2019 Is Getting Super1 of 11
It's now well into 2019, and with the next round of superhero movies is about to kick off with February 14's Alita: Battle Angel and March's Captain Marvel, we're ready to look forward at all the superhero movies coming to theaters this year.
Now, there are some comic book movies that aren't superhero movies (a laMen In Black: International and Kingsman: The Great Game) that we elected to keep separate, we're covering our bases in terms of the most popular film genre today.
So without further ado, here's our list - in order - of our most anticipated superhero movies of 2019.
#9 Alita: Battle Angel2 of 11
Western adaptations of manga and anime classics are few and far between - those with promise come even less often. So color us skeptical but hopeful for James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez's Alita: Battle Angel.
One thing Alita seems to ave going for it is a unique but compelling take on its adaptation of the original manga's visuals, down to the marionette-like android lead character.
There's so much room to get an adaptation like this one right - we're hoping Alita takes full advantage of that.
#8 New Mutants3 of 11
New Mutants is in an odd position - it was originally scheduled to have already had a theatrical release by now, but it's been delayed several times now (thanks to what are reported to have been extensive reshoots and changes to the film). And even though it currently has a planned August 2019 theatrical release date, persistent rumors hold that the film will ultimately land on Hulu as a result of the fallout from Disney's ongoing purchase of 21st Century Fox's assets, and Marvel gaining control of the X-Men film rights.
All of that said, the characters and casting involved are so intriguing (Maisey Williams as Wolfsbane? Anya Taylor-Joy as Magik?? It's dream casting) that the we're not letting the potentially-now-irrelevant-anyway first trailer from way back when stop us from holding out hope we'll get to see whatever becomes of this movie - and that it will live up to its potential charms.
Watch the New Mutants trailer right here.
Release Date: August 2
#7 Hellboy4 of 11
Some fans may have wanted a third film in the original Hellboy film franchise to a reboot, but the inherent potential in a fresh take on Mike Mignola's classic character has us intrigued at what the upcoming eponymous film has in store.
Judging by the film's initial trailer, there's an air of levity to the film (something not exactly ripped from comic books, but not necessarily a red flag... pun intended), reports of early footage shown at previous conventions painted a picture of bloody, almost mythic monster violence that has us thirsting for some crazy Hellboy monster-slayin' action.
Watch the Hellboy trailer right here.
Release Date: April 12
#6 Dark Phoenix5 of 11
20th Century Fox's relatively low key handling of June's Dark Phoenix (note the lack of X-Men in that title) can be interpreted in a number of ways.
As likely the last significant X-Men chapter in the Fox era, it might just reflect the reality that the stakes just aren't that high for them. They don't need it to seed the future of the franchise, either narratively or commercially.
And while they still have time to kick promotion into high gear, another interpretation is the lack of promo may reflect Fox’s confidence in the product.
Either way, the goodbye/finale aspect of Dark Phoenix is getting overshadowed by the anticipation of the brave new world that lies ahead.
Watch the Dark Phoenix trailer right here.
Release Date: June 7
#5 Joker6 of 11
We really don't know much about Joker. Given it’s the last superhero release of the year, we know the least about it - and that might be what it has going for it at the moment.
Joker may be the first test of Warner Bros. seeming shift away from the hardwired MCU shared universe model, which at this stage is probably a good thing.
So while we reserve the right to change our mind with the first teaser trailer or detailed interview, right now Joker’s pedigree mixed with its x-factor gives it appeal through intrigue.
No trailer for Joker has been released.
Release Date: October 4
#4 Spider-Man: Far From Home7 of 11
Spider-Man: Far From Home lands in the middle of our list, but that's more to do with what's before it than a lack of interest.
It does appear to be a palate-cleanser after whatever the hell happens in Avengers: Endgame, so while we're looking forward to spending more time in Peter Parker's high school world, we're sort of anticipating this as just a new Spider-Man adventure than a significant MCU chapter.
Marvel Studios, you've done this to yourselves.
Watch the Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer right here.
Release Date: July 5
#3 Shazam!8 of 11
Shazam! is poised to bring the thunder to theaters just after his former namesake likely dominates the box office on the Marvel side (more on that in a minute - hint hint...) and it's also in a perfect position to continue a particular momentum for DC Comics based movies.
Both Wonder Woman and Aquaman have built on a wide-eyed family-friendly adventure formula that embraces the full-on-superhero side of the DC Universe - so who better to embody the next leg of that than Shazam!, the teenager with the powers (and body) of an adult hero?
We'll concede there's something of a rote formula to what we've seen in the trailers - but consider this: when was the last time we say an honest-to-goodness good guy flying around in a cape and having colorful, exciting (but ultimately kinda low stakes) superhero adventure?
Certainly Shazam's old rival Superman hasn't been offering that on the big screen of late - so there's a very specific niche (and warm place in our hearts) for such a story.
Watch the Shazam! trailer right here.
Release Date: April 5
#2 Captain Marvel9 of 11
Honestly the only reason Captain Marvel isn't Newsarama's most anticipated movie of 2019 has a lot to do with the fact that she's also slated to be a keyplayer in our (probably obvious) number one pick.
While there could be a hesitation in seeing what ultimately may amount to another Marvel origin story on the big screen, the fact that Carol Danvers' MCU origin actually is such an intriguing - and potentially universe-altering - mystery is a draw on its own.
And we'll be real - we're ready for Brie Larson's Carol Danvers to take her place in the MCU. Danvers will be a welcome addition to a future Marvel slate in need of A-list heroes, and Larson's heroic charms will do wonders for an MCU that could be bereft of familiar faces sooner rather than later.
Watch the latest Captain Marvel trailer right here.
Release Date: March 8
#1 Avengers: Endgame10 of 11
As if this year's most anticipated movie could be anything besides what is also perhaps the decade's most anticipated film.
Avengers: Endgame (which will reportedly clock in at around 3 hours - phew) promises the, well, endgame of the Marvel Cinematic Universe - the answers to our questions, the resolution of Thanos' story, and the fates of the original Avengers.
With that much at stake (and potential untold secrets to boot) speculation and anticipation for Endgame likely won't actually stop until everyone in the multiverse has seen it to the last frame of the last minute of the last post-credits sequence - and maybe beyond.
Watch the latest Avengers: Endgame trailer right here.
Release Date: April 26
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