We officially kicked off 2017’s superhero movie season with March’s Logan, and what a way to start the year. The coming of summer signals the start of the blockbusters. Here’s the comic book films I’m most hyped about for the rest of 2017.
6. Kingsman: the Golden Circle
2014 was a good year for the perfect comic book films, producing three knock outs- Captain America: the Winter Soldier, the Guardians of the Galaxy, and Kingsman: the Secret Service. While I fully expect to be blown away in September, we’ve only seen a short teaser that showed everything to those who took the time to pause and observe, and nothing for those of us who just let it play and rush past your eyes (guilty). Who knows- maybe this will top my list at the end of the year. Let’s be honest- I want every movie on this list to melt my face off.
5. Justice League
I am going to come out and say this outright: I am a bigger fan of DC characters and stories than Marvel ones when it comes to comics. So you know that DC has a problem with the trust of its fan base when its tentpole film, featuring its biggest hitters, makes me say, “This movie is going to be absolutely ridiculous, and I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing.” The moment Aquaman is riding on the hood of the Batmobile, I threw any and all expectations out of the window. They’re keeping the dark and gritty cinematography, and trying to throw in some exaggerated humor. They might pull it off, but I hope they don’t forfeit the intellectual soul that was in both Man of Steel and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice to try to appease a mass audience.
4. Wonder Woman
The moment we saw the World War I picture of Wonder Woman last year, I was ready to go! On board, and ready to see the fish out of water story we were promised for Captain America. The trailers are portraying a gnarly mashup of Greek mythology and a war drama. But in the hands of DC, I’m hesitant. Wonder Woman is one of DC’s trinity characters, up there in popularity with Superman and Batman. And I sure as hell hope that, when you and I revisit this list in November, I can say this was one of my favorites. But until Warner Bros and DC let their creative types do their jobs without interference, it’s gonna be hard to get fans excited.
3. Thor: Ragnarok
Before that first trailer, I had no idea what to expect from this movie. After that first trailer, I still have no idea what in the hell I’m walking into, but I know I’m gonna have a good time while I’m sitting in that theater, between the rash action of Thor, and the comedic sensibilities of New Zealand director, Taika Waititi. With Hela featured prominently at the beginning of the trailer, and her sweeping destruction of Asgard, we see a “Ragnarok:” the Norse equivalent to Armageddon, though the movie seems to be ignoring every piece of the mythology. Instead, we get Thor banished to a colosseum, at some point facing an old friend. The entire thing set to Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song,” itself full of Norse mythology, you can’t help but feel as though Marvel’s cosmic universe is set to be tonally similar to the Guardians of the Galaxy films, which could be fine, as long as they keep that humor, drama, and heart balanced. Speaking of the Guardians of the Galaxy...
2. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
I’m gonna catch flak for this one, especially from the other contributors. Let me just say- I LOVED the first Guardians of the Galaxy. It’s easily in my top three Marvel Studios films, possibly top three superhero films of all time. For all of the people who think Justice League can’t work because audiences aren’t familiar with some of the characters, this movie took even lesser known characters, made a team, and made you love them (Justice League, if it tanks, will tank for other reasons besides not having enough standalone movies preceding it). My point is- it’s going to be tough to top the first film. The trailer has me absolutely stoked, and it’s certainly a close call for number one. The colors, the music, the humor, and the action. I’m fully ready to be wrong and for this to be the perfect comic book movie of the year. It’s basically number two to keep my expectations (and yours) tapered.
1. Spider-Man: Homecoming
Hear me out- I know we’ve seen three different live action Spider- guys, with Tom Holland being a relatively unknown actor. Tobey Maguire had a great Peter Parker, and Andrew Garfield’s wise cracks felt closer to the comic book, but from what we saw in Captain America: Civil War, Holland looks like he will bring us our first accurate Spider-Man- a high school kid whose still figuring out who he is, not only in the context of his super powers, but in the context of high school. That, with Michael Keaton returning to comic book films as a Marvel villain with actual motivation, a man whose job is to clean up the messes of heroes and constantly seeing their wreckage, I am beyond psyched for this film.
Loved my list? Hated it? Do you think I’m off my rocker, or that I may as well have written the sentence, “I am Groot” repeatedly 300 times? Let us know in the comments!