First of all happy New Year everyone! So we have 3 big superhero movies coming out this year:
- Avengers: Age of Ultron
- Fantastic Four
As well as 8 live-action superhero shows
- The Flash
- Agents of Shield
- Agent Carter
- A.K.A Jessica Jones
So let’s breakdown 2015 to find out what we can expect from the upcoming year:
January brings us the return of most of our comic book shows including Arrow, The Flash, Gotham and Constantine. Arrow will be picking up from the mid-season cliffhanger (wink wink), and it looks like the show will shift focus from showing us mainly present day Oliver Queen adventures, to showing us instead only flashback Oliver Queen adventures, and present day Laurel Lance and Roy Harper adventures. From the synopsis released we know Laurel will be taking up the Black Canary mantle in this mid-season premiere, but by the sounds of it she’s going to be a shitty Black Canary and then throughout the season she will slowly develop the skills necessary to be not shit.
The Flash will pick up by focusing on Flash rogues Captain Cold and Heatwave, which means we will finally be seeing the start of the Rogues team woohoo! There’s nothing better than a bunch of villains that seem goofy actually be total badasses and teaming up together.
Gotham will be taking its story over to Arkham Asylum. Lets just hope they don’t show kid Harleen Quinzel wandering around the Asylum looking for future job opportunities.
The second half of Constantine’s season will continue developing the Jim Corrigan character we met a few episodes ago, which will hopefully mean we see some Spectre action in the finale.
Then we got Agent Carter, a brand new Marvel show premiering early January. Agent Carter will help to further develop the history of the Marvel Universe. The good thing about Agent Carter is that it’s a limited series, giving it a chance to start off a lot stronger than Agents of Shield.
I want some freaking trailers please! Throughout February and March we will surely start seeing some promotion for Ant-Man and Fantastic Four. Ant-Man comes out in July and Fantastic Four comes out a month later in August. So February and March seems like the right time to start getting some promotional materials out.
We’ve at least gotten some official images from Ant-Man, but we have gotten nothing other than a synopsis from Fantastic Four. It’s odd for a big superhero property to do this, and doesn’t really instill any confidence in the audience that Fantastic Four won’t be crap like the previous 3 films. Fingers crossed that when the first Fantastic Four trailer comes out, it will start alleviating the fear of this movie sucking.
March will also see the return of Agents of Shield. The season 2 mid-season finale was huge! The rest of season 2 looks like it will be laying some groundwork for the upcoming Inhumans film. It will be interesting to see how they move forward with Skye’s powers in the show as well.
May is going to be a big month! First of all Avengers: Age of Ultron comes out. So obviously this movie is going to be huge on its own. But it will also probably dramatically change the dynamics of the team. We may see additional team members join by the end of the film in the form of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, and we may also see the seeds planted for upcoming Civil War movie. I expect we’re going to get a lot of tension building between Captain America and Iron Man in Age of Ultron (team Captain America all the way).
We will also be getting Daredevil. The Netflix series will be released in May as well. Even though we know the Netflix shows are connected to the larger Marvel Universe, I feel like these shows will be a lot more contained compared to Agents of Shield, which will be good for building these individual characters’ worlds. Hopefully Daredevil focuses on building the character rather than being distracted by the larger cinematic universe.
In May we will also be getting Mad Max. Now why am I mentioning Mad Max? Because Mad Max is going to be one of the biggest Warner Bros films of 2015, soooo it seems like the type of film they will attach the first trailer for Batman v Superman to. Not so much a full length trailer, but more of a teaser trailer perhaps. There were all these rumours of a trailer for Batman v Superman coming out on Christmas Day, which obviously didn’t happen, so releasing it in May seems like a more viable option.
July brings us Ant-Man. With all the behind the scenes stuff going on with Ant-Man, all eyes are on the film to see if it can still do well without Edgar Wright. I think it will be great anyways. Guardians of the Galaxy worked because they made it a full on space adventure, so if they make Ant-Man a full on heist type movie, then that would be great. I don’t really know that much about the Ant-Man character, so I’m super curious to see how they utilise his powers on-screen.
July is also San Diego Comic Con time, and word from Latino Review (although it was pretty obvious anyways), Warner Bros is planning the biggest Hall H presentation everrr! So what can we expect? We will obviously be expecting some Batman v Superman footage, and maybe even the entire Justice League cast on stage. We will probably also see a little bit of Suicide Squad stuff. Although I doubt very much as Suicide Squad is coming out in the back half of 2016, so they might save the big stuff for the 2016 Comic-Con. Either way now that Warner Bros have really put their foot forward with their DC cinematic universe, we can expect to see something more than just their cast members silently waving on stage.
And the movie everyone has kinda been waiting for Fantastic Four comes out! Fox already has a release date for the Fantastic Four sequel so they sound pretty confident right now. Fantastic Four won’t have competition with any other superhero movie, and August isn’t as jam-packed as the May/June/July months. So Fantastic Four has the potential to really perform, if it’s good.
The problem is that people will still have the sour taste of the previous Fantastic Four films in their mouths. It’s always hard to reinvigorate a franchise when the last movie was so bad. Batman Begins didn’t even make $400 million worldwide, and I’m sure it had something to do with Batman and Robin. Superman Returns had an uphill battle as the last Superman movie before that was The Quest for Peace (but I mean who really watched that movie anyways?). The Fantastic Four reboot has the same uphill battle, which is why it’s baffling that they haven’t released any promo material to show audiences that the franchise has grown since the last movie.
The Avengers Age of Ultron trailer came out in October last year, so I’m expecting the Civil War trailer to come out around the same time this year. And because DC and Marvel like screwing with each other, another Batman v Superman trailer will probably come out a couple of days after the Civil War trailer comes out.
Because Suicide Squad is coming out early August 2016 I wouldn’t be surprised if we see the first footage of the film this December. It won’t be much, but we will probably get some Suicide Squad stuff this year. The first footage for The Dark Knight Rises came out a year before the film opened, same with Man of Steel. Warner Bros likes to start promotion early, so expect some Suicide Squad footage this year as well.
We may also get some Doctor Strange stuff this year as well. Doctor Strange is coming out near the end of 2016 so the most we will get is probably a few official images.
The Netflix AKA Jessica Jones show is also being released this year, but an official date has yet to be set. It will probably come out around the October/November months.
So 2015 seems like a jam-packed year (but really nothing compared to what 2016 is bringing us), but what are you looking forward to this year? Let me know!