Release Date: February 12, 2016
Director: Tim Miller
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Morena 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.
Release Date: March 25, 2016
Director: Zack Snyder
Cast: Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, Jason Momoa, Holly Hunter, Scoot 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.
Release Date: May 6, 2016
Directors: Joe Russo and Anthony Russo
Cast: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Sebastian Stan, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett 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.
Release Date: May 27, 2016
Director: Bryan Singer
Cast: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Oscar Isaac, Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner, Rose 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.
Release Date: August 5, 2016
Director: David Ayer
Cast: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Jai Courtney, Joel Kinnaman, Cara 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.
Release Date: October 7, 2016
Cast: Channing 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.
Release Date: November 4, 2016
Director: Scott Derrickson
Cast: Benedict 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.