Posted on Wednesday, February 11th, 2015 by Peter Sciretta
Three dozen superhero movies will be released in theaters over the next five and a half years. With this week’s new announcements, I thought now was as good a time as any to take a look at the future of the comic book movie landscape. Hit the jump to find a comprehensive calendar of superhero movie release dates tracking the announced comic book movie adaptations up to the year 2020.
2014 and 2015 Superhero Movie Release Dates
May 1st 2015: Avengers: Age of Ultron
Joss Whedon and the entire superhero cast of The Avengers must assemble once again to combat the threat of Ultron and face one of their biggest villains yet. Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson join the mix as Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver.
July 17th 2015: Ant-Man
Originally developed by Edgar Wright with screenwriter Joe Cornish, but the team left the project due to creative differences with Marvel Studios. Bring It On director Peyton Reed will direct with writer Adam McKay contributing to the film’s script. Paul Rudd (Scott Lang) and Michael Douglas (Hank Pym) star in the size-changing super hero’s first cinematic adventure. Evangeline Lilly will play Hope Van Dyne, the daughter of Hank Pym, while Corey Stoll will play Darren Cross, a.k.a. Yellowjacket, the antagonist of the film. Here is the official plot description released by Marvel:
Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang (Rudd) must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Douglas), protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.
August 7th 2015: Fantastic Four
Chronicle director Josh Trank helms a reboot of the Marvel comic book superhero team written by Simon Kinberg for 20th Century Fox. The story will once again center on four astronauts who gain superpowers after cosmic radiation exposure. Kate Mara plays Sue Storm aka The Invisible Woman, Miles Teller plays Reed Richards aka Mr. Fantastic, Jamie Bell plays Ben Grimm aka The Thing, Michael B. Jordan plays Johnny Storm aka The Human Torch and Toby Kebbell plays Victor von Doom aka the villainous Doctor Doom.
2016 Superhero Movie Release Dates
February 12th 2016: Deadpool
The Deadpool movie adaptation has sat in limbo for a long time despite comic book fans banging on the movie studio walls. X-Men Origins: Wolverine left Deadpool laying in the rubble, disfigured, and his mouth sewn shut. The comic book version of the character wears a costume that covers his whole body, including his head, so it is possible for the character to appear without showing the face underneath the mask.Reynolds has described the character as “a cross between Commando and Phantom of the Opera, by way of Caddyshack,” a wise-cracking mercenary with a tendency to break the fourth wall. Reynolds has said that a Deadpool movie would need to be a closer adaptation of the comic book, so that sets up the expectations.
March 25th 2016: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Zack Snyder‘s followup to Man of Steel and a prequel to the announced Justice League. The movie stars starring Henry Cavill in the role of Clark Kent/Superman, Ben Affleck as BruceWayne/Batman, Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred, with Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane returning from Man of Steel, and Holly Hunter in a role newly created for the film. The story will follow the epic fight between Superman and Batman, and a problem or villain will likely be introduced which will bring the duo together to fight the same evil.
May 5th 2016: Captain America: Civil War
The third installment of the Captain America film series will adapt the popular comic book event Civil War. The film will take place a couple years after the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, following the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron. Returning directors Anthony Russo and Joe Russo will kick off a whole new phase for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The Civil War storyline centers around the Superhero Registration Act, which requires anyone with superpowers to identify themselves to the U.S. government and effectively work as a police force for the authorities. The controversial legislation pits Tony Stark against Steve Rogers, with the former supporting the program and the latter arguing it threatens civil liberties. Eventually, Rogers and other superheroes are forced to go on the run to avoid arrest. Effectively, this makes Tony Stark the villain of Captain America 3. Chadwick Boseman will make his big screen debut as the Black Panther in the film.
May 27th 2016: X-Men: Apocalypse
Bryan Singer returns to direct the eighth installment of the X-Men film series. This time around the team will have to battle Apocalypse, who we got our first glimpse of in the end-credits sequence of X-Men: Days of Future Past. Apocalypse might be the first mutant in existence and his powers include flight, invulnerability, superhuman strength, teleportation, telekinesis – every basic possible mutant power.
June 3rd 2016: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2
Not much is known about the announced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sequel.
August 5th 2016: Suicide Squad
Suicide Squad directed by David Ayer (Fury, Sabotage) will reportedly feature a lineup dominated by Blockbuster, Multiplex, Jaculi, Mindboggler, Harkness aka Captain Boomberang, Vixen, and Deadshot.
Deadshot will be the leader and real hero of the film, with Harkness and Vixen as the two primary support characters and the rest filling out the margins. That trio of Deadshot Harkness and Vixen was also present in the comic version of the team that began in 1987 under the guidance of writer John Ostrander, and which ran until 1992. There have been three additional primary Suicide Squad runs since then, one of which saw Ostrander returning to the team. All feature some of this character lineup, with Deadshot often a primary member.
October 7th 2016: Gambit
Channing Tatum has long been attached to play Gambit in the X-Men universe. Screenwriter Josh Zetumer (the RoboCop reboot) penned a draft based on a treatment by the character’s co-creator, Chris Claremont. Tatum has said the following about the character:
We really do want to try our hardest to give something fresh. We’re obviously going to go to the saving-the-world superhero movies eventually, but maybe not for the first one. We kind of want to introduce this character in a very different way. When you try to do something different, you never really know right off the bat what that is. We’re feeling our way into it. And we really just gotta prove that concept of that person.
November 4, 2016: Doctor Strange
The Doctor Strange movie adaptation will be directed by Scott Derrickson (Sinister)from a script by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus). Rumors about who might play Doctor Strange have been swirling for years now, which has included Joaquin Phoenix, Justin Theroux, Ethan Hawke, Ewan McGregor, Matthew McConaughey, Jake Gyllenhaal, Oscar Isaac, and Jared Leto. Benedict Cumberbatch was the latest name to be in talks to play the title role.
In comics, Doctor Stephen Strange is the “sorcerer supreme” of the Marvel Universe. Kevin Feige has said that Strange will be “the Marvel Cinematic Universe version of the supernatural, that involves everything from quantum mechanics to string theory. The idea of this film is to open up a whole new corner of the cinematic universe. We want to enter, through Strange, the world of parallel dimensions.” In the film, Doctor Strange will have an accident that ruins his hands; subsequent training with the Ancient One will help him tap into the supernatural. To do that he’ll use both his hands, and his thoughts.
November 11 2016: The Sinister Six
Written and directed by Drew Goddard, the Spider-man spin-off movie Sinister Six would’ve stared Jamie Foxx, Paul Giamatti and Dane DeHaan as Electro, Rhino and Green Goblin, respectively. After Marvel Studios inked their deal with Sony to relaunch a new Spider-Man, this movie has not yet been taken off the release calendar officially, although it sounds like it wont happen in this capacity:
Update: Sony will NOT release "Sinister Six" in Nov 2016, source says. Sony delaying, rethinking, but still developing in light of new deal
— Ben Fritz (@benfritz) February 10, 2015