Taiyler Mitchell, Life+Style Reporter (@taivlersimone)
Indulging in movies is a favorite pastime of many students. Maybe it’s the relentless amount of work we get from professors, the never-ending battle in the financial aid office, the lack of nutrients we get from the cafe or maybe Howard has nothing to do with it and we just really enjoy watching movies. Regardless, movies are nothing short of a bonding experience and a way to escape reality.
Here are some movies you can look forward to seeing in 2018:
- Black Panther: T’Challa, played by Howard’s very own Chadwick Boseman, returns to his home in Wakanda after his father, the King of Wakanda, dies. The movie will contain notable appearances by black actors including Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Sterling K. Brown and more. This is the perfect movie for anyone looking to see melanin take over the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Release date: Feb. 16
- Annihilation: After her husband disappears, a biologist along with a team of four others go on a dangerous excursion in a seemingly unreal forest filled with unseen phenomena. You can expect to see familiar faces like Tessa Thompson, Natalie Portman and Gina Rodriguez. If you’re into sci-fi/fantasy, this will be a film for you.
Release date: Feb. 23
- A Wrinkle in Time: I’m sorry, but did you say Oprah? Oh, you said Oprah and a black girl (Storm Reid) as a main character? Five years after her father’s disappearance, Meg, her brother, and her classmate are sent in to space to find him. Sci-fi must-watch.
Release date: March 9
- Tomb Raider: In this story, the daughter of a missing adventurer ends up on the same island as her father and must face some dangerous and unforeseen challenges. Maybe it’s the action, maybe it’s the strong female lead or maybe it’s both. Regardless, this film doesn’t seem like anything less than an adventure.
Release date:: March 16
- Pacific Rim Uprising: This movie is the sequel to Pacific Rim and it continues the classic monsters vs. humanity storyline, or more specifically, Kaiju vs. Jaeger Pilots. John Boyega–you may know him as Finn, the first black lead in Star Wars–will play the main character. Anyone interested in sci-fi and action/adventure should put this on their watchlist.
Release date: March 23
- Rampage: Are you a fan of The Rock? He stars in this upcoming film that will show him facing off with a monster gorilla who fell victim to a science experiment gone wrong. No, this is not another Planet of the Apes sequel, but it’s actually a spin-off of a 1980s arcade game of the same name.
Release date: April 20
- Avengers: Infinity War: Assuming Black Panther makes you a die-hard Marvel fan or that Marvel had your heart prior, Avengers: Infinity War is a must-see. Thanos, the man with the plan, who we have seen in multiple post-movie credits and not enough in movie scenes, will finally be making an appearance to destroy the universe. The Avengers and their friends throughout the Marvel cinematic universe won’t let this happen without a fight, of course.
Release date: May 4
- Untitled Deadpool Sequel: Marvel Again?! We’re ready for this film because Ryan Reynolds was absolutely hilarious in the first one. Hoping to see more fourth-wall breaking references and side splitting humor? Then save your money for this one folks.
Release date: May 18
- Solo: A Star Wars Story: Who can resist a Star Wars movie? No one. Han Solo gets his own film that will let us learn a little more about him and Chewy pre-Rebellion as well as further flesh out his relationship with the coolest man in the galaxy, Lando Calrissian.
Release date: May 25
- Incredibles 2: Remember the infamous scene between Frozone and his wife in the first Incredibles movie? “HONEY, where’s my super suit?!” The first movie easily goes down as a classic childhood favorite and after waiting 14 years, this one shouldn’t be too far behind.
Release date: June 15
- The Predator: A reboot and sequel of the classic sci-fi and horror film from 1987, this movie features a group of men stuck in a jungle facing the eponymous hunter. Worth a watch just to find out whether or not a new star can fill the shoes of Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Release date: Aug. 3
- The Darkest Minds: Amandla Stenberg stars in this sci-fi thriller about the superhuman child survivors of an epidemic. They could’ve stopped at Amandla Stenberg and I still would’ve seen the film.
Release date: Sept. 14
- Venom: While we’re still waiting on the plot, we’re excited for this action-packed horror film spin off of Spider-Man starring Tom Hardy. After being floored by Spider-Man: Homecoming last year, we’re always excited to dive back into the universe of the wise-cracking web-slinger and his enemies.
Release date: Oct. 5
- X-Men: Dark Phoenix: X-Men vs. Jean Grey? Uh-oh. In this addition to the X-Men film universe, the team will have to determine the worth of the life of a friend gone to the dark side.
Release date: Nov. 2
- Creed II: Sylvester Stallone is writing the script for this sequel starring himself, Tessa Thompson and Michael B. Jordan. This time Michael B. Jordan’s character Adonis is after the man who killed his father.
Release date: Nov. 21
- Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse: This animated Spider-Man movie stars Shameik Moore of Dope and The Get Down, who is playing the voice of current Spider-Man Miles Morales. We’ll also hear from Mahershala Ali (Luke Cage). While the plot is still unknown, we’re interested to see where this story goes.
Release date: Dec. 14
- Mary Poppins Returns: Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda of the musical Hamilton co-star in this throwback to classic Disney. I imagine this movie will be nothing short of supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!
Release date: Dec. 25
- Black Klansman: Directed by Spike Lee, this film depicts the story of a black police officer who managed to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan. @Howard, can we get a free screening?
Release date: 2018