Movies & TV

Published on November 10th, 2014 | by Val Farrelly


Get Ready For An Avalanche of Super Heroes

comicsThe last month has seen a steady torrent of superhero announcements. Last week, Marvel Studios and Disney revealed their plans for their franchises through 2019, just two weeks after Warner Brothers and D.C. Entertainment announced their schedule for releases through 2020. Between Warner Brothers’ DC Comics movies, Disney’s Marvel franchises and additional movies planned by 20th Century Fox and Sony Pictures – who have both licensed Marvel properties (Spiderman and X-Men respectively) – there are now nearly 30 superhero movies scheduled for release between now and 2020.

Next year sees Marvel complete “Phase 2” of it’s Marvel Cinematic Universe with the release “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on the 1st of May and “Ant-Man” on the 17th of July, while Fox unveils a rebooted “The Fantastic Four” on the weekend of the 7th of August. It is not until 2016 that the “Supercrush” starts (yes, the tsunami of superhero movies already has a nickname), with superheroes flying on to the screen at a rate of one every couple of months. 2016, 2017 and 2018 all see seven or eight comics adaptations each year, including Sony’s “Spider-Man” spinoff, “The Sinister Six”, and Fox’s, “X-Men: Apocalypse”, both of which are licensed from Marvel.

On top of the DC and Marvel superhero feeding frenzy, there are also other comic book heroes and graphic novel stalwarts who have movies in development including “Flash Gordon”, and “Bananaman”, along with possible further installments in the “Men In Black”, “Spawn”, “Hellboy”, “Kick-Ass” and “Judge Dredd” franchises.

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If that wasn’t enough nerd-bombing, Disney is hoping to also have a new Star Wars movie coming to the screens every summer, beginning with “Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens” in 2015, and mixing a saga installment every second year, with a standalone spin-off film every other year going forward.

Here’s what Marvel and DC have announced in just the past month:

May 1: Avengers: Age of Ultron
July 17: Ant-Man
August 7: Fantastic Four (Fox)

February 12: Deadpool (Fox)
March 25: Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice
May 6: Captain America: Civil War (new sub-title)
May 27: X-Men: Apocalypse (Fox)
July 8: no longer reserved by Marvel Studios
August 5: Suicide Squad
November 4: Doctor Strange (new addition)
November 11: Sinister Six (Sony)


March 3: Untitled Wolverine sequel (Fox)
May 5: Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (moved up from previously announced July 28 date)
June 23: Wonder Woman
July 14: Fantastic Four 2 (Fox)
July 28: Thor: Ragnarok (new addition)
November 3: Black Panther (new addition)
November 17: Justice League, Part 1
(unspecified date): Untitled Sony female Spider-Man spin-off
(unspecified tentative date): Sony Venom: Carnage Spider-Man spin-off (rumored to be dead)


March 23: The Flash
May 4: Avengers: Infinity War, Part 1 (new addition)
July 6: Captain Marvel (new addition)
July 13: Untitled Fox Mystery Marvel film
July 27: Aquaman
November 2: Inhumans (new addition)
(unspecified date): Amazing Spider-Man 3

April 5: Shazam
May 3: Avengers: Infinity War, Part 2 (new addition)
June 14: Justice League, Part 2


April 3: Cyborg
June 19: Green Lantern


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About the Author

Val has worked in a variety of roles in TV & Film in Ireland and the US for over a decade. He has worked with companies ranging from start-ups to the Canadian equivalent of the BBC. Most recently he has been writing pilots for TV shows in Los Angeles. A long-time comic and movie geek, he is also the world’s worst living gamer, having been being afflicted with the eye-hand coordination of a stroke-afflicted sloth since the days of programming 8-bit games in BASIC on a Commodore VIC-20 as a child.

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