hmv previews... 2018's Best Movies - Superheroes
Over the next two weeks, we're going to be previewing 100 of 2018's best movies. We begin today with the superheroes...
Avengers: Infinity War
Starring: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth and so many more...
Director: The Russo Brothers
Release Date: April 27th
After devastating the Avengers with the events of Captain America: Civil War, the team must come back together as they’re finally forced to face down Thanos, who is trying to amass the Infinity Stones for a gauntlet that will allow him to inflict his will on all reality.
To stop him, the Avengers are going to need all the help they can get, so they’ve got the Guardians Of The Galaxy, Spider-Man, Ant-Man and Doctor Strange along for the ride.
Given Infinity War and its 2019 sequel have cost a reported $1 billion to produce, you’d expect a spectacular like we’ve never seen before…
Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker and Andy Serkis.
Director: Ryan Coogler
Release Date: February 16th
After making his debut in Captain America: Civil War and before he joins up with the Avengers to take on Thanos, we get to spend a bit more time with Black Panther.
Set after the events of Civil War, we follow Boseman’s T’Challa as he heads back to his homeland of Wakanda following the death of his father, the King of Wakanda.
Once home, he soon discovers that he faces a challenge for the throne from factions within his own country, and, when two new enemies conspire to destroy Wakanda, he is forced to team up with C.I.A. agent Everett K. Ross and members of Wakanadan special forces, to prevent Wakanda from being dragged into a world war.
The New Mutants
Starring: Anya Taylor-Joy, Maisie Williams, Charlie Heaton, Henry Zaga, Blu Hunt, and Alice Braga.
Director: Josh Boone
Release Date: April 11th
This dark, dark X-Men spin-off follows five young mutants, all of whom are just discovering their abilities while held in a secret facility against their will. Together they will fight to escape their past sins and save themselves.
Williams plays Wolfsbane, a girl struggling to reconcile her religious beliefs with her power to turn into a wolf, while Taylor-Joy will play Magik, a girl who has learned sorcery and uses teleportation discs to travel. Magik is the sister of Colossus, most recently seen in 2016's Deadpool.
Newcomers Henry Zaga, Blu Hunt and Charlie Heaton play Sunspot, Moonstar and Cannonball respectively, while Elysium star Alice Braga plays Dr Cecilia Reyes, a mutant and medical doctor who acts as a mentor for the new mutants.
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, T. J. Miller, Leslie Uggams, Brianna Hildebrand, Stefan Kapičić, Zazie Beetz, Josh Brolin and Jack Kesy.
Director: David Leitch
Release Date: June 1st
Although at $58 million it cost a fraction of what most superhero movies cost to get together, 2016’s blood-spattered and profanity-filled Deadpool was still considered a risk. Then it made $783 million at the box office, so naturally, a sequel was quickly ordered.
The sequel will see Wade Wilson return and face off against Black Tom, a well-loved nemesis from the X-Men comics. Black Tom is a Dublin-born mutant who can manipulate, bond with, and project energy through plant life. He will be played by Jack Kesy.
Kesy joins Josh Brolin and Atlanta star Zazie Beetz in being cast for the sequel. Brolin will play time travelling cybernetic mutant soldier Cable, while Beetz will portray Domino, a cynical mercenary with the mutant ability to manipulate luck.
Ant-Man And The Wasp
Starring: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, Tip "T.I." Harris, Judy Greer, David Dastmalchian, Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer, Laurence Fishburne, Hannah John-Kamen, Randall Park and Walton Goggins.
Director: Peyton Reed
Release Date: August 3rd
Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man gets a second solo outing this summer and this time he’ll be teaming up with Evangeline Lilly’s Wasp to form a double act.
In the sequel, which is set after the events of Captain America: Civil War, we find Scott Lang trying to balance his home life as a father with his responsibilities as Ant-Man.
Then he’s forced into a dangerous new mission when his mentor and Ant-Man inventor Hank Pym asks him to rescue Pym's wife from the quantum realm, requiring him to team up with the new Wasp.
Starring alongside Rudd and Lilly are Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, T.I, Judy Greer, Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer, Laurence Fishburne and Walton Goggins.
Peyton Reed, who stepped in at the last minute to take over from Edgar Wright on the original movie, is back in the director’s chair once again.
Starring: Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Patrick Wilson, Willem Dafoe, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Temuera Morrison, Dolph Lundgren and Nicole Kidman.
Director: James Wan
Release Date: December 21st
After making his debut in Justice League, Jason Momoa’s Arthur Curry now gets his own origin story in next year’s Aquaman.
This movie picks up right after the shattering events of Justice League, with Curry, already a reluctant ruler of the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, caught between land dwellers that are always polluting the globe and his own people who are ready to invade the surface.
He must balance both the nations and deal with new enemies from within the kingdom, who are sharpening their knives...
X-Men: Dark Phoenix
Starring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner, Alexandra Shipp, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Evan Peters and Jessica Chastain.
Director: Simon Kinberg
Release Date: November 2nd 2018
Set a decade after the events of X-Men: Apocalypse, things are looking rosy for the X-Men who have become celebrities and public sensations, leading Professor X to encourage the team to do more as superheroes.
Unfortunately, one mission takes them into space, and an unaccounted-for accident greatly empowers Jean Grey, but at the cost of losing control of herself and acting irrationally. All the while, an alien empress seeks to use Jean for her own intentions.
Simon Kinberg makes his first appearance as director having served as a writer and producer in the franchise for more than a decade.
Starring: Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Jenny Slate and Woody Harrelson
Director: Ruben Fleischer
Release Date: October 5th
Tom Hardy takes on the iconic role of Eddie Brock in this much-anticipated Spider-Man spin-off.
Venom is the host of an alien symbiote that gives him incredible power and the ability to wreak an awful lot of destruction.
Plot details about this one are scant at present, but early reports are very, very good.
Starring: Holly Hunter, Craig T. Nelson, Sarah Vowell and Samuel L. Jackson
Director: Brad Bird
Release Date: July 13th 2018
It's been 13 years since the release of the original movie, which followed a family of superheroes who are forced to hide their powers and live a quiet suburban life, a plan which they are forced to ditch when Syndrome, a former fan who now plots to wipe out all superheroes with his killer robot, turns up.
In the sequel, Bob Parr, a.k.a Mr Incredible, is left to care for baby Jack-Jack while his wife Helen is out saving the world.
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 and the emergence of a new villain.
Holly Hunter, Craig T. Nelson, Sarah Vowell, Huck Milner, Samuel L. Jackson, Bob Odenkirk and Catherine Keener are on vocal duty, with Brad Bird returning to the director's chair.
Alita: Battle Angel
Starring: Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein and Jackie Earle Haley.
Director: Robert Rodriguez
Release Date: July 20th
Yukito Kishiro's hugely successful Battle Angel Alita manga is given the big screen treatment with Robert Rodriguez and James Cameron overseeing as producer.
Alita is a weapon created by Waltz’s mysterious Dr Ido while searching for cyborg parts and made into a lethal, dangerous being. She cannot remember who she is, or where she came from. But we’re about to find out...