Movie Madness1 of 112017 is going to be the biggest year yet for superhero movies. Don't believe us? Check out our always-current list of upcoming superhero/comic book movies - and it's all about to kick off when Logan hits theaters this Friday.
While the proliferation of the genre has exploded in the last few years, 2017 offers some true major "firsts" the likes of which haven't been seen since the first Avengers movie premiered in 2012.
From Spider-Man's return to Marvel, to Hugh Jackman's last ride as Wolverine, to Wonder Woman's solo movie debut, and the first big screen adventure of the Justice League, there's a lot to look forward to.
As such, we're counting down - in order - our most anticipated superhero/comic book movies of 2017.
Inhumans2 of 11OK, so Inhumans isn’t technically a movie (and if certain Marvel executives are to be believed, there’s still one in the works), but it will be a theatrical release consisting of the first two episodes of the eight-episode ABC TV series to be shot and screened in IMAX.
Frankly, we might be more hyped for this if we knew more about it, or where it stands in the MCU. With producers saying it won’t replace the planned Inhumans movie, and isn’t technically a spin-off of ABC’s other Marvel show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - of which Inhumans are a big part – it makes you wonder where this project does fit, and if Marvel would be willing to break their own continuity to have multiple versions of the story being told.
Release Date: September 4, 2017
Kingsman: The Golden Circle3 of 11Though it strayed somewhat from its source material, Kingsman: The Secret Service was a welcome surprise that brought some fun back to the increasingly stodgy super-spy genre.
With the sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle adding to the first film's star-studded cast, we're hoping it amps up the energy and attitude of its predecessor as well.
Release Date: October 6, 2017
Logan4 of 11It’s hard not to feel the anticipation for Hugh Jackman’s big screen bow as Wolverine. Having first played the character in 2000’s X-Men - the movie that launched the current superhero film boom – Jackman’s been behind the claws for 16 years at this point, and he’s really yet to fully cut loose.
With Logan, Jackman’s got nothing left to lose as Wolverine. Set in the near future, Wolverine has seen most of his friends and family. All that’s left are Professor X and a young girl who may be their hope for the future (and the next Wolverine).
Oh, and the Ravagers, a group of cyborg mutant hunters.
We've seen Logan, and we've gotta tell ya - it's that good.
Release Date: March 3, 2017
Ghost In The Shell5 of 11Yes, we’re well aware of the ongoing controversy around Scarlet Johansson being cast as Ghost In The Shell’s Major, and we’re taking that in stride. Still, the first trailer for this adaptation of Shirow Masamune’s sci-fi manga was like a perfect live-action recreation of Mamoru Oshii’s 1995 animated film.
Eerie visuals, creepy robots, black ops action, and introspective philosophy are the hallmarks of Ghost In The Shell, and from what we’ve seen, the upcoming film captures these things perfectly.
Plus, love or hate her casting, Johansson has proven her chops as an action star time and time again. And if Marvel isn’t willing to bite on giving her a lead role, we’re willing to follow her to Ghost In The Shell.
Release Date: March 31, 2017
Thor: Ragnarok6 of 11We’ll be real – Marvel’s Thor franchise isn’t exactly the fuse that’s lighting the MCU’s fire. The first film, while responsible for giving us Chris Hemsworth’s truly Mighty Thor and Tom Hiddleston’s unassailably devious Loki, hasn’t held up, and the less said about The Dark World the better. (They ranked 9th and 12th in our ranking of Marvel Studios films, by the way.)
However, Thor: Ragnarok goes far enough out of bounds to have us champing at the bit. Who doesn’t want a cosmic road trip buddy movie starring Hulk and Thor? And who doesn’t want more of Hiddleston’s aforementioned Loki? And beyond all that, there are some majorly interesting casting choices for newcomers in the mix, like Tessa Thompson’s unexpected Valkyrie, Jeff Goldblum’s inevitably off-kilter Grandmaster, and of course the chilling prospect of Cate Blanchett as Hela.
So, track record aside, there’s plenty of Marvel goodness on hand for Ragnarok. And with Hulk and Thor absent from Captain America: Civil War, we’re eager to see where the Avengers two biggest guns have been.
Release Date: November 3, 2017
Justice League7 of 11Zack Snyder has now helmed two DC films (three if you count Watchmen), each with reviews that have been mixed at best, so if there’s a reason our anticipation for Justice League is tempered, it’s because it’s built on shaky foundations. That said, we’re still pretty damn pumped to see DC’s greatest and best share the screen.
While the footage we’ve seen so far has been mostly limited to Batman’s efforts to unite the team – still no group action shots – it has felt like a step in the right direction. And beyond that, with the universe already set up, Snyder can focus on the payoff for his work with Man of Steel and Batman v Superman.
We’re hoping that our trepidation gives way to abject excitement once the lights go down and the Justice League is finally united on the big screen. And honestly, if anything can right the ship, it’ll be seeing Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, Aquaman, and the Flash charge into battle together as the team we’ve been waiting to see.
Release Date: November 17, 2017
Spider-Man: Homecoming8 of 11While general audiences may be somewhat wary of yet another reboot of the Spider-Man franchise, for fans, Spider-Man: Homecoming represents a long-time dream to see Marvel’s flagship hero alongside the rest of Marvel’s big guns on the big screen.
And after Tom Holland’s scene stealing debut as Peter Parker in Captain America: Civil War, it’s clear that Marvel has a strong grasp of who they want their hero to be. Straddling the line between Tobey Maguire’s wide-eyed earnestness, and Andrew Garfield’s snarky youth, Holland’s performance is closer to the Peter Parker comic book readers have known for decades than any big screen version yet.
Still, Marvel has a lot to prove in taking the film reins of the well-worn character. So while we’re greatly anticipating this one, call it cautious optimism.
Release Date: July 7, 2017
Wonder Woman9 of 11The debut of Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman was one of the universal highpoints of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, so it’s no surprise that Wonder Woman is one of the most anticipated releases of 2017.
But beyond the hype that’s come as a result of BvS and the stunning trailers for the film, it’s also high time that the greatest female superhero of all time got her due.
To say Wonder Woman is a long time coming would be an understatement, and to say that stakes are high would be equally downplaying the (unfounded) Hollywood stigma of female led movies. And, more than that, Wonder Woman is yet another chance for DC to take the box office by storm, hopefully connecting with both critics and audiences in a way their oeuvre so far hasn’t.
Release Date: June 2, 2017
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 210 of 11The first Guardians of the Galaxy film kind of came out of nowhere. Yes, the property had a long history at Marvel, and the trailers built up lots of anticipation, but very few people expected the impact the film had at the box office.
Now that we’re onto Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, fervor almost couldn’t be higher. We’ve gotten multiple trailers, and they each look to capture the magic formula of humor, heart, and sci-fi action that made the first film such a powerhouse.
From the classic rock soundtrack, to Rocket & Groot’s weird dynamic, to Peter Quill as the team’s put-upon not-so-straightman, it’s all there – and what’s more, the plot packs enough big, outlandish ideas like Mantis and Ego the Living Planet to ensure that, while it hits all the right notes, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 won’t just be a rehash of the original.
Release Date: May 5, 2017
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