A Few Things to Look Forward To in 2018

first_imgStay on target We tend to look at a new year as a completely new beginning. Man, 2017 sure sucked, let’s try to make 2018 better. It’s easy to forget that the problems that exist on December 31 will still be there on January 1. The world will still be the same place. 2016 was bad, 2017 was worse and at this point, there’s not much hope that 2018 will be better. Not unless we’re willing to make it better. Our attitudes and determination will go a long way towards making 2018 better. That’s why entertainment is important. It can feel frivolous sometimes to list the TV, movies, comics, games, etc. that we’re looking forward to next year, but excitement and anticipation can keep us going. Whether it inspires us to keep fighting for the life we want to live or gives us an escape with which to recharge our batteries; we need entertainment. That’s part of why this website exists. With that in mind, here are a few things I’m looking forward to in the next year. No matter what 2018 brings, it looks like a great year for entertainment.MoviesThe End of Marvel’s Phase 3Avengers: Infinity War is the big star of the year, but let’s not forget that we have two other entries in the Marvel Cinematic Universe coming this year. Black Panther is only a couple short months away and it looks phenomenal. It’s taking us to a setting the movies have never explored before. Just from the trailers we’ve seen, detail and beauty are packed into every frame and T’Challs’s new suit looks so cool. I’m excited to see Michael B. Jordan take on a villainous role, especially after hearing the actor talk about what a dark place it took him to. Plus, there’s the fact that, much like this year’s Thor: Ragnarok did, it’ll probably lead directly into Avengers: Infinity War. All that together makes this a must-see for me in February.Then there’s Infinity War itself, which already looks impossibly big. I have no idea how they’re going to pull this kind of scope off, but if any studio can do it, it’s a Disney-backed Marvel. Thanos has certainly come across as formidable in his brief appearances in other movies, but it remains to be seen whether or not he can carry one himself. Either way, I’m just excited to see all these superheroes on screen together. Even more so, knowing that this and 2019’s Avengers 4 will be the last time we’ll see many of them. After ten years, I want to see how their stories will end. Even if it breaks my heart. And hey, after Infinity War, there’s Ant-Man and the Wasp. The first brought an unexpected levity to the MCU that I didn’t realize I wanted. After Infinity War, that might be exactly what we need.The New MutantsDisney may own the X-Men now, and it remains to be seen exactly what affect that will have on 20th Century Fox’s plans for them, but this movie is still happening. When it was first described as a horror movie with mutants, I was interested. Then we all saw the first trailer and it completely lived up to that description. It’s not at all what we think of when someone mentions a comic book movie. As much as I’m looking forward to Marvel Studios’ biggest spectacle yet, I’m more intrigued by movies like this. Movies that take familiar characters and do something new with them. Movies that experiment with genre to deliver something unexpected. Legion showed us a new way to tell an X-Men story on TV in 2017. I’m really hoping The New Mutants will do something similar in 2018.A Wrinkle in TimeOne of the books that got a young me into sci-fi in the first place is finally getting a proper theatrically released movie. It always deserved better than that made-for-TV garbage we got back in 2003. The book asked us to imagine impossible things and introduced generations of kids to concepts like inter-dimensional travel. I’m just eager to see how those things are represented on screen. Also, it looks gorgeous. It’s no surprise that Ava DuVernay made a good-looking movie, but every shot in the trailer is jaw-droppingly beautiful. Already, I want DuVernay to take on the rest of the books in the series, and I haven’t even seen the movie yet. Outside of the superhero movies, this is the one 2018 film I absolutely have to see in theaters.TelevisionJessica Jones, Season TwoThe first season of Jessica Jones remains my favorite of Marvel’s Netflix outings, and it’s taken too long to get a second. We finally got to catch up the Jessica in The Defenders, but she deserves another starring role. Her battle with the Purple Man was at once terrifying and powerful, and I’ve been waiting to see how it’s affected her ever since it ended. Her scenes in The Defenders were great and all, but we didn’t get much of a glimpse into her life post-Purple Man. She’s still an alcoholic with no time for anyone’s bullshit and that’s still fantastic to watch. Her refusal to take Iron Fist seriously only cemented my love for the character. We only have a few months to wait for season two, and by that point, it will have been just about two and a half years since season one. I only hope the wait is worth it.Young Justice (via DC Entertainment/Cartoon Network)Young Justice, Season ThreeSpeaking of superhero shows that have been on hiatus for too long, we’re finally getting more Young Justice in 2018. It was a fantastic animated superhero show that rivaled even the old DCAU cartoons. It had an engrossing ongoing story that it never got to finish even though it did quite well in the ratings. It was cancelled anyway for an absolutely stupid reason: The toys weren’t selling. Its funding was tied to a deal with Mattel, so in the end it didn’t matter if the show was popular at all. The audience wasn’t buying the toys, so the show got the ax. Finally, it’s coming back for a third season, launching on DC’s streaming service planned for the upcoming year. Yeah, I know, another streaming service. I’m tired of them too, but it’s hard to be mad when it allows for something this cool to happen. DC has produced some amazing TV shows recently, and it’s cool to see them get another crack at a classic animated series.Stargate: OriginsAfter the end of Stargate: Universe, I thought I was done with the franchise for good. After all, the last few seasons of SG-1 weren’t all that great, and then Universe felt like it had lost all the fun that made early Stargate, and Atlantis, so great. So when I heard they were making a prequel series, it was hard to summon any strong reaction. “Alright, good for them, maybe it’ll be cool” was kind of the best I could do. Then I saw the teaser, and it reminded me of why I liked Stargate in the first place. It feels like an adventure just the way the old shows did. Light, fun action, snarky protagonists and advanced alien societies lying beyond a mysterious portal. I’m still not entirely sure a new Stargate series can pull me back in; this one is doing everything right so far.GamesNi No Kuni II: Revenant KingdomEven as I have less and less time for games, my fondness for gigantic RPGs only grows. I love running around a new fantasy world, and honestly, the more anime it is, the better. I adored the first Ni No Kuni. It combined the smart game design and storytelling you expect from Level-5 with the character and world design of Studio Ghibli. It felt like I was playing a Ghibli movie, especially the parts where you would swap back and forth between the real world and the fantasy one to solve puzzles and fix people’s souls. Plus, any game that gives you a Welsh sidekick is a winner in my book. The sequel won’t have Ghibli’s involvement, but the studio’s former character designer Yoshiyuki Momose was on board for it. Really, I’m just looking forward to being transported to another massive anime kingdom where I can recruit monsters and battle the forces of evil. God, this game looks gorgeous.Spider-ManIt’s been way too long since we got a proper Spider-Man game, and it’s finally happening in 2018. The Spider-Man 2 movie game was so much better than it had any reason to be because swinging through its version of New York was so much fun. The open world web-slinging got even better on the next generation of consoles with Spider-Man: Web of Shadows, though that game certainly had its problems. After that, Spider-Man games saw a steep decline and disappeared altogether. This year brings Spidey back, and from what we’ve seen of his new game so far, it looks like everything I’ve been hoping for since the PS2 days. A massive, high-fidelity recreation of New York to swing through as I please. Chasing down bad guys through buildings and busy streets. Saving everyone because you’re a true superhero. Also, Miles Morales is in it, so that’s cool. Growing up in cities, surrounded by tall buildings, I’ve always wanted to be Spider-Man. I’m just happy there’s going to be a game that lets me do that again.ComicsExit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles cover (Art by Ben Caldwell, via DC Comics)Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss ChroniclesDC has been doing amazing work with their superheroes, but their updated takes on classic Hanna-Barbera characters are even better. Writer Mark Russell turned The Flintstones into a story of late-stage capitalism. A world where workers are exploited and pitted against each other, where household appliances form friendships with each other so they can make it through another day of abuse. Now, he’s taking on Snagglepuss, re-imagining the character as a Tennessee Williams-esque gay, Southern playwright. Though his work is a success on Broadway, it makes him a target of the House Committee on Un-American Activities. As a massive fan of theatre, comics and classic animation, the premise of this comic is speaking to me on a deep, personal level. The Flintstones ended up being an important comment on life in 2016. I can’t wait to see what Snagglepuss can tell us in 2018. There’s a sentence I never thought I’d write.AnimeCardcaptor Sakura: Clear CardI don’t watch a ton of anime anymore, but when I heard they were bringing back Cardcaptor Sakura, I knew it was one I couldn’t miss. Maybe it’s because my first exposure to anime was watching Sailor Moon every morning before school, but I’ve always enjoyed the Magical Girl genre of anime. They’re fun superhero cartoons and many of them have surprisingly deep stories. My first exposure to Cardcaptor Sakura was through the terrible Kids WB dub, Cardcaptors. Even with the heavy editing and reordering of the episodes, there was something there. I liked watching the stories of this girl who snuck out of her room each night to fight a magical card monster. Later, when I figured out you could get anime from the internet, I watched the whole series and was mesmerized. I’m absolutely here for a new season. I want to know what happens to these kids. ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Director Explains Thanos’ Faceoff With Captain America‘Marvels’ Expands Marvel’s Podcast Universe last_img read more