With Comic-Con 2013 out of the way and all the major announcement made it’s time to have a look at all the upcoming superhero movies expected to hit the big screen over the next few years (2013, 2014 and 2015). Whether people like it or not superhero movies are here to stay, and they will continue to dominate the big screen as long as audiences flock to them.
Below is a list of all the confirmed upcoming superhero movies, followed by some films studios have the in pipeline for 2014, 2015 and beyond.
Upcoming Superhero Movies 2014
|Captain America: The Winter Soldier will be the first Marvel movie to open in 2014. Chris Evans is back as Steve Rogers/Captain America and the film will see his struggle to accept his new life in the modern day. The plot involves James 'Bucky' Barnes (played by Sebastian Stan) return as a Soviet assassin called the Winter Soldier. S.H.I.E.L.D agents Black Widow/Falcon/Nick Fury also feature in the film and they will join Captain America in his fight to take down his former friend.|
|The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will continue the rebooted saga with Andrew Garfield returning as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Emma Stone back as Gwen Stacy. There will be many new faces (both friend and foe) in the form of Electro (Jamie Foxx) Rhino (Paul Giamatti) and Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan). Shailene Woodley filmed scenes as Mary Jane Watson but it was ultimately decided to introduce the character in later films.|
|X-Men: Days of Future Past is my most anticipated out of all the upcoming superhero movies. Director of X1 and X2 Bryan Singer has returned and he's found a storyline which unites the old gang from his original trilogy (Hugh Jackman/Halle Berry/Ian McKellen/Patrick Stewart) with the fresh faces of X-Men: First Class (James McAvoy/Jennifer Lawrence/Michael Fassbender/Nicholas Hoult). The story is based on the comic storyline by Chris Claremont and John Byrne and will see Wolverine's mind transported back in time to prevent giant robots known as Sentinels hunting mutants in the future.|
|I think we can count Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles among the list upcoming superhero movies as they are a group of good guys fighting bad guys. Michael Bay is producing the reboot and Wrath of the Titans director Jonathan Liebesman is in charge of directing. The film will tell the (new) big screen origins of the turtles who are spawned by aliens who invade Earth. The turtles must defend the world against said aliens with the help of Megan Fox as April O'Neil.|
|Guardians of the Galaxy is the second movie from the Marvel Cinematic Universe to open in 2014 and it is probably the riskiest movie to date. The build-in fan-base is smaller than other adaptations and there are some crazy elements (a talking raccoon for example) but this could all help Guardians of the Galaxy stand out from the rest. The film takes place mostly in space and follows an American pilot (Chris Pratt) and a group of futuristic ex-cons who go on the run with a highly coveted object.|
Upcoming Superhero Movies 2015
|The Fantastic Four will return in rebooted form thanks to Chronicle director Josh Trank. Very little is known about the story or plot but 20th Century Fox will apparently create a shared universe with their X-Men franchise. This may lead to a crossover movie further down the line but the studio will need to successfully launch The Fantastic Four first.|
|The Avengers: Age of Ultron will be the sequel to Marvel's The Avengers and reunites all the characters from the first film. Director Joss Whedon has confirmed Quicksilver and The Scarlet Witch will join the team to keep things fresh. Ultron will be the villain (as the title suggests) and Whedon has said he will be doing his own origin story of Ultron.|
|The big news at Comic-Con 2013 was that Batman and Superman will be appearing in the same film. It will be a sequel to Man of Steel so Henry Cavill and other actors featured in the film will be returning. Batman (who is unlikely to be played by Christian Bale) will probably be his foe but I imagine things will be resolved by the end for a Justice League movie afterwards. Zack Snyder is directing and he said it will take some elements from Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns comic.|
|Edgar Wright has been attached to direct Ant-Man for years and with The World's End complete he can now focus on getting it made. The script is finished and casting will apparently get under-way later in 2013. Ant-Man follows a brilliant scientist who invents a substance that allowed him to change his size.|
Doctor Strange – Marvel’s Kevin Feige has confirmed “Phase Three” will include the magician
The Amazing Spider-Man 3 – Sony has set a release date for June 2016
The Amazing Spider-Man 4 – Sony also set a May 2018 release for a fourth Spider-Man film
X-Force – Fox will expand the X-Men universe with an X-Force movie. Kick-Ass 2 director Jeff Wadlow is set to write and direct
Justice League – Warner Bros. have been trying for years, and after the Batman/Superman movie this could be the next step
The Flash – Apparently Warner Bros. is eyeing a 2016 release
Wonder Woman – This movie has been in development for a while, and we may see a Wonder Woman movie after Justice League
Which upcoming superhero movies are you looking forward to?