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Thursday, 5 January 2017

Our Most Anticipated Movies Of 2017

Welcome to 2017, Infinite Earths fans! As we enter a new year, the staff here at Infinite Earths is slowly getting back to full power, compiling all those great Top 10 lists that actually make January a month to look forward to - despite the rather scary lightness to our wallets. That aside, we figured this would be a good opportunity to count down our most anticipated movies of 2017.

This year looks to be an even bigger one at the box office, and we're more than willing to fork over some hard earned cash (or Scene card points) to see most of them!

Here are our most anticipated movies of 2017...

#10 - The Fate Of The Furious (April 12th) - No doubt we're going to get some flack for this one! But, we honestly don't care. Universal's high-speed franchise has always been a favorite over here at Infinite Earths, and certainly not for the acting. What can we say? After eight movies, we still aren't tired of the octane induced eye-candy that is The Fast And The Furious. This latest entry looks to throw in everything we've loved about the past seven films, along with a car chase on a fjord, Dwayne Johnson throwing down with Jason Statham, and Vin Diesel's Dominic Toretto seemingly turning against his crew to work with the bad guys. How can this one not be fun?

#9 - Kong: Skull Island (April 10th) - Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts will expand the film universe first introduced in Gareth Edwards' Godzilla with this upcoming action adventure. Set in the 1970's, Kong: Skull Island follows a group of explorers to a mysterious island inhabited by nightmarish monsters, and the mythical Kong. Fans can expect this one to be filled with action from start to finish as the team battles for survival while trekking through the primordial landscape - and no, the movie is not connected to the 2005 Peter Jackson reboot. We're eager to see how this latest chapter will connect with Edwards' Godzilla, and can't help but be excited at the thought of this universe expanding toward the inevitable showdown between The Eighth Wonder Of The World and The King Of The Monsters in 2020.

#8 - War For The Planet Of The Apes (July 14th) - There is no doubt that the latest string of Planet Of The Apes movies gets better with each additional film. These new movies have taken this classic franchise and restored it to its proper place near the top of the science fiction heap. Director Matt Reeves is back for another go-round as the post-apocalyptic conflict between man and beast takes the next step forward toward its frightful future, and we can't wait to see it unfold on the big screen! Like the previous films, we're expecting War For The Planet Of The Apes to be as fresh and intelligent as those that have come before it - with a healthy dose of action and humor thrown in for good measure, of course.

#7 - The LEGO Batman Movie (February 10th) - Chris McKay helms this first ever spinoff from The LEGO Movie, which follows Will Arnett's brooding, self-absorbed Caped Crusader as he battles crime throughout Gotham City. The goofy sense of humor glimpsed in the trailers already has us aching from increased bouts of laughter, and we can't wait to see it all come together on the big screen next month. If that's not enough, this looks to be the first Batman movie in well over twenty years to be wholly appropriate for children - something that feels long overdue if you ask this life-long Batman fan. 

#6 - Alien: Covenant (May 19th) - Okay, we may be the only people on the planet who actually liked Prometheus, so you can imagine how excited we are for a sequel - especially one that is clearly leaning closer to the Alien side of things than the previous installment. While we're somewhat upset that Ridely Scott's movie took precedence over Neill Blomkamp's Alien 5, we must admit that the trailer for this one did not disappoint! Looking to be as scary and suspenseful as Scott's 1979 original, we seriously can't wait to see how Alien: Covenant plans on expanding the mythology of this franchise in 2017.

#5 - Spider-Man: Homecoming (July 7th) - It has been a long time since we last saw a Spider-Man movie that we actually liked, but it looks as though Marvel Studios and director Jon Watts are about to break the dry spell this July with the appropriately titled Spider-Man: Homecoming. Tom Holland was one of the many impressive things glimpsed in Captain America: Civil War, plus the new solo movie sees him going up again The Vulture - who is being portrayed by former Batman Michael Keaton! The trailer promises plenty of Peter's trademark humor and the addition of Tony Stark is sure to make this a movie everyone will be lining up to see this summer! Welcome home, Webhead! 

#4 - Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 (May 5th) - When the first Guardians of the Galaxy hit theaters in 2014, it blew away expectations and became an unexpected hit for Marvel Studios! The upcoming sequel from James Gunn reunites fans with this ragtag group of galactic crusaders on yet another galaxy spanning adventure that is sure to be filled with the same adrenaline pumping action and humor that defined the first film. Plus, how cute is Baby Groot? We'd seriously see the movie just for him if we had to!

#3 - Star Wars: Episode VIII (December 15th) - Disney will continue to dominate the Holiday box office this year thanks to the release of Rian Johnson's still untitled Star Wars: Episode VIII. We know literally nothing about this movie, but it is sure to feature plenty of deep space dogfights, clashing lightsabers and hilariously absurd aliens - all of which will be getting their own action figure at some point in time. Additionally, we're guessing this one will further explore the backstory of the galaxy's most famous heroine, Rey, and hopefully fill in some of the gaps regarding just who she really is. We're also really, REALLY hoping that Luke has a few more lines this time around!

#2 - Wonder Woman (June 2nd) - We love the DC Extended Universe. It's not perfect, but we're life-long fans of the brand and can honestly say we do like what we've seen so far! This summer, Gal Gadot returns as Diana Prince in Wonder Woman, the first female led superhero flick in over a decade, from director Patty Jenkins. Overall, response to this one has been extremely positive, and it is clear that fans are eager to clamor into a theater to witness the iconic comic book heroine's first big screen solo adventure! Much of the film is still shrouded in mystery, but we're going to hazard a guess here and say that Wonder Woman will inject new life and love into the DC Extended Universe and show the world that Marvel isn't the only one capable of making fun and inspiring blockbusters. 

#1 - Justice League (November 17th) - DC may have made some serious money at the box office in 2016 thanks to Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad, but these movies didn't exactly sit well with everyone who saw them. Over the course of last year, Warner Bros. has been making some serious changes in house as they attempt to course correct the DC Extended Universe - and it looks as though 2017 may mark a big change for the brand! Like Wonder Woman, response to Zack Snyder's Justice League has been quite positive. The film promises to be lighter and more fun than past additions to the DCEU as The World's Finest team up to take on an enemy that threatens the future of the planet. Being such huge DC fans, the Justice League movie is a dream come true for all of us here at Infinite Earths, and we can't wait to see what it adds to the ever growing scope of the DC Extended Universe!

Keep in mind that this is our list of the most anticipated movies of the year. No doubt, you won't agree with every entry presented here, but we'd still love to hear what you thought! Did we miss a movie that you feel belongs on this list? Which movies are you most looking forward to this year? Be sure to let us know, we're always interested in hearing what our fans and followers have to say!

Here's to another great year at the movies, Infinite Earths fans!

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