If there were a graph plotting the years that have passed with the number of superhero movies, sequels, spinoffs, prequels and universe building vehicles being released each year, the only direction that graph would be facing would be a steep upwards. 2018 was a fine year for superhero films, with Marvel’s tentpole culmination to Phase 3, ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ fetching in $2 Billion at the Global Box Office, and DC obtaining a much needed hit in ‘Aquaman’. There were a few surprises here and there, including ‘Black Panther’ grossing $1 Billion, ‘Venom’ emerging victorious despite the critical backlash and ‘Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse’ conjuring up a 100% RT score, bringing the year’s total to nine live action superhero films, up from last year’s seven, and even lesser before that.
If trends and hypes are to indicate anything, superhero films, despite the obvious contrivances in the genre that have begun to show, are here to stay, and as an avid comic book fan, I am not complaining as long as they do it right. As of now, the list includes 8 superhero films that have confirmed release dates for the year 2019, and if predictions and studio timelines are to be believed, this number might just cross 11 before the close of the next year. Be that as it may, the lineup for 2019 already has me giddy with excitement, and I cannot wait to be at the cinemas next year for watching these. The hype and anticipation here is real, so without further ado, let’s delve into the list of latest upcoming Superhero movies coming out in 2019.
8. Captain Marvel (March 8, 2019)
The only thing that currently excites me for the film is how Carol Danvers connects to the large picture and saves the universe from falling into half an abyss following Thanos’ assault. There are also speculations that she might just physically rescue Tony Stark, given her powers of flight in space, which should be dastardly interesting to watch. However, the second trailer does show her fully suited up in action, projecting cosmic energy rays, and looking plain badass. I for one believe that even if ‘Captain Marvel’ doesn’t turn out to be as good of a film, it will receive a favourable footfall in theatres owing to the largely opportune timing of the film, that is between the two biggest Marvel films ever (Infinity War and Endgame) and its connections to a fairly established larger universe, one where she is also touted to play a major role.
Of course, one can’t help but make comparisons to Green Lantern, since the trajectory of the two superheroes is uncannily similar: from a pilot of the airforce to a literal saviour of the Earth following being inducted into an intergalactic peacekeeping force, in Danvers’ case, the Kree; but there will have to be something seriously wrong with the film for it to not work as with DC’s outing with GL, given Marvel’s current reputation. The film also costars Jude Law as a fellow Kree warrior, and Samuel L. Jackson and Clark Gregg reprising their roles as S.H.I.E.L.D agents Fury and Phil Coulson, admirably de-aged using digital means. The film is scheduled to release on
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7. Shazam! (Apr 5, 2019)
The only DCEU offering in 2019, following the sole DCEU release ‘Aquaman’ in 2018, and after the release of ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ was shifted to early 2020. Warner Bros. saw a major shake up in its lineup of films related to the DCEU following the debacle of DC’s superhero team up ‘Justice League’ in 2017, who now want to focus only on solo movies as opposed to big tentpole movies or team-ups. However, even as an avid fan, I am yet unclear on the current future of the DCEU, especially amid rumours regarding Affleck’s and Cavill’s departure from their roles, (in which case it is doomed) and the existing slate of close to ten films being entirely scrapped to accommodate only three in their place. It’s all a bit hazy, but if ‘Aquaman’ is any indication, they seem to be steering in the right direction.