HEROWOOD: A trip through the world of superhero movies yet to come

HEROWOOD: A trip through the world of superhero movies yet to come

Holy cinema, Batman!

Ignore the Robin reference. Robin is stupid.

With “Thor: The Dark World,” better known as “Thor 2,” in theaters now, and several other superhero movies coming out in the next few years, an analysis of Hollywood’s current DC and Marvel activity seems warranted.

Having spent time on the Internet, including websites such as Screenrant, I have gathered some information on the subject (and, of course, everything on the Internet is true).

So be warned: the following story may contain rumors, opinions and even a few untruths.

I’ll begin with my unravelling of Hollywood’s super-mysteries by analyzing the very successful Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). So far, this movie series has two ‘phases’: Phase 1, containing every Avengers-related movie from “Iron Man” to “Marvel’s The Avengers,” and Phase 2, which so far only contains “Iron Man 3” and “Thor 2”. Phase 2 will contain the movies “Thor 2,” coming this November; “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” which chronicles the further adventures of that dude with a shield and a spangly outfit; “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which is about the title superhero team; and “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” also known as “Avengers 2.”

“Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” the sequel to “Captain America: The First Avenger,” is of particular interest, as it not only contains (surprisingly) the Winter Soldier as a baddy, but Nick Fury and Black Widow of S.H.I.E.L.D. will also be returning. New characters, such as the superhero Falcon, will be introduced in this movie as well. Most interestingly, though, is the rumor that a huge shift in the Avengers universe will occur at the end of the film. Death of a superhero? Breakup of S.H.I.E.L.D.? Pure speculation.

“Guardians of the Galaxy” is remarkable for two reasons: One, it will explore the more cosmic side of the MCU. Two, we’re going to learn more about Thanos in the movie. Thanos is going to be the ultimate villain for all of the MCU. He’s the guy from the mid-credits scene in “The Avengers” who gave the camera a grin before it went dark.

But apparently, he won’t be the villain in “Avengers 2,” as Ultron will be the main baddy in the movie. Also, this sequel to the ultra-successful “The Avengers” will be introducing two new members to the superhero team: Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, the children of X-Men villain Magneto. Unfortunately, the X-Men movies and the Avengers movies don’t share the same universe, so the new heroes’ backstories may be modified or somewhat ignored, since Magneto isn’t in the MCU. Licensing issues could play a role in that, too.

Phase 3 of the MCU is mostly unknown for now, but we will be getting “Ant-Man” and “Doctor Strange” movies, and we may get a Black Panther movie. That last possibility is somewhat controversial, though.

Moving on to the X-Men universe, “X-Men: Days of Future Past” comes out in May next year, and it includes characters from the original X-Men trilogy and from “X-Men: First Class.” In the mid-credits scene of “The Wolverine,” we got a teaser for the new movie, and apparently, both Professor X and Magneto are back. Hooray. Now is there any way Fox and Disney can work out a crossover deal? Please? Avengers vs. X-Men, anyone?

A reboot of the Fantastic Four is scheduled to be in the X-Men universe, and it will be hitting theaters in 2015. And it finally has a computer-generated version of The Thing. Thank goodness. Giant orange monster people should be done in CGI. Just saying.

“The Amazing Spider-Man 2” will be in theaters next year. It’s the sequel to 2012’s “The Amazing Spider-Man,” the newest reboot of everyone’s favorite high school nerd-turned-spider ninja superhero dude. It will include the villains Rhino and (Jamie Foxx’s) Electro. Electro’s supposed to be the main villain in the movie, so Rhino’s appearance will be limited. What a shame.

And now, we get to DC. After being announced at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, the Superman/Batman movie has been a hot topic among geeks, comic book fans and others of the more nerdy school of thought. It might contain a Superman vs. Batman fight, which is why I’m going to call the movie “Batman Demolishes Superman” (“BDS”)  from henceforth. It’s going to be the sequel to this year’s Superman reboot, “Man of Steel,” although its title has yet to be released. Ben Afleck is scheduled to play Batman, a fact that has caused intense nerd outrage all over the Internet. Keep in mind that this is in a totally different universe from Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight” trilogy. New batman, new everything.

Also, Lex Luthor is hopefully going to be a villain in the movie.

“Man of Steel” and “BDS” are scheduled to be part of a greater Justice League universe, kind of like the MCU. “BDS” arrives theaters in 2015, a Flash movie is coming in 2016 and we’re supposedly getting a Justice League movie in 2017. Some hold the opinion that DC is rushing the Justice League movie just to compete with Marvel. As long as it doesn’t have Aquaman (who is basically like Mermaid Man from “SpongeBob,” just less awesome), I’m fine with it.

The maze of Hollywood’s superhero affairs is tangled and ever-growing. It’s a mess that only Batman could untangle.  As long as Robin isn’t helping him, that is.