Hollywood is currently a big fan of making sequels and 2018 isn’t going to see that trend slow down. Not in the slightest bit. Some of the biggest franchises on the planet are going to be getting new installments over the next year, with others entering into sequel territory for the first time. No matter what the case, there are plenty of sequels to look forward to over the next 12 months.
Just like in 2017, the sequels coming out in 2018 absolutely offer something for everyone. There are plenty of horror offerings, superhero showdowns and family-friendly affairs coming out throughout the entire year that makes it so you’ll hardly have a weekend at the movies without a big sequel arriving. At one point in time, a sequel was something of a rare event, relatively speaking. That is no longer the case.
There are certainly plenty of very promising sequels coming in 2018, but we can’t promise that they’ll all be good. However, we can promise that all of these movies give moviegoers at least a reason or two to be excited. Or at the very least, make them worth having on your radar. With that, here are the 12 sequels you should be looking forward to in 2018.
Insidious: The Last Key
The Insidious franchise started out with one of the most genuinely terrifying horror movies in recent memory from director James Wan. The series has lost its way a bit, but it looks to get back on track with some big scares in Insidious: The Last Key. The sequel sees franchise mainstay Lin Shaye back to fight the paranormal in The Further. Only this time, she’s doing so in her own house to protect her own family. This sequel also features a new director for the franchise, with The Taking of Deborah Loganhelmer Adam Robitel stepping in for this latest entry. Some new blood could be a very good thing, especially with Wan still on board as a producer. If you’re looking to get scared early on in 2018, Insidious 4 may very well do the trick. Insidious: The Last Keyis set for release on January 5.
Maze Runner: The Death Cure
At the end of the day, we’re probably not going to put Maze Runner on the pantheon of great trilogies, but these haven’t been bad so far, as young adult adaptations go. Granted, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials was not a step in the right direction, but the third time’s a charm, as they so. That brings us to Maze Runner: The Death Cure. This is going to serve as the conclusion to the Maze Runner saga and looks like an action-packed, emotional affair. The studio had a lot of trouble getting this movie made, as star Dylan O’Brien was injured badly while filming. But he made a full recovery and, based on the action set pieces we’ve seen in the trailers, it looks like he’s doing just fine. Will this serve as a satisfying end to the trilogy? One can hope. This could well be one of the first blockbusters worth seeing in 2018. Maze Runner: The Death Cure arrives in theaters on January 26.
Pacific Rim: Uprising
Who doesn’t enjoy watching giant monsters fighting giant robots? Pacific Rim gave audiences just that in a big way in what is, quite arguably, one of Guillermo Del Toro’s best movies when it was released in 2013. It’s been a few years, but Pacific Rim 2, officially titled Pacific Rim: Uprising is finally happening. There’s a largely new cast for this installment, led by John Boyega, who’s playing the son of Idris Elba’s character, Stacker Pentecost and Scott Eastwood, who plays a fellow Jaeger pilot. There’s also a bunch of new Jaegers and some brand new giant aliens for them to fight. Unfortunately, Del Toro didn’t return to the director’s chair for this one, but Steven S. DeKnight (Daredevil) makes his blockbuster filmmaking debut with the long-awaited Pacific Rimsequel. If all goes well, this won’t be the last movie in the franchise either. Pacific Rim: Uprising is set to arrive in theaters on March 23.
Avengers: Infinity War
It’s all been leading to this, Marvel fans. This is what you’ve been waiting for ever since that first post-credits scene arrived during The Avengers. Thanos is coming to Earth and he’s bringing the Infinity Gauntlet with him. He wants those Infinity Stones and he’s willing to kill a lot of beings, be it of the human variety or something else entirely to do it. That, among many other things, easily makes Avengers: Infinity War one of the most, if not the single most, anticipated movie of 2018. An entire decade of Marvel Cinematic Universe filmmaking will culminate in this massive event. Buckle up, because this one is going to be nuts. Avengers: Infinity War truly kicks off the summer movie season in a big way on May 4.
While this isn’t quite a comedy sequel, it might as well be. After years of Ryan Reynolds trying to make up for his unfortunate turn as the merc with (or without) a mouth in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, he finally got to make Deadpool, which blew away all expectations in 2015. And, not for nothing, but it was a tremendous financial success. So Deadpool 2 is happening and, given how great the first movie was, expectations are high. Can Ryan Reynolds manage to capture lightning in a bottle twice? He’s got help with Josh Brolin as fan-favorite mutant Cable, as well as Zazie Beetz as Domino. David Leitch (John Wick) also brings some new blood to the director’s chair for this one. The R-rated superhero goodness continues when Deadpool 2 arrives in theaters on June 1.
The Incredibles 2
Pixar has a slightly hit or miss relationship with sequels, but this one feels like it could be pretty special. Perhaps no movie Pixar has ever produced, or maybe an animated movie ever for that matter was more deserving of a sequel than The Incredibles. It may have taken a long time, but director Brad Bird and the original cast are finally back for The Incredibles 2. What’s perhaps most fantastic is that this one picks up right where the first movie left off. We may not ever get a good Fantastic Four, but getting a great sequel to The Incredibles would be the next best thing, if not a much better thing, for a great many movie fans. You won’t have to wait that much longer to see Pixar’s super family back on the big screen, as Disney is releasing The Incredibles 2 on June 15.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
The Jurassic Park franchise seemed all but extinct after Jurassic Park III disappointed on just about every level in 2001. However, 2015’s Jurassic World proved that audiences still have a massive appetite for dinosaurs on the big screen. So much so that the movie went on to become one of the highest-grossing movies ever at the worldwide box office. As such, Universal wasted no time getting Jurassic World 2, officially titled Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom going. Jeff Goldblum returns as Ian Malcolm for this one, with both Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard reprising their roles from the first Jurassic World. There’s a new director calling the shots in the form of J.A. Bayona (A Monster Calls). Get ready to watch a volcano wipe out Isla Nublar, some new dinosaurs, and a lot more animatronics when Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom arrives on June 22.
Sicario 2: Soldado
The first Sicario wound up being one of the best movies of 2015. It also seemed like a very unlikely movie to spawn a franchise. Yet, here we are. The movie made just $84 million worldwide, but that was apparently enough for this sequel to get the green light. Sicario 2: Soldado sees the return of Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro, who looks to be even more unhinged than he was in the first movie, as hard as that may be to believe. Sadly, Emily Blunt couldn’t make it back for Sicario 2, but she had her fill with fun if you can call it that, in the first movie. Denis Villeneuve was a bit too busy directing Blade Runner 2049 to helm the sequel, but Taylor Sheridan did return to pen the screenplay, with Stefano Sollima directing. Sicario 2: Soldado is set to hit theaters on June 29.
Ant-Man and the Wasp
Even though Edgar Wright, who worked on Ant-Man for years before leaving the project just ahead of filming, didn’t direct the movie, it wound up being a rather nice surprise for many Marvel fans. Paul Rudd brought something new to the MCU, both in terms of his charisma and character type, as well as his unique hero. With Ant-Man and the Wasp, director Peyton Reed returns with Rudd, in addition to Evangeline Lilly, who will take up the mantle of the Wasp, as teased during the post-credits scene in the first movie. Michael Douglas also returns as Hank Pym, with Michelle Pfeiffer on board to play Janet Van Dyne, the original Wasp. What has been described as Marvel’s first romantic comedy has the tough job of following up Avengers: Infinity War on July 6.
Mission: Impossible 6
With Mission: Impossible 6, Tom Cruise will have played Ethan Hunt as many times as Sean Connery (in the official James Bond canon) played 007. Even though he’s well into his 50s, Cruise has hardly lost a step, despite suffering a pretty serious injury on set while filming this latest Mission: Impossible installment. Despite that, the movie is on track to arrive this summer and, given how great Ghost Protocol and Rogue Nation both were, it’s pretty easy to get excited about another Mission: Impossible movie. Especially when Henry Cavill’s mustache is along for the ride on this one. Director Christopher McQuarrie’s Mission: Impossible 6 is set for release on July 27.
While we still have a lot of questions about what director Shane Black has in store for us with The Predator, this is going to be the first movie in the franchise in nearly a decade. Despite a lot of trying, sequels to the original Predator just haven’t managed to capture the magic of that first, perfect action ride. This time around, the Predators are heading to the suburbs to take on some military veterans. That’s certainly new territory for the franchise, but will it be a bit too much reinvention? We’ll have to wait and see, but The Predator is making its way to theaters on August 3. Good, bad or ugly, this may well be the last Predator movie we ever see, given Disney’s purchase of Fox, so this is significant no matter how it turns out.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix
With Disney’s purchase of Fox, the X-Men of old are likely to be on their way out. That means that X-Men: Dark Phoenix could be the last movie to feature the X-Men: First Class cast of mutants. This time around, longtime franchise producer and writer Simon Kinberg is taking another stab at the Dark Phoenix Saga, which was butchered in X-Men: The Last Stand. Bryan Singer seemed a little tired of the mutant world, so it’s good to have some new blood behind the camera on this one. But Kindberg isn’t an experienced director, so it’ll be interesting to see how he manages with this one. Will they get the Dark Phoenix right this time? At the very least, this has to be an improvement over X-Men: Apocalypse. No matter how the chips fall, Fox is releasing X-Men: Dark Phoenix on November 2.