Almost 30 superhero films have been announced for release over the next five years, and this is my nerd dream come true. Between Marvel (my favorite) and DC (catching up), there isn’t a dearth of stories to tell on both the small screen (most of the shows that I adore) and the big. This year has seven superhero films set for release, with the first hitting theaters February 12. Here are five superhero films we can’t wait to see.
Deadpool (February 12)
This is the R-rated superhero film I’ve been waiting for. Ryan Reynolds is redeeming himself after the awful Green Lantern by playing this foul-mouthed, violent, wickedly dark-humored mercenary hellbent on revenge. Reynolds played the same character in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but we’ve never seen him like this before.
Captain America: Civil War (May 6)
Be still, my broken heart. This movie pits my two favorite superheros (Captain America and Iron Man) against each other, and I can’t handle this pressure. And each has his own superhero team with more of my favorites, so I’m honestly broken. Also exciting? We’ll get our first look at Black Panther and the new Spider-Man (still wish it was Andrew Garfield) in the movie.
X-Men: Apocalypse (May 27)
The X-Men are back for the third film in the prequel trilogy, and this time, the film includes (love of my life) Oscar Isaac as the extremely powerful first mutant, Apocalypse, come to, well, destroy the world. Bringing back favorite cast members like Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, and James McAvoy reprising their roles, the film also introduces younger versions of mutants like Storm.
Suicide Squad (August 5)
Villains as heroes—this is pretty much the premise of the Suicide Squad. The team consists of high-profile villains like the Joker, Harley Quinn, and Deadshot, and the story goes that these villains have been caught by the government and are being used to do their bidding. Micro-bomb implants prevent them from going off the rails, because they will be killed. I’m excited to see Jared Leto’s take on the Joker, as well as the rest of the brilliant cast.
Doctor Strange (November 4)
I didn’t know much about Doctor Strange before this movie was announced, but I’m excited to see this magical superhero come to life. With a cast that consists of Rachel McAdams, Benedict Cumberbatch, Mads Mikkelsen, and Chiwetel Ejiofor, I have a feeling it’ll be great.
And here’s a shout out to the two that didn’t make the list, though I know I’ll be seeing them both anyway: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (March 25) and Gambit (October 7).
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