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Kaboom! Magzine.com 18 Most Explosive Films to Watch in 2018

Kaboom! Magzine.com 18 Most Explosive Films to Watch in 2018

2017 was a solid year for movies. But next year looks even better. Marvel fans have three movies to look forward to, including the hugely-anticipated Avengers: Infinity War, plus the debut solo movie for the Black Panther and the Ant-Man sequel. The second Star Wars spin-off arrives in the shape of Solo, which will focus on the early adventures if the iconic space smuggler. Beyond these big tentpole franchises, other crowd-pleasing favorites are set to return. There’s more dinosaur action in the Jurassic World sequel, the sixth Mission: Impossible movie, and no fewer than three more films in the X-Men universe. Lara Croft returns to the screen, the first of Sony’s Spider-Man spin-offs arrives, and we’ll find out if there’s life in the Predator franchise. So here are the 18 movies we’re most looking forward to in 2018.

18. Annihilation:
Based on the first book of Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy, Annihilation promises to be a lush and creepy showing. The trailers hint that it might be a little more in-your-face scary than the deliberately obscure novels, but with a strong cast (Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson, Oscar Isaac…) and a richly spooky setting, it’ll likely be good no matter what. Having read the trilogy, I’m so excited to see how this adaptation goes.

17. Real Player One:
A new Steven Spielberg film would get anyone excited, but what if I told you this one was based off one of the best page-turners around? Ready Player One gets knocked around a lot for its incessant usage of pop culture, but honestly, that’s half the fun. The story is about Wade Watts, a young man who’s deep into the online world of OASIS which has taken the place of much of society. Now Wade has a chance to become the administrator of that world if he can only find the creators’ Easter Eggs. It’s a futuristic Willy Wonka mixed with a whole lot of pop culture.

16. The Incredibles 2:
Nearly fourteen years ago, The Incredibles ended on a slightly ominous note with the appearance of a new mole-like villain named The Underminer. The sequel, set for a summer release, will pick up from this point, following the titular family as they attempt to thwart The Underminer’s evil plans. At this summer’s D23 expo, director Brad Bird also confirmed that The Incredibles 2 would devote more of its focus to Elastigirl this time around. The film’s cast remains mostly the same, with the additions of Catherine Keener and Bob Odenkirk in (as yet) unnamed roles.


15. Ant-Man & The Wasp:
The original Ant-Man was fairly inconsequential in the grand scheme of the MCU, but Paul Rudd and his wacky cast of side characters revealed a tier of levity previously unseen. From wannabe heist film to romantic comedy, director Peyton Reed hopes to skip around genres with this series. For these super heroics to continue on for another fifty years or so, Marvel Studios needs to branch out into the many flavors of cinema. They were a little loosey goosey with the first film, but now it’s time for them to really experiment with the narrative borders.


14. Creed II:
A bunch of the people who made Creed such a success (Tessa Thompson and Michael B. Jordan) are teaming up with the legends of the Rocky franchise (Sly Stallone and Dolph Lundgren). The log-line is simple, “Adonis Creed tries to seek revenge when he goes toe to toe with the man who killed his father.” The only potential problem is that Ryan Coogler has handed his director’s headset off to up-and-comer Steven Caple Jr. It still should work about as well as the first time around, especially with Luke Cage showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker getting a pass on the screenplay. We’re optimistic.

13. Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom:
Jurassic World wasn’t just the fourth part in a series of big dinosaur movies; it was an absolute box office monster, and currently stands as the fourth biggest film of all time. For the follow-up, acclaimed Spanish filmmaker J. A. Bayona takes over from Colin Trevorrow, who remains on-board as producer and co-writer. Meanwhile Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard reprise their roles. Trevorrow has described the movie as a “Spanish horror thriller”(in reference to Bayona’s earlier hit Mama) but most exciting is the return of Jeff Goldblum, who starred in Steven Spielberg’s original Jurassic Park way back in 1993.


12. The Predator:
Although the original Predator is an ’80s action classic, the movies that have followed have ranged from interesting but flawed (Predator 2) to completely terrible (Alien vs Predator). The Predator is writer/director Shane Black’s attempt to get the franchise back on track. Black’s impressive resume ranges from writing Lethal Weapon to directing Iron Man 3, and as a young actor he even had a role in original Predator. We’re yet to see any footage from the movie, but the plot details we know so far suggest that it will focus upon a group of traumatised prisoners who do battle with Predators in a suburban setting. Black himself has said that he only agreed to make the film if he could do it on a big, blockbuster scale, while still delivering the sci-fi horror goods.


11. Aquaman:
The DC universe has had a bumpy ride so far, with only Wonder Woman connecting with both audiences and critics. But there’s every reason to be hopeful that Aquaman could do the same. Director James Wan is a skilled genre operator, whether delivering crowd-pleasing horror (Saw, The Conjuring) or blockbuster action (Furious 7), and there’s a killer cast that includes Patrick Wilson, Willem Defoe, Nicole Kidman, and ’80s action icon Dolph Lungren, plus Jason Momoa as Aquaman and Amber Heard as Mera. Wan recently debunked the rumour that the film would be overstuffed with multiple villains, and promises an “emotional and powerful” origin movie.

10. Ocean’s 8:
But seriously, did you see that trailer? The one where the fierce and determined criminal mastermind played by Sandra Bullock assembles an un-fucking-believable crew of lady criminals to pull of the heist of the century? At the freaking MET Gala? So many powerful women stealing so many sparkly things. Sign us up.


9. X-Men: Dark Phoenix:
There were rumours that after the relatively disappointing box office results of X-Men: Apocalypse, Fox was looking reboot the entire X-franchise. But that’s proved not be the case, and all the regular cast are returning for the long awaited adaptation of the the classic Dark Phoenix storyline from Marvel’s comic books. The story was tackled in a half-hearted way in 2006’s X-Men: the Last Stand, but with the franchise’s long-time writer/producer Simon Kinberg making his directing debut, hopes are the high that Dark Phoenix will really do the story justice. Plus, this could be the last X-Men movie that isn’t part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, following December’s sale of Fox’s entertainment assets to Disney.

8. Super Troopers 2:
Hitting theaters on the very appropriate date of April 20, Super Troopers 2 is the crowd-funded sequel to the cult 2001 comedy. All the key members of the Broken Lizard comedy team return for this second movie, which sees the hapless Vermont troopers sent to the Canadian border, to a town that was thought to be Canadian soil but is actually part of the US. “We essentially have to impose US law on a bunch of Canadians that aren’t at all happy about it,” Broken Lizard member Paul Soter said about the movie.

7. Game Night:
Comedy had a rough 2017 at the US box office, with only Girls Tripmaking much of a dent when it came to profit. But the murder mystery comedy Game Night could potentially break out, with Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Kyle Chandler and Sharon Horgan as attendees of the titular weekly party, who unexpectedly find themselves wrapped up in a real-life mystery involving crime and murder. The trailer provides a few decent giggles, while Friday Night Lights fans may appreciate the big-screen reunion between former costars Chandler and Jesse Plemons.


6. Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2
Frozen fans eager for the heavily-anticipated sequel in 2019 should be momentarily satisfied by Wreck-It Ralph 2, which sees Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel reprise their Frozen roles for an intriguing crossover movie which sees John C Reilly’s lumbering arcade game character tumbling through the internet and encountering various Disney princesses through history. Tangled’s Mandy Moore, Brave’s Kelly Macdonald and Mulan’s Ming-Na Wen are among the former stars reprising their iconic voiceover roles.

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5. The Irishman:
Mr. Scorsese would like to cordially invite you to a movie about the death of Jimmy Hoffa starring Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Meth Damon, Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel, Bobby Cannavale, and Ray Romano. Pretty much all the wise guys, plus Jesse Plemons.


4. Solo: A Star Wars Story:
A standalone movie about Han Solo as a young man is attention-grabbing enough, but this film also comes with brain-exploding behind-the-scenes drama. The original directors, Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The Lego Movie), were let go nearly five months into shooting. Ron Howard, who seems like such a perfect match it’s a wonder he hasn’t made a Star Wars movie before, wrapped up the job. One simple fact: it’s a prequel, set before the events of the 1977 original. Alden Ehrenreich, not the most obvious choice as the younger version of Harrison Ford, gives us the hero as a protégé smuggler, with Woody Harrelson as his thieving mentor.

3. Avengers: Infinity War:
It’s all been building to this. Joss Whedon teed up a massive cosmic promise to fanboys when he had the mad titan, Thanos, turn his smile towards them during The Avengers’ mid-credits stinger. Many may have scratched their heads at the sight of that purple, bumpy chin, but for those in the know it was a pledge to take Earth’s Mightiest Heroes to the final frontier. Since then we’ve seen Rocket Raccoon, the astral plane, and the mirror dimension. Wanna get nuts? Let’s get nuts. And yet…has Thanos even risen from his chair? Do we have any reason to fear him? As a comic book obsessive, currently re-reading Jonathan Hickman’s epic Infinity saga, I know that Thanos could be another game-changer for the MCU. He’s a beast, a homicidal nightmare. Forget the memes, Josh Brolin’s ultimate bad will not fall into the long line of wonky CG villains under the guidance of the Russo Brothers. These guys delivered two of the franchise’s strongest entries, juggling myriad characters and plot points, and I believe they’ll succeed on that titanic tease from 2012.

2. Deadpool 2:
Ryan Reynolds was born to play the Merc with the mouth. His venom-soaked delivery of razor-sharp one-liners is unmatched. Like most superhero sequels we’re still getting our favorites back including the return of Negasonic Teenage Warhead and Colossus, but newcomers Zazie Beats as Domino and Josh Brolin as Cable shake things up. Also, did I mention how awesome the trailer looked? Anyone of those shots in the Bob Ross-themed trailer could have been on One Perfect Shot. Even though there’s a glut of superhero films in 2018, this is going to be a refreshing self-referential adventure worth prioritizing.

1. Black Panther:
T’Challa, the Black Panther, ruler of the unconquerable nation of Wakanda and King of the Dead. Ten years ago, when Sam Jackson’s Nick Fury invited Robert Downey Jr’s Tony Stark into the Avengers Initiative, I teetered at the possibilities. However, I never imagined that the films would actually succeed in bringing a character as obscure, or downright mishandled in the comics, to the blockbuster arena. Why should I have faith? I had found ways to appreciate previous awkward adaptations of The Punisher and the X-Men, but they rarely embraced their source material, and often appeared to apologize for their origins. By embracing the farthest reaches of their universe, Marvel Studios and Kevin Feige changed everything. T’Challa can and will be as recognizable as Clark Kent. Ryan Coogler is the perfect man to bring Black Panther to the screen. As he showed in Creed, Coogler will reach deep into the mythology of his franchise, geek out, and still manage to concoct something wholly original. With cinematographer Rachel Morrison (Mudbound, Fruitvale Station) and costume designer Ruth E. Carter (Selma, Malcom X) on board, the first trailers have already declared Black Panther to be the most visually striking entry in the MCU. As king, Chadwick Boseman leads a cast of titanic talent that could conceivably revolutionize pop culture representation. Black Panther is more than just another link in the MCUs chain of films, it offers genuine hope for the future.