The Next 6 Years of Comic Book Movies In One Infographic
After the big DC Comics movie announcement from last week, and the countless other announcements and rumors from the likes of Fox, Sony and Marvel, the comic book movie landscape is starting to become a little less foggy. From Aquaman to Wonder Woman, we now know that a host of DC Comics characters will be coming to the big screen. Add that to continued plans for world domination by Marvel, as well as expansions to the X-Men and Spider-Man universes by Fox and Sony respectively, and it's safe to say comic book movies are going to be a big, big factor in your life over the next 6 years. Addressing this fact with aplomb, the folks over at Comics Alliance have put together this natty inforgraphic to help you get to grips with what movies are coming out when.
With only 3 comic book movies to its name, 2015 could be considered the quiet before the storm, but with when one of those movies is Avengers: Age of Ultron, next year is going to be anything but. 2015 will also be Marvel's next acid test. Just as everyone debated the appeal of Guardians of the Galaxy, box-office commentators will be watching closely to see if Marvel can pull off a result with Paul Rudd's Ant-Man. Next year will also be a huge one as far as Fox is concerned. If they can get Fantastic Four right, it could open up a whole world of opportunities for expansion. Get it wrong, and it's time to get back to focusing on their X-Men properties.
2016 is when comic book movies really move up a gear. All in, 7 movies will be released in 2016, but in truth, that doesn't do the year justice because 5 of these movies could be considered multi-character offerings. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will lay the foundations for DC's entire cinematic universe, introducing the likes of Wonder Woman and Aquaman, while Captain America 3 could be teeing up a whole new era of Marvel movies if it, as expected, charts Marvel's Civil War arc. Additionally, Sinister Six, X-Men: Apocalypse and Suicide Squad will all feature multiple comic book characters, meaning there is going to be a lot for comic book fans to debate in two years time.
Entering 2017 now, and all of a sudden a few question marks start popping up, almost all of which revolve around Marvel's operations. It's likely that at least one of these 'Unknown Marvel Movies' will be Thor 3, but really, it's anybody's guess how Marvel will start filling these slots. We're hoping that at least one of these will see a female in the lead role, because out of all of these movie slots, only 2 have been confirmed as having a female lead and they both fall in 2017. Those 2 female leads come in the form of Wonder Woman and Sony's mystery Spider-Man spin-off. Could 2017 be the year Black Widow or Captain Marvel make their solo big-screen bows or could Female Thor make an appearance to help Marvel make a mark on comic book diversity?
It's also worth pointing out, much of the later landscape is reliant on the performance of the movies before them. Should Dawn of Justice do the inconceivable and fail, how likely is it that some of these later DC Comics titles actually come to fruition? The same really goes for what Marvel is doing. Sure, they seem invincible right now, but what happens if Ant-Man and Doctor Strange perform worse than expected? You get the feeling that Hollywood commentators are just waiting for this comic book bubble to burst, and they'll likely seize the earliest opportunity possible with which to cry doom. Hopefully, though, such a thing will not happen because quite frankly, I'm looking at this list and salivating at the prospect of at least 6 more years of comic book domination at the box-office.