15 Awesome Superheroes to Look Forward to in 2016

2016 is going to be massive. It's an easy call to make really. The sweet sixteen of our current millennium will be crowded with blockbusters; blockbusters that are going to hurl everything they've got

2016 is going to be massive. It's an easy call to make really. The sweet sixteen of our current millennium will be crowded with blockbusters; blockbusters that are going to hurl everything they've got in your direction in the hopes of making a billion dollars. And what is the key ingredient? (Hey, Miles Teller, can I get a gut-wrenching drumroll, please?) The key ingredient is simple: superheroes.

Next year is arguably going to be the biggest year in regards to superheroes we've ever experienced on the big screen. The mix of big-budget, live-action cinematic events we have lined up for 2016 is unprecedented. There have been a couple years in the past with a slightly longer list of superhero flicks, but nothing quite to this scale.

To prepare you for what will undoubtedly be a wallet-emptying year at the cinema - since these are movies you are required to see in theater, and on occasion more than once - this list will brush you up on not just the movie you're going to watch, but for the comic-book-based heroes they focus on. Many of them you know and love already, and others will be gracing us with their presence for the first time.

The beauty of this lineup of movies is they appeal to an impressively wide audience. One doesn't have to have grown up reading the comics (yours truly included) to fully appreciate the experience these directors and actors are treating us with. It's easy to recognize what's been done with The Avengers; how a well-crafted movie based on a comic book can be two hours of universally praised entertainment. Other studios are now realizing it's more than just a simple formula (looking at you, Sony), and that's why next year is going to be a blast.

15 Power Rangers


WHAT!? A reboot of the Power Rangers? Rumours are abound that Lionsgate wants to make this a summer blockbuster. Nothing too campy like you might see on TV, but more along the lines of Pacific Rim. A big budget, serious movie about the mighty morphin' team. Every single kid who grew up in the 90's just screamed.

Not much information has been released, other than who will sit at the helm. Dean Israelite (Project Almanac) is the early pick for director. If it's not a found footage film, it's hard not to see this being a fun movie-going experience. Who doesn't want to see the rangers kick butt in their zords and defeat some massive enemies?

14 Black Panther


We'll be seeing this cool cat for the first time in Civil War, suited up, with a major role to play. If you don't know much about him, he is famed for being the first mainstream black superhero, created in 1966. T'Challa, born and raised in the fictional kingdom of Wakanda, is an unbelievable strategist, tactician and fighter. Preferring to use his hands, the Black Panther possesses superhuman speed and a knack for reading his opponents, using his uprising as an aid for defeating anyone in his way.

The scrappy hero will receive his own movie in 2017 after the third installment of Thor, and before the third installment of the Avengers.

13 Gambit


Fans are probably more nervous about this one than any other on the list. Why? Gambit holds a special place in the hearts of many a comic book fan. It's hard not to love the cajun accent of Remy LeBeau. Taylor Kitsch's minuscule appearance in X-Men Origins: Wolverine had fans divided - happy with his performance, upset with his short screen time.

Can Channing Tatum pull it off? Is he a little too big? Can he master the accent? Does he have the chops? Either way, this movie is sure to be relatively successful, because Gambit is the very definition of cool. He throws playing cards better than Hawkeye can shoot arrows. The man manipulates kinetic energy with the best of them, and will definitely be a fun watch.

12 Black Widow

You know her, you love her, it's ScarJo. Johansson has kicked some serious butt since accepting the role of Black Widow, surprising many with her sheer screen presence and ability to command a scene. Neither Black Widow or Hawkeye have supernatural abilities, yet somehow Johansson made us fall in love the former, and Jeremy Renner did next to nothing to attract us to the latter.

Marvel Studios have not stated what side Black Widow will be on in the Civil War, but you can bet whichever side she chooses will be the one fans cheer for in theaters. Many agree the skilled fighter deserves a stand-alone film. Who wouldn't want to see a modern espionage flick following Black Widow?

11 Doctor Strange


This shall be interesting. Strange indeed one might say. Half of Thor (2011) took place on a fictional planet called Asgard. Most of Aquaman will no doubt be under water. But Doctor Strange is bound to be the most fantasy driven big budget superhero movie we've seen yet. Director Scott Derrickson, known mostly for directing and writing horror, will be delving deep into the supernatural side of things.

10 Copycat


The 479th mutant on our list, we have Deadpool's opposite, Copycat. If you liked Stargate: Atlantis and Game of Thrones, then surely you watched Firefly. In Joss Whedon's short-lived show, Baccarin plays somewhat of a geisha (basically a high-end prostitute), which is a coincidence, since Copycat's origins lie in prostitution as well.

9 Superman


You may wonder why Supes is a little farther down than Batman, but it's a fairly simple answer. Batman is so hot right now. Man of Steel wasn't exactly the reboot of Superman everyone was hoping for, but whether or not the movie pleased crowds, it's hard to quell excitement for Kal-El.

Henry Cavill's portrayal of Superman wasn't exactly heralded, but a lot of issues stemmed from the direction of Zack Snyder. Many complained the tone was too dark for a superman movie. Not enough bright colours or occasional campiness. In this sense, Cavill did a fantastic job portraying the trials and pain a superhuman like Clark Kent would experience growing up on Earth. I've a good feeling Cavill will take this darker portrayal of Superman to the next level as he squares off against the Dark Knight.

8 Aquaman


Ronon Dex. Khal Drogo. Two characters heralded by nerds everywhere, both portrayed by the same man. If you've watched Stargate: Atlantis or Game of Thrones, you've all ready fallen in love with Jason Momoa. Now for the first time, the man will be headlining his own movie, and a very interesting one at that. Granted, BvS will only be the introduction to his character before he no doubt shares time equally with the rest of the DC crew in Justice League. Arthur Curry will get his own movie in 2018, however.

7 Quicksilver


You screamed didn't you. You just about closed this link because the dumb author of this article left out arguably the best mutant from Days of Future Past. Well that's exactly why he's getting his own page! Of course he gets his own entry in top superheroes to look forward to.

When movie-goers walked out of the theater, whether they liked the movie or not, they all agreed on one thing. The following scene was not only the best scene in the movie, but one of the best scenes in any movie of 2014. You can bet Bryan Singer has heard the fans and will give Quicksilver more time on the silver screen (Kind of like what happened with Loki).

6 X-Men


If I gave every awesome member from X-Men to look forward to a separate page, you'd think I was pining for views. Because let's be honest, the reboot of this franchise has been unreal, as well as the casting choices for the mutants.

Director Bryan Singer's honour roll cast: Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), James McAvoy (Professor X), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), and Alex Summers (Havok).

New But familiar mutants: Sophie Turner (Jean Grey), Olivia Munn (Psylocke), Kurt Wagner (Nightcrawler), Alexandra Shipp (Storm) , Tye Sheridan (Cyclops), Lana Condor (Jubilee) and Ben Hardy (Angel).

Last and certainly not least, rumoured: Hugh Jackman (Wolverine), Channing Tatum (Gambit, and stay tuned if you want more on this particular mutant!)

Cool, cool and cool. Luckily we're given three weeks to calm down after Civil War before being barraged with this magnificent band of mutants. And who doesn't want to see Sansa with a little telekinesis?

5 Iron Man


Speaking of divided, coming in at number four we have here the man sitting on the other side of the coin in Civil War. To brush you up on your grade 10 history, a civil war is a fight between citizens of the same country. Except in this case, it's a battle between two superheroes in the same villain-fighting squad (which may as well be considered a country, since each member of the Avengers is worth a few million of us normies).

Some may try and be meta by acting like they're bored of Robert Downey Jr.'s portrayal of Iron Man after seven years, but those people are being dishonest with themselves. How can anyone not love the stamp Downey Jr. has permanently placed on this character, a superhero who went from relatively average popularity in the comics to the top of the charts in cinemas thanks to his on-screen candor and gravitas.

4 Captain America


The 13th movie in the Marvel franchise, and the first episode in chapter three, Civil War is going to be massive. The First Avenger was a decent film in its own right, but The Winter Soldier really propelled the Marvel Cinematic Universe onto a higher plane. Many suggest it to be the best installment in the MCU thus far, thereby amassing significant hype and excitement - especially considering what's at stake in the film.

Chris Evans, who has portrayed Captain America to near perfection, must battle those he considers his closest friends. After the events in Age of Ultron, which comes out worldwide on May 1st, the governments of the world attempt to regulate those with superpowers in order to prevent more carnage. Luckily for us, the Avengers are divided.

3 Wonder Woman


And here we have Wonder Woman. As excited as we all are to see possibly the most famous female superhero of all time on the big screen, there are several reasons fans are being cautious with this one:

1. Catwoman and Elektra were unimaginably terrible. No female-based superhero movie has been released since these disasters (2004 and 2005 respectively).

2. Casting is somewhat iffy. Slated for a release in the summer of 2017, Gal Gadot stars in a major role for the first time. You may know her from her questionable performances in the Fast and Furious franchise.

3. Director Michelle MacLaren (Breaking Bad, Walking Dead, Game of Thrones) dropped out and has been replaced by Patty Jenkins (Monster) due to creative differences.

2 Batman


Whoa. Did you see that teaser? The look on Ben Affleck's face alone has us sold. For a lot of people, that was their biggest issue when they heard about this film. "Ben Affleck? He ruined Daredevil!" This ought to have changed their minds. The guy is experiencing an Academy Award winning renaissance in his career, and has churned nothing but gold since 2010. He may just add a dimension we've never seen before to the famed character.

1 Deadpool


Deadpool is a character fans have been pining for arguably more than any other on this list. The popular X-Men antihero was created in 1991 and was first featured in The New Mutants #98. His popularity eventually granted him a standalone comic in 1997. The scarred 'merc with a mouth' is most famous for his regenerative abilities, martial arts proficiency, and tendency to break the fourth wall.

This film has been in talks since the early 2000's, but no studio, director or writer wanted to make a commitment. After test footage starring Ryan Reynolds was leaked, execs gave the go-ahead thanks to the overwhelming response on the internet. Reynolds dream project finally got liftoff, and the movie is sure to garner enough attention for a big box office draw next year.

Footnote: Deadpool's appearance in X-Men Origins: Wolverine is officially ignored by fans for its terrible portrayal. "What portrayal?" many fans just uttered.

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