Superhero movies have long been the bread and butter of the summer blockbuster scene, and comic book creator Marvel has, for over a decade, been at the forefront of turning comic-loving fans’ favourite graphic novels in to live action reality.
This year we’ve seen a number of big-ticket releases from the creative powerhouse. Avengers: Age of Ultron was released earlier in the year to positive reviews, with all of the eye-popping visuals one would expect from an Avengers flick. That was followed by Ant-Man, released on July 17th, a new film series based upon the shrinking titular character. Ant-Man did well, especially in the eyes of families and kids as Paul Rudd and a strong cast made this an inherently fun watch. Finally, Fantastic Four was released on the 7th of August, however due to a tedious re-imagining of the story, plus fight-heavy scenes and not much in the way of plot, the film currently holds a terrible 9% rating on Rotten Tomatoes!
Fantastic Four hasn’t dampened fan spirits though. Marvel fever is reaching extreme heights as merchandise is snapped up and all manner of spin-off products are released. Even the online gaming scene has understood the series’ popularity. Online casino reviewer Red8’s has released multiple offers from casino’s that host Marvel themed slot games that older fans of the Marvel universe can enjoy via their smartphones and tablets, enjoying the same risks that their favorite heroes take, and the Marvel fever shows no signs of stopping. But what’s in store for the next round of Marvel flicks?
The answer is lots and lots and – you guessed it – lots of new titles! Marvel hasn’t been particularly tight-lipped on its new releases. In 2016 there will be Deadpool, Captain America: Civil War, X-Men: Apocalypse, Gambit and Doctor Strange released; whilst there’s a few old faces here, 2016 will be very exciting with all manner of old IPs being transformed by the touch of live action.
In 2017 there are set to be more films, albeit with more of a focus on sequels than during 2016. An untitled Wolverine film, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, an untitled Fantastic Four sequel (although given the success of the recent release it’s hard to see this going ahead), a Spider-Man film, and Thor: Ragnarok.
Then there are more in 2018! Avengers: Infinity War Part 1, Black Panther and Captain Marvel, followed in 2019 by Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 and Inhumans. Wow. Marvel certainly have a lot of projects in the pipeline, that’s for sure!
But what about after 2019? Planet Hulk? Iron Man 4? Blade? The Punisher? Hell, maybe they’ll have a go at re-booting the Daredevil franchise!? All that we know is that Marvel have a huge amount of titles to choose from, and until details are released, we’ll be guessing until the cows come home.
This post has been provided by Slap-Up Media freelancer Richard Jones