Movies We’re Looking Forward to in 2019!

Like every new year, 2019 promises a number of endings and new beginnings—specifically in the form of SFF movies! We have a number of questions regarding the upcoming releases: What fresh horrors will Pennywise visit upon the town of Derry? Will John Wick ever get to settle down? When will the Men in Black show up to flashy-thing us? (Wait, have they used the flashy-thing on us already?) Why is Detective Pikachu so fuzzy? How will we ever survive the wait for the ending chapters of not only Marvel’s Infinity War, but also Star Wars?

Here are all the movies we’re excited—and maybe just a little bit nervous—about as we head into the new year…


Glass (January 18)

We all know that 99% of excitement for this is the audience wondering if Shyamalan can pull it off. Split had eleven kinds of problems, but a sequel to Unbreakable could be an incredibly interesting contribution to the genre of superhero films. On the other hand, if it’s no good, it’ll just be more noise in an already crowded landscape of super antics, and a disappointing end to what Unbreakable started. —Emily

I remember the ending of Unbreakable as probably a better twist than any superhero movie that’s come since. That said, a Mr. Glass cinematic universe has me wary. —Natalie


The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (February 8)

The LEGO Movie was delightful and, beyond that, astonishingly heartfelt. I’m generally wary of sequels, but I believe that lightning can strike twice. —Natalie

I want this to be fun; I could dearly use the mental break. The trailer didn’t make me super excited? But maybe it’ll be a happy surprise. —Emily


Happy Death Day 2U (February 14)

How do you top a horror movie that’s Groundhog Day starring a prototypical Final Girl? By throwing every single character into time loops of their own, so that our heroine must die (and die, and die) in order to keep them alive. This sequel will almost certainly go over the rails probably within the first act, but I can’t think of a better way to spend Valentine’s Day. —Natalie


Chaos Walking (March 1)

It’s about time. The Knife of Never Letting Go, the first book in Patrick Ness’s Chaos Walking series, came out the same year as The Hunger Games, and I have had to wait a lot longer to see Ness’s inventive, terrifying world on screen. With Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow) directing Tom Holland, Daisy Ridley, and a stellar supporting cast, this has a TON of promise (though they’ve clearly aged the teen characters up a bit). But still no trailer! How will they make the Noise manifest on screen? What about the dog? (I will tell you what happens to the dog if you need advance warning. I got you.) —Molly


Captain Marvel (March 8)

I just keep tearing up every time the trailer does that HER / A HERO text effect. —Natalie

I feel like I’ve been waiting for this movie for an age. Given the life of Hollywood eras, I suppose that’s technically true. It’s taken forever, but we’re finally just a few months out, and I’m holding my breath. —Emily

The montage of Carol getting up over and over makes me want to punch things in the best possible way. My favorite Marvel heroes have always been Spider-Man and Daredevil, precisely because they refuse to stay down, and I love that they’re carrying this through with Captain Marvel. —Leah

Higher, further, faster, more, NOW, please? —Molly


Us (March 15)

We should’ve known before Get Out that the moment you hear Jordan Peele is attached to something, you don’t argue, you just hand over your money and put your butt in a seat. After Get Out, there is no excuse for not seeing Us the moment you can. I don’t even know what it’s about! I don’t care! I cannot wait to see what Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, and Elisabeth Moss do with Peele’s singular, scathing vision. —Natalie


Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen (April 12)

Look, I really loved Guillermo del Toro’s take on this universe, and I’m very sad to lose it. On the other hand, I love the originating comics, and if Mike Mignola’s keen to take this on, it could be something incredible. Fingers crossed. —Emily


Avengers: Endgame (May 3)

Time travelin’ Avengers or GTFO. —Natalie

Pretty sure Tony’s actually going to die in this one, and oh my heart, I’m not ready. But that cliffhanger was monstrous, and I can’t wait to see how they end it. Ten years is a long time to be invested in an arc of films, particularly where there are so many each year. Give us the payoff, Marvel. We’re making you filthy rich. —Emily

If you had told me as I was screaming my head off at the ending of Iron Man that a decade later I’d be afraid of how much I was going to cry at a Marvel movie, I would have scoffed a very loud scoff. But here we are. —Leah


Detective Pikachu (May 11)

In my mind, Deadpool walked into a recording studio and was like “Yes. I am Detective Pikachu,” and the filmmakers shrugged and went with it. This is the only version of this movie my brain accepts. And I love it. —Emily

How long before I can begin demanding a Paddington crossover? —Leah


John Wick: Chapter 3 (May 17)

Just do the ‘John Wick opens a dog rescue’ movie we all want. —Leah


Ad Astra (May 24)

I love the idea of an engineer chasing their astronaut father through space to figure out why his one-way mission to Neptune failed. I would probably be more excited about this movie if Brad Pitt and Ruth Negga switched roles. —Natalie


Men in Black: International (June 14)

The first film was an explosion when it landed for kids my age—I have never stopped adoring it. Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson are perfect, and now they’re a part of it. I can’t get enough of this weirdo universe and I’m so excited for the revival, I can hardly squeak. —Emily


Spider-Man: Far From Home (July 5)

More baby spider! This time with wizard dad? There’s supposed to be a non-binary student at Peter’s school in this one? Yeah, Endgame cannot dampen my love for this. —Emily

I have too many emotions about this film to discuss it. —Leah


Hobbs & Shaw (July 16)

I spent too long thinking Shaw was Vin Diesel’s character, ergo this would be a buddy movie with him and The Rock, and now I’m marginally less excited. But! Expanding the Furiousverse is always a good move. —Natalie

I’m … nervous. Can it be the Furiousverse without, you know, family? (But good lord, this cast just keeps getting better. Yes, Idris Elba, yes, Eddie Marsan, yes, Vanessa Kirby, who should just reprise her character from Mission Impossible: Fallout, because she’d be right at home in this world.) —Molly


It: Chapter Two (September 6)



The Addams Family (October 11)

The only person who could ever replace Raul-Julia-as-Gomez-Addams in my heart is Oscar Isaac. Kind of wish it didn’t have to be animated, but I understand the desire to make the comic come to life. Everyone get ready to snap twice. —Emily


Are You Afraid of the Dark? (October 11)

Childhood fright rekindled! This could end up being awfully silly, but my nostalgia demands. —Emily

Listen. So long as they can recreate the chill of this opener, we’ll be golden. —Natalie


Charlie’s Angels (November 1)

In every generation, there must be angels. —Emily



Frozen 2 (November 22)

Frozen 2 will probably not surprise us as much as the original did with its gut-punch of sister-feels, but I’m excited to see Anna and Elsa adventuring together instead of one chasing the other. And while I would love for those rumors about Elsa getting a girlfriend to be true, I’m not holding my breath. —Natalie


Terminator 6 (November 22)

I want a terrifying lady Terminator with all my heart and soul. James Cameron is not my favorite person these days, but I’ll ignore for a couple hours if I can just have this. —Emily


Star Wars Episode IX (December 20)


I AM READY for our new favorite space trio to have their Return of the Jedi moment. Except, please, no Ewoks. —Natalie

I want this to be darker and more emotionally destructive than The Last Jedi, which became my favorite Star Wars film about halfway through the opening scene, remained my favorite Star Wars film all the way through to the bitter end, and is still to this very day my favorite Star Wars film. I don’t expect this movie to do what I want it to, but I am excited to see where it goes. —Leah

I’m sorry but MY BODY IS NOT READY. Good thing I’ve got all year to get that way? —Molly


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