The fourth and final comic book movie superhero blockbuster of 2014 is in theaters with Guardians of the Galaxy setting multiple world records for its August opening weekend. Now, we can look forward to what the studios will bring in the coming years.
Looking ahead has been made easier than ever this year thanks to Marvel Studios continuing to announce release dates further and further into the future (they added six around Comic-Con), and Sony attempting to blow open the Spider-Man movie franchise with a slate of movies that feature other characters as the lead(s). Then of course, there’s Twentieth Century Fox who are finally going to bring their Marvel properties to the forefront with annual releases and a “serious” reboot of the Fantastic Four. They even announced a followup already.
Finally, there’s Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment who are using the followup to 2013′s Man of Steel to launch their own shared cinematic universe, and they just announced 9 additional DC movie release dates yesterday. Everyone wants a part of the shared universe pie and everyone is racing to plant their flags for the future. As a result, we currently have 30 films scheduled for the next six years, with at least 10 more to be announced in those years as well.
- May 1, 2015 – The Avengers: Age of Ultron
- June 19, 2015 – Fantastic Four
- July 17, 2015 – Ant-Man
- March 25, 2016 – Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice
- May 6, 2016 – Captain America 3
- May 27, 2016 – X-Men: Apocalypse
- July 8, 2016 – Doctor Strange (Unannounced)
- August 5, 2016 – Unannounced DC Movie
- November 11, 2016 – Sinister Six
- 2017 – Venom Carnage
- 2017 – Unannounced Female Character Spider-Man Movie
- March 3, 2017 – Wolverine 3 (Untitled)
- May 5, 2017 – Unannounced Marvel Movie
- June 23, 2017 – Unannounced DC Movie
- July 28, 2017 - Guardians of the Galaxy 2
- July 14, 2017 – Fantastic Four 2
- November 3, 2017 - Unannounced Marvel Movie
- November 17, 2017 - Unannounced DC Film
- 2018 – The Amazing Spider-Man 3
- March 23, 2018 – Unannounced DC Movie
- May 4, 2018 - Unannounced Marvel Movie
- July 6, 2018 - Unannounced Marvel Movie
- July 13, 2018 – Unannounced X-Men Movie
- July 27, 2018 – Unannounced DC Movie
- November 2, 2018 - Unannounced Marvel Movie
- April 5th, 2019 – Unannounced DC Movie
- May 3, 2019 - Unannounced Marvel Movie
- June 14th, 2019 – Unannounced DC Movie
- April 3rd, 2020 – Unannounced DC Movie
- June 19th, 2020 – Unannounced DC Movie
- 2015-16 is the calm before the storm. We go from three films to six, then from six to nine in 2017.
- We’re not counting any animated features – list is comprised of live-action theatrical releases.
- Sony has yet to date three of their movies.
- There are 30 DC/Marvel films currently scheduled (28 officially) from 2015-2020
- For all of the studios, the plan is mostly set from now until 2018 but after that we’ve yet to see or hear what’s happening from the studios with Marvel properties.
- Following Fox’s current trend, there will be at least 1-2 X-Men/FF movies in both 2019 and 2020 so we can add 2-4 to their number. (Recall: There’s interest and/or scripts ready for Deadpool, Gambit, X-Force)
- Following Sony’s current trend, there will be at least one Spider-Man movie in 2019 and 2020 so we can add 2-3 to their number.
- Following Marvel’s growing trend, there will be at least 2-3 features in 2019-2020 so we can add 4-6 to their number.
- Conservative estimate is that there will be a minimum of 38 DC/Marvel movies over the next six years.
- If the genre keeps performing as it is now, there will easily be well over 40.
- Is your mind blown?
- Is the genre about to peak?
At Comic-Con 2014 there were expectations that Disney/Marvel Studios and Warner Bros./DC Entertainment would announce a series of titles and dates for their upcoming features but both held back entirely, likely to focus attention on their immediate future. With both studios now (officially) laying out plans for their future, we can expect more and more news soon, especially since some of these must begin shooting next year (Doctor Strange for Marvel and whatever DC’s 2016 feature is).
Let the speculation begin!
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