We can probably all thank Marvel for bringing us to this golden age of comic book cinema with its release of Iron Man in 2008. Of course, the studio isn’t the only one out there making great movies; in fact, we are seeing more and more sequels being green-lit from successful projects… and even some relatively unsuccessful ones as well. While most people are tracking some of the bigger releases expected and/or announced on the horizon, we wanted to make sure everyone was aware of what was coming next in the form of sequels to existing properties.
It turns out there are a lot of sequels scheduled in the relatively near future, so we decided to knock out a list of what was coming out next. Don’t fear SPOILERS going forward with this list; we are only going to delve into the details of what has been released through trailers and production notes on synopses. If you are comfortable watching trailers, you should be just fine. We may have stretched the definition of what is a sequel with a couple of these, but we think you won’t mind too much, given our level of anticipation with what’s coming. With that, please find our 15 Comic Books / Superhero Movie Sequels Coming Soon (ish).
15. KINGSMAN 2: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE
The long-awaited sequel to 2015’s hit Kingsman: The Secret Service made its debut on September 22nd, 2017. In this follow-up, the agents of Kingsman travel across the pond to the United States to join forces with their American counterpart, the Statesmen. This all comes shortly after a vicious crime syndicate called The Golden Circle destroys their headquarters (Not really a spoiler since it was all over the trailers).
Taron Egerton is returning to reprise his role as Gary “Eggsy” Unwin/Galahad alongside Sophie Cookson (Roxanne “Roxy” Morton/Lancelot) and his mentor, Colin Firth (Harry Hart), who was presumed dead at the conclusion of the first film. New to the series will be veteran actors Jeff Bridges, Halle Berry, Vinnie Jones and several more prominent names, including Channing Tatum, who will be playing a Statesman agent who goes by the name Tequila.
14. THOR: RAGNAROK
The third film in the Thor trilogy will will be the 17th installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Thor: Ragnarok will combine several storylines from the comics and also tie into the whereabouts of Bruce Banner/The Hulk, who was last seen in the MCU leaving the Avengers following their battle with Ultron. Hulk was also notably absent from the Civil War conflict.
Elements from Planet Hulk were adapted into the storyline that follows the prophesied destruction of Asgard brought forth by Hela, the Asgardian goddess of Death, who first appeared in Journey Into Mystery #102, written by Stan Lee and penciled by Jack Kirby in 1964. Cate Blanchett will play Hela while Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Anthony Hopkins (Odin), Mark Ruffalo (Hulk) and many more will be returning.
13. JUSTICE LEAGUE PART 1
It may have taken DC a long time to finally bring their juggernaut characters into a single film universe, but it is finally happening when Justice League Part 1 hits theaters on November 17th, 2017. Because Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice established the basis for this film, we are treating it as a sequel to that less-than-perfect adaptation and hopes are high that DC can pull this one off following the utter success that was 2017’s, Wonder Woman.
While the second part won’t follow this release until June 14th, 2019, DC won’t let us down with its lineup of titles following Part 1. The synopsis for the film has it taking place a few months following the events of BvS. Bruce Wayne assembles a team to protect the world from Steppenwolf and his army of Parademons who are looking for three Mother Boxes believed to be on Earth.
12. AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR PART ONE
Everything you have seen in the MCU has prepared you to watch this film when it is released on May 4th, 2018. As the 19th film in the MCU franchise and the sequel to 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, Marvel is finally pulling together all of its heroes to battle the ultimate threats to the universe: Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet!
All we know of the synopsis is that the film takes place four years after Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and features our heroes joining forces to prevent Thanos from finalizing his gauntlet. We can assume that Part 2, which will run on May 3rd, 2019 may indicate they don’t succeed and will then need to stop him. Everyone is returning for these two films and we do mean everyone who is still alive in the MCU and a part of the two teams listed above.
11. DEADPOOL 2
It should come as no surprise to anyone that Deadpool 2 is coming out… he came out and told us at the end of the first film, after all! Deadpool 2 is scheduled to be released on June 1st, 2018 and it will feature the return of Ryan Reynolds as the titular star alongside Morena Baccarin (Vanessa), T.J. Miller (Weasel) and Leslie Uggams (Blind Al) from the first film.
Negasonic Teenage Warhead is set to return as will Colossus, but we will get to see Josh Brolin playing Cable as well as Jack Kesy who will play Black To Cassidy. Here’s what we know about the plot: bupkiss! The studio is keeping its lips tight on what we can expect in the second installment, but according to Producer Simon Kinberg, the goal is to make it as fresh as the first film while limiting an increase in scale and scope.
10. THE INCREDIBLES 2
Fans have certainly been waiting a long time for a sequel to 2004’s hit Pixar film The Incredibles, but we can finally rest easy knowing it will hit theaters on June 15th, 2018. While the superfamily has been featured in other media such as comics, they have yet to tackle the big screen a second time. Holly Hunter will return as Elastigirl alongside Craig T. Nelson, who will reprise his role as Mr. Incredible. The kids will also be back, as will Samuel L. Jackson’s Frozone.
Details of the plot are scarce at this point, but we do know that the film will take place immediately following the events of the first film. As you may recall, the team had just beaten Syndrome when the Underminer blasts through the Earth ready to take over the world and it will be up to The Incredibles to stop him!
9. ANT-MAN AND THE WASP
Ant-Man And The Wasp is set to hit theaters on July 6th, 2018 and will be the MCU’s 20th feature film, as well as the direct sequel to 2015’s Ant-Man. The film will take place directly following the events of Captain America: Civil War where Scott Lang/Ant-Man was imprisoned only to be set free by a renegade Captain America.
Lang must balance his responsibilities as a father and those of being a superhero when he is approached by Hank Pym and Hope van Dyne to team up with her as Ant-Man and the Wasp. Paul Rudd will be returning as Scott Lang alongside Evangeline Lilly (Hope), Michael Douglas (Pym) and Judy Greer as Maggie, Scott’s ex-wife from the first film. Joining the cast will be Laurence Fishburne, Michelle Pfeiffer and others.
8. X-MEN: DARK PHOENIX
When X-Men: Dark Phoenix hits theaters on November 2nd, 2018, it will technically be a sequel to X-Men: Days of Future Past, but will also be the beginning of a new trilogy and the 13th installment in the X-Men film series helmed by 20th Century Fox. As the timeline for those films remains confusing to pretty much everyone, everywhere, we can tell you that the events of Days of Future Past erased X-Men: The Last Stand from the timeline, which has allowed for a new adaptation of the Dark Phoenix Saga.
The story will feature the team dealing with the full power of the Dark Phoenix while also having to take care of the Shi’ar Empire, which will also become a serious threat. James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Sophie Turner and much of the original cast will return.
7. SPIDER-MAN ANIMATED FILM
Okay, this one’s a bit of a cheat, but we decided to treat the Animated Spider-Man film as a sequel so we could bring it to your attention here. We’re kinda pumped, sue us! The film will feature, for the first time ever, Miles Morales as Spider-Man, who has appeared in video games, comics and novels, but never in a film. The title has yet to be released, but Sony Animation has confirmed that it will be all about Morales who made his first appearance in Ultimate Fallout #4, written by Brian Michael Bendis and penciled by Sara Pichelli, Salvador Larocca and Clayton Crain.
The film will be released on December 14th, 2018 and will feature Shameik Moore as Spider-Man alongside Lieve Schreiber in an unnamed role. Very little is known about this film at this time, though it was revealed that it will be independent from the live-action MCU.
6. BATMAN: GOTHAM BY GASLIGHT
While Batman: Gotham By Gaslight isn’t exactly a sequel either, it is the next installment in the DC/Warner Bros. Animated Universe following the release of Batman and Harley Quinn in August 2017 and the first Elseworld’s tale to make it to animation. The film will be based on the one-shot of the same name written by Brian Augustyn with pencils by Mike Mignola in 1989. The book is considered to be the first in the Elseworlds series though it wasn’t originally labeled as such.
Batman: Gotham By Gaslight features the Dark Knight as a Victorian-era vigilante detective investigating the serial killer known as Jack the Ripper. Bruce Greenwood will be voicing Bruce Wayne/Batman alongside Jennifer Carpenter, who will play Selina Kyle. There is no official release date set at this point other than 2018.
5. GLASS (UNBREAKABLE II)
M. Night Shyamalan brought us a new take on superhero storytelling with Unbreakable in 2000. He followed up with Split in 2016, which is considered to be a thematic sequel set in the same universe. On January 18th, 2019, he will bring us the third installment in the series titled Glass, which appears to be named after Samuel L. Jackson’s character from the first film. The film will see the return of Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Anya Taylor-Joy and James McAvoy in their respective roles from the first two films.
There is little information on the plot, but we do know that it will follow the conclusion of Split. “Glass finds Dunn pursuing Crumb’s superhuman figure of The Beast in a series of escalating encounters, while the shadowy presence of Price emerges as an orchestrator who holds secrets critical to both men.”
4. SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING II
Spider-Man: Homecoming may have just recently come out, but it shouldn’t come as a surprise that our favorite web-slinging superhero is coming back to theaters in an as-yet untitled follow-up. The film is already scheduled for release on July 5th, 2019, though that could change between now and then. Because of its projected release date, we can surmise that it will kick off Phase 4 of the MCU… if that’s even a thing following the events of Infinity War Part 2.
We don’t know much at this point, but we do know that the events of Infinity War will have a serious impact on the life and times of our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. Scuttlebutt suggests that we will see a more street-level Spider-Man story rather than the larger events of the first film, but there has been no mention of a specific villain or anything else just yet.
3. WONDER WOMAN 2
Many would argue that Wonder Woman was DC’s best superhero film to date from their new connected universe so it surprised nobody when the studio announced a sequel would be released on December 13th, 2019. It has also been confirmed that Patty Jenkins, the director of the first film, would return to reprise her role in the director’s chair alongside Gal Gadot, who will continue in her role as the Amazonian Princess Diana.
Plot details are scant, but it is believed that the film will jump forward in time to the 1980s to give us a glimpse of how Diana dealt with the Cold War in another standalone story. Jenkins has indicated where it will take place, saying, “The story will take place in the US, which I think is right…. She’s Wonder Woman. She’s got to come to America. It’s time.”
2. SUICIDE SQUAD 2 – 2019
Suicide Squad may not have been everything we were hoping for, but that isn’t stopping the studio from progressing with plans for a sequel, set to be released sometime in 2019. That’s not too surprising, given that the first film raked in more than $750 million, so we are hopeful the team will fix their mistakes from the first flick and just give us some more Joker already.
There haven’t been many details released, but rumor has it we can expect to see a return of Will Smith (Deadshot), Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn) and Jared Leto (Joker) while Joel Kinnaman has gone on record indicating he expects to return as Rick Flag. David Ayer won’t return to direct and all we know if the script is that Adam Cozad is working on it. As for the release date, all we know at this time is that it will release in 2019.
1. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
James Gunn, the director of the first and second Guardians films, has said he is planning an epic conclusion with the release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which is set to release sometime in 2020. As this project is pretty far out in the future and the second film only recently came out, there is very little to go on. No official cast announcement has been made, but we can infer that the original cast members will return.
Gunn has also Tweeted that Mantis will be back and will be played again by Pom Klementieff, but other than that, we know very little. The film will take place in Phase 4 following the events of Avengers: Infinity War so we can expect the events of those films to play heavily in the plot of Guardians 3, but beyond that, your guess is as good as ours.
Which comic book/superhero film sequel are you looking forward to the most? Sound off in the comments and let us know!
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