Now that 2018 is kicking into high gear, let’s look at everything that’s coming up and what, exactly, we know about them.
January 21, 2018 – Counterpart premieres on Starz.
- A drama starring J. K. Simmons as a government employee...and his alternate universe counterpart. Watch the trailer here, which makes the show appear to be similar to Fringe in the whole “parallel Earths in a Cold War” angle.
January 22, 2018 – The Alienist premieres on TNT.
- Based on the book, Daniel Bruhl stars as an “alienist” (early psychologist) who teams up with Luke Evans and Dakota Fanning to find a serial killer in 1896 New York City. Watch the trailer here.
February 2, 2018 – Altered Carbon Season 1 on Netflix.
- Another show based on a book, this is a cyberpunk look at a future where bodies are interchangeable and the rich can live forever. Joel Kinnaman is brought back from 200 years ago to solve a murder. Watch the trailer here.
February 12, 2018 – Legends of Tomorrow midseason premiere on The CW.
- Legends of Tomorrow returns with guest star John Constantine! Plus, at some point, Wally West will be joining the team. See the trailer here.
February 16, 2018 – Black Panther
February 23, 2018 – The Tick midseason premiere on Amazon
- The Tick returns, this time with a team of superheroes: Overkill! Tinfoil Kevin! Superior! Danger Boat! And Dot! Watch the trailer here.
February 23, 2018 – Annihilation
- Based on the weird novel by Jeff VanderMeer, it’s about a team of scientists, including main character Natalie Portman, as they enter into a strange land called Area X. Watch the trailer here.
February 25, 2018 – The Walking Dead midseason premieres on AMC.
- It’s The Walking Dead. Expect lots of zombies and characters to die.
February 25, 2018 – Ash vs. the Evil Dead Season 3 premieres on Starz.
- It’s Ash vs. the Evil Dead. Expect lots of gore and humor and gore.
February 26, 2018 – iZombie Season 4 premieres on The CW.
- iZombie returns, thank god. There’s no trailer yet, but remind yourself of last season with this sizzle reel.
March 7, 2018 – Hard Sun Season 1 on Hulu.
- According to Wikipedia, this is a “pre-apocalyptic British crime show” done by Neil Cross, the creator of Luthor. It certainly looks British crime drama-y. Watch the trailer here.
March 8, 2018 – Jessica Jones Season 2 on Netflix.
- Jessica is back, this time investigating the origin of her powers. Also: Kilgrave is back, too, maybe? Watch the trailer here.
March 9, 2018 – A Wrinkle in Time
- Directed by Ava DuVernay, based on the hit children’s fantasy novel, and starring a goddamn cavalcade of heavy hitters, this certainly looks to be a gorgeous film. Watch the trailer here.
March 16, 2018 – Tomb Raider
- A new Tomb Raider movie, this time based on the two most recent games, starring Alicia Vikander and her weird neck. Watch the trailer here.
March 21, 2018 – Krypton premieres on Syfy.
- In the category of “things nobody asked for, but might be good,” this prequel to Superman stars his grandfather Seg-El and also a time-traveling Adam Strange. Watch the trailer here.
March 23, 2018 – Pacific Rim Uprising
- The Apocalypse had to reschedule. Steven S. DeKnight directs the sequel to Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim, this time starring John Boyega as Idris Elba’s son. Watch the trailer here.
March 26, 2018 – The Terror premieres on AMC.
- Based on a novel by Dan Simmons, this show is about the lost expedition of the HMS Terror to the Arctic. Watch the trailer here.
March 30, 2018 – Ready Player One
- Are you ready for our nostalgic-obsessed future? Based on the popular novel, this movie (directed by Steven Spielberg) is set in a future where everyone enjoys playing a virtual reality game called “Oasis.” Watch the trailer here.
March 30, 2018 – A Series of Unfortunate Events Season 2 on Netflix.
- Look away, because the morbid and creepifying show is back. Watch the trailer here.
April 2, 2018 – The Crossing premieres on ABC.
- A new show on ABC about refugees looking for a place to live...but these refugees are from America 250 years in the future. Watch the trailer here.
April 3, 2018 – Shadowhunters Season 3 premieres on Freeform.
- Based on The Mortal Instruments books. I don’t watch it, but, hey, if you do, Season 3 is here.
April 18, 2018 – Rampage
- Based on the hit(?) video game, the Rock battles against giant animals. I mean, I probably should have led with that, right? Watch the trailer here.
April 20, 2018 – The Originals Season 5 premieres on The CW.
- More sexy vampires in New Orleans, I’m guessing.
April 24, 2018 – The 100 Season 5 premieres on The CW.
- From how many characters have died on this show, I have to guess that “The 100" is probably way, way less now. In any case, Season 5 is coming and we’ll probably get death, death, and more death.
May 4, 2018 – Avengers: Infinity War
May 18, 2018 – Deadpool 2
May 18, 2018 – Slender Man
- Tall, dark, and faceless finally gets his own movie, but will it be as scary as the documentary of the actual Slender Man stabbings? Watch the trailer here.
May 25, 2018 – Solo: A Star Wars Story
- Han Solo gets his own prequel movie, where he probably meets Chewbacca, Lando Calrission, and the Millennium Falcon. Watch the trailer here aha just kidding, there is no trailer yet.
June 8, 2018 – Ocean’s 8
- Here’s another stab in the heart of MRAs: an all-female sequal to Ocean’s 11, starring Sandra Bullock as Danny Ocean’s sister who recruits a bunch of other woman to steal some stuff. Included on this list simply because it looks friggin’ awesome. Watch the trailer here.
June 15, 2018 – Incredibles 2
- The sequel to The Incredibles. So far, only a teaser trailer has been released, starring Jack-Jack. I mean, that baby is definitely going to kill someone.
June 22, 2018 – Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
- The sequel to Jurassic World, this time with probably some more dinosaurs or something. Or as Jeff Goldblum says, “Life, uh, finds a way.” Watch the trailer here.
June 27, 2018 – Mission: Impossible 6
- Also known as “the reason why Superman couldn’t shave his mustache.”
June 27, 2018 – Teen Titans Go! to the Movies
- The show comes to theaters in order to skewer superhero films. Watch the trailer here.
July 4, 2018 – The Purge: The Island
- The fourth Purge film. Wait, hold on, fourth? This one is apparently a prequel to the first and also, uh, takes place on an island?
July 6, 2018 – Ant-Man and the Wasp
- Finally, the Wasp gets her own movie...with Ant-Man, too, I guess. The third MCU film of the year.
July 13, 2018 – The Nun
- Another spin-off of The Conjuring films, this one is about the creepy Nun from the second one. It’s really something when The Conjuring has a better cinematic universe than DC does, right? Guess that’s why they got the person in charge of it to be in charge of the DCEU.
July 20, 2018 – Alita: Battle Angel
- Robert Rodriguez directs this adaptation of a science fiction manga about a robot girl with really large anime eyes. Watch the trailer here.
August 3, 2018 – The Predator
- Shane Black’s entry into the Predator film series. I can’t wait to see what holiday it will take place during (hint: it’s Christmas).
August 17, 2018 – The Happytime Murders
- Brian Henson’s comedy thriller set in world where humans and puppets co-exist. Think of it like Who Framed Roger Rabbit? except instead of toons, it’s puppets and instead of a conspiracy, there’s a serial killer.
September 21, 2018 – The House with a Clock in its Walls
- An adaptation of the classic children’s fantasy novel. However, it’s directed by Eli Roth. So...maybe it’ll be good?
October 5, 2018 – Venom
- The other entry into “nobody asked for this, but it might be good,” this is Sony’s first entry into their own Marvel Cinematic Universe (called, imaginatively, Sony’s Marvel Universe). Starring Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock and directed by Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland).
October 12, 2018 – Goosebumps: Horror Land
- The sequel to Goosebumps. Jack Black may or may not return. No trailer yet, so enjoy this music video of Jack Black singing “Bumps Gonna Goose Ya!”
October 19, 2018 – Halloween
- The sequel that remembers the first two films and forgets the rest. Directed by David Gordon Green and co-written with Danny McBride, with the return of Jamie Lee Curtis.
November 2, 2018 – X-Men: Dark Phoenix
- The last X-Men movie made before the Disney-Fox merger, this one is directed by Simon Kinberg and returns to the Dark Phoenix well yet again. But hey, it might be good. Fingers crossed.
November 2, 2018 – The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
- The adaptation of the ballet, watch the trailer here because it looks goddamn beautiful.
November 16, 2018 – Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
- The sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, this movie should more accurately be called Fantastic Beasts: This Time With More Johnny Depp, Because We Thought He Was the Hip Thing These Days, But I Guess He Isn’t Anymore, We’re Sorry.
November 21, 2018 – Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2
- The sequel to Wreck-It Ralph. I assume Ralph finds out about Pornhub.
December 14, 2018 – Mortal Engines
- Not to be confused with Mortal Instruments, this film is based on a much bleaker series of science fiction books. The film is written by Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, and Phillipa Boyd and directed by Christian Rivers (who storyboarded all of Jackson’s films since Braindead), so it should at least look good.
December 21, 2018 – Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
- Miles Morales is finally here. Watch the trailer here, because I’ve already seen it a million times.
December 21, 2018 – Aquaman
- Directed by James Wan, starring Jason Mamoa as Aquaman and Amber Heard as Mera. The only DC film that will be coming out in 2018.
December 21, 2018 – Bumblebee: The Movie
- A spin-off of the somehow still popular Transformers movies, this one is about Bumblebee, a Transformer who transforms into a yellow VW Beetle. Directed by Travis Knight (Kubo and the Two Strings).
December 25, 2018 – Mary Poppins Returns
- A sequel to Mary Poppins (which means it has the largest movie-to-sequel gap — 54 years!), this will star Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins and Lin-Manuel Miranda as Jack. I assume people are going to enjoy it just as much as they would have 54 years ago.