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DC vs Marvel: Which movies are going head to head through 2020?

- October 15th, 2014

Do you know what you’ll be doing in 2020? Don’t worry, Marvel Studios and Warner Bros. have you covered.

During a press conference on Wednesday, Warner Bros. and DC executives revealed their full slate of superhero movies through 2020.

Leading off the previously announced Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League titles, DC also confirmed fans should expect to see stand alone Wonder Woman, Flash, Shazam, Green Lantern, Cyborg, and Aquaman films, too, along with more individual Superman and Batman films.

The news comes just days after rumours flooded the internet that Marvel was pairing up Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr) and Captain America (Chris Evans) for the third instalment of the latter’s popular movie franchise to launch the Civil War story arc.

The overload of news, rumours, and casting whispers has caused a foggy haze to settle over fans eyes. The most important question, still, is when the films will be released?

And in subsequent, which Marvel movie will go head to head with which DC movie?

Although certain dates have been announced, Warner Bros. and Marvel Studios have left the majority of their slots blank, but that didn’t stop us from trying to crack the less than cryptic code.

Note: This list will ignore Ant-Man and Avengers: Age of Ultron as DC doesn’t have any films scheduled until 2016. Marvel wins that round via forfeiture.

2016:

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice versus Captain America 3

The amount of controversy surrounding the release date of these two films is unbelievable. Both have been previously slotted for earlier or later dates, but changed to better secure a successful weekend win at the box office.

In the end, Warner Bros. and DC decided to take Batman v Superman out of the spring/summer box office game altogether, slotting it for a safe March 26 release date. Post Oscars and pre-blockbuster season will cement its massive financial payday.

If the two were going head to head, however, our bets would be on Captain America 3, which is scheduled to be released on May 6. While Batman v Superman has the curiosity angle where audiences are concerned (who doesn’t want to see if Ben Affleck can pull off the Caped Crusader), the launch of Civil War, easily the most important mini-saga in the Marvel universe, will win over the majority of theatre goers.

Doctor Strange

Casting rumours are always a little hectic, but the amount of names being thrown in the pot for one of Marvel’s oldest superheroes is a little over the top. With that being said, it’s obvious there is no shortage of anticipation for the film. With no DC heroes slotted to take on the wizard, Marvel automatically wins the summer season.

WINNER: Marvel

2017:

First unannounced Marvel film – Hulk movie (May 5)

Considering Hulk is one of the most successful characters to come out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe re-framing, it’s only a matter of time until Marvel Studios Executive Kevin Feige and his team announce the green monster’s stand alone movie. Marvel isn’t going to want to throw a Hulk movie into the middle of blockbuster season, however, and May has always been testing grounds for the studio.

Summer: Justice League (June 23) versus Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (July 28)

As popular as Guardians of the Galaxy is, all bets are on Justice League taking home the summer box office. Much of this depends on how Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice does in 2016, and how much people are willing to complain about director Zack Snyder again on Twitter. The Guardians sequel will undoubtedly pull in bags of money for Marvel, but it’s not a Justice League versus Avengers scenario. Most theatre goers will choose the massive DC team for the first time on screen over Chris Pratt and company’s return.

Winter: Wonder Woman (November 17) versus Ant-Man 2 (November 3)

Like Marvel and the possible Hulk standalone movie, DC isn’t going to risk putting Wonder Woman as their number one contender when it comes to summer blockbuster competition. The November slot is perfect for action buffs who are trying to find a decent movie to watch while in the thrall of horror and Oscar season, guaranteeing a payday for the studio. As for Marvel, they don’t like to keep their franchises too far apart in release dates. November 3 would be almost two and half years after the first Ant-Man is released in 2015, making it the perfect spot for its sequel to debut.

WINNER: DC

2018:

Pre-blockbuster season: Aquaman (March 27) versus Avengers 3 (May 4)

It may seem odd for a movie like Aquaman, not even one of DC’s more popular characters, to go up against the third Avengers movie, but there’s little doubt that’s what Marvel has scheduled. The top of May spot has always been used for an Avengers movie when it’s an Avengers year (alternating otherwise between Captain America and Iron Man), and 2018 will see the third instalment of the film. DC slotting Aquaman a couple of months earlier is their way of retaining as much profit as they can before Marvel’s financial beast is released.

Summer: The Flash (July 27) versus Doctor Strange 2 (July 6)

With the third Avengers movie out there, Marvel could slot whatever they wanted to and still win every weekend at the box office. 2018 would see the appropriate time for Marvel to release a Doctor Strange sequel, and it would be a great Avengers-team free follow up for Marvel fans. This summer belongs to Warner Bros., though, with the Flash’s debut. Starring Ezra Miller (The Perks of Being a Wallflower), The Flash is easily the most hyped up DC film following Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman.

Winter: Howard the Duck (November 2)

Remember the ferocious little duck from the ‘90s, or at the very least the fearsome looking duck from the post-credits scene in Guardians of the Galaxy? This is his time. With no competition from any major blockbuster character, Marvel slotting an unusual character like Howard the Duck toward the end of the year would be their best bet at getting him off the ground.

WINNER: Marvel

2019:

Pre-blockbuster season: Justice League 2 (April 5) versus first Civil War installment (May 3)

Again, May has historically been a massive part of Marvel’s movie roll out. After unveiling they were going to try and bring their beloved Civil War story to the screen, questions immediately poured out from fans about whether that meant they were negotiating securing partial rights to use Spider-Man from Sony. If the latest rumours from the Sony camp are true, Marvel is heading toward that right now. 2019 will give the studios enough time to sort out the legalities and bring Spider-Man into the Avengers universe.

DC will try to give Marvel a run for their money with the Justice League sequel, but if Spider-Man does make it onto the big screen with Captain America and Iron Man in an all out comic book war, there’s no hope for the latter company.

Summer: Shazam (June 14)

Usually, putting a character like Shazam up as the main attraction mid-summer would be a risky decision. With no competition from the Marvel camp, however, it’s a guaranteed success.

WINNER: Marvel

2020:

There’s no competition from Marvel this year (or at least there isn’t yet), so be sure to keep an eye out for the standalone Cyborg film on April 3 and the revamped Green Lantern film on June 4.

WINNER: DC

Watch: First trailer for ‘Tomorrowland’ with George Clooney drops

- October 9th, 2014

Disney has just dropped the first teaser trailer for next summer’s Tomorrowland. The highly-secretive film pairs George Clooney with director Brad Bird (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) in a story from Damon Lindelof (LOST).

In the spot we see Britt Robertson being released from a detention centre. As she’s handed back her belongings, she is given a pin with the letter ‘T’ on it. It’s not hers she says, but when she touches it she’s immediately transported to a field that’s nestled beside a futuristic-looking city.

“What if there was a place?” George Clooney teases in a voiceover. “A secret place, where nothing was impossible. A miraculous place where you could actually change the world.”

The clip fades to black, and then we get a glimpse of Cloony’s Frank Walker. “You wanna go?” he asks. The title card comes up before a split second bit of action.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Lindelof hinted that film’s sci-fi leanings. “What Hogwarts is to magic, Tomorrowland is to science: They are both easy to find if you are a wizard and very difficult to find if you’re a Muggle,” Lindelof tells the magazine. “Walt Disney is not a character in our movie, but he is referenced as having some involvement in this mysterious place called Tomorrowland, as a huge futurist and aficionado of space travel, rocketry, cities of the future, and space travel.”

Tomorrowland opens May 22, 2015.

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‘Ghostbusters 3′ is happening with ‘Bridesmaids’ director, female leads

- October 8th, 2014

Who you gonna call? Well, it’s certainly not going to be Bill Murray.

On Wednesday, director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat) confirmed via Twitter that Ghostbusters 3 was happening.

Along with the confirmation, he also announced he would be co-writing the film with his former Heat writer, Katie Dippold.

It’s official. I’m making a new Ghostbusters & writing it with @katiedippold & yes, it will star hilarious women. That’s who I’m gonna call.

— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) October 8, 2014

One of the more dramatic announcements he managed to squeeze within the 140 character limit was that the film’s leads, originally played by Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Harold Ramis, would be played by female actors.

The decision to go with Feig as a director for the reboot along with a female cast was reported as a rumour by The Hollywood Reporter back in August.

During the Toronto International Film Festival this year, Bill Murray spoke briefly to the Toronto Star about the upcoming Ghostbusters film and suggested a few actors he’d love to see fill the roles.

“Melissa [McCarthy] would be a spectacular Ghostbuster. And Kristen Wiig is so funny – God, she’s funny! I like this girl Linda Cerdellini (Mad Men) a lot. And Emma Stone is funny. There are some funny girls out there,” Murray told the Toronto Star.

At this time, there isn’t any more information on when the film is scheduled to start filming, nor has any actor been attached to the project.

Considering who’s involved so far, though, don’t be surprised to hear some Bridesmaids stars names surface from the Rolodex in upcoming months.

Robert Downey Jr. backtracks on ‘Iron Man 4′ comments

- October 7th, 2014

UPDATED: After confirming Iron Man 4 in an appearance on Ellen earlier in the day, Robert Downey Jr. backpeddled on his comments during an appearance last night on David Letterman.

When the late night host quizzed the actor about appearing in a fourth instalment, he indicated Marvel has a plan for the character — and let’s be clear, he said Iron Man 4 was happening, not that he was necessarily going to be in it.

“They do have a plan… they’re very secretive about it,” he told Letterman.

When Letterman pressed for an answer, he added: “Just between us, no — but I’m going to do other stuff with Marvel. I’m still going to be involved with Marvel and there’s going to be plenty of other fun stuff.”

So, could it be that we’ll see War Machine suit up for Iron Man 4? Speculate in the comments.

My original post follows below.


After teasing last week that he’ll do Iron Man 4 if Mel Gibson agrees to direct, and then teasing some more during a reddit AMA in which he said, “soon the Marvel Roster will be made public and all questions will be answered,” Robert Downey Jr. has confirmed that there will be a fourth instalment in the popular franchise.

RDJ broke the news on the Ellen earlier today after the host asked him point blank about the film. In the clip, which you can see below, Downey talks about Marvel’s plans for several upcoming movies. “We’re in the middle of a negotiation,” he adds. “So yes?” she asks. “Okay, yes,” he replies.

Downey will reprise his role as Iron Man in Avengers: Age of Ultron and he is slated to appear in Avengers 3 (which doesn’t have a release date yet). Speaking of Avengers 3, according to a report on Badass Digest, there is speculation that characters like Captain America and Thor may not appear in the film – or it might be split in two with the first half anchored by Iron Man and the Guardians of the Galaxy.

“Imagine an Avengers 3 without Thor or Captain America, maybe without Black Widow. It’s a movie where the secondary characters from the MCU get to stand up and prove their worth, possibly even setting up their own spin-offs. With Guardians Marvel has shown that their brand is the star, and by the time we get to A3 clearly people will be on board with the entire universe. Keep Iron Man – Robert Downey Jr’s renegotiated contract seems to specify Avengers 3 as his next film – and you have a new launching pad for characters to take over from the current big guns.”

Again it’s total speculation, but it has some weight given that Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth each have two movies left on their contracts.

In case you want to keep track, here are all the dates for what Marvel has coming in the next five years:

Avengers: Age of Ultron: May 1, 2015
Ant-Man: July 17, 2015
Captain America 3: May 6, 2016
Untitled on July 8, 2016 (most likely Doctor Strange, preferably with Jared Leto or Ethan Hawke)
Untitled on May 5, 2017
Guardians of the Galaxy 2: July 28, 2017
Untitled on November 3, 2017
Untitled on July 6, 2018
Untitled on November 2, 2018 (my guess is that this is Avengers 3)
Untitled on May 3, 2019

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Spider-Man may be joining the Avengers

- October 7th, 2014

Spider-Man may finally be joining the Avengers on screen.

After years of animosity between Marvel Studios and Sony Studios, Hitfix’s Drew McWeeny is reporting the latter studio’s executives are “opening up” when it comes to a possible collaboration.

“What seems clear from what I’ve heard is that Marvel wants to be able to play with all of their characters, and if they can make that work creatively and on a corporate level, they will, and that means the world gets bigger again,” McWeeny wrote.

If the rumours he’s hearing are true, it’ll be the superhero amalgamation comic book fans have been waiting on for years.

Spider-Man plays an integral part to Marvel’s Avengers comics, and the exclusion of him has left the team relying on Tony Stark for comedic relief, a facet that’s simply not true within the comic book realm.

The biggest possibility that would come out of the potential deal, though, is the prospect of Marvel’s greatest Avengers feat, “Civil War” being brought to the big screen.

Although to pull off that gigantic undertaking, Marvel would have to smooth over differences with their third competitor, Fox Studios.

According to McWeeny, that’s a truce moviegoers are unlikely to see anytime soon. Marvel Comics are reportedly set to kill off Deadpool down the line, an entity that was just purchased for film by Fox studios, and the Fantastic Four are still under the grasp of Fox executives.

Then there was the X-Men debacle. Marvel Comics may have created the legendary X-Men team, but when it comes to the films, not only does Fox own the characters they also own the term “mutant.”

A pain in Marvel Studios sides, it turns out, leading the writers on the upcoming Avengers sequel Age of Ultron to write their version of X-Men Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver as miracle babies.

Despite all of the Fox conundrums, though, this is a great start.

Spider-Man joining the Avengers ranks is just the ingredient the Marvel Cinematic universe needs to keep lifelong comic book fans happy.

After all, with great power comes great responsibility.