This year is going to be EPIC! I cannot even BEGIN to express my excitement over these upcoming Disney movies. The Walt Disney Studios motion pictures slate for 2018 is possibly the best ever!
2018 Upcoming Disney Movies
When you see all of the movies The Walt Disney Studios has in store for us this year, you’re going to agree with me. I literally have not been this excited for a year of movies in a very long time!
February 16, 2018 – BLACK PANTHER (Marvel Studios)
First up is BLACK PANTHER, and if you’ve been following me lately, you’ve seen some amazing BLACK PANTHER trailers and featurettes. If you haven’t been keeping up, here’s the synopsis again.
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.
March 9, 2018 – A WRINKLE IN TIME (Walt Disney Studios)
In March, Madeleine L’Engle’s timeless classic comes to life.
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 Peňa 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.
Produced by Jim Whitaker and Catherine Hand with Doug Merrifield and Adam Borba serving as executive producers, the film also boasts an impressive creative team featuring some of the most talented and skilled craft persons working today, including: Tobias Schliessler, ASC as director of photography, Naomi Shohan as production designer, Oscar®-nominee Spencer Averick as film editor, two-time Academy Award®-nominee Paco Delgado as costume designer with music by Ramin Djawadi.
A WRINKLE IN TIME opens nationwide on March 9, 2018.
May 4, 2018 – AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR (Marvel Studios)
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh! (That is my fangirl scream!) I’m sure you know how ecstatic I am about this movie. I’ve been posting a Marvel movie each week to get you prepped for INFINITY WAR! I even made a printable list for you, so you can check the movies off as you watch them. Be sure to follow my blog each week because I’m finding little tie-ins to INFINITY WAR in each movie. It is so much fun! I am totally of the belief that these little things have been planned all along. We’ll see!
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 Superhero 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 May 4, 2018.
May 25, 2018 – SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (Lucasfilm)
Who doesn’t love STAR WARS and Han Solo?? This is another one that we’ve been waiting for since it was announced! Stay tuned for a trailer that is coming soon!
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.
June 15, 2018 – INCREDIBLES 2 (Disney / Pixar)
I love, love, love THE INCREDIBLES and cannot wait for INCREDIBLES 2. It is going to be totes adorbs and hilarious. I cannot believe it’s been 14 years since the first movie worked its way into our hearts. Time sure flies!
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.
Directed by Brad Bird (“Iron Giant,” “The Incredibles”) and produced by John Walker (“The Incredibles”) and Nicole Grindle (“Sanjay’s Super Team” short, “Toy Story 3” associate producer), “Incredibles 2” busts into theaters on June 15, 2018.
July 6, 2018 – ANT-MAN AND THE WASP (Marvel Studios)
Okay, see what I mean? This. Entire, Year. Every movie. And we’re only up to July in this epic line-up!
I loved ANT-MAN way more than I anticipated, and now I just cannot wait for ANT-MAN AND THE WASP! Be sure to check back for a trailer, coming soon!
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 Superhero 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.
Kevin Feige is producing with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Stephen Broussard, Charles Newirth and Stan Lee serving as executive producers. Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers, Paul Rudd, Andrew Barrer & Gabriel Ferrari wrote the screenplay.
ANT-MAN AND THE WASP hits U.S. theatres on July 6, 2018.
August 3, 2018 – DISNEY’S CHRISTOPHER ROBIN (Walt Disney Studios)
This is going to be such a sweet, heartwarming movie. I’ve always loved the stories that take place in the Hundred Acre Wood.
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.
November 2, 2018 – THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS (Walt Disney Studios)
When this trailer released, my 23 year old daughter had just spent the day watching a version of THE NUTCRACKER. I have always loved it, and I’ve got fond memories of dancing to the album with my sisters. THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS looks amazing!
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 Hallström 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.
November 21, 2018 – RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET: WRECK-IT RALPH 2 (Walt Disney Animation Studios)
WRECK-IT RALPH was such a cute movie, and I am sure RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET: WRECK-IT RALPH 2 will be a huge hit as well!
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.”
RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET: WRECK-IT RALPH 2 is 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.
December 25, 2018 – MARY POPPINS RETURNS (Walt Disney Studios)
I am SO excited for this! MARY POPPINS is one of my favorite movies ever. I will randomly burst into songs from MARY POPPINS at all times!
Also, my best friend from high school and I are (very likely) going to get Mary Poppins tattoos soon. I know we’ll be seeing this movie together, and I can’t wait!
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.
Now that you’ve seen this AMAZING list, which movie are you most excited to see? Though I’m psyched for this entire slate of upcoming Disney movies, I am most excited for INFINITY WAR. Bet you couldn’t guess that!