Last time we were here, laying out the schedule of big geek movies for the next few months, we were living in a pre-Black Panther world. Now T’Challa has collected more accolades than most of the other Marvel heroes combined, with his film sitting in the top 5 domestic and top 10 worldwide all-time profits lists, and it’s the most successful Marvel movie in a list of hugely successful Marvel movies.
But this spring is looking to be huge for movies. Big sequels, huge monsters, prequels for legendary characters, the most ambitious crossover in movie history, and a story about a man who does unspeakable things with a stuffed unicorn are all on the way.
Let’s see what’s on the marquee.
A Quiet Place (April 6, 2018)
April is starting off deadly quiet with A Quiet Place. This horror flick is actor John Krasinski’s directorial debut, and he stars alongside his real-life wife Emily Blunt. A family lives alone and in utter silence, hiding from some kind of beast that seems to have destroyed civilization. They use sign language to communicate, and walk on sand wherever possible.
While the trailers have given us some idea of what’s going on, they’ve done a good job of keeping the monsters off-screen. This is an intriguing concept for a movie, and we’re hoping Krasinski’s first time helming a movie goes as well as the trailers are suggesting.
Rampage (April 13, 2018)
The quiet won’t last long, though. With a few exceptions, the next few months at the movies are going to be loud. First up is Dwayne Johnson’s third go at a video game movie. (Counting both 2005’s Doom and last year’s excellent Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle). Rampage might look more like San Andreas than Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, but it actually started life as an arcade game way, way back. In that game, you played as monsters going on the titular rampage, destroying buildings and eating civilians like snacks.
This time around, the monsters are more like a natural disaster. They’ve grown far beyond their original sizes, and someone is responsible. All Dwayne Johnson’s character knows is that his gorilla buddy George is going to make it out alive.
For a lot of us, Dwayne Johnson and special effects are enough to make a movie worth the time, but it’d be nice if it actually ended up a good movie, too.
Super Troopers 2 (April 20, 2018)
Get your canes and walkers, I’m going to make some of you feel old: Super Troopers came out seventeen years ago. And meow, after almost two decades, the boys are back on the road. A border dispute has arisen between the U.S. and Canada, and they have to establish law and order in the disputed area. That’ll go well.
The principal cast is back for another round of shenanigans, and the movie hits on 4/20, so we’re starting from a good place. The Broken Lizard team has struggled to recapture the magic of Super Troopers since, with movies like Club Dread and Beerfest pulling in hardcore Troopers fans but not hitting the same cultural zeitgeist as their first movie.
We’re trying not to get our hopes up, but it’s good to have a comedy sprinkled in among all these blockbusters.
Avengers: Infinity War (April 27, 2018)
Everyone is going to be there for Avengers: Infinity War. Captain America, Black Widow, the Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, Spider-Man and of course the Wakandan royal family – the list seems to be endless. The Mad Titan Thanos is coming to earth to retrieve the Infinity Stones and achieve his ambitions and watch the universe kneel at his feet.
We’ve been working our way up to this for ten years, and the Russo Brothers, who also directed Captain America: Civil War have a big job on their hands. Get the biggest gathering of superheroes since CW’s “Crisis on Earth-X” crossover to all work in tandem. We wouldn’t be surprised to see this movie end up topping all the highest-grossing lists, taking a couple honors away from Black Panther in the process. Avengers: Infinity War is going to be huge.
Deadpool 2 (May 18, 2018)
Following the biggest superhero movie of all time is the little superflick that could. Deadpool took Ryan Reynolds over a decade to get made, and it ended up setting records for R-rated movies and showing alongside Logan that comic books could go mature (in very different ways) on the big screen and still make a buck.
With his origin story out of the way, Deadpool can really get into the weeds. For the second time in less than a month, Josh Brolin will be the primary antagonist of a comic book movie. Instead of playing Thanos, though, he’ll be playing Cable, a psychic warrior from the future with an assassination mission. The two will butt heads (and Deadpool will probably do other things with butts, knowing him). The movie will introduce the mutant mercenary team known as the X-Force. The movie promises to be bigger than its predecessor in every way. Hopefully the jokes can go bigger, too.
Solo (May 25, 2018)
And then a week later, Star Wars returns to the big screen. Instead of moving forward, we’re looking back, way back, to before the Kessel Run was completed in less than 12 parsecs. We’re going to see how the legendary smuggler Han Solo got his start.
Alden Ehrenreich steps into Solo’s boots and side-striped pants, while Emmy Award-winning actor and writer Donald Glover takes on the role of Lando Calrissian.
It’s a big risk for Disney and the Star Wars franchise. Harrison Ford has been playing Han Solo since 1977, and the idea of someone other than Ford playing the character could offput a lot of people. The trailers have been encouraging, though, and we’re looking forward to seeing if they can pull it off and make Star Wars prequels more than a one-time thing.
The Incredibles 2 (June 15, 2018)
It’s hard to believe that, with 13 years since the original Incredibles movie, it’s not the longest wait on the list. But that’s still a heck of a long time to wait, and for a long time it looked like one of Pixar’s best and most accessible movies would never get a sequel.
But because this is an animated flick, and a Pixar one at that, the team can pick up exactly where they were over a decade ago with only minimal changes to the cast. The Incredibles 2 picks up shortly after the first film. Elastigirl is now the face of superheroes, while Mr. Incredible – Bob Parr – is home taking care of the couple’s newborn Jack-Jack, who is continuing to transform into new and terrifying shapes.
Of all the sequels Pixar has done, this is the one many fans have been waiting for, and we can’t wait to see if they can bring the magic back once more.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (June 22, 2018)
Ever since the first Jurassic Park movie, directed by Steven Spielberg and based on the original Michael Crichton novel, Dinosaur movies have proven to be a reliable source of both entertainment and Hollywood profits. Even a bad Jurassic Park flick is still a movie about awesome, huge dinosaurs wrecking everything and eating people. But no one was prepared for the splash made by Jurassic World when it hit back in 2015.
It would’ve been silly for the studio to not bring back the cast for a second go-round, including Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Blue.
Beyond that, what else do we have to say? It’s Chris Pratt and dinosaurs.
Sicario: Day of the Soldado (June 29, 2018)
Rounding out June is the sequel to Denis Villenueve’s Sicario. It’s not the usual geek fare we tend to keep an eye on around here, but Villeneuve has established himself as a director to pay attention to when it comes to science fiction thanks to Arrival and Blade Runner 2049. His film Sicario was a quiet, tense, and starkly beautiful tale of corruption and manipulation. Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro made the interplay of American spy agencies and Mexican and Central American drug cartels feel as scary and intense as you would imagine.
What sets the sequel apart is that we no longer have the unsullied eyes of Emily Blunt’s police officer to watch the movie through, and Villenueve is working on his next projects – including a Dune reboot. Del Toro and Brolin are both great actors and the characters they played in the original were interesting, but it didn’t cry out for a sequel. Can they make this movie work as well as the original? On top of all that, it has a different writer, and legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins isn’t involved either. That’s a lot of weight on those two actors’ shoulders.
What movies are you looking most forward to in the next few months? Hop in the comments and let us know.