It might be hard to imagine, but 2017 is looking like it will top 2016's incredible showing of superhero movies. With many favorite characters coming back, as well as adding some new characters into the mix, 2017 looks to be the biggest year for superhero movies yet. The following list is a predictive trailer based on what is known about next year's releases six big releases at this point in time; note that there is more information on some movies than others, and some films on this list don't even have full trailers out yet. Also, because this is the internet, let me point out that this is just my opinion, and you're more than welcome to share yours in the comments section! Let's begin.
6. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
The first Guardians of the Galaxy film is an anomaly for superhero movies, and even more so when you consider how successful this film ended up being. Characters that mass audiences didn't know, coupled with a hardly intelligible plot and a 70's soundtrack ended up being one of the most successful in recent history. So why am I predicting this to be the worst superhero film of 2017? Simple. Based on the trailers for the film, it looks like they will try to cram as many jokes and gags revolving around Baby Groot in as possible, to the point where it detracts heavily from the plot of the film. There was way too much of that in the trailer, I can't even begin to fathom how forced Baby Groot is going to be in the actual movie. While the rest of the trailer looked really cool, it is hard to overcome focusing so much of the trailer time on something so distracting. This movie really looks like it is aimed at younger children, and I can't get over that fact, which is why it is the lowest ranked movie on this list.
5. Thor: Ragnarok
Thor: Ragnarok is currently the only movie on this list without a trailer, which is why it is at the number five spot. However, this film looks really promising. Thor: Ragnarok has ditched Natalie Portman and Kat Dennings for more promising actors in Jeff Goldblum and Tessa Thompson, among others. Oh, and not to mention that Mark Ruffalo will be reprising his role as Dr. Bruce Banner/ Hulk in a non-Avengers movie. At the very least, it will be better than Thor: The Dark World, which is one of the more forgettable MCU entries to this point. Cate Blanchett is one of the more talented actresses to ever appear in the MCU (and that is really saying something given the level of talent these films have managed to have), and will no doubt do a good job as Hela. Again, this film earned the number five spot because of lack of information on it at time of writing.
4. Justice League
If you have read my past work, you'll know that I am a huge fan of DC Comics and Batman in particular. So why is Justice League in the bottom half of my predictive rankings for 2017's superhero movies? Simply put, there is not a lot of faith in Zack Snyder these days. I am hoping that this will be the best one of 2017, given my affinity for Batman and the rest of his Justice-friends. While Snyder and DC have been somewhat disappointing thus far in the DCEU, the surprise footage from Justice League that dropped this summer is one of the best trailers in recent memory. While giving hardly anything away that we didn't already know, it managed to stir up lots of excitement for this film (plus the choice of the White Stripes' Icky Thump was incredibly inspired). Newcomers Ezra Miller (the Flash) and Ray Fisher (Cyborg) look extremely promising as well. See the trailer below:
3. Wonder Woman
Well, that took long enough. Wonder Woman is the first major superhero movie featuring a lead female character. 2017's Wonder Woman looks like a step in the right direction for the DCEU. Considering they do not have to really tie this in with the other releases in the universe, Wonder Woman will probably be the most coherent DCEU film to date. We already know where she ends up in the DCEU thanks to her appearance in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Gal Gadot was born for the part of Diana, and the World War I setting is a nice change of pace from most war movies today taking place during World War II. The trailers that show her in action look incredible. This film takes the number three spot becasue we all know it is just a tease until November's Justice League.
2. Spider-Man: Homecoming
Spider-Man is back and this time in his own movie! After 2016's Captain America: Civil War, fans have patiently and eagerly waited for any footage of 2017's Spider-Man: Homecoming. While this is the third Spider-Man franchise to release a movie within the past 10 years (Spider-Man 3 in 2007, both Amazing Spider-Man films, and now this one), what separates Homecoming is that Spidey now has the chance to play with his friends because in the past his film rights were owned by another studio. Props to Sony for allowing Spider-Man and his cast of characters to join the MCU. The prospect of having Spider-Man and Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man in the same film never seemed realistic, but now it is. Michael Keaton's vulture looks incredible and threatening as well, and don't forget about all of the other villains slated to appear in the film. Spider-Man: Homecoming promises to be nothing short of spectacular.
There are two types of people in this world: those who openly admit they cried during the Logan trailer and liars. Logan promises to be 2017's best superhero film for many reasons: the fact that it is adapting the classic story Old Man Logan, the fact that it will have an R-rating and will be able to the story justice, and because you know that Hugh Jackman's final turn as Wolverine will be nothing short of his best performance as the character. The trailer shows everything you need to know about the movie: it will be an extremely emotional story that will be the definitive end for both Jackman's Wolverine and Patrick Stewart's Professor Charles Xavier (and Johnny Cash's version of 'Hurt' is the perfect choice of song). With James Mangold returning to direct, this film will take the cake as the best superhero movie of 2017. If another Wolverine film is made without Jackman in the future, the new actor cast will certainly have some big shoes to fill after this one.