Audiences really seem to like these comic book movies, huh?
When Marvel Studios did their big presentation the other day and unleashed their 5 year plan, it was a overwhelming in a good way. The studio has proven that they can consistently deliver good movies, so why not shoot for the moon at this point? When I laid out all the upcoming Marvel movies in my last post, it was astounding how packed the next few years will be with comic book movies. But that’s really only part of the story.
In addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe you’ve got X-Men movies being made at Fox, Spiderman movies being made at Sony, plus now DC is finally trying to build their own universe with movies backed by Warner Brothers. Then you’ve got untold numbers of smaller properties being adapted too like Neil Gaiman’s Sandman stories which Joseph Gordon Levitt is working on. And this is just movies, there are all these TV shows being made right now too!
With all that in mind, I tried to combine all the announced release dates I could find to put together this ridiculous list. Hollywood better hope people are still into comic books in 2 years, because 2017 is going to be insane.
11/7/14 – Big Hero 6 (Disney/Marvel)
5/1/15 – Avengers: Age of Ultron (Marvel)
7/17/15 – Ant-Man (Marvel)
8/7/15 – Fantastic Four [reboot] (Fox/Marvel)
?/?/16 – Sandman (Vertigo)
2/12/16 – Deadpool (Fox/Marvel)
3/25/16 – Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (DC)
5/5/16 – Captain America: Civil War (Marvel)
5/27/16 – X-Men: Apocalypse (Fox/Marvel)
8/5/16 – Suicide Squad (DC)
11/4/16 – Doctor Strange (Marvel)
11/11/16 – The Sinister Six (Sony)
?/?/17 – Untitled Spider-Man Female Spin-off (Sony)
3/3/17 – The Wolverine 2 (Fox/Marvel)
5/5/17 – Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (Marvel)
6/23/17 – Wonder Woman (DC)
7/14/17 – Fantastic Four 2 (Fox/Marvel)
7/28/17 – Thor: Ragnarok (Marvel)
11/3/17 – Black Panther (Marvel)
11/17/17 – Justice League: Part 1 (DC)
?/?/17 – The Amazing Spider-Man 3 (Sony/Marvel)
3/23/18 – The Flash (DC)
5/4/18 – Avengers: The Infinity War Part 1 (Marvel)
7/6/18 – Captain Marvel (Marvel)
7/27/18 – Aquaman (DC)
11/2/18 – Inhumans (Marvel)
4/5/19 – Shazam (DC)
5/3/19 – Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 (Marvel)
6/14/19 – Justice League: Part 2 (DC)
4/3/20 – Cyborg (DC)
6/19/20 – Green Lantern [reboot] (DC)
Again, the task for studios now is the keep the genre fresh by trying different things, different character arcs and avoiding burn-out for audiences. Can they do that? Time will tell. All I know is that when the second Infinity War movie comes out, my two sons will be 7.5 and 9.5 years old. Can we book our tickets now?