Science-fiction fans the world over will be celebrating this year thanks to a host of new film offerings due for release at cinemas.
They include Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One, Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War, and the Pixar-Disney cartoon Incredibles 2.
Here we cast an eye on 10 of the genre’s new films that are sure to delight sci-fi nerds the world over.
1. Ready Player One
The special-effects-laden, action-packed adventure Ready Player One, directed by Steven Spielberg – whose sci-fi-filled CV includes ET the Extra-Terrestrial, Minority Report, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, War of the Worlds, Jurassic Park and A.I. Artificial Intelligence – is set in a dystopian 2045, with the world near to chaos and collapse.
Based on the best-selling 2011 novel of the same name by Ernest Cline, this fast-paced story sees people trying to escape their troubles through virtual reality gaming – and one game in particular, OASIS.
After the game’s eccentric creator dies, he leaves behind a fortune – but only to the player that finds an Easter egg hidden somewhere in the OASIS.
The promise of a huge rewards sparks a contest between players around the world, including the film’s young hero, played by Tye Sheridan.
If you need a reason to question our humanity, wonder what our tech-focused future could look like in the future, or just want to be wowed by amazing big-screen visuals, then Ready Player One – coming to a cinema near you very soon – should be at the top of your list of must-see movies this year.
Global release date: From March 28
This film, loosely based on the video game of the same name, focuses on what could go wrong when genetic experiments are carried out on animals.
The experiments cause the animals to mutate into monsters, leading to a huge gorilla battling with a giant wolf and an enormous crocodile across North America, while they destroy everything in their wake.
If it’s action and devastation that you’re looking for, then Rampage is probably going to be your best bet. Plus, it also stars the ubiquitous action star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, whose sci-fi film credits include Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, as an heroic primatologist. Need we say more?
Global release date: From April 11
3. Avengers: Infinity War
This superhero film, following on from 2012’s action-packed The Avengers and 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, will be the 19th release in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) when it arrives in cinemas in April.
Iron Man, played by Robert Downey Jr, Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and the rest of the Avengers team up with Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and the Guardians of the Galaxy gang, including Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) and Gamora (Zoe Saldana) to battle the evil Thanos (Josh Brolin).
Delighted fans will be queueing up outside cinemas throughout the world to see this Disney-distributed film because almost every MCU superhero is expected to make an appearance.
If that’s not all, directors Anthony Russo and his brother, Joe, have been filming the as-yet named sequel already.
Global release date: From April 25
4. Deadpool 2
Honestly, you can watch the trailer and still have no real idea what the still-untitled superhero film, which for now we’ll call Deadpool 2 – a sequel to the smash-hit Deadpool – is about.
Yet, you’ll still want to go and watch it anyway, because the Marvel character Wade Wilson – a wisecracking masked vigilante with mutated genes and accelerated healing powers, portrayed by Ryan Reynolds – is one of funniest characters you will ever see.
Global release date: From May 16
5. Solo: A Star Wars Story
Star Wars fans are rejoicing all over the world at the prospect of a whole movie providing the origin story of everyone’s favourite cynical smuggler Han Solo and his Wookiee partner Chewbacca.
The dynamics between superstar actors, Alden Ehrenreich, as Solo, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clark and Donald Glover in the Ron Howard-directed film, is bound to provide some laughter and plenty of entertainment, even for those who aren’t huge Star Wars fans.
Global release date: From May 10
6. Incredibles 2
Our prayers have finally been answered by the gods and goddesses of Disney and Pixar.
Those of us who loved 2004's massively successful original, The Incredibles, have a sequel, once more directed by Brad Bird, finally in our sights – after 14 years.
Celebrate girl power with “Elastigirl”, voiced by Holly Hunter, as she goes out saving the world while her husband, the doting-dad Mr Incredible (Craig T Nelson), stays at home to look after their three super-powered children.
Get set for plenty of giggles. Excited? We are!
Global release date: From June 13
7. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Dinosaurs and explosions, a conspiracy and the sarcasm of Guardian’s of the Galaxy 1 and 2’s Chris Pratt, are all coming this summer in the second instalment of the planned Jurassic World trilogy.
Pratt, who starred as a dinosaur trainer in 2015’s hit Jurassic World, is back to try to prevent the extinction of dinosaurs on Earth for a second time.
He is called in after a dormant volcano erupts and threatens to kill off the dinosaurs that have been left alive after the demise of the dinosaur theme park.
Whatever the crisis, whatever the cost, how can we say no to these awesome dinos, or Chris Pratt?
Global release date: From June 6
8. Ant-Man and the Wasp
The hilarious and handsome Paul Rudd returns to the big screen as Ant-Man in this Marvel-Disney production with a new winged-partner, the Wasp, played by Evangeline Lilly.
She starred with Rudd in the original action-adventure film Ant-Man, and had a leading role in The Hobbit trilogy.
We’re definitely curious to see what Ant-Man could be up now, since his appearance in Captain America: Civil War – and this year’s forthcoming Avenger’s Infinity War.
It’s definitely a must-watch movie if you’re a geeky fan of superheroes, Marvel or Paul Rudd.
Global release date: From July 4
The Marvel character Eddie Brock is better known as the host of the alien being, Venom, a notable Spider-Man antagonist.
Not much is more exciting than the thought of actor Tom Hardy playing this evil supervillain.
The trailer depicts a darker superhero film than Marvel-Disney’s 2017 film Spider-Man: Homecoming, starring Tom Holland as Peter Parker and Spider-Man.
It’s worth noting that Colombia Pictures is making of this new film, but distributors Sony Pictures says that Venom will inhabit the same Marvel universe as Homecoming, thanks to a deal with the Disney-owned Marvel Studios.
Global release date: October 4
10. Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2
With the apt hashtag of #RalphBreaksTheInternet, this follow-up to Disney’s hit 2012 nostalgic video-game adventure comedy animation, Wreck-It Ralph, will definitely appeal to you geeks out there.
Six years after the events of the first film, Ralph, voiced by John C Reilly and Vanellope (Sarah Silverman), now friends, discover a Wi-fi router in their arcade, leading them into a new adventure.
We can’t wait.
Global release date: From November 21
It’s time to dig out that trusty old sleeping bag, because we’ll be camping outside the cinemas all year.