Some of these movies and shows are done deals while others are just whispers in the wind, but they all feature only evil-doers out to break the box office (or ratings) without the help of their supplemental superheroes. Check out the slideshow below, or skip on down to the full feature, to see which projects are waiting in the wicked wings.
Due out Oct 4, Todd Phillips’ Joker movie, starring Joaquin Phoenix, will tackle the tricky topic of Joker’s origin. Heavily inspired by Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver, Mean Streets, and The King of Comedy, Joker will focus on Phoenix’s character, Arthur Fleck, and his descent into madness among the chaos of Gotham. Brett Cullen is playing Thomas Wayne, Douglas Hodge stars as Alfred Pennyworth, and Dante Pereira-Olson portrays a young Bruce Wayne.
MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL
Angelina Jolie returns for a sequel to 2014’s Maleficent, continuing the adventures of Disney’s iconic “evil” queen (in theaters Oct 18). Jolie will be joined by (returning) actress Elle Fanning as Princess Aurora, as well as Michelle Pfeiffer as Queen Ingrith. Other actors include Chiwetel Ejiofor, Ed Skrein, Robert Lindsay and Harris Dickinson.
BIRDS OF PREY (AND THE FANTABULOUS EMANCIPATION OF ONE HARLEY QUINN)
After stealing the show in 2016’s Suicide Squad, Margot Robbie is back as Harley Quinn in Birds of Prey, to be released in 2020. Mary Elizabeth Winstead is playing Huntress, Jurnee Smollett-Bell is Laurel Lance (aka Black Canary II), Ella Jay Basco is Cassandra Cain, Rosie Perez is Renee Montoya, Ewan McGregor is Black Mask, and Chris Messina is Mr. Zsasz. Robbie’s Harley is also reportedly still a part of James Gunn’s sequel (reboot?) of Suicide Squad.
Heading to Disney+ in Spring 2021, as an official part of the MCU’s Phase 4, Loki will feature Tom Hiddleston as the Asgardian antihero he made famous in five films – and will connect the character back to what transpired in Avengers: Endgame. Meaning, the Loki in the series isn’t the same Loki we’ve seen grow and change in Thor: Ragnarok.
The success of Venom gave Sony all the dollar signs they needed to continue expanding their Spider-Man Cinematic Universe without Spider-Man. The next Spidey baddie to get his own film, sans Web-Head, is Morbius the Living Vampire, featuring Jared Leto in the titular role. Leto will play Dr. Michael Morbius, a respected biochemist suffering from a rare and fatal blood disease. Desperate for a cure, Morbius performs dangerous experiments on himself using vampire bat DNA and inadvertently transforms into a “living vampire.” Daniel Espinosa is directing, with Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless penning the screenplay.
THE SUICIDE SQUAD
James Gunn’s upcoming “total reboot” of Suicide Squad – called The Suicide Squad – will be the team he takes on before returning to the MCU for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Margot Robbie is expected to return as Harley Quinn, and Idris Elba will reportedly replace Will Smith, but as a new character.
Eddie Brock and his symbiotic sidekick-slash-parasite will return in Venom 2, which just landed a director. With the first film’s helmer, Ruben Fleischer, not returning for the sequel, mo-cap superstar Andy Serkis will take over the franchise. Stars Tom Hardy and Michelle Williams will return and the story most likely will involve Woody Harrelson’s Cletus Kasady (aka Carnage), who was teased at the end of the 2018 film.
Dwayne Johnson has been attached to a Black Adam (nemesis of Shazam) solo film since 2007, before there was talk of a Shazam! movie, even before the DCEU. On the back burner for over a decade, talks have started up once more thanks to the Shazam! film. It would make sense for Black Adam to appear in the Shazam! sequel, though it still seems like the character’s getting his own villain-centric (or anti-hero-centric maybe?) film, as Jungle Cruise director Jaume Collet-Serra is reportedly in negotiations to direct.
SILVER & BLACK
At one point, Sony was trying to put together a new “Spider-Man villain movie not featuring Spider-Man” featuring Black Cat and Silver Sable. They’ve now scrapped that idea, reasoning that Black Cat was a great enough character to warrant her own solo film. Silver Sable also has a solo project in development.
Though directly mentioned as a villain who MCU Spidey director John Watts would love to bring in for the third Spider-Man film, Kraven the Hunter’s also been being developed separately as a possible solo film at Sony – with Equalizer 2 scribe Richard Wenk writing the script.
Even though Disney now owns the Fantastic Four and all their associated villains, we don’t have a concrete idea of an MCU-connected Fantastic Four film beyond Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige namedropping the team at Comic-Con 2019. Still, Feige has been in talks with Fargo and Legion’s Noah Hawley regarding a solo, antihero (possibly musical) Doctor Doom movie.
We haven’t heard much about this in a while, but at one point Michael Bay was on deck to direct a Lobo movie, with Warner Bros. hoping it would be their answer to Deadpool. Since then, the character of Lobo was added to Syfy’s Krypton series (played by Emmett J. Scanlan) for its second season, and a Lobo spinoff series was in development. Unfortunately, Syfy has cancelled both Krypton and the solo show. Though maybe that opens up the door to a Lobo movie again?
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