It’s been over ten years since Iron Man began what we now know as the golden age of superhero movies. While some people might be experiencing exhaustion from the genre, we are here for it! The 2019 superhero movies have upped the ante, and for fans of the genre, this should be an exciting year.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is currently undergoing the most significant event of its ten-year run. Meanwhile, the DC Extended Universe continues to pull out fun new movies. This year, we’ll even get a few superheroes outside the mainstream.
The Unmissable 2019 Superhero Movies
Glass – January 18
The first of all 2019 superhero movies isn’t from DC or Marvel, but Universal. The third installment of M. Night Shyamalan’s Eastrail 177 Trilogy. In it, Bruce Willis’ David Dunn, from Unbreakable, pursues James McAvoy’s The Beast from Split. Meanwhile, Mr. Glass himself (Samuel L. Jackson) is conspiring from afar. Anya Taylor-Joy is also returning for this sequel.
Captain Marvel – March 8
This film will mark a huge landmark for the MCU: it’ll be their first female-led movie. Starring Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, Captain Marvel is set in the 90s and introduces arguably the most powerful hero on the Marvel roster. Also co-starring Samuel L. Jackson, other cast members include Jude Law, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, and Lee Pace.
Shazam! – April 5
Once again, DC is striving for the formula they’ve had the most success with: making lighter movies. After the success of Aquaman, Shazam! stars Zachary Levi as the superhero form of a kid who receives strange powers. Funnily enough, this character’s original name is also Captain Marvel – and both adaptations co-star Djimon Hounsou!
Hellboy – April 12
A reboot to the beloved Guillermo Del Toro films, this new iteration stars Stranger Things alum David Harbour. Other cast members include Milla Jovovich, Ian McShane, and Thomas Haden Church.
Avengers: Endgame – April 26
Perhaps the most widely expected of all 2019 superhero films, this is the fourth Avengers movie and a supposedly franchise-breaking entry. Here, we’ll get to see what happens in the next phase of the MCU. It stars just about everyone that’s ever appeared on the MCU, and we’ll probably bid many of them farewell.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix – June 7
Coming back to the X-Men universe for the first time since Deadpool 2, this is also a return to the newer generation. Game of Thrones alum Sophie Turner reprises her role of Jean Grey, with many other returns like Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, and Michael Fassbender. Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain is also making her superhero movie debut in this one!
Spider-Man: Far From Home – July 6
The last time we saw Spider-Man, he was… well. You know. While the first teaser occurs before the events of Avengers: Infinity War, this is the first film after the Endgame overhaul. Hopefully, this means we get to see Tom Holland’s Peter Parker surviving to live another day in the MCU. This movie also co-stars Samuel L. Jackson, who is leading the 2019 superhero movies with a total of four.
New Mutants – August 2
After a long wait, a new X-Men team is finally hitting theaters this year, showcasing an even newer generation. New Mutants stars Split actress Anya Taylor-Joy, Game of Thrones’ Maisie Williams, Stranger Things’ Charlie Heaton and Antonio Banderas. It’s also a new genre within the superhero one, looking very much like a horror film.
Joker – October 14
Jared Leto’s take on the Joker received a mixed reception when Suicide Squad came out, but DC is not about to give up on its most iconic villain. This version, a one-shot seemingly inspired by Alan Moore’s The Killing Joke comic, stars Joaquin Phoenix as the Clown Prince of Crime. Here, the Joker starts as a stand-up comedian who goes mad and ends up a psychotic mass murderer. It co-stars Robert De Niro and counts Martin Scorsese as a producer.