2018 seems like a year that belongs to Superheroes and let’s just agree, they’re here to stay! Not only are these Superhero movies one of the most popular genres garnering fans with every release, but they are equally dramatic and action-packed as our regular masala entertainers.
Be it the emotionally shattering Avengers: Infinity War or the hilarious Deadpool 2, these movies are capable of taking the viewer through a range of emotions, stories, and hoopla. It is also because of this variety-filled platter that we see a lot more people thronging to the theatres to experience what the hype is all about.
With Marvel Studios, Warner Bros. and other major studios all broadening their investments in Superhero flicks, fans are in for a huge treat. On our fingertips, we can count almost twelve Superhero movies that are scheduled to make their way to the theatres in the next two years.
Awesome, isn’t it?
Here’s a comprehensive guide that we’ve created to help you navigate through the awesomeness that awaits you. We’ve tried to cover most of the information that’s available, but even you know that it’s subject to change as per studio announcements. We’ll try to update some parts of the information as soon as it’s available. So, don’t hold out guns to our throat and just enjoy the read!
1) Ant-Man and the Wasp
Set between the events of Captain America: Civil War and Infinity War, Ant-Man and the Wasp is the second movie in the Ant-Man series and is touted to be a delightfully hilarious escapade. Paul Rudd’s ‘Ant-Man’ and Evangeline Lilly’s ‘The Wasp’ team up after Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) asks them to battle Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen) who has the ability to be invisible and intangible. As the duo takes on the assignment, they unravel mysteries from his past and in turn, save the world too.
USP: Evangeline Lily‘s Wasp is the co-star of this film-making this MCU’s first release in which the heroine is in the title. Go feminism!
Produced by Columbia Pictures in association with Marvel Entertainment and distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing, Venom is an upcoming American film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. Described as something of a twist on the horror genre, Venom is set in a new shared universe featuring the Marvel characters to which Sony possessed the film rights (though Sony also intends for the film to share the world of Spider-Man: Homecoming). Set in Atlanta, New York City, and San Francisco, Venom will remind you of the times when you read Planet of the Symbiotes and Lethal Protector.
USP: It is rare for Marvel to make a movie about a villain. This one will be interesting.
3) Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Plans for an animated Spider-Man film were first revealed in 2014 and officially announced in April 2015. Armed with its own unique style and combining the in-house computer animation of Sony Pictures Animation, the Spider-Man of this movie is the black Miles Morales, not Peter Parker. Yeah, you heard that right! We are all set to get our first non-white Spider-Man in 2018. While the character details are still under wraps, what we do know is that the film is slated to have a throwback tone. “But what about Peter Parker? Surely the original Spider-Man has a role to play, doesn’t he?” you may ask. Well, without revealing too much, all that we can say is that there is a scene and the subtitle of that frame reads as thus: “Wait…so how many of us are there?”
USP: It’s animated!
After Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and Justice League (2017), Jason Momoa is back in the first full-length feature film centered around the character, Aquaman. In Aquaman, Arthur Curry (Jason), the heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, must step forward to lead his people and to be a hero to the world. What is interesting however is that a lot of screenwriters attempted to pen down separate drafts of how the story should shape up. The final one was done by Will Beall of Gangster Squad fame, and going by the positive feelers that the movie has picked up, we’re sure that Geoff Johns has hired the right man for the job. What do you think?
USP: See that stare in the movie poster?
Hellboy is an upcoming American supernatural superhero film directed by Neil Marshall who apart from The Descent, has helmed a couple of standout Game of Thrones episodes too. Originally announced as Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen, the film is naturally based on the rise of the villainous Blood Queen essayed by Milla Jovovich. With the release of a brand new poster, speculations about the Blood Queen can finally be laid to rest. Yes, she is well and truly ready to destroy mankind. Based on the Dark Horse Comics character Hellboy, the film is a reboot to the Hellboy film series. What remains to be seen is how this Superhero tackles the medieval sorceress and rescues the world!
USP: Yet another adventure to the series!
6) X-Men: Dark Phoenix
Scheduled to be the twelfth installment in the X-Men film series, and the beginning of a brand new trilogy, Dark Phoenix will finally find the X-Men venturing to the space. Simon Kinberg has penned the script and is making his directorial debut on the project and is bringing back pretty much the entire main X-Men cast. In Dark Phoenix, the X-Men are sent to space for a rescue mission at which point a solar flare hits the X-Jet and the surge of energy ignites a malevolent, power-hungry new force within Jean the Phoenix. Yes, this huge mission goes horribly wrong and now the X-men must face the full power of the Phoenix.
USP: Composer Hans Zimmer has been out of the superhero movie game for a few years now, but with X-Men: Dark Phoenix, it has been reported that he is ready to come out of his self-imposed retirement. Clearly, something really interested him and it will be exciting to find out what!
7) Captain Marvel
Over the years, there are a number of individuals who have claimed the title of Captain Marvel but we think that Carol Danvers is finally the one. In fact, Joss Whedon wanted to introduce her character at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron, but Marvel didn’t want to bring Captain Marvel into the MCU without first telling the fans about her origin. Now that her solo movie is confirmed, we also know that Captain Marvels’ adventures are very earthbound, but her powers are based in the cosmic realm. According to the Marvel.com description, Danvers works her way from the Air Force Academy to the CIA and then becomes the NASA security director at Cape Canaveral. That’s where she first encounters Captain Marvel, a Kree warrior named Mar-Vell. While she conducts an investigation on him, the two become close. Ultimately, both are caught in the middle of an explosion of a Kree Psyche-Magneton device and it turns Carol into a Kree-human hybrid and creates Ms. Marvel. Additionally, we also know her powers include flight, super strength, super speed, invulnerability and the ability to fire energy blasts from her hands.
USP: Jude Law is set to co-star as the alien Mar-Vell.
Well, at least the existential dilemma is now over! Dwayne Johnson is playing Black Adam and not Shazam in his debut Superhero movie next summer. Free once more from his imprisonment, Black Adam has returned with his insatiable quest to conquer the world and to control all magic. Except that this time around, there is something that stands in his way- a young boy. This boy in question can transform into a powerful Superhero simply by uttering the word “Shazam!” Yes, he is indeed the champion of magic and Black Adam will do anything in his power to destroy him and assert his position as the true ruler of the world. Directed by David F. Sandberg, this is Warner Bros.’ next DCEU film in production after Aquaman. What remains to be seen is if the title Superhero character (Zachary Levi and Asher Angel) kneels at Black Adam’s foot or is crushed by his boot. Only time will tell!
USP: The Rock. Period.
9) Untitled Avengers Sequel
The two-part Avengers story-line will finally conclude with the part II of this epic. Originally announced as Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2, we really don’t know what it will be called once it releases. When an insider was questioned if Thanos will return in part 2 or not, he replied, “They’re two very different movies. That’s all I’ll say.” Fans nonetheless predict that there will be one big death in this untitled Avengers movie and our guess is as good as yours!
USP: The title itself. What else could it be?
Gambit has been a movie that Channing Tatum has been striving to make with 20th Century Fox for quite some time now. Reportedly, Gambit will have its own different flavor and tone to it compared to the other X-Men movies. “It will be more like a heist movie and a sexy thriller in a way”, says producer Simon Kinberg. Gambit has moved quite a few release dates in the past two years but it finally looks like Channing Tatum’s passion project is now on track. Equally talked about is Lizzy Caplan’s role too, especially because of Fox’s recent secrecy about not revealing too much about the characters. Nonetheless, fans think that it is not difficult to guess that she will play Bella Donna Boudreaux, the leader of the New Orleans based Assassins Guild in the comics. Now, let’s just hope that problems do not find Gambit anymore and we get to finally unravel the story next monsoon!
USP: Channing Tatum, Channing Tatum, Channing Tatum!
11) Spider-Man: Homecoming 2
Speculations were rife about this one immediately after its predecessor Spider-Man: Homecoming released and now with the sequel having a proposed release date, we know that time was not wasted; it was invested! Jake Gyllenhaal is reportedly in talks to play the villainous Mysterio in the upcoming sequel. Ironically, a decade ago, Gyllenhaal was in the running to actually play Spider-Man! Michael Keaton will reprise his role as the Vulture and hence it will be interesting to see if it will be a solo-villain movie or a movie that has a bunch of baddies. Rumors have it that with Spider-Man: Homecoming 2, the Sinister Six may be forming and if that happened, the movie is a definite hit as we speak!
USP: Oh come on, it’s Spider-Man!
12) Wonder Woman 2
DCEU’s massive box-office hit Wonder Woman, quite literally paved the way for a sequel as soon as it released. Geoff Johns recently changed his twitter header image to read four words- WW84. The plot definitely won’t be set in the modern day and if predictions were to be believed, the follow-up will take place in the 1980s against the backdrop of the Cold War. This is where the 84 in Geoff’s image comes from. The Cold War undoubtedly offers an array of interesting plotlines on which the story can be built. With Kristen Wiig cast as the villainous Cheetah, Wonder Woman’s action can be more crazed than ever before. It could also be a spy mission. Will Themyscira return and will Wonder Woman return home? Let’s wait and find out!
USP: Of course Gal Gadot!
Isn’t this the Superhero treasure you’ve been waiting for?