There are a lot of promising movies set to open next year, the following 10 (20) are just the ones I know about and that I really want to watch.
In order of release date my 10 most anticipated movies of 2017 are:
John Wick: Chapter 2 (February 10th)
Why? John Wick was great, one of the best pure action movies of the last few years, so more of that in this sequel is something I’m very much looking forward to seeing this coming February.
Logan (March 3rd)
Why? It’s probably the last Wolverine movie we’re going to get and did you see that trailer?
Ghost in the Shell (March 31st)
Why? I really liked the trailer and I’m hoping the movie will be good. At the same time I still expect it to end up completely missing the mark. Even with that in mind I feel like I just have to see Ghost in the Shell.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (May 5th)
Why? It’s the sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy, I think that about covers it.
Alien: Covenant (May 19th)
Why? It’s a new Alien movie from Ridley Scott and that first teaser trailer looked very promising. I still think Alien: Paradise Lost would have been a better title.
Wonder Woman (June 2nd)
Why? Wonder Woman was the best part of Batman v Superman and I think this could really be it for Warner’s DC Extended Universe (I mean it has to be). Please don’t disappoint me Wonder Woman.
Spider-Man: Homecoming (July 7th)
Why? If you saw Captain America: Civil War, you know why. This is also Spider-Man’s first solo movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and before last year I never thought I’d ever be able to say those words.
War for the Planet of the Apes (July 14th)
Why? The new Planet of the Apes movies have been consistently great and if they can keep that up with War for the Planet of the Apes, I’ll be there day 1.
Blader Runner 2049 (October 6th)
Why? It’s a Blade Runner sequel directed by Dennis Villeneuve and he has yet to make a bad movie. Of course that’s no guarantee Blade Runner 2049 will also be good, and even if it’s not, at the very least we get to go back to that world.
Star Wars: Episode VIII – Whatever They End Up Calling It (December 15th)
Why? They don’t have an official title yet and we won’t be seeing a teaser trailer for at least a few more months (March at the earliest). At the same time it’s Episode VIII, you know you’re going to see it, I know I’m going to see it, there was no way it wasn’t in my top 10.
Picking just 10 movies was hard and I had to make some awful cuts and I’m still not sure I made the right choice in a few cases. So here’s what I’m going to do, I’ll give you another 10 movies that almost made the above 10. Think of them as the 11th film, all in a tie for that 11th spot. Okay, maybe some were closer to 10 than 11, but you get my point. Again in order of release the 10 are:
The LEGO Batman Movie (February 10th)
Why? Batman is getting the LEGO Movie treatment, that’s enough for me.
Kong: Skull Island (March 10th)
Why? It’s a new Kong movie and I really like Kong.
Beauty and the Beast (March 17th)
Why? I feel like there’s something wrong with me for not falling in love with the first trailer for Beauty and the Beast. At the same time I really like the 1991 Disney animated classic and what they’re making here is exactly that but in live-action. So even if that trailer didn’t do it for me I’m still looking forward to seeing Beauty and the Beast.
The Fate of the Furious (April 14th)
Why? The Fast and Furious movies are really dumb, the sort of dumb fun I can get behind. It’s not going to be the same without Paul Walker, but also in the words of Queen, show must go on.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (May 26th)
Why? Guilty pleasure, I love these Pirates movies even when I know they’re not that good.
Dunkirk (July 21st)
Why? It’s Christopher Nolan’s next movie.
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (July 21st)
Why? Luc Besson made The Fifth Element (one of my all-time favorites) in 1997 because he knew that back then he didn’t have the technology necessary to bring to life the French sci-fi comic Valérian et Laureline. Two decades and $180 million later he finally made it, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle (October 6th)
Why? This would have easily made my first top 10 had I seen really anything from it. As it stands it just missed it.
Thor: Ragnarok (November 3rd)
Why? Thor and Hulk go on a space adventure and also Planet Hulk. Unfortunately no trailer means that like Kingsman this too just barely missed my initial 10.
Justice League (November 17th)
Why? It’s Justice League and the only reason it’s not my most anticipated movie of 2017 is because Batman v Superman left me so utterly disappointed. Yet I’m still holding out hope, I will see this movie and I really want it to be good.
That’s it for me, what about you? Any movies you can’t wait to see in 2017?