In a recent Fandango poll, we asked moviegoers what they’re looking forward to most in theaters. Check out the list and see if you agree.
Star Wars: Episode VIII (December 15)
‘The Force Awakens’ played things a bit safe, making sure it balanced old faces with new. But now the folks at Lucasfilm can take a few more risks. They’ve hired ‘Looper’ director Rian Johnson to both write and direct, and no one quite knows what to expect from ‘Episode VIII.’ Will it go darker? Will it retrace ‘Empire Strikes Back’ or brave its own new path entirely? We can’t wait to find out.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (May 5)
‘Guardians’ seems to buzz on an even higher level than the standard Marvel movie. The first became an overnight sensation. Before it hit, most people couldn’t tell Star-Lord from Groot, but now the whole gang are beloved cinematic icons. And they’re about to have a new, unpredictable adventure, saving the day in their own special corner of the MCU.
Beauty and the Beast (March 17)
Disney has had the Midas touch when it has come to its live-action remakes of animated classics. The studio assembles crack creative teams to find new, magical ways to bring familiar stories to life. In the case of ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ we’re talking about an animated musical that several generations know by heart. Pair that with stars Emma Watson and Dan Stevens and this is easily one of the most-anticipated movies of 2017.
Wonder Woman (June 2)
‘Batman v Superman’ may have been divisive, but one thing everyone could agree on was Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman. She stole every scene she appeared in, and now she’s making history with the first solo female superhero movie. The trailers look incredible, offering up not only Wonder Woman and her Amazonian sisters, but a period piece war movie. Basically, it looks unlike any other superhero movie.
Spider-Man: Homecoming (July 7)
At long last Spider-Man is finally under the Marvel umbrella. The contractual mumbo jumbo is complex and boring, so let’s just boil it down and say it’s thrilling that the corporate paperwork is out of the way and Spidey can finally sling his webs in a world where Iron Man exists. Plus, this promises to not be your standard origin story. We’ve met this Spidey. Now we get to see him shine.
Justice League (November 17)
Finally! Batman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, Aquaman, Cyborg and, under circumstances we don’t know yet, Superman are finally coming together on the big screen. That’s an unprecedented cinematic event. If you’re a comics fan, this isn’t just one of the most-anticipated movies of 2017, it’s one of the most-anticipated movies of all time. No pressure, Zack Snyder.
The Fate of the Furious (April 14)
‘The Fast and the Furious’ franchise continues to defy all expectations. It’s not based on a comic book. There aren’t decades of established lore to play off of. There’s just Vin Diesel and friends having a blast, bringing chaotic justice to the world. At least that’s how these movies normally work. This eighth time around, Dominc Toretto is apparently a bad guy, turning this entire franchise on its head.
Fifty Shades Darker (February 10)
‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ was one of the biggest hits of 2015. Don’t call it a surprise hit, though. After all, the books are huge all over the world. They’ve sold more in the U.K. than ‘Harry Potter,’ a feat that seems impossible, proving fans across the globe are invested in this steamy series, easily making this one of 2017’s most-anticipated movies.
Logan (March 3)
Logan is Wolverine’s first R-rated movie. The case for it being on our most-anticipated list is now closed.
Despicable Me 3 (June 30)
The ‘Despicable Me’ franchise is like if the most-outlandish villain plots of James Bond collided with the surreal animated world of ‘The Simpsons.’ That’s already a winning combination, but now it’s about to collide with the most delicious of ingredients: the fashion and music of the 1980s. The result looks way better than anyone could have predicted.
The Lego Batman Movie (February 10)
‘The Lego Movie’ was a surprisingly self-aware, subversive, hilarious, meaningful, family-friendly comedy about not only finding but owning your place in the world. And now the minds behind that are going to take on Batman, a super-serious superhero who has just been begging for a self-aware takedown. It’s a match made in movie heaven.
Thor: Ragnarok (November 3)
Marvel knows it can’t just keep doing the same thing over and over. That’s why for the third 'Thor' movie the Marvel folks brought in the director of the crazy horror-comedy ‘What We Do in the Shadows.’ He promises to shake things up with a genre-bending superhero movie that unites Thor and the Hulk... in space! How can you not be excited about that?
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (May 26)
This has long been a franchise all about absolutely ridiculous action set pieces, absurdly complex visual effects, and characters that consistently made the wrong, but most adventurous, decisions. We can only hope that the fifth entry, which introduces Javier Bardem’s bad guy, starts a whole new, exciting chapter.
Blade Runner 2049 (October 6)
The first ‘Blade Runner’ is one of the finest science fiction films ever made. Making a sequel to it, particularly one decades later, is going to be no easy task, but if anyone is going to be up to it, it’s ‘Arrival’ and ‘Sicario’ director Denis Villeneuve, who was handpicked by original director Ridley Scott to revisit this world.
Cars 3 (June 16)
‘The Cars’ franchise has always been seen as the most kid-friendly Pixar entry, but if the teaser for ‘Cars 3’ is any indication, that reputation is going to be seriously redefined. There’s a grit and a tone to its teaser that’s unlike anything we’ve seen from the series so far.
John Wick: Chapter Two (February 10)
Keanu Reeves is back! Not that he ever really left us, but the first ‘John Wick’ reminded everyone that he’s one of the most impressive, capable action stars we have. He can roll and duck and hit targets better than pretty much everyone else, and we can’t wait to see what insane action he gets up to in the next entry to this cool, unique world full of assassins.
War for the Planet of the Apes (July 14)
If even just a few years ago you told us a reboot of the ‘Planet of the Apes’ would be one of the most stunning, complicated, boundary-pushing blockbusters around, we’d have told you to hop back in your spaceship. But here we are, with 'War for the Planet of the Apes' looming as the culmination of an incredibly intelligent trilogy nobody really saw coming.
The Dark Tower (July 28)
Stephen King’s ‘The Dark Tower’ is one of the most imaginative, engaging, sprawling sagas you can find. The story of Roland’s quest to reach his fabled Dark Tower is so huge, in fact, that it’s taken decades for it to reach the big screen. But it finally has and we’re crossing every finger and toe we can in the hope that this lives up to its potential.
Pitch Perfect 3 (December 22)
Little is known about this sequel other than the main stars will appear, alongside 'Orange Is the New Black' star Ruby Rose. Sadly, we'll miss Skylar Astin and the rest of the Treblemakers as the story is reportedly going in a new direction.
Alien: Covenant (May 19)
Like most franchises that unfold over the course of decades, the ‘Alien’ franchise has some hits and some misses. But despite all that, we’re still excited for a new movie about a new crew of humans venturing into deep space and coming face-to-face with a horror they can’t imagine.
Jumanji (December 22)
Every generation deserves their own movie about kids playing a game that infects the real world with fantasy danger. So obviously we’re all pulling for this new ‘Jumanji’ to recapture the wonder of the original. It will be hard without Robin Williams, but we’re counting on the Rock to find a way to make it work.
Kong: Skull Island (March 10)
This is promising the largest 'King Kong' we’ve ever seen on-screen. He’s a mountain-size behemoth that rules over his strange island filled with other oversized creatures ready to tear apart a group of soldiers, led by Samuel L. Jackson, who dare mess with the forbidden island. This isn’t your average King Kong story about trying to capture him as a wonder of the world. This is all about surviving him.
Transformers: The Last Knight (June 23)
Nobody makes movies like Michael Bay, and the ‘Transformers’ franchise continually features special effects so cutting edge they regularly break the computers at Industrial Light & Magic. These movies may be silly, but they’ve never lost their sense of awe for giant robots punching other giant robots, and you’ve got to be excited about that.
Dunkirk (July 21)
A new World War II movie from the director of ‘The Dark Knight,’ ‘Interstellar’ and ‘Inception’? Can you please kindly build us a time machine so we can see ‘Dunkirk’ as soon as metaphysically possible?
The Mummy (June 9)
Tom Cruise typically doesn’t mess around when it comes to action movies. His involvement means big set pieces, big stunts and big personalities. And considering we know Cruise demanded part of ‘The Mummy’ be filmed in actual zero gravity, this has the makings for a classic “Tom Cruise goes above and beyond” action movie.
Baywatch (May 26)
Tell someone that a ‘90s TV show about lifeguards is getting remade for the big screen and they’ll probably roll their eyes. But tell them it stars the Rock and is a self-aware action-comedy like ‘21 Jump Street’ and everything suddenly starts to make sense.
T2: Trainspotting (March 10)
‘Trainspotting’ was a huge sensation in the ‘90s. It was a frenetic drama about drug addicts that was surprisingly charismatic and funny and tragic. After it, director Danny Boyle’s career exploded, but now he’s going back to his roots and reuniting the original gang for a new movie hoping to capture the spirit of the first.
xXx: the Return of Xander Cage (January 20)
Vin Diesel returns to his pet project, the over-the-top action pic that brings back his supposedly dead hero to stop a deadly operative from taking over the world. Donnie Yen and UFC champion Conor McGregor also star.
Snatched (May 12)
Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer star as a mother-daughter duo who take a vacation to Ecuador and promptly find themselves comically ill-equipped to survive a kidnapping scheme. Basically, it’s like ‘Taken,’ but if Liam Neeson’s only skill were a great sense of humor.
The Great Wall (February 17)
The Great Wall of China is one of the most impressive things mankind has ever built. But what if it wasn’t built to keep other humans out? What if it was built to keep out monsters? That’s the premise of the action-adventure starring Matt Damon, and we’re incredibly eager to see what’s on the other side of that wall.