Looking Ahead to 2018!
2017 was an embarrassment of riches for nerd stuff, but that’s all in the past now. It’s 2018 baby, and with that it means it’s time to look ahead to what’s coming our way for nerdy goodness in the New Year. And we’ll start with arguably the biggest movie the year….
Avengers: Infinity War
I mean, come on, like this wouldn’t be on the list? The culmination of ten years (and over 17 movies), Avengers: Infinity War is THE movie to beat this year. I can’t imagine it’ll live up to the insurmountable hype, but the Russo Brothers have proven us wrong twice before, so who knows, anything is possible. And with the recent announcement of Disney’s acquisition of Fox, I’m holding out for a post credits tease for someone from that side of the wall popping up.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
Another non-surprise entry, I know. It’s well known that I have a strong affinity for the Teenage Witch, and her comic series is one of the best books on the stands (when it comes out). Originally set for the CW, Netflix swooped in and scooped up the TV show, giving it a two season, ten episode order. So not only does that mean that Netflix sees the value in the Sabrina brand, Netflix can also get as weird as they want to with this series, something that probably wouldn’t have been possible on a network like CW.
American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace
Ryan Murphy’s original American Crime Story season did the impossible: it made the OJ Simpson story riveting again. If he could do that with a story that was everywhere, I’m beyond curious to see what he does with this new season, which details the murder of Gianni Versace, a story that I admittedly know nothing about. Once again, Murphy has assembled a dynamite cast, and the hype is real for this new season, which starts insanely soon.
If you had told me ten years ago that we’d be getting a Black Panther movie, and that it looked awesome, I would’ve laughed in your face. But Marvel’s hot streak continues, and Black Panther looks to be the movie that helps them finally get some more diversity in their film line up. With a cast that includes the incredible Michael B Jordan as Kilmonger and Angela Bassett as T’Challa’s mom, not to mention being filmed by Creed’s Ryan Coogler, Black Panther looks to be the sleeper super hero hit of the year. The first cut has a rumored four hour runtime, and honestly I’d be super cool with that.
Easily my favorite part of Justice League, Aquaman’s getting his own movie this upcoming year. The last of the “first run” DC movies, Jason Momoa’s solo vehicle has been described as “Star Wars underwater”, which is enough for me to go see it. Add in Patrick Wilson as the villain and James Wan directing, and this sounds like a DC movie that will have more in common with Wonder Woman than Batman V Superman.
Westworld Season Two
Westworld was my biggest surprise of the year when it first came out, but the wait for season two has been a very long one. Thankfully that will change this year, as the show will make a triumphant return in 2018 (most likely to fill the void of Game of Thrones). With returning cast members like Ed Harris and the awesome Evan Rachel Wood, Westworld is in a very interesting place when it comes back, and the mystery is said to be even more weird and crazy than ever.
Defying all odds, the original Deadpool movie was not only a box office smash, but made me fall back in love with the character that I hadn’t really cared much for since I was in my early twenties. Much of that is thanks to Ryan Reynolds, who’s casting as the Merc With A Mouth still stands as the best casting decision in the history of comic book films. With Josh Brolin making his long awaited debut as Cable; it’s going to be a great time at the cinemas with ol’ Wade, as he’ll finally be paired against someone who doesn’t give a crap about any of his jokes.