SFF Movies and TV We’re Looking Forward to in 2018

While 2017 was certainly a banner year for movies and television—it brought us Wonder WomanAmerican Gods, and Spider-Man: Homecoming, to start—we would argue that 2018 is looking even brighter. J.J. Abrams adds another mysterious chapter to the Cloverfield saga, Philip K. Dick gets an anthology series, and the Incredibles finally get back into their supersuits. Between Annihilation and A Wrinkle in Time alone, next year will be truly mind-expanding.

We were surprised at how long this list was, from the aforementioned big movies to the return of such beloved series as The Good PlaceStar Trek: DiscoveryThe Handmaid’s Tale, and much more. We’ve got a lot to look forward to next year.

 

The X-Files (January 3)

The comeback was wobbly, which makes one curious as to whether The X-Files can truly return to form at all. Guess we should see where this goes? —Emily

What Emily said! —Leah

I’m just here for the comic relief Monster of the Week episode. There is at least one of those, yes? –Sarah

 

The Good Place (January 4)

The Good Place The Trolley Problem

This show has already done the impossible multiple times since it came back for its second season, so I can’t wait to see what it does next. —Leah

Initially I was wary about season 2 basically rebooting itself every week, but after episodes like “The Trolley Problem” and every moment of the philosophical deep-dives into Janet’s existence, I’m still a fan. —Natalie

After they pulled off their return following that jaw-dropper of a season 1 finale, I was all in. The Good Place is pretty much my happy place. —Emily

 

Star Trek: Discovery (January 7)

There has been a lot of speculation following the midseason finale, but even with that off the table, I’d still be ready for more Discovery. It may not be every Trek fan’s bag, but boy is it ever mine. —Emily

 

The Magicians (January 10)

FINALLY, THEY’RE GETTING ON THE BOAT. I accept that maybe I’m the only person this excited about the Muntjac, but I have a great fondness for the Voyage of the Dawntreader-ish parts of Lev Grossman’s second Magicians book, The Magician King. This season of The Magicians looks all quest-y and exciting and I need it now. —Molly

 

Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams (January 12)

I’ve never felt moved to read PKD’s stuff as much as Vonnegut or others, but I’m digging yet another anthology series on the airwaves—especially as it provides more opportunities for different actors, writers, and directors to play in those worlds. —Natalie

 

Black Lightning (January 16)

Please be good, please be good, please be good. —Emily

 

Mary and the Witch’s Flower (January 19)

The first film from Studio Ponoc, the heirs to Studio Ghibli, finally hits that States this year. If Mary and the Witch’s Flower is even half as good as an average Ghibli film, it will be among the best of the year. —Leah

 

The 100 (February)

Time jump! New survivors! Space babies?! You know there are space babies. —Natalie

At this point each year, I realize that I’ve entirely lost track of what bananas happenings occurred in the previous season of The 100—but it really doesn’t matter, because it’s certain that more bananas things are on the way. BRING IT, SPACE BABIES. —Molly

 

Black Panther (February 16)

This trailer is perfect and I have total faith the movie will be too. —Molly

We are going to be totally immersed in and absorbed by Wakanda, and that is a dream that everyone should be able to get behind. —Emily

Angela Bassett should be a Queen in every movie. Can’t wait can’t wait can’t wait! —Leah

 

Annihilation (February 23)

I love Jeff VanderMeer’s work, and the trailers for this one look wonderfully creepy. I just hope they’ve captured the tone of the book! —Leah

Ditto! I’m less invested in Natalie Portman’s plotline, having read the book, but I can’t wait to see what Tessa Thompson and Gina Rodriguez bring to their roles. —Natalie

Aside from the excitement over bringing this story to screen, having all of these women together in a movie is kind of a perfect storm. Add Oscar Isaac and you have the world’s most beautiful hurricane. —Emily

 

The Tick (February 23)

The Tick might be the thing I’m the most excited for this year. —Leah

 

Jessica Jones (March 8)

I feel a weird possessiveness about Jessica Jones, because she’s the excruciatingly rare example of a complicated, fucked up, mistake-making, wounded, fierce, imperfect, loyal, believable female character—one who can be surly and drunk and still lovable and heroic. Her edges haven’t been filed off for televised consumption. She’s not the only woman of this type in SFF, but I can never get enough of them. (See also: Starbuck.) Having her back on screen is like having a best friend come visit from far away—it never happens often enough, or lasts as long as you wish it would. —Molly

Hell yes. Season 1 of Jessica Jones wasn’t just excellent television, it challenged all of us on staff to write incredible thinkpieces. Fingers crossed for that same synergy again this spring. —Natalie

The relationship between Jess and Trish is one of the few things that made this year livable. They are out there somewhere; things must be okay. There was not enough Jessica in Defenders, so season two needs to get here much faster. More Jessica, more Trish, more Malcolm. Give. —Emily

 

A Wrinkle in Time (March 9)

Wrinkle in Time wasn’t my favorite book when I was 12—that was A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Wrinkle’s longer, more complex sequel. But I still loved the first book in the Time Quintet, and read it repeatedly, and spent lots of time tracing all the connections between Madeleine L’Engle’s book series about the Murrys, the O’Keefes, and the less time-travel-addled Austins. To say that I’m excited for Ava DuVernay’s adaptation is like saying that I “like” Brooklyn Blackout cake—it’s true in the technical sense, but it’s a woefully pale descriptor. I want it immediately. I want DuVernay to adapt all the other books. I want her to write an original spin-off about the Drs Murry going off on an adventure of their own. I want a whole DuVernay/L’Engle Cinematic Universe. —Leah

Leah about sums it up, though I’ll add that I can’t get the “Sweet Dreams Are Made of This” cover out of my head, and I think that’s a good thing? —Natalie

It looks so damn pretty, and seeing as a visual vernacular for fantasy hasn’t altered much on film since Lord of the Rings, I’m eager for more of it. Also, what Leah said. —Emily

 

Pacific Rim: Uprising (March 23)

I’m a sucker for kaiju, and I think the concept of drift compatibility is a unique way to create action that has an emotional element built into it. Plus people made an addition to the Bechdel Test based around Rinko Kikuchi’s fantastic Mako Mori, and I can’t wait to see her return! —Leah

But that mustache though. —Molly

It was a little disconcerting to hear the director go on about the jaeger bots capabilities at New York Comic Con as though that was the only reason people enjoy Pacific Rim. But John Boyega’s enthusiasm was catching nonetheless. I really want this one to be excellent. —Emily

 

Ready Player One (March 30)

Look, I really enjoyed this book when I read it, for the idea of Willy Wonka’s MMORPG filled with nostalgia instead of candy. There’s a chance that the movie will, with its use of motion-capture and perhaps too-savvy stuffing of Easter eggs, err on the soulless side. But I’m open to seeing what Steven Spielberg does for this generation of kiddos. —Natalie

This is a concept that makes sense for reading and less sense for film. Like, on film it seems like it might end up as an accidental indictment of our current zeitgeist, which I’m guessing is not what the film is going for. So… this should be interesting. —Emily

 

Jesus Christ Superstar Live! (April 1)

What I really want is for NBC to do West Side Story Live! but instead of Sharks and Jets the turf war is between two competing casts of Godspell and JCS, and the two Jesuses are secretly in love with each other? I doubt this version will live up to that concept, but I’ll probably still watch it. —Leah

All of these live musicals have been so weird. (See: Christopher Walken’s Captain Hook as Exhibit A-ZZZ.) This will be no different. —Emily

 

God Particle (April 20)

Cloverfield monster

Probably?

I actually still haven’t seen 10 Cloverfield Lane, so I’ll have to rectify that before this supposed third Cloverfield tie-in comes to theaters. Honestly, I’m glad to go in knowing next to nothing (even hints about a vanishing Earth are too much), because it’ll be entertaining, if nothing else. —Natalie

I haven’t seen either Cloverfield movie, so it might be really fun to see this with no context? Y/N? —Emily

 

Rampage (April 20)

Wait, what. WAIT, WHAT. I am weirdly into this movie, even though they have abandoned the video game’s extra-bonkers premise that George, Ralph, and Lizzie were all humans that got transformed into giant beasties. I guess that was a bridge too far for The Rock and company. –Sarah

 

The Handmaid’s Tale (April 25)

The Handmaid's Tale bitches praised be oppression language

Will Handmaids get exported to non-dystopian countries? Will Luke and Moira carry everyone out of Gilead into Canada? Will Offred call everyone “bitches” again? I never even imagined there’d be a continuation of Margaret Atwood’s novel, so I am here for this. —Natalie

This was the first show in a while that I actively watched week-to-week. I am vaguely annoyed that Hulu doesn’t dump the entire season in one go, but this story is waaaay too brutal to binge on. So bring on season 2, but oof give me more time to recover first. –Sarah

 

Avengers: Infinity War (May 4)

My excitement is equally matched by my nervousness that it will be overstuffed. But, Cap’s Beard, man. Obviously I’m in. —Leah

I’ve found myself becoming much choosier with Marvel movies as of late, and I’m worried that this one will leave me cold, but it’s such a culmination that I’m tentatively excited for how it plays out. —Natalie

*cries preemptively* *cries again looking at Tony Stark’s sad lil’ face* —Emily

 

Deadpool 2 (May 18)

God, yes. —Leah

Just don’t overfocus on Cable, please. And make it clear that Deadpool is pansexual. If you do that, I will watch Deadpool 18 happily. —Emily

 

Solo: A Star Wars Story (May 25)

Except minus a few faces…

Count me among the people who don’t see why this needs to exist? And all the behind-the-scenes wackiness makes me worried that it’s going to be a mess. But, as with Cap’s Beard, this film has Donald-Glover-As-Lando-Calrissian’s Cape, so I’ll still be in the theater on opening night. #TeamCape. —Leah

#TeamCape! —Natalie

Also #TeamCape. The rest? Very nervous. —Emily

 

 

The Incredibles 2 (June 15)

I have so many complicated emotions about this one I think I’ll duck out of the article now. —Leah

Recent rewatches of this movie have made me realize how ahead of its time it was on superhero feels. If Infinity War turns out to be just one giant battle sequence, at least I’ll have this to look forward to. —Natalie

I want to be excited for this? Not sure I’m there yet. —Emily

 

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (June 22)

I only want to go if someone gives me an ironclad guarantee that I’ll get to watch an entire cast full of people lecture a grown woman on why she needs to have children. Maybe BD Wong can engineer the dinosaurs so they can talk, and then they can lecture her, too? Cause if there’s one thing I want in my fun dino action, is a lecture on how childbirth and motherhood is the only thing that completes a woman’s life. —Leah

Ugh. Stop this train. —Emily

I will heed Dr Ian Malcom’s sage advice and stay far away from this hot mess of an island. –Sarah

 

Ant-Man and the Wasp (July 6)

 

Ant-Man and the Wasp

Is this mostly a movie about Wasp? Because then I’m in. —Emily

 

The House with a Clock in Its Walls (September 21)

The House with a Clock in Its Walls book adaptation movie

I have such a fondness for John Bellairs’ gothic horror middle-grade mysteries; they were my first “older” reading as a kid. I haven’t been following the details of this adaptation, but the fact that it’s happening at all is encouraging. —Natalie

 

Venom (October 5)

Venom movie

Venom from Spider-Man movies past.

Look. I know Hollywood is keen on Venom because Venom will probably mean money, but… will it? —Emily

 

X-Men: Dark Phoenix (November 2)

Dark Phoenix first look Jean Grey X-Men

Photo: 20th Century Fox via Entertainment Weekly

I require the moon battle to be part of this movie, ok? I’m trying so hard not to get my hopes up, given the trainwreck of the last (blessedly retconned away) Dark Phoenix attempt, and the mediocrity of X-Men: Apocalypse. But it’s Jean and I love her and I really really really want this to be good. —Molly

Get Dark Phoenix right. Do it. —Emily

 

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (November 16)

Fantastic Beasts 2, cast photo

Am I the only one who’s excited for this? I’m not happy about the inclusion of Johnny Depp at this point, or about J.K. Rowling’s response to people’s discomfort with him. Having said that, I love Eddie Redmayne’s Newt Scamander, and I really like how they expanded the Wizarding world in the first film, so I’m going to see this and hope they change Depp back into Colin Farrell by the end. —Leah

I am also excited for this! The first film was far more enjoyable then I’d expected, so I’m curious about where it goes… —Emily

 

Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 (November 21)

Wreck-It Ralph 2 Ralph Breaks the Internet

I don’t necessarily need a sequel to Wreck-It Ralph, as the movie was a perfect standalone encapsulation of goodness and badness and imperfections with just the right amount of video-game nostalgia. (Hear that, Ready Player One?) That said, as someone who grew up on the Internet, I cannot wait to see what these guys do with memes and social media. —Natalie

Yeah. I’ll take it. —Emily

 

Aquaman (December 21)

Aquaman movie

Still not jazzed about DC’s continued confusion over how to make their movies play together (or not), but if they really commit to Aquaman, this could end up being a heckuva lot of fun. —Emily

 

Westworld (2018)

Westworld season 2 teaser Dolores Wyatt

Now that we had that big season 1 twist (which fans guessed laughably early in the season), I’m not sure I’m emotionally invested in most of these characters’ arcs. However, there is Thandie Newton. And I know that my husband is going to watch this anyway, so I might as well know what’s going on, if only to see what new fan theories sweep social media next year. —Natalie

 

Outlander (2018)

Every year, I say I’m actually going to commit to watching what looks like such a dense, gorgeous series instead of just reading spoilers and wishing I were watching. So! Consider this one of my New Year’s Resolutions, in time for whenever season 4 sails back onto our screens. —Natalie

 

Cloak and Dagger (2018)

I’ve really been enjoying the superpowered teenagers of Runaways (who, incidentally, cross paths with Cloak and Dagger in the comics), so I’m optimistic that this could be another way into the Marvel Cinematic Universe that’s more relatable than the nth BATTLE FOR NEW YORK CITY. —Natalie

 

The Expanse (2018)

It’s just cruel of Syfy to have not given us a premiere date for season three yet. I love the way this series works with its source material—staying true to the major events, but without hewing too closely to the exact structure of the books. But the third book, Abaddon’s Gate, might be my favorite, and I cannot wait to see Anna and Clarissa—and [redacted] and [redacted]—on screen. —Molly

After that season 2 ending, I want to get back to the Belt now. —Leah

 

Killjoys (2018)

Killjoys TV we're looking forward to in 2018

Photo: Steve Wilkie/Killjoys III Productions Limited/Syfy

The best show you’re not watching yet has two more seasons. It’s funny, it’s smart, it’s fully of complex characters and tragedy and aliens and green goo and excellent casting and stories about agency and power—and it’s incredibly fun to watch. Get on this bus now. —Molly

In sourcing an image for this blurb, my takeaway is that Killjoys is about a badass woman in awesome outfits coolly staring down constant guns being pointed at her. Wait up, Molly! —Natalie

 

Lost in Space (2018)

Gary Oldman spider Lost in Space

Okay, but does Gary Oldman appear in it as a giant space spider? If not, no dice. —Emily

 

Sense8 (2018)

I am very angry that this show will not run for 11 seasons. I will still take a finale over no finale. But seriously, Netflix. There is very little you can do to convince me you’re not evil now for taking this cluster away from us. —Emily

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