A Year to Watch Out For: The Most Anticipated Movies of 2019

By Noah Phillips, ’21

2018 was a (mostly) fantastic year for movies. While there were flops like Tyler Perry’s “Acrimony” and “Fifty Shades Freed”, there were also fantastic films like “Incredibles 2,” “Avengers: Infinity War,” Alex Garland’s “Annihilation,” and Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs.” But as 2018 is in its final months, I decided to look at all the films we can look forward to next year to see if they can hold up to what 2018 had to offer, and these are the top 10 anticipated films of 2019.

#10: The New Mutants

The New Mutants comes out on Aug. 2.

As the X-Men are potentially nearing the end of their time at 21st Century Fox because of a possible merger with Disney, Fox is giving the franchise one last hurrah with “The New Mutants”. Directed by Josh Boone (director of “The Fault In Our Stars”), the film follows young mutants Magik, Wolfsbane, Cannonball, Sunspot, and Mirage as they try to escape a Mutant mental hospital. The film is said to have a horror tone, something new to the superhero genre, but we’ll just have to wait until Aug. 2 to see just how scary it might be.

#9: Star Wars: Episode 9

After the mixed (to say the least) reactions to “Solo” and “The Last Jedi”, the Star Wars franchise has had some rough times in recent years. But Disney is hoping to win the fans back with the final installment of the Skywalker Saga: “Star Wars: Episode 9”. Once again directed by J.J. Abrams (“The Force Awakens”, “Star Trek”), and featuring the grand return of Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian, this movie will have a lot weighing on it. Find out if it succeeds on Dec. 20.

#8: Minecraft

To say the video game Minecraft has severely lost popularity and fans over the years would be an understatement, but Warner Bros. is going to try to reinvest people in the franchise anyway with “The Minecraft Movie”. But with Steve Carell (“The Office”, “Despicable Me”) and Rob McElhenney, showrunner of “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia” at the helm, the movie has some serious potential. See it (and try not to get blown up by Creepers) on May 24.

#7: Shazam!

Jack Dylan Grazer, left, and Zachary Levi, right, star in the upcoming Shazam!

After the previous flops of the DC Extended Universe, the universe is trying to go brighter on April 5 with “Shazam!”. Starring the likes of Zachary Levi (“Tangled”, “The Star”) and Mark Strong (“Zero Dark Thirty”, “The Imitation Game”), the film will focus on young Billy Batson as he becomes the mighty superhero of the title, who is trying to stop the evil Dr. Thaddeus Sivana. It should be a really fun time at the theater.

#6: Jumanji 3

Of all the surprising films of 2017, no film surprised me more than “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle”. The cast had such great chemistry, the plot was airtight but enjoyable, and the movie overall was just loads of fun. But now we’ll be receiving a sequel next year, and if the cast, including Dwayne Johnson (“Skyscraper”, “Fate of the Furious”) and Jack Black (“Kung Fu Panda”, “School of Rock”) can keep their chemistry, the writers can release another great script, and the director can make a fun plot to boot, Dec. 13 will be a date to dust off your old Jumanji board game.

#5: The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part

After the success of the first two LEGO-themed movies and the moderate success of “The LEGO Ninjago Movie”, it’s about time we finally receive a true sequel with “The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part”. Picking up 5 years where the first one left off, be prepared for outer space, evil dolls, and tons of bricks when this hits theaters Feb. 8.

#4: Captain Marvel

Marvel Studios’
Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel played by Academy Award-winner Brie Larson.

Marvel Studios is set to once again dominate the year, and it kicks off with their first female-led film: “Captain Marvel”. Based on the comics of the same name and set in the 1990’s, the film will follow Carol Danvers, played by Brie Larson (“Room,” “Kong: Skull Island”), as she chronologically becomes the Marvel Universe’s first superhero when the world enters a war between two alien races. It releases March 8th.

#3: Wonder Woman 1984

“Wonder Woman” was the first true success of the DC Extended Universe, garnering loads of critical praise and making tons of money. So, naturally, DC is banking on continued success with “Wonder Woman 1984”. Set in the 1980s, the film will once again follow Diana Prince as she tries to stop the Soviet Union as well as a brand new villain: the super-fast Cheetah. With Gal Gadot and Chris Pine returning, it should be a fun ride on Nov. 1.

#2: It: Chapter 2

Bill Skarsgard once again stars as Pennywise the Dancing Clown.

“Stephen King’s IT” was truly a surprise to the movie industry, making boatloads of cash at the box office and making it one of the few critically and financially successful Stephen King adaptations. But now it’s time for the second part with “IT: Chapter 2”. Twenty-seven years after the first film, “The Losers Club” is now all grown up and living happily, but must come back to Derry, Maine to defeat Pennywise The Dancing Clown one last time. With stars such as Jessica Chastain (“The Martian”), James McAvoy (“X-Men: Days of Future Past”), Bill Hader (“Inside Out”), and Isaiah Mustafa (“Horrible Bosses”) taking on the roles of “The Losers Club”, Sept. 6 will easily be the scariest day of the year.

#1: Avengers 4

Early concept art for the upcoming installment in the smash hit franchise.

It’s hard to believe now that the “Marvel Cinematic Universe” simply started with the story of a billionaire in a weaponized metal suit. But 11 years and 21 films later, it’s all coming to a close with “Avengers 4”. Without spoiling too much, after the devastating events of “Avengers: Infinity War”, the surviving heroes are left almost completely broken. But they must work together and team up with Ant-Man, Hawkeye, and Captain Marvel to go toe-to-toe with Thanos one last time. It will be awesome, it will be sad, and it’ll be everything in between, and it all goes down May 3.

That’s it for my most anticipated films of 2019. If you agree/disagree with my list or feel I left a certain film off, leave your thoughts in the comments below and I’ll see you at the movies.

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