2017 is almost over and it was a fantastic year for the Disney Company. The studio made over $6 billions at the worldwide box office thanks to films like Beauty And The Beast, Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2, Thor: Ragnarok, Coco, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Now we go in to 2018, and the studio has another strong lineup of movies that are expected to rule the box office and possibly even exceed 2017’s box office numbers.
So let’s take a quick look at what the Disney Company has to offer us in 2018.
Black Panther was introduced in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War to the delight of fans, now he gets his own movie. Under the direction of Ryan Coogler (Creed) we travel to the fictional African nation of Wakanda. After the events of Captain America: Civil War, King T’Challa returns home to the reclusive, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to serve as his country’s new leader. However, T’Challa soon finds that he is challenged for the throne from factions within his own country. When two foes conspire to destroy Wakanda, the hero known as Black Panther must team up with C.I.A. agent Everett K. Ross and members of the Dora Milaje, Wakanadan special forces, to prevent Wakanda from being dragged into a world war. With a stacked cast that includes Michael B. Jordan, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyongo, Forest Whitaker, Angela Basset, amongst others this film is going to be a fantastic prelude to Avengers: Infinity War. Black Panther hits theaters on February 16, 2018.
A Wrinkle In Time
Disney hands the directing reigns to this upcoming blockbuster to one of the best directors working today Ava DuVernay (Selma). If you haven’t seen this trailer yet, please take a moment and press play (click above). If the imagery isn’t enough to spark a sense of excitement for A Wrinkle In Time then I don’t know what will. This sci-fi adventure film based on the 1962 novel of the same name by Madeleine L’Engle will bring back the wonder of childhood. After the disappearance of her scientist father, three peculiar beings send Meg, her brother, and her friend to space in order to find him. The film stars Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Peña, Storm Reid, Zach Galifianakis, and Chris Pine. A Wrinkle In Time hits theaters on March 9, 2018.
If there is one thing Disney is always good at doing it’s creating a beautiful documentary and in 2018 we get to visit some of the smartest creatures Dolphins. The film follows Echo a youngster who can’t quite decide if it’s time to grow up and take on new responsibilities-or give in to her silly side and just have fun. Dolphin society is tricky, and the coral reef that Echo and his family call home depends on all of its inhabitants to keep it healthy. But Echo has a tough time resisting the many adventures the ocean has to offer. The film will announce a celebrity narrator in the coming weeks. Dolphins hits theaters on April 20, 2018.
Avengers: Infinity War
After 10 years and 18 films, the Avengers film we’ve all been waiting for is finally here, and ranks as the #1 most anticipated film of 2018. ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ is what the Marvel Cinematic Universe has lead up to, as this film marks the beginning of the end for our current batch of heroes. Whether you like it or hate it, you can’t deny the success and impact the MCU has had on the industry. ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ sees all of our favorite heroes unite to fight Thanos, a character that we’ve seen since the first ‘Avengers’. With one of the most stacked casts of all time, and the combination of The Russo Brothers at the helm, who haven’t disappointed since they first worked in the MCU (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), this film is looking like everything the fans are looking forward to and more. Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters on May 4, 2018.
Solo: A Star Wars Story
This film has had its fair share of unwanted drama with original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller being let go for “creative differences” And reports of star needing an acting coach on set (Which was not true). Disney/Lucasfilm decided to hand the directing duties over to acclaimed director Ron Howard (Apollo 13, Willow). The studio was apparently so happy with how Howard’s direction they let him reshoot over 60% of the film, Howard has done a great job of teasing the film on social media. The saga continues with Han Solo and Chewbacca’s adventures before joining the Rebellion, including their early encounters with Lando Calrissian. The film stars Alden Ehrenreich as Solo, alongside Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Joonas Suotamo, and Paul Bettany. Solo: A Star Wars Story hits theaters on May 25, 2018.
Listen, it’s about time we get this film. In what was one of the biggest cliffhangers for a generation, The Incredibles ended with our favorite heroic family not named the Fantastic 4, suiting up to fight the Underminer. ‘The Incredibles 2 is a film 14 years in the making, and aims to introduce the Parr family to a new generation of kids. With the original voice cast back and the additions of Catherine Keener and Bob Odenkirk as well as Brad Bird back to direct, you can expect kids and adults a like to be waiting in line when this film arrives in theaters. Incredibles 2 will hit theaters on June 15, 2018.
Ant-Man And The Wasp
After Avengers: Infinity War, Marvel Studios brings us our favorite comedic shrinking superhero Ant-Man and this time around Scott Lang will have a little help from Wasp. As Scott Lang balances being both a Super Hero and a father, Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym present an urgent new mission that finds the Ant-Man fighting alongside The Wasp to uncover secrets from their past. The film stars Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer, Michael Pena, T.I., and Walton Goggins. Ant-Man And The Wasp hits theaters on July 6, 2018.
Disney has found much success from it live-action remakes and in 2018 we are going back to the Hundred Acre Woods in the live-action/CGI adaptation of Winnie The Pooh. Marc Forster (World War Z, Finding Neverland) is directing the film that centers around a now grown up Christopher Robin who reunites with Pooh as they go on an adventure to find their old friends and Christopher’s sense of imagination. The film stars Ewan McGregor as Christopher Robin, Haley Atwell as his wife Evelyn, longtime Pooh voice actor Jim Cummings reprises his role of the silly ol’ bear, Brad Garrett as Eeyore, Nick Mohammed as Piglet, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Wyatt Dean Hall as Kanga and Roo, the studio is currently casting voice roles for Tigger, Rabbit, and Owl. Christopher Robin hits theaters on August 3, 2018.
The Nutcracker And The Four Realms
It’s quite simple Disney has been trying to develop this movie for 15 years and in 2018 it will finally hit the big screen. All Clara wants is a key – a one-of-a-kind key that will unlock a box that holds a priceless gift from her late mother. A golden thread, presented to her at godfather Drosselmeyer’s annual holiday party, leads her to the coveted key-which promptly disappears into a strange and mysterious parallel world. It’s there that Clara encounters a soldier named Phillip, a gang of mice and the regents who preside over three Realms: Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers and Land of Sweets. Clara and Phillip must brave the ominous Fourth Realm, home to the tyrant Mother Ginger, to retrieve Clara’s key and hopefully return harmony to the unstable world. The film is directed by Lasse Hallstrom (What’s Eating Gilbert Grape) with upcoming reshoots from Joe Johnston (Captain America) stars Mackenzie Foy as Clara, Keira Knightley as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Eugenio Derbez as the Flower Realm King, Miranda Hart as The Dew Drop Fairy, Jack Whiteall as Harlequin, Misty Copeland as The Ballerina, Morgan Freeman as Drosselmeyer, Ellie Bamber as Louise and Helen Mirren as Mother Ginger. The Nutcracker And The Four Realms hits theaters on November 2, 2018.
Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2
Just like Incredibles 2, fans have been waiting 6 years for this sequel. At this past years D23 Expo Ralph Breaks The Internet blew everyone at the Animation Panel away with footage of the upcoming film featuring Vanellope interacting with all the Disney Princesses (with original princess voice actresses making an appearance). Rich Moore returns to direct the film with assistance from the original films writer Phil Johnston. Taking place six years after saving the arcade from Turbo’s vengeance, the Sugar Rush arcade cabinet has broken, forcing Ralph and Vanellope to travel to the Internet via the newly-installed Wi-Fi router in Litwak’s Arcade to retrieve the piece capable of saving the game. The film brings back the voice talents of John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch, Jack McBrayer, with Taraji P. Henson and James Corden joining the cast. Ralph Breaks The Internet hits theater on November 21, 2018.
Mary Poppins Returns
Over 54 years after Walt Disney’s masterpiece, like the title says Mary Poppins Returns in an all new musical adventure. Directed by musical and Disney veteran Rob Marshall (Chicago, Into The Woods, Pirates 4) , the film will take place 20 years after the first one, in Depression-era London, and will follow a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss. Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack, she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives. It will also take storylines from P.L. Travers’ children books focusing on Mary Poppins’ continued adventures with the Banks family. The film stars Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins, Lin-Manuel Miranda as Jack, Ben Whishaw and Emily Mortimer as Michael and Jane Banks, with a cameo from Dick Van Dyke (Julie Andrews declined to cameo so Blunt could get the spotlight). Mary Poppins Returns hits theaters on Christmas 2018.
There you have it all of Disney’s upcoming releases in 2018 it will be an exciting year as a Disney and movie fans alike.
Which film are you looking forward to the most next year? Let us know in the comments below.