A lot of people aren't really looking forward to the year 2017. The looming presidency of Donald Trump and all of the terrifying baggage that comes with it has put more than half the nation into a stupefied funk, but there is a bright side to the new year: Lots of exciting movies are coming out in 2017. Now I realize that's small consolation to a lot of people, but films offer an escape from reality, and something tells me the more opportunities there are to escape from 2017, the better off we'll all be. So that's why I've put together a list of the most exciting movies coming out in 2017.
The year will feature a mix of old and new, as established franchises like Marvel and Star Wars will look to continue their dominance, Disney will continue its march toward live action supremacy, and several of the most inventive directors in the business — like Christopher Nolan, Guillermo del Toro, and Edgar Wright — will be offering up brand new creative endeavors. Overall, the year looks to be packed full of even more potential blockbusters than fans saw during the box office record-breaking year of 2016, so check out the 28 most exciting movies coming out in 2017.
1'Guardians Of The Galaxy: Volume 2'
The greatest superhero movie of all-time, in my eyes, gets what's sure to be the greatest sequel of all-time.
Spider-Man finally comes home to Marvel where he belongs.
The cast — which includes Jeff Goldblum as Grandmaster — and the space-hopping plot which looks to incorporate some of the classic "Planet Hulk" storyline, could easily make this the best Thor movie yet.
The Alien franchise is scary again. Yay!
5‘Kong: Skull Island’
Will King Kong finally get a film deserving of his enormous presence? It sure looks that way.
This promises to be a different kind of superhero movie, and could potentially be the best X-Men movie yet.
7'Star Wars: Episode VIII'
I don't think I'm telling any tales out of school when I say this is the most anticipated movie of the year.
Finally, in 2017, fans are finally getting a female-led superhero movie — and it looks awesome to boot.
9'War For The Planet Of The Apes'
The criminally-underrated reboot series gets a third installment, with Woody Harrelson as the ruthless villain.
10'Beauty And The Beast'
Disney continues to impress with their live action remakes of animated classics, and this has the potential to be their biggest release yet.
11'The Lego Batman Movie'
It looks like fans will finally get a good Batman movie in the post-Nolan era.
12'The Dark Tower'
This adaptation of the Stephen King fantasy epic has the potential to be the next Lord of the Rings.
The trailer reads more action than horror, but the prospect of Universal rebooting their classic monsters in a shared universe is very intriguing.
This reboot of the '90s favorite boasts a fun cast and an adventure vibe, which should make for a good popcorn movie.
15'King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword'
The story of King Arthur has been done to death, but this version looks to be both fresh and hip.
Original Pixar films are becoming a rarity, which is why I'm looking forward to this — the studio's first non-sequel since Inside Out.
Christopher Nolan + World War II = must see cinema.
I honestly don't have a ton of confidence in this movie following Zack Snyder's other DCEU movies, but with all of these heroes teaming up on screen, I'm holding out hope that the movie is at least fun.
This new actioner from writer-director Edgar Wright promises fight scenes set to music. 'Nuff said.
20'The Shape Of Water'
The next grown up fairy tale from Guillermo del Toro remains mostly a mystery.
Alex Garland, the man behind Ex Machina, is back with what's sure to be another mind-bending sci-fi flicky, this time starring Natalie Portman as a biologist who goes on a top-secret expedition.
Comedian Jordan Peele makes his directorial debut, with a horror film, no less.
23'Ghost In The Shell'
A female-led action movie that looks to kick more ass than any other movie out this year.
24'The Lost City Of Z'
An old-school adventure film that promises to have viewers on the edge of their seats.
25'The Fate Of The Furious'
Does it look dumb? Absolutely, but you can't argue that it won't be pulse-pounding.
26'Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets'
This movie looks insane and I have no idea what's going on in this trailer, but it definitely looks interesting.
This Stephen King remake could be the year's scariest movie.
28'Blade Runner 2049'
A sequel 35 years in the making. This is one movie that definitely can't be missed.