Too Many Superhero Films On The Way?

2014 has seen four superhero films battle it out over a several month period – “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and “Guardians of the Galaxy”.

In comparison, next year is fairly light with just three entries – the juggernaut that is “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the unpredictable “Fantastic Four” reboot, and the unknown quantity “Ant-Man”. With the recent schedule announcements by Marvel and DC though, a genre that some feel is already overextended is about to get a whole lot more crowded.

Indeed, between 2016 and 2020 there is expected to be no less than around thirty films hogging the multiplexes. 2016 sees the jump to six, 2017 hits a peak of nine, 2018 drops back to seven, and 2019 is currently at three (though more are expected).

The full list as it currently stands:

May 1st 2015 – “The Avengers: Age of Ultron”
June 19th 2015 – “Fantastic Four”
July 17th 2015 – “Ant-Man”

March 25th 2016 – “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”
May 6th 2016 – “Captain America 3”
May 27th 2016 – “X-Men: Apocalypse”
July 8th 2016 – Unannounced Marvel Movie (likely “Doctor Strange)
August 5th 2016 – Unannounced DC Movie
November 11th 2016 – Sinister Six

March 3rd 2017 – Wolverine 3
May 5th 2017 – Unannounced Marvel Movie
June 23rd 2017 – Unannounced DC Movie
July 28th 2017 – “Guardians of the Galaxy 2”
July 14th 2017 – “Fantastic Four 2”
November 3rd 2017 – Unannounced Marvel Movie
November 17th 2017 – Unannounced DC Film
TBA 2017 – “Venom Carnage”
TBA 2017 – Sony’s Female Superhero Film

March 23rd 2018 – Unannounced DC Movie
May 4th 2018 – Unannounced Marvel Movie (likely “Avengers 3”)
July 6th 2018 – Unannounced Marvel Movie
July 13th 2018 – Unannounced X-Men Movie (possibly “X-Force” or “Gambit”?)
July 27th 2018 – Unannounced DC Movie
November 2nd 2018 – Unannounced Marvel Movie
TBA 2018 – The Amazing Spider-Man 3

April 5th 2019 – Unannounced DC Movie
May 3rd 2019 – Unannounced Marvel Movie
June 14th 2019 – Unannounced DC Movie

April 3rd 2020 – Unannounced DC Movie
June 19th 2020 – Unannounced DC Movie

At least another 2-3 Marvel studios films are expected to be announced for 2019 & 2020, at least another one or two Spider-Man spin-offs and X-Men spinoffs are also likely to be added to the list.

This leads to the inevitable concern of burnout – which of these movies will soar high and which will stumble out of the gate? What would be a reasonable number of superhero films to have per year that wouldn’t seem like overdoing it? Have your say in the comments below.