2018 Sci Fi Sequel winners and losers

Last week I discussed 2018 remakes.  I really only considered two movies to be science fiction remakes for 2018.  This week I’ll try to narrow my thoughts on Science Fiction Sequels.  Oh my gosh, where to begin?

The Avengers:  Infinity Wars

Pacific Rim Uprising

Jurassic World Fallen

Solo:  A Star Wars Story

The Maze Runner:  The Death Cure

Black Panther

Aquaman

X-Men:  Dark Phoenix

Ant-Man and the Wasp

Bumblebee:  The Movie

Wreck-It Ralph 2

Without considering the quality of the movie production, with this many big-budget sequels some are going to be winners, others will be big time losers.  Here is my guess as to the winners and losers with my own preferences weighing heavy (I acknowledge that I liked both John Carter of Mars and the Lone Ranger so my views certainly have limitations)

Winners:

The Avengers: Infinity Wars – Too many fans have too much time invested in the series to miss out on this one whether it is good or bad.

Jurassic World:  Fallen Kingdom – Chris Pratt.

Ant-Man and the Wasp – This is my danger zone.  I loved the first one and the writing.  Paul Rudd is back.  The Catherine Zeta-Zones look alike is also back, playing the daughter of Michael Douglas which creates some real cognitive dissonance.  But really, it’s the writing in this case.  Another winner.

Solo:  A Star Wars Story – Who doesn’t love Han Solo?  Who didn’t choke up when he died?  (well other than Harrison Ford)

Wreck-It Ralph 2 – Only because it is the only animated sci-fi sequel on the eleven film list.

 

The Toss Up

It is a battle between Black Panther and Aquaman.  I think one or the other will make the winner list, and the other will be a loser.  At the moment I’ll give it to Aquaman as he was one of the few redeeming elements of the Justice League.

 

Losers:

Pacific Rim Uprising –  Great direction and story might help if its there, but I think its going to be a mess that should have gone straight to video.

The Maze Runner – The Death Cure.  Pretty easy answer here.  The film series has already lost steam.

X-Men:  Dark Phoenix – Are there fans?

Bumblebee:  The Movie – Talk about a worn out premise. 

 

I’m not done yet, but done for today.  We haven’t even looked at the new science fiction films.  Next week 

 

 

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