2018 is the year for comic nerds and geeks alike: It will see the release of a huge number of superhero movies. This is exciting for fans, but I think it is also quite worrying.
With Avengers: Infinity War (2018) hitting a recent success and Deadpool 2 (2018) coming in to fill the spotlight, so far, the year is looking good.
The movies coming out include:
Black Panther (February), Batman Ninja (March), Avengers: Infinity War (April), Deadpool 2 (May), Incredibles 2 (June), Ant man and Wasp (July), Venom (October), Spiderman: Into the Spider-verse (November/December), Aquaman (December).
So far, Marvel has impressed us with Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War. Black Panther itself impressed a lot of people with it being an amazing, box office hit movie with its main protagonist being black which isn’t a run of a mill thing many movies do.
On the other hand, we have Infinity War being a proper first half of the ending which will sadly change the whole MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) forever. This movie truly felt like Thanos’ movie and not like another repeated formula of awesome action that was ripped out of a comic. There are some flaws: Black Panther felt too rushed and like a late addition that had to happen just before the ending, and Infinity War’s ending didn’t mean much as we know future movies about those characters are coming out.
In addition, Fox has a special surprise up its sleeve giving us Deadpool 2, the sequel to the movie that smashed the box office in 2016. Even though the first film had a budget of $58 million it gained back over 5 times the budget. So, it’s safe to assume the cast and directors are pumped up to deliver us even more action. Reviews by people who have seen the movie early are also looking good and promising that Fox will have a good future with Deadpool.
If you love Spiderman, you might be in for a treat as 2 movies are coming out based around his world and one which has been released already featuring him. I’m of course talking about the movie about one of his famous villains (which seems like from the trailer is an anti-hero) Venom and one about different variations of the web headed crawler titled, Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse. This may be a bad thing, because Sony’s involvement with Spiderman looks great in videogames, animated shows and etc… but look awful in movies. The last time Spidey was on screen by Sony, he failed to deliver…twice. The first time it wasn’t awfully bad with 73% on Rotten Tomatoes (a famous website that gives out ratings worth checking out if you’ve never used it) but the second time, well, he got 52% which may not seem bad but compared to the other Spiderman movies it’s terrible. So, the “Venom” movie and “Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse” may be brushed away considering about the other two failure’s ratings and reviews.
Another problem is on DC’s side. With Marvel releasing nearly every superhero movie this year it’s counter-part (DC) is failing. This year they are only releasing Aquaman which is not promising. First, DC is failing miserably in creating a rival cinematic universe to Marvel: they’re rushing to create movies to compete and as a result most of their offerings are at best mediocre. Second, REALLY? Aquaman? Out of all the superheroes in the DC they chose to film a movie about a guy who swims fast and talks to fish. In early 2018 and late 2017 rumours were saying a Flashpoint (The time when The Flash ran back in time and saved his mother from death resulting in changing the whole world into a warzone between the people of Aquaman’s kingdom, Atlanteans, and Wonderwoman’s people, The Amazons) movie was going to come out but it got announced that it’ll be delayed until 2019 lowering the amount of movies DC will release this year. Compared to its rival, Marvel, DC is going to have to up their game in 2019.
So, when we first saw the number of movies coming out we thought both a) this year is going to be great and amazing and b) we are going to go bankrupt. But with digging in and exploring the past, we might not go bankrupt after all, but we will get bored of the same repeated formula, overused action sequences and non-accurate interpretations of the comics which will not satisfy our little geeky brains. But fingers crossed there will be amazing shots, imagery, CGI, humour and action to satisfy our focused ears and eyes.