We live in the age of “peak comic book movies.” A time almost unimaginable even a few years ago, when there were just two or three comic book movies out each year. Now, thanks to the box office successes of Marvel and DC, we’ve got a constant stream of comic book blockbusters to appreciate. There’s so much happening it can be hard to keep up with what’s coming. So, here are 7 upcoming comic book movies and all the reasons you can’t miss them.
On May 5, the interstellar a-holes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are back in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. The original crew returns with a few new surprises -- Yondu and Nebula are now allies -- and they join the team on a cosmic adventure that uncovers the secrets of Peter’s true parentage.
From director Patty Jenkins comes the next installment in the DC Extended Universe, Wonder Woman. Gal Gadot reprises her role as Diana, princess of the Amazons, in her first solo movie. Set during WWI, the story has Diana’s life changed forever when Steve Trevor, an American pilot, crashes on her island home. Wonder Woman hits theaters on June 2.
Get hype because Spider-Man’s MCU solo joint is finally happening. In theaters July 6, Spider-Man: Homecoming follows Peter Parker as he tries to live the normal life of a high school student while moonlighting as a superpowered crime fighter. Which, if you've seen the trailers, you know it doesn’t work out all that well. Things go sideways, and Tony Stark shows up to put Peter in check. Then he’s caught up in a face-off against Michael Keaton’s Vulture -- he’s awesome. So, this is all about Peter proving himself as a hero.
Here’s one you might not be super familiar with: Visionary director Luc Besson -- the guy who did The Fifth Element -- has the new space epic Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets out July 21. Valerian, starring Dane Dehaan and Cara Delevingne, is an adaptation of a groundbreaking French science fiction comic. The effects in this movie are mind-blowing but don’t forget about the story that centers on two space agents who travel to a space metropolis to confront a space villain to save the universe.
Thor: Ragnarok, dropping November 3, looks to be a game changer for Marvel’s Thor series, with filmmaker Taika Waititi bringing a fresh visual style, and Chris Hemsworth’s got a new haircut. But wait there’s more: This movie pairs Thor with Hulk, but not in a way you might expect. Thor must defeat the Hulk in a gladiator duel in time to save Asgard from Hela (played by Cate Blanchett) and the coming Ragnarok, which is basically Asgardian doomsday. This one’s going to be IN. SANE.
Justice League is coming! The DCEU’s long-awaited team-up movie is coming November 17. Director Zack Snyder is making the movie, but don’t freak out if you didn’t like Batman v Superman, which was kind of a downer because Justice League looks like a ton of fun. Batman and Wonder Woman assemble a team that includes Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash to save the planet from certain doom -- not Doomsday, but Steppenwolf. That’s not the Canadian-American rock band, but a DC Comics villain you should google.
Matthew Vaughn is making another Kingsman movie, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, once again based on the spy comic books “The Secret Service” by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons. Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, and Mark Strong are back, but this time we’re getting even more star power with Halle Berry, Julianne Moore, Channing Tatum, Jeff Bridges and more -- so, it looks like Elton John is in the movie, which if you weren’t already planning to see it, I feel like that should seal the deal for you. Kingsman: The Golden Circle arrives in time for the holidays on December 13.
That will get you through the end of 2017, but hold on to your capes because in 2018 it’s gonna get even crazier on the comic book movie scene: Deadpool 2, Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, maybe New Mutants, definitely Ant-Man and the Wasp, maybe a Venom movie, AND Aquaman. Did I mention Aquaman? And FARTHER OUT: Captain Marvel, maybe X-Force, Shazam!, another Avengers movie, possibly The Batman, probably another Spider-Man movie, The Flash, Cyborg, potentially Batgirl, and that’s not even all of them, but we’ve gotta end this video sometime, so YEAH... There’s really never been a better time to be a comic book movie fan.