Avengers: Infinity War has dropped in to theaters and broke not only the domestic opening weekend record with $250 million in the bank but also shattered the worldwide record with a Vibranium rattling $630 million.
The blockbuster also helped propel Black Panther (in its 11th week of release) back into the Top Five for the weekend with $4 million. Panther now has banked $688 million domestically and another $643 million internationally for a resonant $1.33 billion total.
Needless to say Disney is on fire so far this year and it’s only April. What else does the Mouse House have in store for us this year? Here’s a look at the films that Disney has ready for release during the rest of 2018.
Solo: A Star Wars Story (May 25)
The latest turbulent spin-off from the Star Wars franchise arrives in to theaters for Memorial Day weekend. Alden Ehrenreich stars as the younger version of Han Solo in the film and is joined by Emilia Clarke (as Qi’Ra), Donald Glover (as young Lando Calrissian), and Woody Harrelson (as Beckett).
Incredibles 2 (June 15)
The long-awaited Pixar seqeul arrives in theaters just days before the official start of summer. Brad Bird returns to direct the sequel with Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, and Samuel L. Jackson reprise their roles from the first film.
Ant-Man and The Wasp (July 6)
Just weeks before San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel’s latest will hit screens as Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly return respectively in the title roles. Will Ant-Man and The Wasp be the third Marvel movie to cross $1 billion this year? (We’re making a very safe assumption that Infinity War will cross that mark within the week) Will we get a Captain Marvel teaser in the end credits? Will there be some nod to Infinity War in the film? So many questions!!
Christopher Robin (August 3)
This live-action Winnie-the-Pooh film may be getting overshadowed by the Marvel and Pixar films at the moment, but rest assured the marketing department at the Mouse House will be gearing up for this film mid-summer. Ewan McGregor plays the title character and is joined by Jim Cummins (voicing Pooh), Hayley Atwell (best known as Agent Peggy Carter), Chris Dowd (Tigger), Brad Garrett (Eeyore), Peter Capaldi (Rabbit), Nick Mohammed (Piglet), and Toby Jones.
The Nutcracker and The Four Realms (November 2)
This year’s holiday season offering from Disney is this live-action adaptation starring Mackenzie Foy, Morgan Freeman, Keira Knightley, and Helen Mirren.
Ralph Breaks The Internet (November 21)
Disney doesn’t normally double-book a month, so the placement of this Wreck-It Ralph sequel just weeks after The Nutcracker seems to be a move to cover their butts. John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman return as Wreck-It Ralph and Vanellope van Schweetz, respectively. Alan Tudyk, Kristen Bell and Moana‘s Auli’i Cravalho also star in the sequel.
Mary Poppins Returns (December 25)
Rounding out a very busy year is this live-action Mary Poppins sequel (no word if Yondu will appear). We do know that Emily Blunt stars as Mary Poppins and is joined by Colin Firth, Ben Whishaw, Julie Walters, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Angela Lansbury, Emily Mortimer, and Meryl Streep. Dick van Dyke returns as Mr. Dawes Junior.
With Disney releasing around 10 films per year for the next couple years, it’s going to feel be a heavy dose of Disney/Marvel/Pixar/Star Wars nirvana. In fact, next year will include the second part of Avengers: Infinity War, Episode IX of Star Wars, the debut of Captain Marvel, sequels for Frozen and Toy Story and live-action versions of Aladdin, The Lion King, and Dumbo.