Get ready - it's gonna be a wild ride.
As 2016 came to a close, we've seen a year stacked with box-office hits. Once again, Disney hit it big with Marvel's Captain America: Civil War grossing over $1 billion worldwide, followed by the animated Finding Dory and Zootopia both also passing the billion mark. Although they came out late in the year, Moana, Rogue One, and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them all found their footing with relatively positive reviews and commercial success.
We've witnessed yet another year of superhero blockbusters in the forefront, with 20th Century Fox's Deadpool becoming a surprise hit, and Warner Bros. Batman vs. Superman and Suicide Squad doing well despite critical and underwhelmed reactions.
BUT, it's a new year, and there's a huge string of new and improved blockbusters already getting hyped up for release - and we're definitely hyped to see them.
Without further ado, here's the list of 10 blockbusters to be absolutely STOKED for this year:
10. Kong: Skull Island
Studios: Warner Bros., Legendary Entertainment
Release Date: March 10th
King Kong is back, and he's bigger - and badder - than ever. Co-written by Dan Gilroy, writer of the riveting and creepy Nightcrawler, Skull Island has an all-star cast including Oscar winner Brie Larson, Tom Hiddleston, John Goodman and Samuel Jackson. The story focuses on a group of 1970s explorers who travel to an uncharted island off the Pacific Ocean and encounter, you guessed it, King Kong. But there are other dangerous monsters posing even more of a threat than the giant ape.
Judging from the trailer, this movie is going to look gorgeous. Cinematographer Larry Fong has films like Batman v. Superman, Watchmen, and Now You See Me under his belt, so it's really no surprise that if all else fails, the picture will still look really good.
#SkullIsland seems pretty serious, but it also looks pretty funny. From the ironic use of Bad Moon Rising in the trailer and John C. Reilly's eccentric character, the movie doesn't seem to be taking itself too seriously.
All in all, I'm pretty hopeful that this will be a solid reboot - it definitely looks promising.
9. Thor: Ragnarok
Studios: Marvel Studios, Walt Disney Studios
Release Date: November 3rd
Thor is back, baby! After his absence from "Civil War," audiences were all left wondering what happened to the beefy, hammer-weilding god we all know and love. With the exception of only a couple of brief mentions from other Avengers, both he and The Hulk were completely missing. But fear not, they'll both be back in the game with Thor: Ragnarok.
There isn't really much in terms of news about the movie yet apart from speculation or the small details released here and there. Seeing that it comes out in November, we have aways to go before we even get a teaser trailer.
Despite all of this, we do know #Ragnarok will be an intergalactic buddy movie. Not only is Bruce Banner going to be in the movie, but Doctor Strange has also been confirmed to have more than just a brief appearance. Cate Blanchett will be playing the main antagonist, Hela, and the films will be introducing Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie and Jeff Goldblum as Grandmaster.
And The Hulk has some awesome gladiator armor, so get pumped.
8. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Studios: Walt Disney Pictures, Jerry Bruckheimer Films
Release Date: May 26th
HOW. AWESOME. DOES. THIS. LOOK. Five Pirates movies in and I'm still excited to see Jack Sparrow and Will Turner. This time, it looks like we'll be missing Kiera Knightly, but there are some new additions to the film, including Kaya Scodelario and Brenton Thwaites.
Javier Bardem's character, Captain Salazar, is a terrifying ghost pirate who escapes the Devil's Triangle determined to kill every pirate at sea, including Jack Sparrow. To survive, Jack must seek out the Trident of Poseidon, an ancient artifact that gives control over the sea.
A great fantasy-adventure series with a hopeful, fun new installment = great early-summer blockbuster.
Studios: 20th Century Fox, Marvel Entertainment, Donners' Company
Release Date: March 3rd
Hugh Jackman has been saying for years that he's ready to retire his title as Wolverine. So Logan looks like the perfect film to go out with.
We follow Logan and Professor X in the near future where most of the X-men have been taken out by a corporation trying to destroy the world. Professor X has Alzheimer's, and Logan is beginning to lose his healing abilities. They encounter a young clone of Wolverine and have to protect her from the evil corporation and defeat its leader, Nathanial Essex.
Logan looks much smaller and more self contained than pretty much all of the other X-Men and Wolverine movies combined. I have high hopes for #Logan, as it will hopefully do a well-deserved justice to beloved Wolverine.
6. Justice League
Studios: DC Entertainment, DC Comics, Warner Bros.
Release Date: November 17th
I will admit, DC films are somewhat of a guilty pleasure. Despite how underwhelmed I was by Suicide Squad and Batman v. Superman, I still ended up enjoying them. In contrast to Marvel films, most of the DC films are cinematically better. However, the storylines can fall a little flat and sometimes, and in the cases of Batman v. Superman and Man of Steel, the films take themselves way too seriously to actually be taken seriously. That's why I'm excited for Justice League.
#JusticeLeague mixes the conventionally stoic and dramatic heroes like Aquaman and Cyborg and mixes them with funny, more human ones like Bruce Wayne and Barry Allen. The tone of the movie in general seems more comedic and lighthearted, like Suicide Squad's had been. We haven't seen the threat that Bruce Wayne is preparing for or know much about the story yet, but for now we see the team banding together and getting ready for a wild ride, and it looks like a lot of fun.
And Wonder Woman's in it, so I'm assuming it's going to be awesome.
Studios: Warner Bros.
Release Date: July 21st
Christopher Nolan is back at it again to mesmerize the masses with #Dunkirk. Based on the true story of the famous evacuation of Allied Soldiers surrounded by German forces on the beaches of Dunkirk, France during the 1940 Battle of France in World War II, the film stars Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, and Mark Rylance. Harry Styles even makes his acting debut, which I'm excited to see. (If Nolan thinks he's good, then he's got something.)
If you know Nolan's filmography, you know the man doesn't disappoint his audiences. The film has been buzzing with anticipation since pre-production, so I'm eager to see what he does with it. For one thing, the cinematography is stunning (as per usual) thanks to director of photography Hoyte van Hoytema, who has movies like Her and Interstellar under his belt.
4. Wonder Woman
Studios: Warner Bros. DC Entertainment, Atlas Entertainment
Release Date: June 2nd
I cannot contain my excitement for #WonderWoman. I AM SO HERE FOR THIS.
A Wonder Woman movie has been a long time coming, and so far, it's looking to be worth the wait. This looks like one hell of a girl-power movie, directed by Patty Jenkins and starring #GalGadot as Diana, princess of the Amazons. There are badass warriors, incredible fight scenes, and really awesome theme music (that electric guitar though). And superhero stories that incorporate World War II are a lot of fun to watch (i.e. Captain America: TFA).
And, I have to mention it again, but the CINEMATOGRAPHY! The use of color in this film is absolutely gorgeous. In that department, #DC does not disappoint. Kudos to cinematographer Matthew Jensen.
3. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Studio: Marvel Studios, Walt Disney Studios
Release Date: May 5th
My god, if Guardian's Vol. 2 doesn't look incredible. It very well should, as it made history as the first feature film to use the RED WEAPON 8K digital camera. The quality of that camera is supreme, and it definitely shows in the trailer alone. The colors! It's all just so...pretty. I'm already going to argue that it'll be the best-looking Marvel film to date.
As the second installment of James Gunn's Guardians franchise, we're back with Star Lord and the rest of the gang as they adventure through the galaxy and unravel Peter Quill's true parentage. We're also introduced to Baby Groot, the most adorable, murderous tree in the galaxy.
The trailer gives us a sneak peak of all the humor, heart, and excitement the feature will bring, with some bad-ass fight scenes. And I for one am super ready for another Awesome Mixtape.
All in all, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will be a whole lot of fun. Get ready.
2. Spiderman: Homecoming
Studios: Marvel Studios, Walt Disney Entertainment, Sony Pictures
Release Date: July 7th
My inner child is screaming, I am so pumped for Homecoming. There's been buzz around the new #Spiderman movie since the question of casting the new Peter Parker first came up. And I, personally, am very happy with the choice of casting a relatively unknown Tom Holland as the lead. Since seeing Civil War, it was evident that he was the perfect choice for Peter Parker. Stan Lee loves him, too, so that's good enough confirmation that he was made for the part.
Another bold choice was making Spiderman younger than his previous film counterparts. Peter Parker is now a sophomore in high school, about 15 or 16 years old. This is going to be a hit with adults and kids alike, aside from it having similar heart of previous Spiderman movies, they also took some inspiration from John Hughes.
Marvel did take several liberties to have Spiderman stand out from his previous interpretations. Marisa Tomei's version of Aunt May is much younger, and Iron Man has a strong presence as a mentor to Peter Parker, which judging from the trailer, will be a lot of fun to watch. Also, there is no sign of Gwen Stacy or MJ; despite rumors of Zendaya portraying Peter's most iconic love interest, she has been very vocal about the falsehood of the speculations. (No matter who she plays, she'll be great. It's Zendaya! She's the best.)
The cast also includes Michael Keaton's terrifying Vulture, Jon Favreau, and Donald Glover. Pretty awesome. I'll be eagerly waiting in line to see Spiderman come this July.
1. Star Wars: Episode VIII
Studios: Lucasfilm, Bad Robot, Walt Disney Studios
Release Date: December 15th
It's been over a year since The Force Awakens hit theaters, becoming the third highest grossing movie of all time. A few weeks ago, Rogue One hit theaters, and in just a few short weeks hit the $400 million mark. People are crazy for Star Wars. I am one of those people.
Although I'll admit, The Force Awakens went a little too far in trying to please everyone, it was still a solid, nostalgic piece that paid homage to its predecessors. It had an influx of interesting new characters that we get to follow for two more movies, and they left us with many unanswered questions that are driving us so mad that we have to see Episode VIII just to find some peace of mind.
The #StarWars franchise is a cultural phenomenon. Any time a new one comes out, I'm suddenly a kid again. Granted, I grew up as the prequels came out, and even though that trilogy is one hot mess, I love it because it's Star Wars. I sympathize and love the characters, whether original or new, and I'm always happy to be taken back into their galaxy, far far away.
Which blockbuster are you most looking forward to?