The success of the movies released in 2016 at the box office, movies like Deadpool, Captain America: Civil War, Star Wars Rogue One. And the movies that, although were successful in the box office, they fell below expectations as far as movie critics and fans were concerned: movies like Batman V Superman; Dawn of Justice, Xmen Apocalypse, and Suicide Squad.
One can only wonder what 2017 will bring to movie lovers now that fans aren’t hesitant to express their distaste at poorly executed movies and expecting nothing but the best portrayal of their favourite actors, actresses, superhero characters, and their favourite books coming live on screen.
Here are the Top 10 movies to look forward to in 2017, according to its release date.
- John Wick; Chapter Two (February 10)
“He’s the one you send to kill the boogeyman”
A sequel to one of the biggest surprises of the decade, this Keanu Reeves action thriller promises more of the same from 2014’s John Wick. More people to kill, more headshots, and more cleaning up to do. Reeves plays Wick, a terrifying former hitman for the mob; he’s lured out of retirement for some plot-perfunctory reason; ridiculous, balletic violence ensues.
What’s more awesome is we get to see Keanu and Matrix co-star Laurence Fishburne act together once more.
2. The Great Wall (February 17)
Matt Damon stars in this epic fantasy drama from Zhang Yimou, one of the masters of contemporary Chinese cinema, about a gritty band of soldiers and bandits trying to protect the Great Wall of China from a monster invasion during the Song Dynasty. it is the most expensive Chinese film ever made and has already grossed over $150 million in China.
3. Logan (March 3)
Hugh Jackman’s last appearance as everybody’s favourite X-men sees him play Wolverine again (coming 17 years after his first appearance in X-Men). The R-rated movie takes place in a vaguely apocalyptic future where mutants are extinct. He journeys with Charles Xavier to save a young mutant girl.
4. Kong: Skull Island (March 10)
Another reboot of the king of the jungle – King Kong, sees A-list movie stars like Tom Hiddlestone, Samuel L. Jackson, and Brie Larson go on an expedition to skull island where the myth and legend King Kong lives. If you are still sceptical about it, this movie is the start of a franchise that will eventually crossover with Godzilla. And you know what that means.
5. The Fate of the Furious (April 14)
The eighth instalment in one of the longest running cinema franchises ever will see Vin Diesel, Ludacris, Tyrese Gibson, and Dwayne Johnson all reprise their roles in this movie. After bidding farewell to Brian (the late Paul Walker) in Furious 7, Fate is charting darker territory, with hero Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) seemingly turning to evil and going against his family thanks to a new character, Cipher (Charlize Theron).
6. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (May 5)
Peter quill a.k.a Star-Lord with his team of repentant criminals Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Rocket Racoon (Bradley Cooper), and the rest will once again take on their roles as the Guardians of the Galaxy as they save the galaxy from another threat, which may probably have something to do with the Infinity Stones again. More of the same action and humour from the first part is expected in Vol. 2.
If you think the movie isn’t going to be awesome? Think again! Vin Diesel will reprise his role as Groot, but this time he will be a Baby Groot.
7. Wonder Woman (June 2)
After stealing the show in Batman v Superman; Dawn of Justice, fans will get to see the ever tenacious, tough, and battle-loving Diana Prince a.k.a Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) in her own solo movie. Directed by Patty Jenkins, the film will explain how Wonder Woman ended up in the modern world, departing her home island (Themyscira) to fight in World War I alongside her human love interest Steve Trevor (Chris Pine).
8. Spider-Man: Homecoming (July 7)
Another reboot of our friendly neighbourhood web-crawler sees Tom Holland play the role of Spiderman in his own solo movie, after making a very awesome appearance in Captain America: Civil War. In Homecoming, he’ll fight the Vulture (Michael Keaton).
Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) will be a supporting character in the movie.
9. Thor: Ragnarok (November 3)
The third entry in Marvel’s Thor series sees the Norse god of thunder (Chris Hemsworth) embark on an intergalactic journey to save Asgard from total destruction. His god of mischief brother, Loki (Tom Hiddleston) who has been sorely missed in the MCU ever since he last acted in Thor: The Dark World, will surely be involved. Cate Blanchett plays the film’s villain Hela, while Tessa Thompson is the new love interest Valkyrie (Thor’s old beau, Natalie Portman, has decided she doesn’t want to make any more Marvel movies).
If you are doubting how awesome the movie will be? Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) are set to help Thor on his quest to saving Asgard.
10. Justice League (November 17)
Continuing from where Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice left off, Batman (Ben Affleck) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) gathers a team of superheroes to face an imminent threat in Steppenwolf (Ciaran Hinds) – who is a General in Apokolips and Darkseid’s uncle.
Aquaman, The Flash, and Cyborg will join The Dark Knight and the amazonian warrior to take him and his army down. We shall also see Superman (Henry Cavill) rise from the dead to save his beloved earth.