Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther is 2018’s most anticipated comic book character. This year, 2017, marked a series of unprecedented comic book movie releases. Not only did Hollywood studios release a record number of superhero movies throughout the year – eight, to be exact: from Logan to Wonder Woman to Thor: Ragnarok – but those movies also accounted for Hugh Jackman’s final outing as Wolverine, the first female-led, blockbuster superhero film, and the first time Justice League ever released on the big screen.
The way things are moving, 2018 just might top 2017’s super year. There are nine major superhero-related films releasing next year, of which only one of them, James Wan’s Aquaman, is a DC Comics film; the rest are all Marvel movies from studios such as Marvel Studios, Sony Pictures, and 20th Century Fox. While films such as Josh Boone’s The New Mutants, David Leitch’s Deadpool 2, and Ruben Fleischer’s Venom are generating significant interest, the biggest – and perhaps most anticipated – of the bunch is easily Anthony and Joe Russo’s Avengers: Infinity War. The upcoming team-up movie marks the beginning of the end of MCU’s first saga, and MCU and Marvel Comics fans can hardly contain their excitement. And in addition to bringing the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy together, the film contains 2018’s most anticipated character.
Fandango conducts an annual poll ahead of each new year determining the following year’s most anticipated movies and characters. For 2018, the most anticipated superhero in a standalone comic book movie is Boseman’s Black Panther, followed by Jason Momoa’s Aquaman, Tom Hardy’s Venom, Sophie Turner’s Jean Grey/Phoenix, and Evangeline Lilly’s The Wasp.
Boseman made his debut as T’Challa, aka Black Panther, in the Russos’ 2016 film, Captain America: Civil War, and he will be reprising his role as the eponymous superhero in Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther solo film in February 2018, before later appearing for the third time as Wakanda’s sworn protector in the Russos’ Avengers: Infinity War in May 2018.
After filming a cameo for Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016, Momoa made his official debut as Arthur Curry, aka Aquaman, in Snyder’s Justice League in November 2017. And now, the character is slated to receive his first solo movie ever in December 2018, with Momoa returning in the title role. Tom Hardy, on the other hand, will be making his first appearance as Eddie Brock, aka Venom, in October 2018, thus marking the first movie as part of Sony’s “adjunct” Spidey universe.
Sophie Turner and Evangeline Lilly both appeared in previous films as their respective characters – Jean Grey and Hope van Dyne, aka the Wasp – and they will be reprising their roles in 2018. Lilly is starring in Peyton Reed’s Ant-Man and The Wasp in July 2018, but she’ll first be appearing in the Russos’ Infinity War a few months earlier. Turner, meanwhile, will appear in Simon Kinberg’s X-Men: Dark Phoenix in November 2018.
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