The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been kicking butt and taking names since 2008 with the release of Iron Man, and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. Whether you love the MCU or not, there’s no denying that superhero movies have become huge in the past decade, and it looks like they aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. But which are the best upcoming superhero movies? Below are my top 5, but it was honestly hard to limit myself to just five.
Captain America: Civil War
The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s latest superhero movie is an action-packed roller coaster that delivers plenty of surprises—and a few disappointments. Here are five reasons why you should see it, and two you shouldn’t waste your time. For some background: I’m not a movie critic, but I do love comic books and superhero movies. Spoilers follow for Captain America: Civil War, so be warned! This one picks up after The Avengers (2012) left off and introduces us to new heroes like Black Panther and Spider-Man.
In 2016, Marvel gave us Captain America: Civil War, a movie that found Iron Man on one side and Captain America on another. It also gave us our first taste of magic in the Marvel cinematic universe with Doctor Strange. Benedict Cumberbatch will bring Stephen Strange to life on screen when Doctor Strange debuts in November 2016. While magic is no stranger to superhero movies—we saw some actual sorcery back in Season 3 of True Blood—Marvel has never used it as a plot device before, which makes Doctor Strange a very exciting development for fans of both Marvel and magical fantasy stories alike. While we have no idea what kind of trouble Dr. Strange will run into, seeing magic incorporated into Marvel’s version of Earth is something many fans have been waiting for a long time.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
The plot of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will pick up where Avengers: Infinity War leaves off, but it’s not clear how much input/influence Thanos had on events in between films. We will get to know a lot more about where [Peter Quill] came from in [Vol. 2], and he will learn a lot more about who his father is, said James Gunn at San Diego Comic-Con 2016. And we’ll see the two of them together, which will be very interesting and different from anything we’ve seen before.
The MCU has been unstoppable since it started, and with Spider-Man: Homecoming set to release in 2017, there’s no reason to think that’ll change any time soon. The movie stars Tom Holland as a 15-year-old Peter Parker—the third actor to play Spider-Man on screen after Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield—who will finally come into contact with Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark in his own solo film after appearing briefly in Captain America: Civil War. Not only will we get a glimpse of Spidey’s world, but we’ll also be introduced to some lesser known characters from his universe including Laura Harrier as Liz Allan and Zendaya Coleman as Michelle Jones.
It’s been a couple of years since The Avengers: Age of Ultron, but we’re finally inching toward Thor: Ragnarok. The third movie starring Chris Hemsworth as our Asgardian hero is scheduled to hit theaters in November 2017. We don’t know much about what it will be about—just that Hela (played by Cate Blanchett) is going to be a big part of it and that some characters from Planet Hulk are going to make an appearance. I think it’s safe to say we should all expect awesome things from Taika Waititi, who directed What We Do in the Shadows, and co-wrote Hunt for Wilderpeople with his previous collaborator, Flight of the Conchords alum Jemaine Clement.