Forget going to the gym or getting a promotion at work. Here's an unlikely New Year's resolution that we think everyone can agree on: spending more time on the couch and in front of the TV. There's really no other choice, given all the great movies, shows, and comics coming out this year.
Fans were already a bit spoiled by 2017; it was a tumultuous year in the real world, but geeks were gifted with kickass heroines, hilarious superheroes, a giant leap forward in the Star Wars galaxy, and more great TV than ever before. As you can tell from our year-end lists of best movies, best TV shows, and best comics, the spoils of geekdom were plenty. But 2018 looks to be just as generous to fans, with all kinds of new Marvel movies, another Star Wars adventure, the return of major TV series, the relaunch of an iconic comics brand, and so much more — and that's what we know thus far.
It's hard to limit a list of upcoming projects for which we're excited to just 18, but it's a nice gimmick, so we had to do it. After close consideration, here are 18 of the upcoming genre events that have us excited for 2018.
While Marvel brings Black Panther to the big screen, The CW and DC are bringing another long-overdue adaptation to the small screen: Black Lightning. Cress Williams will take on Tony Isabella and Trevor Von Eedon's educating and street-fighting hero, Jefferson Pierce, beginning January 16, 2018, and we're stoked to see an older, family man in the role of a superhero. Can he beat The 100? And by that, we mean the gang and not theother CW TV series? Yes he can.
Deadpool gets animated
With Atlanta masterminds Danny and Stephen Glover running and writing, and the production to come out of FX/FXX, we cannot wait for the 10-episode first season of the Deadpool animated series. We’ve seen how innovative FX can be with Legion (Season 2 of that is coming in 2018 too) and how much they push the boundaries of content in Archer. It can be violent, raunchy, and do things too complicated to carry out in live action. All of the parties involved make for a collaboration too good to fail. - Ernie Estrella
Young Justice's return
Live TV adaptations of superhero content are usually a source of painful compromise for many, which is why animated series, when done well, excel. Warner Bros. is always light years ahead of the game. Their revival of the canceled-too-early Young Justice rectifies a misstep by Cartoon Network after high streaming numbers on Netflix justified more episodes. The heroic trio of producers Sam Register and Greg Weisman with art director Phil Bourassa, give fans all the confidence that they can pick this series up and hit the ground sprinting like Kid Flash. The original voice cast is expected to return as well as DC will have a new digital platform that will launch 26 new episodes in 2018. - Ernie Estrella
On August 8th the beloved DC imprint, Vertigo will relaunch and celebrate 25 years of provocative, challenging, and imaginative creator-driven comics that launched series such as Sandman, Preacher, Transmetropolitan, 100 Bullets, Scalped and Lucifer. Over time, more creator-friendly avenues opened up at other publishers and DC Comics scaled back the imprint over the years but thankfully, they never shut it down. Current Vertigo Executive Editor Mark Doyle will honor the work of Karen Berger and Shelly Bond and forge a new generation of comics that excites and pushes the edge of storytelling. Nothing has been revealed but we are expecting creators and big concept comics that will get folks talking. – Ernie Estrella
Westworld resumes operations
It's been more than a year since Westworld ended its first season on HBO with a massive, game-changing finale that set the whole series on another course. In 2018 (at a so-far unnamed date) we get to return to the park to see just how far that change will go. Showrunner Jonathan Nolan promised us in 2016: “If the first season was defined by control, the second season is defined by chaos.” The stakes in the park have become real. The hosts are self-aware, capable of doing harm and unafraid to fight for themselves. Ford's "final narrative" is raging through his creation. We still know very little about what to expect from Westworld's second chapter (We might get samurai), but if the first season was any indication, we do know that we're in for a lavishly produced, carefully written, and beautifully acted dose of cerebral sci-fi drama. - Matthew Jackson
Good Omens launches
This upcoming Amazon miniseries is based on the classic book Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Properties of Agnes Nutter, Witch, which was co-written by Neil Gaiman and Sir Terry Pratchett in 1990. Though Sir Pratchett (famed author of the Discworld fantasy series) has sadly passed on, Neil Gaiman is scripting and show-running this adaptation himself. David Tennant and Michael Sheen are set to rip up the screen as the devil/angel duo of Crowley and Aziraphale, alongside Michael McKean, Jon Hamm, and Reece Shearsmith. Gaiman has also been using his Instagram to show plenty of little behind the scenes peeks. There is no set release date yet, but we’ll definitely be seeing it on Amazon in 2018. - Brian Silliman
Jamie Lee Curtis returns to Halloween
One of the biggest horror franchise of all time, Halloween has seen all manner of sequels and reboots over the years, with varying degrees of success. 2018 will bring us a John Carpenter-approved version that is supposed to be a direct sequel to Carpenter’s original 1978 film. Carpenter will write the score; original star Jamie Lee Curtis will return as Laurie Strode; and writer Danny McBride promises the film will focus on dread over gore. - Alyse Wax
The 13th Doctor takes over
The most political thing about Doctor Who is not that a woman, Jodie Whittaker, will take the title role in 2018, but that it took over half a century for that to happen. Nevertheless, that a Jodie Whittaker will be the Doctor come Fall 2018 AND that we'll have a new showrunner in Chris Chibnall, is almost certainly the most exciting thing to happen to Doctor Who since the series returned in 2005. New Doctor, new companions, new TARDIS, new showrunner, new everything #OhBrilliant. - Dany Roth
New Mutants get a (horror) movie
Yes, Disney has bought up Fox's properties, including the X-Men. But before they take over Marvel's mutants, we still get a little more of Fox's surprisingly original takes on these characters. Deadpool and Logan taught Fox it was smart to push the superhero genre a lot further, and with New Mutants we're getting the first-ever horror movie with established Marvel characters. Night found huge success combining horror and heroes with both Unbreakable and Split. Here's hoping the New Mutants have the same luck. - Dany Roth
The Magicians are back
Season 3 of The Magicians is back to really blow our minds. You’d think they’d lay low after their actions last season caused the gods to turn off magic all over the world, but this season looks set to prove us all wrong. Higher stakes, more heart, bigger questions, and the expansion of Margo’s creative swearing are just some of the things to look forward to. They're back, bitches. - Shana O'Neil
Mega Man 11
We've been living in dark times, friends. Dark, soulless, empty, no-new-Mega-Man-games-for-like-YEARS times. But, thankfully, 2018 is the year the healing between Capcom and humanity can finally begin, because the Blue Bomber is back, baby! New Robot Masters! New weapon upgrades! New dangerously addictive Mega Man music! And, bold statement, we're happy the series is moving away from the purely 8-bit remix style. Now we just need a new Mega Man Legends!
Cloak and Dagger
Of all the Marvel characters in all the land, who could have seen a Cloak and Dagger series coming? But, honestly, who saw Freeform finding one of the best TV series of 2017 in The Bold Type? So, in that way these characters and this network feel like a perfect fit for each other. We have no idea if a Cloak and Dagger series can work, but we're super excited to find out.
Sometime in late 2018, Netflix will drop the American adaptation of a show that's half Legion, half Happy, and half not good at fractions. Maniac, which stars Jonah Hill and Emma Stone is about a man who lives in an institution but who is constantly hallucinating supernaturally bizarre worlds. Is he sick? Probably. But why is he sick and what's his real story? This isn't on everyone's radar yet, but we're hoping Maniac is going to be one of the surprise hits of 2018.
News of She-Ra's return sent a thrill though much of the staff, especially Jesse Murray, and we're breathless with anticipation to see what Noelle Stevenson (Lumberjanes, Nimona) does with this "modern take on the ‘80s girl power icon" when it premieres on Netflix this year. For the honor of Greyskull!
Black Panther makes history
This is a major event for a number of reasons. First, it's the first movie starring a black superhero in many years, and certainly the first of the modern superhero movie era; Marvel has produced nearly 20 films, and only now is a mostly black cast taking center stage. But it's not just its historical significance that has us pumped for Black Panther — it also looks absolutely awesome. We've already seen what star Chadwick Boseman can do as T'Challa, the rest of the cast — including Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Angela Bassett, and Forest Whitaker — is incredible, and Fruitvale Station and Creed director Ryan Coogler is one of the best young filmmakers working today.
Solo brings the intrigue
Put aside the debate over whether or not it made sense to make a movie about Han Solo's early adventures in galactic law-breaking. The character will forever belong to Harrison Ford. But the movie is being made — it's in post-production right now — and Alden Ehrenreich is as good a choice as there is for the role. What makes us particularly excited for this one is the drama around its production. Acclaimed directors Phil Miller and Chris Lord will fired with nearly 90 percent of the movie nearly done, and Ron Howard — a beloved, but much more mainstream director — came in to replace them. In May, everyone will be trying to discern which parts were Lord/Miller's and which parts came from Howard's re-shoots, which were reportedly more substantial than expected.
Marvel goes to Infinity
After a full decade of Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, we'll finally get to see (just about) all of the heroes come together in one, gigantic blockbuster. Will they all fit? Will it be comprehensible? To be determined! But it's directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, who took the Captain America movies to the next level and squeezed a lot of stars together in last year's Civil War, so we have some faith that Marvel can pull it off.
Deadpool comes back, hard
The Merc with a Mouth will be everywhere in 2018. We're very OK with that.