starring as the title character. The talented cast also includes Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Michelle Rodriguez, Casper Van Dien, and Mahershala Ali.
Based on audiences' recent reception to manga adapted films, including Ghost in the Shell which it shares many similarities, its hard to tell if Alita will be a financial or critical hit come next July. However, with a team as talented as the one behind the project, we have faith that Alita: Battle Angel will be nothing short of amazing.
Which of these movies are you most excited for? Are there any that we missed? Let us know in the comments!