All the Superhero Movies Coming in 2017
It’s safe to say that we’ve reached the peak of superhero cinema in terms of quantity. The question of quality is another debate altogether, but the result has left us with plenty of options. Fans of a more meta-comedy approach can find a safe haven in Deadpool. If you like the more standard shared universe, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is still running full speed ahead. And for the DC Comics stalwarts still waiting for a good movie … well, at least Wonder Woman is next up on the docket.
Whatever you might prefer, 2017 probably has a superhero movie to sate that need. So with that, here’s the the selection of comic book films you’ll have to choose from this year.
1. The LEGO Batman Movie, Warner Bros. (February 10)
Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s LEGO Movie was easily the biggest surprise hit of 2014, blending a unique sense of humor with a surprisingly touching message. The financial success of the film set the wheels in motion over at Warner Bros., with the studio laying out ambitious plans for at least three more LEGO-themed movies.
The first in that saga will arrive in February in the form of The LEGO Batman Movie. Robot Chicken mastermind Chris McKay heads it up as director, putting it in steady creative hands while Lord and Miller focus on other projects (and eventually, to direct the LEGO Movie sequel in 2019). The film also has the distinction of getting the ball rolling on 2017’s tidal wave of superhero movies; buckle in folks, because this is just the beginning.
2. Logan, 20th Century Fox (March 3)
After the success of Deadpool and the relative flop that was X-Men: Apocalypse, Fox appears to have taken a step back from the X-Men franchise as a whole. That’s left them focusing on just one spinoff film in 2017: Logan.
The Wolverine-centric story will be Hugh Jackman’s final go-around as the clawed mutant, in a film set years in the distant future. In it, Logan is an old man, tasked with protecting a young girl with similar healing powers from a rogue band of anti-mutant marauders. Given its R-rating and early hype, expectations are sky-high to say the very least.
3. Power Rangers, Lionsgate (March 24)
Strictly speaking, Power Rangers isn’t exactly in the same vein as your classic comic book movie. That doesn’t make it any less of a superhero story though, as the rebooted Power Rangers movie takes its hokey source material and gives it a modern update. It’s tough to tell whether it’ll actually manage to be anything more than nostalgia-bait, especially sans an A-list cast or creative team. We’ll still withhold our judgment until we see it for ourselves.
4. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Marvel Studios (May 5)
2014 was a year of surprises for us, and it appears as though 2017 will be the year where we continue to reap the benefits. First, we get the follow-up effort to The LEGO Movie, and not long after that, we’re getting a sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy. Early footage indicates that it will carry much of the original tone, featuring a killer soundtrack, an off-kilter sensibility, and all the Baby Groot you can handle.
5. Wonder Woman, Warner Bros. (June 2)
Last year ended up being a disappointing one for the DC movie-verse, starting with the relative disappointment of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and wrapping up with the train wreck that was Suicide Squad. That hasn’t put a damper on our hope for Wonder Woman though. The film will mark the first female-led superhero movie of the modern era (we’re not counting Elektra or Catwoman, sorry guys). More than that, it’ll feature a fan-favorite DC character kicking ass and taking names during World War I, and could at long last kickstart DC’s film saga.
6. Spider-Man: Homecoming, Sony Pictures (July 7)
Sony’s Spider-Man series has been in a rough patch ever since Sam Raimi’s ill-fated Spider-Man 3. But following two reboots in just four years, they finally might have struck gold once again (albeit only after enlisting the help of Marvel). A deal struck with Marvel Studios to share Spider-Man will yield a brand new cooperative effort in 2017, starring Tom Holland as the titular web-slinger. How the tag-team partnership will work on a creative level remains to be seen, yet there’s reason to feel optimistic about Spider-Man finally arriving under the MCU umbrella.
7. Kingsman: The Golden Circle, 20th Century Fox (October 6)
October 6 of this year was originally the chosen release date for Fox’s standalone Gambit movie, starring Channing Tatum. Sadly, production delays pushed it back indefinitely, with the studio slotting in its Kingsman sequel instead. The second film in the saga, titled The Golden Circle, will bring back Colin Firth and Taron Egerton in the superhero spy-thriller, along with original director Matthew Vaughn. As for Gambit, your guess is as good as ours for when (or if) we’ll ever actually get to see it.
8. Thor: Ragnarok, Marvel Studios (November 3)
We’re set up for an interesting slate of superhero movies this year, and Thor: Ragnarok is no exception. All indications from director Taika Waititi seem to point toward it being every bit the “’70s/’80s sci-fi fantasy” that’s been promised. It’ll also prominently feature Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk, as he buddies up with Thor to stop the end of the world as we know it. Top all that off with “an effort to ignore the fact there are other Thor films” entirely, and we could be in for the weirdest MCU movie yet.
9. Justice League, Warner Bros. (November 17)
2017’s slate of superhero cinema closes out with Justice League, bringing together DC’s pantheon of heroes for their first-ever team-up effort. The roster will start out mercifully small, with Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg making up the initial roster. Odds are that future sequels will expand the team out accordingly, but for now, it’s clear lessons were learned from the overly-crowded Suicide Squad.
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