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Superhero movies made $1.6 billion in the box office revenue in 2017 – a dip from 2016’s $1.9 billion, but formidable nonetheless, considering that 2017 is widely considered the greatest year in superhero movie industry. In fact, five of the most acclaimed superhero films of all time were released 2017r. These include Thor: Ragnarok (#5) (very funny), Spider-Man: Homecoming (#4) (boyfriend and I enjoyed it!), and Logan (#2) (I was heart broken at the end!) Claiming highest place in the Rotten Tomatoes list is Patty Jenkins’ smash hit Wonder Woman.
In this golden age of superhero flicks, enthusiasts and casual moviegoers alike are looking forward to what this year has to offer. Here are seven of the most awaited additions to the genre’s growing repertoire.
Opening 2018 for superhero films is Black Panther, which hits theaters on February 16 (I can not wait!) The movie gives T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) his own movie, after debuting in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War. With the movie expected to set the stage for another Marvel film in Avengers: Infinity War, the trailer hints a grittier tone compared to other films within the cinematic universe.
X-Men: The New Mutants
Premiering on April 13, the superhero horror flick X-Men: The New Mutants is the 11th installment of the X-Men film series. Digital Spy reports that it follows the story of five young mutants discovering their abilities while imprisoned in a secret facility. The movie, which stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Maisie Williams, and Charlie Heaton, is based on an X-Men spinoff comic about Professor X’s younger class of mutants.
Avengers: Infinity War
Arguably the most anticipated superhero film of 2018, Avengers: Infinity War brings together almost all the major MCU heroes in a ferocious battle against Thanos. Understandably, fan hype for the film is incredibly high, with the movie topping CinemaBlend’s list of movies most likely to earn the most in 2018. The movie hits theaters on May 4.
The ‘Merc with the Mouth’ is coming back on June 1, after the success of 2016’s Deadpool. Ryan Reynolds returns as the titular character in the R-rated anti-hero flick, while David Leitch has replaced Tim Miller as director. Fans of the flick can look forward to even more not-so-good-natured fun at the expense of the superhero movie genre.
Ant-Man and the Wasp
Premieres on July 6, making it the first Marvel Studios movie to be released after Avengers: Infinity War (Deadpool 2 is from Fox). Evangeline Lilly, who begins to transform into The Wasp in the mid-credits scene of the first film, comes into her own and shares the headlining role as a superhero. To a certain extent, this is Marvel’s first female-led superhero movie, and fans are eager to see how the sequel builds on the surprise success of the first.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix
The X-Men universe is branching out, beginning with New Mutants in April and X-Men Dark Phoenix on November 2. The film promises to be a deeply disturbing and powerful look on a supernatural power that possesses Jean Grey as a result of outer space adventures. James McAvoy returns as Professor X, while Sophie Turner will reprise her role as the young Jean Grey.
(Honorable mention) Hell Boy: Rise of the Blood Queen
ast entry to this list is Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen, which was originally set for release at the end of 2018, but may have been pushed back to January 2019. Neil Marshall is at the director’s helm for this new movie, which reboots the franchise from Guillermo Del Toro’s rendition and stars David Harbour as the titular character. His physical transformation for the immensely powerful demon is a wonder to witness, and the movies promises to delve deeply into his enigmatic character.
While the release date is yet to be confirmed, people can engage in other projects tied to the franchise to get their ‘Hellboy fix’. For instance, a slots game inspired by Hellboy on Slingo takes players into the character’s fiery kingdom. Many of the visual elements were taken from Mike Mignola’s work, which can give fans a dose of excitement while waiting for the next movie to hit the big screen. Although the film doesn’t follow the events of the second installment, the creators are confident that the deviation from the supposed trilogy will not affect the impact of the character.
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