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By the time this story is published 2018 will be a reality, which means several more comic book movies will be hitting theaters soon. Origin stories, sequels, and culmination films will be released throughout the extent of the year, from studios such as, Marvel, Warner Bros. (DC), and Sony. Let's take a look at what we have to look forward to as we ring in the new year!
The first solo film for Marvel's, Black Panther will be released on February 16, 2018. Audiences were first introduced to the live action version of the character, played by Chadwick Boseman, in the 2016 film, Captain America: Civil War. With a star-studded cast, and interesting origin story, the film is expected to be a among fans and general audiences, alike!
Synopsis: "After the events of Marvel's Captain America: Civil War, King T'Challa returns home to the reclusive, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to serve as his country's new leader. However, T'Challa soon finds that he is challenged for the throne from factions within his own country. When two foes conspire to destroy Wakanda, the hero known as Black Panther must team up with C.I.A. agent Everett K. Ross and members of the Dora Milaje, Wakanadan special forces, to prevent Wakanda from being dragged into a world war."
AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR
May 4, 2018 marks the day in which Marvel fans will finally see the long awaited battle between The Avengers and Big Bad, Thanos (Josh Brolin), in the first part of the two-film event, Avengers: Infinity War. The film is one of the most highly anticipated of its genre, considering the 10 year climax leading up to its release.
Synopsis: “As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artifacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality. Everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment - the fate of Earth and existence itself has never been more uncertain.”
That's right, Deadpool fans - Ryan Reynolds will be bringing the comical character back to the big screen in Deadpool 2 on June 1, 2018. With the first film being a big success at the box office, as well as with fans, it is likely that the sequel will have the same outcome. However, some are somewhat skeptical as to how the character's portrayal will be effected by the recent Disney-Fox deal, in which Disney acquired over $50 billion worth of 20th Century Fox properties. Although Deadpool is a Marvel character, the rated-R material in the first film (and presumably the second), is a vast contrast to the kid-friendly Marvel Cinematic Universe. Looks like we will find out in the months ahead!
Synopsis: "After surviving a near fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming Mayberry's hottest bartender while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste. Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor, Wade must battle ninjas, the yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and flavor - finding a new taste for adventure and earning the coveted coffee mug title of World's Best Lover."
ANT-MAN AND THE WASP
If three Marvel films aren't quite enough, fear not - just a little over a month after Deadpool 2, another Marvel sequel will hit cinemas. Ant-Man and The Wasp is set to be released on July 6, 2018, starring Paul Rudd (Scott Lang/Ant-Man), and Evangeline Lily (Hope Pim/The Wasp).
Synopsis: "From the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes a new chapter featuring heroes with the astonishing ability to shrink: “Ant-Man and The Wasp.” In the aftermath of “Captain America: Civil War,” Scott Lang (Rudd) grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a Super Hero and a father. As he struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he’s confronted by Hope van Dyne (Lilly) and Dr. Hank Pym (Douglas) with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside The Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from their past."
Many Venom fans have been waiting to see the Spiderman villain get his own live action solo film, and now the wait will finally be over on October 5, 2018. What has fans even more excited, is the fact that Tom Hardy has taken on the role. Although the Sony-produced Spiderman trilogy, starring Toby Maguire included a version of Venom, Hardy's interpretation is expected to be more comicbook accurate, meaning we will see a much darker, more grotesque Venom. However, since the film will be an origin story, it seems as though the filmmakers have chosen to go with an "Agent Venom" storyline.
The official synopsis has not yet been released, at the time of writing.
Good, bad or indifferent, Warner Bros./DC will only be releasing one live action movie in 2018. Over a year after his first appearance in the first Justice League movie, Aquaman will premiere in theaters on December 21, 2018. Jason Mamoa will reprise his role as Arthur Curry aka Aquaman, in the character's first solo movie, which will also be an origin film. After only getting a brief glimpse of Atlantis in Justice League, audiences will get a more in-depth view of the underwater world, as well as a better understanding of the character's life. Despite the challenges and criticisms Justice League has faced, people have expressed excitement to see more of the new characters introduced in the film, which should hopefully prove to be good news for Aquaman!
Synopsis: "Aquaman’ will center on Aquaman as a reluctant ruler of the underwater kingdom of Atlantis who is caught between land dwellers that are always polluting the globe and his own people who are ready to invade the surface."
Second version of synopsis: "Aquaman is the King of the Seven Seas. This reluctant ruler of Atlantis, caught between a surface world constantly ravaging the sea and Atlanteans looking to lash out in revolt, is committed to protecting the entire globe."
Marvel and DC (Warner Bros.) will also be releasing animated films this year, including Lego DC Superheroes: The Flash, scheduled for digital release on February 6, 2018 and Blu-Ray/DVD release on March 13, 2018. Marvel will be releasing Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse on December 14, 2018.