Now that we have Marvel's lineup of superhero movies, and DC's several weeks ago, as well as Fox and Sony's upcoming films, we know every superhero movie that will come out in the next 6 years. There are 31 of them. In. six. years.
And here they are, in each of their incredible glory (by the way, this isn't a competition post. Both DC and Marvel are amazing and I'm convinced all of their movies will be. If you're here to fight, go somewhere else. Don't let the door hit you on the way out). I've gone into as much detail as possible for all of them, so I hope you find it helpful! Enjoy!
Avengers: Age of Ultron. (May 1, 2015)
"Marvel Studios presents Avengers: Age of Ultron, the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure."
You all know about this one, it's fair to say. It happens to be the only movie on the list at this time we have a trailer for, featuring James Spader's awesome Ultron.
Ant-Man (July 17, 2015)
Starring Paul Rudd, not much is known about Ant-Man's story, but it's been suggested it will conclude Phase Two, with Phase Three kicking off with Civil War. Alongside Rudd are Michael Douglas as Hank Pym, Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne, John Slattery as Howard Stark, and Corey Stoll as Darren Cross/Yellowjacket.
"Armed with a super-suit with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, plan and pull off a heist that will save the world." - Comicbook.com.
Keep your eyes peeled for a trailer soon!
Fantastic Four (August 7, 2015)
Starring Miles Teller as Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic, Kate Mara as Sue Storm/Invisible Woman, Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm/The Human Torch and Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm/The Thing teaming up to fight against Toby Kebbel as Victor Von Doom/Doctor Doom, this controversial movie is just under ten months away. Not much is known about the plot.
Deadpool (February 12, 2016)
One of the most anticipated movies on this list, Deadpool kicks off the (massive) 2016 with Ryan Reynolds reprising his role as above in a movie that reportedly ties into the X-Men universe. Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are helming the script, reportedly done for a PG-13 rating but with essentially the same content they've always had planned, and, after the success of the above footage which got released a while back, it's likely we'll see Blur Studios coming back too.
Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice (March 25, 2016)
Arguably the single most hotly anticipated movie on the list (going off of the huge amount of internet chatter it generated back at SDCC which was enormous to say the least) this movie, which guys riding on the Hate Train love to bash, will hit cinemas just a month after Deadpool. Starring Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, and featuring Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, and Ray Fisher as Victor Stone (better known as Cyborg), we're expecting a teaser trailer soon.
(I hate to self advertise, but if you have a problem with the casting, please read here, and consider. Constantly updating about the film in my posts, too.)
Captain America: Civil War (May 6, 2016)
The long speculated Captain America 3 hits in mid 2016, starring Chris Evans as Captain America, Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man, featuring the debut of Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther, and rumoured to be featuring Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Civil War will (very loosely, it would seem) adapt the popular story from the comics, with the seeds sown in Age of Ultron.
X-Men: Apocalypse (May 27, 2016)
The sequel-prequel (or is it the other way around?) following up Days of Future Past will be directed by Bryan Singer, starring Michael Fassbender as Magneto, James McAvoy as Professor Charles Xavier, Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, Evan Peters as Quicksilver, Nicholas Hoult as Beast, and (reportedly) Channing Tatum as Gambit.
Suicide Squad (August 5, 2016)
The first film in the lineup to star the villains, Suicide Squad is just a bit too far away for confirmation on a lot of stuff, but it'll likely include Jesse Eisenberg's Lex Luthor, and actors Will Smith, Ryan Gosling, Tom Hardy, and Margot Robbie are all rumoured to be in talks for roles of endless possibilities (literally nearly any villain from the DC Universe's expansive array), likely including Deadshot, Captain Boomerang, Bronze Tiger, and Harley Quinn, as well as almost certainly an appearance from Amanda Waller.
Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara says it's,
"a gritty story of a team of supervillains who take on black ops missions for the U.S. government."
David Ayer will direct, and the likes of DC's creative director Geoff Johns will produce.
Doctor Strange (November 4, 2016)
Reportedly set to star Benedict Cumberbatch as the Sorcerer Supreme himself - though nothing is confirmed - Scott Derrickson will direct Marvel's first movie which delves into the supernatural.
The description reads:
"After his career is destroyed, a brilliant but arrogant surgeon gets a new lease on life when a sorcerer takes him under his wing and trains him to defend the world against evil." That sorcerer? Stephen Strange.
Sinister Six (November 11, 2016)
Sony's follow up to The Amazing Spider-man 2 is just over two years away, also starring the villains of a franchise (six of them, you guessed it). Six of Spidey's enemies unite to destroy New York City and Spider-Man himself.
Drew Goddard will direct from a screenplay he wrote and will produce the film along with Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach. Michael Massee and Jamie Foxx have indicated that they will return as Gustav Fiers and Electro in interviews, but no casting (and no character list) is yet official.
At the end of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, a team was teased that included Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, Rhino, Vulture, Kraven the Hunter and Mysterio. Later comments from the studio indicated that lineup was not official and was merely to whet fans' appetites.
In other words, we don't know much at all.
Untitled Wolverine Sequel (March 3, 2017)
Hugh Jackman will reprise his role in a film directed by James Mangold and produced by Lauren Shuler Donner, Simon Kinberg and Bryan Singer.
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (May 5, 2017)
In the sequel to one of Marvel's most financially successful and critically acclaimed films, James Gunn will again direct and write the script this time. Kevin Feige will produce - Chris Pratt is expected to reprise his role as Star-Lord, alongside Bradley Cooper to return as Rocket Raccoon, Vin Diesel as Groot, Dave Batista as Drax the Destroyer, and Zoe Saldana as Gamora. Josh Brolin is rumoured to return as Thanos.
Wonder Woman (June 23, 2017)
Gal Gadot is set to reprise her role as Wonder Woman after debuting in Batman VS Superman: Dawn of Justice, in the character's first solo movie, and the first female led film of any of these franchises' universes.
Fantastic Four 2 (July 14, 2017)
Miles Teller as Reed Richards/Mr Fantastic, Kate Mara as Sue Storm/Invisible Woman, Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm/The Human Torch and Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm/The Thing are all expected to return in the sequel.
Thor: Ragnarok (July 8, 2017)
Chris Hemsworth will reprise his role as Thor in a script from The Dark World's Christopher Markus, Chris Yost and Stephen McFeely. Tom Hiddleston is expected to return as Loki, although reportedly Anthony Hopkins has suggested he may not end up returning as Odin.
Black Panther (November 3, 2017)
Chadwick Boseman will return after debuting in Civil War as T'Challa, leader of the (yes, fictional) African nation of Wakanda, better known as the hero Black Panther.
Justice League (November 17, 2017)
Set to be released on the 25th anniversary of the release of Superman #75 ("The Death of Superman"), Justice League is expected to "bring back the cast of Batman V Superman with a cast of other well-known and highly-anticipated superheroes."
Henry Cavill as Superman, Ben Affleck as Batman, and Amy Adams as Lois Lane are official, but it's pretty much certain other introduced heroes like Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman, Ray Fisher's Cyborg and Jason Momoa's Aquaman will appear in the film, alongside Ezra Miller's Flash (whose movie comes later) and potentially Green Lantern. Zack Snyder will direct again, with the screenplay by Chris Terrio from Batman VS Superman. Snyder will also produce, alongside Charles Roven and Michael Uslan.
Venom (Unspecified 2017 release)
"Daily Bugle employee Eddie Brock is corrupted by an otherworldly symbiote and becomes the archenemy of Spider-Man."
To be the third film starring the villains, Venom will have a script by Alex Kurtzman and Ed Solomon, with the movie directed by Kurtzman and produced by Matt Tolmach and Avi Arad.
*RUMOUR* Female-led Spider-Man universe movie. (2017)
This is only a rumour, but a fair few usually credible sources put this forth at the same time, reporting Sony wanted a female led film in their Spider-Man universe. Other than that, we know nothing. It may be possible that Sony tries to beat DC to the punch with a female led film come 2017.
The Flash (March 23, 2018)
Set to star Ezra Miller (who, while popular to hate on, apparently, will probably do extremely well) not much else is known about The Flash, but this version will probably appear in Justice League. It will also not be linked to the hugely successful The Flash TV show, though they are confirmed to exist in a multiverse.
Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 (May 4, 2018)
The third Avengers movie will be split in two and will likely unite the entire Marvel universe, both cosmic and on Earth. They'll almost certainly battle Thanos, who will have (finally, after many a credit scenes) have assembled his Infinity Gauntlet, ready to dominate the universe.
Captain Marvel (July 6, 2018)
Marvel's first female-led superhero movie will hit in mid 2018, just under four years from now, featuring Carol Danvers, A.K.A. Captain Marvel (formerly Ms. Marvel). Not to be confused with Shazam.
Untitled Fox movie, probably X-Men (July 13, 2018)
Nothing is known except that Fox has booked the release date for a Marvel-based hero property, so it's pretty near certain that it is one of the two pictured. Another X-Men film seems most likely.
Aquaman (July 27, 2018)
Jason Momoa is set to star as the titular hero in his own solo movie in the film produced by Geoff Johns.
Inhumans (November 2, 2018)
Not much is known at all about the Marvel movie featuring the group from the comics. In fairness, it is over four years away.
The Amazing Spider-Man 3 (2018)
Marc Webb is expected to return to direct the third film of what is rumoured to only be a trilogy, again starring Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man. Alex Kurtzman and Steve Pinkner are reported to write the script, with the movie produced by Stan Lee and Avi Arad.
Shazam (April 5, 2019)
Dwayne Johnson will appear as Black Adam in this DC film. Not very much else is known about it at all. Some rumours say it will likely exist in the DC Cinematic Universe, others tease that it'll be in the confirmed DC Multiverse, and others contradict that. So, who knows?
Avengers: Infinity War Part Two (May 3, 2019)
The Avengers continue to battle Thanos in the second part of the film.
Justice League: Part 2 (June 14, 2019)
Many reports suggest this will simply be a sequel in answer to a cliffhanger in the first movie, and villain suggestions range from Doomsday to Brainiac, or even an ensemble of DC villains featuring Joker, Doomsday and Lex Luthor (take that with a grain of salt). All roles are expected to be reprised and a more expansive Justice League featured. Zack Snyder will direct it, and produce it alongside Charles Roven, Michael Uslan and Geoff Johns.
Cyborg (April 3, 2020)
Starring Ray Fisher as we will meet him in Dawn of Justice, as Victor Stone, A.K.A. Cyborg. Not much is known about the plot however.
Green Lantern (June 19, 2020)
One of DC's most popular heroes will return to the big screen after the less-than-successful version of the character in 2011's Green Lantern. He will probably appear in the Justice League films beforehand, but whether this is Hal Jordan, John Stewart, or another Green Lantern is unknown.
In short, it's an amazing time to be a superhero and comic book fan!