We’re in the golden-age of superhero movies, people – and 2018 is bringing the heat! With the likes of Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War already breaking box-office records and showcasing some of the best stories in the universe of spandex and superpowers, it’s hard to think what could top them; but we’re just getting started! There are a host of other superhero adventures coming your way this year, and we’ve rounded up the 5 most anticipated:
Release date: 18 May 2018
While the R-rated Deadpool was a massive risk, it proved to be a breath of fresh in air into the superhero genre, with Ryan Reynolds titular, foul-mouthed anti-hero going down as a hit with fans. The sequel arrives this week, and brings with it more characters to the story – starting with famed X-Men character Cable, the son of Cyclops and Jean Grey. He’s a super soldier with various mutant abilities including telepathy, telekinesis and the ability to manipulate technology; and Cable will be played by none other than Josh Brolin. The studio hasn’t released a huge amount regarding the plot, but Deadpool and Cable are likely to be at odds in whatever story unfolds, but they may not be traditional adversaries. The directors have confirmed that the overall comedic tone will be maintained and that they’re planning for a third Deadpool movie – signalling that they’re heavily invested in the success of the character.
Ant-Man and The Wasp
Release date: 6 July 2018
While Avengers: Infinity War is still fresh in our minds, another Marvel entry is coming this year: Ant Man and The Wasp. Acting as a sequel to the first Ant-Man and taking place after the events of Captain America: Civil War, the film continues the tale of crook-turned-superhero Scott Lang and his new sidekick Hope van Dyne AKA The Wasp as they have to take on a size-altering and extremely dangerous new mission.
Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse
Release date: December 2018
The Spider-Man license is now being shared between Sony and Marvel, and with arguably the best iteration of Peter Parker swinging around the MCU (courtesy of Tom Holland), Sony now has the chance to explore some of the other lesser-known heroes who’ve donned the webbed-mask. Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse explores exactly that idea, telling the tale of Miles Morales (who took the Spider-Man mantle following the death of Peter Parker) and follows his realisation that he’s not the only Spider-Man around. Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the brains behind The Lego Movie, are behind this one too, so keep an eye out for it!
Release date: October 2018
While it’s unusual for a villain (or anti-hero, depending on how you look at it) to have his own origin movie, Spider-Man’s iconic adversary Venom is one such character who warrants the attention. Tom Hardy takes on the role of investigative journalist Eddie Brock, who stumbles upon the conspiracy (and alien symbiote) which turns him into complex, beast-like alter-ego of Venom. For those who may not know, Venom is one of the web-crawlers’s most famous villains, appearing throughout Marvel comic history and animated shows. Venom was portrayed by Topher Grace in 2007’s Spider-Man 3, but many fans weren’t happy with the representation of the character in Sam Raimi’s film; hopefully Hardy can rectify those memories.
Release date: December 2018
Arthur Curry, better known as his heroic persona Aquaman, featured rather heavily in 2017’s Justice League – but we’ll get to see a whole lot more of Jason Momoa’s nautical hero in the Aquaman origin story. It will likely follow the traditional Aquaman genesis, with Arthur Curry being the child of the Atlantean queen, Atlanna, and a human sailor Thomas Curry. As Arthur becomes more aware of his powers, and the fact that he also belongs to another world, he’ll have to choose which one he’s going to embrace. Jason Momoa is joined by Amber Heard as Mera and Nicole Kidman as Atlanna, with James Wan, of The Conjuring fame, in the director’s chair.