A Superhero is a fictional character with extraordinary abilities and a strong sense of justice. Superhero movies are an exciting genre of the film industry. Superhero movies have dominated the film industry since the 20th century. However, it was in the 21st century that they achieved success both critically and commercially in Hollywood. Some of the popular superhero movies are: Spider-Man, Avengers, Black Widow etc.
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Features of Superhero movies
- Iconic Characters: The characters of Superhero movies are well-known. These characters are loved by audiences globally and we love them to see on big screens!
- Special Effects: With the advancement in VFX and special effects technology, filmmakers can create fantastic superpowers and epic battles, which enhance the overall cinematic experience.
- Complex Storytelling: Superhero movies are going beyond the usual narrative of good vs evil. They are now exploring deeper themes of identity, responsibility and sacrifice. Viewers can now resonate with such emotional storylines.
- Diverse Audience: These movies appeal to diverse audiences ranging from comic lovers to casual cinema-goers. This factor makes them a lucrative option for studios.
- Franchising: As we have seen with Marvel Studio’s Avengers, successful superhero films have the potential to become a franchise. They can have spin-offs, sequels, and prequels, thus expanding the cinematic universe.
Upcoming Superhero movies that you cannot miss in 2023
1. The Marvels: The Marvels will be released in theatres on July 28, 2023. The Marvels earlier known as Captain Marvel 2 is the sequel of Captain Marvel. Directed by Candyman’s Nia Da Costa, it will star Brie Larson as Carol Denvers (Captain Marvel), Monica Rambeau and Kamla Khan as Ms Marvel. Zawe Ashton will be playing the role of the villain.
2. Kraven the Hunter: Seeing Venom’s incredible success Sony is all set to bring another villain Kraven the Hunter from the Spider-Man universe to the big screen. Sony has tried to introduce him before in Marvel movies but it failed. The cast includes Aaron Taylor Jackson as Kraven, Ariana DeBose as Kraven’s love interest, Fred Hechinger, Christopher Abbott etc. The movie will be released in theatres on October 6, 2023.
3. Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom: Another exciting upcoming movie is the second instalment of Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. Jason Momoa will be returning as Arthur Curry, the King of Atlantis. The cast includes Amber Heard and Nicola Kidman among others. This superhero film will hit the theatres on December 25, 2023.
4. El Muerto: Releasing on January 12, 2024, El Muerto will be another rendition of the villain from the Spider-Man universe. Grammy-winning rapper Bad Bunny has been roped in to play the lead role. This movie is about a superpower wrestler who gets his power from a mask passed down by his father and he must fight his oppressor to keep his superpowers alive.
5. Blue Beetle: DC is all set to bring in a new face in its upcoming movie Blue Beetles. DC’s first Latino superhero will be played by Cobra Kai’s Xolo Marriduena. He will portray the role of Jaime Reyes a youngster who gains superpower after discovering an electric blue beetle inside a takeout box. Blue Beetle is all set to hit the screens on August 18, 2023.
Bonus suggestion for next year
Captain America-New World Order: Expected to be released in May 2024 this movie is going to be the fourth edition of Captain America. Directed by Julius Onah, this movie will feature Anthony Mackie as Captain America.
Apart from these mentioned movies, there are several much-awaited Superhero films that are expected to be released soon in 2023. Do let us know about your favourite superhero movies in the comments section below.
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