Who’s up for some awesome good super-humans kicking bad guys’ asses (it doesn’t matter if they destroy cities along the way as long as the goons get defeated) this year? Well, I am and about millions more of other people worldwide.
This year’s line-up sure is a perk for superhero movie junkies like me. Here are my eight top picks to watch (arranged in order of their release dates).
Black Panther (Feb. 16)
We first saw the Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) do some serious moves in Captain America: Civil War. And Boseman did fit the role as the king of a technologically advanced but reclusive albeit fictional African country quite well (even though I was pro-Captain America all the way).
While this MCU flick is touted as the first black superhero to get his movie, that’s just partially true (we have to count in Wesley Snipes Blade movies, you know). But anyway, the Wakandan king’s still the first black superhero to land a standalone flick within Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. Plus (a great big one at that), the film features African and Black American stars who’ve earned their Hollywood stripes through stellar acting so, I believe watching it is worth your (and mine’s) bucks.
The New Mutants (April 13)
When I watched this film’s trailer, I had to read its description twice to make sure I got things right. Superhero/mutant genre – check. 20th Century Fox – check. An installment (in all its intentions) of the X-Men series – check. I guess Fox’s making them mutant movies child-unfriendly now.
However, this ostensible horror flick sure did raise the curiosity of moviegoers like me up to the nth level. I’m hoping it delivers.
(As of this writing, Fox moved The New Mutants’ release for February 22 next year.)
Avengers: Infinity War (May 4)
While this 4th Avengers installment has a pretty basic storyline (super bad guy comes to conquer the universe, and all the good ones have to team up to defeat him), it’s bringing in the top guns, and I sure don’t want to miss that. For everyone who’s waiting for MCU to bring all its comic-based movie characters together under one roof, er, film – this is it!
Deadpool 2 (June 1)
The Merc with a Mouth gets the second installment after the first film’s unexpected success in 2016 despite its R rating.
Expectedly, it will still be R-rated (to date, Deadpool holds the seat of the most successful R-rated movie of all time) but anticipations are high on the additional mutant characters added to the flick’s roost namely Domino and Cable, whose the Merc’s fave frenemy.
(Deadpool 2’s release changed from June 1 to May 18. How will it fare since it’s set to come the same month as the Avengers’ fourth installment? I guess we’ll have to wait to find out the answer.)
Ant-Man And The Wasp (July 6)
In Captain America: Civil War, we saw Ant-Man turn himself into Giant-Man to the glee of most moviegoers. In this second installment of the character’s standalone movie, I sure hope we’re going to see more of those “giant” moves.
And one thing to note is a female character is FINALLY taking center stage (reread the title, please!) on this one. The Wasp (played by Evangeline Lilly) isn’t a secondary role anymore but is the female lead to Paul Rudd’s primary male part. That factor alone makes it an attention-grabbing to-watch-for movie.
Venom (October 5)
Venom is the antihero to Spidey’s hero. The plot is unknown, but fans do know this – Tom Hardy plays the lead character, Eddie Brock.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix (November 2)
After playing a pivotal role in the X-Men: Apocalypse, Jean Grey gets to be the focus of the mutant series’ next installment. Accordingly, the movie is set to correct the other Jean Grey disaster flick, the X-Men: The Last Stand. Sophie Turner (of the Game of Thrones fame) reprises her role as the powerful telepath.
Aquaman (December 21)
After appearing in Justice League as the long-haired, broody but talkative (if the right methods are applied) Atlantean, Jason Momoa reprises his role as Arthur Curry for his standalone movie which set to come out the last month of this year.
Director James Wan, who has well-known horror flicks like The Conjuring and Saw in his list of works, describes the upcoming movie as a “swashbuckling adventure.” Speaking of swashbuckling, I hope there are no pirates involved in this one as I’ve had enough of them (Pirates of the Carribean, I’m looking at you!).
What superhero movies did I miss so far? Sound off below!