2018 is shaping up to be an absolutely insane year for movies. While 2017 had some major releases, especially in the comic book genre, 2018 is packed with even more massive tentpoles hitting theaters at a consistent rate beginning fairly early in the year. And the vast majority of these are movie sequels or entries into cinematic universes.
Many of those are sequels to movies that just came out a few years ago and were huge hits. But others are entries into franchises that haven’t had a sequel in a long time, with one being the long-anticipated follow-up to a movie released almost 15 years ago. Here’s a look at some of the most anticipated movie sequels arriving in 2018.
15. The Predator — Aug. 3
This fourth installment in the Predator series has been pitched as a fresh new take. But it’s not a reboot and is set in the existing continuity. The Predator takes place between Predator 2 and Predators, the latter of which was the most recent sequel. Predators only performed OK at the box office in 2010, but director Shane Black now hopes to inject the series with new life.
Black is a highly talented director responsible for films like Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and The Nice Guys. He also had a small role as Rick Hawkins in the original Predator. The cast of this sequel includes Boyd Holbrook, Olivia Munn, Keegan-Michael Key, Sterling K. Brown, Jacob Tremblay, and Alfie Allen. It opens in August, a month with few major releases, so it has potential to do quite well and launch a new string of sequels.
Next: This is the sequel to a spin-off of a franchise that launched in the 1970s.