Welcome to our very first info-graphic! Compiled by Juan Pineda this graphic attempts to give you an overview of all the Superhero movies currently on the calendar. Feel free to share it anywhere and everywhere! (click on any image or scroll down for the full graphic)
It’s no secret that there is a health crisis in America. We’re plagued with obesity and heart disease. I for one do not eat well nor exercise regularly. I think it’s just a matter of motivation. Fortunately, Marvel Studios and Warner Bros./DC have provided me with motivation to stay healthy and eat kale long enough to get to the local cinema through the year 2020 (at least)!
Let’s take a look at their five-year plan side by side:
The next 16 months belongs to Marvel with the release of Big Hero 6, the hotly anticipated Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man. The Fantastic Four from Fox is scheduled for an August 7 release.
In the lull between the holiday and spring films, Fox will release Deadpool starring Ryan Reynolds, finally fulfilling many a fans’ dreams. A few weeks later, DC launches their first salvo against Marvel with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (is this a legal drama?)
They won’t see any competition from Marvel until May with Captain America: Civil War. They were both slated to go head to head on the same day but DC balked after Captain America: Winter Soldier opened strong becoming the no. 2 film of 2014. Marvel characters will continue to have a strong presence as X-Men: Apocalypse opens in July. Doctor Strange and Sony’s Spider-Man spin-off, The Sinister Six both open in November. DC’s only follow-up to BvS:DoJ will be Suicide Squad in August. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will also throw their shell in the ring with their sequel from Nickelodeon Movies in June.
Things get heavy in 2017. The first half of the year belongs to Marvel with (and possibly Hugh Jackman’s last outing as) Wolverine. The sequel to 2014’s no 1 movie, Guardians of the Galaxy opens in May. Also possibly in May is the LEGO Batman spinoff film starring Will Arnett reprising his role from 2014’s No. 3 movie The LEGO Movie (and the one DC related film I’m looking most forward to!). DC will have a lot to prove when Wonder Woman’s first solo film opens in June. Marvel will continue strong with the already green-lit Fantastic Four 2, Thor: Ragnarok and Black Panther films but Justice League Part One may blow them all away in November.
The domination for the box office reaches dizzying heights as DC opens up in the spring with the Flash movie starring Ezra Miller. Then Aquaman starring Vincent Chase…uh , I mean, Jason Momoa opens in July. The momentum returns to Marvel with Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 in May followed by Captain Marvel in July and The Inhumans in November. Also possibly scheduled is a rumored Fox Marvel movie, which could either be the X-force movie or Gambit with Channing Tatum. The Amazing Spider-Man 3 is also scheduled for 2018 starring a then 35-year-old Andrew Garfield.
Shazam starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will start off 2019 in April. Both franchises will go head to head when the Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 (starring every Marvel hero ever presumably), and Justice League Part Two face-off just six weeks apart.
DC follows up their epic with Cyborg starring Ray Fisher. Green Lantern is announced for 2020 but we do not know which of the 3600 Green Lanterns it will feature. By this time it would have been nine years since Ryan Reynolds’ debacle, which is still too fresh in our nerd minds. I imagine that we could possibly see the John Stewart version, who is more familiar to casual fans who are more aware of the animated Justice League series than the comics themselves. However, if it were up to me, I’d like to see Gnort.
Surely we’ll see sequels to Black Panther, Captain Marvel, et al and perhaps a change here and there. Sony has yet to confirm the female Spider-verse character and the Venom films. Fox will probably dive into their X-Men catalogue of characters to maintain their decades old franchise. Maybe they will do the rumored Fantastic Four/X-Men crossover or convince Hugh Jackman to adapt Old Man Logan? By 2020, It would 12 years since Iron Man launched the Marvel Cinematic Universe.. Will RDJ still be in the series? Chris Evans has talked about retiring from acting after he completes his contractual obligation to Marvel Studios so will Bucky or the Falcon be slinging the shield after 2020? Who will make up the Avengers? Will Loki take over the MCU?
Warner Bros. And DC mentioned that solo Superman and Batman films will be produced. Their “Phase 1” of film stories would just be wrapping up so we’ll likely see more announcements in the coming months.
The studios are throwing everything at the audience to try to cash in on the superhero film genre. After all, Marvel’s The Avengers is the third largest grossing film of all time after Avatar and Titanic (who knows what would happen if that James Cameron dude ever decides to adapt a superhero franchise). Iron Man 3 wasn’t that far behind either.
Will the audience suffer Superhero Fatigue or will they still be lining up for Marvel’s Brother Voodoo and DC’s Ambush Bug in 2525?
I for one am going to stick around for this Golden Age of Superhero Films!
Somebody pass me the kale, please?