It's official: 2018 will be the year of the sci-fi movie. Thanks to the almost two dozen science-fiction movies coming out in the new year, fans will get adaptations, sequels, reboots, and even a few original science fiction adventures. It can be a bit of an overload, but these
21 sci-fi movies in 2018 fans of the genre need to see will not disappoint. And, even if a few do, fans won't have to wait long until they're on to the next.
In today's Hollywood landscape, it can be tough to narrow down a film as uniquely science-fiction. Action, fantasy, and science-fiction tend to blend into one, especially when it comes to superhero movies. As a result, most sci-fi movies are also action movies, and most fantasy movies are also science-fiction, so depending on your sci-fi tastes, not all 2018 sci-fi movies will work for you. If you're more into science than action, then
is not to be missed. But if you're more of an action and mythology type of moviegoer, then something like A Wrinkle in Time Pacific Rim Uprising might be more up your alley. 2018 promises to be a great year for sci-fi fans thanks to the wide scope and variety of the genre. And these 21 sci-fi movies coming out in 2018 prove it.
'Maze Runner: The Death Cure' — Jan. 26
The long-awaited conclusion to the Maze Runner trilogy,
Maze Runner: The Death Cure seems like it will delve deeper into the mythology of the story and the science behind it than the two previous films. Fans can look forward to plenty of action, as well as a more rigorous sci-fi backbone. Win-win.
'Black Panther' — Feb. 16
Wakanda is a nation known for its advanced technology and scientific advances, so, as much as some purists might want to dismiss
Black Panther as just a superhero movie, the fact is it's sci-fi. Not only is it a stellar example of the genre, it's also a groundbreaking one. Science fiction, like any other Hollywood genre, has tended towards white protagonists for far too long.
'Annihilation' — Feb. 23
Annihilation is pretty much your pure sci-fi (it is directed by Ex-Machina's Alex Garland, after all). Starring Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson, and Gina Rodriguez, Annihilation is about a team of scientists who venture into a dangerous outside world as they try to protect their way of life.
'A Wrinkle In Time' — March 9
Ava DuVernay's adaptation of the classic Madeleine L'Engle book is one of the most highly anticipated movies of the year and anyone who fell in love with sci-fi through the original book best be in the theaters come March.
'Pacific Rim Uprising' — March 23
John Boyega continues to live up to his title as the sci-fi adventure bae we need in
Pacific Rim Uprising. Boyega + giant robot warriors = sci-fi dreams.
'Ready Player One' — March 30
Steven Spielberg, the king of your science fiction childhood, is back with
Ready Player One, a science fiction movie not only tailor-made for fans of classics like E.T. and Jurassic Park, but made for fans of quite literally any sci-fi or fantasy property of the past three or more decades.
'The New Mutants' — April 13
The New Mutants, about a group of young mutants who are being held in a creepy facility against their will, is hoping to put a new spin on the popular X-Men films. Instead of the action that has previously been a hallmark of the X-Men series, fans can expect The New Mutants to lean into horror and sci-fi.
'God Particle' — April 20
There's not a lot fans know about
God Particle other than the fact that it's the next installment in the Cloverfield universe. According to IMDB, the movie is about a group of astronauts struggling for survival in space. It's unclear how the monsters or threats the astronauts face will relate to the two previous Cloverfield films, but fans of those two films will definitly be eager to find out.
'Solo: A Star Wars Story' — May 25
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An entire movie about young Han Solo's adventures traveling through space before meeting Luke Skywalker? Yes please!
'Ant-Man And The Wasp' — July 6
Marvel's first film with a female superhero headlining,
Ant-Man and The Wasp might not seem all that groundbreaking in a post- Wonder Woman world, but it's sadly true that this remains a pretty big deal for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and, so, is not to be missed.
'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' — June 22
Jeff Goldblum is back with his prehistoric friends in
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. No word on whether or not fans will get another shirtless scene.
'Alita: Battle Angel' — July 20
Based on the manga series,
Alita: Battle Angel is about a not-so-human woman who struggles with her bionic identity while also being hunted by forces that would want to use her unique abilities.
'The Predator' — Aug. 3
The Predator is bringing back the classic movie villain, but this time with Jacob Tremblay, Olivia Munn, Sterling K. Brown and Trevante Rhodes. So, it's a remake of the 1987 Arnold Schwarzenegger movie, but cuter and hotter all at the same time.
'Captive State' — Aug. 17
Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images Captive State promises to use science fiction to explore political themes, aka think more classic sci-fi than monster movie. The film is about an alien-occupied Chicago and the divisions the invasion have caused among the local humans.
'The Darkest Minds' — Sept. 14
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Based on the YA novel by Alexandra Bracken and directed by
Kung Fu Panda's Jennifer Yuh Nelson, The Darkest Minds will be your next feminist sci-fi obsession. The movie stars Amandla Stenberg as a 16-year-old girl ith superpowers who escapes government custody. Bonus sci-fi points: Gwendoline Christie co-stars.
'The House With A Clock In Its Walls' — Sept. 14
Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images The House with a Clock in its Walls is another adaptation, this time about a young orphan boy who ends up helping his uncle find a magic clock with the power to destroy the world. (You know, kid stuff.)
'Mortal Engines' — Dec. 14
Fans of the Philip Reeves novel
Mortal Engines will be thrilled to see the steampunk-sci-fi come to life on the big screen. The movie imagines a world where cities survive on wheels, not on Earth.
Get ready for the first Polynesian superhero in
Aquaman. After making a scene-stealing debut in Justice League, Aquaman is ready to shake up the comic book/sci-fi movie world in 2018, and fans could not be happier.
17-21. All The Superhero Movies
There are four other superhero movies hitting theaters in 2018 —
Avengers: Infinity War, the Deadpool sequel, Venom, and X-Men: Dark Phoenix. However, due to the overwhelming amount of superhero movies and the historic nature of just a few ( Ant Man and the Wasp, Black Panther, Aquaman), let's combine the rest here.
'Avengers: Infinity War' — May 4
'Untitled Deadpool Sequel' — May 18
'Venom' — Oct. 5
'X-Men: Dark Phoenix' — Nov. 2
Bonus: 'Fahrenheit 451' — TBA
Fahrenheit 451, HBO's new adaptation of the classic Ray Bradbury novel is technically a TV movie, so it won't be coming out in theaters. However, based solely on the fact that it stars Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon, fans are already eager to put this one at the top of the Best Sci-Fi of 2018 lists.