The number of films tied to geek culture has expanded rapidly in recent years, accounting for a bigger and bigger percentage of Hollywood releases.  "Best in Shows" is the ICv2 list of geek films, arranged by quarter, with some context for each.  Dates and other information are updated until release with new info as we get it.  To see all the periods we’re covering, see the "Best in Shows Index".

Sherlock Gnomes
January 12
Paramount Animation and MGM will co-produce this animated sequel  to Gnomeo and Juliet. Johnny Depp will voice the title character, with James McAvoy and Emily Blunt returning to the voice roles of Gnomeo and Juliet.

Black Panther
February 16
Chadwick Boseman will play title role of T’Challa (see “'Black Panther,' 'Captain Marvel,' 'Inhumans' Movies”), and John Robert Cole is currently in talks to direct (see “John Robert Cole in Talks to Write 'Black Panther' Film”). Marvel announced a new comic series for the character to begin in 2016 (see “'NY Times' Bestselling Author to Write Ongoing 'Black Panther' Series”).

Pacific Rim: Uprising
February 23
Universal Pictures announced this date for the sequel to the 2013 blockbuster. Star Wars: The Force Awakens star John Boyega is set to star as Idris Elba’s son.  Steven S. DeKnight will direct. Expect a lot of merchandise for this film, as the first included a comic book prequel and HeroClix figurines. 

A Wrinkle in Time
March 9
Disney Studios claimed this date for a live-action fairy tail feature in 2016. A Wrinkle in Time is based on the children's book by Madeleine L'Engle.

Tomb Raider
March 16
Warner Bros. and MGM have announced this date for the Tomb Raider reboot. Alicia Vikander will star as Lara Croft (see “Another Academy Award WInner to Play Lara Croft”). The Tomb Raider franchise has sold over 45 million copies worldwide. Paramount’s two films, which starred Angelina Jolie, were released in 2001 and 2003. Together they grossed $432 million worldwide. 

The Flash
March 16
This date was part of reservation slate announced in August 2014 by Warner Bros. for nine currently untitled DC Comic films (see “Batman Blinks”). Warner Bros. later confirmed it plans to release both a Flash film starring Ezra Miller, and an Aquaman film starring Jason Momoa  in 2018 (see “Warners Announces 9 More DC Movies”), and finally confirmed the date in 2016.

Ready Player One
March 30
While there isn’t any direct merchandising yet associates with the novel-based film, expect there to be many geeky tie-ins closer to the release date. 

Untitled Universal Monster Franchise Film
March 30
Universal Studios announced in 2014 it was creating a shared cinematic universe a-la-Marvel featuring its classic movie monsters like The Mummy, The Wolfman, Dracula, Frankenstein, and The Invisible Man. It later announced it would be rebooted as an action-adventure, rather than horror genre, franchise (see “ Spandex Monsters?”). It later delayed this first film from a 2017 to 2018 opening with several other shifts in April 2017.

Click here for Best in Shows, Q2 2018.