Turning to more than 3,500 patrons of their website, the ticket purveyor took votes over the last month and determined that (surprise, surprise) Captain Marvel (March 8), Dumbo (March 29), and Avengers: Endgame (April 26) are three of the most highly anticipated cinematic releases of 2019. Not far behind are Aladdin (May 24), Toy Story 4 (June 24), Spider-Man: Far From Home (July 5), The Lion King (July 19), and, of course, Star Wars: Episode IX (Dec. 20).
"The popularity of superhero movies is at an all-time high as we head into the new year,” said Fandango Managing Editor Erik Davis in an official release. “Marvel fans are particularly anxious for the final Avengers chapter after that Infinity War cliffhanger, and are eagerly awaiting the studio’s first standalone female superhero, Captain Marvel. It’s also clear Star Wars fans are missing their December fix, and they cannot wait for the next chapter in the Skywalker saga, Episode IX."
The only non-Disney projects on the list are M. Night Shyamalan's Glass (January 18) and Todd Phillips' Joker. Fandango's results are obviously different from those found on IMDb's recent list of most-anticipated films to be released in 2019.
In that instance, Disney only got three spots, with Endgame, Captain Marvel, and Aladdin, while other spots were taken by the likes of Hellboy (April 12), It: Chapter Two (Sept. 6), and Dark Phoenix (June 7). Glass and Joker were also among the Top 10 contenders for IMDb as well. Unlike the other list, however, Fandango choices are genre projects. Still, it's interesting that Detective Pikachu (May 10), Godzilla: King of the Monsters (May 31), Men in Black: International (June 14), and Terminator 6 (Nov. 1) continue to receive the cold shoulder in terms of audience excitement.
That said, Fandango also held polls on most anticipated: actress, actor, animator actor, rising female movie star, rising male movie star, animated movie, standalone comic book movie, and horror/thriller. Naturally, names like Brie Larson, Scarlett Johansson, Daisy Ridley, Lupita Nyong’o, Sophie Turner, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hanks, Chris Evans, Winston Duke, Bruce Willis, Joaquin Phoenix, Samuel L. Jackson, and Will Smith all appeared on the list.
While Shazam! (April 5), Hellboy, and Dark Phoenix were shafted on the Top 10 list, they still made it onto the one for "Most Anticipated New Standalone Comic Book Movie." The Godzilla sequel made it in under the wire, with Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things) being voted a "Rising Female Movie Star." Some of Brown's compatriots are Rosa Salazar of Alita: Battle Angel (February 14) and Cynthia Erivo of Chaos Walking (March 1). Rising actors include Noah Centineo of Charlie's Angels (Nov. 1) and Mena Massoud of Aladdin.
As for animation, 2019 looks to be the year of popular sequels as The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (February 8), How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (February 22), The Secret Life of Pets 2 (June 7), Frozen 2 (Nov. 22), and Toy Story 4 were all chosen as "Most Anticipated Animated Movie."