Marvel and DC comics have basically been in a race to outdo each other with their movies and it appears both comic houses are taking it to a whole new level in 2018.
It’s been over a decade since Marvel’s Iron Man made comic book movie skeptics sit up and take notice, and despite the many comic-inspired films with some being mind blowing and others awful, the craze for bringing the comic world to the big screens is not going away anytime soon.
There are a number of superhero movies scheduled to hit cinemas over the next few years, but as franchises continue to grow and expand their rosters, it becomes hard to keep track of what (and when) everything is happening.
From scheduled release dates to cast and crew announcements, this is everything you need to know about upcoming superhero movies.
The Incredibles 2
Director Brad Bird has been working on a sequel to his 2004 superhero smash The Incredibles for some time now. A second outing for the Parr family was first announced a decade after the original at a 2014 Disney shareholder meeting.
The November 2017 teaser trailer, in which baby Jack-Jack showcases his developing powers, quickly became the most watched animated trailer ever with over 100 million views in a matter of days.
The trailer teases us as we see Mr. Incredible going up against his toughest foe yet — domesticity. When a tycoon decides he wants to “bring supers back into the sunlight,” he turns to Mrs. Incredible (aka Elastigirl), leaving Bob to take care of his super-powered kids on his own.
Ant-Man and the Wasp
As the dust on Avengers: Infinity War finally settled, it is time for Marvel fans to start looking forward to Ant-Man and the Wasp, which is the next movie the Marvel Cinematic Universe are set to roll out.
The latest trailer gave us a closer look at villains Sonny Burch (Walton Goggins), chairman of Cross Technologies, and Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen), an engineer-turned-anarchist who uses something called GhostTech to phase into an intangible state. The trailer also provides a small snippet of Laurence Fishburne’s character, Bill Foster (who becomes Goliath in the comics).
Much of the movie will be about rescuing Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) from this “trippy” dimension, though for Reed the crux of Ant-Man and the Wasp is in their fractious relationship. The movie is scheduled to be released on July 6, 2018
Scheduled to be released on the 5th of October, 2018, the first trailer for Venom dropped in February 2018, and the world was introduced to Tom Hardy’s Eddie Brock and a glimpse of Michelle Williams as his girlfriend Anne Weying (who becomes She-Venom in the comics).
The second trailer however gave viewers a close-up of Brock changing into Venom. More plot details were revealed as the dogged journalist first comes into contact with a symbiote while investigating the laboratories of the Life Foundation, an organization (headed by Riz Ahmed’s Carlton Drake) hellbent on using the extraterrestrial parasites to alter human evolution.
While the highly anticipated Justice League team-up movie failed to live up to expectations, Jason Momoa’s Arthur Curry was one of the few highlights.
Jason Momoa playing Aquaman was supposed to be released in October 2018 release, but Warner Bros. decided to shift Aquaman back to a Christmas slot.
Momoa will be joined by Amber Heard and Nicole Kidman, playing his love interest Mera and his mother Queen Atlanna, respectively.
Dolph Lundgren will also appear, not as the movie’s antagonist but as Mera’s father, Nereus. Villain duties have been given to Patrick Wilson, taking on the role of Aquaman’s half brother, Orm the Ocean Master.
The movie is scheduled to be released on December 21, 2018.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Scheduled to be released on December 14, 2018, this movie will see an older, down-and-out Peter Parker (Jake Johnson) appearing as a mentor to young Miles Morales. Hailee Steinfeld has been cast as Spider-Gwen, the Earth 65 version of Gwen Stacy.
In the “classic Spider-Man mold”, Miles Morales must juggle his high school life with his status as a superhero, as he is introduced to the “Spider-Verse” where there can be more than one Spider-Man.