This year, sci-fi has dominated the big screen with a slew of highly-rated movies including Wonder Woman, War for the Planet of the Apes, Kong: Skull Island, Logan, and Spider Man: Homecoming.

The influx of awesome sci-fi movies won’t end anytime soon, as 2018 also has a good lineup for the genre. So, here are 5 movies for next year that should be on the list of any sci-fi fan.

The Maze Runner: The Death Cure

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The Death Cure will be the epic finale of The Maze Runner trilogy. In this final installment, Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) leads his group in the final and most mysterious mission yet. In order to save their captured allies, they must break into the Legendary Last City. If Thomas and his gang somehow survive, they are promised to get the answers they were seeking when they first arrived in the maze.

Pacific Rim: Uprising

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Jake Pentecost (John Boyega) is the son of a legendary Jaeger pilot who gave his life for the sake of humanity. Unlike his father, Jake is an immature loose cannon who abandoned his training only to be caught up in the criminal underworld. But when a threat that could end the world once more surfaces, he is given one more chance to uphold his father’s legacy.

Black Panther

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Black Panther follows the events of Captain America: Civil War. After saving the world, The Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) goes back to his reclusive, yet technologically advanced, country of Wakanda only to find out that he will be facing an uprising from several factions that challenge his seat of power.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

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The sequel to the highly successful 2015 Jurassic World finds the characters played by Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard returning to face a dinosaur threat. While plot details have been thin on the ground, it is rumored that the story will revolve around an attempt to weaponize the dinosaurs. For fans of the franchise the sequel is highly anticipated as Jeff Goldblum with be returning to franchise for the first time since The Lost World Jurassic Park (1997).

The Predator

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The Predator follows the exploits of Major Dutch Shaefer in his attempt to rescue his allies that were captured by guerrillas. At first, it seems like any other mission fit for veteran soldiers. However, when Schaefer gets closer to his mission, he realizes that something horrifying and inhuman is hunting them.

Science fiction is one of fiction’s most enduring and popular genres, as shown by number of tentpole titles being released next year. One of the key reasons that sci-fi franchises are so popular is that they can be easily adapted to other mediums to cater to current and new fans. One instance the Jurassic Park franchise has always successfully been able to introduce the film series to new fans is through merchandise. To promote the upcoming sequel a video game titled Jurassic World Evolution will be released that will allow players to create their own dinosaur park. The franchise has also worked to bring awareness to the film through online gaming. Entertainment site Slingo hosts two games, Jurassic Park and Jurassic World, that closely follow the franchise. The site also has tie-ins to this year’s Planet of the Apes film. By creating deals with gaming developers, the popularity of sci-fi movies increases further. It’s a symbiotic relationship that works well, and will probably continue for a long time.

There are plenty of other awesome movies slated for 2018. Are you looking forward to one that’s not on this list? Let your thoughts be heard in the comments section and share away!