Superhero movies multiply at a vast rate, until there are individual arcs and crossovers to boast of. With 25 movies spread across four phases, Marvel houses several gateways to newer journeys.
The franchise that dominates Hollywood has a hoard of cinematic breakthroughs under its belt, and it is on its way to making some more.
Scrounging through existing movies or tapping the comic-verse, Marvel has passed on the baton of its superhero family to a host of new members. They might have piqued your interest with their seemingly-lucrative roles or might be debutants donning capes and knives–Marvel sure knows how to make snippets of their stories spin into decorated journeys.
Release: February 14th, 2019
She rose and fell back to the ashes, but Marvel has Jean Grey rewinding her flight. Officially the twelfth instalment in the X-Men series, the franchise is devoting a trilogy to Jean Grey’s Dark Phoenix. Sophie Turner of Game of Thrones fame took on the mantle from Famke Janssen in 2006’s X-Men: Apocalypse and will be carrying the legacy forward. The series will also star fellow X-Men batchmates, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, and Nicholas Hoult.
We know how her story ends, and the spin-off pivots around Jean’s journey from a superhero to a villain. Set in the 1990s, the chaos and weight of dark forces in her mind dominates the theme of the movie, as she struggles to grant flight to the dark phoenix.
Release: October 5th, 2018
Spider-Man is definitely a hero of many faces: Toby Maguire, Andrew Garfield, and the newly introduced Tom Holland know the web-slinger’s costume a little too well. Following Sony’s reboot of the Marvel superhero’s story, a spin-off about Spidey’s foe is going to drop soon. And when you know Tom Hardy is playing the titular villain in this Spiderverse, things are about to get lethal. It also stars Michelle Williams and Riz Ahmed, and the movie is being spun by Ruben Fleischer.
Venom is Spider-Man’s future foe, who turns into a darker version of the superhero after being bit by an alien parasite. Not all bites bare morally-conscious heroes, and this anti-hero has only poison to spread.
Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse
Release: December 14th, 2018
Peter Parker’s adventures as the Spider-Man has been our only acquaintance with the character. It’s the comic books, which have had more than one man behind the web-slinger’s mask, and Disney and Sony have eyed just the same. Miles Morales, another version of Spidey, is all set to zip the suit around him in Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse.
The live-action movie is developed in the format of a computer animation flick, with Shameik Moore voicing the lead character. Delve deeper into the tales and times of Miles Morales’ stint as the superhero, as he tries to strike a balance between the two worlds. The mould is the same, but it’s how our Spider-Men do it.
Silver and Black
Release: February 8th, 2019
Safe to say, Sony is going all out to cinematise the Spiderverse. Beyond the chronicles of Spidey(s), the spin-off has a premise revolving around Silver Sable and Black Cat. The foe-turned-friends’ tale will witness Silver Sable as the head pursuing the professional burglar, Black Cat, until they join forces for gripping action.
Casting and production are yet to be undertaken. Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, Silver and Black will have you hooked at the tail.
The New Mutants
Release: August 2nd, 2019
Superhero franchises give rise to anti-hero epics, which have us raving in equal proportions. And now the record has a spin of horror in it, as the X-Men series introduces a slew of future-generation actors. Game of Thrones’ Maisie Willaims, Split’s Anna Taylor-Joy, Stranger Things’ Charlie Heaton, and 13 Reasons Why’s Henry Zaga are the new batch of mutants who will carry the X-Men mantle forward.
It started with Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Famke Jennson, Hugh Jackman, and Patrick Stewart; then the franchise went on to add younger counterparts through James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender. Sophie Turner and Dafne Keen are being given their individual series owing to their cinematic reception, and comic books are being tapped for a new cohort of characters. The next generation of mutants is all set to make their spooky entry next year, with Josh Boone donning the director’s cap.
There is a lot of tangibility to be added here–the project is in development without a director to speak of and a cast to shoot. Channing Tatum is actively lobbying for a Gambit story and has an edgier vision for the character in mind. He’s a thief, but with electrifying talent: the New Orleans’ ruffian can charge inanimate objects with power.
Despite being three years behind schedule and no one to captain the ship, the movie hopes to see the dawn of production in the near future.
Wolverine’s swan song brought journeys to an end and was a tale enriched with a befitting end. The mutants, however, have witnessed a new spark in X-23 or Laura’s character. You couldn’t have forgotten her: tantamount to being Wolverine’s daughter, Laura possessed a similar DNA composition, giving her a similar, if not more enhanced, set of skills. Even though Hugh Jackman said his goodbyes to the franchise, Dafne Keen’s Laura is just getting started.
The Logan spin-off began brewing since the magnificent success of the last Wolverine instalment. With the premise, cast, and production still under works, James Mangold is expected to helm the Laura-project very soon.
Black Widow spin-off
It started with Iron Man, the arc reactor of the Avengers. Then came Hulk with his terrifying strength followed by our Asgardian god, Thor. The first Avenger, Captain America, rose from the depths of ocean to unite Marvel’s Avengers. There have been individual trilogies of these caped heroes as well as of characters on the fringes, and it’s time Natasha Romanoff’s surreptitious past got the limelight too.
A project in development for years now, the MCU has been “creatively and emotionally” involved in narrating the story of Black Widow. With a director on board, the spin-off seems to be gearing up for a 2020 release as a part of Marvel’s fourth phase. Jac Schaeffer is currently working on a Black Widow script as we speak, or write. Although the project is yet to receive green light for final production, our hopes of seeing Scarlett Johansson as the stealthy ruffian isn’t dying down anytime soon.