Comic book movies continue popular trend

Troy Frank, Sports Editor

There are a total of 25 superhero movies between May 2015 and Dec. 2020 that will show everyone how great it is to be a comic book nerd. For starters, there is a little film you may have heard of called Avengers: Age of Ultron. Many are predicting this movie to bank over 200 million dollars in its opening much like its predecessor, The Avengers (2012). Why? Because Marvel Studios, which produces this film and others related to it like Iron Man (2008) and Thor (2011), has a track record of making good movies for all audiences.

If you are a movie fan or comic book nerd, you should be super excited, no pun intended, for the upcoming Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. DC Comics and Warner Brothers have followed in Marvel’s footsteps and have launched their own “Cinematic Universe” in which every movie they released is linked together as one long story. The first film for DC was Man of Steel (2013). Dawn of Justice will be the introduction of their most successful box office hero, Batman, along with a number of others who will eventually become the Justice League. The film will be released March 25, 2016.

Meanwhile, back at Marvel, they intend to keep you blown away by releasing Captain America: Civil War on May 6, 2016. This will be the third film of the Captain America franchise. What makes this one so special is the plot. It is basically Iron Man and his own team of superheroes against Captain America and his team. In two movies, separated by only a month and some change, two highly beloved characters will battle each other. How awesome does that sound?

With all of these characters like Batman, Superman, and Iron Man, none are arguably more cherished as Spider-Man. Back in the 1980s, Marvel Comics needed money so they sold multimedia rights of the Web-Slinger, and after a while, went to Sony Pictures along with selling the X-Men, Deadpool, and the Fantastic Four to 20th Century Fox. When Marvel created their cinematic universe and were making really good movies, people were up in arms about why there was no Spidey. Well that all changed as of Feb. 9 when they and Sony came to an agreement where Marvel could place Spider-Man in any MCU movie if Sony could continue making solo movies for him under the direction of the MCU’s producers. Spider-Man is now set to be in Civil War and have his own film, Spectacular Spider-Man, on July 27, 2017.

Fox also has their hands dirty with their group. X-Men just had its most successful installment yet with X-Men: Days of Future Past and will be releasing X-Men: Apocalypse in 2016. They also have a reboot of Fantastic Four coming this summer that is said to be more dark and horrific than its chipper original. Deadpool is getting a solo movie in 2016 as well. The movie was funded by Ryan Reynolds and he will also star in it. Fans were upset with Reynolds as he portrayed Deadpool in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) and, by many, disgraced the “merc with a mouth”.

You know comic book movies are finally becoming relevant and impressive when Marvel can take an unknown property like Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), and turn it into a 333 million dollar blockbuster and a critically acclaimed success. So when these next few years have a sequel to Guardians in 2017, along with the Justice League parts one and two in 2017-18, and Avengers: Infinity War parts one and two in 2018-19, who knows how great these next five years will be.