ByAllanah Faherty, writer at Creators.co
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With a ton of source material and superhero films proving they can make bank at the box office, movie studios are clambering over themselves to bring iconic comic book characters to life on screen.

With the release of Logan and The LEGO Batman already this year, superhero geeks everywhere have been rejoicing. However, that's not the end of it — oh no, far from it! So to help keep you on top of what new superhero movies coming out next, we made a handy list. Check out all the anticipated new superhero film releases we can look forward to in 2017 and beyond:

Thor: Ragnarok

  • Release date: November 3, 2017
  • Director: Taika Waititi
  • Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett

Aussie actor Chris Hemsworth will return for the third standalone Thor film. And in a Southern Hemisphere team-up, the film will be directed by New Zealand's Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows, Hunt for the Wilderpeople).

Justice League

  • Release date: November 17, 2017
  • Director: Zack Snyder
  • Cast: Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa

The Justice League Part One will bring together the big-name superheroes of DC comics. Here's the official synopsis for the film:

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes — Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash — it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

Black Panther

Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther[Credit: Marvel Studios]
Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther[Credit: Marvel Studios]
  • Release date: February 16, 2018
  • Director: Ryan Coogler
  • Cast: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o

Black Panther will be released in 2018, marking the first nonwhite, male-led superhero film in the MCU! Chadwick Boseman will be reprising the role after his first appearance in Captain America: Civil War. Ryan Coogler (Creed) is set to direct this landmark film which recently went into production.

New Mutants

The New Mutants [Credit: Marvel Comics]
The New Mutants [Credit: Marvel Comics]
  • Release date: April 13, 2018
  • Director: Josh Boone
  • Cast: Anya Taylor-Joy, Maisie Williams, Alice Braga, Charlie Heaton

The Fault in Our Stars director Josh Boone has been signed onto this film for awhile and although details are still minimal fans can expect a film that is horror-esque but given its young cast also something in the Young Adult category.

Avengers: Infinity War

Avengers: Infinity War [Credit: Marvel Studios]
Avengers: Infinity War [Credit: Marvel Studios]
  • Release date: May 4, 2018
  • Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
  • Cast: Pom Klementieff, Karen Gillan, Zoe Saldana

Thanos is set to make a return in Infinity War when the Avengers team up to defeat this mammoth villain. It has also been confirmed that Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Olsen and Sebastian Stan will appear in the film as Peter Quill, Wanda Maximoff and Bucky Barnes, respectively. Vin Diesel has also said that other members of Guardians of the Galaxy will also appear.

Deadpool 2

Sorry bear! [Credit: 20th Century Fox]
Sorry bear! [Credit: 20th Century Fox]
  • Release date: June 1, 2018
  • Director: David Leitch
  • Cast: Morena Baccarin, Jack Kesy, Ryan Reynolds

It's yet to be confirmed when the hotly anticipated Deadpool sequel will be released, though it seems we should expect it sometime in early 2018. Most of the key cast have either confirmed or hinted that they're onboard to return for the sequel, though director Tim Miller has parted ways with the franchise.

Ant-Man And The Wasp

Paul Rudd will reprise his role as Ant Man [Credit: Marvel Studios]
Paul Rudd will reprise his role as Ant Man [Credit: Marvel Studios]
  • Release date: July 6, 2018
  • Director: Peyton Reed
  • Cast: Evangeline Lilly, Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer, Laurence Fishburne, Michael Peña,

Peyton Reed is set to return to direct the sequel to Ant-Man, which will also see Paul Rudd reprise his role, and Evangeline Lilly making her superhero debut. Filming is expected to commence in early 2017. Recently the working title for the film was revealed as Cherry Blue, though there's no indication at the titles significance.

Venom

Venom in Spider-Man [Credit: Sony Pictures Entertainment]
Venom in Spider-Man [Credit: Sony Pictures Entertainment]
  • Release date: October 5, 2018
  • Director: Ruben Fleischer
  • Cast: Tom Hardy

Sony has apparently tapped Dante Harper to write the screenplay for a standalone Venom film. Bizarrely, the film is apparently being envisioned as a franchise "apart from and unrelated to the upcoming Spider-Man movie," and it has been confirmed that the film will not be a part of the MCU, but how Sony expects that to work, we'll just have to wait to find out!

X-Men: Dark Phoenix

[Credit: Marvel Comics]
[Credit: Marvel Comics]
  • Release date: November 2, 2018
  • Director: Simon Kinberg
  • Cast: Sophie Turner, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Jessica Chastain

Dark Phoenix has been confirmed as the sequel to X-Men: Apocalypse, which will adapt the Dark Phoenix Saga comic storyline. The film will follow Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) as she loses control of her abilities as the Dark Phoenix which means the X-Men must fight her while the villainous Lilandra (Jessica Chastain) attempts to capture and destroy her.

Aquaman

Jason Momoa as Aquaman [Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures]
Jason Momoa as Aquaman [Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures]
  • Release date: December 21, 2018
  • Director: James Wan
  • Cast: Amber Heard, Nicole Kidman, Jason Momoa

Jason Momoa is set to star in upcoming Justice League spinoff, Aquaman, which will be directed by Furious 7's James Wan. Aside from Momoa, Amber Heard and Willem Dafoe are also confirmed to star in Aquaman.

Animated Spider-Man Film

Spider-Man in the cartoon TV series [Credit: Marvel Films Animation/Fox Kids]
Spider-Man in the cartoon TV series [Credit: Marvel Films Animation/Fox Kids]
  • Release date: December 14, 2018
  • Directors: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey
  • Voices: Liev Schreiber, Shameik Moore

We've already had a brand new live-action Spider-Man, and in 2018 we'll also get animated Spider-Man! Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach, and Amy Pascal will produce this story which will be about Miles Moreles instead of Peter Parker. Ice Cube has also been rumored to have joined the cast.

Untitled Marvel Fox movie

X-Force [ Credit: Marvel Comics]
X-Force [ Credit: Marvel Comics]
  • Release date: February 24, 2019
  • Director: TBA
  • Cast: TBA

This slot was recently announced, and at the moment the film that could fill it is anyones guess, however X-Force or another X-Men installment are all top contenders.

Captain Marvel

Captain Marvel movie card [Credit: Marvel Studios]
Captain Marvel movie card [Credit: Marvel Studios]
  • Release date: March 8, 2019
  • Directors: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck
  • Cast: Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson

Captain Marvel is set to become the first female-led MCU film! The Marvel panel at the 2016 San Diego Comic Con confirmed that fan favorite Brie Larson will play Carol Danvers, meanwhile the screenplay is being written by Nicole Perlman and Meg LeFauve.

Shazam!

[Credit: DC Comics]
[Credit: DC Comics]
  • Release date: April 5, 2019
  • Director: David F. Sandberg
  • Cast: Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson

Little is known about Shazam!, including whether the character will appear in The Justice League Part One before the standalone film. While Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson originally signed on as the villain, Black Adam it has since been confirmed that he won't be appearing in Shazam! instead, he'll appear in a Black Adam solo film first.

Untitled Avengers Sequel

The Avengers [Credit: Marvel Studios]
The Avengers [Credit: Marvel Studios]
  • Release date: May 3, 2019
  • Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
  • Cast: Evangeline Lilly

Anthony and Joe Russo will direct the yet-to-be-titled conclusion to the Avengers' epic story, so far the details are under wraps and filming has only recently begun.The Batman

Affleck as Batman [Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures]
Affleck as Batman [Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures]
  • Release date: TBA/Possibly June 2019
  • Director: Matt Reeves
  • Cast: Ben Affleck, Joe Manganiello, Jeremy Irons

There's no date official for this film, but in September 2016, Warner Bros CEO, Jeff Bewkes, revealed it was about 18 months away from a cinematic release, possibly putting the release date around March 2018. It was later confirmed that the untitled Justice League sequel had been pushed back in favor of the Batman stand-alone.

The film was originally to be directed by Ben Affleck, but after months of speculation Affleck has confirmed that he will not direct, though will stay on as a producer and star. The studio is yet to announce a replacement director.

Spider-Man: Homecoming 2

Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War [Credit: Marvel Studios]
Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War [Credit: Marvel Studios]
  • Release date: July 5, 2019
  • Director: TBA
  • Cast: Tom Holland, Jacob Batalon

Hot off the heels of the Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer release came the news that Sony was already planning its sequel! At the moment the studio has the follow up film scheduled for released almost exactly two years after the original, though further details are yet to be confirmed.

Wonder Woman 2

[Credit: Warner Bros.]
[Credit: Warner Bros.]
  • Release date: December 13, 2019
  • Director: Patty Jenkins
  • Cast: Gal Gadot

After Wonder Woman marked the first DCEU film to be both a critical and commercial success, DC wasted no time in confirming a sequel. Director Patty Jenkins has signed to helm the next film, and although details on the film are few, there are rumors it could be set in the 1980s during the Cold War.

The Flash

Ezra Miller as Barry Allen in Justice League trailer [Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures]
Ezra Miller as Barry Allen in Justice League trailer [Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures]
  • Release date: 2020 (rumored)
  • Director: TBA
  • Cast: Billy Crudup, Ezra Miller, Kiersey Clemons

At this stage, little is known about the feature-length version of The Flash, though we do know that Ezra Miller has signed on for the role of Barry Allen. The film has been plagued with set backs and delays, with multiple directors and screenwriters dropping out. While it was originally attached to a March 2018 release date, then 2019 before now being rumored to finally have a 2020 release.

Cyborg

[Credit: DC Comics]
[Credit: DC Comics]
  • Release date: April 3, 2020
  • Director: TBA
  • Cast: Ray Fisher

The character Cyborg will debut in The Justice League Part One, however it won't be until 2020 that he gets own film, starring Ray Fisher as the man himself.

Untitled MCU Film

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 [Credit: Marvel Studios]
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 [Credit: Marvel Studios]
  • Release date: TBA
  • Director: TBA
  • Cast: TBA

The first of three untitled MCU films, there are a few theories on what this film may be, with hot money on either an X-Men sequel or perhaps the third Guardians of the Galaxy film.

Untitled MCU Film

Marvel superheroes unite! [Credit: Marvel Comics]
Marvel superheroes unite! [Credit: Marvel Comics]
  • Release date: TBA
  • Director: TBA
  • Cast: TBA

There are many possibilities for this film, including Black Panther, Doctor Strange or a Guardians of the Galaxy sequel. Take your best guess and hope we get a title soon!

Green Lantern Corps

The Green Lantern Corps [Credit: DC Comics]
The Green Lantern Corps [Credit: DC Comics]
  • Release date: July 24, 2020
  • Director: David S. Goyer (rumored)
  • Cast: TBA

This film will be a total reboot of the Green Lantern series, with nothing to do with the poorly received 2011 Ryan Reynolds film. It will also likely be a spinoff from the Justice League, with a Green Lantern Corps cameo expected in one of the parts.

Untitled MCU Film

Wesley Snipes in Blade [Credit: New Line Cinema]
Wesley Snipes in Blade [Credit: New Line Cinema]
  • Release date: TBA
  • Director: TBA
  • Cast: TBA

With yet another untitled movie, this one is anyone's guess. The Independent has thrown out the theory that it could be a Blade film, given that the first Blade film will be well over 20 years old by the time this film is released.

Untitled Justice League sequel

Official Justice League team shot [Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures]
Official Justice League team shot [Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures]
  • Release date: TBA
  • Director: TBA
  • Cast: TBA

Little is known about this sequel, though Darkseid is thought to be the villain for at least one of the two films. Originally the film was scheduled for an earlier release, though it was eventually pushed back in favor of Ben Affleck's stand-alone Batman film.

Suicide Squad 2

Suicide Squad [Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures]
Suicide Squad [Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures]
  • Release date: TBA
  • Director: TBA
  • Cast: TBA

This is unconfirmed, but if Suicide Squad is deemed a box office success, it seems we should expect a sequel to this ensemble film.

Gambit

Remy LeBeau [Credit: Marvel Comics]
Remy LeBeau [Credit: Marvel Comics]
  • Release date: TBA
  • Director: TBA
  • Cast: Channing Tatum

Despite being put on hold, Gambit starring Channing Tatum is still very much in the cards and rumored to be starting filming in 2018. Sure, it could fit into one of the untitled spots, but with superhero geeks everywhere screaming out for as many films as possible, let's just add Gambit in as an extra film on the slate.

Justice League Dark

Justice League Dark Issue 9 [Credit: Ryan Sook/DC Comics]
Justice League Dark Issue 9 [Credit: Ryan Sook/DC Comics]
  • Release date: TBA
  • Director: TBA
  • Cast: TBA

This upcoming film will focus on the supernatural heroes, including Constatine, Deadman and Swamp Thing. Previously the project was in development with Guillermo del Toro at the helm, but has now passed hand to Liman. Michael Gilio is working on the script, and Scott Rudin is on board as a producer.

Gotham City Sirens

Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad [Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures]
Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad [Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures]
  • Release date: TBA
  • Director: David Ayer
  • Cast: Margot Robbie

In mid-September 2016 it was confirmed that Suicide Squad's Margot Robbie has signed a deal to appear in another movie, which has now been revealed as Gotham City Sirens. The film will feature multiple female supervillains, and possibly superheroes, from the DC Comics universe. The film is being written by screenwriter Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Sherlock Holmes 3) and will be directed by Suicide Squad's David Ayer.

Deadpool 3

This guy will be back a third time [Credit: 20th Century Fox]
This guy will be back a third time [Credit: 20th Century Fox]
  • Release date: TBA
  • Director: TBA
  • Cast: Ryan Reynolds

20th Century Fox is so confident in the upcoming 2018 Deadpool sequel that they're moving forward with a third installment! The film will also reportedly include X-Force, the superhero squad led by Cable. Obviously we don't have a date for the film yet but given the sequel has been dated for 2018, it's possible we can expect the film in 2020.

Deadshot spin-off

Deadshot in Suicide Squad [Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures]
Deadshot in Suicide Squad [Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures]
  • Release date: TBA
  • Director: TBA
  • Cast: TBA

Following the success of DC's Suicide Squad, there are rumors that a spin-off film starring Deadshot is in the works. With Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn set to feature in spin-off film Gotham City Sirens, it makes sense that Deadshot, one of the strongest characters in Suicide Squad, would also receive his own film.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

[Credit: Marvel]
[Credit: Marvel]
  • Release date: TBA
  • Director: James Gunn
  • Cast: TBA

Even before Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is released in theaters, director James Gunn has confirmed that there will in fact be a third installment in the popular series and even better, he has confirmed he'll be back once again to direct it!

Nightwing

[Credit: DC Comics]
[Credit: DC Comics]
  • Release date: TBA
  • Director: Chris McKay
  • Cast: TBA

Warner Bros. have revealed that the character Nightwing will get his own standalone film at some point in the future. The LEGO Batman Movie director, Chris McKay is set to direct the film, with Bill Dubuque (The Accountant) writing the script.

Batgirl

[Credit: DC Comics]
[Credit: DC Comics]
  • Release date: TBA
  • Director: Joss Whedon (rumored)
  • Cast: TBA

In a surprise announcement we learned that Barbara Gordon a.k.a Batgirl will soon be joining the DCEU in a film directed by MCU alum, Joss Whedon! The film will be the first time that Batgirl has appeared in a film since Alicia Silverstone portrayed the red-headed character way back in the 1997 film Batman & Robin.

Black Adam Solo Movie

  • Release date: TBA
  • Director: David F. Sandberg (rumored)
  • Cast: Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson

Originally envisioned to just appear in Shazam! it seems that DC and New Line believe that occasional antihero/supervillain Black Adam should also have his own solo film. Or they believed that Johnson's star power would only be a good thing for the DCEU, and let's be honest, it will be!

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