It was another huge weekend in San Diego for Comic Con, and although I’m still upset I couldn’t get tickets to the event myself, there was a lot to be excited about. Now that the dust has cleared we have a more clear picture of some of the big superhero movies that will be coming between now and 2015. When I told my girlfriend and fellow movie fan Melissa Knowles (follow her on Twitter here) about the new Superman/Batman movie, Avengers 2, X-Men and more, she finally admitted to me that she was burnt out on superheroes. And you can’t really blame her, when more and more theatrical releases are big superhero flicks or epic space movies, she longs for simpler, more intimate films. Me, however, I was pretty jazzed about all the news out of the Con. As far as I’m concerned, the more superhero movies the better, bring em on! I can only hope Melissa will continue to indulge me by seeing these movies with me, because there are a lot of them, and I will most surely want to see them all. Let’s take a look at what we can expect:
AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. (September 24, 2013)
The pilot for this new TV series screened at Comic Con and reaction was mostly positive. I love Joss Whedon and what he did with THE AVENGERS, but I’m still skeptical about this show. It looks like a show that is based on the periphery of the Marvel Universe, with little involvement from the characters we know and love. I’m as big a Coulson fan as anyone else, but we need more. I hope the show builds on the cinematic universe in a meaningful way, and hopefully introduces characters from the comics that won’t be in the movies. If the show gets cancelled I’ll be really disappointed, because if it works it could be a nice companion piece to the movies.
THOR: THE DARK WORLD (November 8, 2013)
After the colossal success of IRON MAN 3, Thor has a lot to live up to with his own sequel. The first movie was solid and Chris Hemsworth is great in the title role. It’s anybody’s guess whether this movie can reach $1 billion at the box office like Iron Man did, but with interest in the Marvel brand at a fever pitch, Avengers fans will surely show up for this one. Alan Taylor, best known for his work on Game of Thrones, is in the director’s chair. Since I just started watching GOT, I’m excited to see what kind of tone this movie takes on.
CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER (April 4, 2014)
In the lead up to the next Avengers movie, I am most excited about Captain America. One of my issues with Iron Man 3 was that it was TOO standalone and didn’t connect to the bigger universe. It felt a little like going back to the staring line, and Captain America looks like it will get us further down the track and connect more to the larger story. Footage screened at the Con was allegedly great, and insiders say it has the feel of a 70’s spy movie.
THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 (May 2, 2014)
For some reason Spider-Man is the superhero I’m always least interested in. I didn’t mind the first film in this rebooted series, but Spider-Man doesn’t get me excited like Batman or the MCU films. I am looking forward to seeing the world established in the first film expand into new territory. With a third and fourth film already on the schedule in the coming years, this series could do a lot of interesting things. And I’m still hoping that Marvel and Sony can work out the rights and get Spider-Man into an AVENGERS movie at some point.
X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST (May 23, 2014)
The X-Men universe is its own thing, and this looks like it may be the best entry into the franchise yet. Bringing together the original cast and the cast of “First Class” in a huge superhero time-travel epic can’t go wrong. With original director Bryan Singer back at the helm this film could be the unexpected breakout of 2014. Sandwiched nicely between Captain America and the next film on the slate…
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (August 1, 2014)
Based on a previously obscure title in the Marvel universe, the space-Avengers get their own film. I’m new to these guys and recently started reading their MARVEL NOW title which is a fun read. This film is a Star Wars level space-epic and will surely be something new for Marvel fans and movie fans in general. Rumour has it Thanos, who made a cameo in the after-credits scene of The Avengers, will be the main villain in this film, leading up to an an even bigger threat in the follow up to THE AVENGERS…
AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON (May 1, 2015)
AVENGERS 2 got a title over the weekend at Comic Con and it’s AGE OF ULTRON, based on a popular villain in the Marvel Universe. Joss Whedon is currently penning the script and the movie will begin production in mid-2014 in London. By the time Thor, Captain America and Guardians of the Galaxy are all released we will have a better idea of what’s going to happen in this sequel. The title alone is enough to get superhero fans excited, and to think this will be the 11th entry in this franchise is mind boggling. There’s one company and one movie that has to go a long way in matching what Marvel has done…
Warner Bros. has a lot to catch up to considering Marvel is 11 films deep into their movie franchise. With the Dark Knight trilogy over, and Man of Steel the only hope to get a DC-universe on film, Warner Bros. made a big announcement that Henry Cavill’s Man of Steel will team up with a still yet to be cast Batman in a new team up movie in 2015. As a Batman fanatic and somebody who enjoyed MOS a lot, I’m really excited for this one. I do wish that Christian Bale would still continue as Batman, but hopefully whomever they cast in the role is just as good. This movie is still two years off, and with Marvel occupying the slate until then, I’m definitely going to be more excited for the Marvel films, but this movie will no doubt rule 2015.