As soon as Marvel Studios rolls out "Avengers: Age of Ultron" this summer, audiences will do two things: See it at least eleventy times in theaters, and wait eagerly for the next comic book movie to set their eyes on.
Thankfully for fans, there are several Marvel and DC properties coming down the pipe to help us out. From sequels to first chapters in potentially new franchises, here are nine films (in no particular order) that we can't wait to see.
"Captain America: Civil War" (May 6, 2016)
CBR recently broke down everything we know about this sequel to "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," which pits Steve Rogers and Tony Stark in the titular battle over the Superhero Registration Act. Cap's films have become the launch pad for big shake-ups in the MCU, and the fallout from this film will likely ripple throughout the future of our favorite big screen heroes for years.
Outside of the "Avengers" series, "Civil War," with "Winter Soldier" directing duo Joe and Anthony Russo returning, looks to be Marvel's biggest crossover event. It's set to feature four Avengers, (at least) two big villains and one Black Panther. May 6, 2016 can't get here fast enough.
"Guardians of the Galaxy 2" (May 5, 2017)
One of the biggest movies of 2014, the first "Guardians" exceeded both Marvel's and fans' expectations. It turned a snarky, gun-toting raccoon and his pal -- a sentient, dancing tree -- into household names and movie stars. In short, it gave Marvel its version of "Star Wars."
Little is known about the plot to writer-director James Gunn's follow-up, but word 'round the campfire is we'll see more fan-favorites share the screen opposite Star-Lord and pals. (Maybe even Beta Ray Bill?)
"X-Men: Apocalypse" (May 27, 2016)
Yes, it's not a Marvel Studios release, but we'd be remiss if we didn't include this threequel featuring the "First Class" cast -- and Wolverine.
After the crazy success of "Days of Future Past," the franchise continues to go more comic book-y than ever before, as director Bryan Singer brings the alpha mutant, Apocalypse, to the big screen for the first time.
Oscar Issac will play the iconic villain, with the villain set to unleash disaster movie-level havoc on our X-Men heroes. Set during the 1980s, "Apocalypse" will primarily focus on the prequel cast and their efforts to fend off this latest threat. But if the rumor mill is to be believed, fans can expect Magnetos Michael Fassbender and Ian McKellan to share the screen, a la James McAvoy and Patrick Stewart in "DOFP."
Plot details remain scarce, but we know that the film will spend significant screentime on the troubled relationship between Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) and Magneto. Recently, we also learned that Apocalypse will mark the last ride for one of our favorite X-Men, Beast, as well as Jennifer Lawrence's Mystique.
"Ant-Man" (July 17, 2015)
Paul Rudd as a superhero is the kind of sentence one can't believe is a real thing.
But thanks to Marvel, the star of "This is 40" is playing thief Scott Lang opposite Michael Douglas' Hank Pym. The latter will pass down his Ant-Man suit to the former, just in time for Lang to battle it out with the villainous Yellowjacket (Corey Stoll).
After the dust settled from writer-director Edgar Wright's very loud exit from the film he spent the better part of a decade working on, Marvel and new director Peyton Reed quietly wrapped production on this summer's second trip to the MCU. Fans can expect lots of inventive action sequences, especially a climatic battle between Ant-Man and Yellowjacket, that takes advantage of the two's small sizes to deliver one of the best fight scenes in a comic book movie. Hint: It may or may not involve a briefcase and a helicopter.
"Deadpool" (Feb. 12, 2016)
As of press time, the long-in-development Deadpool movie had just started shooting, with Ryan Reynolds reprising his role as the Merc with the Mouth.
Fans have used the Internet as their soapbox to virtually will this movie into being, thanks in large part to fist-pumping praise over leaked test footage depicting the snarky hero doing what he does best: Killing the hell out of bad guys, and making us laugh while doing it. Joining Reynolds is "Firefly" and "Homeland" star Morena Baccarin as Vanessa, which seems to hint to her playing Copycat. T.J. Miller ("Silicon Valley") is set to play fan-favorite Weasel.
Directed by Tim Miller, "Deadpool" may be Fox's first R-rated film based on a Marvel property.
"Avengers: Infinity War" (Part 1: May 2018, Part 2: May 2019)
If the rumors are true, then the Russo Brothers may helm the third "Avengers" film -- which will finally give Thanos more than just a cameo.
The cosmic bad guy, teased at the end of 2012's "The Avengers" and briefly-yet-importantly featured in "Guardians," is poised to wreak extinction-level events upon our heroes and the world they struggle to defend. That struggle will no doubt be even harder following the post-"Ultron" and "Civil War" shake-ups.
By the time the "Infinity War" begins, Thanos will wield his Infinity Gauntlet and make good on his promise to "court Death." The Rumor Mill is all but convinced that an Avenger will die before "War" starts or during the two-part film series, and Vegas Odds are on Cap. We've got two years to see how it all plays out, so get excited!
Sony's New Spider-Man Movie (July 28, 2017)
"The Amazing Spider-Man" is no more.
The film series full of good intentions failed to truly connect with audiences after two films, leading Sony and Marvel to strike a deal which allows Spidey to play in the MCU. That deal also promised a new Spider-Man movie for 2017, which from reports will put the character of Peter Parker back in high school and (thankfully) spare us from another retelling of his origin.
Drew Goddard, who was set to write and direct the "Sinister Six" spinoff film, has been rumored as the frontrunner to helm this franchise rebirth. (The Russos may also be involved, given their recently announced production deal at Sony.) It's way early days to provide anything concrete on plot details for this film, but it's one of the genre's most anticipated, given the clout behind it and the unprecedented deal-making that allowed it to happen.
With Kevin Feige and Team Marvel having creative oversight on the project, Spider-Man's third franchise in less than two decades could be his best. One thing is certain: It will be the hero's most scrutinized.
"Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" (March 25, 2016)
"Man of Steel" helmer Zack Snyder has surprisingly kept much of his team-up film follow-up hidden from the eyes and ears of prying bloggers. Outside of some cool (albeit brief) footage screened at 2014's Comic-Con International, and some one-sheets, "BvS" remains a mystery -- which only makes us want to see it even more.
Ben Affleck's Batman and Henry Cavill's Superman will slug it out (probably) before teaming up to stop whatever scheme Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) is brewing. "BvS" serves as DC Entertainment's launch pad for both "Justice League" and a series of films starring its members. Fans have been waiting for this team-up for over a decade, when Warner Bros. first announced plans to bring the World's Finest to the big-screen with the help of director Wolfgang Petersen.
Can Snyder deliver the character drama alongside the spectacle that audiences have been spoiled with thanks to Marvel? We'll find out next March.
"Suicide Squad" (Aug. 5, 2016)
If the cast is any indication, this movie is gonna be huge.
Will Smith, Margot Robbie, and Jai Courtney are set to play some of the meanest villains in DC history, opposite Jared Leto as the Joker, with the Oscar-winner taking on the unenviable task of filling Heath Ledger's shoes.
All eyes are on writer-director David Ayer ("Fury") to see if he can pull off one of the more inspired, and risky, big screen gambles to come from DC and Warners. Seeing as how any news trickling out from the production sends fans salivating to message boards and social media, the companies will have no problem filling seats next August.
Which movie are you chomping at the bit to see? Is there one you wish we included? Let us know in the comments, on Twitter and on Facebook!