The superhero genre has been dominating the box office for quite some time now. 2019 is set to be another huge year for superhero movies, with nearly every major studio contributing to the list. This year will give us new beginnings, final entries and everything in between, and will see superpowered people portrayed in anything ranging from low-budget horror movies to blockbuster comedies.
M. Night Shyamalan's Glass has already kicked off this year's superhero season to...mixed criticism. True, this hugely anticipated, star-studded finale to Shyamalan's superhero trilogy didn't perform as well as was expected. But 2019 has only just begun, and there are a ton of promising superhero movies on the horizon that audiences are eager to see on the big screen.
10 CAPTAIN MARVEL (March 8)
Marvel Studios' first female-led feature film arrives this year. Brie Larson makes her superhero debut as Carol Danvers, a former U.S. Air Force fighter pilot who gains incredible powers and becomes one of the most powerful beings in the galaxy. It's hard to give this movie the attention it deserves when the most important MCU movie of all time releases less than two months after. But in this case, there is a lot going on for Captain Marvel.
The movie, (set in the '90s), will see Carol Danvers become Captain Marvel, before being dragged into the middle of a galactic war between the Kree and Skrull empires, while she struggles with the memories of her confusing past. Many are excited with the movie's promise to bring back many fan-favorite characters. Captain Marvel is also the first new main addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe since both Spider-Man and Black Panther were introduced three years ago in Civil War.
9 HELLBOY (April 12)
2019's Hellboy is a series reboot helmed by director Neil Marshall and starring Stranger Things' David Harbour. It was supposed to be a sequel to Hellboy II, but with Perlman refusing to return without del Toro, the reboot route was taken. In this movie, Big Red has to do everything to stop the Queen of Blood, a powerful, ancient medieval sorceress who wants to destroy all of mankind. Marshall looked to deliver a darker, more gritty version, as opposed to del Toro's more lighthearted approach, going so far as to request an R-rating. Luckily, the success of Logan and Deadpool managed to give him the rating he required.
8 SHAZAM! (April 5)
Shazam! is Warner Bros' first attempt at adding a comedy movie to the DCEU catalog. After years of critically panned releases (and Wonder Woman), the studio is hoping to extend the wave of success that they are now enjoying with their most recent film, Aquaman, which has recently become the highest grossing DC movie ever.
Zachary Levi will play Billy Batson, a 14-year-old who accidentally stumbles upon a mysterious cave, where he encounters an equally mysterious wizard who gives him godlike powers. From then on, when he utters the word "Shazam!", Billy transforms himself into a muscular, costumed adult superhero, with basically the same powers as Superman. It's a ridiculous premise, but one that is welcomed by comic book fans, who have been waiting to see if DC has what it takes to finally tackle a funnier, lighter tone.
7 BRIGHTBURN (May 24)
Horror and superheroes aren't something people are accustomed to seeing together. Darker, mildly scary movies have been released in the past. Take the Blade and Dark Knight trilogies, for example. But the truth is there has never been a feature-length superhero horror movie... until now. 2019 will combine these two genres for the first time with not one, but two movies.
Brightburn has been described as "Superman, but evil". It follows the story of a child from another planet that crash-lands on Earth and is raised to use his powers for good. Unfortunately, he decides to take a very different route and starts to demonstrate his abilities in horrifyingly evil ways.
6 SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME (July 5)
After being turned into dust in last year's Avengers: Infinity War, Tom Holland is miraculously back on his feet as everyone's favorite wall-crawler. It's a risky move to have a movie starring a supposedly dead character be released just a few months after the MCU's first grand finale. Then again, Marvel Studios had no choice over the matter, as their "Spider-Man deal" with Sony forces them to release a Peter Parker-led movie once every two years.
Far From Home is one of Marvel's most important movies, seeing as it will mark the beginning of the entirely new story that will be told after Endgame. The story will feature Peter Parker traveling to Europe on a school trip where he is suddenly recruited by Nick Fury to help defeat a group of villains known as "The Elementals". Jake Gyllenhaal will also factor into the plot somehow, with Mysterio's big screen debut.
5 DARK PHEONIX (June 7)
With the Disney-Fox deal closing soon, Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters will finally close its doors. Dark Pheonix is set to finalize the story of the young mutants led by James McAvoy's Professor X.
Dark Pheonix centers on Jean Grey, who loses control of her powers and unleashes the terrifying Pheonix Force. Apart from McAvoy, The movie stars Sophie Turner as Jean Grey, Michael Fassbender as Magneto and Jessica Chastain as the villain. Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Evan Peters will reprise their roles as the remaining X-Men.
4 JOKER (October 4)
Two years ago, Warner Bros. started to realize their DC shared universe was not coming along as well as they had hoped and so decided to try a different approach. Joker marks their first venture down that avenue.
We've seen a dozen different "Jokers" since his first television appearance in the '60s, all of them with distinct origin stories, motivations, and personalities. The premise of this movie is about a failed stand-up comedian who's turned down by society and so turns insane and starts spreading crime and chaos throughout the city of Gotham. This is being marketed as a high-caliber American crime film, with Joaquin Pheonix playing the crime prince of Gotham, alongside Zazie Beetz and Robert De Niro. Even Martin Scorcese was once attached to this project, before dropping out a few months ago.
3 THE NEW MUTANTS (August 2)
The New Mutants is technically the last X-Men movie before Disney gets their hands on them. There has also been some confusion regarding its release. It was supposed to be released in early 2018 but was postponed twice to August 2019. A trailer was finally released last summer, but recent reports have stated that the movie might skip theatres entirely, and instead be released on Hulu.
The New Mutants is the 2nd superhorror movie of the year, after Brightburn, and is being marketed as such. It tells the story of five young mutants who are being held in a secret facility, having just discovered their power. They will fight to escape the compound and their past sins.
2 AVENGERS: ENDGAME (April 26)
Infinity War was the beginning of the end. Avengers: Endgame is the end of the beginning. After 11 years, 22 movies and a million different characters, the MCU is finally closing the curtain on its tremendous first act. Avengers, Guardians, Sorcerers, Infinity Stones, Thanos, all will be resolved by the end of one of the most anticipated movies in Hollywood history.
The plot of this movie is... well... completely unknown. Not even Infinity War had this level of secrecy. All we know is that somehow the remaining heroes will have to undo the titanic destruction Thanos caused to the entire universe last year.
1 GAMBIT/SPAWN (?)
There aren't any more official release dates for superhero movies in 2019 at the moment of writing, but there are still some that are may still arrive. Gambit and Spawn are in a state of mystery, where the audience has no clue whether the movie is near completion or if it on verge of cancellation. Channing Tatum, who has expressed enormous interest in playing the mutant Gambit over the years, has recently stated that he might even direct the movie himself. The X-Men spinoff once had a 2019 release date, but then the Disney-Fox deal complicated matters.
A reboot to the poorly received 1997 movie Spawn has also been in development since 2009 with Todd McFarlane (creator of the character) serving as the screenwriter. Finally, in 2016 Blumhouse Productions stepped in to produce the movie, that promises to be a lot darker than its predecessor. Like Tatum, Jamie Foxx has been campaigning for the main role for a long time and will play the titular character alongside Jeremy Renner whenever the movie is released.