2017 movie-going will be filled with sequels, superheroes, and reboots. More than 20 sequels are coming throughout the year. The Fast & Furious gang, Transformers’ Autobots and the evil Decepticons and Pirates of the Caribbean crew return during the spring and summer months.
Other sequels include xXx 3: The Return of Xander Cage, War for the Planet of the Apes, Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2, Underworld: Blood Wars, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, Fifty Shades Darker, Annabelle 2, Cars 3, Thor: Rangarok, Cloverfield 2017 and John Wick: Chapter 2. And of course, the highly anticipated and “much darker” Star Wars: Episode VIII in December 2017.
Marvel Studios and DC Entertainment will once again battle for superhero supremacy. DC will launch Wonder Woman and Justice League in June and November, respectively. Sony and Marvel finally team-up to bring a rebooted Spider-Man to the screen with Tom Holland playing Peter Parker (the same role he originated in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War). The Marvel Cinematic Universe continues further with the third installment of Thor and second installment (aka “volume 2”) of Guardians of the Galaxy (return of the Groot!). The last go around of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine in Logan and Warner Bros’ The LEGO Batman Movie will also be released.
The reboot trend will continue with so called “re-imagined” takes on franchises and established properties. Dwayne Johnson leads the cast of a Baywatch feature film and a new Jumanji film, which is set 20 years after the 1995 Robin Williams starring film. Expect to see a new Power Rangers and Harrison Ford/Ryan Gosling team-up Blade Runner 2049, as well as new all animated Smurfs: The Lost Village. Universal will attempt to establish a classic “monsters” franchise universe with the launch of The Mummy (starring Tom Cruise), which is a much different take than the recent 1999 film of the same name. [12/16/16]