Last year I wrote a post about Super Hero Movies of 2016. I wanted to do the same for 2017, as it looks to be another amazing year for comic fans.
This is the ranking, 1-6, ranked from most looking forward to, to least.
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (May 5, 2017)
- Wonder Woman (June 2, 2017)
- Thor: Ragnarok (November 3, 2017)
- Justice League (November 17, 2017)
- Spiderman: Homecoming (July 7, 2017)
- Logan (March 3, 2017)
I cannot get excited about Fox’s Logan. It has everything to do with the fact that I haven’t enjoyed a single standalone Wolverine movie. There was X-men Origins: Wolverine in 2009, which was a missed opportunity to tell a good origin story, not to mention they totally messed up Deadpool. In 2013, The Wolverine was boring. A scene that really bothered me was how Wolverine was unable to beat ninjas in the snow. It’s just another Wolverine movie that takes few cues from the comics.
The X-Men franchise rests on Hugh Jackman’s shoulders. I thank him for his portrayal and years of dedication to playing Wolverine, but I’d like to see him retire the role to someone else. I think that’s what this movie is, his final farewell and possibly a passing of the torch. I think it’s best I go in with low expectations.
Release date: March 3, 2017
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
The first Guardians of the Galaxy movie is my favorite movie from the MCU thus far. I have high expectations for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 and I suspect I won’t be disappointed. Marvel made a great space adventure movie out of characters that weren’t super popular in the comics. Unlike Marvels Earth-bound heroes, this rag-tag group of misfits aren’t bound by anything and are free to be as fun and creative as they want. The colors and backdrop of other worlds is so refreshing compared to the rather bland look of Earth-based movies. I have the utmost confidence in James Gunn.
Release date: May 5, 2017
I’ve been waiting for this Wonder Woman movie for what seems like decades now. Warner Bros/DC has really pushed Batman and Superman for years and have neglected the third of the holy trinity of DC Comics, Wonder Woman. I’m both excited and scared for this movie, as they cannot afford to mess it up.
Release date: June 2, 2017
Similar to Wolverine’s character in movies, I also have a hard time looking forward to seeing Spider-man on the big screen. There’s just been too many bad movies and reboots. I liked seeing Tom Holland in Civil War, but that was just a small intro of a young, sarcastic, and funny modern Spider-man.
I like Spider-man, but we’ll see if Sony/Marvel teamup can undo years of terrible movies.
Release date: July 7, 2017
I look forward to seeing this buddy space road trip of Thor and the Hulk. Thor: Ragnarok should help set up Avengers: Infinity War. Rumor has it that it will combine elements of the Planet Hulk story by Greg Pak. I also really look forward to seeing Cate Blanchett as Hela.
Release date: November 3, 2017
I really hope they don’t screw up Justice League (JL). If DCEU can’t get their first JL movie right, then they should consider just rebooting their entire franchise. I love Ben Affleck as Batman, and I’m surprised at how great Gal Gadot looks as Wonder Woman, but I’m just don’t like the look of Cyborg. And I’m not sure I can get over a non-blonde Aquaman.
Release date: November 17, 2017
There’s a nice spread of movies for 2017.
This year looks like another great one for comic fans. But most of the movies represent how well a studio can improve upon what they’ve done before (Logan, Spider-man, and Justice League). Plenty of room for excitement, but also plenty for disappointment too for flops.