As we say goodbye to the giant, steamy pile of sh*t that was 2016 and ring in the new, hopeful, forget-the-next-four-years-of-government 2017, we’re setting our sights on the happiest of happy places: the movie theatre. Because if there’s one thing to really look forward to this year, it’s the box office.
From the pages of our favorite comics to the triumphant return of a couple of prominent filmmakers to a galaxy far, far away, 2017 is going to have at least a little something for everyone, even all you Aca-fans, or Aca-people, or whatever.
We’ve managed to narrow down the list to our 17 most anticipated films of 2017. We tried to narrow it to 10, but dammit, we’re only human. Plus, 17 just sort of feels right, ya know?
THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE – February 10
Bruce Wayne must not only deal with the criminals of Gotham City, but also the responsibility of raising a boy he adopted.
Directed by Chris McKay
Starring Will Arnett, Ralph Fiennes, and Jenny Slate.
In 2024, mutant births are severely in decline, and people aren’t sure why. A government-type operation is turning mutant children into killing machines. From this, Logan emerges as a mentor to a mutant girl, who has two claws instead of his three.
Directed by James Mangold
Starring Hugh Jackman, Boyd Holbrook, and Patrick Stewart.
T2 TRAINSPOTTING – March 10
Mark Renton reunites with Spud, Sick Boy, Begbie, and other old friends after returning to the only place that he can ever call home.
Directed by Danny Boyle
Starring Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, and Robert Carlyle
KONG: SKULL ISLAND – March 10
Explorers encounter a gigantic ape and other monstrous creatures after traveling to an uncharted island in the Pacific Ocean.
Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts
Starring Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, and John Goodman
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST – March 17
Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman, is taken prisoner by a beast in its castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the beast’s hideous exterior, allowing her to recognize the kind heart and soul of the true prince that hides on the inside.
Directed by Bill Condon
Starring Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, and Ewan McGregor
GHOST IN THE SHELL – March 31
The Major, a special ops, one-of-a-kind human-cyborg hybrid, leads an elite task force known as Section 9. Devoted to stopping the most dangerous criminals and extremists, Section 9 is faced with an enemy whose singular goal is to wipe out Hanka Robotic’s advancements in cyber technology.
Directed by Rupert Sanders
Starring Scarlett Johansson, Michael Wincott, and and Michael Pitt
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 – May 5
Set to the backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage.
Directed by James Gunn
Starring Chris Pratt, Karen Gillan, and Zoe Saldana
ALIEN: COVENANT – May 19
Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, members of the colony ship Covenant discover what they think to be an uncharted paradise. While there, they meet David, the synthetic survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition. The mysterious world soon turns dark and dangerous when a hostile alien life-form forces the crew into a deadly fight for survival.
Directed by Ridley Scott
Starring Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, and Michael Fassbender
WONDER WOMAN – June 2
After leaving her all-female island, Wonder Woman discovers her full powers and true destiny while fighting alongside soldiers during World War I.
Directed by Patty Jenkins
Starring Gal Gadot, Robin Wright, and Chris Pine
SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING – July 7
Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, young Peter Parker returns home to live with his Aunt May. Under the watchful eye of mentor Tony Stark, Parker starts to embrace his newfound identity as Spider-Man. He also tries to return to his normal daily routine — distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just a friendly neighborhood superhero. Peter must soon put his powers to the test when the evil Vulture emerges to threaten everything that he holds dear.
Directed by Jon Watts
Starring Tom Holland, Donald Glover, and Marisa Tomei
DUNKIRK – July 21
British forces embark on a mission to evacuate Allied troops from Dunkirk, France, in 1940.
Directed by Christopher Nolan
Starring Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, and Mark Rylance
VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS – July 21
In the 28th century, special operatives Valerian and Laureline maintain order throughout the universe for the government of the human territories. Under orders from their commander, the duo embark on a mission to Alpha, an intergalactic city where diverse species share their technology and resources for the betterment of all. The ever-expanding metropolis is also home to sinister forces that jeopardize the future of mankind.
Directed by Luc Besson
Starring Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, and Clive Owen
THE DARK TOWER – July 28
Jake, who is still reeling over the death of his hero dad, a first responder on 9/11 who succumbed to toxic exposure, has a series of terrifying and apocalyptic visions that have made him doubt his own sanity. But when Jake narrowly avoids being abducted by terrifying creatures in human form, he escapes into another world. In this strange new reality, Jake teams with weary and disillusioned hero, Roland Deschain, a knight-like warrior bent solely on avenging himself against his age-old nemesis.
Directed by Nikolaj Arcel
Starring Katheryn Winnick, Matthew McConaughey, and Idris Elba
BLADE RUNNER 2049 – November 6
Officer K (Ryan Gosling), a new blade runner for the Los Angeles Police Department, unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. His discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former blade runner who’s been missing for 30 years.
Directed by Denis Villeneuve
Starring Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, and Ana de Armas
THOR: RAGNAROK – November 3
Thor, the Hulk and Doctor Strange come together to face off against intergalactic enemies.
Directed by Taika Waititi
Starring Chris Hemsworth, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Mark Ruffalo
JUSTICE LEAGUE – November 17
Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy.
Directed by Zack Snyder
Starring Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, and Amy Adams
STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII – December 15
Having taken her first steps into a larger world in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Rey continues her epic journey with Finn, Poe and Luke Skywalker in the next chapter of the saga.
Directed by Rian Johnson
Starring Carrie Fisher, Tom Hardy, and Daisy Ridley