The Coming Superhero Movies
Sony & Marvel Teaming Up for Spidey
Feb 2015: Sony Pictures and Marvel have seen the future, and the future is a Spider-Man cross-over into the Marvel MCU. Most internet reports are saying that the Spider-Man franchise at Sony is 'ailing' (Spider-Man II was down $50 million in box office vs Spider-Man I ) but that is on a relative scale, considering that in a normal Hollywood accounting scheme, any film crossing over the $300 million dollar mark worldwide is considered a hit. But in big-budget superhero movies, the Andrew Garfield Amazing Spider-Man II's $708 million dollar haul was a harbringer of possible disaster ahead, since Hollywood rules are that a healthy franchise turns out higher numbers the scond time around, not lower. (And all of this doesn't even bring up the unsettling comparison with the Sam Raimi Spiderman films of a decade earlier which all had higher box office than both of the new reboot efforts.)
The announcement from Sony and Marvel has now shaken-up the Superhero movie schedule, and the new dates are shown below:
Coming slate of superhero movies
- May 1, 2015 - The Avengers: Age of Ultron - Marvel Studios
- August 7, 2015 - Fantastic Four Reboot - 20th Century Fox
- July 17, 2015 - Ant-Man - Marvel Studios
- April 10, 2015 - Daredevil - Netflix / Marvel - 13 episode TV Program. Along with Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage, the Netflix series are planned to culminate in a Defenders production.
- February 12, 2016 - Deadpool – Fox
Ryan Reynolds to star
- March 25, 2016 - Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice – Warner Bros
- May 6, 2016 - Captain America Civil War – Marvel Studios
- May 27, 2016 - X-Men Apocalypse – 20th Century Fox
- August 5, 2016 - Suicide Squad – Warner Bros
To be directed by David Ayer
- October 7, 2016 - Gambit – Marvel Studios
Channing Tatum to star
- November 4, 2016 - Doctor Strange – Marvel Studios
- Nov 11, 2016 - The Sinister Six– Marvel Studios
This title is up in the air as it is set to include Spider-Man - the new co-production agreement between Sony/Marvel may have settled this.
- Luke Cage – Netflix/Marvel - This project started at Columbia in 2003, but rights reverted back to Marvel in 2013.
- Jessica Jones - Netflix / Marvel TV Series
- Iron Fist - Netflix / Marvel TV Series
- Feb 10, 2017 - The LEGO Batman Movie - Warner Bros
- March 3, 2017 - The Wolverine 2 - 20th Century Fox
- May 5, 2017 - Guardians of the Galaxy II - Marvel Studios
- June 2, 2017 - Fantastic Four II - 20th Century Fox
- June 23, 2017 -Wonder Woman - Warner Bros
Gal Gadot to star.
- July 28, 2017 - Spider-Man - Marvel Studios & Sony
- November 3, 2017 - Thor Ragnarok - Marvel Studios
- November 17, 2017 - Justice League Part 1 - Warner Bros
To feature Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot and Amy Adam
- Incredibles 2 - Disney/Pixar - No known release date, but Brad Bird is working on script.
- Spider-Man Female - A female-leading superhero film from Sony that spins-off from the Spider-Man universe
THIS IS NOW UP IN THE AIR BECAUSE OF NEW MARVEL/SONY CO-PRODUCTION DEAL
- Venom Carnage - Sony
THIS IS NOW UP IN THE AIR BECAUSE OF NEW MARVEL/SONY CO-PRODUCTION DEAL
- March 23, 2018 - The Flash - Warner Bros
Starring Ezra Miller
- May 4, 2018 - The Avengers Infinity War Part 1 - Marvel Studios
- July 6, 2018 - Black Panther - Marvel Studios
- July 13, 2018 - Untitled Marvel Movie - 20th Century Fox
- July 27, 2018 - Aquaman - Warner Bros
To star Jason Momoa
- Nov 2, 2018 - Captain Marvel - Marvel Studios
- X-Force - Marvel Studios - Iffy, might get scrapped because of ongoing X-Men series from 20th Century Fox
- April 5, 2019 - Shazam - Warner Bros
The Rock as Black Adam.
- May 3, 2019 - The Avengers Infinity War Part 2 - Marvel Studios
- June 14, 2019 -Justice League Part 2 - Warner Bros
- July 12, 2019 - The Inhumans - Marvel Studios
- April 3, 2020 - Cyborg - Warner Bros
Star Ray Fisher
- June 19, 2020 - Green Lantern (reboot) - Warner Bros
Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige claims that Marvel Studios has a strategy map that takes them up to 2028 for Marvel Comic movie adaptations.
DC Comics Master List changed
October 15, 2014: Warner Bros. used their Oct 15 stockholder meeting to come out of the gate swinging at Marvel/Disney, posting a list of new DC superhero titles that are meant to take a big swipe at future superhero boxoffice which has been piling cash into the Marvel/Disney vaults lately (and elsewhere, the Teenage Mutants Ninja Turtles reboot from Michael Bay has pulled in $353,482,248 worldwide so far, and Sony and 20th Century Fox have totaled up $1.4 billion between them for Amazing Spider-Man 2 and X-Men Days of Future Past in 2014).
The announcement fills in some of the spots Warners had already staked, but left as untitled projects, on the coming movie calendar of release dates leading up to 2020.
The big news:
Suicide Squad 2016
Wonder Woman 2017
Justice League 2017
The Flash 2018
Justice League II 2019
Green Lantern 2020
Man of Steel II
Batman Solo Film ("Batman VI ?")
Pop goes the weasel
October 15, 2014: This is what a bubble looks like before it bursts. This impossible list which will almost certainly get even more packed as the movie studios continue to maneuver announcement times to cover every prime release date on the calendar. What this reminds me of is the saturation-method used in the past by both DC Comics and Marvel, where they attempt to flood the comic book market to grab up market space for no other reason except to get there first and to this keep the other guy(s) out. Is there enough interest in the worldwide market to maintain this heavy a slate of superhero films?
Either way, the gold rush on superhero movies is on. If too much product doesn't slow it down, the very great possibility of a few bomb-sized releases will probably wake up the movie execs from this beautiful dream of superheros every month at the cinemaplex. This is truly a unique point in the superhero comic evolution to TV and movies. Marvel has caught lightning in a bottle, and DC/Warner Bros is investing heavily toward catching up.
Sources on dates: Variety, Nikkifinke.com, IGN.com, Indywire
Updated March 23, 2014:
Superhero movies have made a lot of money in the last decade, and though the low box office for Warners Green Lantern in 2011 made people wonder if the trend had died (not to mention the dismal numbers for Green Hornet in 2011), the success of Avengers and Iron Man 3 shows that's simply not the case (and Captain America First Avenger did pretty good in 2011, with a $370,569,774 million world wide gross). But what is even more telling is that Warners did great business in 2012 with Dark Knight Rises pulling a very healthy 1,081,036,828 Billion worldwide. This shows that the problem isn't the medium or genre, the problem is the calibre of the movie, regardless of the movie studio.
20th Century Fox announced new dates for several of their Marvel properties on March 21 (Fantastic Four II, Wolverine III, and an unnamed Marvel production for 2018). Below is the updated Comicbookbrain Marvel Movie List:
In 2013, Hollywood Reporter claimed that:
"Marvel has a writing program it uses as a concept generator and has scripts for Blade and Ms. Marvel features, for example. Doctor Strange, Iron Fist, Black Panther and The Runaways are other projects on the horizon."
This list combines titles from Marvel Entertainment, Marvel Studios and Marvel Enterprises. Sources: IMDB, Nikkifinke.com, Deadline Hollywood, and IGN.com
See the list of the top earning Superhero movies of all time.
Top Earning World Wide Superhero Films
List Updated Dec 26, 2016
*Currently in release in movie theatres
- The Avengers (2012 Marvel Studios) $1,511,757,910 Billion
- Avengers Age of Ultron (2015 Marvel Studios) $1.402 Billion
- Iron Man 3 (2013 Marvel Studios) $1,212,795,474 Billion
- Captain America Civil War: $1,153,294,011
- Dark Knight Rises (2012 Warners) 1,081,036,828 Billion
- The Dark Knight (2008 Warners Bros) $1,004,558,444 Billion
- Spiderman 3 (2007 Sony) $890.9 Million
- Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice (Warners 2016) $872,662,631
- Spiderman (2002 Sony) $821.7 Million
- Spiderman 2 (2004 Sony) $783.8 Million
- Deadpool (Fox and Marvel) - $778,682,681
- Guardians of the Galaxy (2014 Marvel) $772.152 Million ($332 million domestic)
- Amazing Spider-Man (2012 Sony) $752,216,557 ($262,030,663 Domestic)
- X-Men Days of Future Past (2014 Fox) $746,045,700 Million
- Suicide Squad (Warners 2016) $744,285,963
- Captain America 2 - The Winter Soldier (Marvel-Sony-Perception) $714,083,572 Million
- Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Columbia/Sony 2014) $708,294,944
- Man of Steel (2013 Warners) $668,045,518 ($291,045,518 domestic)
- Dr Strange (2016 Marvel Entertainment) $656,065,966 Million
- Thor The Dark World (2013 Buena Vista) $639,317,634 Million ($205,517,634 Domestic)
See a complete list: The Top Earning Super Hero Movies
Original Page Aug 2014
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