Not even the documentation process in the Philippines beats Marvel’s tumultuous comic book cinematic universes. Yet they are doubtless thriving. Marvel Studios, for instance, has been waiting on the year since they first set the stage in 2008 with the first Iron-Man film. 2018 marks the release of the much-teased Avengers: Infinity War, which is centered on magical stones with fantastic power. More and more, I’m thinking if Encantadia would fit in the MCEU, in a realm where bad CG is the norm.
20th Century Fox, in addition, is doubling down on its darker, more aggressive Marvel titles, with Deadpool 2 and Dark Phoenix being two of its bigger productions. Logan’s critical and box office success, of course, are instrumental to these films’ very existence. An event unto itself, the James Mangold film reiterates that there is a surplus of imaginative ways to tell a superhero story without being the typical superhero movie.
Here are all of the 2018 films based on Marvel comic book titles.
Ant-Man and the Wasp
The sequel to the 2015 film, Ant-Man and the Wasp is expected to return to the big screen. The film will obviously introduce the Janet van Dyne, a.k.a. The Wasp. Peyton Reed returns to direct the film, which is set to begin filming sometime in July this year.
Avengers: Infinity War
In this much-teased Joe and Anthony Russo film, the Avengers, after the exhaustive divide caused by the events in Civil War, must re-assemble once more and join forces with Star-Lord and the rest of the Guardians to face Thanos, who is maliciously eyeing dominion over space, time, and all forms of reality.
The film will open in theaters May 4, 2018.
Creed-director Ryan Coogler has been tapped to direct a standalone Black Panther film, perhaps Marvel’s most political title yet. The film is set to open in theaters February 16, 2017.
Simon Kinberg is in discussions directing a Dark Phoenix script he himself wrote. Sophie Turner is expected to reprise her role as Jean Grey.
After Deadpool’s thunderous success, 20th Century Fox is no doubt doubling down on the sequel. However, conflicts arise when Tim Miller, the first film’s director, left the project due to creative differences with the films’ star Ryan Reynolds. Luckily, the project is still a go, with Reynolds, Paul Wernick, and Rhett Reese writing the screenplay. Drew Goddard is also on-board as a creative consultant. The film, directed by David Leitch (Atomic Blonde), is expecting a June 2018 release.
The new X-Men spinoff film is looking at an April 13, 2018 release. It will feature a variety of X-Men characters including Magik, Warlock, Cannonball, Mirage, Wolfsbane, Mirage, Lockheed, Demon Bear, and more.
Untitled Venom Project
Sony is looking to create a Venom film out of a Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinker-written screenplay. The film will have no connection with the current MCU in which Spider-Man is in; the new Venom project will exist in Sony’s own cinematic universe. An October 5, 2018 release has been announced. In jest, Zac Efron tweeted that he would be playing Eddie Brock in the film. No word so far if there is any truth to Zac’s tweet which he has since deleted.