By Sarah Hendrix | Staff Writer
Now that new year celebrations have been rung in, the fireworks have been lit off and 2017 has been left in the past it’s time to look forward. Taking a glimpse into 2018, it is looking to be a highly anticipated year filled with movies, sports and eclipses. As 2018 begins, here are some of the great events to look forward to this year.
January 31: Super Blue Moon Eclipse
A Blue Moon is the second of two full moons in one month. During the night there will be a total eclipse of the moon, however in North America (including Hawaiʻi) this phenomena will occur just before the sunrise on January 31.
February 4: Super Bowl LII.
This year’s Super Bowl will be in Minneapolis at the new U.S. Bank Stadium. The halftime show is confirmed to be performed by Justin Timberlake. It has been 14 years since his last performance at the Super Bowl with Janet Jackson when he accidentally exposed her breast to millions of viewers.
February 9-25: Winter Olympics
Set to take place in Pyeongchang, South Korea, the XXIII Winter Games will be introducing a few new sports this year including mixed doubles curling and snowboard big air. This year the International Olympic Committee has chosen to ban Russia from competing in the games because of anti-doping rules.
February 16: “Black Panther”
A Marvel Studios production, “Black Panther” is this year’s anticipated super hero film. Based off the fictional character created by Marvel Comics, Chadwick Boseman will play the role of Black Panther in this feature film.
May 4: “Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War”
Marvel Studios is on a roll with another film predicted to fill up the box offices. Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk and all the other Avengers will be on big screen battling it out with Thanos as they continue to try and save the world from complete destruction.
May 19: A Royal Wedding
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have set a date and venue for their wedding. They plan to say “I do” in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. The wedding is set to be smaller than the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton back in 2011.
June 14- July 15: FIFA World Cup
This year the World Cup will be held in Russia but the U.S. will not be attending. The competition will last just over a month with 32 soccer (also referred to as football) teams in the finals as they compete for the title of FIFA World Cup champions.
June 15: “The Incredibles 2”
It has been 14 years since “The Incredibles” came out in 2004. This long awaited Disney/Pixar film is finally producing a sequel to reunite everyone with Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl, Frozone and many other beloved characters.
November 6: Midterm Elections
The elections will be held in the middle of President Trump’s four-year term as the members of the United States Congress will be up for election. Historically, the president’s party loses ground during midterm elections, which could gain the Democrats the upper hand this year.
November 11: 100th Anniversary of the End of WWI
This year will mark the centennial of the end of WWI. After four years of war that destroyed much of Europe by November 11, 1918, the war had finished and the lives of around 8.5 million people died serving. Their lives will be remembered on the 100th anniversary.
December 25: “Mary Poppins Returns”
Based off the classic 1964 film “Mary Poppins,” this new sequel will be released on Christmas day. Starring Emily Blunt who will be playing the role of Mary Poppins, Disney is hoping to have its fans enraptured in the whimsical nature of her character once again.
“The Winds of Winter”
A new Game of Thrones book by George R.R. Martin has his readers anxiously awaiting the release of the newest book with suspicions that it could be released some time in 2018. Martin has not confirmed the release date of “The Winds of Winter” but has only teased that it could be released sometime this year.