The Summer movie season starts earlier every year. In 2018, we get things started toward the end of March, so it’s about time to get the party started. Here are my top 10 most anticipated movies for Summer 2018.

While we still have a few superhero movies on the slate, it looks like Hollywood is wising up a little and giving us a bit more variety this year as well. We’ve got monster movies, spy flicks, and sci-fi nostalgia trips for days. I’d probably add a couple to this list if I didn’t have a wife and kids. But as it stands, here are my top 10.

Pacific Rim: Uprising


The first Pacific Rim movie was pretty good but not a hit by any means. It was directed by Guillermo DelToro and starred a few unknowns along with Idris Elba as Stacker Pentecost. It was marketed as a Kaiju vs. Robots movie, but it had a few extra layers that never really lived up the real live anime promises the trailers made. Pacific Rim: Uprising follows Idris Elba’s character’s son, Jake Pentecost. He’s teaming up with one of the heroes of the first movie, Rinko Kikuchi’s Mako Mori, to battle a new Kaiju threat. It’s Summer movie popcorn, and I’m excited about it. Not only is Boyega, a great young actor but this movie promises more of what the first movie failed to give us, Kaiju vs. Robots. It releases on March 22.

Ready Player One

Ready Player One is about a teenager who is growing up in a dystopian future and his only escape is a fantasy VR world, similar to the Matrix. There, you can be anything you want to be. The author of the book with the same title that the movie is based on grew up in the 80’s and uses all of the pop culture references from that era that he could fit into his novel. I’m a child of the 80’s as well. I fell in love with geek culture and the work of Steven Speilberg, Robert Zemeckis, and George Lucas at an early age. Those creators, among many others, have helped to shape the way I see pop culture and use my imagination. When a movie or TV show tries to tap into that nostalgia, I typically balk at it and don’t want anything to do with it. When the king of that nostalgic work tries to tap into it, only then will I listen. Speilberg directed this movie and it includes all of those references plus much more from the 90s and 00s. The early buzz out of SXSW is great and where I was a little hesitant before, I am for sure going to see this opening weekend, which is March 29.


Dwayne Johnson is one of the hardest working actors in Hollywood. He was the star of “Jumanji” which was an early success this year at the box office that no one saw coming. I’m hoping that Rampage follows the same trajectory. I can’t help but root for the guy. This movie is based on the video game of the same name, and if you’ve ever played it, you’re likely just as surprised as I am that it was made into a feature-length film. The game is about classic monsters including a giant Wolf-Man, Godzilla clone, and King Kong knock-off, destroying cities. In the movie, it looks like a paper-thin plot about genetic engineering gone awry but “The Rock” teams up with a giant albino gorilla to take down the other monsters, so I’m in. We’ll see if this is a train wreck or a gem on April 13.

Avengers: Infinity War

The last ten years of Marvel movies have been leading up to this point and Avengers: Infinity War will likely be the largest movie in history, at least until it’s second part comes out. As a former comic book creator, I could not be more excited to see this many characters on screen at one time and to have the stakes being what they are. It’s been said so many times over the last decade but what Marvel has done is amazing and to bring so many stories to their conclusions in a 2 part movie is insane. There will likely be a few of the characters we’ve known since the beginning either die or be set forth to go do their own thing. The real world contracts of a lot of the actors are up and that means Marvel has to find a way to let them go. We’ll check out this epic showdown between good and evil on April 27.

Deadpool 2

Deadpool is the role that Ryan Reynolds was born to play. The first movie sits only second to Passion of the Christ in gross for top R-Rated movies of all time. People love the Merc with a mouth. With the sequel, they’re trying to up the ante and bring in Cable and the rest of X-Force. I for one, can’t wait for the back and forth between Josh Brolin and Ryan Reynolds. With the success of the first movie, we can expect more of what made it so popular but likely with an attempt to top the humor and gross-outs. If you’re down for a cybernetic mutant from the future and homicidal lunatic with a mutant healing factor buddy cop movie, you can see how it shakes out on May 18.