If we’ve done our math right, that’s the most comic book movies released in a single year.
Seems like since Iron Man and The Dark Knight hit theaters in 2008, we’ve been getting more and more comic book movies every year.
But when they prove so massively popular – four of the ten biggest box office hits of all time are comic book movies – then of course Hollywood will want to do more.
However, due to the pandemic, the release dates of films that have already been completed have been pushed back, while films in production or pre-production have been stalled again and again until it is safe to resume filming. .
That’s why we ended up having six comic book movies in 2021 (Black Widow, Shang-Chi, Venom 2, The Suicide Squad, Eternals, Spider-Man: No Way Home), and we’ll have nine in 2022 ( The Batman, Morbius, Doctor Strange 2, Thor 3, Black Panther 2, Shazam 2, Black Adam, DC League of Super-Pets, Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse Part One).
However, due to new announcements and some schedule shakeups, there are now TWELVE comic book movies set to arrive in 2023.
That’s not even including movies like Transformers: Rise of the Beasts or the recently rebooted Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which are also technically based on comic book series.
So if you’re a fan of comic book movies, you have plenty to be excited about next year, starting with…
Kraven the Hunter (January 23)
Following in the footsteps of Venom and Morbius, this is Sony’s next attempt to expand its Spider-Man cinematic universe, with JC Chandor (A Most Violent Year, Margin Call) directing Aaron Taylor-Johnson as the title character. , to prove that he is the greatest hunter on the planet. How is he going to do this? Well, by targeting the toughest prey, which may or may not be Spider-Man (Tom Holland) himself.
The Wonders (February 17)
2019’s billion-dollar sequel Captain Marvel, Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson will return in the roles of that first film, joined by WandaVision’s Monica Rambeau (Teyonnah Paris) and Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani), who will get her own show, Ms. Marvel, on Disney+ later in 2022.
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom (March 17)
Originally slated to be released in December 2022 – the same day as the also water-based Avatar 2 – WB and DC clearly saw how well Batman’s March opening went and decided to delay a few months. It will have been five years since the first movie, with all the main cast returning for the top-secret sequel.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3 (May 5)
Seemingly the last outing of Guardians as we know them (though they’re also set to appear in Thor: Love and Thunder in 2022), writer/director James Gunn has added Will Poulter (Dopesick, Black Mirror) to the already impressive cast. . He’ll play Adam Warlock, who was hinted at during the Vol.2 post-credits, an artificial being with extreme powers and bent on destroying the Guardians.
The Flash (June 23)
The movie in which Ben Affleck AND Michael Keaton will return as Bruce Wayne/Batman, due to Barry Allen/The Flash (Ezra Miller) using his super speed to time travel to save his mother from her untimely death, only to creating multiple parallel universes in the process. So basically it’s DC’s answer to Spider-Man: No Way Home.
Untitled Sony Marvel Movie (June 23)
Whatever that movie is, it’s currently scheduled to hit theaters on the same day as The Flash, so expect one to flick through and adjust its release dates accordingly. As for what the movie could actually be, chances are it won’t be announced until audiences see the events of Morbius or maybe even Kraven The Hunter, in order to keep their cards as close to their chest as possible.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (July 28)
Jeff Loveness, writer of many of Rick & Morty’s best episodes, has been hired to script this trio, with Paul Rudd and headline-grabbing Evangeline Lilly back in the title roles. Most of the previous cast members are also back, with two new additions: Bill Murray in an undisclosed villainous role, and Jonathan Majors as Kang The Conqueror, the evil variant of He Who Remains we were introduced to for the first time. first time in the latest episode of Loki on Disney+.
Blue Beetle (August 18)
Perhaps the least well-known property on this list (not counting those yet to be officially named, of course), it tells the story of a Mexican teenager (Xolo Maridueña – Cobra Kai) who finds an alien beetle that gives him super-powered armor. It’s apparently set in the same DC Extended Universe as Wonder Woman, Shazam!, Aquman, and more, but how – or even if – it will be connected remains to be seen.
Untitled Sony Marvel Movie (October 6)
Yes, Sony has TWO secret movies coming out in 2023. There are currently quite a few projects in development, including Venom 3, the Sinister Six, and Madame Web (Dakota Johnson was recently confirmed to play the role), so it could be one or the other, or it could be something entirely different.
Untitled Disney Marvel Movie (November 3)
Not to be outdone, Disney also has its own secrets in 2023. Movies like Blade, Fantastic Four, Deadpool 3, Shang-Chi 2, and Captain America 4 have all been announced to be in development, so this could really be n any of them, or it could be something else.
Batgirl (TBD 2023)
Continuing the mix of timelines, Michael Keaton will return as Batman, and JK Simmons will also return (after Justice League) as the Gordon Commission. This film will focus on his daughter Barbara Gordon (Leslie Grace – In The Heights), who takes up the Batgirl title, hoping to help fight crime in Gotham. The film will skip cinemas entirely, being an HBO Max exclusive (hopefully it lands on Sky and NOW here) before the end of the year.
Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse Part Two (TBD 2023)
Across The Universe Part One is coming in 2022, with the sequel to the two all-important parts needing it at an unconfirmed date the following year. If they’re both as good as 2018’s Into The Spider-Verse, then we’re in for a treat.
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