We run down 2013’s upcoming comic book movies.

Ever since the closing scene of MARVEL’S AVENGERS ASSEMBLE, we have been pretty excited about where the franchise was going to go next. IRON MAN 3 hits cinemas this week, and Shane Black’s threequel has done the character proud. Now that IRON MAN 3 has been released, however, it seems that there is a void in our lives. Never fear! Movies.ie has compiled a list of comic book movies still to come in 2013, ones that we are rather excited about.

Release Date: August 2nd

Many movie goers appreciate RED as a guilty pleasure, but we don’t think there is anything guilty about it. RED put together some of the best actors working today and allows them to kick all kinds of bad guy ass. In the sequel, David Thewlis plays the villain, The Frog, who got his name from spoiling a water supply with a poisonous frog. The early trailer is just the right combination of silly and fun, and Helen Mirren has never looked better. Also, we are fans of Mary-Louise Parker; she was great in WEEDS.

Release Date: July 26th

Yes we know that X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE was a disaster, but before you tune out completely you should know that the screenplay for THE WOLVERINE was written by Christopher McQuarrie (him that wrote THE USUAL SUSPECTS) and director James Mangold (him that wrote WALK THE LINE). Have we got your attention? Good.
Unlike X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE , this story takes place after X-MEN: THE LAST STAND but before the origins stories… Obviously. Wolverine travels to Japan and discovers an old enemy who will have an impact on his future. This sounds just mysterious enough to get us curious.

Release Date: June 14th

Henry Cavill attempts to make up for the mess that was IMMORTALS, and Zack Snyder tries to make amends for SUCKER PUNCH. From what we have heard so far, they are succeeding.
The trailers look great – once you understand that Superman wants to be a prisoner, it’s a nobility thing… We think – and casting Amy Adams as Lois Lane and Michael Shannon as General Zod was inspired. The film is also produced by Christopher Nolan – we’ve all seen THE DARK KNIGHT Trilogy, we know what this means – and could well kick off a Justice League franchise. Where do we queue for tickets?

Release Date: November 8th

Many fans of the AVENGERS franchise enjoy Kenneth Brannagh’s THOR most of all. Here at Movies.ie, we are definitely fans, and we love how Loki was brought in as the villain in MARVEL’S AVENGERS ASSEMBLE. But we digress.
The first trailer for THOR: THE DARK WORLD debuted online this week – watch it here – and it looks as though the Norse God of Thunder’s next outing is going to be as epic as his first. We are delighted to see Natalie Portman return as Jane Foster, although we suspect she will be rather angry that Thor didn’t call her the last time he was on earth…

Release Date: August 14th

Fans were delighted with the first KICK-ASS film, and the ordinary hero returns to our screens this July with a whole host of new sidekicks in tow, including Jim Carrey as Colonel Stars and Stripes. Christopher Mintz-Plasse returns as the villain Red Mist (who has taken the chance to reinvent himself) and Chloe Grace Moretz is back as the foul mouthed Hit Girl.
KICK-ASS 2 seems to be a little less grounded in our reality, which can only help the film, and we are fairly sure that ass will be kicked.

Which comic book movie of 2013 are you most excited about? Let is know in the comments below.

Words: Brogen Hayes