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Here's the Marvel & DC Comics Movie Dates So Far - Is It Too Much?

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August 7, 2014

Marvel / DC

Just yesterday, Warner Bros. blinked in their face-off with Marvel that would have seen Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice going head-to-head with Captain America 3 on May 6th, 2016. But neither studio would have won in that scenario, so Warner Bros. made the smart decision to move the film to March 25th, 2016. Either the studio aims to start summer early, or they see what's becoming more and more obvious: blockbusters don't need to open during the summer anymore. But along with this date shift, the studio also announced a slew of new release dates for DC Comics films through 2020, adding to Marvel's future slate that runs through 2019. But is this truly exciting stuff, or just overkill? More below!

First of all, here's the complete list of films based on Marvel and DC Comics on the way:

The Avengers: Age of Ultron - May 1st, 2015

Fantastic Four - June 19th, 2015

Ant-Man - July 17th, 2015

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice - March 25th, 2016

Captain America 3 - May 6th, 2016

X-Men: Age of Apocalypse - May 27th, 2016

Untitled Marvel Film (Doctor Strange?) - July 8th, 2016

Untitled DC Film  - August 5th, 2016

The Sinister Six - November 11th, 2016

Untitled Female Spider-Man Universe Film - TBA 2017 (?)

Venom Carnage - TBA 2017 (?)

The Wolverine 2  - March 3rd, 2017

Untitled Marvel Film - May 5th, 2017

Untitled DC Film (Justice League?) - June 23rd, 2017

Fantastic Four 2 -July 14th, 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 - July 28th, 2017

Untitled Marvel Film - November 3rd, 2017

Untitled DC Film  - November 17th, 2017

Amazing Spider-Man 3 - TBA 2018

Untitled DC Film  - March 23rd, 2017

Untitled Marvel Film (Avengers 3?) - May 4th, 2018

Untitled Marvel Film - July 6th, 2018

Untitled Fox (Marvel) Film - July 13th, 2018

Untitled DC Film  - July 27th, 2018

Untitled Marvel Film  - November 2nd, 2018

Untitled DC Film  - April 5th, 2019

Untitled Marvel Film - May 3rd, 2019

Untitled DC Film  - June 14th, 2019

Untitled DC Film  - April 3rd, 2020

Untitled DC Film  - June 19th, 2020

Whew! That was exhausting. Take notice that we've included the Marvel movies that are situated at 20th Century Fox and Sony Pictures as well, just so we can take full stock of how the two primary comic book companies are duking it out at the box office. Otherwise, Marvel Studios and DC Entertainment will be releasing two comic book movies every year for the next six years (so far), with DC having a leg up by venturing their schedule deeper into 2019 and all the way into 2020. This is the way Hollywood works now: staking out release dates before a project (or product as it seems) is even remotely ready for hype.

But with the lesser known comic book property Guardians of the Galaxy exceeding expectations last weekend, it appears audiences are showing no sign of fatigue, at least when it comes to Marvel Studios. On the other hand, Sony Pictures is having trouble rounding up interest in The Amazing Spider-Man universe, forcing them to shuffle some dates, and even try to strike while the iron is hot on female led action films by planning some kind of female superhero set within the confines of their shaky Spider-Man cinematic universe, not to mention their Sinister Six and Venom spin-offs. Meanwhile, DC is still playing catch-up by venturing into ensemble territory by having Batman and Superman share the big screen for the first time (with Justice League not too far behind).

Marvel vs. DC

Looking at this schedule, we have to wonder if this is just too much. As Sony is currently showing, planning ahead doesn't always work out, especially when your films don't perform as well as initially thought. Though that doesn't seem to be a problem for Marvel Studios for now (the struggles behind the scenes for Ant-Man could prove to be a problem, but we'll find that out next year). At the same time, if fans see that the studios have a grand plan for their comic book universe, then they might be more inclined to invest in each and every film as it's released. Again, that's something that Marvel Studios has done very well.

At the end of the day, it's becoming clear that comic book movies aren't going anywhere, and audiences aren't sick of them at all. However, what studios are beginning to notice is that audiences just might be getting tired of certain heroes, and the horizon needs to be broadened a bit. The problem Sony has is they are limited to the Spider-Man comics while Marvel has a huge playground of untapped characters that they can turn into household names. 20th Century Fox doesn't quite have that issue because of how expansive the X-Men roster is, allowing them to plan tons of standalone movies, like the forthcoming Gambit spin-off, likely to bring Channing Tatum into the comic book playground.

We're on the verge of seeing Marvel and DC take the battle that once fueled comic book sales unfold on the big screen, but with much higher risks and stakes. These are multi-million dollar films, backed by endless merchandising, that might not work out, thereby throwing a wrench in any bigger plans that any of these studios may have had. This mentality of planting a flag in the future for hype is dangerous, mostly because it means too much focus is being put on an uncertain future. Do movie studios need to slow down? Do you like knowing a grand scheme coming down the road? Are you sick of comic book movies? Sound off below!

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  • T. Hakeem
    Whoa..
  • OfficialJab
    Sony just need to throw in the towel.
    • prantsdagger
      Throw the towel back to Marvel where it belongs
    • DAVIDPD
      We want Spiderman in The Avengers already!
      • Dominic
        NOT IN the Avemgers per se ; but if you're going to situate both of them in NY , then they should meet inevitably . Team up against some world menace that uses spidey's villians to do his dirty work ..
  • JDubs
    Flag planting with unnamed projects is dumb. That goes for both Marvel and DC.
    • Tuomas Lassila
      It's called "building up anticipation, exitment and speculation, and when shortly announced which film hits which date, huge joy" :D
      • DAVIDPD
        And they can always move things around if anything inconvenient happens.
        • Tuomas Lassila
          Thanks.
    • Jonathan
      I agree. Focus on getting the movie right, not getting it out by a deadline.
  • Avi
    Onley one date I don't get! Superman VS batman? Why 2016 when it's already in production? Does it take 2 years to complete it?
    • Jon Odishaw
      masterpieces take time
      • Avi
        Even interstellar has a faster production slate, so very strange...
        • Jonathan
          Nolan puts a new movie out every two years. Not everyone can keep up with that kind of schedule. He's got some game.
    • http://www.firstshowing.net/ Ethan Anderton
      Post-production for these kind of films takes a long time.
      • Avi
        that's obvious when they release it in 2016!
    • John Parker
      Batman v Superman. But not any better I know.
      • John Parker
        Maybe if it's going to have Bruce sue Kent for the partial destruction of metropolis.
    • DAVIDPD
      It was more of a marketing decision than it was a production choice.
  • Tuomas Lassila
    Well as a huge Marvel fan, I am really excited with all Marvel, Fox and Sony plans, especially with the movie unverse concepts they are building up right now :D Marvel Cinematic Universe has become my personal favourate movie franchise and one of the most facinating ones there is, and Sonys reboot Spidey films so far has been really nice and show big potential for the future universe franchise as well, I'm sure Sinister Six and other spin-offs will be so much fun to follow :D Fox has to be my least favourate Marvel properties owning studio, but they are not doing terrible job either :D So if you are a big Marvel fan like me, you're going to have an exiting future ;) Oh, and good luck DC...
    • DAVIDPD
      The last two X-Men films were brilliant, IMO. Sony is definitely my least favorite studio. Spiderman films were just average at best.
      • Tuomas Lassila
        I honestly like Webbs Spidey movies more than X-Men films. Sure TASM2 did fell into the "boring zone" couple times like Raimis Spider-Man 2 did for me (not a word!), but overall I found it good.
  • TheOct8pus
    Too much!!
  • Richie G
    10 comic book movies in 2017, seems to be a bit much alright
    • DAVIDPD
      It's 2015 all over again!
  • Jonathan
    Can't say if it's too much or not. If they all suck, then it's too much. If they're all amazing, then I'm cool with it. It's relative. Weird that DC is putting stuff out in March. Soon it'll be all blockbusters, all the time. I haven't NOT seen a Marvel movie in the theatre yet. My perfect Cal Ripken like streak will have to end at some point because it looks like it's gonna be fucking expensive.
  • Jeff Prioleau
    Demasiado
    • TheOct8pus
      Thank you for adding a Latino spin to this comment board
  • cobrazombie
    What will they do when audiences tire of these sorts of movies?
    • DAVIDPD
      I hope fantasy makes a comeback. WORLD OF WARCRAFT could make it happen.
    • ColtNoir
      Has people tired of Comedy movies yet? I think the Comic book trend is here to stay or quite a while.
  • John Parker
    Ha! Too many, that like saying there's too many comics or video games..
  • John Parker
    But don't worry, for every awesome superhero movie we get, we'll get the typical fast & furious, hangover, cg kids movie, torture porn, and romantic comedies we all know and love.
  • DAVIDPD
    OVERSATURATION. Looking at that list is terrifying. It represents billions oof dollars. People should take a look at that and think.
    • John Parker
      Mmmmmm....... Money. (Thought about it) nope, I would like my comic book movie collection to be as vast as my comic collection, or at least an animated series. Make mine Marvel.
      • DAVIDPD
        That's true. They certainly know what they are doing compared to DC.
  • The Punisher
    If you look at all the crappy films that came out this year, the best ones were superhero movies. I'm glad Netflix is producing 4 hero TV shows. I like Agents of Shield and Agent Carter should be good, although I don't watch the crappy DC TV shows, you can get rid of those and we'd be good. Not oversaturated at all.
    • Yusuke Urameshi
      Dude Arrow is awesome. Agents of shield is pretty unfavorable compared to where you hear nothing but praise for arrow.
      • The Punisher
        If super low rent and boring is awesome then knock yourself out. All the Netflix shows and AoS are in the MCU and those CW shows don't have any connection to BvsS or Man of Steel. Why? Because the DC studios don't want them to.
        • Yusuke Urameshi
          Everytime I hear about AoS I hear people saying the show sucks. You've probably only watched the first episode of arrow so don't diss it. I'm not saying AoS is bad or good because I haven't seen much of it only from what I hear other people say, Pretty much everyone loves arrow. It's cool that Marvel is tying there TV shows into the movies but DC is doing it different. There keeping there movie and TV series separate. Marvel has everything planned out so they can tie everything together. We don't need DC trying to sloppily tie the TV series into the movie universe.
          • The Punisher
            If you haven't seen AoS YOU do not have the authority to complain about it. I watched 2 eps of Arrow because of Barrowman who was great in Doctor Who and Torchwood, but I couldn't take it. And I saw the Flash's stupid outfit and said hell no to that show. And besides AoS has Samuel motherFin' Jackson, so you should at least watch the episode before the Winter Soldier and all the eps after and then talk.
          • Yusuke Urameshi
            Did you even read my comment? I already said since I haven't seen AoS I can't say it's bad or good? I've only seen episode 1 of AoS but that doesn't give me the right to say if it's bad or good. But you're dissing Arrow yet you have only seen 2 episodes? WHAT? You don't know what you're missing out on. Season 2 was amazing and it had death-stroke who was bad-ass. I plan on watch AoS in the future to see for myself if it's good or not.
          • The Punisher
            We will continue this conversation after you've watched at least two AoS episodes. Later!
          • Yusuke Urameshi
            That wasn't even the point of the conversion though? I never said anything about AoS. I said that all I hear about the show is that it's a disappointment. I was just saying Arrow is an amazing series and you can't diss it if you've only seen 2 episodes. I had a problem because you called DC shows crappy and said A"get rid of them" which would be stupid as they are so good.
          • The Punisher
            And Gotham is going to suck as well because they already had a Gotham show without Batman. Birds of Prey.
  • TheOct8pus
    I can't wait to see Untitled Marvel Film on May 3rd, 2019! Maybe it'll tie in Untitled Marvel Film from November 2nd, 2018!
  • timnimbus
    I love both marvel and dc but they are totally different flavors. Marvel i feel has has more comedy in it. Dc is more dark and gritty, which I love both styles and most of the characters. That's why it's always hard for me to compare the two. I hope both continue to grow and make amazing movies. I'm not really a comic geek as much as I am into animation..... (Dc is definitely better at animation and story in that department). I don't think I will ever get tired of too many comic book movies. Does anyone else miss the rated R marvel movies (more blade anyone)? That would be a nice change up.
  • MisterBeasley
    All those movies, all I wanna do is be an extra.
  • Xerxexx
    My eyes! Its too awesome!

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