Upcoming Marvel and DC Comic Book Movies

Over the past decade or so, comic book movies have proved to be the most bankable. The critics may not love them all, but there have been very few instances when CBMs have bombed at the box office. Not all are behemoths, but almost all make a profit.

So it's no wonder that there are now three shared universes - the MCU, the DCEU, and the X-Men Universe - and Sony’s SpiderVerse and The Valiant Universe are expected to arrive soon. This is exciting news, because the studios will work hard to provide audiences with the most exciting and compelling stories.

So which Marvel Comics and DC Comics characters will be featured in upcoming movies? You'll find all the info you need right here!

1. Thor: Ragnarok (November 3, 2017)

New Thor: Ragnarok trailer has arrived! Thor: Ragnarok! (Marvel)

Thor: Ragnarok is Thor’s chance to really shine in a solo movie, but it's also Hulk’s turn to be in the spotlight! Ragnarok will be more than just a story about Thor, Hela, Loki, and the (presumed) fall of Asgard; it will also adapt the beloved Planet Hulk storyline.

Taika Waititi's movie is the shortest Marvel Cinematic Universe flick to date. Nevertheless, it looks good, although some naysayers feel that there are too many characters and stories to condense into around 100 minutes.

Cate Blanchett (Hela), Jeff Goldblum (Grandmaster), Tessa Thompson (Valkyrie), Karl Urban (Skurge), and even Sam Neill (in a still-undisclosed role) will join the returning cast members.


Although Doctor Strange will have just a brief cameo, his role will be essential to Thor’s story, as he'll help the God of Thunder find Odin and also send Thor to where Hulk is on Sakaar.

Thor: Ragnarok is the most anticipated movie in a year that's already seen Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 and Spider-Man: Homecoming released. And that says a lot!

2. The Justice League (November 17, 2017)

The new banner for Justice League New Justice League banner (Photo Credit - Warner Bros.)

Initially titled The Justice League: Part One, the Zack Snyder-directed ensemble movie will provide us with our first opportunity to see nearly the entire Justice League unite on the big screen. We saw Wonder Woman, Batman, Superman, Aquaman, and Flash in Batman v Superman: Dawn of JusticeWonder Woman, and Suicide Squad. In this movie, they'll all have full roles. Cyborg's role will be central to the movie, since he was created using a Mother Box.

Cyborg was introduced at the end of Batman v Superman, and he's Steppenwolf (Ciarán Hinds). A set visit by a group of journalists revealed that the Justice League will fight his army of Parademons throughout the flick.


We’ve mentioned that Zack Snyder directed the movie, but Joss Whedon is reshooting some segments. A number of sources have reported that the final product will be markedly different from what Snyder had in mind. The same reports said that Joss Whedon is also changing the tone of the flick.

After the tremendous success of Wonder Woman, it's understandable that Warner Bros. might want to play it safe with Justice League. But these drawn-out reshoots are making us anxious.

3. Black Panther (February 16, 2018)

Black Panther (Screen Rant)

After his debut in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, Black Panther will be featured in his first solo movie in 2018. The film represents an opportunity for Marvel to introduce new mythologies into the MCU. With his high-tech background (rivaling Iron Man's) and his mystical origins, Black Panther could change the shared universe.

If the studio decides to explore the latter aspect of T’Challa’s rise to power, Black Panther could be the most important film of Phase III, since it will lead directly into the Infinity War. What does that mean? We don’t know yet, but Kevin Feige emphasized the movie’s importance, and we can only believe him.


Black Panther is directed by Ryan Coogler (Creed, Fruitvale Station) and stars Chadwick Boseman as the lead character. He's joined by Michael B. Jordan (Killmonger), Andy Serkis (Klaw), Lupita Nyong'o (Nakia), Danai Gurira (Okoye), Letitia Wright (Shuri), Forest Whitaker (Zuri), and Martin Freeman (Everett K. Ross), among others.