2013's most anticipated upcoming comic book superhero movies
2013 looks to be like another winning year when it comes to superhero movies. While there will not be a single comic book movie that will exceed the success of The Avengers from last summer, these four are sure to be hits this year.
1. Iron Man 3
Being the first Marvel film released after the Avengers, it has a lot to live up to. But it does have the potential to be better then the other two Iron Man movies that came before it.
This time around, Tony Start faces the Mandarin. Kevin Fiege, head of Marvel Studios has said that the movie is a Stark-centric movie where our "hero" (Tony Stark) is stripped of everything and has to rely on his wits to defeat his enemies.
The movie is set for release on May 3rd and will be both 2-D and in 3-D.
2. The Wolverine
Hugh Jackman is back, reprising his role as Wolverine (Logan). This time the plot is based around Chris Claremont and Frank Miller's 1982 limited series in which Wolverine travels to Japan and faces a "mysterious" figure from his past.
Interestingly enough, this movie almost didn't get made. Since the filming was in Japan the 2011 earthquake and tsunami suspended filming. Additionally, the original director suddenly departed in March 2011. Because of this, the movie got pushed back and filming finally restarted in 2012.
The US release is scheduled for July 26th.
3. Man of Steel
Christopher Nolan is the producer seat for the reboot of this franchise. Based on his recent success with the Batman franchise, you'd be right in thinking that he will have equal success with Superman.
This time, there is no Lex Luthor to fight. They decided that the main villain in this film would be Zod. General Zod was a cult favorite in Superman II and hopefully he will be equally good (in a bad way) in this movie as well.
Here's to hoping that this Superman will be the one that gets the franchise back on its feet.
Man of Steel is scheduled for release on June 14th, in 2-D, 3-D and IMAX.
4. Thor: The Dark World
There hasn't been much released about this film yet aside from the fact that the cast members from the first film are back to reprise their roles. In fact, Marvel has only just release it's first "official" photo from the movie on January 31st.
Marvel Studios' official description of the film says: "Marvel’s "Thor: The Dark World" continues the big screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel’s "Thor" and "Marvel’s The Avengers," Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos...but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all."
It's set for a November 8th release in the US so there is still a while yet to wait for this one, but the wait should (hopefully) be worth it.
There is certainly no shortage of comic book movies this year and I think it is safe to say that the studios will be making a killing off of these movies and won't have to worry about any flops out of them.