Hundreds of thousands of cosplay fans have been hitting convention centres, event spaces, and town halls across the world (including Manchester recently) as Comic-Con fever spreads. As is always the case with Comic-Con, we can expect blockbuster trailers. And we have not been left disappointed!
To save you some time trawling through IMDB or youtube, here’s a list of what we think are the top films and tv shows to look out for towards the end of 2018 and the beginning of 2019.
From the creator of The Simpsons and Futurama, Matt Groening presents Disenchantment. The story follows the misadventures of a rebellious and alcoholic princess called Bean (voiced by Abbi Jacobson) and her companions: An elf called Elfo (Nat Faxon) and her “personal demon” called Luci (Eric Andre). Set in a medieval land called Dreamland, the show is set to hit your Netflix account on 17th August 2018.
Although the Venom trailer wasn’t officially released at the SDCC (San Diego Comic-Con), it’s difficult to leave it out of films you MUST see this year! Tom Hardy portrays an investigative journalist who becomes host to an alien symbiote which provides him with super-human powers, but this is at the price of becoming horrific alter-ego: “Venom”. Other cast members include Michelle Williams (The Greatest Showman, Shutter Island, Dawson’s Creek), and Riz Ahmed (Nightcrawler, Star Wars: Rogue One). Set to be released on the 5th October 2018.
3. DR WHO: Season 11
The BBC series returns in October 2018 for its eleventh season. With Jodie Whittaker in the role of the latest Time Lord, fans will be eager to see the first ever female Doctor on their screens. The Docs companions include Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole, and Mandip Gill. Chris Chibnall, the Executive Producer, stated at the 2018 SDCC that each of the 10 episodes in the series will be standalone episodes, with no multi-parters, the first time the series has done this since 2005. *Spoiler* he has also confirmed that The Daleks will not be featured.
4. The walking dead: season 9
The popular zombie TV series seems to have suffered a slump in recent seasons, with viewing figures dropping season upon season. AMC will be looking at ways to rejuvenate the series, and with the confirmation that Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes) and Lauren Cohan (Maggie Rhee), two of the shows main characters, will be walking away from the show, it will be interesting to see how their final season will transpire, along with who will be pushed up to the top of the pecking order. Returns to TV on the 7th October 2018.
World War II. D-Day. Zombies? Produced by JJ Abrams, Overlord (Set to be released on the 9th November 2018) follows a group of American Paratroopers dropped behind enemy lines in France during World War II, only to find that the Nazi’s have been experimenting on creating the ultimate soldier…
6. Fantastic beasts: the crimes of Grindelwald
Following on from the success of the first instalment, the second of what will be 5 films altogether is set to be released on the 16th November 2018. With an all-star cast, including Johnny Depp playing the nefarious dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald, and Jude Law portraying a young Albus Dumbledore, it’s safe to say that this will be a treat for all those who love J.K Rowling’s magical wizarding world. The film focuses on the aftermath of Grindelwald’s escape, Dumbledore recruits ex-student Newt Scamander to help recapture the dark wizard and thwart his plans to have pure-blood wizards rule over all non-magical folk.
From director Jason Wan, Aquaman is set to be the 6th instalment from the DCEU (DC Extended Universe for those that aren’t in the know). Jason Momoa plays Arthur Curry – half-man half-Atlantean – and is sought out to stop his half-brother Orm from waging war on the surface world. Other cast members include Nicole Kidman as Queen Atlanna, Amber Heard and Willem Dafoe. Set to be released on the 21st December 2018.
Fans of Unbreakable (2000) and Split (2016) are set to receive the third and final instalment of M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Eastrail 177 trilogy’ with the release of Glass on the 18th January 2019. Written, Co-Produced, and Directed by Shyamalan, the superhero horror-thriller follows the events of the derailment of the fictitious Eastrail #177, which we witness in Unbreakable. Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson reprise their Unbreakable roles, and James McAvoy returns as Kevin Wendell Crumb from Split.
The surprise trailer for DC film, Shazam! is just what the DC franchise has been in need of….humour. The story follows a foster kid, who ends up protecting his disabled foster brother in a fight, and as a reward, a wizard from another realm gifts him the power of being able to transform into a super-human adult, simply by uttering the word Shazam! Marked for a release in April 2019, The film promises some funny moments, so between this and Aquaman, it could quite be a turning point for what has been an underwhelming DCEU delivery so far…
10. Godzilla: king of the monsters
Audiences weren’t blown over with the 2014 reboot of Godzilla, however, it is safe to say that interests have been piqued with the release of the trailer for Godzilla: King Of the Monsters. The cast includes Stranger Things’ Millie Bobby Brown, who plays Madison Russell, the daughter of Dr. Emma Russell (Vera Farmiga) and Mark Russell (Kyle Chandler). There is also the return of Ken Watanabe as Monarch Scientist Dr. Ishiro Serizawa, and the introduction of Charles Dance. We can expect to see Godzilla take on a number of ‘Titans’, such as Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidora. Due to be released on the 31st May 2019.
Are there any trailers you think we’ve missed? If so get in touch and let us know.