Your Guide to 2019 Comic Book Movies
Over the past decade, comic book adaptations have proven to be incredibly popular at the box office and the big screen output isn’t slowing down anytime soon. 2019 has a spectacular line up of comic book films for all those kids dreaming about slinging webs and hunting aliens. Fans are anxiously awaiting Marvel Studios‘ continuation of this year’s blockbuster hit, “Avengers: Infinity War” while the lineup from the Distinguished Competition expands with three different live action films.
Fifteen years after Guillermo Del Toro’s first “Hellboy” movie premiered, Neil Marshall (“Doomsday”) takes the helm for a reboot of Mike Mignola’s demonic hero. In the upcoming film, Hellboy is played by “Stranger Things” star David Harbour. The plot finds him facing down a vengeful sorceress, Nimue the Blood Queen (“Resident Evil” franchise star Milla Jovovich).
M. Night Shyamalan concludes his “Unbreakable” trilogy with “Glass,” a followup to “Split,” which brings together David Dunn (Bruce Willis), Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson) and Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy) for an all-new thriller. Although “Glass” isn’t based on a specific comic book series, Shyamalan is sure to continue his exploration of sequential art themes and motifs.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix
“X-Men: Dark Phoenix” marks the 12th installment in 20th Century Fox‘s movie series. Set after the events of “X-Men: Apocalypse,” the story finds the team on a mission to outer space. There, a solar flare hits them and causes Jean Grey’s (Sophie Turner) telepathic and telekinetic powers to spiral out of her control, turning her into the Dark Phoenix. Turner is joined by a cast that also includes the returning James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Evan Peters, Jennifer Lawrence, Tye Sheridan and Nicholas Hoult alongside Academy Award winner Jessica Chastain as the film’s mysterious, still-unrevealed foe.
At the end of “Avenger: Infinity War,” Nick Fury sends a signal to a mysterious hero, just as half the universe fades away. Who is Captain Marvel and why does Fury need her? All will be answered in the twenty-first installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. Set in the 1990s, “Captain Marvel” sets Academy Award winner Brie Larson (“Room”) as Carol Danvers, an air force pilot who winds up becoming the single most powerful hero in the MCU.
“Lights Out” and “Annabelle Creation” director David F. Sandberg is bringing some fun to the DC Universe. Billy Batson (Asher Angel) is an ordinary orphan until the day he encounters a wizard (Djimon Hounsou) who changes his life forever by granting him an incredible power. When he speaks the word “Shazam,” Billy transforms into a full grown man with superpowers. Batson’s counter part, Shazam, is played by Zachary Levi.
Untitled Avengers Sequel
Movie May 3
In “Avengers: Infinity War,” Thanos (Josh Brolin) took it upon himself to “save” the universe by obliterating half of all its life. The Avengers joined other superheroes like Dr. Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and the Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) to try and stop Thanos, but failed in the end. Although the next chapter is shrouded in mystery, it’s likely that the surviving heroes will seek help from others like Captain Marvel (Brie Larson), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Ant-Man (Paul Rudd).
Men in Black
The first “Men in Black,” which premiered in 1997, stars Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith as government agents tasked with keeping all extraterrestrial life top secret. The new “Men in Black” is not a sequel to Barry Sonnenfield’s three-film franchise, but rather a spin-off with director F. Gary Gray (“Straight Outta Compton”) at the helm. The new “Men in Black” pairs “Thor Ragnarok” stars Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson as two new agents with additional roles for Liam Neeson and Emma Thompson.
Spider-Man: Far From Home
Since the webhead vanished at the end of “Infinity War,” no is sure exactly when “Spider-Man: Far From Home” takes place. “Spider-Man: Homecoming” director Jon Watts returns for a storyline that brings Tom Holland‘s Peter Parker to Europe and teams him with Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders). Although the storyline hasn’t fully been revealed, the movie will feature Jake Gyllenhaal as the fishbowl-headed master of illusion, Mysterio.
Josh Boone (“The Fault in Our Stars”) directs a horror story within the X-Men universe. Based on the 1980s Marvel Comics title, “New Mutants” follows five hospitalized mutant teens inside an insane asylym. The “New Mutants” cast includes Anya Taylor-Joy (“The Witch”) as Magik, Maisie Williams (“Game of Thrones”) as Wolfsbane, Charlie Heaton (“Stranger Things”) as Cannonball, Blu Hunt (“The Originals”) as Mirage and Henry Zaga (“13 Reasons Why”) as Sunspot.
Although the Joker has appeared in a number of previous films, “Joker” is set outside of the central DC continuity. Todd Phillips, responsible for “The Hangover” trilogy, is directing the film with three-time Academy Award nominee Joaquin Phoenix (“Her”) in the title role. What’s more, the film is being produced by none other than Martin Scorsese with Robert De Niro playing a key role.
Wonder Woman 1984
The sequel to 2017’s blockbuster hit, “Wonder Woman 1984” features the return of star Gal Gadot alongside director Patty Jenkins. What’s more, Diana’s seemingly exploded love interest Steve Trevor is somehow back with Chris Pine reprising the role. Joining the franchise is Kristen Wiig as Barbara Minerva, better known as the villainous Cheetah.
Cheryl Bauder is a contributing intern at Moviebill. She studied English Literature at California State University, Long Beach and previous wrote for 22 West Magazine, specializing in movie reviews.