All of the big superhero films set to land in cinemas in 2015 and 2016

  • All of the big superhero films set to land in cinemas in 2015 and 2016

The next couple of years are set to be humungous when it comes to superhero films.

Marvel have announced the line up for 'Phase Two' of their master plan to own every cinema ticket sale, while DC are desperate to catch up with their rival.

Batman v Superman, Captain America, X-Men and a whole lot more lie in store for 2015 and 2016, and here they all are...

Ant-Man

Release date: 17 July 2015
One of the more unusual and unknown superheroes in Marvel's collection, Ant-Man sees reformed petty crook Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) don a super-shrinking, super-strength suit.

In the comics, Ant-Man was an original member of The Avengers, but his backstory was too detailed to stick him in the first film like they did with Hawkeye and Black Widow.

Marvel are hoping to repeat the success of Guardians of the Galaxy with its offbeat performances from a lesser-known superhero.

If all goes well for Ant-Man (which we expect it will), he'll be popping up in a lot more films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Fantastic Four

Release date: 7 August 2015
Despite 2005's Fantastic Four and its sequel Rise of the Silver Surfer financial success (they grossed a combined $619 million worldwide), it wasn't enough for the studio heads at 20th Century Fox.

So they decided to reboot the series with a younger cast and Chronicle director Josh Trank to oversee this one.

Fresh from his Whiplash success, Miles Teller plays Reed Richards, Michael B. Jordan (who some may know as Wallace in The Wire) as The Human Torch and Kate Mara (who was 'misquoted' as saying she wasn't a comic book fan) as Susan Storm.

Billy Elliot star Jamie Bell is appearing as The Thing, and is using motion capture, instead of a suit; Ball approached Andy Serkis to get into the motion capture mindset.

With a whole new origins story, the Fantastic Four trailer broke 20th Century Fox's record for the most-viewed trailer, surpassing X-Men: Days of Future Past, it looks like this darker Fantastic Four could be the franchise that they were hoping for the first time around.

2016

Deadpool

Release date: 5 February 2016
One of the most-loved Marvel comic book characters is finally getting his stand alone film as Ryan Reynolds is set to star as the 'Merc with a Mouth'.

The character portrayed by Reynolds in X-Men Origins: Wolverine bared little resemblance to the red-suited, loud-mouthed Wade Wilson.

A Special Forces operative who gains accelerated healing powers, Deadpool's twisted sense of humour and fourth wall-breaking antics are finally being given their justice if the test footage is anything to go on.

Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice

Release date: 25 March 2016
Much has been said about the (
definitely not follow-up to Man of Steel) Batman v Superman, especially the casting of Ben Affleck as Batman.

For the first time on film, Henry Cavill's Superman will go up against billionaire Bruce Wayne, with Jesse Eisenberg to star as Superman's arch-nemesis Lex Luthor.

Director Zack Snyder said the film has been heavily influenced by The Dark Knight Returns comic book - regarded as one of the best comics around.

With Marvel and The Avengers steaking ahead, DC is doing its best to keep up by bringing its own band of superheroes together, as well as a supervillain team in the form of Suicide Squad.

Captain America: Civil War

Release date: 29 April 2016
After the glowing success of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which was one of the best Marvel films to date, an immediate follow-up is set to land in 2016.

The plot centres around a political plan to determine when to call in the Avengers, which results in the falling out between Cap and Tony Stark, with Iron Man set to become a villain in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The film is lined with characters from the MCU, including Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch, Vision and Ant-Man and will be the first of Marvel's Phase Three which will see Guardians of the Galaxy 2, both Avengers: Infinity War installments and a new Spider-Man reboot.

X-Men: Apocalypse

Release date: 20 May 2016
The post-credit scene of X-Men: Days of Future Past provided us with the first glimpse of the most powerful of the X-Men, Apocalypse.

The finale of the X-Men reboot trilogy which started with X-Men: First Class, the movie will be set in the 1980s and feature more of the younger X-Men that we know from the original trilogy, including Storm, Jean Grey and Psyclops.

With the X-Men set to battle the ancient and seemingly invincible Apocalypse, will the mutants face the toughest fight of their lives?

Suicide Squad

Release date: 5 August 2016
The get-together of DC's anti-hero team has probably gathered the most headlines of any superhero from recent times.

Changing casts, including a high-profile departure of Tom Hardy, Will Smith surprising fans with his choice of role and many onset leaks

With Jared Leto as The Joker, Margot Robbie stars as Harley Quinn, Will Smith as Deadshot and Cara Delevigne as Enchantress amongst others, the Avengers-rivalling star-studded cast is assembled.

Jai Courtney who will star as Captain Boomerang has said that this movie will be like no other comic book film adaptation anyone has ever seen.

We have not had any details of the plot revealed, but there have been many leaks, including photos of the cast in costume and videos of the Batmobile on the set, which means that Ben Affleck's Batman is almost a dead cert to show up and foil everyone's plans.

Gambit

Release date: 7 October 2016
The highlight of the disappointing X-Men Origins: Wolverine and everyone's favourite member of the X-Men, apart from Wolverine, Gambit is finally set to get his stand-alone movie next year.

Channing Tatum is set to take on the role as New Orleans native Remy Lebeau, a smooth-talking, card-manipulating, kinetic energy-releasing mutant.

Tatum has revealed that the script is ready and will provide us with Gambit's origins story as well as incorporating the X-Men world.

Recently it was revealed that Tatum, who has also taken on the producer role, is struggling to find a director that has the same vision as himself, which could mean that the Gambit filming may turn into a saga of Ant-Man proportions.

Doctor Strange

Release date: 28 November 2016
The world's most favourite Brit, Benedict Cumberbatch is set to star as Doctor Vincent Strange, a neurosurgeon whose hands are shattered in a car accident and is trained to be a powerful sorcerer.

It has been revealed that the willowy Cumberbatch is struggling to build muscle for the role, with filming is set to begin in the autumn.

Tilda Swinton has been lined up to play Doctor Strange's mentor Ancient One, despite the character being male in the comic books.

 

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