2017 was a big year for Disney, Pixar, Lucasfilm, and Marvel, but 2018 looks to be even BIGGER. Not only are we getting a new Incredibles story, but we will also get our second installment of a stand alone Star Wars film and a new look at Mary Poppins. There may also be another big movie coming out that might have broken a record or two with just its trailer, but I’m sure you’re not interested in that, right? Either way, let’s take a look at what’s new for 2018 Disney movies!
What’s New for 2018 Disney Movies
Just in case you’ve forgotten, the Walt Disney Company now owns Pixar, Marvel Studios, and Lucasfilm, thus why I am including the release of those films in this post. Chronological order makes the most sense to me, especially if you bookmark this post for future reference. Here’s what you can expect in theaters for 2018 Disney movies!
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” hits theaters February 16.
A Wrinkle in Time
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.
“A Wrinkle in Time” will be in theaters March 9.
Avengers: Infinity War
Other than the official trailer, which broke the record for the most views in 24 hours when it was released, not much else has been said about this long awaited film. All I know is bearded Cap is in it. Spiderman has a new suit. Loki looks like a bad guy again. And Thanos ain’t playing with that Infinity Gauntlet. The trailer is bawse, and I can’t wait to see it!
“Avengers: Infinity War” rolls into theaters May 4.
Solo: A Star Wars Story
Once again, the crew from Lucasfilm (besides Ron Howard and his Twitter feed, bless it) are being notoriously tight lipped about this film. Lots of rumors are swirling about the direction of the film and the acting. Listen, if we can all sit through “The Phantom Menace,” I’m sure we can work this one out too. I am excited, if nothing else, to see Donald Glover as Lando. It’s a Star Wars Story, what could go wrong? Wait, don’t answer that.
“Solo: A Star Wars Story” comes to theaters May 25.
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 transistion 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” blasts into theaters June 15.
Ant Man and The Wasp
Another film we know just a smidge about, “Ant Man and The Wasp” will see Paul Rudd return as Scott Lang/Ant-Man and Evangeline Lilly return as Hope Pym/The Wasp. The best part about this Marvel film? Hope Pym is not just going to be a supporting character. She is going to be a true lead alongside Scott/Ant-Man. Three cheers for more leading ladies!
“Ant-Man and The Wasp” debuts July 6.
Disney’s Christoper Robin
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
“The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” is a live action adaptation of the classic ballet “The Nutcracker.” If the trailer is any indication, the visuals and music are going to be incredible. I have a soft spot for “The Nutcracker” having danced in a ballet production of it multiple times growing up. I know at least one of my girls will be interested in this, so we’ll definitely have to make this viewing a mommy/daughter date.
“The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” dances into theaters November 2.
Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2
Add another animated film to your list! A few sneak peeks for this forthcoming sequel to the smash hit “Wreck-It Ralph” debuted at D23 last summer. Based on the title alone, Ralph is going to discover gaming and the internet, and, obviously, he’s going to wreck it. All of the Disney princesses will make an appearance at some point in the film, and I can’t wait to see it! Hilarious and heart warming, just like the first film, are my bets.
“Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2” zooms into theaters November 21.
Mary Poppins Returns
Starring Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins, this eagerly anticipated sequel features a brand new cast including talented superstar Lin-Manuel Miranda. The focus of this story will be on the children of a now grown-up Jane and Michael Banks. No one can replace Julie Andrews as Mary Poppins, but I am willing to give Emily Blunt a try. At the very least, she definitely looks the part.
“Mary Poppins Returns” lands in theaters December 25.
There you have it! All nine films slated for release from the Walt Disney Company in 2018. I’ve got a few of those I am just dying to see, and others have my curiosity piqued. Which of the 2018 Disney movies are you most excited about?