While 2015 is looking to be a loaded box-office year, it may well be remembered as the last year we actually get a breather in between major superhero comic book films.
Because as prolific as 2015 will likely be, there are only THREE superhero comic book films coming, all of them based on Marvel properties: "Avengers: Age of Ultron", which comes out May 1; "Ant-Man", which comes out July 17 and "The Fantastic Four", which comes out August 7. (The first two will be produced by Marvel Studios, the latter by Fox).
While "Avengers: Age of Ultron" is likely to break box-office records, the latter two films still have huge questions surrounding them, particularly the much-maligned FF reboot.
Contrast 2015 with 2016, which now has EIGHT major superhero comic book films on the schedule!
The Hoping-To-All-Be-Great-Eight includes:
SIX Films Based On Marvel Properties: Which can be broken down as
THREE Films by Fox: "Deadpool", which comes out on February 12, 2016; "X-Men: Apocalypse", which comes out May 27, 2016 and "Gambit", which comes out October 7, 2016; TWO Films By Marvel Studios: "Captain America: Civil War", which comes out on May 6, 2016 and "Doctor Strange", which comes out November 4, 2016. ONE Film By Sony: "Sinister Six", which comes out November 4, 2016.
TWO Films Based On DC/Warner Brothers Properties: "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice", which comes out on March 25, 2016 and "Suicide Squad", which comes out August 5, 2016.
Before you start screaming "Oversaturation!", let me ask you, which of these films would you bet against?
The only one that might have a lot of questions - and could possibly still be scrapped - is "Sinister Six", since no one will really know anything for deas certain about Sony's plans with the Spidey franchise until later this month after they've had their "Spider-Summit".
But other than that?
"Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice" and "Captain America: Civil War" are almost at a point where anything short of a billion dollars worldwide for each will be considered a disappointment and "X-Men: Apocalypse" is a follow-up to the franchise-recharging "X-Men: Days of Future Past".
"Doctor Strange" and "Suicide Squad" are not known quantities to the general public, but that may play in their favor - as will the fact that they have already assembled impressive talent, are part of their respective studios' Grand Plans and as such, will be marketed and publicized like hell.
Besides "Sinister Six", "Deadpool" and "Gambit" have the most questions and obstacles to overcome, especially since Hugh Jackman's last solo film, "The Wolverine", did not meet box-office expectations.
But, in the wake of "X-Men: Days of Future Past" and what seems a determination to develop a "Synergy Strategy", akin to Marvel Studios in promoting their films, there is every reason to believe both these films will be blockbusters as well.
"Deadpool" has a huge, die-hard fanbase that has been clamoring for a film for years; the advantage "Gambit" has is box-office draw Channing tatum.
Actually, there are NINE films based on comic books coming out in 2016, if you count "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2", which is almost a lock to do big business.
Amazing. To think there was once a time I wondered if ANY of my favorite characters would wind up on the big screen.
So, which comic book film do you feel will do the best in 2016? Which do you feel will do the worst? Let me know below!