All the Marvel Movies That Are Required Viewing in 2018

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When it comes to buzzy blockbusters, superheroes have run the show for years now and 2018 is no exception. Thanks to Marvel's extensive catalogue of comic books and characters, this year brings several marvelous (pun 100-percent intended) movies that you need to see if you want to understand any conversation about 2018 pop culture. Here are all the new Marvel movies you need to see—and this includes not just the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but other movies based on Marvel comics because, tbh, there was no way we weren't including Deadpool 2 on this list.

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1 'Black Panther'

Release date: February 16

Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis

Why you need to see it: There aren't enough words to describe all the reasons you should see this movie. It's visually stunning, culturally groundbreaking, expertly acted, gorgeously directed, and wonderfully written, just to name a few. SEE. IT.

2 'Avengers: Infinity War'

Release date: April 27

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Don Cheadle, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Josh Brolin, and Chris Pratt

Why you need to see it: It's literally what the last decade of MCU movies have been building to. Also, there are SO MANY SPOILERS out there and avoiding them for long will be impossible.

3 'Deadpool 2'

Release date: May 18

Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison, Zazie Beetz, T.J. Miller, Brianna Hildebrand, and Jack Kesy

Why you need to see it: Deadpool is easily the funniest superhero out there and Ryan Reynolds plays him perfectly. Also if you skip the movie, who knows how many troll-y Blake Lively Instagrams you won't understand?

4 Ant-Man and the Wasp

Release date: July 6

Starring: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Peña, Walton Goggins, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, Tip "T.I." Harris, David Dastmalchian, Hannah John-Kamen, Abby Ryder Fortson, Randall Park, Michelle Pfeiffer, Laurence Fishburne, and Michael Douglas

Why you need to see it: Paul Rudd, mostly. But also Ant-Man is maybe the funniest, most light-hearted series in the MCU and after the emotional turmoil of Infinity Wars, you deserve this.

5 Venom

Release date: October 5

Starring: Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze, and Reid Scott

Why you need to see it: Yes, Sony teamed up with Marvel Studios for Spider-Man: Homecoming and lent the character out to be part of Civil War and Infinity War, but the studio is not done trying to make its own Spider-Man franchise happen. Sony is following up the Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield runs with a series about other Spider-Man characters, starting with Venom.

6 'Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse'

Release date: December 14

Starring: Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Jake Johnson, Liev Schreiber, Brian Tyree Henry, Luna Lauren Velez, and Lily Tomlin

Why you need to see it: Moviegoers only know Peter Parker as the kid behind Spider-Man's mask, but comic book geeks know that there have been others. Fan favorite Spidey Miles Morales finally makes his way to the big screen in this animated flick.

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