Marvel's 11 Upcoming Superhero Movies
Ever since Marvel joined forces with Disney, they have released one superhero hit after the other. The Avengers, Iron Man 3, Thor 2, Captain America and Guardians of the Galaxy have all been major hits all over the globe, spawning sequels and spin off movies and prompting other studios to also invest heavily in their superhero movies. Marvel/Disney has eight new superhero movies in the pipeline, all of which tie into the bigger Marvel cinematic universe the company has been building, and which sees characters from one movie show up in the other movies as well. It's a model that has other studios jealous and movie fans anxious for every new movie that's coming out. Let's list the upcoming 11 Marvel/Disney movies for you.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron (24 April 2015)
The huge success of the first Avengers movie was one of the main reasons why we are now seeing so many superhero movies. It was also one of the reasons why Marvel's biggest competitor, DC Comics, also decided to ramp up production of their superhero movies. The fate of the earth hangs into the balance once again, as the villainous Ultron sets his sights on our planet. It's up to the earths mightiest heroes to save us again. All the cast members from the first movie return, adding new heroes Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and The Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olson). James Spader will take the role of Ultron.
At the San Diego Comic Con International in 2013, returning director Joss Whedon had this to say about his new movie: "We came up with a few titles, but every month a new comic book appeared, and that's a great title. Age Of Ultron is a great title. We had a few other 'Of Ultrons', but that was the best one. So we're borrowing that title, but taking storylines from decades of Avengers storylines. We're doing our own version of the origin story of Ultron...We were crafting our own version of it where [Ultron's] own origin comes more directly from the Avengers we already know about. The other thing is in the origin story there was Hank Pym (Giant Man), so a lot of people assumed he was going to be in the mix, but he's not. We're basically taking the things from the comics for the movies that we need and can use. A lot of stuff has to fall by the wayside."
Two more Avengers sequels have been announced, for 2018 and 2019. This is actually one movie with a story so big it had to be cut in two: Avengers: Infinity Wars. Apparently it will tie up a lot of the storylines from the other Marvel movies.
Ant-Man (July 17 2015)
The funny thing with the Ant-Man movie is that it has been in production since 1980. There have been various versions doing the rounds, and since 2003 the movie has gone through many different versions, but now it is finally being released. Originally, this movie was going to be directed by Edward Wright (Shaun of the Dead), who was involved with the story for a long time, but his involvement ended due to creative differences. Presumably, this is because Marvel demanded the movie to tie in with the whole Marvel universe more. The new director is Peyton Reed. Ant-Man is all about a man who must help his mentor, Hank Pym, defend a new technology which allows the user to decrease in size, but increase in strength. Apparently it's going to be some sort of heist movie, following a plot to save the earth from a fate worse than death (you'll be seeing a lot of that stuff in this article). Paul Rudd will star as Scott Lang, the titular Ant-Man, while Michael Douglas is playing Hank Pym (quite a bit older than the Pym in the comics). Douglas is an unexpected choice for the role of Pym, but he said in an interview that he wanted to do the rol because it was something different and a bit more fun than what he usually does. Fun seems to be the word to describe Ant-Man anyway, which is a good thing considering the fact that most Marvel-movies tend to fall more to the darker side of things.
Captain America: Civil War (29 April 2016)
This is the movie that launches Marvel's Phase Three, their third wave of related comic book movies. The Civil War storyline was a major crossover event in the Marvel universe. It was written by Mark Millar in 2007, and was pretty controversial. It pitted superheroes against each other, with Captain America and Iron Man coming to blows. In Civil War, superheroes from all over the world have to go to a registration office and reveal their secret identities.This way, government organisation SHIELD knows the identities of all the different heroes, in case one of them goes rogue. It is also mandatory for superheroes to start working for SHIELD, all for the greater good. The superhero community divides into two camps. Camp Iron Man thinks this is a great idea. After all, Iron Man's real identity has been made public already, and this way Iron Man can help influence the way superheroes are used. Camp Captain America thinks this new idea is a modern form of slavery, highly dangerous for the heroes and their families. After all, if their identity is know, super villains can easily target their friends and relatives in revenge. It's a deep storyline, one which seems perfectly suited to a big budget movie, and one which also sees Iron Man take on the bad guy role, more or less.
Doctor Strange (28 October 2016)
"Doctor Strange, which I've been talking about for years, is definitely one of the characters in Phase 3," said Kevin Feige, head of Marvel Films. "He's a great, original character, and he checks the box off this criteria that I have: he's totally different from anything else we have, just like Guardians Of The Galaxy," It seems like Marvel/Disney is going to alternate movies based on popular characters with movies introducing new characters to the fray. Doctor Strange, or Steven Strange, is the most powerful in the entire Marvel universe. He has been involved with several superhero groups, like The Avengers and The Defenders, and is quite the original character. Feige in an official statement: "I think 'Dr. Strange' would kick ass. I think we've done very well at the superhero genre, if you will, this street level superhero aspect of the Marvel Universe. I think with Thor you'll see us cracking into the cosmic side of the Marvel Universe in a very good way that's never been done before in our movies and I'd love to get into that supernatural element. I think that Dr. Strange could be a good way of being the lynchpin to that universe with Werewolf By Night, with Blade again someday – that side of the Marvel Universe."
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (28 April 2017)
After the first movie became a huge success, Marvel/Disney couldn't announce the sequel soon enough. Director James Gunn is returning, already working on the sequel. In this second movie he wants to introduce more characters from the comics, hinting at this possibly being at least one female character. This makes me wonder if we will see Angela in the movie, or probably the introduction of Captain Marvel (more on her later on). Kitty Pride, Peter Quill's sweetheart in the comics, is probably out of the question, as she is part of the X-Men, and rights to the X-Men are tied up with Fox. In an interview with MTV, Gunn was asked whether or not his second Guardians movie had to tie in to the Avengers movies. Gunn: ""I don’t feel beholden to that stuff at all. I think it’s really about the Guardians and what they are doing. We’re not subservient to the Avengers. Guardians 2 is not a movie that’s made to move toward [Avengers: Infinity War]. It’s something that’s made to move toward future cosmic movies, so I don’t feel that that is something that affects me that much"
Thor: Ragnarok (28 July 2017)
Thor Ragnarok, the third Thor movie, will be set directly after the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron. According to Feige, a lot of things are going to change with this third movie and there will be big things happening to Thor's world and the entire Marvel universe. Here's hoping Marvel is not tying these movies together too tightly, because part of the Marvel universe in the comics is hard to understand for the people who have not been reading the comics for years, what with all the backstory and such.
Black Panther (2017)
Another Marvel movie with a long history, as Wesley Snipes already announced in 1992 that he would star in an upcoming Black Panther movie (he later on went and made Blade, a movie based on another Marvel superhero). Snipes kept mentioning the role for many years to come, but it was later announced that he would not be doing the role, as he was already too well known as Blade by that time. Kevin Feige announced in October 2014 that a Black Panther movie would finally be made, with Chadwick Boseman (Get on Up) as the main character. Presumably, we will now see Boseman pop up in other Marvel movies to warm up the crowds for this intriguing character.
Captain Marvel (2018)
When it was announced that there would be a Marvel movie with a female superhero in the lead, it was expected that this would be a Black Widow movie. After all, she is a well known face in the Marvel cinematic universe, and Scarlett Johansson is a bankable star. So a lot of eyebrows were raised when it was announced that it would actually be a Captain Marvel movie. Well, fear not, as Captain Marvel is one of the coolest books Marvel is releasing at this moment. Since this is a book taking place in the Marvel Cosmic Universe, this means that it will probably tie into Guardians of the Galaxy in some way, and you don't have to be surprised if Marvel makes an appearance in the second Guardians movie.
While you can expect Captain Marvel to be a movie on the lighter side of things, Inhumans definitely takes the Marvel Universe back to the darker side. It features hero Black Bolt as the main character, not the most cheerful of all Marvel heroes. Not much known about the movie at the moment, other than that it's coming. Oh, and that it's the 20th movie released in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Wait! What about Spider-Man? X-Men? Fantastic Four?
As you probably know, there are also more X-Men and Spider-Man movies coming up, as well as a reboot of the Fantastic Four movies, a Daredevil movie and a Sinister Six movie. These, however, don't tie into the Marvel cinematic universe, as the rights to these movies are owned by other studios. This is all part of deals made before Marvel was bought up by Disney and started producing it's own movies. Marvel would love to get the rights to these characters back, but that's never going to happen, at least not as long as the movies with these characters make a mountain of money. Marvel isn't too happy about it, and it seems tensions are running high over the new Fantastic Four movie made by Fox. Marvel has gone so far as to cancel it's Fantastic Four comics, so as not to help promote the movie when it comes out next year. Of course, Marvel denies the cancellation has anything to do with this...