Posted on October 18 2016
Once upon a time, voicing your love for comic books or sci-fi was deemed uncool, geeky or nerdy; but times have changed and now, it is socially acceptable to be a fan - that people are expected to have some knowledge of comic books, sci-fi, animation, that it is cool to tell the world whether you’re part of Team Captain America or Team Iron Man.
The Rise of Marvel
Ever since the release of the very first Iron Man movie back in 2008, and after the acquisition by The Walt Disney Company in 2009, Marvel has successfully pulled out countless box office performances and has made its way into mainstream popular culture.
It’s not just the movies that earned Marvel the reputation it has today that even famous actors like Star Wars’ Warwick Davis would love a piece of the action (check out his live Q&A session from MCM Comic Con London 2016), it’s a combination of everything that Marvel has ever gotten themselves involved in.
No longer just comic books created by the legendary Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko and more, the Marvel franchise has expanded into merchandises and collectables; has been involved in the video games market since the days of Atari and is currently one of the best-selling LEGO video games in the market; and presently running two Netflix original drama series, Daredevil and Jessica Jones, with a few more joining them soon including Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Defenders, and The Punisher.
Marvel Movies to 2028
Following the success of movies like Marvel's The Avengers, Thor, Guardians of the Galaxy, and their hot 2016 releases Deadpool and Captain America: Civil War, Marvel’s calendar of upcoming movies is only getting longer and more exciting with the following titles confirmed:
- 4th November 2016 - Doctor Strange
- 5th May 2017 - Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
- 7th July 2017 - Spider-Man: Homecoming
- 3rd November 2017 - Thor: Ragnarok
- 16th February 2018 - Black Panther
- 4th May 2018 - Avengers: Infinity War Part 1
- 6th July 2018 - Ant-Man and The Wasp
- 21st December 2018 - Animated Spider-Man Movie
- 3rd May 2019 - Avengers: Infinity War - Part 2
- 8th March 2019 - Captain Marvel
There are also three untitled Marvel movies planned for 2020, due to release on 1st May, 10th July, and 6th November, and plenty more in the pipeline until 2028.
How does Marvel fare against DC?
The competition between Marvel and DC has been running for as long as most people can remember. If you went to any comic book convention and asked “which is better?” you are guaranteed to cause an uproar and see a very obvious divide, despite both franchises contributing to the growth and acceptance of comic books and fiction in today’s society.
As it stands, Marvel has almost double the amount of market share of DC according to Diamond Comic Distributors’ April 2016 report, whereby Marvel ranks number one in both retail market share and unit market share with 42.98% and 47.87% respectively, and DC comes in second with 25.82% and 25.13% respectively.
However, DC has their own line-up of hot releases that could give the Marvel calendar a run for its money. Following successful movie titles based off the DC Comics, including Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, Superman 2, V for Vendetta, Watchmen, and now opening up the DC extended universe with Man of Steel, there’s a lot of hype for the following movies coming out in the next few years:
- 5th August 2016 – Suicide Squad, which features Jared Leto as Joker, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Will Smith as Deadshot, Cara Delevingne as Enchantress, and Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang (now that is what I call a line-up!)
- 23rd June 2017 – Wonder Woman
- 17th November 2017 - The Justice League Part One
But that’s not all, DC has movies planned until 2020 (UK dates TBC), which include:
- March 2018 – The Flash
- July 2018 – Aquaman
- April 2019 – Shazam!
- June 2019 - The Justice League Part Two
- April 2020 – Cyborg
- June 2020 - Green Lantern Corps
Time to get yourself a cinema membership card?
Most of you probably have at least one friend (or maybe all of your friends) who have already scheduled movie dates and cinema trips into your calendar for the next 12 years. Chances are you have already blocked out long weekends to binge watch Netflix or marathon a series of movies before the next release. One thing is for certain – there will be plenty of superhero (and villain) goodness for years to come and it doesn’t look like there’s any sign of stopping – better get well acquainted with the guy that sells you popcorn at your local cinema, you’ll be seeing him more often, so who knows, he might upgrade your popcorn to extra-large if you’re lucky by the time you go watch Avengers: Infinity War.