The comic book business is an industry that has been thriving since the late 1930’s and hasn’t slowed down since. DC comics introduced us to the world’s first superhero Superman in 1938 and the rest is history.
The comic book industry belongs to two companies DC and Marvel. The two share 80 present of the comic book industry. Those amazing superhero’s are not just on the pages of comics any longer they have expanded to mediums like TV, video games and films among others. DC comics, now owned by Warner Brothers, exclusively releases their films through Warner Brother.
Marvel on the other hand primarily owned by Disney, but some of the characters have film rights owned by other companies such as Sony and Fox. When it comes to comics, videogames, animation, merchandise and TV both companies have strong product and in-depth content and storylines that keep us all attached.
The one market where two companies stand light years apart is on the silver screen. Marvel is capitalizing on the growing interest and revenue in superheroes on the big screen. DC, not so much. Marvel has kept us entertained. The genius idea to tie storylines together to create the Avengers has been breaking the box office over and over again. A Captain America film, 3 Iron Man films, The incredible Hulk, two Thor films the actual Avengers film all tie in together to create one big ongoing storyline.
If Marvel can smell that box office money what’s wrong with DC. Their movies are far and few between. They continue to reboot Batman and Superman but refuse to unleash the catalog. This year DC dose not have one feature film scheduled to hit theaters and only one scheduled for next year. The film for next year is the sequel to last years Man of Steel (Superman) and is to feature Ben Affleck as Batman and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman.
Is it DC that is not interested in giving us a feature film or is it Warner Brothers that refuses to compete with Marvel on the silver screen?
Marvel is feeding us like never before. They are releasing so many films that super hero blockbusters are no longer just summer movies. Being a comic book fan myself I really do hold out hope that DC gets on the ball and opens up their catalog of superheroes to the big screen.
DC aside, I choose to celebrate Marvels lineup. They will be lighting up the theater similar to ways the have been all decade. Here is the line-up of films based on comic books scheduled to be released in theaters.
April 4, 2014
It’s the sequel to Captain America: The First Avenger and the latest installment of the ongoing Avengers storyline. The film features major rolls from Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Nick Fury (Samuel Jackson).
May 2, 2014
The sequel to the resent reboot of Spider Man stars Jamie Foxx and Emma Stone. Many people were confused and irritated at the reboot that came on the heels of the previous Spiderman trilogy starring Toby Maguire. I personally thought it was necessary. The reboot is darker and closer to the actual comic book storyline.
X-Men: Days of Future Past
May 23, 2014
Starring Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Ellen Page, Patrick Stewart and Jennifer Lawrence.
The film is to pick up where last years The Wolverine left off. As a Comic book fan and X-Men being my favorite I’ve read the original comic with the same title. It’s Kitty Pride that gets sent back in time in the comic but in this film they are sending Wolverine instead. I figured seeing how Wolverine is the cash cow of the franchise.
The movies were not released in chronological order and there were many inconsistencies throughout the series, but Fox refuses to reboot the series. I am amp about this film. I want to personally watch all of the X-men films in chronological order as opposed to the order they were released. If you would like to revisit or catch up in chronological order as well, but don’t know the order I will list them for you.
- X-Men: First Class
- X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Actually it takes place before and after first class)
- X 2
- X-Men 3: The Last Stand
- The Wolverine
- X-Men: Days of Future Past
August 1, 2014
In there first ever feature film the stage is set with an all-star cast featuring Zoe Saldana, Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Glen Close and more. I’m not all that familiar with this comic book series but I have faith that the film will satisfy.
March 6, 2015
Fox is rebooting the Fantastic Four series and it is much needed. The last Fantastic Four films were terrible in my opinion. They were corny and the films lacked action. Well see if they can get it right the third time around.
May 1, 2015
The whole gang back together. Starring Scarlet Johansson, Robert Downey J.R., Samuel Jackson, James Spader and more.
The next chapter to the Avengers saga that started with Captain America and mark my words when I say it will set the new record for first week box office numbers on opening weekend.
July 31, 2015
Starring Paul Rudd and Michael Douglass.
Ant Man comes as a surprise to me out of all of the characters in the Marvel Universe. I never expected to see this guy on the big screen. There must be a reason, I’m guessing someone wrote a great screenplay.