The year 2018 will see the release of Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War and Ant-Man and the Wasp in fairly quick succession.
Black Panther (February 2018)
After losing his father in Captain America: Civil War, T’Challa returns home to the advanced African nation of Wakanda to settle in as King. But when a conflict erupts, his mettle as King – and Black Panther – is put to the test. As he is drawn into action, the fate of Wakanda and the world hangs in the balance.
Chadwick Boseman stars as the eponymous superhero – with Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger, Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Danai Gurira as Okoye and Daniel Kaluuya as W’Kabi.
After his acclaimed debut indie feature Fruitvale Station (2013), director Ryan Coogler delivered the seventh Rocky franchise film Creed (2015). He will now take over the reins of his first mega budget superhero movie, Black Panther. It will be the first comic book movie featuring a black superhero that will also be directed by a black director.
Avengers: Infinity War (May 2018)
Avengers: Infinity War stands as the nineteenth installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The Avengers and all their allies will be at the helm of things as they take on yet another tyrant – Thanos, who is in search of the six Infinity Stones and the Gauntlet, that will grant him unimaginable power to unleash his twisted mind on the intergalactic world.
Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, the movie will see the ‘broken’ Avengers reunite and join forces with the Guardians of the Galaxy to send the MCU franchise into an unforgettable spiral.
Ant-Man and the Wasp (July 2018)
As he grapples with his place – as a father and a superhero, Ant-Man is approached for another mission. He must now team up with the Wasp to discover new details from their past.
After Ant-Man (2015) turned out to be a welcome outing for MCU fans, Payton Reed returns to direct its sequel. Paul Rudd will reprise his role as Scott Lang aka Ant-Man, alongside Evangeline Lilly (Lost) as the Wasp and Michael Douglas as Dr. Hank Pym.
Interestingly, the sequel will mark the first Marvel Studios film to have the name of the female lead in its title.
Ant-Man and the Wasp will be Marvel’s final release of 2018, followed by Captain Marvel in 2019.
– Varun Kumar | Enterapped