10 Must-See Sci-Fi Films of 2018

Wade Watts wearing his gaming visor and preparing to enter the OASIS.

Sci-fi junkies...Rejoice! A new year brings us new science fiction for the silver screen. Here are ten of the most exciting big-budget sci-fi movies for 2018 and their release dates.

Black Panther (February 16)

I'll admit, the trailers have done a good job establishing Black Panther as something a little bit different than our comic book hero movies of the past. The aesthetic, the soundtrack, it's all grown on me each time I've seen the previews for this film. (Most recently, just a few days ago before seeing The Shape of Water.)

I enjoyed the world of Sakaar in Thor: Ragnarok, and I'm excited to see if Black Panther's technologically-advanced nation of Wakanda will be just as, if not more stunning. The costume design among the supporting cast looks pretty intricate as well.

All in all, this was one I was originally going to hold off on and Redbox or watch on-demand, but now that I've learned a little bit more about the film's characteristics and what it's bringing to the table (or at least attempting to bring to the table, anyway) I think I'm sold enough to see Black Panther in theatres.

Annihilation (February 23)

Although I've read Jeff Vandermeer's reference books on writing, I've never gotten around to reading one of his novels. That said, I'm quite curious to see how the film adaption of Book One of The Southern Reach Trilogy will do, as it makes its transition to the big screen.

Annihilation is from the writer and director of Ex Machina, and I liked that movie quite a bit, so I'm hoping some of that awesomeness transfers over to this film.

The trailers have been quirky and mysterious, but simultaneously intriguing. (And Queen Amidala can do no wrong as far as I'm concerned.)

Definitely going to check this movie out, and I hope it's a solid production that highlights the scientific and fictional elements as well as it does the suspenseful and horror aspects.

Ready Player One (March 30)

When I first finished watching the full-length trailer for Ready Player One, I immediately felt that it was one of the best film trailers I had seen in quite some time. (On a side note, I felt the same way about the trailer for Netflix's Dark. Pretty damn well done if you ask me.)

Another potential blockbuster based on a best-selling science fiction novel. This time, piloted by cinematic Demigod Steven Spielberg. Are the expectations running high? You bet your sweet mortal ass they are! If for some strange reason you haven't already had the pleasure of seeing Ready Player One's Trailer, head over to YouTube and check it out, pronto.

As both a science fiction lover and a lifelong gamer, I'm marking my calendar for Ready Player One.

Avengers: Infinity War (May 4)

No further elaboration needed here. The majority of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is going to be jam-packed once again into 2.5 hours of sweet, nerd glory. Ultron was pretty awesome, and we'll soon see what Thanos can deliver. (Since Thor: Ragnarok's demon monster was pretty cookie-cutter and boring. Yet another film that had an epic trailer, by the way.) It's so hard to go wrong with an Avengers film. They're usually varying degrees of bad ass, but bad ass nonetheless, regardless of your tastes and preferences.

Looking forward to seeing how Avengers: Infinity War stacks up against the original and Age of Ultron, and I'm sure the majority of Marvel fandom is right there with me.

Deadpool 2 (May 18)

Is it weird that I don't really view the "Merc with a Mouth" the same way I do Spider-Man and Fantastic Four movies? I'm actually really looking forward to seeing Deadpool 2, especially considering how the first one was unique, and brought a bit more adulthood to the comic book movie world. I'm also curious to see if Disney's recent acquisition of Fox will have any noticeable impact on Deadpool 2 or X-Men: Dark Phoenix. Either way, Deadpool keeps it light and humorous, and there's always room for more of that in our lives.

A teaser image of the upcoming sequel to Predator.

Image: 20th Century Fox

Solo: A Star Wars Story (May 25)

Rogue One was killer, and as a result, the bar has been set pretty high as far as Star Wars spin-off films are concerned. My Rogue One review was brief, but my satisfaction with the film is evident. K-2SO was legit...and don't even get me started on how awesome Chirrut Imwe was!

There's nothing more to think about though. When Solo: A Star Wars Story tickets go live, I'll be grabbing a pair and taking my happy Jedi-loving ass to the nearest Dolby Atmos or IMAX theatre. Done deal.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (June 22)

I'm a little bit worried about this one, to be honest. The trailer felt not only revealing, but predictable. I don't think anything is ever touching the original, nor do I expect anything to. The last Jurassic World was good, and the trailer for Fallen Kingdom is O.K., which leads me to believe this film most likely won't be great.

I hope to be proven wrong though. Jurassic Park is such a pop culture staple, I'm going to give this one a shot in theatres and hope for the best.

The Predator (August 3)

Being billed as a direct sequel to the 1987 science fiction action hit starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. The nostalgic value of this franchise alone makes it a worthwhile endeavor. Not only the production of this movie, but the viewing of it, too. I am oddly excited to see a new Predator movie in theatres.

The teaser poster above is pretty much all we've got as of the writing of this post, but I'm already sold on the idea of a 2018 Predator sequel.

Venom (October 5)

Another character that takes me back to my childhood. Fandom has been waiting for this one for quite some time, and although we're just now starting to see teaser photographs being posted during production, I'm really rooting for Venom and hoping for an iconic final product.

Let's hope Sony's first official foray into the Marvel Universe opens the door for even more great R-Rated superhero films.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix (November 2)

My personal favorite comic book characters of all time. Pretty sure I've seen every X-Men film that's ever been released, and have more or less been satisfied by them all. And to be honest, as long as they keep making them, I'll probably keep watching them.

According to the film's IMDb page: "Jean Grey begins to develop incredible powers that corrupt and turn her into a Dark Phoenix. Now the X-Men will have to decide if the life of a team member is worth more than all the people living in the world."

(I actually rewatched the original X-Men movie from 2000 a few weeks ago, and that was a hell of a blast from the past.)

I mean, common...They're The X-Men!


Feature Image: Warner Bros.

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