[Last Updated March 29, 2015]
There’s no denying that the most popular genre around these days is the superhero movie. Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy proved that comic book adaptations could be just as dramatic and heavy as non-genre films, Marvel Studios jumpstarted a massive interconnected series of superhero movies that were significantly more colorful and humorous, and audiences have been turning out to both kinds of superhero films in droves. With every major studio now working to turn its own comic book properties into the next big thing, it’s sometimes tough to keep track of what’s coming out when, who’s in it, and how it fits into the overall picture. Not to worry, though, because we here at Collider have you covered.
Below, you’ll find a comprehensive guide of superhero movie release dates for every major comic book adaptation on the calendar, going all the way up to the year 2020. Moreover, we’ll be updating this guide regularly with the most current information, so if you’re ever looking for the latest news on a specific film, you can come right back here for a quick overview.
Release Date: May 1, 2015
Director: Joss Whedon
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Paul Bettany, Cobie Smulders, Don Cheadle, Idris Elba, Stellan Skarsgard, Hayley Atwell, and James Spader.
What We Know So Far: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes are forced to reunite once again when Tony Stark jumpstarts a dormant peacekeeping program, inadvertently pissing off a nefarious robot of his own creation: Ultron. The film will introduce Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch and Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s Quicksilver to the MCU, and will also be setting up the next major phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Civil War storyline.
Release Date: July 17, 2015
Director: Peyton Reed
Cast: Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, Abby Ryder Fortson, Judy Greer, David Dastmalchian, Wood Harris, Gregg Turkington, T.I., Martin Donovan, and John Slattery.
What We Know So Far: Marvel’s next new superhero introduction Ant-Man includes the two most famous comics characters that have donned the suit: Hank Pym and Scott Lang. Michael Douglas plays Pym, who recruits Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang as his protégé in order to plan and pull off a heist that will save the world, with Corey Stoll playing the villainous Yellowjacket.
Release Date: August 7, 2015
Director: Josh Trank
Cast: Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell, Toby Kebbell, and Tim Blake Nelson.
What We Know So Far: This new adaptation takes its influence from David Cronenberg body horror and offers a more grounded approach than we’ve seen before. The quartet of scientists gain powers after an inter-dimensional mission goes wrong. Kebbell will be playing the villainous Doctor Doom, while Bell portrays The Thing via motion capture technology.