It certainly had its fair share of duds, but 2017 was a pretty impressive year, and 2018 looks to be potentially even more exciting. There are franchise starters, highly-anticipated sequels, and new works coming from some of the best filmmakers currently working in the industry. The entire year's schedule is filled with titles that make the heart of the average cinephile beat a little faster.

Out of the multitudes of films heading to your local theaters, however, there are some blue chip prospects on which you definitely need to be keeping an eye. There are many you've probably already marked down on your personal calendar, but some of these titans might not be on your radar, as they're coming out in the later half of the year. With that in mind, please enjoy the following rundown of the 25 films you'll definitely want to catch in the next year. And if you want the full blast of what's coming, check out our full 2018 release schedule.

Fifty Shades Freed Anastasia looks back in her wedding dress

Fifty Shades Freed - February 9

The Fifty Shades series has been sweeping its fans off of their feet for some time now, so the news that this February's installment in the series is going to be the big finale might dismay some movie fans. But it looks like Anastasia and Christian's happy ending is going to get a bit more complicated and dangerous than either of them could have guessed, as Fifty Shades Darker set up a common enemy for the happy couple. It might be the end, but it looks like the series will finish out with a bang.

Black Panther T'challa addresses the UN

Black Panther - February 16

After Captain America: Civil War, there were two new heroes folks were dying to see more of on the big screen: Peter Parker a.k.a. Spider-Man and King T'Challa a.k.a. Black Panther. With Parker's adventures already coming to theaters in this past summer's Spider-Man: Homecoming, it's now time for the new ruler of Wakanda to take the throne at the box office. Director Ryan Coogler is bringing mysticism, royal intrigue, and hot action and music beats to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and each new look at this flick looks better than the last.

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