As the curtain comes down on 2017, we get to look back and celebrate the best and worst the past 12 months have offered us in cinema, but we also get to look ahead and, today, I'm counting down my Most Anticipated Films of 2018.

2017 was a huge year; it brought us many exciting new films, from indie darlings A Ghost Story to Brigsby Bear and even doing well on the blockbuster front, with the likes of Wonder Woman, Dunkirk, Guardians Vol. 2. But 2018 looks to be even bigger and - hopefully - even better. With all the promising films set to make their mark, it was a difficult task (as always) to whittle down my list. But, alas, it had to be done so I've cherry-picked the frontrunners for what I'm most excited for. Before we dive into my top 10, though, here are my 20-11 - the honourable mentions.


RELEASE DATE: November 2nd, 2018.

I love the X-Men films. For the 7th instalment, we get another jab at adapting the Dark Phoenix saga. Hopefully this time it will work. I'm optimistic.

RELEASE DATE: December 14th, 2018.

Peter Jackson
's epic new saga. Need I say more?

RELEASE DATE: June 29th, 2018.

Sicario was incredible. Taylor Sheridan returns to write the sequel. He's one of the best, freshest writers in the industry today. This should be good.

RELEASE DATE: February 12th, 2018.

After a solid 2017, Black Panther kicks off a huge 2018 for the MCU. With Ryan Coogler at the helm and a stellar ensemble, this looks like it'll be great.

RELEASE DATE: March 9th, 2018.

The early buzz on this film has been amazing. Anya Taylor-JoyOlivia Cooke, and the late Anton Yelchin star in this dark, twisted comedy-thriller. Yes, please.

RELEASE DATE: Marc 23rd, 2018.

Ava DuVernay takes the helm for Disney's next live-action adaptation and it looks like it's going to be an insane, psychedelic delight.

RELEASE DATE: August 3rd, 2018.

Two words: Shane Black. Two more words: The Predator. Enough said.

RELEASE DATE: April 27th, 2018.

The culmination of the MCU thus far looks HUGE and EPIC and I'm a comic-book fanboy. Of course, I cannot wait for this. Duh.

RELEASE DATE: December 14th, 2018.

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller's animated Spidey film, featuring Miles Morales. The first teaser was awesome. This looks like it will live up to it.


Duncan Jones' long-awaited sci-fi pits a mute bartender against the city's criminal underbelly and, frankly, it sounds and looks like it will be awesome.

So there are some releases that I'm very excited for but that just narrowly missed out from being in my top 10 because I'm slightly more excited for these. Without further ado, here they are:

TOP 10:

RELEASE DATE: November 30th, 2018.

The first Wreck-It Ralph film was so original and so brilliant. Disney Animation have been on their A-game in recent years so I'd be excited about anything that they do. 6 years later and they're finally releasing the long-awaited follow-up to perhaps my favourite recent Disney film and I am so excited for this one. Ralph, Vanellope and friends find a wi-fi router and go on a new adventure. Just that logline alone is enough to have me looking forward to it.

RELEASE DATE: June 1st, 2018.

Deadpool was one of my favourite films of 2016; for a comic-book film, it was so fresh and violent and hilarious. Whilst details about the Untitled Deadpool Sequel are still very much under wraps, just taking the first one as precedent is enough to have many intrigued and excited to see more. It seems as though Fox have finally nailed the Merc with a Mouth. So now I'm eager to see his next big-screen outing for more R-rated, comic-book, Deadpool-y galore.

RELEASE DATE: May 4th, 2018.

We've always known the lovable John Krasinski for his charm and humour, very much embodying his Jim Halper persona from The Office. But the actor will be doing a Jordan Peele-Get Out next year and throwing that comedic persona in the bin for his horror-thriller A Quiet Place, which he has directed and stars in alongside his wife, the incredibly talented Emily Blunt. It looks chilling and great.

RELEASE DATE: October 5th, 2018.

If you were to ask me if I was excited that Sony were doing a Venom solo film, I would condescendingly laugh in your face with disgust. However, if you add Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Woody Harrelson and the genre of horror into the mix. Now that's just a lucid dream come true. And it's happening. And it's enough to put this film at 7 on my most anticipated of 2018 list. Now who's condescendingly laughing with disgust? Certainly not me.

RELEASE DATE: February 23rd, 2018.

IT'S HAPPENING, FOLKS. NATALIE PORTMAN IS RETURNING TO SCI-FI FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE THE PREQUELS. THIS IS NOT A DRILL... And it's a film from Alex Garland, who stunned EVERYONE back in 2015 with Ex Machina. That's one of my favourite sci-fi films of all-time now. If Garland brings even half the nuance and intelligence to Annihilation, we're in for a treat.

RELEASE DATE: November 2nd. 2018.

But, really, who's surprised? Whiplash and La La Land are two of my favourite films of the decade. First Man is Damien Chazelle's next project and he's re-teaming with the bae Ryan Gosling. So, let's be honest, who is at all surprised that this is on my list? Obviously, it was going to make my most anticipated. I'm so keen. Honestly, I'm just surprised it's not higher. But, at the end of the day, it's Chazelle and Gosling - both have been on a winning streak recently - so I'm sure it will be extraordinary.

RELEASE DATE: March 30th, 2018.

Wes Anderson is doing another stop-motion animation, his first one since 2009's Fantastic Mr. Fox. Yes, you read that right. Isle of Dogs probably has the most stellar cast ever assembled for a film ever and it's Wes. So, there's that.

RELEASE DATE: July 13th, 2018.

2004's The Incredibles is one of my favourite Pixar films of all-time. I still remember the excitement of seeing the film in the cinema for the first time; ever since the cliffhanger ending with The Underminer, I've been patiently waiting for more. The one Pixar film I have wanted to see a sequel to, not Nemo, Monster's Inc or Cars, has always been The Incredibles. And next Summer, it is finally arriving. The wait is almost over. It is SO CLOSE. Only a few months now, folks.


RELEASE DATE: November 9th, 2018.

The logline for this film is: "four armed robbers are killed in a failed heist attempt, only to have their widows step up to finish the job". Just that alone is enough to have me engaged. Then you throw in a stellar cast featuring the likes of Viola Davis, Elizabeth Debicki, Michelle Rodriguez, Jon Bernthal, Colin Farrell, and Daniel Kaluuya, topped with the always-remarkable Steve McQueen as the film's director and you have a film that sounds like it's going to be something truly special.

RELEASE DATE: March 30th, 2018.

Not only is Steven Spielberg still one of the best directors working today but, for his next project, post-The Post, he is adapting Ernest Cline's novel Ready Player One. Now, the reason I am as excited for this film as I am is that 1) I love Spielberg, he's one of the best in the biz and 2) 'Ready Player One' is perhaps one of my favourite books ever. The novel is a holy grail of pop culture but, moreover, it has such a unique and great story - one that can certainly lend itself superbly to the big screen. But whilst I've liked the trailers thus far, I remain skeptical. I have very high expectations for this film and I just want it to be great. But I do also remain cautiously optimistic about this. If nothing else, I am just excited to see how one of my favourite directors is able to translate one of my favourite books to the silver screen. That, just in itself, is an exciting prospect which has me... ready... if you will.

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Awais Irfan
Founder of Oasis Awais, and avid lover of life, Awais Irfan's love of writing and film is unequivocal. Ever since he was a little kid, he has loved the cinematic experience; so much so, he is studying Film Production in Glasgow and hopes to be the next "big thing" in directing.

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