An argument can be made that spring, not summer, is the premiere blockbuster season in 2018. We already saw Black Panther come out (and destroy box office records), and Avengers: Infinity War is a late-April/early-May release depending on where you may be. Throw in an artistic endeavour from one of Hollywood’s most unique directors (Isle Of Dogs, by Wes Anderson) and a raunchy comedy that’s been a long time coming (Super Troopers 2), and it’s been a busy beginning to the year.
Nevertheless, the summer season always brings some major movies, and 2018 will be no exception even if we’ve got an early start. These are some of the summer blockbusters to look forward to.
Solo: A Star Wars Story
This is technically a spring release but it’s late enough in the season that it will get lumped in with summer films. More importantly, it’s fresh Star Wars material! Trailers have been getting us more and more excited for an origin story about the great Han Solo, who will be played by the up-and-coming Alden Ehrenreich.
Incidentally, people are also getting pretty excited that the same trailers make it look like the Chewbacca story as much as a Han Solo one.
By now you’ve likely heard: this is a spinoff to the Ocean’s 11 series, starring Sandra Bullock as Danny Ocean’s (George Clooney) sister. She and a crew of excellent actresses including Anne Hathaway, Cate Blanchett and others are working on a heist of their own. That’s about all we know, but it’s enough to make the movie sound like a lot of fun.
The Incredibles 2
The Incredibles is one of the more beloved animated films of this century, and its sequel has been in the pipeline for quite some time now. It’s not always a guarantee that there will be an animated feature among the summer blockbusters, but it happens fairly often, and this one happens to appeal to people of all ages – which will give it a boost at the box office.
Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again
People just can’t get enough of Mamma Mia. The hit musical was a smash success when it migrated to the big screen (with help from Meryl Streep and a cast of bona fide pros), and it’s still playing in theaters around the world. For that matter, news recently came out that London is even getting a restaurant with a Mamma Mia theme!
Inevitably, we’re finally getting a sequel, with Streep and the gang back for what promises to be more cheerful, carefree popcorn fun. And rest assured, this new one looks poised to give you just as much Mediterranean wanderlust as the last.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
The Jurassic Park series may never go away, which would be fine by most of us. It’s been in the summer blockbuster canon for some time now, and even the Jurassic World reboot is establishing its own legend. The film gave way to a rebirth of merchandise, games, etc., from mobile titles to an internet slot reel made with an exclusive deal with Universal Studios. “World,” really, was an appropriate transition for the title, as these films have become big enough to conquer the real world.
Chris Pratt, the lovable new lead for the franchise, is back for more in a film that looks as if it will up the stakes from what we saw in Jurassic World.
Ant-Man And The Wasp
It may not be the biggest branch of Marvel’s empire, but Ant-Man was a fun-filled movie and one with a more direct focus on comedy than just about anything else the studio has produced. Basically, don’t expect a Black Panther-esque performance at the box office for this one, but do still count on it as great late-summer popcorn entertainment.
Mission Impossible: Fallout
It’s hard to beat Mission Impossible for a summer blockbuster. Somewhat impossibly, Tom Cruise still has it in him to be an over-the-top action star (and even do a lot of his own stunts), and that’s kept this series going longer than anyone had a right to expect. We actually know almost nothing about this movie at this stage, but as long as Cruise is playing the role of Ethan Hunt, they’re going to be films well worth watching.