June 13, 2018

2018 the Year of Superheroes’ Movies

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Sam Garner

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2018 the year of superheroes' movies

The modern superhero movie boom can be traced back to Bryan Singer’s first X-
Men, and since then each passing year has produced more caped hero movies that have brought Marvel and DC’s heroes to the forefront of popular culture. 2018 is no different, with the Marvel Cinematic Universe enjoying two of their biggest successes with Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War, the X-Men franchise continues to grow with the continued success of Deadpool along with the main series second stab at the Dark Phoenix saga, and the DCEU is hoping to claw some credibility back after the abysmal Justice League with an Aquaman solo movie. So, let’s take a look at the big superhero releases of 2018.

Marvel

Marvel have already staked their claim once again as the defining Blockbuster company of the year. Black Panther made over a billion dollars, launched yet another popular character into the MCU, and proved to be the comic book movie with the most cultural impact since The Dark Knight. They followed this with Avengers: Infinity War, which somehow managed to combine a decade’s worth of set up into an epic movie that defied all expectations, especially as its villain, Thanos, made his full debut by breaking all of the rules that the MCU set up. Next up is the smaller scale, quite literally, of Antman and the Wasp, a movie that looks to purely entertain after the full universe shake-up of Infinity War. Outside of the MCU there is also the promising animated feature based on the Miles Morales Spiderman comics with Into the Spiderverse.

DCEU

DC has yet another uphill battle thanks to the spectacular failure of Justice League. Next up comes the Aquaman movie with Jason Mamoa reprising the role. Things don’t look as dire as expected thanks to the presence of director James Wan (Furious 7) who has proven adept at managing big-budget action movies. DC fans are hoping that Aquaman gets the Wonder Woman treatment, while also fully updating a character that has been the butt of many superhero related jokes for what feels like decades.

X-Men

Deadpool 2 is bigger, funnier, and much better than the first movie, and it has done decent business at the box office, but it has suffered by coming out so close to Infinity War. The next movie in the main continuity is X-Men: Dark Phoenix, which continues the series after the lackluster X-Men Apocalypse. Writer and executive producer Simon Kinberg makes his directorial debut as Sophie Turner’s Jean Grey takes center stage.

With half of 2018 gone, it’s already been a great year for superhero movies, certainly one of the best in recent years, and the movies still to be released look to continue the good run. It has never been a better time to be a fan of these movies, as any thoughts of cape and tights fatigue gets continually crushed by the fact that there are still so many great stories to tell, and new myths to make.

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