In years past we have had summers full of Superhero films both good and bad. 2016 is different, it is a year of heroes battling heroes, the introduction of magic in Marvel's Cinematic Universe and The Merc with a Mouth.
Starting off we have Deadpool releasing in just a few short weeks. This is a highly anticipated rated R film that fans have been asking for, for a while now. Ryan Reynolds is back in the role of The Merc with a Mouth this time with the mouth! Deadpan is a massively important film for the Superhero genre and especially the rated R Superhero genre. If this film succeeds at the box office and with praise from the critics a trend will begin. We will start seeing more and more edgy and ludicrous R rated Superhero films. What properties and characters? Time will tell, but Deadpool will certainly be the starting or stopping point of such films.
Next up on the summer slate we have two behemoth films that are pitting the faces of their brands against one another with Warner Bros and DC's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Disney and Marvel's Captain America: Civil War.
These two films are similar in ways since they are heroes vs. heroes and both are pivotal for their respected brands and connected universe's. However, the MCU is already well established and here for the long run. The DCEU is just beginning and Batman v Superman has all the weight on it's shoulders needing to launch high with its release. If both are successful at the box office we will see our greatest heroes launched on both sides and here for a while longer. If they fail, Marvel will likely be able to recover but DC may be dead in the water and gone for good this time.
Suicide Squad installment to the DCEU is also very imporant as it will introduce us to the villain cast of the DCEU and may very well piggy back from Batman v Superman's success or failure. Time will tell.
Let's head over to Fox and their long lasting X-Men franchise now in the final stage of the latest trilogy with X-Men: Apocalypse. While First Class and Days of Future Past were critically acclaimed the third film of this trilogy needs to perform if we want to see future X-Men films. With a massive cast and the biggest villain to date featuring Apocalypse, this film has great potential to surpass the previous installments but has high expectations to meet. If it meets and exceeds those demands we will be seeing more stories from our Mutant friends summer after summer.
Last but certainly not least we have Doctor Strange! Marvel's second film in Phase 3 of their Cinematic Universe. So far in the MCU we have met human characters, Cosmic characters, Norse mythology character but now we finally introduce magic into the MCU!
It's no secret that Marvel and Disney aren't scared to take risks, as we have seen with Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man. Both highly successful and fan favorites amongst MCU fans, myself included. Doctor Strange can now be added to that list as it will introduce Steven Strange played by Benedict Cumberbatch. A character that uses magic and can travel through realms and time itself. This will likely be a massively trippy film and a visual spectacle but if this film flops at the box office it will be a big miss for Marvel and may indeed hurt Phase 3 going forward.
In conclusion, we have many excellent Comic Book films coming out this year. The launch of a DCEU, the beginning of MCU's phase three, a R rated superhero film and the end of FOX's X-Men trilogy. Will the public continue to embrace these films and crave more? Or, will they resist the urge and begin to shy away from the trending Superhero Genre?
Give me your thoughts!