With a ton of source material and superhero films proving they can make bank at the box office, movie studios are clambering over themselves to bring iconic comic book characters to life on screen.
With the release of Deadpool, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad already in 2016, superhero geeks everywhere have been rejoicing. However, that's not the end of it — oh no, far from it! Check out all the superhero films we can look forward to feasting our hungry eyes on over the next four years:
1. Doctor Strange — November 4, 2016
Benedict Cumberbatch will make his debut in the MCU as Dr. Stephen Strange in Doctor Strange. The film will also star Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachael McAdams and Tilda Swinton.
After his career is destroyed, a brilliant but arrogant and conceited surgeon gets a new lease on life when a sorcerer takes him under her wing and trains him to defend the world against evil.
2. The LEGO Batman Movie — February 10, 2017
After featuring in The Lego Movie, Lego Batman will get his own spinoff in 2017! Take a look at the synopsis:
In the irreverent spirit of fun that made 'The LEGO Movie' a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble — LEGO Batman — stars in his own big-screen adventure: 'The LEGO Batman Movie.' But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.
Will Arnett will return as the voice of Batman, Zach Galifianakis is set to voice the Joker, Rosario Dawson is Batgirl/Barbara Gordon and Michael Cera is Robin/Dick Grayson.
3. Logan — March 3, 2017
Wolverine will return to the big screen in a solo film that, following the success of Deadpool, will be rated R. The film will star Hugh Jackman as Logan/Wolverine, Patrick Stewart as Charles Xavier/Professor X and Boyd Holbrook as the villainous Donald Pierce.
The film — which has now finished shooting — is expected to be Hugh Jackman's last appearance as Wolverine, a character he has played since 2000.
4. Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 — May 5, 2017
After the massive success of Guardians of the Galaxy, Chris Pratt and the rest of the team will return for the sequel that will also be directed by James Gunn. Thanos is not expected to return (though he will have a major role in the MCU's Phase Three), but both Kurt Russell and Pom Klementieff are set to join the cast as Ego and Mantis.
5. Wonder Woman — June 2, 2017
After her appearance in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Gal Gadot will also star in a standalone Wonder Woman film in 2017. Directed by Patty Jenkins, Wonder Woman will also star Chris Pine (Star Trek) and Robin Wright (House of Cards).
Take a look at the official synopsis below:
Wonder Woman’ hits movie theaters around the world next summer when Gal Gadot returns as the title character in the epic action adventure from director Patty Jenkins. Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny.
6. Spider-Man: Homecoming — July 7, 2017
Step aside, Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire, it's Tom Holland's turn to make his mark as Spider-Man. This time Spidey is part of the MCU, and Iron Man will even pop up! The official Marvel synopsis reveals little in the way of plot, but it's enough to get us excited:
A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Marvel Studios' Captain: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging superhero in Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Spider-Man: Homecoming will star Holland, Michael Keaton, Zendaya, Donald Glover, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, Marisa Tomei, Tyne Daly, Bokeem Woodbine, Robert Downey Jr., Jon Favreau and Tony Revolori among others.
7. Untitled Fox-Marvel Film — October 6, 2017
With Gambit still undergoing script revisions, it's doubtful that this mystery slot is being held for that, however there's a possibility it could be for an X-Men sequel.
8. Thor: Ragnarok — November 3, 2017
Aussie actor Chris Hemsworth will return for the third standalone Thor film. And in a Southern Hemisphere team-up, the film will be directed by New Zealand's Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows, Hunt for the Wilderpeople).
9. Justice League — November 17, 2017
The Justice League Part One will bring together the big-name superheroes of DC comics. Here's the official synopsis for the film:
Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes — Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash — it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.
10. Deadpool 2 — January 12, 2018
After much debate about when the hotly anticipated Deadpool sequel would be released, it has been confirmed as January 12, 2018. Most of the key cast have either confirmed or hinted that they're onboard to return for the sequel, though director Tim Miller has parted ways with the franchise.
11. Black Panther — February 16, 2018
Black Panther will be released in 2018, marking the first nonwhite, male-led superhero film in the MCU! Chadwick Boseman will be reprising the role after his first appearance in Captain America: Civil War. Ryan Coogler (Creed) is set to direct this landmark film.
12. The Flash — March 16, 2018
At this stage, little is known about the feature-length version of The Flash, though we do know that Seth Grahame-Smith will direct and Ezra Miller has signed on for the role of Barry Allen. Cyborg has also been confirmed to appear.
13. Avengers: Infinity War — May 4, 2018
Thanos is set to make a return in Infinity War when the Avengers team up to defeat this mammoth villain. It has also been confirmed that Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Olsen and Sebastian Stan will appear in the film as Peter Quill, Wanda Maximoff and Bucky Barnes, respectively. Vin Diesel has also said that other members of Guardians of the Galaxy will also appear. Filming is set to begin on the film, and its sequel, in November 2016.
14. Ant-Man And The Wasp — July 6, 2018
Peyton Reed is set to return to direct the sequel to Ant-Man, which will also see Paul Rudd reprise his role, and Evangeline Lilly making her superhero debut. Filming is expected to commence in early 2017.
15. Untitled Fox-Marvel Film — July 13, 2018
Another untitled movie with unlimited possibilities! However, the rumors are that this one could be the X-Men spinoff, New Mutants, which Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars) is writing.
16. Aquaman — July 27, 2018
Jason Momoa is set to star in upcoming Justice League spinoff, Aquaman, which will be directed by Furious 7's James Wan. Aside from Momoa, Amber Heard and Willem Dafoe are also confirmed to star in Aquaman.
Filming on the movie has well and truly begun, with
17. Animated Spider-Man Film — December 21, 2018
We'll have had a live-action Spider-Man, and in 2018 we'll also get animated Spider-Man! Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach, and Amy Pascal will produce.
18. Untitled Batman Reboot — Date TBA/Possibly 2018
There's no date official for this film — which is being written and directed by Ben Affleck — but in September 2016, Warner Bros CEO, Jeff Bewkes, revealed it was about 18 months away from a cinematic release, possibly putting the release date around March 2018.
19. Captain Marvel — March 8, 2019
Captain Marvel is set to become the first female-led MCU film! The Marvel panel at the 2016 San Diego Comic Con confirmed that fan favorite Brie Larson will play Carol Danvers, meanwhile the screenplay is being written by Nicole Perlman and Meg LeFauve.
20. Shazam! — April 5, 2019
Little is known about Shazam!, including whether the character will appear in The Justice League Part One before the standalone film. However, we do know that Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is signed on as the villain, so it'll probably be amazing.
21. Untitled Avengers Sequel — May 3, 2019
Anthony and Joe Russo will direct the yet-to-be-titled conclusion to the Avengers' epic two-part story. Chris Pratt and Elizabeth Olsen are so far confirmed to reprise their roles as Peter Quill and Wanda Maximoff, and filming will begin in November 2016.
22. Untitled Justice League sequel — June 14, 2019
Little is known about this sequel, though Darkseid is thought to be the villain for at least one of the two films, and Zack Snyder will be directing.
23. Cyborg — April 3, 2020
The character Cyborg will debut in The Justice League Part One, however it won't be until 2020 that he gets own film, starring Ray Fisher as the man himself.
24. Untitled MCU Film — May 1, 2020
The first of three untitled MCU films, there are a few theories on what this film may be, with hot money on either a Spider-Man sequel or perhaps a third Guardians of the Galaxy film.
25. Green Lantern Corps — July 24, 2020
This film will be a total reboot of the Green Lantern series, with nothing to do with the poorly received 2011 Ryan Reynolds film. It will also likely be a spinoff from the Justice League, with a Green Lantern Corps cameo expected in one of the parts.
26. Untitled MCU Film — July 10, 2020
There are many possibilities for this film, including a Spider-Man, Black Panther, Doctor Strange or a Guardians of the Galaxy sequel. Take your best guess and hope we get a title soon!
27. Untitled MCU Film — November 6, 2020
With yet another untitled movie, this one is anyone's guess. The Independent has thrown out the theory that it could be a Blade film, given that the first Blade film will be well over 20 years old by the time this film is released.
28. Suicide Squad 2 — Date TBA
This is unconfirmed, but if Suicide Squad is deemed a box office success, it seems we should expect a sequel to this ensemble film.
29. Venom — Date TBA
Sony has apparently tapped Dante Harper to write the screenplay for a standalone Venom film. Bizarrely, the film is apparently being envisioned as a franchise "apart from and unrelated to the upcoming Spider-Man movie," but how Sony expects that to work, we'll just have to wait to find out!
30. Gambit — Date TBA
Despite being put on hold, Gambit starring Channing Tatum is still very much in the cards. Sure, it could fit into one of the untitled spots, but with superhero geeks everywhere screaming out for as many films as possible, let's just add Gambit in as an extra film on the slate.
31. Dark Justice League — Date TBA
Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow)will direct this upcoming film, which will focus on the supernatural heroes, including Constatine, Deadman and Swamp Thing. Previously the project was in development with Guillermo del Toro at the helm, but has now passed hand to Liman. Michael Gilio is working on the script, and Scott Rudin is on board as a producer.
32. Harley Quinn/Birds of Prey Project — Date TBA
In mid-September 2016 it was confirmed that Suicide Squad's Margot Robbie has signed a deal to appear in another superhero, which is tipped to be a Harley Quinn/Birds of Prey spinoff. The film will feature multiple female superheroes, and possibly villains, from the DC Comics universe. The film is being written by screenwriter Christina Hodson (Bumblebee) and will soon be seeking a director.
33. Deadpool 3 — Date TBA
20th Century Fox is so confident in the upcoming 2018 Deadpool sequel that they're moving forward with a third installment! The film will also reportedly include X-Force, the superhero squad led by Cable. Obviously we don't have a date for the film yet but given the sequel has been dated for 2018, it's possible we can expect the film in 2020.