Culture & Comics Editor
2016 is arguably the biggest year for comic book movies and it kicks off with Marvel’s Deadpool this weekend which we couldn’t be more excited for. “But Abigail!” you say, “2016 started a month ago!” no it didn’t, no one had a good January, January is cancelled.
We’re starting the year over and it begins February 12 because this Valentine’s Day weekend we got to see Ryan Reynolds in red spandex fixing what they did wrong last time Wade Wilson was on the big screen.
Between now and the end of 2019 there will be at least 20 more DC and Marvel films to add to our growing movie collections (that we know of so far) as well as a handful of exciting things that Fox and Sony are also working on with their franchises. Quite the overload of movies to some people but I’m the last person to complain because honestly we could have six superhero movies a year for the rest of my life and it would still not be enough for me. All in all it is an exciting time to be a superhero fan! So to celebrate this I have come up with a (biased) list of the 10 comic book movies coming out in the next three years that we are most looking forward to.
1. Captain America: Civil War
I feel like my entire life has been leading up until May 6th as every single big name Marvel superhero teams up to fight each other in an epic battle that will divide fandoms and families alike. Twitter is already heating up with Team Cap and Team Tony debates as Marvel does everything in its power to divide the fanbase prior to the movie. Featuring a cameo of the brand new MCU Spider-Man as well as a lot of fuel to add to the fandom’s fire about Stucky (the love between Steve and Bucky) this film is widely anticipated and extremely exciting.
Feb 12 (Out now)
Editor's Note: Abigail wrote this piece ahead of Deadpool, so it's on us that we published after Deadpool came out. Still, if you haven't seen it...
Five words: R-rated Ryan Reynolds in spandex.
3. Wonder Woman
June 23, 2017
FINALLY WE GET THE FIRST FEMALE LED SUPERHERO FILM OF THIS GENERATION. DC has done a few female-led movies before back in the 70’ and 80’s but nothing like this. Wonder Woman is the biggest female hero on the planet, in the galaxy, the universe, the multiverse, whatever, so it is only fitting that after a decade of fans begging for a woman’s film that we get this one. Led by the amazing Israeli actress Gal Gadot, no less, who you may recognize from the Fast and Furious franchise, where she played Gisele.
4. Captain Marvel
March 8, 2019
Marvel is really dropping the ball having pushed back their first female-led movie into 2019 and we are not impressed. (They tried to appease us by having Hope van Dyne share a title with Scott Lang in Ant-Man and the Wasp which comes out in 2018 and yes it is exciting in its own right but still not entirely satisfying.) I am especially unhappy by the scheduling change because Carol Danvers is my all-time favorite Marvel hero which is exactly why it comes in at number four on this list. However even though there are no details yet about what this movie may entail because it is three years away and despite my bitterness at it being pushed back I am still excited!
5. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
The world's biggest heroes take each other on in the battle of the century...No not Tony Stark and Captain America, the other two.…… (I’m only going to this movie for Wonder Woman…..)
But in all honesty even though we basically already know the entire plot of this movie thanks to the trailers it looks like it should be a darn good time and who isn’t excited for some more of the most perfectly cast Superman ever and to see why they’re all raving about Batfleck.
6. Black Panther
Feb. 16, 2018
Finally, a superhero that isn’t played by a white dude named Chris! And directed by the very same man who directed Creed, the Oscar snubbed addition/reboot of the Rocky franchise.
7. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
May 5, 2017
Our happy squad of train wrecks reunite in the second installment of what was one of the funniest Marvel movies to date. Undoubtedly this one will be just as good.
8. Suicide Squad
Suicide Squad comes in at number eight because I don’t know how to have fun and am not especially excited for it however many other people are which is why it makes this list. A group of supervillains doing time in high security prisons are recruited by a secret government agency to carry out dangerous missions because they have the abilities to see them through and also because they are expendable. Unfortunately it is only rated PG-13 so they can’t be all that villainous.
9. X-Men: Apocalypse
At this point I couldn’t even begin to explain the timeline of the X-Men franchise without rewatching all the movies but nevertheless I am looking forward to this movie for many reasons as the band of mutants takes on Apocalypse, one of the strongest villains in the comics who is being played by our favorite charming cupcake, Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Inside Llewyn Davis)
10. Doctor Strange
Despite a fair portion of the internet not really being all that excited about Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange you can’t deny that this is a movie to look forward to. Coming in November Marvel explores a mysterious and hidden magical realm beyond the everyday reality that most are familiar with. Doctor Strange is the story of how former surgeon Dr. Stephen Strange’s career is destroyed in an accident leading him on a journey to find healing but instead he finds magic and becomes the most powerful sorcerer on earth.
There are also many other superhero movies that didn’t make the list to look forward to such as the new MCU’s Spider-Man movie, an upcoming Justice League team up, a few Batman films as well as the aforementioned second Ant-Man and in between all the blockbusters are a large number of TV shows and a whole run of new comics being released to appease our superhero appetites. At this point society in a few hundred years is going to look back on us and wonder why we were so obsessed with superheroes but I hope I speak for the whole comics fan community when I say that none of us could care less! Have fun out there and try not to start too many fights over whether you are Team Stark or Team Cap ;)