ByMeghann Elisa, writer at
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Meghann Elisa

As the major success of Deadpool has shown, superhero movies are only increasing in popularity. The use of heavier and more dramatic themes in movies such as The Dark Knight along with Marvel's recent foray into more humorous and colorful stories means that the potential audience has widened - and the numbers prove it.

Now that nearly every big studio has jumped on the bandwagon, we already have releases plotted out for the next five years which, while exciting of course, can be hard to keep track of. That's why we've decided to put together a list, a guide if you like, of all the action we have to look forward to, right up until 2020.

Superhero fans, prepare yourselves.

1. 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' - March 25, 2016

Following the destruction that took place at the end of Man of Steel, this movie will see Batman and Superman go head to head. The movie will act as somewhat of a prequel for the rest of the DC movies (hence the title) with Cyborg, Aquaman, The Flash and Wonder Woman all set to make appearances.

Starring: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons, Scoot McNairy, Holly Hunter, Jason Momoa, Laurence Fishburne

Directed by: Zack Snyder

Watch the trailer below:

2. 'Captain America: Civil War' - May 6, 2016

Exploring the 'Civil War' storyline from the comic books, Iron Man and Captain America's friendship will come to an end following a fight about a new government requirement for all superheroes to register their identities. Set to be the biggest Marvel movie yet, we will see the whole of the new Avengers team, the new Spider-Man and a fair few others from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Starring: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Chadwick Boseman, Daniel Brühl, Paul Rudd, Martin Freeman, Paul Bettany, Frank Grillo, Emily VanCamp, William Hurt, Leslie Bibb

Directed by: Joe and Anthony Russo

Watch the trailer below:

3. 'X-Men: Apocalypse' - May 27, 2016

The sequel to X-Men: Days of Future Past will focus on a battle between the team and immortal villain, Apocalypse. Set in 1983, Apocalypse will gather his own troops leading to a mutants vs. mutants situation. As a conclusion to the trilogy, we will also see young versions of more well-known X-Men.

Starring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Oscar Isaac, Evan Peters, Olivia Munn, Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner, Rose Byrne, Ben Hardy, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Alexandra Shipp

Directed by: Bryan Singer

Watch the trailer below:

4. 'Suicide Squad' - August 5, 2016

Based on the DC New 52 comic series, Suicide Squad will center around our favorite team of antiheroes as they take on treacherous tasks in order to change their sentences. This one will be the first non-Superman movie set in the DC Universe and going off the trailer alone, it's definitely something to get excited about.

Starring: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Jai Courtney, Joel Kinnaman, Cara Delevingne, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jay Hernandez, Adam Beach, Jim Parrack, Scott Eastwood, Ike Barinholtz, Karen Fukuhara, Viola Davis

Directed by: David Ayer

Watch the trailer below:

5. 'Doctor Strange' - November 4, 2016

After failing to secure their first choice for the role of Doctor Strange (Joaquin Phoenix), Marvel turned to Benedict Cumberbatch to take on the challenge. We will see the story of Stephen Strange, former neurosurgeon and egomaniac, who is gifted magical powers by a recluse in the aftermath of a car accident. If the comics are anything to go by, the film will certainly bring a mythical element to the Marvel Universe.

Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Mads Mikkelsen, Michael Stuhlbarg, Benedict Wong

Directed by: Scott Derrickson

6. 'Gambit' - 2017

Channing Tatum has expressed his desire to play Gambit many times in the past and it's finally becoming a reality. When production was pushed from 2015 to 2016, original director Rupert Wyatt had to step down but Doug Liman was hot on his heels. The delays in production, which is expected to start soon, also means that the film will not be completed in time for the original release date, October 7, 2016. Coming to our screens at some point in 2017, the movie is set to be a sexy thriller revolving around some kind of heist.

Starring: Channing Tatum, Lea Seydoux

Directed by: Doug Liman

7. 'Wolverine 3' - March 3, 2017

This as yet untitled Wolverine 3 movie will be Hugh Jackman's last, but after repeatedly saying he would only return if the story was worth telling, it's looking like he'll be going out with bang. We also know that Professor X will have more of a prominent role in the movie and as the details of their father-son relationship are delved into, we will see something of a partnership blossom between the two of them.

Starring: Hugh Jackman

Directed by: James Mangold

8. 'Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2' - May 5, 2017

At this early stage in development, we don't know much at all about this one. All that director James Gunn has really given away is that Thanos may not even feature – and if he does, he definitely won't be an important character.

Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel

Directed by: James Gunn

9. 'Wonder Woman' - June 23, 2017

Following her appearance in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Wonder Woman will be getting her very own movie, for the first time ever. In what will be the first modern day superhero movie to feature a female lead, we will see Chris Pine as the love interest which gives plenty of room for some fun role reversal. First choice director, Michelle MacLaren, left the film citing 'creative differences' but in keeping with the strong female theme, Monster director Patty Jenkins has stepped up in her place.

Starring: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Ewen Bremner, Saïd Taghmaoui, Elena Anaya, Lucy Davis

Directed by: Patty Jenkins

10. 'Spiderman' - July 7, 2017

Marvel and Sony Pictures have finally come to an agreement over their shared use of Spider-Man and the reboot is looking exciting. Producer Kevin Feige has revealed that in this movie, we will see a younger Peter Parker who is still in high school – and no, this won't be another origin story. We will catch our first glimpse of the new Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War.

Starring: Tom Holland

Directed by: Jon Watts

11. 'Thor: Ragnarok' - November 3, 2017

With a title alluding to Nordic mythology, there is speculation that the story will center around the destruction of Asgard as it is plunged under water and almost every God is killed – but it could also refer to a cloned version of Thor that is created by Tony Stark as a result of the Ragnarok event. Whatever happens, it will be interesting to see what Taika Waititi does with the film, as it's a departure from his usual work in comedy. Filming is set to kick off in June this year.

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Mark Ruffalo, Cate Blanchett

Directed by: Taika Waititi

12. 'Justice League: Part 1' - November 17, 2017

The mammoth movie about the Justice League is so colossal that it will spilt into two films. Only three cast members are actually confirmed but we can expect to see the rest of the gang (Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, Gal Gadot and Ray Fisher) sign on over the coming months. There may even be an appearance from the new Green Lantern. Although only a rumor, we've also heard that the villain in this story will be Brainiac, called to Earth by the distress beacon that Superman set off in Man of Steel.

Starring: Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams

Directed by: Zack Snyder

13. 'Black Panther' - February 16, 2018

Black Panther will star in his very own movie in just a couple of years time. We know that Chadwick Boseman will be playing T'Challa, prince of Wakanda, because we will see him first off in Captain America: Civil War. Marvel has told us that the main premise of the film will be the meeting of Wakanda (an isolated African nation) and the rest of the world, so things may get a little tense. Writer Robert Cole was found through the Marvel Studios writing program.

Starring: Chadwick Boseman

Directed by: Ryan Coogler

14. 'The Flash' - March 23, 2018

We will see The Flash in Batman v Superman and most likely again in Justice League: Part 1, but we can also look forward to his very own adventure in 2018. Writer Seth Grahame-Smith will also be sitting in the director's chair for the very first time, but his work as a producer on Lego Batman was obviously enough to impress Warner Bros. so we can't wait to see how he gets on.

Starring: Ezra Miller

Directed by: Seth Grahame-Smith

15. 'Avengers: Infinity War: Part 1' - May 4, 2018

The Infinity War storyline is finally coming to the big screen and it will take two movies to cover the whole thing. Both parts will be shot at the same time using IMAX's brand new digital cameras so the whole film will be IMAX ready. We know that the main enemy will be Thanos but it's looking likely that lots of characters from the Marvel Universe will also feature. Marvel have said that this is the beginning of the end of the Avengers team as we know it.

Starring: TBD

Directed by: Joe and Anthony Russo

16. 'Ant-Man and the Wasp' - July 6, 2018

We don't really know anything about this one yet, but we can guess that Wasp will be more than simply a 'female lead,' as this is Marvel's first movie where the heroine is in the title.

Starring: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lily, and Michael Douglas

Directed by: Peyton Reed

17. 'Aquaman' - July 27, 2018

We don't know much about this one either, but we will meet our new Aquaman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Starring: Jason Momoa

Directed by: James Wan

18. Captain Marvel // March 8, 2019

Marvel's first female superhero movie will focus on Carol Danvers's adventures on Earth with her cosmic powers. Although there was talk of Captain Marvel making an appearance at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron, it was decided that her origin story should be told first. Meg LeFauve and Nicole Perlman are writing the script.

Starring: TBD

Directed by: TBD

19. 'Shazam' - April 5, 2019

Dwayne Johnson will be playing the main antagonist Black Adam in his superhero movie debut.

Starring: Dwayne Johnson

Directed by: TBD

20. 'Avengers: Infinity War: Part 2' - April 5, 2019

The conclusion to the epic Infinity War storyline.

Starring: TBD

Directed by: Joe and Anthony Russo

21. Justice League: Part 2 - June 14, 2019

After Brainiac, Darkseid is rumored to be taking over as primary villain – this will probably happen either at the end of Part 1 or the end of Part 2 as a teaser for a future Justice League movie.

Starring: Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, and Amy Adams

Directed by: Zack Snyder

22. 'Cyborg' - April 3, 2020

Cyborg, who will be introduced in Batman v Superman, will go on to star in his own movie in 2020.

Starring: Ray Fisher

Directed by: TBD

23. 'Green Lantern Corps.' - June 19, 2020

DC have announced that this will be a reboot of the franchise so it's unlikely that Ryan Reynolds will reprise his role, but Tyrese Gibson has been openly campaigning to be cast. It's rumored that Green Lantern will first appear in one of the Justice League films.

Starring: TBD

Directed by: TBD

Which upcoming superhero movie are you most excited about?


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