Avengers: Infinity War (May 4)
Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War may not only be the most-anticipated film of 2018 but just possibly the most-anticipated superhero movie, ever. A decade in the making, it finally brings Thanos (Josh Brolin) to Earth in his quest for the powerful artifacts known as the Infinity Stones. Heroes from across the Marvel Cinematic Universe must unite to stop the Mad Titan and his minions, with all-out war fought on three fronts: Iron Man, Spider-Man and Doctor Strange in New York City; Steve Rogers, Black Panther and others in Wakanda; and Thor and the Guardians of the Galaxy in far-flung space.
Of course, there will also be threads in director Joe and Anthony Russo’s film to tie in with the Hulk’s return to Earth post-Thor: Ragnarok, the fate of the Asgardian refugees and Loki’s potential betrayal, and just how ruthless Thanos’ hit squad the Black Order are. But the main event will surely be what Thanos does with the Infinity Stones he’s assembling.
Deadpool 2 (June 1)
For all its comedic marketing and strong social-media presence, a lot has been kept under wraps about the sequel to the surprise 2016 blockbuster Deadpool. Directed by David Leitch (John Wick), who replaced Tim Miller, Fox’s Deadpool 2 once again stars Ryan Reynolds as the Merc with a Mouth, joined by the time-traveling Cable (Josh Brolin) and the gun-toting Domino (Zazie Beets), laying the groundwork for a planned X-Force movie. Colossus (Stefan Kapicic), Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand), Blind Al (Leslie Uggams) and cab driver Dopinder (Karan Soni) are back too.
While there have been concerns that Disney’s purchase of 21st Century Fox’s key assets could lead to a more sanitized Deadpool down the road, Disney CEO Bob Iger and Deadpool co-creator Rob Liefeld have assured fans that won’t happen. But we never know what the future holds, so just in case, let’s bask in the violence, explosions, the gore and the foul-mouthed jokes of Deadpool 2.
The Incredibles 2 (June 15)
Pixar’s long-awaited sequel to the 2004 animated blockbuster, The Incredibles 2 promises to deliver enough super-powered family adventure to make audiences forget all about that Fantastic Four reboot. Director Brad Bird is back, along with cast members Craig T. Nelson as Mr. Incredible, Holly Hunter as Elastigirl, Sarah Vowell as Violet, Huck Milner as Dash and Samuel L. Jackson as Frozone.
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Picking up immediately after the ending of The Incredibles, the sequel centers on the Parr family struggling to lead normal lives — not an easy task, given baby Jack-Jack’s rapidly developing powers — as Elastigirl devotes more time to fighting crime. However, they’ll also need to team up with Frozone to confront the threat of The Underminer (John Ratzenberger), introduced in the closing moments of the first film, and then seen in the video game The Incredibles: Rise of the Underminer.
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