As 2017 came to a close, 2018 appeared with a promise of new premieres for all to enjoy. Although 2017’s exquisite display of new movies and television shows blew viewers away, 2018 came equipped to exceed expectations. On top of the brand-new seasons of popular Wesleyan student favorites such as “Stranger Things,” there are other thrilling events taking place this year, such as the Winter Olympics, a royal wedding and astronauts taking steps on the moon once again.
Right off the bat, 2018 does not fail to disappoint with new movies released such as “Insidious: The Last Key,” “Forever My Girl,” “The Post,” “12 Strong” and “The Maze Runner: Death Cure.” Sophomore Charlie Neu said, “I am really excited about the premiere of “12 Strong.” The post-9/11 story line really seems captivating.” Junior Carson Wood said, “I have been waiting for the world premiere of “Forever My Girl” for quite some time. The boys and I will definitely be attending.” Though this thrilling list of blockbuster movies came out in January, there are many more bestsellers to come to theaters later in 2018.
Some of the most anticipated movies to venture onto screens later this year include “Incredibles 2,” “Jurassic World: The Fallen Kingdom,” “Deadpool 2,” “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!,” “Oceans 8,” “Avengers: Infinity War,” “Solo: A Star Wars Movie” and “Wreck it Ralph 2.” The much-anticipated release of the new sequel to a popular childhood blockbuster, “Incredibles 2,” has been at the top of the list amongst Wesleyan students, especially senior Emma Watkins, who will be, “busting down the doors through a crowd of five-year-olds to get into the movie.” The majority of the new films premiering in 2018 are sequels; the expectation for the continuing story line of personal favorite films is overwhelming. Senior Natalie Hamlin is overjoyed for the release of “Solo: A Star Wars Movie.” Hamlin said, “I am obsessed with Star Wars. I recently watched all seven films and am ecstatic about the release of “Solo: A Star Wars Movie.”
Aside from 2018’s list of releasing films, new television seasons are coming out into the public eye. Later in 2018, season three of “Stranger Things” will be released on Netflix. Junior Savannah Sommer exclaimed, “‘Stanger Things” is my all-time favorite TV show, and the new season is surely going to be a binge-worthy event.” “Riverdale” is also returning from its mid-season premiere in early 2018. To continue the anticipation of the new shows and seasons, science teacher Megan Trotter revealed she loves “‘This is Us.’ Trotter said, “It is one of the best shows I have ever seen and I can’t wait to keep watching throughout the new year.”
On top of original entertainment coming into the open this year, a wide variety of world events are taking place. One of these events is the Winter Olympics. The Winter Games are taking place in South Korea on Feb. 9-25, a true sight to view with family and friends to cheer on the United States. Also, the royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is scheduled to take place on May 19. The two love birds will say their vows and tie the knot in Kensington Palace. The event will be shown live on television.
To top a royal matrimony, according to NPR, President Trump has announced that the NASA program will begin to send astronauts to the moon once again. Though the goal is a trip and exploration of Mars, the moon is a great leap in the right direction. A company called SpaceX has created a contract with NASA to bring non-astronauts up to the International Space Program later in 2018. These people will also not land on, but orbit around the moon.
2017 set a high bar for entertainment, but 2018 is coming in strong and ready to make history. Whether it’s the highest movie sales, a monumental step on the moon once again or a life changing television show, this year is bringing the heat and ready to put a stamp on history.