Going to the movies has been a lifelong passion for me, and one I’m thrilled to pass on to my children. The 2018 Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture slate of movies is chock full of shows that look perfect for kids of all ages- and I can’t wait to see them all on the big screen in 2018. But I confess that I have my favorites, of course! Which ones are you most looking forward to seeing?
What’s coming in 2018? A whole lot of awesome.
And we’re going to be front row— okay, maybe mid theater in reclining stadium seating (#spoiled) for all of these!
2018?Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Slate
We are kicking off 2018 in style- with Marvel’s BLACK PANTHER movie.
Some of you non-comic book movie lovers might have questions- like Who is the Black Panther? He’s not the most popular Avenger (YET) so I’ve got this covered for you.
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Marvel Studios? ?Black Panther? follows T?Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T?Challa?s mettle as king?and Black Panther?is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk.?Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.
?Black Panther? stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong?o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, with Angela Bassett, with Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis. ??????????? ?
The film is directed by Ryan Coogler?and produced by?Kevin Feige with?Louis D?Esposito, Victoria Alonso,?Nate Moore, Jeffrey Chernov and Stan Lee serving as executive producers. Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole?wrote the screenplay.??
?Marvel Studios? ?Black Panther? hits U.S. theaters on?February 16, 2018.????????
A Wrinkle In Time
One of my favorite stories as a girl is coming to life with some of my favorite actresses in key roles. I am not sure my inner 12-year-old can stand to wait until March for this release!
When Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, and Oprah (YES, OPRAH!) stepped out on stage at the D23 Expo Live Action Panel, I knew this movie would be something special.
The trailers and posters released seem to back me up on this!
From Disney Studios:
From visionary director Ava DuVernay comes Disney?s ?A Wrinkle in Time,? an epic adventure based on Madeleine L?Engle?s timeless classic which takes audiences across dimensions of time and space,? examining the nature of darkness versus light and, ultimately, the triumph of love. Through one girl?s transformative journey led by three celestial guides, we discover that strength comes from embracing one?s individuality and that the best way to triumph over fear is to travel by one?s own light.
Meg Murry is a typical middle school student struggling with issues of self-worth who just wants to fit in. The daughter of two world-renowned physicists, she is intelligent and uniquely gifted, as is Meg?s younger brother, Charles Wallace, but she has yet to realize it for herself.?Complicating matters is the mysterious disappearance of Mr. Murry, which has left Meg devastated and her mother broken-hearted.?Charles Wallace introduces Meg and her fellow classmate Calvin to three celestial beings (Mrs. Which, Mrs. Whatsit and Mrs. Who) who have journeyed to Earth to help search for their father, and together they embark on their formidable quest. Travelling via a wrinkling of time and space known as tessering, they are transported to worlds beyond their imagination where they must confront a powerful evil force. To make it back home to Earth, Meg must face the darkness within herself in order to harness the strength necessary to defeat the darkness rapidly enveloping the Universe.
Directed by Oscar? nominee Ava DuVernay from a screenplay by Oscar-winner Jennifer Lee based upon the beloved novel by Madeleine L?Engle, ?A Wrinkle in Time? stars: two-time Academy Award? nominee?Oprah Winfrey as Mrs. Which, Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon as Mrs. Whatsit, Emmy??nominee Mindy Kaling as Mrs. Who, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Mrs. Murry, Michael Pe?a as Red and introducing Storm Reid as Meg Murry, with two-time Emmy winner Zach Galifianakis as The Happy Medium and Emmy nominee Chris Pine as Mr. Murry.
“A Wrinkle in Time? opens nationwide on?March 9, 2018.
Avengers: Infinity War
Guys, this one.
Whoa, hang on, I need a moment.? Deep breaths!
This one is the culmination of the last 10 years of Marvel movies on the big screen. It’s being reported that Infinity War “changes everything in the Marvel Universe” and I’m concerned that this time, the good guys might have some struggles they can’t outrun.
This is likely the most anticipated film of the year in my circles, and with good reason. There’s a lot at stake and a lot going on in this movie.
I look forward to April 27 – and also dread it just a little. I mean, if Bearded Cap doesn’t pull through somehow… there will be many a tear shed.
And I’ll have to hold my BFF?LolaLambchops through the sobbing because this is her guy and her film.
She cries real tears when (SPOILER) he dies in Captain America: the First Avenger— every time. True story, this happened in the theater earlier this year when we watched a few Marvel movies together.
Me: Tania, are you crying??
Tania: Yes… (sniffle)
Me: You know, he’s in, like, 3 other movies after this one…?
Tania: But it’s just so sad...?
Awwww… my life with a Captain America lovin’ bestie, folks!
Tania, I’m here for you. But let’s hope it doesn’t come to that.
An unprecedented cinematic journey ten years in the making and spanning the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studios? ?Avengers: Infinity War? brings to the screen the ultimate, deadliest showdown of all time. The Avengers and their Super Hero allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.?
Anthony and Joe Russo direct the film, which is produced by Kevin Feige. Louis D?Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo and Stan Lee are the executive producers. Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely wrote the screenplay.
?Avengers: Infinity War? releases in U.S. theaters on April 27, 2018.
Solo: A Star Wars Story
As someone who has loved Star Wars her entire life, I know I’ll be in line to see this on opening weekend.
Because who doesn’t love Han Solo? I won’t wait for an answer because I know that everyone loves this guy! Facts.
I’m hopeful that new director Ron Howard (another lifelong fave) can bring this movie the life that a Star Wars film deserves. He has a pretty good track record of great movies, so there’s no reason to doubt him.
From Lucas Films:
Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in ?Solo: A Star Wars Story,? an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga?s most unlikely heroes.
?Solo: A Star Wars Story? releases in U.S. theatres on?May 25, 2018.
It’s about dang time, is all I’m going to say here!
That’s a lie. I have more to say about this one.
Mrs. Incredible is my spirit-mom. If I could pick a movie or TV mom to be, Mrs. Incredible is it.
And the first movie was one of those that I grew to love over time with each viewing.
It’s seriously one of my favorite films with so many great one-liners. So I’m anticipating another great Incredibles adventure in June.
Jack-Jack’s superpowers have me in stitches!
Everyone?s favorite family of superheroes is back in ?Incredibles 2? ? but this time Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is in the spotlight, leaving Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) at home with Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell) and Dash (voice of Huck Milner) to navigate the day-to-day heroics of ?normal? life. It?s a tough transition for everyone, made tougher by the fact that the family is still unaware of baby Jack-Jack?s emerging superpowers. When a new villain hatches a brilliant and dangerous plot, the family and Frozone (voice of Samuel L. Jackson) must find a way to work together again?which is easier said than done, even when they?re all?Incredible.
?Incredibles 2? busts into theaters on?June 15, 2018.
Ant-Man and the Wasp
Is there anyone more adorable as Paul Rudd? No, no there is not.
This guy is a favorite of mine (and I’m guessing yours) and we adored him in the original Ant-Man.
The scene in Captain America: Civil War when he meets Captain America? The most relatable moment EVER for me. I laughed so hard over that! Go watch it again if you missed it.
From the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes a new chapter featuring heroes with the astonishing ability to shrink: ?Ant-Man and The Wasp.? ?In the aftermath of ?Captain America:? Civil War,? Scott Lang (Rudd) grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a Super Hero and a father.? As he struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he?s confronted by Hope van Dyne (Lilly) and Dr. Hank Pym (Douglas) with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside The Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from their past.
?Ant-Man and the Wasp? is directed by Peyton Reed and stars Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Pena, Walter Goggins, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, Tip ?T.I.? Harris, David Dastmalchian, Hannah John Kamen, Abby Ryder-Fortson, Randall Park, with Michelle Pfeiffer, with Lawrence Fishburne, and Michael Douglas.
?Ant-Man and the Wasp? hits U.S. theatres on?July 6, 2018.
DISNEY?S CHRISTOPHER ROBIN
We don’t have a lot of info just yet on this one, but the Winnie-the-Pooh stories are much cherished around my home.
I look forward to seeing how this story turns out!
From Disney Studios:
In the heartwarming live action adventure ?Disney?s Christopher Robin,? the young boy who loved embarking on adventures in the Hundred Acre Wood with a band of spirited and loveable stuffed animals, has grown up and lost his way. Now it?s up to his childhood friends to venture into our world and help Christopher Robin remember the loving and playful boy who is still inside.
?Disney?s Christopher Robin? releases in U.S. theatres on?August 3, 2018.
THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS
Everyone knows the story of The Nutcracker, right?
It?s a family holiday staple around these parts and we know there?s always something new and enchanting to see when we go to the show.
Disney is plussing this story with a release just in time for the 2018 holiday season. It’s visually stunning and going to be something you’ll want to take the whole family to see next fall!
From Disney Studios:
All Clara (Mackenzie Foy) wants is a key ? a one-of-a-kind key that will unlock a box that holds a priceless gift. A golden thread, presented to her at godfather Drosselmeyer?s (Morgan Freeman) annual holiday party, leads her to the coveted key?which promptly disappears into a strange and mysterious parallel world. It?s there that Clara encounters a soldier named Phillip (Jayden Fowora-Knight), a gang of mice and the regents who preside over three Realms: Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers and Land of Sweets. Clara and Phillip must brave the ominous Fourth Realm, home to the tyrant Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren), to retrieve Clara?s key and hopefully return harmony to the unstable world. Starring Keira Knightley as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Disney?s new holiday feature film ?The Nutcracker and the Four Realms? is directed by Lasse Hallstr?m and inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann?s classic tale.
?The Nutcracker and the Four Realms? releases in U.S. theatres on?November 2, 2018.
RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET: WRECK-IT RALPH 2
This movie is going to be AWESOME if there’s only one scene in it. I’m not kidding, I will be shelling out all my movie dollars to see this in theaters based on the snippet that was shared at the D23 Expo Animation Panel last summer.
I have never seen something so perfectly and hilariously describe Disney fandom as the scene featuring Vanelope and the Disney Princesses (ALL OF THE DISNEY PRINCESSES Y’ALL!). Totally nailed us.
I wish I had it to share now because GUYS YOU WILL DIE LAUGHING.
AND YES I’M OVER HERE ALL CAPSing BECAUSE IT WAS THAT GOOD.
Put this on your list- if the rest of the movie is a quarter as funny as that Princess clip, you will not be disappointed!
?Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2? leaves Litwak?s video arcade behind, venturing into the uncharted, expansive and thrilling world of the internet?which may or may not survive Ralph?s wrecking. Video game bad guy Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) and fellow misfit Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Sarah Silverman) must risk it all by traveling to the world wide web in search of a replacement part to save Vanellope?s video game, Sugar Rush. In way over their heads, Ralph and Vanellope rely on the citizens of the internet?the netizens?to help navigate their way, including a website entrepreneur named Yesss (voice of Taraji P. Henson), who is the head algorithm and the heart and soul of trend-making site ?BuzzzTube.? Directed by Rich Moore (?Zootopia,? ?Wreck-It Ralph?) and Phil Johnston (co-writer ?Wreck-It Ralph,? ?Cedar Rapids,? co-writer ?Zootopia,?), and produced by Clark Spencer (?Zootopia,? ?Wreck-It Ralph,? ?Bolt?).
?Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2? hits theaters on?Nov. 21, 2018.
Mary Poppins Returns
This might be my most favorite and anticipated movie of the year.
As a child born in the 70s, raised in the 80s, Mary Poppins was the favorite holiday movie of the week for most of my life. Before VCRs and DVDs and on-Demand, we had to wait for our favorite movies to come on live TV and Mary Poppins was never missed!
The new version promises to carry on my love for the no-nonsense nanny and her chimney sweeping sidekick.
We have both Emily Blunt and Lin Manuel Miranda (swooooooonnnn) in the same movie. That’s all we really need to know, amirite?!
But wait- there’s more! Dick Van Dyke is back.
So, yeah, is it December yet?!
From Disney Studios:
In Disney?s ?Mary Poppins Returns,? an all-new sequel with a fresh sensibility that celebrates the spirit of the original, Mary Poppins is back to help the next generation of the Banks family find the joy and wonder missing in their lives.?Emily Blunt (?The Girl on the Train,? ?Into the Woods?) stars as the?practically-perfect nanny with unique magical skills who can turn any task into an unforgettable, fantastic adventure and Lin-Manuel Miranda (?Hamilton,? ?Moana?) plays her?friend Jack,?an optimistic street lamplighter who helps bring light?and life?to the streets of London. ?Mary Poppins Returns? is directed?by Rob Marshall (?Into the Woods,? ?Chicago?). The screenplay is by David Magee (?Life of Pi?) and the screen story is by Magee & Marshall & John DeLuca (?Into the Woods?) based upon The Mary Poppins Stories by PL Travers. The producers are Marshall, DeLuca and Marc Platt (?La La Land?) with Callum McDougall serving as executive producer and the music is by?Marc Shaiman (?Hairspray?) with songs by Shaiman and Scott Wittman (?Hairspray?).?The film also stars?Ben Whishaw (?Spectre?) as Michael Banks; Emily Mortimer (?Hugo?) as Jane Banks; Julie Walters (?Harry Potter? films) as the Banks? housekeeper Ellen; with Colin Firth (?The King?s Speech?) as Fidelity Fiduciary Bank?s William Weatherall Wilkins; and Meryl Streep (?Florence Foster Jenkins?) as Mary?s?eccentric cousin, Topsy and?introduces three new Banks? children played by Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh and newcomer Joel Dawson. Angela Lansbury appears as the Balloon Lady, a?treasured character from the PL Travers books and?Dick Van Dyke is Mr. Dawes Jr., the retired chairman of the bank now run by Firth?s character.
PL Travers first introduced the world to the no-nonsense nanny in her 1934 children?s book ?Mary Poppins.? However, the subsequent adventures of Mary Poppins remained only on the pages of the seven other PL Travers? books?until now. ?Mary Poppins Returns? is drawn from the wealth of material in these additional books. The film takes place in 1930s Depression-era London 24 years after the original film was set. Michael Banks works for the same financial institution that employed his father and still lives at 17 Cherry Tree Lane with his three children, Annabel, John and Georgie and their housekeeper Ellen. Carrying on in her mother?s tradition, Jane Banks campaigns for workers? rights and provides a helping hand to Michael?s family. When the family suffers a personal loss, Mary Poppins magically re-enters their lives and with Jack?s help, brings joy and wonder back into their home.
?Mary Poppins Returns? will be released in U.S. theaters on?December 25, 2018.
So there you have it! All the movies and opening dates you need to mark on your 2018 calendars now.
The 2018?Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures slate is sure to bring families to the movies over and over again!
Which one are you most excited about seeing?
Patty Holliday is a Marvel loving, Disney obsessed wife, and mother of four. She’s a travel agent specializing in Disney & Universal vacations- and loves a candid confession. Find her in Virginia (or anywhere frequent flyer miles or her trusty minivan takes her.)