2019 is looking to be an unbelievable year for movies. I am shocked by the year’s potential, so much so, I ended up compiling more than enough movies to fill this list. Animation, comedy, and fantasy are all well-represented so it was hard to choose just ten.
But cuts had to be made. And so, without further ado, these are my Top 10 Most Anticipated Movies of 2019. If it makes you more excited about the coming year, then I’ve done my job!
10. X-Men: Dark Phoenix
Okay, Dark Phoenix. I had you on my 2018 most anticipated movie list and what happened? You should have already been out by now! Well, I’m giving you another chance, so don’t blow it.
In case you’re not familiar with the franchise, X-Men: Dark Phoenix is the 4th X-Men movie in the newest series, preceded by X-Men: Apocalypse. That one was a bit of a letdown, but with a great cast and an exciting opportunity to improve on X-Men: The Last Stand‘s story line, maybe this series will finally come around. Are you “X”-cited or what?
Cats doesn’t have my tongue, but it sure has my interest. This live-action take on the classic musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber could be one of the most fascinating projects this side of Broadway . . . or a complete and utter bomb. With talents like Ian McKellen, Jennifer Hudson, and James Corden, it certainly sounds good on paper.
As a fan of the 1998 direct-to-video production, I have cautiously high hopes this project will all come together in the end. If not, at least the soundtrack will be good, right?
This spot was a toss-up between Aladdin and Shazam! (which looks like a goofy, fun little flick), but once again, Disney beats DC. Aladdin never achieved the same highs for me as some other 90’s Disney classics, but I’m still eager to see how the world of Agrabah shines in live-action.
Will Smith as The Genie is a unique choice, but I’m particularly looking forward to watching the love story between Aladdin and Jasmine unfold. We ain’t never had a”film” like this one folks . . . and that’s a good thing!
7. Frozen 2
After watching Frozen, who didn’t want an encore? While details are scarce about the sequel, Frozen 2 will likely continue the adventures of our favorite sisters Elsa and Anna in Arendelle, meeting new friends and reuniting with old ones. It’s hard to judge how well Frozen 2 will do in comparison to its massively successful predecessor, but I’m hoping Elsa will get a love story of her own along the way. And another great soundtrack!
It releases November 22, 2019, just in time for Thanksgiving.
6. Toy Story 4
Woody and the gang are back! 9 years since the last Toy Story, Toy Story 4 follows the toys as they head off on a road trip with a new toy named “Forky.” So far, what I’ve heard about this movie has made me more and more excited. Supposedly Toy Story 4 is also a love story for Woody and I’m eager to see how that plays out. Plus, Tim Allen has already talked about how emotional making this movie has been for him.
Hopefully, it’s not as heart-breaking as Toy Story 3, but if it is, bring on the waterworks! The toys return June 21.
5. Men In Black International
Here they come!
Another big June release, Men In Black International follows a new MIB duo played by Thor: Ragnarok co-stars Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson. I have always been a big Men in Black fan, and after the last movie, I am stoked for more alien-busting adventures, this time in London.
It may be a total misfire like the female-led Ghostbusters movie, but if the film focuses on the comedy and the characters, this could be the start of a whole new era for the Men in Black.
4. Star Wars Episode IX
What a roller coaster it has been for the Star Wars series. Coming off the high of The Force Awakens, I thought we were in for a resurgence . . .and then The Last Jedi came out. Long, boring, Episode IIX was a slog, offering very little to the Star Wars universe in terms of character or storyline.
But J.J Abrams is back (yea!) and it’s the end of this trilogy so my guess is it’ll go out with a bang. Regardless, seeing Poe, Rey, Finn, and Kylo return as well as discovering what character Matt Smith is going to play (he is my favorite Doctor Who after all), this may just be everything we’re wanting in a Star Wars movie. Make it happen, people!
3. Pokemon Detective Pikachu
Listen to this film’s premise for a moment. A Pikachu (literally an electric mouse Pokemon) that speaks English and is voiced by Ryan Reynolds (you heard that right!) uses his detective skills to uncover the mystery behind a man’s disappearance.
As a big Pokemon fan, I didn’t know what to think of this thing when I heard about it. The concept so off-the-wall. What would the animation style even look like? And then I saw the trailer . . . and now I’m excited!
I still have no idea what to think of Deadpool Pikachu, but the mixture of comedy, mystery, and plain weirdness is a big enough draw. Plus I may get the chance to see my favorite Pokemon on screen (I’m looking at you Arcanine!) Next summer can’t come soon enough.
2. The Lion King
When an animated Disney film gets made prior to 2000, it will breed a CGI live-action version years later. It is the circle of life! And of all the live-action remakes Disney has in store for 2019, nothing gets me more pumped than The Lion King.
The first film in the series came out the year I was born, and I have been a massive fan ever since. Now we have this fascinating installment, which, based on the teaser trailer, looks absolutely beautiful! We barely got a taste of Simba and the others, but it was enough to whet the appetite. And as a major Scar fan, I’m so psyched to see that big, bold baddie be revealed.
July 19 is the release date, and I am not missing this one for the world!
1. Avengers: Endgame
What else was going to take on the top spot on this list but the one and only Avengers: Endgame? Last year, Avengers: Infinity War took the number 1 spot on my Most Anticipated Movies of 2018 list, and now the fourth installment reigns supreme.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been building to this moment; we’ll finally get to see the outcome of a decade’s worth of films. The trailer gave us the bittersweet aftermath of Infinity War‘s devastation. Now, it’s up to the remaining Avengers to pick up the pieces and take down Thanos once and for all. It all comes down to this.
Coming April 26, 2019.
And that’s my list! Though it was fun compiling it, it wouldn’t be complete without some honorable mentions.
Shazam! (Like I said, still looking forward to Zachary Levi hamming it up on the big screen.)
Isn’t It Romantic (Rebel Wilson stuck in a romantic comedy? Sign me up!
Rocketman (This one almost made my top ten. I’m a huge Elton John fan and I can’t wait to see Taron Egerton play Captain Fantastic himself. It should be a rocking good time!)
And there you have it! The movies I’m most looking forward to in 2019. Have I gotten you excited? What movies are you looking forward to next year? Tell me in the comments.
Here’s hoping 2019 makes all your dreams come true!