Marvel in 2022 was kinda disappointing, but it had its moments. So far, the marvel movies 2023 lineup looks a lot more promising.
Ever since Iron Man launched Phase 1 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2008, we have been subjected to an endless amount of Marvel films, both good and bad. From the depths of The Incredible Hulk and the first two Thor movies, to the heights of Iron Man and Captain America: Winter Soldier, they never seem to let-up, providing us with an endless amount of superhero content both in film form and as television shows.
It is pretty much impossible to keep up the quality with this barrage of movies and series. She-Hulk is the best example for the decline...
Honestly, a lot of these projects are completely unnecessary. Who the hell needs that many Ant-Man movies, is that really something that people want? We can't blame them, though. After all, you're totally going to see the new Spider-Man movie, aren't you?
Marvel Movies 2023: Release Dates, Plot & More
There are a total of five new movies planned for 2023 and surprise, one of them is an Ant-Man movie...
|Marvel Movie||Release Date|
|Kraven The Hunter||January 13, 2023|
|Ant-Man And The Wasp: Quantumania||February 17, 2023|
|Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3||May 5, 2023|
|Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse||June 2, 2023|
|The Marvels||July 28, 2023|
So, what can we expect from Marvel in 2023? A bunch of sequels, it seems. We got another Ant-Man movie nobody needs. The Guardians of the Galaxy are back as well, which is okay. Another Spider-Verse movie, now that is something to look forward to. The Marvels? I don't really care. Uh, and we're gonna start with a standalone for Kraven the Hunter! Now that is something I can get on board with.
So let's take a closer look at each of those releases.
Kraven The Hunter (January 13, 2023)
Following in the Footsteps of Venom and Morbius we get another origin story to an iconic Spider-Man villain. Hopefully this movie won't turn out as an absolute disaster, the way Morbius did.
I don't know how it was a success on Netflix...
For those of you who don't know, Kraven is a Hunter, and he considers Spidey his prey, so I think we can expect him to show up in a Spider-Man movie soon. The movie will feature Aaron Taylor-Johnson's return to the MCU, even though personally I would have cast Jason Momoa. He previously played Quicksilver in Age of Ultron and was killed off rather quickly. Man, I hope they address this in some kinda way.
So far, we don't know too much about the movie, we don't even have a nice picture to put into the article, but I'm hoping for some nice action with a more serious feel to it.
Ant-Man And The Wasp: Quantumania (February 17, 2023)
Ant-Man might not be my favorite superhero, but his impact on the MCU has been undeniable. Paul Rudd is pretty great as Scott Lang, it's just that I don't particularly enjoy the plot, villains or superpowers Ant-Man provides.
Even though filming wrapped in 2021, the film will release early 2023, due to scheduling changes. Best thing to come out of the pandemic. Maybe this entry into the franchise will be pretty great, though, as the villain is set to be Jonathan Majors' Kang the Conqueror. This time Kang will be wearing his comic book accurate armor of metallic purple and green, and it looks pretty great.
So yeah, maybe this Ant-Man movie won't suck.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (May 5, 2023)
Guardians of the Galaxy has always been a fun time with its goofy charm and wild space adventures. They will have to provide something new, though, as now every Marvel movie is doing that.
Regarding the plot, we know that we will get to know more about Rocket Raccoon's backstory and have Peter Quill dealing with a version of Gamora who doesn't remember him. So maybe it won't be all about silly jokes this time.
So far, the full cast has been confirmed to make their return, with the addition of Will Poulter as Adam Warlock and Chukwudi Iwuji will play the High Evolutionary, an interesting character from Marvel Comic.
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (June 2, 2023)
After watching the original Spider-Verse movie back in 2018 I have been waiting for the sequel. This time, it looks like we're going to follow Miles exploring various alternate realities together with a returning Gwen Stacy and Oscar Issac as Spider-Man 2099.
The original release date was set for 2022, but it got pushed back into 2023, hopefully giving the animators enough time to ensure that the sequel lives up to the reputation of its original.
The Marvels (July 28, 2023)
So here we have a movie I am totally not excited for. This movie is a sequel to both the Captain Marvel movie and the Ms Marvel Disney+ series. It also features that one girl from WandaVision that got superpowered. None of this sounds really promising to me. The first Captain Marvel movie was not that great, the Ms Marvel Disney+ show was kinda meh and Monica Rambeau was kinda okay, but I don't have any strong feelings about her.
This actually gives the movie some great potential, though. If I have no expectations, it is easy to surpass those. So maybe the movie is not gonna be all that bad. We haven't seen anything yet, and it all hinges on the writing of the show and the potential villain, played by Zawe Ashton.
This is definitely going to be a woman empowering movie! Whether it's good or bad depends on the writing and your own mindset.