Upcoming Superhero Movies: Marvel, DC And More

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If there is one lesson that the past decade has taught us about the state of cinema, it is that superhero movies are, in many ways, the dominant film-going attraction. The anticipation for upcoming Marvel movies as well as upcoming DC movies may be higher than ever, considering the insane amount of new films on the bill – and that is just the 2023 movie releases I am referring to. 

There are plenty more comic book movies like those to look forward to in the foreseeable future. The following is a sneak peak of literally everything you have to look forward to. 

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3 (May 5, 2023)

Star-Lord and other Guardians of the Galaxy walking off of ship

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Everyone from your favorite crew of cosmic heroes is returning for writer and director James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 – the series’ third and, supposedly, final installment. Even Zoe Saldana, as revealed in the trailer, is returning as Gamora, which begs the question of how her fate from Avengers: Infinity War will be reversed.

Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse (June 2, 2023)

Miles Morales traveling through multiverse in Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

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In 2018, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse won the hearts of millions of Spider-Friends and won Best Animated Feature at the Oscars the following year. Now, Shameik Moore is set to voice young webslinger Miles Morales again in Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse – the first half of another interdimensional adventure – in 2023.

The Flash (June 16, 2023)

Ezra Miller in The Flash with himself and Sasha Calle as Supergirl in The Flash

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It director Andy Muschietti’s upcoming DCEU film, headlined by Ezra Miller as Barry Allen, is reportedly inspired by DC Comics’ “Flashpoint” storyline. In fact, The Flash is taking advantage of the famous arc’s time-altering concepts to bring both Michael Keaton and Ben Affleck back to the role of Batman.

Blue Beetle (August 18, 2023)

Blue Beetle concept art from the Blue Beetle movie

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The latest iteration of a fan-favorite DC superhero is getting his own movie, which was originally intended for HBO Max, but is now heading to theaters in August. Angel Manuel Soto directs Cobra Kai’s Xolo Maridueña in Blue Beetle as Jaime Reyes – a Latino teen who is made into the titular hero by a powerful alien artifact.

Kraven The Hunter (October 6, 2023)

Spider-Man villain Kraven the Hunter from Marvel Comics

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J.C. Chandor, director of Netflix’s Triple Frontier, is helming an origin story about Kraven the Hunter that  is coming out in October 2023. MCU alum and Kick-Ass star Aaron Taylor-Johnson will play the Russian-born predator, who is famous for going after the biggest game imaginable (namely Spider-Man) and is also the brother of the Chameleon, believe it or not.

The Marvels (November 10, 2023)

Brie Larson in Captain Marvel

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One of many horror filmmakers turning their sights to comic book flicks is 2021’s Candyman director, Nia DaCosta, who is helming The Marvels – the sequel to the Brie Larson-led Captain Marvel that hits theaters in November. Teyonah Parris will also reprise her WandaVision role, Monica Rambeau, along with Iman Vellani’s Kamala Khan, following her debut on Disney+’s Ms. Marvel series.

Aquaman And The Lost Kingdom (December 20, 2023)

Jason Momoa in Aquaman and the lost kingdom suit

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Horror icon James Wan is returning to the director’s chair for the sequel to his worldwide, $1 billion DCEU hit, Aquaman. Now, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is easily the most anticipated upcoming film starring Jason Momoa, who will reprise the titular role of the Atlantean Justice League member, along with Patrick Wilson, Tamuera Morrison, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II.

El Muerto (January 12, 2024)

Bad Bunny in Bullet Train

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The first Latino character to lead a live-action Marvel movie is among the last you might expect to be chosen for such an honor, having only a handful of appearances in the comics to his name so far. Musician and Bullet Train cast member Bad Bunny will play the titular luchador and Spider-Man adversary in El Muerto, which is set for an earlier 2024 release.

Madame Web (February 16, 2024)

Cassandra Webb is Madame Web in Marvell Comics

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A "spider woman" who has already had a film of her own in the works for a while is Madame Web, but it looks like the wait will not last too much longer. Dakota Johnson has been cast as the blind, clairvoyant wheelchair user who has been known to be a very helpful guide to Spider-Man for a film set for a February 2024 release.

Spider-Man: Beyond The Spider-Verse (March 29, 2024)

Miles Morales in mid-air in Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

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The second half of Miles Morales and co.’s next interdimensional adventure comes out roughly a year after Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse. Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse is, like its predecessor, directed by Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers, and Justin K. Thompson.

Captain America: New World Order (May 3, 2024)

Anthony Mackie as Captain America in The Falcon And The Winter Soldier

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Those who have felt like they’ve been in the dark since Steve Rogers gave up his shield shall not fear, for there is a new Cap in town. Anthony Mackie’s Sam Wilson officially took up the mantle in the Falcon and the Winter Soldier series finale, and it looks like Captain America: New World Order will see him finally bear the stars and stripes on the big screen in the summer of 2024.

Thunderbolts (July 26, 2024)

Concept artwork of the MCU's Thunderbolts lineup

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In 1996, Marvel Comics introduced a team of reformed supervillains – a la DC’s Suicide Squad – known as the Thunderbolts, which will be inducted into the MCU in July 2024. The likes of Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes and Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova are set to return in the Thunderbolts movie cast, which also includes Harrison Ford filling in as Thunderbolt Ross.

Blade (September 6, 2024)

Mahershala Ali as sunglasses-wearing Vector in Alita: Battle Angel

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Taking over a role originated onscreen by Wesley Snipes is two-time Oscar winner Mahershala Ali in Blade, which – after a string of delays and setbacks – is currently set for a September 2024 release. Bringing back the vampire hunter could mark a turning point where the MCU gets a little darker.

Joker: Folie Á Deux (October 4, 2024)

Joaquin Phoenix in Joker

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Despite its controversially disturbing subject matter and lack of any ties to the DCEU, Joker became a $1 billion hit and earned star Joaquin Phoenix an Oscar. In fall of 2024, the actor will reprise the role of Arthur Fleck alongside Lady Gaga as his Harley Quinn in co-writer and director Todd Phillips’ sequel, Joker: Folie á Deux.

Deadpool 3 (November 8, 2024)

Ryan Reynolds in Deadpool

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Plans for an X-Force spin-off movie were once announced by Ryan Reynolds, but, since the Disney/Fox merger, the Merc with a Mouth will apparently make his MCU debut with a direct third installment releasing in November 2024. Free Guy and The Adam Project helmer Shawn Levy has been hired to direct, and Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are returning to write Deadpool 3, which will also mark Hugh Jackman’s triumphant return to the role of Wolverine. 

Fantastic Four (February 14, 2025)

Fantastic Four in the comics

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A question fans have been begging to have answered is how and when Marvel's first superhero family will finally be inducted into the MCU. What we do know is that Marvel’s Fantastic Four reboot will be released in February 2025, and that WandaVision director Matt Shakman will be at the helm, following Jon Watts’ exit in 2022.

Avengers: The Kang Dynasty (May 2, 2025)

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A whole new generation of Avengers will be front and center in May 2025. Jonathan Majors will also reprise his role as Kang the Conqueror – the main antagonist of Avengers: The Kang Dynasty – from Shang-Chi director Destin Daniel Cretton.

Superman: Legacy (July 11, 2025)

Superman sitting on a cloud

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It was a sad day for Snyderverse fans to learn that Henry Cavill would no longer be playing Superman amid the launch of a new continuity. However, it was still exciting to learn that writer James Gunn would be introducing a new, younger interpretation of the Man of Steel in Superman: Legacy – the first big screen installment of the DCU’s first chapter, “Gods and Monsters,” coming in July 2025.

The Batman: Part II (October 3, 2025)

The Batman

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While not part of the new DCU continuity, co-writer and director Matt Reeves’ follow-up to his refreshing new vision of Gotham is still one of the most highly anticipated upcoming Batman movies at the moment. Robert Pattinson is expected to put the cape and cowl back on for The Batman: Part II, which hits theaters in October 2025. 

Avengers: Secret Wars (May 1, 2026)

Avengers: Secret Wars logo

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Much like how Avengers: Infinity War was the first half of a story that concluded with Avengers: Endgame, Avengers: The Kang Dynasty is the first half of a story that will be concluded with Avengers: Secret Wars. Also the final chapterof the MCU’s Phase 6, the film is set to be released in May 2025 – almost exactly one year after its predecessor.

The Authority (TBA)

The Authority team in comic form

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At the moment, we do not know how the forthcoming DCU aims to introduce the Justice League into its continuity, but we do know a more underrated DC superhero team is about to make its cinematic debut. James Gunn calls The Authority – featuring characters from DC’s Wildstorm imprint like Midnighter and Deathblow – a passion project of his.

The Brave And The Bold (TBA)

Batman: The Brave and the Bold

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In addition to Robert Pattinson and Matt Reeves' “Elseworlds” movies, the DCU will also have its own version of Batman. The Brave and the Bold will be the first big screen endeavor since Joel Schumacher’s live-action Batman movies to pair the Dark Knight with Robin, in the form of his estranged son, Damian Wayne.

Supergirl: Woman Of Tomorrow (TBA)

Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow

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Clark Kent’s cousin will lead her first cinematic adventure since 1984 with the DCU’s Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow – inspired by Tom King’s comic book run of the same name. Currently, there is nothing to suggest that Sasha Calle, who plays the young Kryptonian in 2023’s The Flash, will lead this new film.

Swamp Thing (TBA)

DC Comics artwork of New 52 Swamp Thing

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The half-man, half-plant humanoid hero is finally getting another shot on the big screen, following the premature cancellation of his otherwise well-received DC Universe TV show. New Indiana Jones director James Mangold is reportedly in talks to helm Swamp Thing.

Constantine 2 (TBA)

Keanu Reeves as John Constantine in 2005 film

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The first and only time that magic-wielding occult detective John Constantine has been portrayed in a live-action movie was by Keanu Reeves in a 2005 thriller that has since gained a cult following. The long-awaited follow-up, Constantine 2, is now in the works with the John Wick actor set to reprise the role after hoping for the chance for some time.

J.J. Abrams-Ta-Nehisi Coates Superman Movie (TBA)

Superman logo

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James Gunn’s Superman might not be the only new iteration of the hero coming to theaters, as J.J. Abrams is also producing a new blockbuster with comic book writer Ta-Nehisi Coates penning the script. If the film is, indeed, still happening (as some recent reports have claimed), it will be one of two upcoming titles featuring a Black interpretation of the Man of Steel, along with producer Michael B. Jordan’s Val-Zod series for HBO Max.

X-Men (TBA)

Giant-Size X-Men 1975 comic book cover

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When Disney purchased Fox and all of its licensed properties, fans knew that the X-Men would finally be coming to the MCU and Kevin Feige once said that the goal was a Phase Five introduction in 2019. It looks like that is no longer the plan, but recent titles – such as Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Ms. Marvel – have dropped hints of the reboot’s imminent release.

Shang-Chi 2 (TBA)

Shang-Chi accepting the Ten Rings

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Simu Liu filled the shoes of the MCU’s first Asian superhero in the action-packed 2021 hit, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. He will reprise the role in a follow-up, along with Destin Daniel Cretton also returning as the writer and director.

Spider-Man 4 (TBA)

Tom Holland in Spider-Man: No Way Home 2021

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Everybody has their own favorite live-action, cinematic iteration of Peter Parker – all three of which got to share the screen together in 2021’s Spider-Man: No Way Home. The ending of the cross-dimensional epic also introduced the beginning of a new era for the webslinger that will continue with the fourth MCU-canon solo adventure starring Tom Holland.

Armor Wars (TBA)

Don Cheadle in Avengers: Endgame

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Finally getting his own big screen adventure in the MCU is Don Cheadle as James “Rhodey” Rhodes – otherwise known as War Machine. Originally conceived as an upcoming Disney+ Marvel TV show, Armor Wars takes inspiration from a comic that sees the Iron Man technology fall into the wrong hands. 

Untitled Sony/Marvel Project (TBA)

Jessica Drew is Spider-Woman from Marvel Comics

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As for what is going on with Sony’s mouthful of a Spider-Man universe, fellow arachnoid superhero Spider-Woman may soon be getting her own movie. Olivia Wilde has been tapped to direct the currently untitled female-centric project, but there is no word on which specific iteration of the character (Jessica Drew? Gwen Stacy?) it will focus on at the moment.

Bloodshot 2 (TBA)

Vin Diesel in Bloodshot

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Right about the time that going to movie theaters started becoming a rarity in 2020, Bloodshot became the first movie based on a Valiant comic. In November of that year, a direct follow-up with Vin Diesel reprising the title role was announced, giving hope to a new shared universe inspired by the lesser-known publisher.

Harbinger (TBA)

Harbinger from Valiant Comics

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Another Valiant movie adaptation reportedly in the works is Harbinger, which first went into development under Sony (which made Bloodshot) before switching to Paramount in 2019. According to ScreenRant, Paul Downs Colaizzo of Brittany Runs a Marathon fame will direct this adaptation of an “X-Men-esque” property about psionic superhumans.

Shadowman (TBA)

Shadowman from Valiant Comics

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Another movie based on the Valiant comic called Shadowman was greenlit back in 2017 with House Party director Reginald Hudlin and writers J. Michael Straczynski and Adam Simon attached. Not many further developments have been made regarding this movie about a New Orleans man given dark, supernatural abilities.

Green Hornet And Kato (TBA)

Seth Rogen and Jay Chou in The Green Hornet

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Hollywood first adapted The Green Hornet – originally a radio play – for the big screen as a Seth Rogen-led comedy in 2011, and Universal Pictures and Amasia Entertainment have reportedly teamed-up for a David Koepp-penned reboot called Green Hornet and Kato. According to Deadline, The Invisible Man director Leigh Whannel is reportedly in negotiations to helm this new adventure that may, hopefully, treat its titular crime fighting duo more earnestly.

One Punch Man (TBA)

The legendary One Punch Man in One Punch Man.

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The only way to make One Punch Man – a satirical manga-turned-anime about a superhero bored by his ability to defeat any enemy in one strike – into a feature-length film is to make it a comedy. Hopefully, that is the intention of the screenwriting duo behind Venom, who have been tapped by Sony to adapt it, and Fast and Furious movies helmer Justin Lin, who has been brought on to direct, according to EW.

My Hero Academia (TBA)

Bakugo and Uraraka in My Hero Academia.

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My Hero Academia is a popular anime inspired by a popular manga that follows a power-less boy who enrolls in a special school to learn how to be a superhero. In 2018, Legendary Entertainment purchased the rights to develop a live-action adaptation that, according to THR, will be released on Netflix.  

The Toxic Avenger (TBA)

Mitch Cohen in The Toxic Avenger

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One of the most iconic (and quite nasty) superhero comedies, The Toxic Avenger, has a reboot in post-production now. The original creators of the 1984 Troma release, Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz, are producing the update, starring Peter Dinklage and Elijah Wood, with Green Room and Blue Ruin star Macon Blair writing and directing.

Hellboy: The Crooked Man

Dark Horse Comics artwork of Hellboy from The Crooked Man storyline

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Following in the footsteps of Ron Perlman and David Harbour, Jack Kesy is about to take over the role of Hellboy in yet another reboot of the franchise based on Mike Mignola's Dark Horse comic book series. Inspired by the writer's favorite story featuring the heroic demon, Hellboy: The Crooked Man is a prequel taking place in 1950s Apalachia.

Whether you put your stock in the Marvel Universe (or Marvel Multiverse), the DC Universe (or DC Multiverse), or even neither, there is sure to be something hitting the big screen at some point that will satisfy your craving for a fun superhero adventure.

Jason Wiese
Content Writer

Jason has been writing since he was able to pick up a washable marker, with which he wrote his debut illustrated children's story, later transitioning to a short-lived comic book series and (very) amateur filmmaking before finally settling on pursuing a career in writing about movies in lieu of making them. Look for his name in just about any article related to Batman.