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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 nearly every major studio now working to turn its own comic book properties into the next big thing, and with Marvel Studios and Warner Bros. plotting out half a decade’s worth of material, 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 at a loss for when exactly Captain Marvelis supposed to be in theaters, you can come right back here for a quick refresher.

Deadpool

Release Date: February 12, 2016

DirectorTim Miller

CastRyan ReynoldsMorena BaccarinGinaCarano, Ed Skrein, Briana Hildebrand, and T.J. Miller

What We Know So Far: Well we’ve all seen the red-band trailer now, so we pretty much know what we’re gonna get: an R-rated Deadpool movie. The film is an origin story, tracing Wade Wilson from Special Forces operative in need of medical attention to transformed mercenary with a filthy mouth.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Release Date: March 25, 2016

DirectorZack Snyder

CastHenry CavillBen AffleckGal GadotJesse EisenbergAmy AdamsLaurence FishburneJason MomoaHolly HunterScoot McNairy, and Jeremy Irons

What We Know So Far: The follow-up to Man of Steelwill see Superman and Batman going toe-to-toe, as Superman’s battle with General Zod resulted in very personal collateral damage for Affleck’s Bruce Wayne.  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 in some capacity, 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.

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Captain America: Civil War

Release Date: May 6, 2016

DirectorsJoe Russo and Anthony Russo

CastChris EvansRobert Downey Jr.Sebastian Stan,Anthony MackieJeremy RennerScarlett Johansson, Chadwick BosemanDaniel BruhlPaul RuddMartin FreemanPaul BettanyAnthony MackieFrank GrilloEmily VanCampWilliamHurt, and Leslie Bibb.

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 Americainstallment with Bruhl playing Baron Zemo, and Boseman will also make his first appearance as Black Panther.  Throw in the entire new Avengers team, the debut of Tom Holland as Spider-Man, and a few other MCU characters we haven’t seen in a while, and you’ve got yourself quite possibly the biggest Marvel movie yet.

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X-Men: Apocalypse

Release Date: May 27, 2016

DirectorBryan Singer

CastJames McAvoyMichael FassbenderJennifer LawrenceNicholas HoultOscar IsaacEvan PetersOlivia MunnTye SheridanSophie TurnerRose ByrneBen HardyKodi Smit-McPhee, and Alexandra Shipp.

What We Know So Far: Described as an “extinction-level event”, the disaster sequel takes place in 1983 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.  Apocalypse assembles his four horsemen, Magneto (Fassbender), Angel (Hardy), Storm (Shipp), and Psylocke (Munn), which once again pits mutants versus mutants as Singer also introduces the young versions of more familiar X-Men.

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Suicide Squad

Release Date: August 5, 2016

DirectorDavid Ayer

CastWill SmithMargot RobbieJared LetoJai CourtneyJoel KinnamanCara DelevingneAdewale Akinnuoye-AgbajeJay HernandezAdam BeachJim ParrackScott EastwoodIke BarinholtzKaren Fukuhara, 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 plays Amanda Waller, who is essentially DC’s Nick Fury. This is Warner Bros.’ first non-Superman film in its new DC Movie Universe, and Ayer appears to be striking a much darker, more sinister tone judging by the teaser reel that debuted at Comic-Con.

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Gambit

Release Date: October 7, 2016

DirectorRupert Wyatt

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. Production begins Fall 2015, and Fox is no doubt looking at this as another extension of its own superhero universe that also includes the X-Men and Deadpool.

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Doctor Strange

Release Date: November 4, 2016

DirectorScott Derrickson

CastBenedict CumberbatchTilda SwintonChiwetel Ejiofor

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 Swinton as eventual mentor The Ancient One and Ejiofor as the villainous Baron Mordo. The comic adaptation will bring mysticism into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (described as Marvel’s Fantasia) 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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Untitled LEGO Batman Movie

Release Date: February 20, 2017

DirectorChris McKay

CastWill ArnettMichael CeraZach Galifianakis

What We Know So Far: The first of Warner Bros.’ series of sequels and spinoffs to The LEGO Movie is an animated Batman film with Arnett’s sad, dark caped crusader leading the way and LEGO Movie co-director Chris McKay taking the helm. Arnett will be joined by Arrested Development co-star Michael Cera as Robin and Zach Galifianakis as Joker, making this one of the most promising superhero movies on the slate.

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Untitled Wolverine Movie

Release Date: March 3, 2017

DirectorJames Mangold

CastHugh 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 saysthis will be his last time playing the X-Men character.Patrick Stewart‘s Professor X will also have a significant role in the film, making it a sort of team-up film between the two. A fitting sendoff to Jackman’s Wolverine indeed.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

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”. We doknow the official title, though: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

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Fantastic Four 2

Release Date: June 9, 2017

Director: TBD

CastMiles TellerKate MaraMichael B. Jordan, andJamie Bell.

What We Know So Far: Yeah, uh, this probably ain’t happening.

Wonder Woman

Release Date: June 23, 2017

DirectorPatty Jenkins

CastGal GadotChris Pine

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 inJustice 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 woman. However, while Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones veteran Michelle MacLaren was previously attached to direct, she departed over creative differences and Warner Bros. subsequently enlisted Monster helmer Jenkins, who herself was previously attached to Marvel’s Thor 2. Cast-wise, Pine is onboard to play Wonder Woman’s love interest Steve Trevor in what will hopefully be some fund gender reversal.

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Untitled Spider-Man Reboot #2

Release Date: July 28, 2017

DirectorJon Watts

CastTom Holland

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 (Civil War) 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 was first rumored to take the helm, but Marvel eventually settled on Cop Car helmer Watts with Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley(Vacation) writing the script. And no, there will not be another origin story.

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Thor: Ragnarok

Release Date: November 3, 2017

Director: TBD

CastChris 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, and the studio plans to have filming underway by June 2016.

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Justice League Part One

Release Date: November 17, 2017

DirectorZack Snyder

CastHenry CavillBen Affleck, and Amy Adams.

What We Know So Far: Warner Bros.’ Justice Leaguefilm 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 seeJason 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.  Therumored villain for the two-part Justice Leagueadventure is Brainiac, who apparently is summoned to Earth by the distress beacon that Superman set off during Man of Steel.

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The Flash

Release Date: March 23, 2018

Director: TBD

CastEzra Miller

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

Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1

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. Moreover, they’ll shoot the entire movie using IMAX’s brand new digital cameras, meaning the whole film will be shot in IMAX.

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Black Panther

Release Date: July 6, 2018

Director: TBD

CastChadwick Boseman

What We Know So Far: The comics character will make his first appearance in Captain America: CivilWar, 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. Selma director Ava DuVernay came close to signing on, but ultimately opted not to helm the film over concerns her artistic voice would be lost in the final product.

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Untitled Fox/Marvel Film

Release Date: July 13, 2018

Director: TBD

Cast: TBD

What We Know So Far: 20th Century Fox hasn’t confirmed what this film is just yet, but it’s probably the X-Men spinoff New Mutants that Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars) is attached to write and direct after he completes The StandSimon Kinberg and Lauren Schuler Donner are producing.

Animated Spider-Man Film

Release Date: July 20, 2018

Director: TBD

Cast: TBD

What We Know So Far: Phil Lord and Chris Miller are writing the treatment and producing this movie, but since they’re now knee-deep in developing their next directorial effort—the young Han Solo Star Warsmovie—they likely won’t be too involved in this once a director comes onboard. It’s still unclear how this film fits in with Sony and Marvel’s standalone live-action film, but upon announcing it, Fox made clear that it exists “independently” of the live-action franchise. Avi AradMatt Tolmach, and Amy Pascal are producing.

Aquaman

Release Date: July 27, 2018

DirectorJames Wan

CastJason Momoa

What We Know So Far: Momoa will first make an appearance in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justiceand will likely be part of the Justice League Part Oneensemble. Warner Bros. has enlisted Furious 7 and The Conjuring helmer James Wan to direct.

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Captain Marvel

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. Joss Whedon wanted to introduced the character at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron, but Marvel didn’t want to bring Captain Marvel into the MCU fully formed without first telling her origin story.

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Shazam

Release Date: April 5, 2019

Director: TBD

CastDwayne 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 2

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

Release Date: June 14, 2019

DirectorZack Snyder

CastHenry CavillBen 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. Rumor has it that 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

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 existence of Inhumans has been first introduced on ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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Cyborg

Release Date: April 3, 2020

Director: TBD

CastRay 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.

Green Lantern Corps.

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—plus he’s also busy being Deadpool for Marvel. 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. But the title of the reboot suggests this will be a team-up film featuring two Green Lanterns. Tyrese Gibson has been openly campaigning for one of the roles.

   

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