Dawn Of The Age Of SuperheroMania
There was a time when hand drawn illustrations in the form of comic books and a few tacky feature films made at tremendous cost were the only creative outlets for the superhero storyteller’s of yesteryear. Keeping aside the fact that comic books were fantastic tangible memorabilia permanently embedded in the ‘Superheroes Hall of Fame’, their flexibility of concept was often mitigated by the time-consuming nature of the drawings and limitations of a two-dimensional still-image visual experience. These would then in turn not do true ‘justice’ to the ‘marvel’ and amazement that Superhero movie audiences’ experience.
That being said, those limitations were a VERY LONG TIME ago which seems almost pre-historic in today’s multiverse of superhero content streams. These streams range from 2-3 feature films every year, a lot of them first time franchise features going on to break the box-office, TV show adaptations and fan-made tributes online. Not only is this good news for long time superhero comic book enthusiasts like all of us, but it has also helped popularize and introduce a far larger population to superhero pop-culture by churning out visually and story wise brilliant content afforded to us by the rapid evolution of VFX. This is obviously good news for us comic geeks as the growth of the superhero universe ensures more hair-raising superhero content in the days to come.
Here are some of the upcoming superhero flicks which are driving the comic nerd world up the wall:
Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 — May 5th, 2017
Peter Quill is back with his team of renegades to save the Galaxy with his new and improved ‘Awesome Mixtape #2’. After the blistering success of this lesser known brand of Marvel, the Guardians are back and expectations from them are greater than ever.
Wonder Woman – June 2nd, 2017
After the string of box-office disasters the House of DC seeks to redeem itself with a promising line-up this 2017 with Wonder Woman leading the charge. However, as with other more recent DC releases (read Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice), a promising trailer has the likelihood to remain just that, Promising!!
Spider-Man: Homecoming – July 7th, 2017
This was the homecoming every superhero fanboy has been waiting for. Spidey finally makes his entry into the MCU with Tom Holland reprising the role of Spider-Man. With Iron-Man coming into the fray with this edition, we just can’t wait for this blockbuster to blow our minds.
Thor: Ragnarok — November 3rd, 2017
Chris Hemsworth has already cemented his role as Thor in the MCU and this latest upcoming installment of Thor further consolidates his grip on this franchise of Marvel. And we couldn’t find a more suitable Thor anyway!!
Justice League – November 17th, 2017
Dawn of Justice may have bombed at the box-office but hopefully it left a trail of crumbs which would lead us to Superhero Utopia. Justice League is expected to seek redemption on behalf of DC Fanboys across the globe, but let’s first wait for how Wonder Woman fares at the box-office.
Deadpool 2 – Sometime in early-2018
Rarely has any superhero movie received such critical acclaim, let alone a superhero who was considered to be on the sidelines of the Marvel stable. Deadpool was a breath of fresh air and peppered with unbridled action at a time we thought superheroes couldn’t be anything but always righteous and forthright. Well, all we can say is Deadpool 2?? Bring it Onnnnn!!!!!
Black Panther – February 16th, 2018
Many of us were pleasantly appeased with the introduction of Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War. His breath-taking acrobatic abilities and the indestructible aura of his vibranium suit gives enough leverage for the solo installment of the first black Superhero in the Marvel Universe. We await with baited breath for this one!!
Avengers: Infinity Wars – May 4th, 2018
Now this is the battle that EVERY clear eyed superhero fanatic has been waiting to see for years. The Avengers face off with one of their most powerful foes yet. Any guesses for whom that super-villain will be?? (*Cough Cough* Thanos). It is known that Infinity War will be split into two movies to extract the maximum from the epic clash. All we can say is, Hell Yeah!!
Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6th, 2018
Ant-Man was another one of the ‘pleasant surprises’ from MCU which capitalized on the humour element omni-present in the MCU. With a good start with respect to character introduction, Marvel fans are eager to see which direction will Ant-Man 2 take and expectations will remain ever high.
The Batman (Untitled) – Tentative Release Oct 2018
It seems DC is hedging their bets on the success of 2017 with huge releases like Justice League and Wonder Woman. Why we say this is because of the continuity of Ben Affleck who will not only reprise the role of Bruce Wayne, but also direct the stand alone Batman Reboot. Well, all we can hope for is that DC has got its act back together!!
Aquaman – October 5th, 2018
We all remember when Jason Mamoa as the infamous ‘Khal Drogo’ from Game of Thrones. But now we believe he’ has found his true calling as he takes up the role of Aquaman, and we dare to say that he looks perfect for the role. Almost like a younger Poseidon!!
Animated Spiderman Film – December 21st, 2018
Move aside Peter Parker! It’s Miles Morales’s time to shine!! Yes the highly popular fixture in the Marvel Universe will be getting his own feature animated film. Calls for reprising the role of Morales instead of Parker were growing since his introduction in 2011. And those voices have been heard!! However this feature will be disconnected from the larger MCU.
Captain Marvel – March 8th, 2019
With DC taking the lead in releasing its female superhero feature film Wonder Woman, Marvel Studios is obviously going to try and play catch up. MCU will be unveiling its first female led Superhero movie Captain Marvel with Brie Larson taking up this role. We can’t wait to get some teasers from this and make our obvious comparisons to Wonder Woman.
Shazam – April 5th, 2019
DC is leaving no stone unturned to ensure that 2019 is clearly the year for DC Redemption! With back to back releases of new Superhero feature films like Aquaman and Shazam, the DC people are clearly looking to expanding their franchise stream beyond the universal Batman and Superman pedigree. Big expectations are riding on this especially with the debut of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson playing Black Adam. However the odd release month of April could throw a spanner into the works. Let’s just wait and see what the verdict will be.
The Flash – Sometime in 2019
Earlier slated to release in 2018, it’s ironical how the movie production for the ‘Fastest Man Alive’ has really slowed down. We are still excited for this one as it’s about time venerable stables at DC gave this childhood favourite a stand-alone feature film. Ezra Miller who will take on the role of Barry Allen is slated to debut in Justice League in 2017.
Avengers Infinity War Sequel – May 2019
As we explained further up the list, the Avengers franchise plans to milk this sequel of the Avengers Infinity War to the hilt with the second edition. This yet untitled sequel to the Avengers is probably going to be the culmination of this current batch of Avengers who have been at it since the franchise debut in 2012 and their previous cameos and adaptations in the MCU from way before. All we can hope for is a blockbuster send off from this superhero squadron.
Justice League Sequel (Untitled) – June 14th, 2019
While the premise of this blockbuster sequel remains a complete mystery, the promising nature of its prequel has set tongues wagging in Geekville. We need to thoroughly assess the first part of Justice League and see if the trail of crumbs is prominent enough to bridge these two films and create a Superhero Super-league from DC which might just even surpass the MCU Avengers series.
Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 – July 5th, 2019
Ever since Tom Holland’s debut in Captain America: Civil War, people have been eagerly awaiting the full blown feature film Spider-Man: Homecoming. But rest assured we will be looking at at-least two full length feature films of Spider-Man where Tom Holland will be able to grow into his role as Peter Parker and maintain the continuity of character.
Cyborg – April 3rd, 2020
The 10th edition from the DC extended universe, the progress on this stand-alone film has been closely monitored ever since Ray Fisher debuted as Cyborg in Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice. For a long time the MCU has dominated the Box Office with a string of successes, but with DC playing hard ball and refusing to pipe down, we seem to be in for an epic ‘Battle of the Superhero Stables’ all the way up till 2020 and beyond.
It’s not that superhero tales are only meant to regale young children and help them expand their horizons of imaginations, they mean SO much more than that! Comic book heroes have inspired generations of young boys and girls and many of us still latch onto that realm of imagination where the world is saved by characters who are just, fair, virtuous and righteous beyond all doubt. They gave us a sense of purpose and learning, which was brilliantly visualized through comic books, and now, a cinematic experience which pushed the boundaries of human imagination. Boys and girls, young and old, rich and poor, the advent of the digital age has re-kindled our love and passion for super human feats of grandeur.
The overbearing credit for this period of geeky nirvana must go to the two powerhouses of Superhero Storytelling, Marvel and DC Comics. Some of the most iconic and timeless tales of superheroism belong to these two studios which have nurtured one of the most talented creative teams in Hollywood and inspiring a Superhero Cinematic Revolution at a global scale. It’s going to a long hard wait for the above releases but we can take solace in the fact that our Supermania calendars are booked all the way up to 2020.
Fodder for the soul we say!!