Feeling comic book movie fatigue yet?
Well you’d better rest up, because “Black Panther” is just the beginning. Here’s a look at other comic book movies headed our way this year (release dates are subject change).
Release date: Friday, Feb. 16
Director: Ryan Coogler
Cast: Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B. Jordan, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis, Martin Freeman
What we know: The character that was introduced in “Captain America: Civil War” gets his own movie, with Boseman reprising the role of T’Challa, who returns to his technologically advanced homeland of Wakanda after his father dies to take his place as King, only to find himself drawn into a conflict with an old enemy.
The buzz: Early word is ecstatic, with a Rotten Tomatoes score of a whopping 98 percent. Expect the film to make a cultural and cinematic impact.
“Avengers: Infinity War”
Release date: May 4
Directors: Joe and Anthony Russo
Cast: Everybody in the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far.
What we know: Marvel is tackling the Inifinity Stones story over the course of two films, and practically everyone introduced in any MCU film so far will pop up, as baddie Thanos (Josh Brolin) finally shows up to wreak havoc.
The buzz: “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and “Captain America: Civil War” directors Joe and Anthony Russo will direct both films, which are being shot back-to-back using IMAX’s brand new digital cameras. So the films should look pretty, at least.
“Untitled Deadpool Sequel”
Release date: May 18
Director: David Leitch
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Zazie Beet, T.J. Miller
What we know: The “Merc with a Mouth” returns for more profanity-laden adventures. Not much is known of the story, but we do know Brolin joins the naughty fun as Cable, a time-traveling cybernetic mutant soldier.
The buzz: Hopefully it will overcome its production problems, as original “Deadpool” director Tim Miller left over the always popular “creative differences,” making way for “John Wick” director Leitch. Expect a breakout performance, though, from Beet as Domino.
“Ant-Man and the Wasp”
Release date: July 6
Director: Peyton Reed
Cast: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lily, Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer, Laurence Fishburne, Michael Pena
What we know: Not much, although Pfeiffer is joining the cast as Janet Van Dyne, who will probably need to be rescued from the Quantum Realm.
The buzz: This is the first MCU film to feature a heroine in the title. So female power, yo!
Release date: Oct. 5
Director: Ruben Fleischer
Cast: Tom Hardy, Riz Ahmed, Michelle Williams
What we know: This will reportedly kick off a new loosely-connected universe of Marvel Comics adaptations, and will not exist in the current MCU, although this is technically a spin-off from the “Spider-Man” film franchise. Got all that?
The buzz: A stand-alone “Venom” film has been in the works for a while, finally brought to fruition by “Zombieland” director Fleischer. Expect it to be dark with an “R” rating. (But hopefully not moody, we should be done with moody.)
Release date: Dec. 21
Director: James Wan
Cast: Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Patrick Wilson, Nicole Kidman, Dolph Lundgren, Willem Dafoe
What we know: Momoa as Aquaman first popped up in DC’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and then last year’s “Justice League” fiasco. Here, we explore his origin story as he becomes heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis.
The buzz: This will have to shake off the dismal reviews of “Justice League,” but Momoa proved he is a formidable presence.
“X-Men: Dark Phoenix”
Release date: Nov. 2
Director: Simon Kinberg
Cast: Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Kodi Smit-McPhee, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Evan Peters
What we know: The story will revolve around Jean Grey’s transformation into a powerful, cosmic creature known as the Dark Phoenix.
The buzz: This is one of the most iconic X-Men storylines ever, so you know, no pressure. It could be a star-making turn for Turner, best known for HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”
“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”
Release date: Dec. 14
Directors: Bob Perschietti, Peter Ramsey
Cast: Shameik Moore, Liev Schrieber
What we know: This animated feature will kick off a new Spider-Man franchise different from the live-action one. The kicker here is that this Spider-Man is the spawn of Miles Morales (who is black) and not Peter Parker (who is, you know, white).
The buzz: It’s breaking new ground with the first non-white Spider-Man (even if it’s animated).