Out with the old, in with the new. It’s nearly the New Year, which means we not only get a new Star Wars film, it’s the first time three Marvel Studios movies will be released in a year and we might even get our first decent DC movie between Wonder Woman and Justice League.
Here are some noteworthy films to look forward in 2017, ordered chronologically:
1) The LEGO Batman Movie (February)
Starting off the year is The LEGO Batman Movie, a spin-off from the very successful The LEGO Movie. Will Arnett reprises his role as the titular character with a more comical over-the-top portrayal of the Dark Knight. Michael Cera lends his voice to the character of Robin while Zach Galifianakis plays arch-villain The Joker.
Release: February 10, 2017
2) Logan (March)
Following the success of the R-rated Deadpool, fans will finally get to see a Wolverine film in similar fashion – more violence and less humour, of course. Logan is inspired by the Old Man Logan, a short series in the comics which features an older Wolverine whose healing factor is beginning to fail. Watching the trailer alone will show the departure in tone from previous X-Men and Wolverine movies. It’s also said to be Hugh Jackman’s final movie as our favourite claw-wielding mutant.
Release: March 2, 2017
3) Kong: Skull Island (March)
If you didn’t already know, Legendary Entertainment and Warner Bros. are building a Godzilla-Kong film universe, with a Godzilla vs. Kong movie slated for 2020. In line with that shared universe is a King Kong reboot to introduce the famed ape into the series, with an updated take on the classic tale. Kong: Skull Island stars Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson and Brie Larson.
Release: March 10, 2017
4) Power Rangers (March)
While the verdict is still out there on this, one thing’s for sure: it’s got my nostalgia senses tingling. Almost every 90s kid remembers watching Power Rangers to some degree as a child, and while this looks vastly different stylistically, it’s going on the list. It’s also expected to be the first film in a series of many, with Lionsgate CEO saying that “…we [the studio] could see doing five or six or seven.”
Release: March 24, 2017
5) The Fate of the Furious (April)
Looking past the obviously jarring movie title – we’re assuming ‘Fate’ was used to make #F8 make more sense, the highly successful franchise of street racers-turned-professional criminals is at its eight installment. As seen in the trailers, the antagonist comes in the form of Dom who turns his back on family. This leads the crew to team up with The Rock and a former nemesis played by Jason Statham to bring Dom down.
Release: April 14, 2017
6) Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (May)
Need we say more? The sequel to the highly successful Guardians of the Galaxy is hotly anticipated, especially after fans have come to love this band of obscure lesser known Marvel characters. The film will take us to new planets and introduce new characters including the father of Peter “Star-Lord” Quill. Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Dave Bautista return as Star-Lord, Gamora and Drax, while Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel reprise their voice acting roles as Rocket Raccoon and Groot.
Release: May 5, 2017
7) Wonder Woman (June)
While Batman v. Superman and Suicide Squad didn’t exactly win critics over, DC fans are hopeful that Wonder Woman will finally set the DC Extended Universe on course to rival Marvel Cinematic Universe. Gal Gadot’s updated take on the Amazonian warrior was a refreshing addition to the testosterone-filled BvS, and from what we can see from the trailer, this movie looks like a it’s going to be hit. Fingers crossed!
Release: June 2, 2017
8) Spider-Man: Homecoming (July)
While DC and Warner Bros. are still finding their footing, Marvel has been making hit after hit and has become a reliable bet in the box office in recent years. That’s the reason Sony, who owns the film rights to Spider-Man, finally relented and decided to share everyone’s favourite wall-crawler with his creator. This meant Marvel Studios got to make creative decisions on the upcoming Spider-Man film, while including appearances from other Marvel Cinematic Universe characters such as Tony Stark. Homecoming takes place over Peter Parker’s high school years, with director Jon Watts describing it as a John Hughes-y film within the MCU.
Release: July 7, 2017
9) War for the Planet of the Apes (July)
The Planet of the Apes movies are known for its really long titles – even the original series in the early 70s had them, but this time war is looming at it doesn’t look good for mankind. The upcoming War for the Planet of the Apes is the third installment of the franchise after Rise and Dawn, and as the title alludes, the apes and humans engage in a battle for to determine their fate on Earth.
Release: July 14, 2017
10) Thor: Ragnarok (November)
Given that the film only releases in November, there’s still trailer or poster we could use besides this video shot during the production of the film. Thor: Ragnarok will be the third Marvel Studios movie after GotG 2 and Spider-Man: Homecoming, and is primarily set in Asgard. The movie is said to be a bridge towards Infinity War, the third Avengers movie, and also introduce the final infinity stone – the soul gem. Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston return as Thor and Loki while Mark Ruffalo makes an appearance as Hulk in the film.
Release: November 3, 2017
11) Star Wars Episode VIII
The best news to come from Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm was that we’ll be getting a new Star Wars film every year from 2015 to 2021. While the main ‘episodes’ will be released every two years, standalone stories will fill the gaps, starting off with the very well-received Rogue One. In 2017, we’ll be getting Episode VIII, which continues the adventures of Rey, Finn, Poe and BB-8 continuing right from the end of The Force Awakens.
Release: December 16, 2017