From the ever expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe that introduced us to Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Black Panther and more – the superhero genre isn’t a stranger to cinemagoers. You’ve probably wondered, “Who tf is this dude?” because there’s been a massive amount of movies that revolve around ‘good guy vs bad guy’ ever since Marvel Studio’s box office hit Iron Man and Christopher Nolan’s brilliant The Dark Knight took the genre to a whole new level.
I’ve been a comic book fan since my mum gave me my first Spider-Man comic back in ’99 and since then, my love towards storytelling – whether in pages or screen – has only deepened with the quality of the films now.
If you’re anything like me, or if you’re just a person who loves going to the movies, then mark your calendars for every superhero movie that is coming out this year because you need to do a lot of saving up to watch them all. To kick off the genre, we have the first black superhero’s proper introduction.
Ever since T’Challa made his appearance in Captain America: Civil War, fans just couldn’t wait to see him again on the big screen. Thanks to Marvel Studios, we’ll be getting a standalone movie featuring the Legend and the King: The Black Panther. Directed by Ryan Coogler (Creed, Fruitvale Station), starring Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa/Black Panther, Michael B. Jordan and a fantastic ensemble of cast that comprises of 90% African-American actors, including Star Wars’ Lupita Nyong’o and The Walking Dead’s Danai Gurira. This could be the most exciting Marvel movie yet until Infinity War comes out.
The film will follow T’Challa’s journey back to the technologically advanced African Kingdom, Wakanda, after the events of Civil War, where an old enemy returns and threaten his family’s legacy.
Release date for Malaysia: 14 February
Avengers: Infinity War
The movie that everyone is hyped about (fans or not); Avengers: Infinity War is a culmination of every MCU movie that we have previously seen and will follow Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and their effort to avenge the world from the Mad Titan Thanos (Josh Brolin), and his Black Order aka ‘Children of Thanos’. It’s hard to list down actors who are in it but basically, almost every hero we’ve seen will be in this movie. Directed by the Russo brothers who made Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War, this is one that will make fans scream in joy.
Release date for Malaysia: 26 April
Personally, Deadpool was one of my favourite superhero movies of all time, simply because it is exactly what a Deadpool movie should be – funny, full of profanity, action packed and has a bit of heart, so it’s safe to say that I’m also excited for this upcoming one.
Ryan Reynolds is back as Wade Wilson/Deadpool and Josh Brolin plays the time travelling mutant Cable with returning casts such as T.J Miller, Morena Baccarin, Brianna Hildebrand and a new addition to the X-Men family – Domino, played by Atlanta star Zazie Beets. We really don’t know what exactly the movie is about, but we’re excited.
Release date for Malaysia: 17 May
Ant-Man and The Wasp
More Marvel movies? Why yes please. It’s amazing how there’s at least one Marvel movie every year, so why should 2018 be any different, right? Again, the plot detail is vague, but we do know that Paul Rudd is back again as Scott Lang/Ant-Man with Evangeline Lily as Hope Van Dyne/The Wasp alongside Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer and Walton Goggins, who plays the tech savvy villain Sonny Burch aka Ghost.
Release date for Malaysia: 5 July
Well, he’s not exactly a hero but Venom is a part of the superhero world so we guess that counts. Produced by Sony Pictures, this spinoff doesn’t exactly take place in the Spider-Man: Homecoming universe, but rather a different take on the horror genre with Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock/Venom, an anti-hero that takes on the villainous, horrifying Carnage.
Release date for Malaysia: 4 October
Oh there’s a DCEU movie as well? Sweet. To be honest, I’m not a big fan of the DCEU because of the incoherent narrative but still, the Aquaman movie seems (hopefully) exciting. Directed by James Wan, it stars Jason Momoa, reprising his role as the Atlantean hero, along with Amber Heard as his love interest slash bad ass Queen of the Sea Mera and more. Again, we don’t really know the plot of the movie but we have a theory that it’s going to be an origin story of a King.
Release date for Malaysia: 20 December
X-Men: Dark Phoenix
When will this franchise end?! Probably never but we’re good with that. The movie is a sequel to X-Men: Apocalypse that follows Jean Grey’s story arc from the comics and stars GoT’s Sophie Turner as Jean Grey/Phoenix, with everyone else from the X-Men prequels/sequels (we don’t know, the timeline’s a bit messy). This is the directorial debut for writer/producer Simon Kinberg, who has worked on many of the X-Men films, and we can’t wait to see this one for sure.
Release date for Malaysia: 1 November
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
This animated feature produced by Sony will kick off a new Spider-Man franchise that’s different from the live action, and will introduced us to a black Spider-Man, Miles Morales. Dope star Shameik Moore lends the voice for Miles and Liev Schreiber will play a villain that is still unknown.
The story finds the young Miles Morales and his journey into alternate dimensions that’s populated by a variety of Spider-Man, including Peter Parker.
Release date for Malaysia: 13 December
That’s a wrap for 2018. Which superhero movie are you most excited about? Tell us in the comments below and be sure to check out this space for more pop culture news.