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Most Anticipated Movies of 2019: Avengers to Zombieland

With the new year comes a slew of new movies to talk about and get excited for. And there’s a LOT to be excited for in 2019.

It’s hard to put into words how exciting 2019 is going to be in terms of films. And this is just for theatrical releases already announced. There’s sure to be more Netflix movies and surprise releases by prolific filmmakers throughout the year. But for now here’s a list of everything we’re excited for in 2019!

Glass – January 18

In what may be his biggest twist yet, M. Night Shyamalan is bringing the characters of Unbreakable and Split together into one film. This isn’t just a big deal for the fact that it’s creating a shared universe/trilogy but also because of the logistics of it all. Unbreakable was released by Disney under their Touchstone banner, and Split was released by Universal. To have two studios agree to come together for this is a big deal.

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part – February 8

Continuing on the success of 2014’s The Lego Movie, the sequel sees the stars of the original film, Emmett, Lucy, Lego Batman, Unikitty and more, facing off against the threats of the Sistar System.

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World – February 22

The final chapter in the How To Train Your Dragon trilogy is said to end the story of Hiccup and Toothless as they face their greatest threat yet.

Captain Marvel – March 8

At long last Captain Marvel is joining the MCU. The film is a sort of MCU prequel set in the 90’s and will feature the return of various MCU characters including Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg). The film stars Brie Larson as the titular heroine and is the first Marvel movie led by a woman.

Us – March 15th

Jordan Peele returns to the director’s chair for his sophomore effort following the Oscar Winning Get Out. His new film stars Winston Duke and Lupita Nyong’o as a mother and father who go on vacation with their kids only to see their trip turn into chaos with the arrival of uninvited visitors.

Dumbo – March 29

Disney kicks off a year full of live action remakes of their classic animated features with the Tim Burton directed Dumbo. The film stars Colin Ferrell, Michael Keaton, Eva Green and Danny DeVito.

Shazam – April 5

The next entry in the DCEU sees Zachary Levi suiting up as the one and only Shazam. When foster kid Billy Batson (Asher Angel) is granted powers by a mysterious wizard (Djimon Hounsou) He’s given the ability to turn into a Superman-like hero whenever he says the word Shazam. The film looks to be a fun lighthearted super hero film, and is something we’re very excited to see.

Pet Sematary – April 5

This Stephen King remake stars Jason Clarke and Amy Seimetz as Louis and Rachel Creed, a couple who move in next to an eerie “Pet Sematary.” After they bury their beloved family cat in the cemetery they begin to realize that this burial ground may not be all it seems.

Missing Link – April 12

The newest film from stop-motion studio Laika features Zach Galifianakis as Mr. Link, a bigfoot creature who works with Sir Lionel Frost (Hugh Jackman) and Adelina Fortnight (Zoe Saldana), to find his long-lost relatives.

Hellboy – April 12

Director Neil Marshall brings the big red guy back to the big screen with Stranger Things star David Harbour takes on the title role of Hellboy in this reboot that sees the comic book hero fighting an ancient sorceress (Milla Jovovich) bent on revenge.

Avengers: Endgame – April 26

After failing to defeat Thanos in Infinity war the Avengers reunite to take down the Mad Titan once and for all. This is without a doubt one of our most highly anticipated films of this year, and will likely see the end of many beloved characters in the MCU.

Detective Pikachu – May 10

In the first ever live-action Pokémon film, a young man named Tim Goodman (Justice Smith) teams up with a Pikachu (Ryan Reynolds), that he can somehow understand, as they search for his missing father.

John Wick 3 – May 17

The third entry in the John Wick film series sees Keanu Reeves suiting up once again as the dog loving hitman.

Aladdin – May 24

The second live-action Disney remake this year sees director Guy Ritchie bringing the world of Agrabah to life. With Will Smith taking on the role of the Genie, Mena Massoud as Aladdin and Naomi Scott as Jasmine.

Godzilla: King of Monsters – May 31

The sequel to the 2014 blockbuster hit Godzilla, sees the titular monster return to face off against some of his most well known adversaries, including, Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah. The film stars Millie Bobby Brown, Sally Hawkins, Vera Farmiga, Kyle Chandler, Thomas Middleditch, and O’Shea Jackson Jr.

Secret Life of Pets 2 – June 7

The sequel to Dreamworks’ hit 2016 animated films sees more adventures with Max (Patton Oswalt), Duke (Eric Stonestreet), Chloe (Lake Bell) and Snowball (Kevin Hart).

Dark Phoenix – June 7

The X-Men franchise helped begin the Superhero boom of the 2000’s and this may be the last film in the franchise thanks to Disney’s purchase of 20th Century Fox. The film is based on the much beloved Phoenix Saga storyline from the comics, previously used for X3: The Last Stand. Hopefully this take is a much better film and the franchise can end with a bang.

MIB International – June 14

A new film set in the Men in Black Universe starring Chris Hemsworth and Tess Thompson as agents H & M. The film also stars Emma Thompson, Liam Neeson, and Rebecca Ferguson and is directed by F. Gary Gray.

Toy Story 4 – June 21

Woody and Buzz are back! There’s no confirmation on the plot of the film, but it’s rumored to center on the gang of toys searching for Bo Peep. Hopefully the film will be as solid of an entry as the previous Toy Story films which have always been a shining star among the ranks of Pixar films.

Once Upon A Time in Hollywood – June 26

Quentin Tarantino has assembled an All-Star cast for what may be one of his final films. The film is set in 1969 during the Manson murders and follows Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt as a faded TV actor and his stunt double attempting to reignite their fame.

Spider-Man: Far From Home – July 5

The next chapter in Spider-Man’s adventures in the MCU will see the webslinger traveling abroad and working with some familiar MCU faces as he takes on aliens and the comics villain Mysterio.

The Lion King – July 19

One of Disney’s best films ever made is getting the “live-action” treatment  with a CGI/motion capture remake ala The Jungle Book, from director Jon Favreau. Donald Glover and Beyoncé lead an all star cast in the film which is sure to be an enormous box office powerhouse.

New Mutants – August 2

A spin-off from the X-Men films, based on the much loved New Mutants comic. This take on the mutant world leans into the horror genre, and could become a franchise of it’s own if it’s successful.

It: Chapter 2 – September 6

The highly anticipated sequel to 2017’s IT: Chapter 1 sees the Loser’s club reunite as adults to try to take out IT aka Pennywise, once and for all.

Joker – October 4

DC is trying a different approach with this film. Joker is based on the beloved comic book villain but isn’t set within the “DCEU.” Instead the film is a one shot look at the origins of the character, played by Joaquin Phoenix.

Zombieland 2 – October 11

That’s right. Zombieland 2 is actually happening. And the entire cast is set to return. Little more is known about the film, but hopefully it’s as funny and entertaining as the first film.

The Addams Family – October 11

The Addams family is returning to the big screen in stop motion form. The animated film features the voices of Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz, and Finn Wolfhard as the titular spooky family.

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood – October 18

A Mister Rogers semi-biopic starring Tom Hanks as Fred Rogers. I don’t think we need to say any more than that.

Charlie’s Angels – November 1

Elizabeth Banks directs this reboot of the beloved franchise which has been mostly kept under wraps. But no matter what we’re excited to see how it takes form, especially considering Banks is the one behind the camera.

Kingsman – November 8

The film is rumored to be a spin-off from the successful Kingsman Spy films based on the comic of the same name. The film is shrouded in secrecy for now but Kingsman director Matthew Vaughn is said to be directing, with Rhys Ifans, Charles Dance and Daniel Brühl starring in the film.

Sonic the Hedgehog – November 8

This live-action/CGI take on the beloved video game property features Ben Schwartz as the titular hero, with Jim Carrey as the evil Dr. Robotnik and James Marsden as a small town cop who helps Sonic foil Dr. Robotnik’s evil plans.

Teminator – November 22

That’s right, the Terminator franchise isn’t dead yet. Linda Hamilton returns as Sarah Connor, and Arnold Schwarzenegger returns as the original Terminator in what is being considered s reboot of the franchise… for the third time?

Frozen 2 – November 22

Sorry fellow parents, but more Frozen is coming this year. With the full cast returning and brand new songs from the Oscar winning team behind the first film, be ready for all the kids to go insane when this film hits theaters.

Jumanji 3 – December 13

By some miracle Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle was a box office smash, even with going up against Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The film is one of Sony’s most successful films of all time, and as such a sequel was immediately greenlit. No word yet on how the story will play out this time, but Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and the rest of the cast are said to be returning for the new film.

Star Wars Episode 9 – December 20

The final chapter in the Skywalker saga. The film that will end the original story started by George Lucas back in 1977. There will be more Star Wars films in the future. But this is a milestone unlike anything else. And we are incredible excited. And a little bit nervous.

There’s plenty of other films we have our eyes on this year. And we’ll be covering all of it and more. It’s gonna be a great year for movies, and we hope you’ll join us along the way.

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Written by Alex Lancaster
(Alex is a life long film fan, and has dedicated his life to watching, making and obsessing over films. His favorite film is Big Fish, and he despises Avatar. He has a 4 year old son. And a bad habit of saying more than he needs to. Follow @alex5348 on Twitter)

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