The stale 2016 summer season left a bad taste in the mouths of many movie fans. It seemed that for every Captain America: Civil War, a Suicide Squad or Independence Day: Resurgence followed close behind. Luckily, the 2017 slate looks far more promising. Click the break for Monty’s 15 Most Anticipated Movies of 2017, let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
#15: Transformers: The Last Knight (June 23)
I’ll preface this selection with the following justification: When I watched Rogue One in IMAX 3D, they played a preview of TF: TLK. I was sucked in by the sheer scale of the next entry in the annoyingly-prolonged franchise. There was so much good in Dark of the Moon that was simply ignored in Age of Extinction, here’s to hoping that including the King Arthur timeline actually gives Michael Bay enough substance during the film’s extended running time to keep fans interested in what is sure to be another sensory overload.
#14: Kong: Skull Island (March 10)
After the first trailer, this movie was easily in my top 10. The second trailer caused a free fall. Inserting John C. Reilley into this new Godzilla/King Kong Universe as comedic relief feels immensely out of place, given the dismal tone of Godzilla and the intense nature of the first trailer. Regardless, an stacked cast should be able to bring everyone’s favorite super-sized ape back into the fold, although the importance of Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson was overshadowed in the trailer by Reilley.
#13: The Mummy (June 9)
Universal has a chance to throw its hat into the franchise ring with a series of classic monster movies. Tom Cruise enters this movie on arguably one of the strongest runs of his career, with the newest entries in the Mission: Impossible and Jack Reacher franchises performing admirably in the box office and garnering a fair share of fans. The right way to enter this new universe is to simply embrace the old-school monster movie; create summer popcorn entertainment with just enough substance, a task that Cruise is more than willing to anchor in June.
#12: The Fate of the Furious (April 14)
When books are written about this generation of film that has been overtaken by sequels and constant reboots, the Fast & Furious franchise should be viewed as a benchmark on how to change a brand. The only way that the series has remained true to the original four entries is the ideal of family; something that will now be pushed to the limit in April. Ever since Fast Five, the series has become mandatory theater watching for action junkies, as evidenced by the box office figures. There is no reason to believe that Fate of the Furious will be any different.
#11: King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (May 12)
Guy Ritchie re-booted Sherlock Holmes in 2009, and knocked it out of the park. A returning Jude Law and Charlie Hunnam will anchor this hopeful franchise-starter, which looks to be immensely exciting with a gritty-tone mixed in with classic medieval magic and lore.
#10: Wonder Woman (June 2)
Last year, the DC Comic Universe (DCU) put out two divisive films; Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad. However, most audiences recognized that Warner Bros. and DC Comics has a long way to go before catching up with Marvel. The first step for the DCU is to succeed with Wonder Woman. Gal Gadot’s debut in BVS, for many, was the highlight of last March’s release, and a supporting cast that includes Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen and Robin Wright brings enough star power to allow this film to shine. Placing Wonder Woman in the World War I timeframe is going to be a welcome change of pace in what will be a massive year for the future of the DCU.
#9: Justice League (November 17)
This will be the movie that determines the future trajectory of the DCU. When The Avengers was released in 2012, it was the culmination of five strong films that set the foundation, resulting in a movie that was the product of all which came before. The resume of the DCU is a far cry from what the MCU had heading into its first tandem picture, and having Zack Snyder at the helm has DC fans concerned. However, being able to see the Justice League on the big screen for the first time is going to be pretty cool, just be sure to remember that when you head into the theater.
#8.: Thor: Ragnarok – (November 3)
It’s hard to believe, but the near 10-year run of Marvel movies is about to reach its climax with next year’s Avengers: Infinity War. Ever since Nick Fury appeared at the end of the first Iron Man movie, the MCU has been filled with great episodic entries featuring Captain America, Hulk and Ant-Man. In November, the God of Thunder returns for his next individual picture, this time joined by none other than Bruce Banner, in Thor: Ragnarok. The last Thor movie, The Dark World, ranks very high on my personal MCU rankings, so I am immensely excited to see where they take this film filled with potential. Knowing that Loki is back into the fold alongside Idris Elba and Anthony Hopkins, the bar should be set very high for Ragnarok.
#7: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (May 5)
The first Guardians of the Galaxy was a pleasant surprise back in 2014, but now the pressure is on for Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista and Bradley Cooper to recapture the magic of the original and avoid the sequel curse. A storyline that involves Star Lord’s father looks to be the right direction to go, taking more of an emotional journey to help compliment the inherent goofiness that the film is sure to emanate, but what also has to happen in Vol. 2 is a broader connection to the remainder of the MCU. With Infinity War set to bring the entire universe together against a common threat, the Guardians are the final outliers, being able to at least link Vol. 2 with Thor: Ragnarok will be enough to get the ball rolling. With James Gunn back at the helm, there is no reason to expect that Vol. 2 will disappoint.
#6: Spider-Man: Homecoming (July 7)
The seventh individual debut feature in the history of the MCU, Spider-Man Homecoming follows Tom Holland’s spectacular debut as Peter Parker in Captain America: Civil War. What shoots Homecoming up the ranking is the casting of Michael Keaton as The Vulture, a villain who has been requested to join the fold since the original Spider-Man movie in 2002 and will finally debut this July. If you watched the trailer and didn’t partially geek out when Spider-Man swung through skyscrapers while being flanked by Iron Man, we’re concerned.
#5: Logan (March 3)
The X-Men franchise hit a roadblock with the disappointing Apocalypse last May, but everyone seemingly forgot about that once the first look at Hugh Jackman’s final turn as Wolverine dropped. The first trailer for Logan showed a broken Wolverine, an immensely personal story and a movie that has the potential to be the best in the 17-year history of X-Men movies. The buzz is well warranted.
#4: Alien: Covenant (May 19)
Marketed as a return to form by legendary science-fiction director Ridley Scott, Prometheus took several unexpected turns. Alien: Covenant feels like a mulligan, returning David (Michael Fassbender), who was by far the best part of Prometheus, and alluding to providing fans the old-school Xenomorph action they so crave. The first trailer, released on Christmas Day, feels like the natural and terrifying Alien film that we have been expecting for 30 years.
#3: Dunkirk (July 21)
Although Interstellar was not his best-received film, no one can deny Christopher Nolan’s ability as a filmmaker. Dunkirk focuses on the infamous World War II evacuation, and a largely unknown cast will add a heavy human element to the epic movie. The scale of the film, evidenced by the incredible IMAX preview released alongside Rogue One, should only fan the flames.
#2: War for the Planet of the Apes (July 21)
Rise of the Planet of the Apes was a pleasant surprise for a long-dormant franchise, re-booting the narrative of the famous science fiction series while at the same time raising the bar for computer generated characters. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes raised that bar even further, standing as one of the most underrated films of 2014. The current trilogy will end with WOPOTA, returning Andy Serkis as Caesar, Matt Reeves to the director’s chair while adding Woody Harrelson as a ruthless Colonel. All of the hype surrounding this entry is well deserved; there is little doubt that Reeves and Serkis will be able to knock this out of the park once again.
#1: Star Wars Episode VIII (December 15)
The Force Awakens debuted in 2015 under the highest degree of anticipation ever seen before. Over the last two years, Star Wars has undergone an incredible return to form; The Force Awakens and Rogue One have blown audiences away and have performed incredibly well in the box office, making December the annual month to take a journey to a galaxy far, far away. The yet-untitled Episode VIII returns Luke Skywalker, Rey, Finn, Poe and Kylo Ren, and has now taken on an unfortunate but important role of being Carrie Fisher’s final film. For science-fiction film fanatics, the excitement is only amplified by Rian Johnson taking the helm. Episode VIII has the tools to become one of the best Star Wars movies ever, it’s going to be tough to wait until December to see if it meets the lofty expectations.
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