Marvel and DC fans alike, have started bracing themselves for an explosion of comic book adaptations expected to hit the big-screen over the next six years. Along with Sony and Fox, these studios have been snatching-up potential release weekends from 2015 to 2020, with a peak of nine comic book adaptations hitting theatres in 2017 alone. And according to the latest reports, there’s still room to introduce more, as the studios continue to announce releases throughout the year.
So far, three major comic book adaptations are expected in 2015. The hotly-anticipated ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ releases May 1st, and features a star-studded cast including Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans, who all have blockbuster franchises of their own. Sony’s ‘Fantastic Four’ reboot is set for a June 19th release date, for which the cast includes Kate Mara, Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan. And on July 17th, Marvel will release ‘Ant-Man’ starring Paul Rudd and veteran talent Michael Douglas.
DC had originally planned on releasing its highly-awaited ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ film on May 6th 2016, but after Marvel decided to use that same date to release the third installment in the Captain America franchise, DC moved its release date to March 25th.
Other films expected out in 2016 include ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ on May 27th, an unnamed Marvel film (rumored to be Dr. Strange) on July 8th, an unnamed DC film on August 5th, and Sony’s Spider-Man spin-off ‘Sinister Six’ on November 11th.
In 2017, both Marvel and DC have two unnamed films, and a total of nine release dates have been booked by them, Sony and Fox for that year. A sequel to ‘The Wolverine’ will be released on March 3rd, continuing Wolverine’s journey before joining the X-men. The follow-up to this summer’s blockbuster ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ will hit theatres on July 28th, as well as a sequel to ‘The Fantastic Four’. A movie about the villain Venom Carnage from the Spider-Man comics is rumored to come out in 2017 too, as well as a female-centered Spider-Man spinoff.
‘The Amazing Spider-Man 3’ has been pushed back to 2018, to allow space for spinoffs from the franchise, and Sony has not yet announced an exact date of release. From 2018-2020 Marvel has scheduled four movie release dates, but names or details surrounding those films have not yet been revealed. DC has grabbed six dates within those three years, with an average of two films coming out annually.
There is no doubt comic-book adaptations have started to dominate the Hollywood calendar, bringing in millions of dollars annually, and continuously expanding their respective universes.