You don't need to be an expert in cinema to see that practically every studio in town is vying for their own cinematic universe like Marvel Studios is building. Even Universal, who doesn't own any major superhero properties, is getting into the shared universe game by using their classic monster movie catalog.
Other studios have also copied a quirky trait popularized by Marvel Studios: revealing release dates before the titles. Last month, Marvel announced five release dates for unspecified movies through 2019, leading to Warner Bros./DC following suit by announcing nine superhero release dates earlier this week, that goes all the way up until the year 2020. Between all of these releases, and the movies we actually know are coming, there are a total of 30 superhero films scheduled to hit theaters between 2015 and 2020, and that's not even counting sequels to these movies which could be slotted in anytime between now and then, or other projects in development.
For now, let's take a look at the 30 confirmed movies/release dates from 2015 to 2020, from Marvel Studios, Warner Bros./DC, 20th Century Fox/Marvel and Sony Pictures/Marvel, and some of the speculated titles for the blank release dates.
- May 1 - Avengers: Age of Ultron (Marvel Studios)
- June 19 - The Fantastic Four (20th Century Fox/Marvel)
- July 17 - Ant-Man (Marvel Studios)
- February 12 - Deadpool (20th Century Fox)
- - March 25 - Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (Warner Bros./DC)
- - May 6 - Captain America 3 (Marvel Studios)
- - May 27 - X-Men: Apocalypse (20th Century Fox/Marvel)
- - July 8 - Untitled Marvel Project 2016 (possibly Doctor Strange) (Marvel Studios)
- - August 5 - Suicide Squad (Warner Bros./DC)
- - November 11 - The Sinister Six (Sony Pictures)
- ??? - Venom Carnage (Sony Pictures/Marvel)
- ??? - Untitled Spider-Man Female Character Spin-Off (Sony Pictures/Marvel)
- March 3 - Wolverine 3 (20th Century Fox/Marvel)
- May 5 - Untitled Marvel Project 2017 (possibly Black Panther) (Marvel Studios)
- June 23 - Wonder Woman (Warner Bros./DC)
- July 28 - Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (Marvel Studios)
- July 14 - The Fantastic Four 2 (20th Century Fox)
- November 3 - Untitled Marvel Project 2017 (possibly Thor 3)(Marvel Studios)
- November 17 - Justice League Part 1 (Sony Pictures/Marvel)
- ??? - The Amazing Spider-Man 3 (Sony Pictures/Marvel)
- March 23 - The Flash (Warner Bros./DC)
- May 4 - Untitled Marvel Project 2018 (possibly The Avengers 3) (Marvel Studios)
- July 6 - Second Untitled Marvel Project 2018 (possibly the first Marvel Phase Four movie/Ant-Man sequel) (Marvel Studios
- July 13 - Untitled X-Men Movie (20th Century Fox/Marvel)
- July 27 - Aquaman (Warner Bros./DC)
- November 2 - Third Untitled Marvel Project 2018 (possibly Doctor Strange 2) (Marvel Studios)
- April 5th - Shazam! (Warner Bros./DC)
- May 3, 2019 - Untitled Marvel Project 2019 (possibly Captain Marvel) (Marvel Studios)
- June 14th, 2019 - Justice League Part 2 (Warner Bros./DC)
- April 3rd, 2020 - Cyborg (Warner Bros./DC)
- - June 19th, 2020 - Green Lantern (Reboot) (Warner Bros./DC)
First off, the only two projects/dates on this list that haven't been confirmed are Sony's Venom Carnage and the Untitled Spider-Man Female Character spin-off, which we reported last week were both being eyed for 2017. In addition, there are still three more Sony/Spider-Man movies that have not been given release dates, and it's possible that even more spin-offs will be announced between now and then.
On top of all that, Marvel still hasn't announced any films for 2020 yet, and just one for 2019, so that will add another five movies to this growing slate as well, if Marvel keeps up their projected trend of putting out three movies per year. And, if The Fantastic Four and The Fantastic Four 2 are successful in 2015 and 2017, there could easily be a third Fantastic Four movie in 2019, along with the long-gestating Deadpool, X-Force and Gambit starring Channing Tatum, all of which are currently in development and could very likely be given release dates between 2015 and 2020.
If you count the 30 confirmed movies/release dates, plus the others mentioned above, that brings the total up to 41 superhero movies that could be released between 2015 and 2020. Naturally, this could, and likely will, all change in the days, weeks and years to come, as studio slates keep shifting rapidly.
Do you think 40 superhero movies in 6 years is going overboard? Or do you want there to be more? What are your best guesses for the slew of unspecified release dates from Marvel Studios, Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox and Sony Pictures? Chime in with your thoughts below.