Superhero movies are king of the entertainment industry right now, set new box office standards for blockbuster movie success, as well as multi-platform shared universe structuring that has redefined the structure and approach to franchising.
Some critics may argue that there's actually and oversaturation of superhero movies right now; with more than two dozen films in the genre headed our way between now and 2020, those critics aren't necessarily wrong.
Of course, fans are super hyped for a lot of the superhero movies we will get in theaters. Here's a breakdown of Every Major Superhero Movie Being Released Until 2020.
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Relase Date: March 3, 2017
Logan is the third and final Wolverine film for franchise star Hugh Jackman, and director James Mangold (The Wolverine) put together a first trailer that has captured the attention of the pop-culture zeitgeist.
With fan-favorite characters like X-23 being introduced, Logan could potentially be both a great finish for one era of X-Men movies, and the beginning of a new one.
Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2
Release Date: May 5, 2017
Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2, is the much-anticipated sequel to one of Marvel's most beloved (and unique) films. With new high-profile cast members like Kurt Russell and Sylvester Stallone on board - and a story teasing lots of mystery - fans are chomping at the bit to get another GotG2 trailer.
Release Date: June 2, 2017
Wonder Woman is a big keystone for DC Films and Warner Bros. It's the first major female superhero movie from either DC or Marvel, and the supposed turnaround point for the drab and dour DC Extended Universe. First trailers have looked good, so hopefully director Patty Jenkins (Monster) and star Gal Gadot make it a breakout hit.
Release Date: July 7, 2017
Spider-Man: Homecoming will finally bring Spider-Man home to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, where many fans always felt he belonged in the first place. Captain America: Civil War star Tom Holland is the new Peter Parker/Spider-Man, and he will battle villains that include Michael Keaton's Vulture.
Marvel fans have all the reason in the world to be excited that the publisher's flagship character is joining the shared universe party.
Release Date: November 3, 2017
Thor: Ragnarok is the third film in Chris Hemsworth's Thor solo film franchise, and will see the Asgardian warrior teaming up with Mark Ruffalo's Hulk to escape a cosmic gladiator ring to save Asgard from Hela (Cate Blanchett), ruler of the realms of the dead.
There's a lot of rumor that Ragnarok will be a major turning point for the MCU lead-in to Avengers: Infinity War, making fans all the more excited to see it.
Release Date: November 17, 2017
Justice League is the big team-up event that could arguably make or break the DC Extended Universe. So far, a teaser trailer for the film has convinced fans that past DC Film criticisms (like a lack of humor) could be fixed. With a cast of iconic characters (Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman, Deathstroke) and big stars like Ben Affleck playing the roles, the world is going to be watching this one. Hopefully they also enjoy it.
Release Date: Feburary 18, 2018
Marvel's Black Panther will be the first major superhero blockbuster movie led by a black superhero, with an all-star lineup of (mostly) black actors rounding out the cast.
Captain America: Civil War star Chadwick Boseman will return as T'Challa/Black Panther, in a story that sees him dealing with threats to his native homeland, Wakanda, and trying to gain a foothold in the larger world outside of it. With Creed director Ryan Coogler at the helm, there's reason to be excited that another unique Marvel movie experience is on the way.
Release Date: March 2, 2018 (*Likely to Change)
Deadpool was a huge breakout success for Marvel and Fox's X-Men movie universe. Fans were excited to see Ryan Reynolds and director Tim Miller reunite for another violent and sardonic adventure with Marvel's Merc With a Mouth; however, Miller dropped out of the film, being replaced by John Wick director David Reitch.
Those shakeups have thrown everything about Deadpool 2 (including the inclusion of Cable and Domino) into question. That includes the proposed release date.
Release Date: March 16, 2018 (*Likely to Change)
There is now a big question mark hanging over The Flash movie after Dope director Rick Famuyiwa dropped out of the project. Ezra Miller will star as Barry Allen / The Flash - but beyond that, we know little about the project, or if it will even stay the same under new creative direction.
Avengers: Infinity War
Release Date: May 4, 2018
Thanos is coming to get his completed Infinity Gauntlet, and no Marvel Cinematic Universe movie character is safe in the war to come.
Simply put: Avengers: Infinity War is THE big event that MCU fans have been waiting for.
Ant-Man and the Wasp
Relase Date: July 6, 2018
Ant-Man was one of Marvel's riskier solo film launches, but the studio managed to squeeze half a billion dollars worldwide in box office returns.
With franchise star Evangeline Lily set to suit up as Wasp in the sequel, fans are more optimistic about Ant-Man and the Wasp than they were about the first film.
Release Date: October 5, 2018
Aquman may have been the butt of many superhero jokes before now, but director James Wan and Jason Mamoa are planning to follow up Justice League by making the Aquaman solo movie an adventure on land and sea that establishes the King of Atlantis as a major franchise film star.
X-Men: The New Mutants
Release Date: 2018 (Rumored)
New Mutants is a younger team of X-Men that has seen many incarnations over the years. The Film has a supposed lineup of characters that includes Cannonball, Sunspot, Magik, Mirage, Warlock, and Wolfsbane. Fault in Our Stars director Josh Boone has been rumored to direct, but nothing is official yet.
Release Date: March 8, 2019
Marvel's first big female superhero film is Captain Marvel, with up and coming starlet Brie Larson playing Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel. The character has become a focal point of Marvel Comics (see: Civil War II), and is expected to be a big player in the MCU as well.
The search for the film's director is still underway.
Release Date: April 5, 2019
Shazam is a character many outside the DC Comics fanbase probably don't understand that well - hence why DC has tried to streamline and re-introduce the character to modern audiences.
Still, the story of a scrappy young boy (Billy Batson) who can transform into a magical Superman could be a superhero movie gold mine that appeals to all ages.
Release Date: May 3, 2019
Avengers: Ininifty War used to be a two-part grand epic movie, but Marvel has since changed the PR sell, stating that Infinity War and Avengers 4 will be two separate movies.
The level of crossover and contination between Avengers 3 and 4 remains to be seen, but fans are just as excited for the possibility of a bold new MCU in Avengers 4 as they are about the big battle to come in Infinity War.
Justice League 2
Release Date: June 14, 2019
Like Avengers, Justice League was supposed be a big film event delivered in two parts, but DC Films and Warner Bros. have since decided that Justice League 2 will be its own standalone film.
No indication what the second film will be about, but fans speculate that after Steppenwolf in the first film, Darkseid could finally arrive to conquer earth, giving the Justice League its greatest threat to face.
Release Date: November 1, 2019 (*Rumored)
The Batman will be Ben Afflecks' big solo Batman movie reboot, featuring Joe Manganiello's Deathstroke and possibly other DCEU characters like Deadshot (Will Smith) and The Joker (Jared Leto). Rumors about the script (written by Affleck) include possible adaptations of storylines like "Under the Red Hood".
DC Films still has an unassigned release date for Nov. 1, 2019 - and word is The Batman could be fast-tracked to meet that release date.
Release Date: April 3, 2020
Cyborg will be the solo film debut of the Justice League's half-man, half-machine hero, Victor Stone. No details have been revealed yet, but a mix of superhero blockbuster and sci-fi thriller is what fans expect.
No director has been chosen yet.
Green Lantern Corps
Release Date: July 26, 2020
Green Lantern Corps will reboot the Green Lantern franchise, this time using multiple Green Lanterns from earth (and beyond) for a sort of intergalactic buddy cop film.
Exact character and casting details have yet to be revealed.
The following superhero movies are currently in development, but lack firm release dates, casting, or writer and/or director selections.
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- New Mutants
- X-Men: Dark Phoenix Saga
- Man of Steel 2
- Dark Universe
- Suicide Squad 2
- Harley Quinn / Birds of Prey
- Booster Gold