The exciting year of 2014 is beginning to come to a close, and with each passing year we reflect on the past and look forward to the future—of comic book movies. These movies are what keep geeks around the globe counting the days, hours, even sometimes minutes, and jump for joy when they accumulate into weeks and months. Because it means that we’re that much closer to dropping a minimum of $10 on a movie ticket (or multiple…the better the film, the more times it needs to be seen in theatres!) to see what we hope will become our obsession for the foreseeable future.
Right now, there’s a lot of buzz surrounding The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron and Captain America 3, but what other cinematic projects do Marvel and DC have in the works? Look no further—the complete and confirmed list of the next 6 years of Marvel & DC movies is right here!
DC has been lagging behind Marvel in terms of successful movies (with the obvious exception of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy), but it seems as though there’s some promise of them catching up in these next few years. Starting in 2016, there will be a whole line-up of DC movies hitting theatres.
Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice (March 25, 2016)
Very little has been announced about this film, other than the cast, so all we can do is hold out hope that Ben Affleck will deliver. I think this film has the potential to be fantastic and really set the stage for upcoming Justice League movies.
Suicide Squad (August 5, 2016)
All I can really say about this film is that I hope Harley Quinn is included.
Wonder Woman (July 23, 2017)
Finally a comic book film that exclusively stars a woman as the main character! Not only is there a strong woman with a complex personality and intricate backstory in the movie, but she’s the protagonist! The main one, not one of five or six (I’m looking at you, Guardians and Avengers)!
Justice League (November 17, 2017)
Earth’s greatest heroes (note: not mightiest) will finally band together on the silver screen!
The Flash (March 23, 2018)
Perhaps the announcement of this film is a sign that the TV series based on the same character will be coming to an end in the next three years.
Aquaman (July 27, 2018)
Captain Marvel will still be in theatres when Aquaman comes out, so depending on how monumentally successful the Marvel Studios’s film is, Aquaman could be in danger of drowning.
Justice League 2 (June 14, 2019)
DC must have a lot of faith in the Justice League movie, since they already have a sequel planned.
Cyborg (April 3, 2020)
A member of Teen Titans and the Justice League is getting his own solo movie? Yes please!
Green Lantern (June 19, 2020)
So I guess after the flop that was the 2011 Green Lantern movie, DC is going to give this another shot.
There is no question that Marvel has been dominating the box office recently; they continue to roll hit after hit out of the studios. Can they keep up this momentum? With this line-up, Marvel Studios might have to try in order to lose its reign. It’s pretty surprising that we even have titles for all of these films already, as Marvel Studios is infamous for keeping secrets under wraps.
The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron (May 1, 2015)
Following up on its most recently smash hit of Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel’s next ensemble film will bring us back to Earth’s mightiest heroes, the Avengers.
Fantastic Four (June 19, 2015)
Here comes the reboot!
Ant Man (July 17, 2015)
Let’s hope this film hits a level of awesome that its protagonist would not be able to reach.
Deadpool (February 12, 2016)
Finally a confirmed Deadpool movie!
Captain America: Civil War (May 6, 2016)
Not that RDJ has been confirmed for this film, the excitement is quickly building.
X-Men: Apocalypse (May 27, 2016)
After the great success of Days of Future Past, this film cannot come soon enough.
The Sinister Six (November 11, 2016)
What happens when six of the most nefarious villains band together to destroy New York City, and more specifically Spider-Man? We will have to wait until this movie is released to find out.
Doctor Strange (November 16, 2016)
Benedict Cumberbatch has recently been confirmed to play the title role in this film, an announcement that has received mixed reviews from Marvel fans.
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (May 5, 2017)
How does Marvel Studios expect us to wait so long for this one? Immediately after seeing the first film, I was ready for the sequel. Hopefully the cast and crew of the sequel can recreate the magic of the original.
Thor: Ragnarok (July 28, 2017)
Black Panther (November 3, 2017)
The first African-America superhero in mainstream American comics is finally going to have his own movie! This is just as exciting as the announcement of DC’s Wonder Woman film.
The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 (May 2018)
So it looks like The Avengers franchise is falling into the popular trend of making a two-part finale. Not that I’m complaining—the more Avengers, the better.
Captain Marvel (July 16, 2018)
And finally we see a movie from Marvel with a female protagonist? Why there is not a Black Widow movie in the works, we may never know, but at least Marvel is planning on bring some more leading ladies to the silver screen.
Inhumans (November 2, 2018)
Marvel is really kicking it up a notch with its ensemble cast movies after the success of The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy. Maybe Inhumans will be the next franchise to inspire Marvel Studios creators.
The Amazing Spider-Man 3 (2018)
Hopefully this release date will not be pushed back any further. As it is, fans are already hanging by a thin thread, eagerly awaiting the third installment starring our man Andrew Garfield.
Shazam (April 5, 2019)
This will no doubt be the sequel to Captain Marvel. Since there are already two films slotted for this franchise, we can only hope that there are some good ideas happening behind the scenes.
The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 (May 2019)
Prediction: This one-year wait between Part 1 and Part 2 will be painful.
So, Marvel and DC cinematic universe fans, don’t forget to save these dates! Tell Siri to make a note in your calendar, make an event page on Facebook, and write it down in your paper planner or calendar. You do not want to miss out.