Have you noticed that superheroes are “super” only when the story takes them to Earth? If you think back to last year’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, you’ll see that the protagonists of the movie weren’t at all surprising in their “natural habitat”. Drax comes from a race of strong individuals, Zoe Saldana‘s Gamora is basically the Black Widow of the team, Rocket Raccoon is the result of an experiment, and Groot… well, he is Groot, an alien, not a superhero. All these characters feel regular in their own environment, where aliens, spaceships, whistle-guided arrows and their likes are normal.
For a superhero to be actually “super”, he or she (or it) has to come to Earth, the only planet with chocolate, beer, and casinos for iPad. So, let us take a look at some of the upcoming superhero flicks to hit the cinemas of Earth in the year ahead of us – and let’s leave out all the over-hyped MCU movies that will certainly be a success.
Venom (October 5)
Venom has already been the (villain) star of a Spider-Man story, back when Spidey was played by Tobey Maguire. This time, though, it won’t be Peter Parker wearing the symbiote – the movie will not even take place in the Spider-Man – MCU crossover universe. Instead, it will present Venom as the antihero (an evil character still doing good deeds somehow) who will have to defeat another symbiotic super suit (and the psycho inside it) called Carnage.
It will be an R-rated film, something to look forward to.
Aquaman (December 21)
The MCU and DC Extended Universe have taken different paths in setting up their big stories – Marvel has been releasing origin stories long before its first Avengers movie, while DC has dived right in with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, leaving origin stories for later. Both Batman v Superman and Justice League were bashed by critics, but Wonder Woman was acclaimed both by critics and audiences. Aquaman is the third origin story to be released in the DCEU (following Man of Steel and Wonder Woman). Let’s hope it lives up to the high bar set by the predecessor.
The New Mutants (delayed until next February)
Fox’s X-Men tie-in movie The New Mutants will have a tough job: it will have to set up a brand new horror trilogy based on the classic “The Demon Bear Saga”. The first movie is said to be a “rubber reality” supernatural horror film, followed by two further movies in the same universe that will, in turn, be of different types.
The New Mutants was set to be released on April 13th, 2018, but its release date was pushed back to February 22nd, 2019. Let’s hope it is for the best.