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Movie trailers are one of my favorite things in this world. I'm that annoying friend who insists we get to the theater early just so I can see a glimpse at upcoming films on the big screen. Yes, even if I've already seen the trailer 3 1/2 times on Youtube. That being said, here are some movies I'm looking forward to in 2017!

1.) Beauty and the Beast

A tale as old as time. I grew up with the classic animated princess movies and my favorites (aside from Lion King, but does that count as a prince movie?) were Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast. The costume and set designs for this film are already breathtaking and while I'm old school and wish the Beast wasn't CGI, I do his look. It mirrors the animated version, but his appearance incorporates a vintage Gothic aesthetic.

2.) Thor 3: Ragnarok

Thor is my favorite Avenger so it goes without saying that I adore this Norse god of thunder. While some of the past Thor films are on the campier side, I've never complained about their tone because they're a fun watch.While Captain America 3 starred an ensemble cast and acted as a nice addition to the Avengers ongoing story, I'll gladly take a breather to dive into Asgardian lore.

3.) Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2

Speaking of the MCU, Guardians of the Galaxy is returning this year and it will also serve as a nice break from the Avengers. When GotG first came out I impressed at how different it was from past MCU films. The movie used a sillier plot and characters to its advantage and created a comedy based adventure through space with a rocking mixtape. Vol. 2 will keep the same style, but seems to be pushing its characters into a far larger adventure.

4.) Spider-Man: Homecoming

Yes, another Spider-Man reboot, but it looks heartfelt and charming. Tom Holland already proved he could pull off both Peter Parker and his alter ego in CA3 so based off that performance and what we see of him in the trailer, I think he'll be a strong lead. Also, this adaption won't be an origin story, which will be a nice change of pace compared to the last few installments. Although, I wouldn't be surprised if we got an Uncle Ben flashback.

5.) Logan

I realize that most of these are superhero movies, but 2017 seems to be the year of heroes. As an X-Men fan I'm a little more than excited to see the last part of Wolverine's trilogy. Seeing an older version of Logan who is worn down and still looking for peace as Johnny Cash sings "Dirt" in the background was almost more than my heart could take. This film look like a true final chapter with the barren landscapes,washed out colors, and a grey Wolverine. I also love how the title has stripped away his alter ego and revealed the man behind the beast. This isn't about the Wolverine, it's about Logan. Not a mutant, but a human. I have a strong feeling this movie will leave me in tears and I can accept that.

6.) Kong: Skull Island

This movie looks fun, that's all I can say. I may be partial to the cast (It's Tom Hiddleston, after all), but the trailer also reminded me of vintage Godzilla films where the cast finds themselves on Monster Island, spend their discovering secrets, and eventually befriends Godzilla. If this movie mirrors that formula and embraces the quirkiness of older monster movies then it'll be a fun ride from start to finish.

7.) Wonder Woman

I love DC, but their film franchise hasn't impressed me since the Dark Knight. Still, I'm glad to see Wonder Woman getting a chance at the big screen and I love the vintage backdrop they chose for her. The special affects also look great with her golden lasso of truth, but I'm still holding out hope for the invisible jet to make its debut.

8.) Star Wars: Episode VIII

We've gotten 2 heart-racing Star Wars movies these past few years and most people I know are waiting for another chapter. There aren't any trailers yet, but much like The Force Awakens, this new installment has been kept under wraps to avoid any spoilers. I'm not sure where the story is going, but TFA was a well written and exciting opener to this new journey and now that we've been introduced to these characters, I'm sure act 2 won't disappoint!

What movies are you looking forward to this year?

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