Best new films 2018/19: trailers and release dates

Best new films 2018/19: trailers and release dates

Whether you want to plan your future cinema trips or are putting things on your 4K Blu-ray wish list, we’ve rounded up a bunch of trailers for the films (and some TV shows) we think are worth looking out for – with an emphasis on system-shaking blockbusters.

Holy Thanos, we have our first trailer for Avengers: Endgame – the nail-biting conclusion to the harrowing events of Avengers: Infinity War. There are also new trailers for Detective Pikachu, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, and Netflix's upcoming adaptation of The Umbrella Academy.

We'll be updating this page as new trailers are released, so be sure to keep coming back for all the latest teasers.

Mary Poppins Returns

Sequels don't have the best of reputations, but reviving the characters from a five-decades-old beloved family film? That sounds like one precarious gamble. 

But... Emily Blunt is utterly charming, capable, and perfect for filling in the shoes Julie Andrews once inhabited, director Rob Marshall (Annie, Chicago) has form in delivering entertaining musicals, and the trailer shows just how effective the magic of nostalgia is when done right. 

And this looks very much like Disney getting it right.

Release date: 21st December

Bumblebee

The last Transformers film hurt our heads. Based on the talent involved with Bumblebee, we're confident this film will be softer on our craniums.

It takes place in 1987 and stars Hailee Stenfield in the lead role. It's also directed by Travis Knight, who was responsible for the brilliant Kubo and the Two Strings.

We're more upbeat than we have been for a long time about a Transformers film. Bumblebee might be the genuinely 'good' giant robot film we've been waiting for.

Release date: 26th December

Alita: Battle Angel

Manga adaptation Battle Angel Alita was on James Cameron's wishlist before he made Avatar. Cameron remains onboard the project as producer, passing over the directorial reigns to Robert Rodriguez.

Alita is a tale of a cyborg who can't remember who she is or where she came from, but is determined to find the truth about her origin in a world that's unrelentingly harsh.

Though she looks like the recipient of a Snapchat filter, it stays true to the character. This could be a return to form for Rodriguez, who needs it after Sin City 2.

Release date: 26th December

Deadly Class

Marvel golden boys the Russo Brothers (The Winter Soldier, Civil War, Infinity War) turn their Midas touch to this adaptation of Rick Remender's comic book series.

Set in the late 1980s, it follows the lonely orphan Marcus Lopez Arguello as he finds himself enrolled in a secret assassin school in San Francisco, where the kids of crime families from around the world are sent to learn the family trade. But this is more Kill Bill than Hogwarts. 

There's a strong sense of anarchy and socio-political commentary running through the comics amidst the normal high-school tropes of bullies, romance, fitting in and murder.

Release date: 16th January 2019 (Syfy)

Star Trek: Discovery

After an interesting start, Discovery appeared to fade a little, ending up being a solid (if not essential) Star Trek series.

The second series picks up the threads from the first, with Spock making an appearance and Captain Christopher Pike will take command of the USS Discovery.

The second run also looks to resolve issues fans had regarding this story's place in the timeline. Expect some more variety in the tone and style of episodes too.

Release date: 18th January 2019

Glass

After Split surprised us all and morphed into a side-quel to Unbreakable, Glass looks to unite the main characters from those stories.

Bruce Willis' David Dunn, Samuel L. Jackson's Elijah Price (Mr Glass) and James McAvoy's Kevin all appear in an institution for people who believe they have super-powers that's supervised by Sarah Paulson's Dr. Ellie Staple.

Of course two of those three do have powers, while Mr Glass holds secrets important to both men as he seeks to manouevre them for his own gain.

If M. Night Shyamalan can putt then all is forgiven (except for The Last Airbender, that's unforgivable).

Releae date: 18th January 2019

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

By the time this third and final film in the Train Your Dragon series comes out, it will have been nearly five years since the last one.

The sequel saw Hiccup find his mother, but lose his father. Now he's the village chief, but his peaceful reign is tested when he and his dragon, Toothless, travel to an undiscovered land where they encounter a new threat.

This series has managed to match Pixar's level of quality, so we have high hopes this trilogy can sign off in a blaze of dragon fire.

Release date: 1st February 2019

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

The LEGO Movie looked like an advert for toys, but won many people over with its charm.

It's, unbelievably, been almost five years since the first film came out pumping out a mantra of 'everything is awesome' and the LEGO characters are facing a new threat - the LEGO DUPLO® invaders from space who prefer to wreck things than build them.

Can they capture lightning in a bottle for a second time? It's a hard ask, but you wouldn't bet against these small LEGO bricks.

Release date: 8th February 2019

The Umbrella Academy

Based on the comics penned by Gerard Way (more famously known as the frontman for My Chemical Romance), The Umbrella Academy deals with unique, dysfunctional superheroes in its own stylistic way. 

Six superheroes - once adopted when they were children by billionaire Sir Reginald Hargreeves, but since disbanded - are reunited as adults to deal with a mysterious death and an impending apocalypse. But with such differing personalities and powers, will they even be able to work together?

Release date: 15th February 2019 (Netflix)

Captain Marvel

Marvel's next hugely-anticipated release takes us back to the mid-1990s, with Brie Larson playing Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel.

It's the first time a Marvel film has had a female superhero taking the spotlight, and Larson already looks like she can take on most of the Avengers single-handedly. She is, after all, one of the most powerful individuals in Marvel Comics lore.

With pre-S.H.I.E.L.D. Nick Fury and a rookie Agent Coulson popping up, not to mention the promise of a tie-in with Infinity War, this should be one of the highlights of 2019's film calendar.

Release date: 8th March 2019

American Gods

The weird and wonderful American Gods is back with a second series that looks just as dreamlike, epic and, well, weird as the first one. The highlight (especially for the book’s fans) is that we finally get to see The House on the Rocks - a real life labyrinthine museum and funhouse in Wisconsin - where Mr Wednesday rallies the old gods for one last fight.

Release date: 11th March 2019 (Amazon Prime Video)

Dumbo

This follows in the wake of Disney's prior 'reimaginings' as the studio continues to mine its past for new interpretations.

Dumbo is about a young elephant whose oversized ears help him to fly. This act saves the travelling circus, but the animals soon learn that not all is well.

With Tim Burton directing, Dumbo is sure to have a bit of weirdness to it, and the cast is pretty outstanding. Another surefire hit for Disney?

Release date: 29th March 2019

Shazam!

A lack of fun has been a criticism oft levied at DC Comics. That's likely to change with the comedic tones of Shazam!

Shazam! is the story of Billy Batson, a kid who's granted the powers of an adult superhero (and morphs into Zachary Levi) every time he says "Shazam".

It's like Tom Hanks in Big, only if the character suddenly morphed into a massively muscled superhero.

Silly as it sounds, Shazam! sounds like the injection of comedy DC needed.

Release date: 5th April 2019

Avengers: Endgame

"Part of the journey is the end."

It's the one we've been waiting for. Along with eagerly anticipating the consequences of Thanos' fatal fingersnap that wiped out half the world's population, there's a terrifying feeling that we'll be seeing a mighty emotional climax in one of the greatest cinematic showdowns of our generation.

Captain America and Tony Stark featuring prominently in the trailers will only fuel the suspicion that one - or more - of the original Avengers won't make it beyond this film (permanently this time). This might well be the end of an era, and can't wait to see how Marvel will exceed expectations once again.

Release date: 26th April 2019

Pokémon: Detective Pikachu

This is an odd one. It's the first live-action adaption of the Pokémon franchise (this adapts the 2016 game of the same name), and follows 21-year-old Tim trying to solve mystery behind his father's disappearance with the help of everyone's favourite electric Pokémon.

But the real icing on the cake is that Ryan Reynolds - Deadpool himself - is voicing Pikachu. It's a wacky assault on the senses – it’s really, really disconcerting to hear Reynolds’ voice coming out of the adorable Pikachu and we're constantly waiting for baseless, profanity-riddled jokes to come forth – but it somehow works. 

Other Pokémon characters being “fleshed out” adds to the increasing weirdness, but this looks like a fun, easter-egg-filled film in its own right.

Release date: 10th May 2019

Aladdin

The words “Guy Ritchie” and “Disney film” shouldn’t be possible in any sentence, but here we are. Beloved Disney film Aladdin is getting the live-action remake treatment, and oh boy do we hope this is good. 

The teaser trailer gave us a tantalising glimpse of vast, sandy dunes and the familiar cave of wonders, and the cast of Mena Massoud (Aladdin), Naomi Scott (Jasmine) and Marwan Kenzari (Jafar) look the part. With the Genie being voiced by Will Smith (just about the only person who could step into the former shoes of the late, great Robin Williams), we’re cautiously excited about this one.

Release date: 24th May 2019

Brightburn

We all know the story: a young boy from an alien planet crashes to Earth, is brought up by loving human parents, displays superhuman abilities, wears a cape... 

But what if that origin story took a darker turn. What if the young boy didn't end up quite so... heroic? This new film (produced by James Gunn) cleverly and effectively blends two on-trend genres together to create something entirely new: superhero horror.

Release date: 24th May 2019

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

The titans have re-emerged! After Godzilla reared his lizard head in 2014, others followed in his wake.

Cryptozoological agency Monarch is trying to stem the tide as Godzilla faces off against Mothra, Rodan and the three-headed King Ghidorah.

Ken Watanabe and Sally Hawkins return, and they're joined by Vera Farmiga, Kyle Chandler and Stranger Things' Millie Bobby Brown.

Where Godzilla underwhelmed, this could be the heavyweight fight we wanted the first go around.

Release date: 31st May 2019

X-Men: Dark Phoenix

The upcoming X-Men film takes on a storyline we’ve seen before: Jean Grey being consumed with the all-powerful Dark Phoenix force, ending in betrayals, deaths and destruction for her fellow X-Men and friends.

We like the look of the trailer’s more down-to-earth and character-focussed feel - it's a welcome change from the sprawling mess that was X-Men: Apocalypse

But we haven’t really seen much of the new Jean Grey (played by Game of Thrones’ Sophie Turner) so far, so here’s hoping Dark Phoenix can make the emotional impact it needs to as Sansa - sorry, Jean - unleashes her rage in the new film.

Release date: 7th June 2019

The Lion King

Next on Disney's live-action remake list is this beloved classic. It boasts an impressive voice cast - Beyoncé, Donald Glover, Chiwetel Ejiofor, John Oliver, James Earl Jones (returning as Mufasa, naturally) - and we can't deny that the CGI looks mighty impressive.

But the teaser trailer also looks very familiar, with some scenes practically shot-for-shot identical with the original 1994 film. We hope the final film has a surprise up its sleeves, because right now we're wondering - what's the point?

Release date: 16th July 2019

The New Mutants

With Legion, Logan and The Gifted entertaining audiences, the X-Men series expands further with The New Mutants.

Described as a superhero horror film, The New Mutants features five young mutants coming to terms with their powers inside a secret facility. Can they escape and save themselves?

With the filmmakers citing Stephen King and haunted-house movies as touchstones, The New Mutants may boast as many shocks as it does thrills.

Release date: 2nd August 2019

Artemis Fowl

Based on the books by Eoin Colfer, this Kenneth Branagh adaptation brings to life the story of a 12-year-old criminal genius who kidnaps a fairy to help search for his missing father. 

Mixing real-word danger with the magical fairy realm, the books are full of fun misadventures that the movie will hopefully capture.

Release date: 9th August 2019

Spies In Disguise

An animated spy flick starring the voice talents of Will Smith and Tom "Spider-Man" Holland? Yes.

The spy film taking an unexpected turn by having its lead - Lance Sterling, world's greatest spy and all-round super-suave cool guy thanks to being voiced by Will Smith - turn into a pigeon? Yes, a hundred times yes.

Hilarious hijinks ensue as pigeon-spy Sterling and Walter Beckett (his mini-Q, voiced by Holland) navigate their way around nefarious plots, amorous pigeons and try to save the world.

Release date: 13th September 2019

Good Omens

An angel and a demon work together to stop the Apocalypse from happening because they simply like living on Earth too much. 

Add in an assortment of righteous angels, sneering demons, a witch, a witchfinder, the four horsemen of the apocalypse, and four young kids and their dog - and you have a delightful, zany, eons-spanning story from the minds of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.

Adapted from the cult-favourite 1990 novel Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the six-part series boasts David Tennant, Michael Sheen, Jon Hamm, Josie Lawrence, Nick Offerman and Frances McDormand amongst its starry cast. We can’t wait for this one.

Release date: 2019 (Amazon Prime Video, BBC Two)

The Boys

Sick of superheroes? Looks like the world of Amazon's The Boys are too, where the superhero industry is picture-perfect and wield absolute power.

But all's not what it seems, and the CIA hires a group of superhero-hating human vigilantes to take the heroic (or are they?) supers down. Based on Garth Ennis's satirical comic series, this looks like a fun take on the Marvel/DC tropes and the many, many superhero-based shows and films that are all the rage now. 

Also, it has Karl Urban in it - how can we resist?

Release date: 2019 (Amazon Prime Video)