Best New Movie Trailers and Release Dates 2018: We’ve rounded up some of the best new films coming out in 2018 with their trailers and release dates, including Black Panther, Deadpool 2, and more. And if you want to grab tickets for any of the movies, check out our guide to buying cheap cinema tickets in the UK.
Last updated with the latest trailer for A Wrinkle in Time.
Early Man release date: 26 January 2018
Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, Maisie Williams, Timothy Spall
What we know: The latest film from Wallace & Gromit and Chicken Run creator Nick Park is taking us back to the Stone Age as Eddie Redmayne’s Dug has to lead his tribe to victory against some local Bronze Age upstarts. It’s an Aardman animation, so expect over-sized teeth, wacky animals, and oodles of slapstick humour – something the trailer delivers in spades:
Maze Runner: The Death Cure UK release date: 26 January 2018
Starring: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Katherine Emmanuel
What we know: The third (and final?) Maze Runner movie finally arrives after lengthy delays caused by an on-set injury to star Dylan O’Brien, promising answers once and for all about just why maze running is so great anyway. Will there be mazes? Maybe. Running? Probably. Improbably attractive young stars wooing each other in the midst of it all? Absolutely.
Black Panther release date: 9 February 2018
Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira
What we know: After debuting in Captain America: Civil War, Chadwick Boseman is back as Black Panther, Marvel’s all-African superhero who just also happens to be a king. The mostly black cast looks like a huge step forward for superheroic diversity, and it doesn’t hurt that the action is probably going to be pretty top-notch too.
The Shape of Water
The Shape of Water UK release date: 16 February 2018
Starring: Sally Hawkins, Doug Jones, Michael Shannon, Octavia Spencer
What we know: The latest creature feature from renowned director Guillermo Del Toro looks likely to be more weepy than scary, focussing on the forbidden love between a deaf woman and a mute fish man who lives in a government facility. It’s a tale as old as time and all that. Still, it looks lovely, it won the top prize at the Venice Film Festival, and critics have been raving.
Pacific Rim: Uprising release date: 23 February 2018
Starring: John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Burn Gorman
What we know: Giant robots meet giant monsters. Again. This sequel to Guillermo Del Toro’s masterpiece of monster mayhem comes from TV veteran Steven S. DeKnight, and stars John Boyega (of Star Wars fame) as the son of the first film’s Idris Elba character. This time the robots are sleeker, the monsters are bigger, and it’s gonna be bloody great.
Red Sparrow UK release date: 2 March 2018
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Charlotte Rampling, Jeremy Irons
What we know: Jennifer Lawrence is a super-spy in this new thriller which sees her trained as a ‘Sparrow’, a Russian agent who uses every tool at her disposal to seduce and eliminate her targets. That all sounds pretty familiar, but the trailer suggests a welcome dark tone to the film, so there might be more here than the plot summary suggests.
Tomb Raider release date: 16 March 2018
Starring: Alicia Vikander, Walton Goggins, Daniel Wu, Dominic West
What we know: Tomb Raider stars Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft at the beginning of her tomb raiding days. Here she’s just a young woman off to follow the footsteps of her mysteriously disappeared father, which will lead her to, you guessed it, a tomb. Wonder what she’ll do once she gets there?
A Wrinkle in Time release date: 23 March 2018
Starring: Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling
What we know: This book adaptation from Disney is a trippy voyage through time and space led by none other than Oprah. Amazing. Director Ava DuVernay is best known for documentaries and big serious stuff like her Martin Luther King Jr. biopic Selma, so we can’t wait to see how she handles glossy, woke fantasy. Judging by the trailers, it looks like she’s got it under control.
Ready Player One
Ready Player One release date: 30 March 2018
Starring: Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn
What we know: Based on the best-selling novel by Ernest Cline, Ready Player One is a pop culture-soaked tribute to the ’80s. Set in 2045, it centres on a virtual reality contest with a fortune as the prize – and the answer is almost certainly hidden in its creator’s obsession with the music, films, TV, and most importantly videogames of the ’80s. Steven Spielberg is in the director’s chair, so hopefully it should be in safe hands.
Isle of Dogs UK release date: 30 March 2018
Starring: Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Scarlett Johansson, Jeff Goldblum
What we know: The latest film from auteur director Wes Anderson sees him return to stop-motion animation for one of his strangest stories yet. Imagining a future where Japan is overrun by dogs, the excess canines are shipped off to an island rubbish dump, which one young boy journeys to on a quest to reclaim his own missing pooch. It’s all very, very Wes Anderson – make of that what you will.
Rampage UK release date: 13 April 2018
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Naomie Harris, Jeffrey Dean Morgan
What we know: Dwayne ‘the Rock’ Johnson stars in this retro video game adaptation, which pits him up against a giant gorilla, wolf, and crocodile. Not coincidentally, it’s from the director of San Andreas, which pitted him against an earthquake, so we’re hoping for similar levels of so-bad-it’s-good thrills.
Avengers: Infinity War
Avengers: Infinity War UK release date: 27 April 2018
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Pratt… and so on
What we know: All of the superheroes ever are joining forces in the biggest Marvel movie yet, as Josh Brolin’s long-teased Thanos finally arrives to claim the six Infinity Stones and basically murder everybody. The cast is absolutely stupidly huge, but it all leads into the as-yet-untitled fourth Avengers movie in 2019, which will probably thin the herd a bit.
Deadpool 2 release date: 1 June 2018
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin
What we know: Ryan Reynolds is back as the Merc with a Mouth in the sequel to 2016’s surprise R-rated hit.
The first proper teaser, titled ‘Wet on Wet’, begins with Ryan Reynolds dressed as TV painter Bob Ross. Intriguingly bizarre, the trailer kicks off with some Deadpool-appropriate innuendo-splattered comedy and then we quickly get into the action, which involves explosions, guns and a funeral, but nothing in the way of spoilers.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom UK release date: 7 June 2018
Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jeff Goldblum
What we know: Jeff Goldblum is making his grand return to the Jurassic universe in the sequel to the massive hit Jurassic World. Once again, a host of unlucky characters have to somehow be persuaded back to an island full of deadly dinosaurs – this time to save the poor critters from going extinct all over again courtesy of an active volcano.
Ocean’s 8 UK release date: 22 June 2018
Starring: Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Rihanna
What we know: This is the all-female take on the classic Ocean’s heist franchise, with Sandra Bullock stepping into George Clooney’s shoes for another daring robbery – this time of a diamond necklace from the middle of the Met Ball. It could be hilarious, daring, and progressive – but on the other hand it does have a James Corden cameo, so we’re reserving our judgement for now.
Sicario 2: Soldado
Sicario 2: Soldado UK release date: 29 June 2018
Starring: Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin
What we know: Benicio Del Toro is back in this unexpected sequel to the hit drug war movie Sicario. Original director Denis Villeneuve isn’t back (he was busy with a little Blade Runner sequel) and neither is original star Emily Blunt, but Del Toro is stepping into the limelight for another grim ‘n’ gritty take on the cartel conflict along the US/Mexico border. Expect violence, moral grey areas, and probably more than a few jabs at Trump’s wall.
Incredibles 2 UK release date: 13 July 2018
Starring: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Samuel L. Jackson, Bob Odenkirk, Catherine Keener
What we know: Forget The Avengers – this year’s biggest superhero squad comes fully animated. 14 years on from their 2004 debut, Pixar’s The Incredibles are back in a long-awaited sequel. We don’t know much more than that right now, but we really don’t need to – we’re ready to pre-order our tickets already.
Alita: Battle Angel
Alita: Battle Angel UK release date: 20 July 2018
Starring: Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz
What we know: Robert Rodriguez is directing this live action manga adaptation (with the legendary James Cameron producing) that falls squarely into the uncanny valley. In adapting the ’90s manga Battle Angel Alita Rodriguez has used CGI to maintain those characteristic giant anime eyes – though only for the lead – to unsettling effect. We’re not sure yet how well it’ll work, but colour us intrigued.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse UK release date: 14 December 2018
Starring: Shameik Moore, Mahershala Ali, Brian Tyree Henry
What we know: This is the Spider-Man movie you didn’t know you should be so excited about. Phil Lord and Chris Miller (of The Lego Movie and the Han Solo movie until they were replaced) direct this animated take on the webslinger, featuring Miles Morales rather than Peter Parker behind the mask. It looks absolutely gorgeous, like no other comic book movie before, and even teases multiple Spideys in one film. We can’t wait.
Mortal Engines UK release date: 14 December 2018
Starring: Robert Sheehan, Hera Hilmar, Hugo Weaving
What we know: Peter Jackson is producing this adaptation of Philip Reeve’s post-apocalyptic book series, which has seen cities turned into giant vehicles, roving the wasteland and consuming smaller ‘traction towns’. It, uh, sounds pretty nuts to anyone who hasn’t read the books, but we’re definitely intrigued.