My Top 15 Most Anticipated Movies of 2017

2016 had its hits and misses on the big screen, but now its time to look ahead at a new year of exciting films. You never know which movies are going to be the surprises of the year, the award winners, or even the flops, but we can at least try to take a guess. Based on what I've heard so far from the movies below, as well as their trailers, directors, and cast, I've decided on the fifteen movies I'm most excited to see in theaters this year. I might look back and want to kick myself for putting some picks on the list, or maybe they'll solidify me as the Nostradamus of predicting the success of movies (In which case I'll be expecting a call for Hollywood executives), but only time will tell. 

15. The Lego Batman Movie
Some people may be surprised to see this movie make the list, but if you saw The Lego Movie you know why its here. The Lego Movie took me by surprise, and ended up being one of the most hilarious kids movies I've seen in a long time. Now Will Arnett's Lego Batman, who was a fan-favorite in the former movie, is getting his own standalone film. 

While I'm hoping the movie can replicate the same magic as the last one, I'm worried it might not given that directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller won't be behind the camera. Nonetheless, if this can find the same middle ground between fun characters, self-aware humor, and live action cameos that the first movie did, it will succeed in my book.

14. Power Rangers
This is that one movie on the list that could end up being terrible. Having said that, I'm honestly excited to see Hollywood take a crack at a modern Power Rangers movie. I grew up on the Rangers, specifically Mighty Morphin and Time Force, and as did a lot of kids from my generation. 

They seem to be going for a Chronicle feel for this movie, and that hasn't worked out for recent films like Fantastic Four and Project Almanac (Whose director is at the helm of Power Rangers). But a chance to see Megazords on the big screen as well as Rita Repulsa, Alpha 5, and Zordon (Played by Bryan Cranston) is still exciting enough to make me see this movie.

13. Kingsman: The Golden Circle
I think the first Kingsman movie took a lot of movie goers by surprise with how off the walls and unfiltered it was, aside from also being a great action blockbuster. Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass) has proven himself as an outstanding director, especially with comic book based action projects. 

So the sequel to the film should be no different, and it has already added some very impressive new cast members including Channing Tatum, Jeff Bridges, and Halle Berry who I can't wait to see interact with Eggsy (Taron Egerton) on the big screen. They will also somehow be bringing back Colin Firth's character Harry Hart, so I'm curious to see how they'll pull that off. 

12. Alien: Covenant 
I'm not a diehard fan of the Alien franchise or anything like that, but I can still appreciate how innovative and creative those movies were for the future of the sci-fi genre. I enjoyed Prometheus for what it was, but it seems like Covenant is going to make up for the former film's faults.

The trailer for this movie that was released this week definitely raised the hype for me, and gave it a higher spot on this list. The cast of this movie is also both impressive and interesting including the likes of Danny McBride, Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterson, Noomi Rapace, and recently announced addition James Franco.

11. The Fate of the Furious
Like any series that makes it to an eighth film, the Fast and Furious movies feel like they've run their course. After the passing of lead actor Paul Walker just a few years ago, many of us thought this series would be coming to a close. Yet that doesn't seem to be the case, as this year we'll be getting yet another Fast and Furious sequel. 

I wasn't initially interested in this movie given the reasons above, but the trailer certainly spiked my curiosity. The idea of having Vin Diesel's character turn against the team is definitely a surprising and interesting twist. The movie also filmed in Cuba and New York, and has talented director F. Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton) at the helm.

10. Kong: Skull Island
Originally I didn't have this movie cracking my top ten, but after re-watching the trailer and looking over the cast list, it has earned its spot. Kong: Skull Island has the potential to be the exciting King Kong movie we've been waiting for, and is setting up a larger and more powerful version of Kong that is going to have to face off against Godzilla in a future film. 

I also love how the movie is taking a different approach to the character, by making him less of a villain to audiences while antagonizing the humans who invaded his home. The cast is especially great with the likes of Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, John Goodman, and Samuel L. Jackson all set to take on Kong next March. 

9. Dunkirk
All you have to say is Christopher Nolan is directing, and I'm already sold. The director has proven time and time again that he's one of the most talented and original working men in the business today, and I expect no less from his first war movie.

My excitement in a little dialed down only because this won't be an original story by Nolan (Which I feel is his main strength), and it'll instead be based on true events. But with a cast of Nolan favorites including Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, as well as Mark Rylance, and even Harry Styles, its hard not to get excited for this one.

8. Wonder Woman
Much like another DC movie on this list, Wonder Woman isn't as high as I wish it was simply because of movies like Batman v. Superman and Suicide Squad. DC hasn't given me the confidence that they know what they're doing, and its hard to picture this movie being any different.

While what we've seen so far looks pretty cool, I'm still not sure Gal Gadot can carry her own movie (As attractive as she is). The movie does have both an impressive director and supporting cast, and if the visual effects are done right it can be a step in the right direction for the DC universe that we've been waiting for. We can only hope it is.

7. Thor: Ragnarok
Ask any Marvel fanboy like myself which of the solo movie franchises is the weakest in the MCU, and most people will probably agree its Thor. Captain America has gotten two outstanding sequels since his first film, but all Thor has gotten was the mediocre Thor: Dark World. Ragnarok has all the makings to be the best Thor movie yet, with a director he isn't afraid to take it in a weird connection.

The movie is also going to include Mark Ruffalo's Hulk and a bit of the Planet Hulk storyline, which may work for better or worse. The film is hoping to accomplish a lot including introducing Hela, including Dr. Strange and Hulk, and returning Odin to his throne. Hopefully its able to accomplish all those things without becoming a mess.

6. Justice League
I really wish I could have this movie higher on my list, but sadly I have to be honest with myself. I'm just not as excited about getting a Justice League movie as I should be. Given DC's recent track record of disappointments, and my personal dislike of Batman v. Superman, its hard to convince myself this movie will be any different.

There's some very questionable casting choices amongst the team that I hope prove me wrong, and I'm not sure bringing back Zack Snyder to direct was such a smart decision. None the less its still the Justice League, and I'm just pumped we finally get to see them assemble on the big screen.

5. Logan
I would've never expect this movie to be so high on this list, mainly because we had no idea what it was even about. Aside from the fact that this will officially be Hugh Jackman's last movie in the role, the first trailer for Logan really blew me away.

It seems to be an emotional and personal movie that'll show us a weaker side of Wolverine than we've ever seen before, and may be introducing us to a young X-23. The idea for this movie is just amazing, and if executed correctly it could be one of the best X-Men movies we've ever seen.

4. War for the Planet of the Apes
This franchise has more than proven itself over the years as legit, and despite some changes in director and cast, the quality has remained consistent. Andy Serkis' outstanding and emotional performance as Cesar has been the core of this franchise, and it has worked wonders so far.

This movie seems no different, and we'll finally get to see the big war and boiling point we've been waiting for since Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Woody Harrelson as the villain also seems very interesting, and I think he'll make for a great menace and rival to Cesar that can surpass Koba from the last movie. 

3. Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2
How can anyone not be excited for this movie after seeing the trailers? Guardians 2 is promising another fun time at the movies, with new members joining the team and return of Baby Groot, and might even surpass the first film.

There's some things that have me a little worried about the movie such as the inclusion of Kurt Russell as Ego the Living Planet, but I trust both director James Gunn and the cast of fan favorites to deliver another great adventure. And of course, I'm looking forward to that soundtrack too. 

2. Spider-Man: Homecoming
Come on, you knew this was gonna be here. I may talk about a lot of superheroes, but Spider-Man will always have a special place in my heart. As a diehard fan of the character and both Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, Tom Holland managed to win me over in his Civil War appearance.

Everything about Homecoming screams "perfect Spider-Man movie" to me. We're getting a cast of young actors and new characters alongside a fifteen year-old Peter Parker, Michael Keaton as the Vulture, and even a Spider-Man/Iron-Man team up. What more can you ask for? 

1. Star Wars: Episode 8
After seeing Rogue One this week, I've been reminded about just how lucky we are to have new GOOD Star Wars movies (Unlike certain prequels). After Force Awakens proved itself to audiences by balancing its homage to the original series and introduction of new characters and storylines, how can you not be excited to see where it goes.

Talented Looper director Rian Johnson will be taking over for JJ Abrams and hopefully will reach the same caliber as the last movie. We'll also finally get to hear Luke Skywalker actually speak and hopefully train Rey to become a Jedi. If it meets expectations, this has the potential to be the Empire Strikes Back of the new trilogy.

Honorable Mentions: Beauty and the Beast, The Dark Tower, Baby Driver, Live By NightCocoBlade Runner 2029
So what do you think of my top 15 most anticipated movies of 2017? Are there any movies you feel shouldn't be on the list? Are there any you think should be? Let me know below!

Two 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' Trailers Drop With Footage Of Iron Man, Vulture, and Shocker

Ever since Comic-Con, fans have been patiently awaiting some kind of Spider-Man: Homecoming footage, and now we finally got it. Not only did we get the trailer that aired earlier on Jimmy Kimmel Live, but we also got an international trailer which featured some new footage. Theres plenty to be excited about from this trailer, including Tom Holland's witty remarks while under the mask, his interactions with his friends and Tony Stark, and of course our first look at Michael Keaton's Vulture in full costume and in action. Not only that, but we also get some footage of another famed Spider-Man villain; Shocker. 

Below is the trailer that debuted on Jimmy Kimmel:
And here is the international trailer that was also released by Marvel:
We definitely get the coming of age John Hughes movie type vibe that Marvel and director Jon Watts have been teasing for the movie. There's a lot of footage of Peter and Jacob Batalon's character Ned hanging out, as well as Zendaya's Michelle and Laura Harrier's Liz Allen. Allen will apparently be Peter's love interest in this movie, although it seems more like a crush. Although we see a lot of Peter's high school, we surprisingly don't see any of Tony Revolori's Flash Thompson anywhere here.
While we knew Robert Downey Jr. would be making an appearance as Tony Stark given the relationship the two characters formed in Civil War, we didn't know just how important he would be. Judging by the trailer, it seems Tony will basically serve as Peter's "cool rich uncle" type figure, and will also be suiting up with him and some point in the movie. Hopefully we will get to see Peter fight his own battles against Vulture and co. without any help from Iron Man. 
Of course a huge part of this trailer was finally getting to see footage of the enemy Spidey will be facing, Michael Keaton's Vulture. The design for Vulture himself looks great by paying tribute to the comics without looking ridiculous, and instead going for a modern tech based look. It seems Vulture may have an arm of enemies working with him, with Bookem Woodbine's Shocker being one of them as seen in the second trailer.
So what did you think of the Spider-Man: Homecoming trailers? What parts were your favorite? Are you more excited for the movie now? Let us know below!

First 'Spider-Man: Homecoming 'Footage Released; Trailer Will Premiere On Jimmy Kimmel Tomorrow

Ever since this year's Comic Con, we've known that some type of Spider-Man: Homecoming footage existed. While those of us that were in attendance were hoping for some kind of leak, we ultimately never got it. Instead we were forced to settle for a couple of pieces of concept art, and a lot of set photos. Yet in the last couple of weeks we've heard several rumors about a teaser trailer debuting, and it was first thought it would play after Monday's episode of Agents of SHIELD. But Marvel has ended all that speculation, by releasing a tease online that the first trailer will be premiering tomorrow night during Jimmy Kimmel.

Below you can see the trailer tease for Spider-Man: Homecoming:
Its sort of become tradition now for Marvel to release the first trailer for one of their upcoming movies on Jimmy Kimmel, which they did for both Guardians of the Galaxy and Doctor Strange. The show has become a great platform to get regular audiences excited about their upcoming films that they probably didn't know about, as one the case with Guardians. Homecoming has the added benefit of featuring Tom Holland's Spider-Man as the lead, who audiences were already introduced to in Civil War.
As for the teaser itself, it falls in line with the rumored description we've been hearing. We get POV footage of Peter Parker in his Spider-Man costume, talking to Tony Stark's body guard Happy Hogan. While we knew Jon Favreau would be making an appearance in the movie, we didn't know how big of a role it would be. We now know that its more of a cameo appearance in which he'll be giving Peter a new upgraded suit designed by Tony Stark. Stark himself will of course be in the movie, so it seems odd he wouldn't give Peter the suit himself.
But of course whats most notable about this suit and the footage itself in the inclusion of Spider-Man's classic underarm webbing. This is an inclusion that was featured in several Spider-Man comics including the first Steve Ditko ones, but we have had yet to see translated on film. Like we see in the footage, the webbing will help him glide and makes him much more aerodynamic. We will most likely be getting even more footage of it once the full trailer drops tomorrow night.
So what did you think of the Spider-Man: Homecoming footage? Will you be tuning in to see the trailer tomorrow night? Let us know below!

Disney Announces 'Incredibles 2' And 'Toy Story 4' New Release Dates In 2018 And 2019

Chances are if you were a kid in the late 90s or throughout the 2000s, you practically grew up on Disney-Pixar movies. Between both Toy Story movies, Finding Nemo, Monsters Inc., and many more, Pixar movies hold a special place in our generations hearts. Fortunately for us, the studio is well aware of this and is looking to capitalize on all the nostalgia their fans have for their movies. While we may have gotten good closure with Toy Story 3, several fans have still been longing to see yet another sequel featuring Woody and Buzz. The Incredibles on the other hand still hasn't gotten its long awaited sequel, and fans have been very vocal over their desire to finally see it in theaters. Well now they won't have to wait much longer.

According to Variety, Disney has decided to change up the release dates for both Toy Story 4 and The Incredibles 2. The latter was originally set for a release on June 21, 2019, but has since been moved up to June 15, 2018. And Toy Story 4 on the other hand has switched spots with it and has been pushed back to June 21, 2019. The exact reason for the change is unknown, but now that both movies have moved into production it probably became clear that one was much further down in development than the other.
Brad Bird is set to return to direct The Incredibles 2, but its still unknown what the plot will be. We can assume we'll now be seeing much older versions of Violet, Jack Jack, and Dash. In a time where superhero movies are a huge craze, the demand for a sequel to The Incredibles has been higher than ever. As for Toy Story 4, we can expect both Tom Hanks and Tim Allen to return as Woody and Buzz with Tom Lasseter at the helm. The duo will reportedly be on the hunt to find Woody's love interest Bo Peep in this film, now that they've moved on from their original owner Andy. 
So are you happy with these release date changes? Which of the movies are you more excited to see? Let us know below!

'Deadpool' Director Tim Miller Leaves Sequel Over Creative Differences With Ryan Reynolds

Like with any line of work, there are several people involved with the making of a movie, and some times those people just can't get along. Its becoming more and more common for directors and studios to have a falling out over creative difference, which is something we've seen happen at Marvel with Edgar Wright and Ant-Man. But it isn't everyday a director leaves a sequel to a very successful project that has him to credit for even being made, and over a falling out with the lead actor. That was apparently the case between Deadpool director Tim Miller and actor Ryan Reynolds, as its been announced that the former has officially left the project.

The confirmed news from Deadline is certainly a huge shock for fans, as there hadn't even been the slightest rumor of any problems between Miller and Reynolds until this point. Following the success of the first film, Fox has been fast tracking Deadpool 2 for a 2018 release date with Miller having been set to return to the director's chair. Its very unfortunate news considering Miller was the one who refused to give up on the Deadpool project even when Fox didn't want to take a risk on it, and it eventually ended up paying off. Reynolds on the other hand also played a huge role in getting the movie made, and his love for the character and finally getting to play a comic book accurate version of him has been well documented.
Miller hadn't officially signed on to direct the sequel yet, but he had been working on the script before his departure. While there hasn't been any official word from either Miller or Reynolds for why he left the project, a new rumor going around is that it was all over the casting of Cable. As you'll remember from the end of the first movie, Cable was teased for the sequel as he's popular companion to Deadpool in the comics. Miller supposedly wanted to cast Kyle Chandler (Super 8) in the role, but Reynolds didn't feel he was the right choice and wanted to go in a different direction.
Despite how important Tim Miller was to the Deadpool films, the studio still most likely wants to meet their planned release date and will be on the hunt for a replacement. No names have been thrown around yet, but two I can think of off the top of my head or Matthew Vaughn and Ruben Fleischer. Vaughn is known for his work on violent R-rated comic adaptions like Kick-Ass and Kingsman which have a similar style to Deadpool, and has already worked on X-Men: First Class for Fox. Fleischer on the other hand directed Zombieland, which was written by the same writers as Deadpool; Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.
So who do you think should direct Deadpool 2? Do you think Kyle Chandler would make a good Cable? Are you still excited for the movie? Let us know below!

Phil Lord And Chris Miller's 'Han Solo' Spin-Off Film Casts Donald Glover As A Young Lando Calrissian

Just like at this time last year all we were hearing about was The Force Awakens, these next couple of months are going to see a lot of marketing for Disney's Rogue One which hits in December. But aside from an announcement about who would be playing the lead role of Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich), we haven't heard much more about the upcoming spin-off movie. The film is expected to hit theater in May of 2018, and will be helmed by 21 Jump Street directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord. Now we also know who will be playing another key role in the film, and its a very familiar name. Donald Glover (The Martian) has been officially cast as the young version of Billy Dee William's Lando Calrissian, the close friend of Solo who you'll remember from Empire Strikes Back.

The news was announced by the Starwars website themselves, who confirmed that the young actor will be playing the iconic role. Glover had already been rumored to play Calrissian for sometime, but the studio was looking at a shortlist of actors just like they did for young Han. Glover who is known for his acting work as well as his rap career as Childish Gambino has recently had a lot of success from his new FX show Atlanta. Glover was supposedly the first choice for the role, and it seems Lord and Miller got what they wanted. In the press release the directors described how excited they are to work with Glover: “We’re so lucky to have an artist as talented as Donald join us.”
Its unknown how important Lando will be to the film, but considering his close friendship to Han and how big of a star Glover is, we can probably expect him to have a lot of screen time. Fans will remember that Lando actually lost the Millennium Falcon to Han, so this film will probably finally show us how that happened. Lando will also just be a scoundrel in the galaxy at this point in his life, before his time as an administrator on Cloud City. The friendship between Han and Lando is something that has been loved by fans since the original films came out, so it'll be nice to see the character finally back on the big screen.
So what do you think of Glover playing Lando? Would you have liked to see someone else in the role? Let us know below!