The Marvel superheroes, and what is happening to them next.

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The superhero revolution is taking over. Here is a guide to the future of Marvel.

It’s now safe to say that superhero movies have completely taken over the big-screens, with another 8 Marvel films planned before we reach 2020 (and more being added all the time). And let’s not forget the several others from DCU. That’s officially a lot of superhero movies. I feel exhausted just talking about it!

Doctor Strange

Dr Strange
Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange. Source: Marvel Comics.

This November the world of magic will once again be explored on the big-screen. No, not Harry Potter (sorry HP fans), but hopefully just as good: ‘Doctor Strange’. With new technology, CGI and visual effects, it can be expected that this one really goes for glory with amazing attention to detail and insanely cool special effects.

As visually stimulating as the effects will be, the cast’s chiseled cheekbones are equal reason for excitement. Benedict Cumberbatch is portraying Dr. Steven Strange, Chiwetel Ejiofor is super-villain Baron Mordo, Tilda Swinton plays The Ancient One, Rachel McAdams is Christine Palmer, and late inclusion to the cast Mads Mikkelsen will play another super-villain, Kaecilius. Mikkelsen is no rookie to playing the evil role, with his deliciously devilish part in ‘Hannibal’, as well as bad guy Le Chiffre in James Bond’s ‘Casino Royale”.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2

The second Guardians of the Galaxy will be released in 2017. Source: Marvel Comics.

Unlike the first Guardians of the Galaxy, I will not be underestimating the success of its sequel. Blasting its way onto the big-screen in 2017, Marvel looks to deliver the same rocket-fuelled action and comedy that helped launch Guardians of the Galaxy into such a big hit.

For those of you who want a small insight into the storyline, returning director James Gunn has confirmed that a large part of Vol. 2 will be focused on Peter Quill’s (Chris Pratt) relationship with his absent father. Gunn said in an interview with IGN, “It’s not about the revelation of who it is; it’s about what his relationship is to the character.” I wouldn’t be surprised if we see his father has a different identity all together, differing from the original comics. But I suppose the wait to find out is almost over, as all will be confirmed in less than a year.

Spider-Man: Homecoming

Superhero fans eagerly await the return of Spiderman. Source: Marvel Comics.

Plead no more Marvel fans, it is here! After his introduction in the recent Captain America movie, the web shooting, spandex wearing dude is back with his own solo film, set to reach you in July 2017 (that’s only one year away!!!).

Young gun Tom Holland will step into the same red and blue suit as his predecessors Toby Maguire and Andrew Garfield to take the teenage role of Peter Parker. The probability is that this will depict Spider-Man from the very beginning, when Parker is just discovering his powers and making it through high school. Producer Kevin Feige has come out to describe the new Spidey as a more ‘John Hughes’ character, which loosely translates to a coming of age teenager who is immersed in puberty and social problems.

Feige went as far to call it “a soap opera in high school”, which my interpretation understands that it will be more like the first Spider-Man film with Toby Maguire. On top of this, he threw in the expectation that there will be a new villain that we have not yet seen on screen before, but without ruling out the fact that we may still see classic villains like the Green Goblin make an appearance in future episodes.

Thor: Ragnarok

Thor is returning for a third and most likely final appearance. Source: Marvel Comics.

This third and presumably final film in the ‘Thorilogy’ has to be one of the more recent superhero films I am most excited for, with respect to the epic cast and crew choices!

Yes, it is now confirmed that Mark Ruffalo will reprise his role as Bruce Banner, or as others know him, The Hulk, in which promises to be one of the most epic tales of Marvel history. The title ‘Ragnarok’ refers to the comics’ storyline in which Thor allows for the destruction and rebirth of Asgard, leading to his own absence (not forever though).

Furthermore, Thor’s new apocalyptic visions induced from ‘Age of Ultron’ and the Hulk’s major presence points to the inclusion of the infamous ‘Planet Hulk’ storyline! WOOOOAA!!

Black Panther

Black Panther. Source: Marvel Comics.

Progress on the Black Panther film has been swift in the making. In February 2018 we will see MCU’s first black character featuring in a title role. Chadwick Boseman has already made his debut appearance as T’Challa in the recent Captain America.

Andy Serkis (Yes, that is Gollum!) is set to play villain Ulysses Klaw, as well as supporting roles from two of my favorites, Lupita Nyong’o and Michael B. Jordan. But still, as the movie is only set for release in another couple of years, a lot can definitely happen in that time, much of which could be very very exciting. And we can be certain that Marvel will be going out with a bang on the promotional campaign for this one.

Ant-Man and The Wasp

Ant-Man. Source: Marvel Comics.

After the first Ant-Man solo film did a lot better than many of us expected (a lot better), it was a safe assumption that a sequel was well underway. What we didn’t know and were surprised to discover was that Hope Van Dayne’s (Evangeline Lilly) superhero alter ego would be upgraded to equal status in the film’s title.

Gifted with The Wasp suit revealed in the first film, we wonder how involved Hope will be in terms of teaming up with protégé Scott Lang (Paul Rudd). There is also growing curiosity about her true fight power, which we can’t imagine to be minuscule.

Avengers: Infinity War

The next stage of the Avengers epic will be released in two parts. Source: Marvel Comics.

Everything Marvel has been working on for the past several years has been building up to this moment! Due to be released in two parts in 2018 and 2019, I can pretty much guarantee you that almost the entire MCU will come together to take on Thanos, who was shown finally stepping out the shadows in Avengers: Age of Ultron’’s post credits scene, equipped with the Infinity Gauntlet and ready to take the universe by storm.

Moving from a cameo role, Thanos will become a formidable presence, especially considering the ultimate power he possesses when armed with the Gauntlet. As for The Avengers themselves, it is likely that even more changes to the team are to be made, especially with the release of Doctor Strange and Captain Marvel arriving before either of the Infinity War films.

If you thought that Captain America was a little crowded, just wait, cause you’ve seen nothing yet!

Captain Marvel

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Captain Marvel will feature a female protagonist. Source: Marvel Comics.

It’s taken some time Marvel. But it’s finally here! Marvel Studio’s first ever film with a female-only lead. The first of its kind will be released on March 8th 2019. As everyone knows, superhero movies don’t have an amazing rep with how they treat female characters, so considering that, there is a lot riding on capturing Captain Marvel perfectly.

Don’t get me wrong here – it’s not that Marvel hate woman. It’s more like an awkward relationship between a ninth grader out of his depth trying to ask the head cheerleader out on a date.  Marvel just don’t really know what to say or how to act around women. On that same note, there is a level of hesitation by directors to step forward.

No one is willing to step up to the plate, as there is more to lose if this movie fails compared to other superhero films. Although the good news is that there are already two female writers on board. Mag LeFauve and Nicole Perlman have taken the first steps by teaming up to write the screenplay, and while both have worked on highly successful films (namely ‘Inside Out’ and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’), it shows great promise for a successful film.






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