We all need things that keep us excited about life. For some, it is adrenaline-induced activities, for others it is achieving milestones in life, and for some others it is a salary hike, but for most of us, it is superhero movies and movies inspired by comic books – the anticipation of it, reading up every little thing about it, watching it, and finally getting into pointless debates about the specifics.
When DC, Marvel or even 20th Century Fox announces a new superhero flick and the highly-anticipated trailer finally drops, we're sure you're one of the many who watches it half a dozen times, and the feeling can be compared to the adrenaline rush of jumping out of a chopper or the satisfaction of getting your salary. You can imagine what joy it is for someone who fits the same bill to be alive and well in 2019.
From 'Captain Marvel' to 'Joker', many a superhero movie and movies inspired by comic books are lined up for release. Here is a succinct list of all the comic book-inspired movies coming your way this year.
'Joker' – October 14
Joaquin Phoenix is aspiring to bring his unique flavor to one of the most iconic DC villains of all time. Admittedly, we have had quite a few brilliant versions of the Clown Prince of Gotham, but this version, which will also see the likes of Zazie Beetz and Robert De Niro in starring roles in Gotham promises to be pretty spectacular. This Warner Bros. project is going to give audiences a completely different take on Batman's biggest foe.
'The New Mutants' – August 2
The Josh Boone project has been in the making for a long time, with the trailer having debuted in October 2017. Dabbling in the horror genre coupled with the superhero angle, 'The New Mutants' follows the story of five young mutants who are discovering their abilities while being held captive in a secret facility and their subsequent escape. Starring Anya Taylor-Joy as Magik, Maisie Williams as Wolfsbane and Charlie Heaton as Sunspot, there will be a young and fresh flavor to this film that is enough to keep us excited.
'Spider-Man: Far From Home' – July 6
Possibly having gotten resurrected post 'Avengers: Endgame', our friendly neighborhood superhero goes across the pond for his next adventure. Joined by his love interest MJ Jones (Zendaya) and BFF Ned (Jacob Batalon), Peter Parker (Tom Holland) goes on a school trip to Europe where he gets recruited by Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson) for S.H.I.E.L.D. Also, the movie marks Jake Gyllenhaal’s entry into the superhero genre.
'X-Men: Dark Phoenix' – June 7
After postponing the release date by a year, the next and final installment in Fox’s re-launch of the 'X-Men' franchise will hit theatres on June 7. With the Disney-Fox merger just around the corner, 'Dark Phoenix' might be the last time we see James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Sophie Turner, and other stars portray some of our favorite mutants. This film will center on Turner’s Jean Grey aka Phoenix, who becomes a danger to herself and those around her, thanks to the battle between her two personalities for control.
'Avengers: Endgame' – April 26
The title says it all. One of the, if not the, most anticipated films of the year, 'Avengers: Endgame' will mark the end of MCU's phase III, and will show how the handful of heroes that were spared when Thanos (Josh Brolin) obliterated half the Universe’s population come back from their astronomical loss. If the first trailer is anything to go by, it is going to be an epic cinematic experience.
'Hellboy' – April 12
After stealing our hearts as the drunken cop-turned-daddy Jim Hopper in Netflix's 'Stranger Things', David Harbour is going to bring his ability to uniquely portray deep and emotionally complex characters to the Dark Horse Comics character. Born a powerful demon, we see the character getting revamped in the reboot film helmed by Neil Marshall. Harbour, who refrained from imitating Ron Perlman's version, says the new Hellboy will be "younger" and "rougher" than his predecessor.
'Shazam!' – April 5
With Zachary Levi playing the titular teenage superhero, Warner Bros.' next is going to be an interesting experiment if nothing else. With more flops than hits in the DC Extended Universe, the studio is clearly trying to emulate the light-hearted tone of 'Wonder Woman' – its biggest success yet – with 'Shazam!', whose origin story is admittedly a little bizarre. Not many are hopeful of horror director David F. Sandberg’s first attempt at making a superhero film, but count us, we're excited!
'Captain Marvel' – March 8
Slated for an International Women's Day release, Captain Marvel will be the MCU’s first female-led movie. Starring Oscar winner Brie Larson as Carol Davers, an air-force pilot gifted with superhuman abilities, fans will get to see an eye patch-less Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson) working as a low-level bureaucrat at S.H.I.E.L.D. Moreover, you can look forward to seeing a digitally de-aged version of Fury and Agent Coulson in this highly anticipated film.