Upcoming Marvel Movies – 2016 & Beyond19.02.16 # Marvel # 8 Comments
Marvel’s got plans for the next few years. Big movie plans. In 2016 we’ll see Phase Three continue with the likes of ‘Doctor Strange’ and ‘Civil War’ as they build towards the enormous ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ in 2018 and 2019. But what else are they up to?
There’s plenty to come from Marvel Studios, and let’s not forget their properties at Fox and Sony too. So here are all the upcoming Marvel movies of 2016 and beyond (we’ll round-up TV and animated movies at the end too).
– 2016 –
CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (May 6th, 2016) (US Dates)
It’s Captain America vs Iron Man and hero vs hero in a dispute that splits the Marvel universe in two. The conflict in the comics centered around the authorities, backed by Stark, forcing heroes to register and reveal their true identities after a disastrous incident causes civilian death. Cap disagrees on moral grounds, backs freedom, and two warring sides are formed. But since Marvel’s movie characters don’t have secret identities, the dispute here will center mainly on governments of the world wanting to regulate the heroes and virtually control them after such an event. Cap’s side is depicted in the image above and they’re up against Stark, War Machine, Vision, Black Widow and the newly introduced Black Panther. The new Spider-Man will be unveiled too, caught in the middle of it all. Daniel Brühl’s Baron Zemo is the main villain, with Frank Grillo’s Crossbones as a secondary. William Hurt returns as General “Thunderbolt” Ross, now U.S. Secretary of State. Martin Freeman has an as yet unspecified role, working for the government to limit superheroes. The directors of ‘Winter Soldier’ remain in charge, which’ll bring a more serious tone than ‘Age of Ultron’s quippery.
X-MEN: APOCALYPSE (May 27th, 2017)
Since the dawn of civilisation, Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac) was worshipped as a god. The first and most powerful mutant from Marvel’s X-Men universe amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) with the help of Professor X (James McAvoy) must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction… Bryan Singer stays on in the director’s chair for this follow-up to ‘Days of Future Past’. The story is set in the 1980s and focuses primarily on returning cast members from ‘X-Men: First Class’ (the romance between Fassbender’s Magneto and Lawrence’s Mystique will be “front and center”). McAvoy’s Professor X finally loses his hair, while Jackman’s Wolverine and Stewart’s Professor X have limited roles. Fan-favourite Quicksilver returns from ‘Future Past’, and Rose Byrne is back from ‘First Class’ as Moira MacTaggert the CIA agent who has been tracking Apocalypse. Olivia Munn joins as Psylocke, one of Apocalypse’s horsemen. Rebooted characters include (potentially) Channing Tatum’s Gambit, and young versions of: Storm (Alexandra Shipp, pictured above), Jean Grey (Sophie Turner, ‘Game of Thrones’) Cyclops (Tye Sheridan, ‘Mud’) and Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee, ‘Let Me In’).
DOCTOR STRANGE (November 4th, 2017)
A car accident ends the career of brilliant but arrogant neurosurgeon Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch). Seeking alternate ways to heal his destroyed hands, he journeys to a mystical Eastern sanctuary which leads him to an Order holding the keys to another dimension. A sorcerer known as the Ancient One (a “genderless” Tilda Swinton) teaches him her mystic art and trains him to be protector of Earth against magical and mystical threats… Chiwetel Ejiofor plays ex-student turned dangerous mystic Baron Mordo, and Mads Mikkelsen is another villain, possibly Dormammu, who has formed a breakaway sect. Rachel McAdams is a fellow surgeon of Strange’s, a lynchpin to his old life. The movie will be a full introduction to the supernatural/magic side of the Marvel universe, but involve scientific elements as well, such as quantum mechanics and string theory. And it’ll open up parallel dimensions for the first time. Producer Kevin Feige says the movie will still “only touch upon what a lot of his powers are,” which include casting spells with “tongue-twisty fun names”, creating mandalas of light for shields and weapons, and creating portals for quick travel around the world. Strange is also aided by a Cloak of Levitation for flight, and the Eye of Agamotto, a relic with the ability to manipulate time and probabilities. Horror veteran Scott Derrickson, responsible for ‘Sinister’ and ‘Deliver Us from Evil’, directs.
– 2017 –
UNTITLED WOLVERINE SEQUEL (March 3rd, 2017)
Hugh Jackman picks up the claws as Wolverine for the 8th time (!). Official plot details have yet to be disclosed, but Patrick Stewart says he will be “making more than an appearance”, and has hinted the story could see Logan and Professor Xavier teaming up. The director of previous entry ‘The Wolverine’ is staying in the director’s chair, while the screenwriter of the poorly-adapted ‘Green Lantern’ is penning the screenplay. Jackman has confirmed this will be the last time he plays Logan/Wolverine, and threw it open to fans what they wanted to see, so expect significant fan service. He said he was pleased to hear the many requests for Sabretooth to return (most recently played by Liev Scheiber) and he hinted that the story might be taking its cues from Mark Millar’s popular ‘Old Man Logan’ graphic novel, though a faithful adaptation presents significant rights issue problems. That storyline saw Wolverine as a grey haired pacifist, raising his family on a Californian farm 50 years after the Marvel villains comprehensively defeated the heroes and divided the U.S. into supervillain territories. Accepting a mission with an old colleague for money, he had to contend with a hulk gang, ghost rider gang and ultimately overthrow President Red Skull. It was a post apocalyptic world, littered with the remains of Marvel’s bravest, and carried the mystery of why Logan wouldn’t pop his claws. Regardless of whether that is the basis for the plot, for the first time in the series ‘Wolverine 3’ has an “anticipated” rating of R for theatrical release. ‘The Wolverine’ had an unrated cut on Blu-ray that provided fans with the most explicit mutant film up to that point, but the huge box office for the R-rated ‘Deadpool’ looks to have changed the calculation for the theatrical cut. Jackman has promised to present “berserker rage” in its truest form yet…
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 (May 5th, 2017)
Includes a deeper exploration of Peter Quill’s origins and the re-emergence of Thanos. Returning director James Gunn says it’ll reveal who Quill’s father is, but that won’t be J’son of Spartax as in the comics. Yondu, Drax and Nebula will be examined further, as well as expanding on Xandarian, Kree, Krylorian and the Ravager culture. It won’t be based on any particular graphic novel but the team will feature at least one more Guardian from the comics. Pom Klementieff (‘Oldboy’) as Mantis is a definite. Mantis was a Kree prisoner who ended up in a counselling role for the group, given her mind powers. Matthew McConaughey was offered the villain role but turned it down, whoever accepted is yet to be revealed. Kurt Russell is on board in a spoiler-y role. As you can see from the photo above, Groot still has a lot of growing to do.
UNTITLED SPIDER-MAN REBOOT (July 7th, 2017)
The third Spider-Man franchise reboot in 15 years. After ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ underperformed, Sony buckled to fan discontent and agreed to work in co-production with Marvel Studios. Kevin Feige will co-produce, while Sony still finances and distributes. Other Marvel characters will now enter Spidey’s cinematic universe, and he will appear in future Marvel films, starting with his debut in ‘Civil War’. The new Parker will be played by virtually-unknown baby-faced 20 year old Tom Holland from ‘In the Heart of the Sea’ and TV’s ‘Wolf Hall’. Parker is now 15 years old and this will be a coming-of-age movie set firmly in high school, going deeper into that setting than previous outings. Marisa Tomei is the new Aunt May. The director made the well-crafted thriller ‘Cop Car’, where he demonstrated an ability to get naturalistic performances from young actors. The screenwriters brought us ‘Vacation’ and ‘Horrible Bosses’, which suggests wise-cracking Spidey will be in full force.