2017 Is Going to Be an Amazing Year for Geek Movies

Monday, 07 November 2016 - 4:17PM
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Monday, 07 November 2016 - 4:17PM
2017 Is Going to Be an Amazing Year for Geek Movies
2016 has been a huge (if occasionally disappointing) year for geek movies, from runaway successes like Deadpool to predictable successes like Civil War to somewhat unexpected failures like Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad. But 2017 is going to be absolutely insane, and may be the biggest year for geeky movies in recent memory, with Marvel, DC, Star Wars, X-Men, and pretty much everyone else churning out huge blockbusters. Here are no fewer than 28 sci-fi and comic book films we can look forward to in the next year:

Hidden Figures - January 6

This NASA biopic stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae in the untold story of black women's essential contribution to the space race. It follows genius mathematician Katherine Johnson and her colleagues who almost single-handedly calculated John Glenn's trajectory and sent a human to Earth's orbit for the first time.

The Lego Batman Movie - February 10

Will Arnett's Lego Batman was the breakout character of The Lego Movie, and now he's getting his very own spin-off, populated with all of your favorite characters from Gotham. Arnett will reprise his role as Batman, Michael Cera will play Robin, Rosario Dawson will play Batgirl, Ralph Feinnes will play Alfred, and Zach Galifianakis will voice the Joker. Mariah Carey will also play the mayor of Gotham City, weirdly. The movie also has several exciting creative minds behind it, as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies writer Seth Grahame-Smith is penning the script, while Lego Movie co-director of animation Chris McKay is set to direct.

Patient Zero - February 17

This movie has seemingly been in the works forever, which isn't a great sign. But still, it's Matt Smith, Natalie Dormer, and zombies. Where can you go wrong?

God Particle - February 24

The latest from J.J. Abrams was already set to be an exciting sci-fi blockbuster, especially with huge stars like David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Daniel Bruhl starring. But we were even more excited when word leaked that it will actually be the next installment of the Cloverfield franchise, at least tangentially. But hey, if slapping the name "Cloverfield" on an essentially original sci-fi blockbuster will give us another film as great as 10 Cloverfield Lane, then we're totally on board.

Logan - March 3

Hugh Jackman's last outing as Wolverine was always going to be exciting, but after that amazing first trailer came out, the anticipation has reached a fever pitch. Not only will the movie be a Western-style loose adaptation of Old Man Logan (hence the name), it will bring back Professor X, introduce X-23, and feature Wolverine stabbing someone through the skull with his claws, which is always fun. We fully expect this to be one of the best geek movies of the year.

Kong: Skull Island - March 10

Everyone wants to be in the cinematic universe business now, and Legendary is getting in on it with Kong: Skull Island, a King Kong reboot and the second installment in a King Kong/Godzilla/miscellaneous-big-monsters universe. I'm not sure exactly how the logistics of Godzilla fighting King Kong will work, but at least the acting talent is nothing to sneeze at, as the film has the likes of Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, John Goodman, Samuel L. Jackson, and John C. Reilly on board.

Power Rangers - March 24

The classic children's show gets a live-action reboot with the writers of Thor and X-Men: First Class and the director of Project Almanac. It will likely never live up to Joseph Kahn's awesome NSFW short, Power/Rangers, but hopefully it will be sufficiently nostalgic and will utilize Elizabeth Banks (who is playing Rita Repulsa) to the fullest extent of her abilities.

Ghost in the Shell - March 31

Ghost in the Shell, the adaptation of the popular manga and anime franchise, comes from Snow White and the Huntsman's Rupert Sanders and stars Scarlett Johansson. After Lucy and Black Widow, Johansson has more than proven that she can carry a blockbuster franchise, but we'll have to see if the film can overcome the (entirely legitimate) whitewashing criticisms. 

The Circle - April 28

Where is all the marketing for this movie? It stars Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, and John Boyega, and is based on an acclaimed Dave Eggers novel, but we still haven't heard a peep from it so far. Hopefully it will live up to the potential of its cast, and the release date's shift away from Oscar season isn't as ominous as it looks.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 - May 5

2017 is going to be a monster for the MCU, starting with the highly anticipated sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy. James Gunn will once again direct (and once again got the rights to all of his first-choice songs for the soundtrack), and the team will add three new members: Michael Rooker's Yondu, Karen Gillan's Nebula, and Mantis, played by Pom Klementieff. Kurt Russell also joins the cast as Ego the Living Planet—and Star Lord's father—while Elizabeth Debicki plays comics villain Ayesha. But of course, the real MVP here is Baby Groot, who is already competing with E.T., Wall-E, and the cat in Alien for the Most Adorable Movie Character of All Time award.

Life - May 26

Ryan Reynolds, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Rebecca Ferguson star in this original sci-fi thriller, which follows a team of astronauts who travel to Mars and find the first signs of intelligent life that "may be more intelligent than expected." It will be penned by Deadpool writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, and will reportedly take place entirely in zero-G.

Wonder Woman - June 2

Gal Godot was one of the best parts of Batman v Superman by a landslide, and we're incredibly excited for her solo movie. Not only does all of the footage look epic so far, but this is the first female-led superhero movie in any of the recent comic book universes. We're hoping against hope that Wonder Woman does well, if only so studios don't erroneously assume that women can't headline superhero movies like they did after Catwoman and Elektra.

World War Z sequel - June 9

After a troubled production, World War Z went on to become a huge box office (and moderate critical) success, so its sequel has been long in the making. Brad Pitt is set to return as former UN investigator Gerry Lane, while Steven Knight, best known for penning the screenplay to the critically acclaimed 2007 film Eastern Promises, is writing the script. But even more exciting, after Juan Antonio Bayona dropped out of the film, none other than David Fincher entered negotiations to step up as director.

The Mummy - June 9

The first installment in Universal's classic monsters universe, The Mummy will kick off a series that will include Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, Dracula, Wolf-Man, Gill-Man, and Invisible Man. The Mummy will star Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe, and Sofia Boutella, and will be directed by Fringe/Sleepy Hollow alum and Star Trek Discovery co-showrunner Alex Kurtzman.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle - June 16

Kingsman was one of the surprising underdog successes of the last few years, and now it's coming back for an equally insane sequel (hopefully). Taron Egerton will return as Eggsy, Julianne Moore and Halle Berry join the franchise as the villain and a Statesman secret agent, respectively, and yes, Colin Firth will return as Harry Hart.

Transformers: The Last Knight - June 23

Like it or not, we're getting a lot more Transformers in the next few years, starting with Transformers: The Last Knight, which will inexplicably incorporate the King Arthur mythology. Why? No one knows, but at least it's setting up that Bumblebee solo film fans have been clamoring for.

Spider-Man: Homecoming - July 7

After Tom Holland's universally beloved introduction in Captain America: Civil War, not to mention that amazing Comic Con footage, we can't wait to see this movie. By all accounts, it will be a John Hughes-esque charmer of a high school movie, co-starring Zendaya as (probably) Mary-Jane and Donald Glover as (hopefully) Miles Morales.

War for the Planet of the Apes - July 14

Clunky titles aside, we've greatly enjoyed the reboot of the Planet of the Apes franchise, and War for the Planet of the Apes promises the long-awaited escalation of the conflict we all knew was coming. Andy Serkis will reprise his highly acclaimed role as the ape leader Caesar, and will be joined by fellow motion capture actor Judy Greer and human actor Woody Harrelson.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets - July 21

Based on the classic French science fiction comic series, Valerian and Laureline, the latest film from Leon the Professional and The Fifth Element director Luc Besson stars Dane Dehaan and Cara Delevingne as two spatio-temporal agents who travel through space and time to protect the interests of the human species.

Alien: Covenant - August 4

We still want to see Neill Blomkamp's take on the franchise, but we're much more excited for this movie now that they've dropped the pretense that it's a Prometheus sequel. Ridley Scott will return to direct the film, which will take place ten years after the events of Prometheus and will explore the Engineers' planet, Paradise. It stars Michael Fassbender as multiple David androids, as well as Katherine Waterston, Danny McBride, Noomi Rapace, and some disturbing new Xenomorphs.

Flatliners - September 29

We're not sure who decided that we absolutely needed a Flatliners remake, but we're actually sort of excited for this. It's a fun premise, and with Kiefer Sutherland sneakily returning as his original character (making it a pseudo-sequel), it should be fun to watch. 

Blade Runner 2049 - October 6

The sequel stars a returning Harrison Ford as Rick Deckard (who will be revealed to be either human or Replicant, but we can guess which one), as well as Ryan Gosling in a starring, as-yet-unnamed role. Ridley Scott is returning to produce and Denis Villeneuve, best known for Prisoners and Sicario, is directing.

Untitled Marvel/Fox Project - October 6

Thor: Ragnarok - November 3

Thor: The Dark World was a huge disappointment, but Ragnarok already looks to be much better. Mark Ruffalo's Hulk is joining Thor in what has been described as a "road movie," with hints of Midnight Run, and Cate Blanchett is playing the main villain, Hela. And with Benedict Cumberbatch likely joining the team in a significant role, we can't help but get excited for this one.

Justice League - November 17

We're skeptical of any movie by Zack Snyder after the garbage fire that was Batman v Superman, but Justice League actually looks decent so far. Gal Godot and Ben Affleck have already proven themselves as Wonder Woman and Batman, respectively, and their rapport with equally talented actors Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, and Ray Fisher seems like more fun than we've seen from DC movies in a very long time. Let's hope this marketing campaign isn't as misleading as the one for Suicide Squad.

Star Wars Episode VIII - December 15

Who are Rey's parents? What has Luke Skywalker been doing on that island all these years? Did Kylo Ren spend his adolescence listening to Evanescence in his basement? There are many questions we want answered in Episode VIII, but one question we won't be asking is which movie will be the highest-grossing movie of 2017.

The Six Billion Dollar Man - December 22

The classic sci-fi television series from the 70s is getting the reboot treatment, with Mark Wahlberg starring as a military officer who is brought back to life after a horrible accident with bionic parts that give him extraordinary abilities. 
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