The superhero genre is showing no signs of slowing down with Disney, Warner Bros., Sony, and Amazon, expected to release movies and TV shows in the immediate future
The past decade was dominated by superhero films and TV shows in terms of commercial revenue and viewership. The next decade is set to continue in the same vein with several projects, primarily from DC and Marvel. Even though projects such as The Batman and The Flash have had their release dates pushed from 2021 to 2022, several other films and TV shows are expected release in the next six months. The following is a list of some of the most anticipated films and TV shows coming soon to theatres and OTT platforms.
The Boys season 3 – late 2021, early 2022
The superhero satire or the anti-superhero story is one of Amazon Prime’s most popular TV shows. The series based on the critically acclaimed graphic novel is expected to release its third season within the next six months. Billy (Karl Urban), Hughie (Jack Quaid), MM (Laz Alonso), Frenchie (Tomer Capon), and Kimiko (Karen Fukuhara) are set to resume their battles with members of the Seven and their leader Homelander (Anthony Starr), with the help of former members of the Seven such as Queen Maeve (Dominique McElligott) and Starlight (Erin Moriarty). Jensen Ackles is set to star as Soldier Boy in the upcoming season.
Injustice – October 19, 2021
DC fans have been clamouring for an Injustice movie for years ever since the first video game, Injustice Gods Among Us, was released to critical acclaim. The game was praised for its alternate timeline story where Superman turns evil and becomes a totalitarian global leader after the death of Lois Lane and his unborn child. A prequel comic has also been met with rave reviews, and it is one of the most popular storylines from DC in the 21st century. The storyline was briefly hinted at in Zack Snyder’s Justice League.
Peacemaker – January 2022
James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad was released theatrically in August and was praised by the critics, despite having a lukewarm reception at the box office primarily due to the pandemic. A spin-off TV series starring John Cena as the Peacemaker was announced even before the film’s release. James Gunn will also serve as the executive producer for the series, an it will be an HBO Max original.
Sandman – late 2021/early 2022
The critically acclaimed iconic Sandman graphic novel is getting its live-action debut on Netflix. The writer and creator of the Sandman series, Neil Gaiman, is part of the creative team for the Netflix adaptation in what is believed to be one of the ambitious projects of the streaming giant. The story focuses on an anthropomorphic omniscient being called Dream or Morpheus who travels between the dream world and the real world. The original series was one of the first graphics novels to be a New York Times bestseller.
Hawkeye – late 2021
Jeremy Renner will reprise his role as Clint Barton/Hawkeye as a mentor for his successor, Kate Bishop, in the Avengers team. The role of Kate Bishop will be played by Hailee Steinfeld (Edge of Seventeen, True Grit, Bumblebee, Dickinson). The Disney Plus original series will also feature Vera Farminga as Eleanor Bishop, and Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova who is reprising her role from the film Black Widow.
Ms.Marvel – late 2021
The series is a spinoff to Captain Marvel film which will focus on Kamala Khan who has polymorphous abilities. The series is a Disney Plus original which will serve as a setup for the Captain Marvel sequel titled The Marvels. The character Kamala Khan was one of the central characters in Marvel’s Avengers video game released by Square Enix and Crytal Dynamics in 2020.
The sequel to the 2018’s Venom starring Tom Hardy, Venom: Let There Be Carnage, is highly anticipated by the fans of the Spider-Man comics. The film is directed by Andy Serkis with Tom Hardy returning as Eddie Brock/Venom and features a supremely talented ensemble of Naomi Harris, Stephen Graham, Michelle Williams, Woody Harrelson. Harrelson will play the villainous Cletus Kasady/Venom. The film is expected to release in theatres in October.
The film is touted as MCU’s answer to the Lord of the Rings franchise. The film is directed by Oscar-winning director Chloé Zhao (Nomadland), and features a star-studded ensemble of Angelina Jolie, Selma Hayek, Kumail Nanjiani, and Game of Thrones stars Kit Harrington (Jon Snow) and Richard Madden (Robb Stark). The plot revolves around a group of immortal beings with superhuman capabilities. The film will be a theatrical release and is arguably Disney’s most ambitious project, and is set to compete with Denis Villeneuve’s Dune produced by Warner Bros. An OTT release on Disney Plus Hostar can also be expected by late 2021 or early 2022.
Tom Holland’s third standalone film as Spider-Man is expected to explore the multiverse or the spider-verse, similar to the Oscar-winning animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Alfred Molina (Doc Ock from Spider-Man 2), Willem Defoe (Green Goblin from Spider-Man), and Jamie Foxx (Electro from The Amazing Spider-Man 2) will reprise their roles from different Spider-Man franchises. It is unclear whether Toby Maguire and Andrew Garfield will reprise their roles as multiple versions of Spider-Man in the film that will hit big screens at the end of this year.
Morbius is set to follow Venom as another Marvel/Sony film featuring the villains from the Spider-Man lore. Jared Leto has been cast as Dr. Michael Morbius who is infected with a form of vampirism after his failed attempt to cure a rare disease. The film is directed by Daniel Espinosa with the legend Michael Keaton reprising his role as Adrian Toomes/Vulture from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film will also feature Jarred Harris, Matt Smith, Adria Arjona, and Tyrese Gibson.