The 18 movies we're most excited about in 2018

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It's early yet, but 2018 already looks stacked from a movie-going perspective.

As well as the requisite Marvel and Star Wars flicks there are plenty of other big franchise releases already announced, plus a fair few lesser-known-but-probably-more-interesting movies too.

We've collected all of the biggest hitters here together with their latest trailers, and we'll keep this list updated throughout the year to bring in newly-announced flicks, fresh trailers, and smaller or indie flicks that don't have a year-long hype cycle attached.

Rampage (13 April)

We'll be honest: Rampage looks like an impressively dumb movie. It's based on a classic video game, after all, yet takes minimal influence from the paper-thin source material. But yes, that's The Rock himself in the lead role, and we'd watch Dwayne Johnson in just about anything.

Here, Johnson stars as a primatologist with a gorilla pal who begins rapidly growing and evolving once exposed to some wacky fumes. Add in a bunch of other enlarged beasts, and they go on a… well, a rampage. Obviously. And Johnson has to make sure his super-sized buddy doesn't get bashed in the process.

Avengers: Infinity War (27 April)

Phase Three of Marvel's Cinematic Universe has spread far and wide while introducing the likes of Spider-Man, Black Panther, and Doctor Strange, and now they'll all assemble alongside Captain America, Iron Man, and the crew in Avengers: Infinity War.

It's all been building up to this for years now, as the galactic Thanos attempts to wield all of the Infinity Stones and The Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy amass to battle the threat. One more, final Avengers flick will follow in 2019, but expect serious ramifications on the MCU from this one, as the rather serious first trailer above suggests.

Deadpool 2 (18 May)

The original Deadpool was an amazingly funny, intensely violent, and unbelievably vulgar comic book adaptation, the likes of which we'd never seen before – but we'll see more of it this May with Deadpool 2, which smartly doesn't shed that brilliant, box-office-booming concoction.

While the filmmakers claimed they wouldn't try to go bigger with the sequel, here we see Josh Brolin as Cable, the time-traveling assassin from the X-Men comics, as well as what looks to be the first glimpse at X-Force – sure to get their own spinoff flick, too. Still, the laughs are obviously here (see the Toy Story parody), and everything looks rightly outrageous once again. We're in.

Solo: A Star Wars Story (25 May)

For months, we've heard all of the reasons why Solo: A Star Wars Story might be a mess. Original directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (The Lego Movie) were punted for clashing with Lucasfilm, young solo actor Alden Ehrenreich reportedly can't act, and they waited until four months before the release date to show us any actual footage.

All of that still sits in the back of our minds, but after seeing the trailer, there's also plenty of reason to be pumped for the next Star Wars. Donald Glover looks absolutely perfect as Lando Calrissian, the brand-new Millennium Falcon is spectacular, and Chewbacca… well, we love Chewbacca. Ehrenreich doesn't look or sound much like the Solo we know, but Disney hasn't screwed up Star Wars yet, so we're keeping the faith for now.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (7 June)

What's the only thing scarier than an island overrun by violent dinosaurs? An island overrun by violent dinosaurs that also has an enormous volcano erupting hot lava all over it. That's the premise of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, now that the franchise is back in action after Jurassic World's enormous box office tally.

Fallen Kingdom sees Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard's characters returning to the abandoned Isla Nublar to try and rescue the remaining dinosaurs as the eruption grows imminent – and as seen, that plan isn't the safest or smartest around. But humans never could leave well enough alone in this film franchise. At least Jeff Goldblum is back!