2018 was full of critical and commercial successes such as “Black Panther,” “A Star is Born” and “Roma.” That said, 2019 looks to be an even better year for film, boasting an extensive lineup of crowd-pleasing blockbusters as well as star-studded dramas and independent films. Let’s take a look at what 2019 in film has to offer.
Marvel has three films slated for a 2019 release and all three look on-track to become mega-hits. The first is “Captain Marvel,” in theaters March 8. This is the first female-led movie within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It stars Brie Larson as the titular character, who is also set to have a central role in another upcoming Marvel movie: “Avengers: Endgame,” coming April 26. This is the culmination of 11 years of cinema and decades-worth of comic book lore. “Endgame” is likely to be even bigger than last year’s “Avengers: Infinity War,” and could be the last time Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans and a host of other actors reprise their iconic roles.
The final Marvel movie planned for 2019 is “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” which will be released on July 5. It once again stars Tom Holland as your friendly neighborhood superhero. A sequel to 2017’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and riding the success of the Oscar-winning animated film “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” this upcoming adventure is the perfect summer blockbuster.
Marvel is only one branch of the Walt Disney Studios’ massive media enterprise. Another branch of the company, Pixar, is releasing its own highly-anticipated film this year. As if “Toy Story 3” didn’t tear our hearts out enough, the studio is back to milk our childhood nostalgia one more time with “Toy Story 4,” set to release on June 21.
If Walt Disney Studios hasn’t already drained your pockets (and your tear ducts) by mid-summer, you can look forward to their two in-house releases of the year:“The Lion King” and “Frozen 2,” which are set to release on July 19 and Nov. 22, respectively. The first is a beautiful live-action remake of the epic 1994 animated film (with Beyoncé as Nala!?) while the second is a sequel to the film that sparked one of the craziest cultural frenzies surrounding a kids movie in recent history.
Finally, Disney will cap off the year with “Star Wars: Episode IX” on Dec. 20. C’mon, it’s “Star Wars.” It’s the end of the Skywalker saga and the thing is estimated to make well over a billion dollars worldwide.
Other notable films include “Us,” the new horror movie from the mind of “Get Out” director Jordan Peele and “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” the Mister (Fred) Rogers biopic directed by Marielle Heller and starring Tom Hanks. “Us” will hit theaters on March 22, but we have to wait until Nov. 22 to get our Mister Rogers fix.
And lastly, the film I’m most looking forward to in 2019: the newest screen adaptation of “Little Women,” to be released on Christmas Day. From “Lady Bird” writer and director Greta Gerwig, this movie features an insanely talented cast of A-list actors, including Saoirse Ronan, Timothée Chalamet, Emma Watson and Meryl Streep. Wow.