Synopsis: Taraji P. Henson is Mary, a hit woman working for an organized crime family in Boston, whose life is completely turned around when she meets a young boy whose path she crosses when a professional hit goes bad.
Why We’re Excited: Freakin’ Taraji P. Henson, you guys.
Release Date: January 12
Synopsis: T’Challa, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king.
Why We’re Excited: The cast! The director! The soundtrack, curated by rap genius Kendrick Lamar! Marvel’s first black superhero movie has got us extremely hyped.
Release Date: February 16
Synopsis: A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition where the laws of nature don’t apply.
Why We’re Excited: A stellar cast including Natalie Portman, Oscar Isaac, Tessa Thompson, and Jane the Virgin‘s Gina Rodriguez. The source material is Jeff VanderMeer’s bestselling novel, the first in the Southern Reach Trilogy. Plus, we get the director of Ex Machina, Alex Garland. But most of all, the trailer is quite compelling despite the creep factor.
Release Date: February 23
The New Mutants
Synopsis: Five young mutants, just discovering their abilities while held in a secret facility against their will, fight to escape their past sins and save themselves.
Why We’re Excited: The superhero movie genre is expanding beyond action into straight-up horror with The New Mutants. The tone of the trailer is definitely something we haven’t seen before in an X-men movie, a franchise that continues to experiment with different genres. We also get a cast of talented up and comers that includes Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch), Charlie Heaton (Stranger Things), and Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones).
Release Date: April 13
Synopsis: Criminal mastermind Debbie Ocean and seven other female thieves try to pull off the heist of the century at New York’s annual Met Gala.
Why We’re Excited: A heist movie with a bunch of badass women? HERE. FOR. THIS.
Release Date: June 8
Synopsis: Elastigirl springs into action to save the day, while Mr. Incredible faces his greatest challenge yet — taking care of the problems of his three children.
Why We’re Excited: Feels like we’ve been waiting forever for this sequel.
Release Date: June 15
Mission: Impossible 6
Why We’re Excited: Most film series plod along and get worse with each new installment. (Looking at you Pirates and Transformers!) But Mission: Impossible is unique in that it’s only gotten better as time goes on, especially with the last two entries Ghost Protocol and Rogue Nation being among the best the series has to offer. With Tom Cruise giving it his all (he suffered a major injury during a stunt), the sixth Mission: Impossible promises to continue delivering an action-packed spectacle.
Release Date: July 27
Crazy Rich Asians
Synopsis: Three wealthy Chinese families prepare for the wedding of the year.
Why We’re Excited: It’s no secret that Hollywood has a long history of excluding minorities. Asians in particular have been whitewashed, yellowfaced, and stereotyped to death in movies like Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Sixteen Candles, and even as recently as Aloha where Emma Stone plays an Asian-American pilot named Allison Ng. So it’s nice to finally get a US-based film that will feature a majority Asian cast with talent like Constance Wu, Michelle Yeoh, Harry Shum Jr., and Gemma Chan. Crazy Rich Asians is also based on the bestselling novel by Kevin Kwan.
Release Date: August 17
Synopsis: Arthur Curry learns that he is the heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, and must step forward to lead his people and to be a hero to the world.
Why We’re Excited: The critically panned Justice League was another in a long list of misfires from the DC cinematic universe, which makes Wonder Woman (sitting at 92% on Rotten Tomatoes) seem like a complete anomaly. We would argue that Aquaman has the potential to be the next Wonder Woman. It doesn’t suffer from a bloated cast (i.e. Suicide Squad) and, most importantly, David S. Goyer and Zack Snyder — other than an executive producer credit — are not involved. Instead, it’ll be in the capable hands of director James Wan and Game of Thrones breakout Jason Momoa who brings an interesting spin to the half-Atlantean royal superhero.
Release Date: December 21