2018 is barely upon us, but blockbuster movie productions with 2019 release dates are already well underway. Superhero fans can count on 2019 being a year of highly-anticipated sequels, epic conclusions, unlikely reboots, and high-stakes origin stories.
Both Marvel and DC have lined up incredibly important projects for 2019, but that year will also feature important installments from franchises such as Star Wars, Transformers, and John Wick. Though it will open up several new beginnings, 2019 will be mostly anticipated for its great finales and tent-pole sequels, which will be responsible for advancing the storylines in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the DC Extended Universe, and the main Star Wars episodic continuity.
It would’ve been too sudden for any 2018 project to be affected, but 2019 will also certainly be the year when superhero fans can expect the Disney/Fox deal to take full effect, as the Marvel Cinematic Universe will only then have a chance to react to the possibility of now including the X-Men and Fantastic Four within the franchise, and the Marvel films that were already in production at Fox will have to find a fit under Disney’s umbrella of releases.
These are 15 Superhero Movies Already Confirmed For 2019.
15 AVENGERS 4
The yet untitled fourth Avengers film will be released in 2019 as the twenty-second installment in the current Marvel Cinematic Universe continuity, and the grand finale to what is known as the franchise’s Phase 3. Overall, this movie will also serve as the culmination of the franchise’s entire existence, which started out with 2008’s Iron Man.
Though it was initially announced as Avengers: Infinity War Part II, Marvel Studios decided to remove the film’s title in 2016 and began referring to it as simply Untitled Avengers 4. This was evidently done as an effort to conceal the main storyline of the movie and not spoil what probably happens by the end of 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War.
As the Disney/Fox deal was finalized in December of 2017, it’ll also fall in the hands of Avengers 4 to address the inclusion of the X-Men and Fantastic Four into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
14 WONDER WOMAN 2
One of 2017’s biggest movies, Wonder Woman, will get a sequel in 2019, with director Patty Jenkins and star Gal Gadot confirmed to return.
Wonder Woman 2 will come with the responsibility of following-up the DC Extended Universe’s most critically-acclaimed film to date, as well as one of its biggest money-makers. Wonder Woman has a score of 92% on Rotten Tomatoes, far superior to Man of Steel’s 55% score, which is the franchise’s second best-rated movie. It is also, domestically, the DCEU’s most profitable film ever, losing by very little to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice on a global scale.
While little is known about the sequel, director Patty Jenkins has teased another “great love story” and new characters that were not present in the first installment.
13 SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING SEQUEL
Another one of the biggest movies of 2017 is also getting a sequel in 2019. The yet untitled follow-up to Spider-Man: Homecoming (which will most likely not be called Homecoming 2) will once again be directed by Jon Watts and feature Tom Holland in the role of Peter Parker. It will be a busy year for the actor as he is also expected to appear in the yet untitled fourth Avengers movie.
Though Spider-Man: Homecoming was initially criticized for being the third live-action cinematic reboot to Peter Parker in the last 15 years, it proved to be a worthy project that finally inserted this character to the highly-successful Marvel Cinematic Universe and developed his story as an otherwise ordinary high school student in the correct way.
The Homecoming sequel is expected to elevate the Spider-Man franchise even further, but details have been kept under wraps by both Marvel Studios and Sony.
12 CAPTAIN MARVEL
With Avengers 4, 2019 will be a year of conclusion to the current phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but that doesn’t mean that the franchise is ending at all. In fact, Captain Marvel is yet another example of how the MCU plans on moving forward, alongside other solo franchises such as Black Panther, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man, and the new Spider-Man trilogy from Marvel/Sony.
Starring Brie Larson as the title character, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, and Jude Law as Mar-Vell, Captain Marvel will be written by Geneva Robertson-Dworet (who also wrote he 2018 reboot of Tomb Raider) and directed by the duo Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (most recently known for their television work in The Affair, Billions, and Looking).
The DC Extended Universe is moving forward in 2019 by introducing Shazam to the franchise. Starring Zachary Levi as the title character, Shazam! has been long rumored as a project of interest at Warner Bros., but several casting choices and release dates were thrown around before an official announcement came from the studio.
2019’s Shazam! will arguably be the first time that the DCEU will really test its franchise power by releasing a film featuring a headlining character that is far less recognizable with general audiences in comparison to fan-favorites such as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, the Flash, and the Joker. As Justice League failed to meet critical and financial expectations, however, it seems like DC has acknowledged that character recognition can’t stand on its own. Shazam! is an opportunity for the DCEU to move forward.
10 HELLBOY: RISE OF THE BLOOD QUEEN
Hellboy is coming back to the big screen after more than ten years.
2004’s Hellboy and 2008’s Hellboy II: The Golden Army – both written and directed by Guillermo del Toro – were received with a substantial following that unfortunately did not translate into the mainstream attention blockbusters usually receive.
In 2019, director Neil Marshall (known for his television work in Game of Thrones, Westworld, and Hannibal) will helm a reboot for the hero with Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen, starring Stranger Things’ David Harbour as the title character.
This new film based on Hellboy was originally intended to be a threequel to 2008’s The Golden Army, but Guillermo Del Toro refused to come back as a producer, which prompted studios to treat the project as a reboot instead. It is expected that the film will be R-rated, following the footsteps of Deadpool and Logan, both of which were incredibly successful despite their child-unfriendly ratings.
The world of non-comic book superpowered cinematic characters will also have its own place in 2019. Glass will be the third (and most likely last) installment of the M. Night Shyamalan trilogy that began with 2000’s Unbreakable and moved forward with 2017’s Split. Reprising his role as Mr. Glass will be Samuel L. Jackson, alongside Bruce Willis as David Dunn, Anya Taylor-Joy as Casey Cooke, and James McAvoy as The Horde.
Little was known about the connection between Unbreakable and Split before the latter was released in the theaters in 2017. By the end of that movie, however, Bruce Willis’ David Dunn is spotted, and the continuity was made clear, prompting M. Night Shyamalan to announce that a threequel, Glass, would come in 2019 to finish off this decades-spanning thriller trilogy.
Starring Channing Tatum as the title character, Gambit is perhaps the superhero film scheduled for 2019 that has seen the least amount of progress so far, and whose certainty has been consistently questioned by fans and Hollywood insiders.
Gambit is set to be directed by Gore Verbinski, who served as director in the first three Pirates of the Caribbean films, Rango, and The Lone Ranger. After the success of Deadpool and Logan, it was rumored that Gambit would also receive an R-rating, but studios never confirmed such reports.
As this is an X-Men spinoff that was being developed at Fox, this project will now have to face producers over at Disney, which bought Fox, and will have to decide whether a standalone Gambit movie is a good fit for the company’s overall Marvel Cinematic Universe.
7 SUICIDE SQUAD 2
The DCEU releases have been divisive to say the least, and while 2016’s Suicide Squad went on to make a very healthy amount of money and even win an Oscar for Best Makeup, the film is still oft remembered as a critical and commercial failure. With all of that in mind, a sequel is still scheduled for 2019, with Gavin O’Connor serving as writer and director, reportedly featuring Jared Leto reprising his role as The Joker, and Margot Robbie reprising her role as Harley Quinn. Suicide Squad 2 has been rumored to possibly also featuring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as Black Adam.
While many assumed that the sequel had possibly been canceled, recent reports have come out reassuring fans that 2018 filming dates are set, and a 2019 release date is confirmed.
6 STAR WARS EPISODE IX
The Star Wars original trilogy treated the Jedi and the Force as religious endeavors. The prequel trilogy went on to provide more scientific and political undertones to those elements. The new trilogy, however, which started out in 2015’s The Force Awakens and moved forward with 2017’s The Last Jedi, seems to have decided that the use of the Force can literally come from anywhere and its users can be incredibly powerful without any training whatsoever.
It’s no secret that the Star Wars franchise has started to feel like a superhero franchise through and through, despite the fact that it hasn’t been treated as such throughout its history. In 2019, the epic conclusion to the saga’s current trilogy will come as the yet untitled Episode IX – directed by The Force Awakens’ J.J. Abrams – will be released.
5 TRANSFORMERS 6
The sixth Transformers installment is scheduled to be released in 2019, following the 2018 prequel Bumblebee (set before the franchise’s first movie) and the 2017 sequel Transformers: The Last Knight.
Little is known in regards to this sixth installment, but one can expect these robotic alien superheroes to face yet another world-shattering threat that will put humanity itself at risk. Mark Wahlberg, who was the franchise’s human protagonist in both Age of Extinction and The Last Knight, is still not confirmed to return. Michael Bay is undoubtedly returning as an executive producer in Transformers 6, but is not expected to direct it. Art Marcum, Matt Holloway, and Ken Nolan, the trio of writers responsible for Transformers: The Last Knight, were announced to return to their writing duties in the sixth installment.
4 CHAOS WALKING
A new franchise based on a successful series of young adult sci-fi novels is hitting the theaters in 2019: Chaos Walking.
The story is set in a dystopian world where all men have something called Noise, which essentially means that everyone can hear each other’s thoughts. The women happen to be immune to it and are, therefore, segregated (in some towns) from the men.
Chaos Walking follows Todd Hewitt and Viola Eade, who in the movies will be played respectively by Tom Holland (from Spider-Man: Homecoming) and Daisy Ridley (from Star Wars). The two actors have other movies also coming out in 2019, so it’ll be a busy year for both of them.
2019’s Chaos Walking will be based on the series’ first novel: The Knife of Never Letting Go. The franchise is expected to be a trilogy.
3 COWBOY NINJA VIKING
It’s a cowboy! It’s a ninja! It’s a Viking! It’s all three!
Cowboy Ninja Viking is a series of comic books released by Image Comics in 2009. The story follows people that are known as Triplets – due to having three different personalities – and its protagonist, Duncan, is split between being a cowboy, a ninja, and a Viking.
Disney had originally secured the rights to adapt this comic book series into a film in 2010. In 2012, however, Universal acquired the rights, and Chris Pratt was announced as the male lead in 2014, following the success of Guardians of the Galaxy.
As it stands, Cowboy Ninja Viking is still scheduled for a 2019 release. Further announcements in regards to who will direct it and star alongside Chris Pratt are expected to come anytime soon.
2 JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3
John Wick: Chapter 2 grossed more than two times the money John Wick made, so of course Chapter 3 was going to be green-lit.
The John Wick franchise has been received well by critics, made enough money, and, in a way, reenergized Keanu Reeves’ career as an action star, which hadn’t been in the best shape since The Matrix films ended in 2003.
Director Chad Stahelski and writer Derek Kolstad, who were responsible for the first two John Wick films, are expected to return for the third installment. John Wick: Chapter 3 is set for a May of 2019 release, which means that it will compete at the box office with films like Avengers 4, Detective Pikachu, and the Aladdin live-action adaptation – all of which will be released that same month.
1 CHARLIE’S ANGELS
The world’s most beloved and recognizable trio of female spies will be back in 2019. The last two films, 2000’s Charlie’s Angels and 2003’s Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, were commercial hits that ended up never getting to the coveted threequel installment. In 2019, a Charlie’s Angels reboot will take place, with Elizabeth Banks at the helm as a director.
The team of spies hasn’t been announced yet, but there have been rumors swirling around that include Lupita Nyong’o and Kristen Stewart. None of the three previous Angels – Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, and Lucy Liu – are expected to return in any capacity.
The writers currently signed for the 2019 Charlie’s Angels reboot are David Auburn, who wrote The Lake House, and Carlo Bernard, who was one of the creators of Netflix’s Narcos and also wrote 2016’s The Great Wall.
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