Ever since Marvel Studios released Iron Man in 2008, superhero movies have taken the box office by storm. Superhero films today are often the most anticipated movies that come out each year, but Disney isn’t the only movie studio to release superhero flicks.
Each movie studio seems to be raking in the money when it comes to superhero movies, with the rights for certain characters belonging to certain companies. For example, Warner Bros. has secured the rights to several DC characters, Sony still has the rights to Spider-Man and his villains, and 20th Century Fox also had the rights to many superheroesm such as X-Men and the Fantastic Four. However, Disney has acquired these characters as the house of Mouse has recently bought out 20th Century Fox.
Even though Disney has obtained the rights to these characters, they aren’t currently a part of the MCU since they have yet to establish them in their universe. With that being said, there are still several Marvel projects from Fox and other movie studios that are coming out in 2019 that are not a part of the MCU, and even more that have been rumored. With the popularity of superhero movies, ideas are often fast-tracked to the box office, which means that some of these rumored superhero movies likely won’t come out in 2019, but they certainly have the potential to.
Without further ado, here are the 5 Marvel Projects Confirmed For 2019 (And 15 Possibilities).
20 Possibility: All Female Into The Spider-Verse Film
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse hasn’t even been released yet, but there are already rumors about more movies set in the animated Spider-Verse world. One of the possible sequels fans could see is an all-female Spider-Verse film. In the upcoming movie, Spider-Gwen and Peni Parker are two of the Spider-People who are rumored to be included in their own animated film.
That being said, there are tons of other female Spider-Man characters within the pages of comic books that could make their way into the movie. Characters such as Madame Web, Spider-Woman, Lady Spider, and Spinneret, could all possibly make appearances in the movie, but that is only scratching the surface of potential characters.
19 Possibility: Morbius, The Living Vampire
With the success of Venom, Sony seems to be developing several more movies revolving around Spider-Man’s villains. Morbius, The Living Vampire is one of these films, and Sony has confirmed this is the next Spider-Man related project they will be working on.
Jared Leto may still be a part of the DC Extended Universe as the Joker, but he will also become a part of a Marvel movie, as he has been cast as Morbius. Leto will star as the biochemist turned vampire, while the mobir will be directed by Daniel Espinosa, who formerly directed films like Life, Easy Money, and Safe House. Morbius is expected to begin filming in February 2019.
18 Possibility: X-Force
One of the biggest superhero franchises outside of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is the X-Men series. While most of the movies in their series have been rated PG-13, Deadpool broke the system by being rated R. Both Deadpool and Deadpool 2, were big hits but Deadpool 3 isn’t necessarily a for sure thing just yet.
That being said, plans for X-Force are moving forward, especially since director Drew Goddard is now finished working on Bad Times at the El Royale. The X-Force team was previously teased in Deadpool 2, but the superhero team is supposed to be getting their own movie soon. The film doesn’t have a release date yet, but with the popularity of Deadpool, the movie could be fast-tracked for a 2019 release
17 Confirmed: The Punisher Season 2
Fans have been wanting to see the Netflix superhero characters make their way into the Marvel Cinematic Universe for years, but that doesn’t seem likely any time soon. Kevin Feige has not only shut down this idea, but several of the Netflix superhero shows have already been canceled. So far, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, and Daredevil have all been canceled, but The Punisher season 2 is still coming to Netflix in 2019.
It is unclear whether the show will be canceled after the season comes out, but with several of the other shows getting canceled, it seems likely. The Punisher was introduced to the Netflix superhero universe when he appeared in Daredevil season 2, but he eventually got his own spin-off series.
16 Possibility: X-23
While Hugh Jackman may have retired from the role of Logan, aka Wolverine, the X-Men movies are far from being over. There are several X-Men projects in development, including one that focuses on a character from the Oscar-nominated movie Logan. In Logan, Dafne Keen played a character named Laura, who is also known as X-23.
Director James Mangold and X-23 creator Craig Kyle are currently working on a spin-off movie revolving around X-23, but not a lot is known about the project. Many people would like to see Dafne Keen return to the character she played in 2017, but unfortunately, it isn’t even known if she will be returning just yet.
15 Possibility: Kitty Pryde
Yet another X-Men movie rumored to be coming soon is Kitty Pryde. The film is currently going under the title 143, a reference to Uncanny X-Men #143. In the comic Kitty Pryde, aka Shadowcat, is being stalked by a demon from another dimension. Deadpool director Tim Miller is supposedly directing the movie, with Brian Michael Bendis working as a writer.
Although Ellen Page is currently playing the character in the X-Men franchise, it is unknown on whether Page would return to the role, or if the character would be recast with someone else. Regardless of who plays the character, the movie appears to be happening.
14 Possibility: Doctor Doom
Doctor Doom is one of Marvel’s oldest supervillains, often being the antagonist for the superhero team The Fantastic Four. So far, the character has been adapted for a movie three times. First in 1994 with the failed Fantastic Four movie, again in 2005 for Fantastic Four and the sequel Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer, and once more in 2015 for the horrific Fantastic Four reboot.
The Fantastic Four movies often have trouble with fans and critics, but it appears Doctor Doom is coming to the big screen again for a solo movie. It is believed that the film will be a mix of genres, being comparable to Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
13 Confirmed: Dark Phoenix
Dark Phoenix might have been delayed a number of times, but it looks like the X-Men movie is finally coming to the big screen in 2019. The story of Jean Grey as the Dark Phoenix was previously attempted in 2006 with X-Men: The Last Stand, but 20th Century Fox is trying again with Sophie Turner in the role.
The movie will take place in 1992, around ten years after the events of X-Men: Apocalypse. Dark Phoenix was postponed to 2019 to allow for reshoots, but it isn’t currently believed that this film will be connected to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Dark Phoenix currently has a release date of June 7, 2019.
12 Possibility: Black Cat
Sony was at one point developing a movie called Silver and Black, which would have told the stories of the Spider-Man characters Silver Sable and Black Cat. Sony has now revealed that each character will get their own solo film instead of combining the two stories into one movie. Felicia Hardy, aka Black Cat, first debuted in 1979 for the comic The Amazing Spider-Man #194.
Felicity Jones played Felicia Hardy in The Amazing Spider-Man 2; however, her character never transformed into Black Cat. Black Cat was also a big character for the recent PS4 game Spider-Man, but she will soon be seen up on the big screen.
11 Possibility: Multiple Man
Another X-Men character expected to get his own movie is Multiple Man. The character Jamie Madrox first appeared in Giant Size Fantastic Four #4 in February 1975. The character has made an appearance in the X-Men film universe, for the film X-Men: The Last Stand, and was played by Eric Dane.
A Multiple Man movie was announced near the end of 2017, but not a lot has happened since then. James Franco is supposed to star and produce the film with Simon Kinberg, but with the Disney and 20th Century Fox merger happening, the opportunity for the film may be too late. That being said, this could be one reason why the movie may be fast-tracked for a 2019 release.
10 Possibility: Kraven The Hunter
While there are multiple Spider-Man projects currently in development, one that is expected to happen soon is Kraven the Hunter. Even though Venom received mixed reviews, the movie still made a lot of money which could make Kraven the Hunter happen sooner rather than later.
The character first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #15 in 1964, but the story that is believed to be used for the film is from the Kraven’s Last Hunt storyline. The character has appeared in a number of Spider-Man comic books and video games over the years, but he has yet to get his big screen adaptation. With the popularity that Spider-Man has right now, this seems like a project Sony will want to get out quick.
9 Confirmed: Legion Season 3
While the X-Men movie series is still going strong, the TV side of the X-Men franchise is going well also. As of right now, there are two X-Men TV shows on air. The Gifted airs on Fox and is set in a world where humans and mutants don’t get along. The second half of season 2 is set to debut on New Year’s Day, and Legion is also confirmed to be returning in 2019.
Legion is considered to be the best of the two shows, with two seasons having aired on FX since 2017. While The Gifted revolves around several mutants, Legion centers on a character named David Haller, who is diagnosed with schizophrenia, before realizing that he has superpowers. Legion season 3 doesn’t currently have a release date, but will return in 2019.
8 Possibility: Venom 2
Upon confirmation that Sony was developing a Venom solo movie without Spider-Man, many fans were concerned about the project. The marketing for the film didn’t help the movie much, with the first trailer getting heavily criticized by fans. Upon the movie’s release, it got mixed reviews, but still ended up doing great at the box office, meaning a sequel is inevitable.
Many people thought that if Venom flopped the rights to Spider-Man might be sold to Disney, but with the success of Venom, that seems unlikely to happen. Venom is supposedly fighting Carnage in the sequel, but Sony hasn’t currently set a release date for the symbiote filled movie.
7 Possibility: Silk
While Sony is expanding their Spider-Man franchise by making solo movies about Spider-Man’s villains, they are also making solo movies about other heroes in the Spider-Man universe. One of these characters is Silk, who goes by the alter ego Cindy Moon. She has many of the same powers as Spider-Man, but also has an eidetic memory, organic web-shooters, and an advanced form of the Spider-sense called Silk-sense.
Moon actually appeared in Spider-Man: Homecoming and Avengers: Infinity War. The character was a student at Midtown School of Science and Technology with Peter, who was also part of his decathlon team. She was played by Tiffany Espensen, but Sony will likely recast the role for their solo movie.
6 Possibility: Silver Sable
Even though Black Cat and Silver Sable won’t be featured in the same superhero movie, each character will get their own movie thanks to Sony. Sony must be confident in their plans to develop movies for lesser-known characters like Silver Sable, because they seem to have a lot of these types of films in development.
While comic book fans likely know everything there is to know about Silver Sable, many people probably just know her from her appearance in the Spider-Man PS4 game. Like most of Sony’s Spider-Man projects, not a lot is known about Silver Sable, but now seems like the perfect time for her solo movie since she played a big role in the Spider-Man video game.
5 Confirmed: The New Mutants
Much like Dark Phoenix, The New Mutants was also delayed until 2019 for reshoots. Many fans are looking forward to The New Mutants since it will be one of the few superhero movies that mix horror with the superhero genre. The story revolves around a group of mutants being held in a facility against their wills, and the trailer seems to effectively capture this horror.
The movie will be directed by Josh Boone, and actors such as Charlie Heaton, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Maisie Williams will star in the film. The New Mutants will be released on August 2, 2019, as long as it doesn’t get delayed again.
4 Possibility: Jackpot
Another Spider-Man related character that will be getting their own movie from Sony is Jackpot. Jackpot is a relatively new character to the Spider-Man universe, with the character first appearing in the Spider-Man: Swing Shift series in 2007. The character’s alter ego was originally Sara Ehret, but in 2008, Alana Jobson took over the superhero persona.
While the character was at one point an important part of the Spider-Man universe, she hasn’t been seen in a comic book since 2010, which is odd since she will be getting her own spinoff movie. Aside from the fact that the film will be made, not much else is known about Jackpot, but maybe Sony will surprise everyone with a 2019 release date.
3 Possibility: Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse 2
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is fast approaching, but Sony has already announced that they are developing a sequel to the animated adventure. So far, reviews for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse have been incredible, and there are even some rumors that the movie will be nominated for Best Animated Feature come Oscar season.
That being said, a sequel to the film shouldn’t be a big surprise given that the first movie has already been getting great reviews. Joaquim Dos Santos will be in charge of directing the sequel, and while a 2019 release date is unlikely, stranger things have happened in Hollywood when it comes to a release date.
2 Possibility: Nightwatch
Hopefully fans don’t get sick of Spider-Man characters, because there are apparently a ton of Spider related movies coming. One of these characters is Nightwatch; a superhero first appearing in Marvel comics in the ‘90s. Nightwatch may have similar powers to most superheroes, but his costume is what made him stand out among other heroes.
His suit was made of self-replicated nanites, and his cape moved in accordance with his subconscious thoughts. Much like all of the other Spider-Man spinoff movies, virtually nothing is known about the Nightwatch movie. Sony could move forward with more well-known characters first, but it is still possible that Nightwatch could see a 2019 release date if production is rushed.
1 Confirmed: Jessica Jones Season 3
Superhero movies may be popular on the big screen, but Netflix proved that characters can be just as successful on the small screen. Netflix’s superhero shows started with Daredevil in 2015, but over the next several years, more superhero titles were added to the streaming service. Jessica Jones was added in the same year as Daredevil, only Krysten Ritter’s show came out closer to the end of the year as compared to Daredevil.
Many of Netflix’s superhero shows have been canceled recently, but the third season of Jessica Jones will debut in 2019. However, the show’s fate after 2019 unclear. The show could continue on the streaming service, but it is likely to get canned after the third season premieres.
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