Though 2016 delivered an incredible roster of film with a few hits and misses, we like to think with the releases coming out this year, that was just the industry taking a casual stretch before the biggest marathon of movies hits 2017. While there is still plenty of new year to go and we’re really just get started, it’s never too early to get excited about all the upcoming releases.
There’s no denying with the trailers released today, we are definitely looking forward to moving on and diving into a brand new year of filmography bound to break box office records. This year promises fun and thrill from a big ape, mummies, superheroes, vigilantes, and of course the one and only, Wonder Woman.
John Wick: Chapter 2
Releases: Feb. 10 | After everything Keanu Reeves went through in the first installment of John Wick, you’d think he would finally get a chance to retire but that doesn’t really happen for assassins. In this hotly anticipated sequel, Wick is called in as backup for one of his old buddies who is trying to topple an assassin’s guild. Expect tons of stylized action sequences and of course, Reeves being awesome.
Releases: March 3 | Hugh Jackman has played the beloved X-Men character for so long now, it’s hard to imagine anyone else really replacing him. However, the way Hollywood is, Jackman won’t play the clawed mutant for long. Logan is said to be Jackman’s swan song in this third standalone Wolverine feature and draws from Marvel’s comicbook, “Old Man Logan,” about an alternative-futuristic version of the ageless hero. Well, almost ageless. Expect to see Patrick Stewart in this one!
Kong: Skull Island
Releases: March 10 | The closest we got to a great remake of King Kong was probably “King Homer” in The Simpsons, but this one is definitely got some promise and boasts an all-star cast that has potential for a mega-blockbuster this season. Starring Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson, the big guy returns this spring with Kong: Skull Island with a promise to give viewers the biggest, baddest and best Kong ever. It’s been said that the studio also wants to make a Kong versus Godzilla movie mashup, so we’ll see how that goes…
Beauty and the Beast
Releases: March 17 | It’s the one all us kids from the 90s have been waiting for! Thinking it could never be done, Disney’s latest attempt at their live-action remake of their Academy Award nominated animated film is finally releasing this spring. Like the beloved classic, the film draws on inspiration from the fairy tale about a prince (Dan Stevens) cursed with a grotesque appearance who imprisons a man (Kevin Kline), yet finds true love in his simple, pure-hearted daughter (Emma Watson). Of course, it’s a story that’s rather dark and always has been, but expect a fun, family-friendly twist best done by Disney.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Releases: May 5 | Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) and the team are back and we are super excited about this one. Set to the backdrop of “Awesome Mixtape #2,” the film picks up where we left off as Peter Quill tries to find his parentage as the crew travels through the cosmos and tries their hardest to maintain this newfound dynamic. Of course, Groot is growing too and still as cute as ever!
Releases: June 2 | Can we get a hallelujah for this? A decent characterization of Wonder Woman has been years in the making. Since Linda Carter first played the Amazonian warrior in the 80s TV series, fans have been asking to see how their favorite hero would fare in a world now welcoming of and heavily saturated with the rise of superheroes. First introduced to audiences in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Gal Godot‘s Wonder Woman finally gets her own standalone feature, which is reportedly also the first in the period-piece trilogy chronicling her adventures from the 1920s to present day. This movie is going to be wicked awesome. We get goosebumps at the theme song alone!
Releases: June 9 | Whether you like it or not, or whatever grudge you have against him on a “personal” level, Tom Cruise is still a big draw at the box office and remains a stellar action star. Mix his charm in with the allure of Egyptian legends with an impressive reboot of The Mummy movies, and you get a film that explores an ancient princess awakened from her crypt beneath the desert who brings malevolence and terrors that defy human comprehension. It look like a fun summer blockbuster, and goes head-to-head with World War Z 2.
Releases: July 7 | After five Sony films and two very different Peter Parks, Spider-Man is finally back in the hands of Marvel Studios and ready to be a big part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. After first getting a glimpse of Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War, the young superhero is now getting his own movie. In Homecoming, young Peter (Tom Holland) begins to navigate through his newfound identity as the web-slinging hero.
Releases: July 21 | Get those praise hands emoji because Christopher Nolan is back and after a decade of time spent in the science-fiction and fantasy realm, the acclaimed director is putting his talent to work with a historical drama about one of the most notable WWII battles on the western front of France. Dunkirk was the defense and evacuation of the British Allied forces in Europe that lasted a week from May 26 to June 4, 1940, and Nolan’s latest pays great attention to historical detail with on-site shooting and heart-pounding imagery reminiscent of Saving Private Ryan.
Releases: Nov. 17 | Marvel has created an impressive model for a shared universe between its beloved superheroes, and now Warner Bros. is following in its footsteps with its DC Comics catalog of superheroes. After introducing members of the Justice League in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (The Flash, played by Ezra Miller; Aquaman, played by Jason Mamoa; and Cyborg, played by Ray Fisher), the film sets out to create stories that are interesting, full of action and of course, paying homage to the comicbooks. In the first installment of the Justice League franchise, Bruce Wayne/Batman (Ben Affleck) is driven by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by the selfless act of Superman (Henry Cavill). Enlisting the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince (Gal Gadot; also known as Wonder Woman), the two work together to face an even greater enemy.
Of course, there’s no denying there are a gazillion-and-one films coming out this year—including the highly anticipated Star Wars: Episode VIII, so which ones are you most looking forward to seeing? Let us know in the comments below.