Superhero Movie Release Dates: From 2015 to 2020

     March 29, 2015

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[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.

2015 

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

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Release Date: May 1, 2015

Director: Joss Whedon

Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris HemsworthMark RuffaloScarlett JohanssonJeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-JohnsonPaul Bettany, Cobie SmuldersDon Cheadle, Idris ElbaStellan SkarsgardHayley 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.

ANT-MAN

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Release Date: July 17, 2015

Director: Peyton Reed

Cast: Paul Rudd, Michael DouglasEvangeline LillyCorey StollBobby CannavaleMichael PeñaAbby Ryder FortsonJudy GreerDavid DastmalchianWood HarrisGregg TurkingtonT.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.

FANTASTIC FOUR

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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.

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2016

DEADPOOL

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Release Date: February 12, 2016

Director: Tim Miller

Cast: Ryan ReynoldsMorena Baccarin, Gina Carano, and T.J. Miller

What We Know So Far: Not too much, but the fact that the film is finally on the release schedule for 20th Century Fox is promising enough.  The script by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick has been drawing high praise over the years, if only Fox would give the greenlight to this kind of superhero movie.  It’s now finally a “go”.  Baccarin is playing Copycat, while Carano is reportedly playing Angel Dust.

BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE

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Release Date: March 25, 2016

Director: Zack Snyder

Cast: Henry Cavill, Ben AffleckGal GadotJesse EisenbergAmy AdamsLaurence FishburneJason MomoaHolly HunterScoot McNairy, and Jeremy Irons

What We Know So Far: The follow-up to Man of Steel will presumably see Superman and Batman going toe-to-toe at some point, though the primary villain will be Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor.  Affleck’s Batman has been described as grizzled, older, and more rough than we’ve previously seen him onscreen before, and the movie will act as a prequel of sorts to the rest of Warner Bros.’ DC Movie Universe—as the title suggests.  We already know that Cyborg (Ray Fisher), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) make their introductions here, and we can also expect to get our first glimpse of Ezra Miller’s The Flash as well as any number of other DC superheroes within the context of the film as well.  The film will also deal heavily with the fallout from Superman’s destruction of Metropolis at the end of Man of Steel.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR

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Release Date: May 6, 2016

Directors: Joe Russo and Anthony Russo

Cast: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Sebastian Stan, Jeremy RennerScarlett Johansson, Chadwick Boseman, and Daniel Bruhl.

What We Know So Far: Robert Downey Jr. is poised to co-star in the third Captain America entry as the film will be delving into the Civil War storyline of the comic books, which sees Cap and Iron Man become enemies after disagreeing about a new form of legislation that would require any and all beings with superhuman abilities to register with the government.  Since the Marvel Cinematic Universe doesn’t have secret identities, their main point of contention in the film will be whether superheroes need government oversight.  The film is also said to continue the Winter Soldier storyline from the previous Captain America installment with Bruhl playing Baron Zemo, and Boseman will also make his first appearance as Black Panther.  It is also widely believed that the film will introduce the new Spider-Man.

X-MEN: APOCALYPSE

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Release Date: May 27, 2016

Director: Bryan Singer

Cast: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Oscar Isaac, Tye SheridanSophie TurnerRose Byrne, and Alexandra Shipp.

What We Know So Far: Described as an “extinction-level event”, the disaster sequel takes place in the 1980s and will focus primarily on the X-Men: First Class castmembers, wrapping up the trilogy arc that began with the Matthew Vaughn-directed prequel.  The mutants must join forces in order to battle the titular Apocalypse (played by Isaac), a mutant who has been around since the days of Ancient Egypt and was treated as a god at that time.  The story will focus on more of the Mystique and Beast relationship than Days of Future Past, and will also introduce younger versions of the mutants from the original series of X-Men movies.

SUICIDE SQUAD

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Release Date: August 5, 2016

Director: David Ayer

CastWill SmithMargot RobbieJared LetoJai CourtneyJoel KinnamanCara Delevingne, and Viola Davis

What We Know So Far: The DC comic revolves around a group of anti-heroes who take on dangerous missions for the government in exchange for commuted sentences.  Smith is Deadshot, Robbie is Harley Quinn, Leto is The Joker, Courtney is Captain Boomerang, Kinnaman is Rick Flagg, Delevingne is Enchantress, and Davis will play Amanda Waller, who is essentially DC’s Nick Fury.

GAMBIT

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Release Date: October 7, 2016

Director: TBD

CastChanning Tatum

What We Know So Far: Tatum has been keen on playing the X-Men mutant for a while now, and 20th Century Fox finally pulled the trigger on a standalone movie for the fan-favorite Cajun.

DOCTOR STRANGE

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Release Date: November 4, 2016

DirectorScott Derrickson

CastBenedict Cumberbatch

What We Know So Far: Marvel initially courted Joaquin Phoenix for the lead role in this new franchise, but as the time came to finally sign the contract Phoenix opted to walk away.  Cumberbatch eventually signed on, to be joined by Bruhl as the film’s villain. The comic adaptation will bring mysticism into the Marvel Cinematic Universe as it tells the origin story of Stephen Strange, a former neurosurgeon and narcissist who is granted magical powers by a hermit called the Ancient One after his hands are seemingly irreparably damaged in a car accident.

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2017

UNTITLED WOLVERINE

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Release Date: March 3, 2017

Director: Probably James Mangold

Cast: Hugh Jackman

What We Know So Far: Jackman has said time and again that he would only return if the story is worth telling, but he and The Wolverine director James Mangold have been working on carving out the next Wolverine solo adventure, and now Jackman says this will be his last time playing the X-Men character. They’re looking to possibly add Patrick Stewart‘s Professor X to the mix to make a sort of team-up film between the two, acting as a fitting sendoff of Jackman’s Wolverine.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2

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Release Date: May 5, 2017

DirectorJames Gunn

CastChris PrattZoe SaldanaDave Bautista, and the voices of Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel.

What We Know So Far: Not much as the film is still in early development, but Gunn has previously said that Thanos may or may not appear, but he is most certainly “not the most important character” in Guardians of the Galaxy 2.

FANTASTIC FOUR 2

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Release Date: June 9, 2017

Director: TBD

Cast: Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, and Jamie Bell.

What We Know So Far: Josh Trank directed the first Fantastic Four reboot, but he is set to go and direct a Star Wars spinoff movie once that’s completed so he likely will not be returning to helm the follow-up.  Beyond that, nothing else is known about Fantastic Four 2 for now.

WONDER WOMAN

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Release Date: June 23, 2017

Director: Michelle MacLaren

Cast: Gal Gadot

What We Know So Far: Gadot will make her first appearance as the character in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and will presumably appear in Justice League Part One and Justice League Part Two, but not before she gets her own standalone film.  This marks the first female-led superhero movie of the modern era, and it will fittingly be directed by a womanBreaking Bad and Game of Thrones veteran Michelle MacLaren.

UNTITLED SPIDER-MAN

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Release Date: July 28, 2017

Director: Probably Drew Goddard

Cast: TBD

What We Know So Far: Few thought it would ever happen, but Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios came to an agreement in which they will be sharing the character of Spider-Man, with the webslinger first appearing in an MCU movie before getting his own rebooted film. Marvel’s Kevin Feige is producing the picture, which is said to bring forth a younger Spidey who is still in high school. The Cabin in the Woods co-writer/director Drew Goddard is in line to take the helm.

THOR: RAGNAROK

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Release Date: November 3, 2017

Director: TBD

Cast: Chris HemsworthTom Hiddleston

What We Know So Far: The title most likely refers to the event from Nordic mythology in which catastrophic destruction comes to Asgard, submerging the entire world underwater and killing nearly every god.  Or it could also refer to a cloned version of Thor that Tony Stark creates after Thor is presumed killed during the Ragnarok event.  Either way, Marvel says the “Norse End of Days” is coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

JUSTICE LEAGUE PART ONE

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Release Date: November 17, 2017

Director: Zack Snyder

Cast: Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, and Amy Adams.

What We Know So Far: Warner Bros.’ Justice League film is so big that they’re releasing it in two parts, two years apart.  Thus far the only confirmed castmembers are Cavill as Superman, Affleck as Batman, and Adams as Lois Lane, but expect to see Jason Momoa’s Aquaman, Ezra Miller’s The Flash, Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, Ray Fisher’s Cyborg, and maybe even a new Green Lantern team up.  The rumored villain for the two-part Justice League adventure is Brainiac, who apparently is summoned to Earth by the distress beacon that Superman set off during Man of Steel.

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2018

THE FLASH

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Release Date: March 23, 2018

Director: TBD

Cast: Ezra Miller

What We Know So Far: Miller will first make an appearance in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and will likely be part of the Justice League Part One ensemble.

AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR PART I

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Release Date: May 4, 2018

DirectorsJoe and Anthony Russo

Cast: TBD

What We Know So Far: Marvel is finally tackling the Infinity War storyline, and it’ll take two films to tell it.  The main antagonist will be Thanos (played by Josh Brolin), and the movie will no doubt unite many, many characters from the MCU.  Moreover, Marvel adds that Avengers: Infinity War Part I is the beginning of the culmination of everything that has come before.  Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War directors Joe and Anthony Russo have been tapped to direct both parts of Infinity War, which will be shot at the same time during one long production beginning in late 2016.

BLACK PANTHER

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Release Date: July 6, 2018

Director: TBD

Cast: Chadwick Boseman

What We Know So Far: The comics character will make his first appearance in Captain America: Civil War, but he gets his own feature film not long after.  42 star Chadwick Boseman will be filling the role of the powerful native of Wakanda, an African nation that is isolated from the rest of the world.  Marvel says the crux of the film will be how this isolationist nation meets the world, so expect some friction.

UNTITLED FOX/MARVEL

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Release Date: July 13, 2018

Director: TBD

Cast: TBD

What We Know So Far: This will likely be a new X-Men film (either a sequel or new franchise) or a rumored Fantastic Four/X-Men crossover movie.

AQUAMAN

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Release Date: July 27, 2018

Director: TBD

Cast: Jason Momoa

What We Know So Far: Momoa will first make an appearance in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and will likely be part of the Justice League Part One ensemble.

CAPTAIN MARVEL

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Release Date: November 2, 2018

Director: TBD

Cast: TBD

What We Know So Far: Marvel’s first female-led superhero film will revolve around the most powerful character in the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe.  This iteration of Captain Marvel will focus on the character of Carol Danvers, whose adventures are earthbound but whose powers are based in the cosmic realm.

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2019

SHAZAM

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Release Date: April 5, 2019

Director: TBD

Cast: Dwayne Johnson

What We Know So Far: Making his superhero movie debut, Dwayne Johnson opted to take on the role of the villainous Black Adam in this DC comics adaptation.

AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR PART II

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Release Date: May 3, 2019

DirectorsJoe and Anthony Russo

Cast: TBD

What We Know So Far: The conclusion to the epic Infinity War storyline will close out Marvel’s ambitious Phase Three with a bang.

JUSTICE LEAGUE PART TWO

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Release Date: June 14, 2019

Director: Zack Snyder

Cast: Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, and Amy Adams.

What We Know So Far: As with Part One, the only confirmed castmembers are Cavill, Affleck, and Adams, but we can expect to see the rest of the DC ensemble appear in the second half of Justice League.  Brainiac is rumored to be the villain, but it’s unclear if his reign of terror will continue through Part Two or if he’ll be vanquished in Part One.  Warner Bros. plans to introduce Darkseid as the Big Bad after Brainiac, with Green Lantern popping up to warn the Justice League team of his existence.  This will likely happen either at the end of Part One as a teaser for Part Two, or at the end of Part Two as a teaser for some future Justice League film.

INHUMANS

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Release Date: July 12, 2019

Director: TBD

Cast: TBD

What We Know So Far: Another comic property that will push the reach of the Marvel Cinematic Universe further outward, Inhumans will introduce dozens of new characters to the MCU.  In the comics, they are a race of superhumans whose origins lie in the war between the alien Skrull and Kree races.  The characters have begun to get their introduction on ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

CYBORG

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Release Date: April 3, 2020

Director: TBD

Cast: Ray Fisher

What We Know So Far: Fisher will first be introduced in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and then will play a role in the two Justice League films, but assuming Marvel doesn’t beat them to the punch, DC will be the first studio to produce an African American-led superhero movie in the modern era.

GREEN LANTERN

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Release Date: June 19, 2020

Director: TBD

Cast: TBD

What We Know So Far: This will be a reboot of the Warner Bros. franchise so Ryan Reynolds is not expected to reprise his role.  Green Lantern is rumored to make his first appearance at the end of either Justice League Part One or Justice League Part Two when he warns the team that Darkseid is on his way to bring destruction to Earth.

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