What's up movie lovers?! As you probably know by now, there's some pretty big news circulating the superhero world... Spider-man is finally crossing over into the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe)! I think most fans have been hoping this would happen for a long time, and with it finally coming to fruition everything has been thrown into chaos! Marvel is switching release dates, Spider-man is now getting another reboot, and DC is probably alone crying somewhere. Let's take a look at the superhero movies as they stand now. Of course everything is subject to change, but it seems there will upwards of thirty superhero films in the next half decade. ("Do Ninja Turtles or Transformers count?" "NO! HOW DARE YOU ASK SUCH A SILLY QUESTION!")
Spring 2015 is going to be a doozy with what might be the most anticipated superhero film of all time.
Avengers 2: Age of Ultron: May 1, 2015
The Avengers was the Superhero team up that started it all. There are certain hero films that transcend the genre. The first X-Men and Spider-man films pushed the first wave, then the Dark Knight and Iron Man pushed the second wave, and then The Avengers came and it has caused a massive tidal wave and you better take cover because superhero movies are going to rain down on you for the next 5 years and beyond (not that anyone is complaining).
Ant-man: July 17, 2015
At this point Marvel could drop a movie titled Bug-man, Bee-man, Flea-man. It doesn't really matter because until they drop a stink bug we're all going to flock to the theater to see the next release.
The Fantastic Four (reboot): August 12, 2015
This movie will not be super campy like the original, nor will any superhero movie ever again. That was made clear after Christopher Nolan changed the game with his Dark Knight Trilogy and everyone followed suit by getting darker and more realistic. The Amazing Spider-man has made it abundantly clear that fans don't want to see the same origin story twice. If FF can't learn from the mistakes of other superhero films then it cannot succeed.
Deadpool: February 12, 2016
What exactly are we getting with Deadpool? The badass that we love who looks like a weapon toting spider-man, or whatever we saw in X-men Origins? To succeed or not succeed, that is the question, right FOX?
Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice: March 26, 2016
Oh, the apprehension this movie is causing among super hero fans is almost comical! It's Batman and Superman together on the silver screen at last! Nothing could possibly ruin that...RIGHT? But then why do I have this feeling in my gut that something is going to go horribly wrong?
Captain America: Civil War: May 6, 2016
When Marvel announced Civil War's release comic book fans all over the world became overly excited and began to spontaneously combust. Okay, maybe that's a little bit of an exaggeration, but everyone is extremely pumped for it. This movie is going to be more like Avengers: Civil War because Captain America isn't going to be the only headliner, especially if Spider-man is added into the mix. If that happens Cap is going to love capitalism because Civil War will be pushing Avengers Box Office numbers.
X-Men: Apocalypse: May 27, 2016
With Days of Future Past X-men did a full U turn, not only back in the right direction, but straight into the fast lane. Depending on how you feel about Guardians of the Galaxy, DOFP was the best super hero movie of 2014, and Apocalypse should be even better!
Suicide Squad: August 15, 2016
If you haven't heard of the Suicide Squad it's okay. It's basically a bunch of villains that are forced to do extremely dangerous "good guy" work for the government. If that doesn't intrigue you then maybe this will; If the Joker doesn't appear in Dawn of Justice (it seems unlikely he will) then he will make his return to the big screen on August 15th, 2016 in the form of Academy Award Winner Jared Leto. Excited now?
Gambit: October 7, 2016
Gambit is one of the greatest X-men characters, especially if you were lucky enough to be a fan of the 90's cartoon series as a kid. It always seemed strange that they didn't utilize him in the franchise, and now after years of being shunned he's getting his own movie!
Doctor Strange: Nov 4, 2016
Doctor Strange isn't one of the most prominent figures in Marvel, but that doesn't mean much anymore. If they can make Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-man they can bring Doctor Strange to life. I think Marvel has been sitting on this one for a long time, and now they are ready to unleash it.
Sinister Six: Nov 11, 2016
The Sinister Six was supposed to be Sony's big ticket out of inferiority and take them to the next level to play with the big boys over at the MCU. But now that both sides have decided to drop their weapons and play nice, it begs the question, is there even a point to this movie anymore?
Another Wolverine Movie: March 3, 2017
Another one? Who asked for this?
Guardians of the Galaxy 2: May 5, 2017
Guardians of the Galaxy was a surprise hit in 2014, and now its called by some "the Star Wars of the MCU". It doesn't really matter what you call it cause one word describes it best. AWESOME. And the awesomeness returns May 5, 2017.
Wonder Woman: June 23, 2017
The weariness of DC movies continues. They are announcing a lot of movies without much success in their universe. If Man of Steel is what the universe is based around then you only have one so-so movie. And are we supposed to believe Gal Gadot can put this movie on her shoulders?
Fantastic Four 2: July 14, 2017
Announcing a sequel before the first movie is released means that the studio expects a lot of success for their franchise... But then again, so did Sony with "The Amazing Spider-man".
Untitled Spider-man Film: July 28, 2017
If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. Now that Sony has allowed Marvel to dip its hand into the Spider-man honey pot we may get the truly AMAZING Spider-man we've Uncle Ben waiting for. (are you still paying attention? Good.)
Thor: Ragnarok: November 3, 2017
Typically, I skip the Thor movies and just rent them later. Over all fun and entertaining but nothing overly spectacular (what I'm saying is they're not worth a 12.50 movie ticket).
Justice League, Part 1: November 17, 2017
Well look who just caught up! While the MCU will be preparing to release AVENGERS 3 Part 1, which will be the 17th film of the MCU overall, the DCCU will be dropping its first super hero team up, and 4th total film of their expanded universe.
The Flash: March 23, 2018
The Flash is typically left out of the "who's your favorite hero" conversation, not because he isn't awesome, but because he works with the likes of Superman and Batman who are two of the most popular characters of all time. However, the Flash will be able to flash his ability to be a solo act in 2017 (see what i did there?).
Avengers: Infinity War Part 1: May 4, 2018
I kind of wish I could time travel so I could go watch this movie. It's going to be chaos, it's going to be havoc, it's going to be better than bacon. Yes. Better than bacon.
Black Panther: July 6, 2018
In my opinion, Black Panther is one of the most underrated heroes. He will make his first appearance in Civil War, which will allow us to get a taste of the character before his stand alone film.
Untitled Marvel Film (By FOX): July 13, 2018
What are you plotting over there FOX? Wolverine Unleashed? Wolverine Reloaded? Wolverine: the revenge of Wolverine?
Captain Marvel: November 2, 2018
Finally, a super powered female in the MCU! The last thing superhero movies need to do is get overly sexy, but they could definitely use some sex appeal. Scarlett Johansson is perfect as Black Widow! And while nobody wants more romance than action (looking at you Amazing Spider-man) a little bit of a love story never hurt anyone.
Aquaman: July 27, 2018
Typically people aren't gushing over Aquaman, but it seems right he deserves a movie in DCCU if Thor gets three in the MCU. And if they give the script to Christopher Nolan I'll see it 9 times. It's all a matter of execution at this point for DC. (p.s. can they hand all the movies to Nolan?)
Shazam: April 5, 2019
Wait, what? Shazam is ALSO CAPTAIN MARVEL? But he's DC? How confusing. Oh well.... DC will have the chance to prove their selves by this point and if they can consistently make good movies then why not see it?
Avengers: Infinity War, Part 2: May 3, 2019
The epic conclusion to the saga (phase 3) that awaits us. Again, I wish I could time travel and watch it right now! This movie could potentially feature the original Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Spider-man, Doctor Strange, and, who knows, maybe even a deal is worked out to get the X-men in on the action!
Justice League, Part 2: June 14, 2019
Ben Affleck will be getting up there in age by 2019. He's 42 now so by the time Justice League part 2 hits the screen he'll be nearly 47. Are we really supposed to believe a 50 year old caped crusader can keep up with the likes of Superman and the Flash? Affleck is the Batman we deserve, but not the one we'll need 5 years from now.
Inhumans: July 12, 2019
You can thank Guardians of the Galaxy's success for this movie. I know it, you know it, everyone knows it. But in an over saturated superhero movie market, can this movie match GOTG's success?
Cyborg: April 3, 2020
Cyborg is a hero that is often overlooked, but he should fit in the DC film universe nicely. I also think a Teen Titan film would be awesome if that is a direction they are thinking about going.
Green Lantern: June 19, 2020
What? No Ryan Reynolds?
These next movies don't have a release date yet, but you can expect them between 2016-2020.
Stand alone Batman movie
Stand alone Superman Movie