Superman vs. Batman and Avengers: Age of Ultron have been announced for 2015, but you can catch up on iTunes right now!

Big news from the San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) today for superhero movie fans, as Disney and Marvel have announced the sequel to Joss Whedon's smash hit, Avengers, and Zack Snyder's quasi-hit Man of Steel - Avengers: Age of Ultron and Superman vs. Batman respectively. And while we'll have to wait for 2015 to see them, thanks to iTunes we can catch up with all the prequels right now!

First of all, Age of Ultron is an interesting choice. Ultron is a classic Avengers villain, and basically all the Avengers robotic technology gone bad. (Think quasi-indestructable Terminator with the personality of a super villain.) Batman vs. Superman is more odd. Maybe, DC feels like they have to do it? (Check out our Man of Steel podcast for possible reasons why.) It'll reportedly draw from, but not adapt Frank Miller's Dark Night Returns - the best Batman story I've ever read - but who knows what that means.

In the meantime, here's everything that - so far - leads up to those next big blockbusters (though there's already been another Iron Man, and there'll be new Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Guardians of the Galaxy on the Marvel side before A2 launches.) I tend to buy and watch on streaming on my Apple TV, but thanks to iTunes in the Cloud, once you buy, you can also download and watch on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and on iTunes on the Mac.

My favorite of the bunch is Avengers, followed by Iron Man, and then Batman Begins. Let me know yours, and if you're a comic movie geek, what you think about the big Avengers: Age of Ultron and Superman vs. Batman announcements!

Rene Ritchie

Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.