The age of superhero movies is upon us, and while we’ve already had some epic blockbusters from the world of capes, spandex and superpowers, there are still some massive big-screen superhero adventures coming our way in 2017.
Release date: 2 June 2017
Warner Bros. and DC finally showcased a full trailer for Gal Galdot’s Wonder Woman film at Comic Con last year, and it’s given some high expectations for the next entry in the ambitious cinematic universe from DC. Wonder Woman takes place in the 1920s, almost 100 years before her appearance in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Chris Pine also stars, and it’s looking to be an important chapter ahead of the Justice League movie.
LEGO BATMAN MOVIE
Release date: 9 February 2017
If Batman’s moments from The Lego Movie were anything to go by, this should be a hilarious look into the world of Bruce Wayne. Will Arnett once again returns to voice the blocky superhero, with Zach Galifianakis and Michael Cera voicing the Joker and Dick Grayson/Robin respectively. However, there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if Batman wants to save the city from The Joker”s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.
Release date: 2 March 2017
March will see the arrival of Hugh Jackman’s final appearance as Wolverine in Logan. The film reunites the star with The Wolverine director James Mangold, and is set to follow Deadpool by being R-rated, so expect a fair amount more violence this time around. The film will be prominently based on the Old Man Logan comic book, and the cast also includes Sir Patrick Stewart, Boyd Holbrook, Richard E Grant, Stephen Merchant, Elisa Neal and Eriq La Salle. Here’s hoping Logan goes out with a proverbial bang.
Release date: 23 March 2017
Saban’s super-powered team is getting a third shot at the big-screen in a revamped and gritty take on the Power Rangers in 2017, and while we haven’t seen too much besides the initial teaser trailer (we’re waiting to see the zords), it has definitely caught our attention. The film follows five troubled teenage student outcasts – Zack, Kimberly, Billy, Trini, and Jason – become the Power Rangers after learning that their town of Angel Grove and the world its self are threatened by Rita Repulsa (Elizabeth Banks) and her alien forces.
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2
Release date: 25 April 2017
The undeniably charming Guardians of the Galaxy gets its highly-anticipated sequel this year, which will continue the thread of Marvel’s intergalactic misfit heroes. Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, and Dave Bautista reprise their roles, with Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel returning to voice Rocket and Groot respectively. Kurt Russell is also set to make an appearance, although there’s some mystery surrounding his role. Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn will helm once again, which will see the film take an important step in moving the MCU into the meat of Phase 3 to link up with the Avengers: Infinity War Part 1.
Release date: 16 November 2017
And speaking of, one of the biggest films arriving in 2017 is Justice League, which will see DC’s biggest heroes, including Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Cyborg, and Aquaman unite for the first time on the big-screen. Zack Snyder returns to direct the movie which picks up after the events of Batman v Superman, Bruce Wayne searches the globe for other superhumans to form the Justice League. The film has the star power, eye-candy, and fandom to make it something truly special, and while the first trailer doesn’t show too much action, but gives us an idea of how things are going to come together in Justice League: Part 1.
Release date: 7 July 2017
After his scene-stealing moments in Captain America: Civil War, expectations are high for Marvel’s shot at its own web-slinging hero. After coming to a deal with Sony to regain the rights of its classic superhero, Spider-Man: Homecoming will see Spidey in his standalone movie to tie into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Tom Holland will head up the film as Peter Parker /Spider-Man, and Robert Downey Jr has also been cast to appear as Tony Stark / Iron Man. The chemistry between the two actors was fantastic in Civil War, and we can’t wait to see more when Homecoming lands in July.
Release date: 25 October 2017
Although Thor was seen last year in Avengers: Age of Ultron, it’s been since November 2013 that the God of Thunder led his own movie. This year, Thor: Ragnarok will finally return moviegoers to his world, where the blonde Avenger must confront the gods when Asgard is threatened with Ragnarok, the Norse apocalypse. In classic Marvel fashion, there aren’t too many details available at the moment, but it has been confirmed that Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk will feature in the film.
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Jeremy is the Editor of MenStuff and has worked as a professional journalist at SA Rugby magazine, MyBroadband, MyGaming, and written for FHM and TGF Tech. Every now and then, with promises of cake we manage to lure him over to the WomenStuff offices to share his wisdom with us.