2016 saw the release of loads of hugely successful films, from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and The Jungle Book, to Deadpool and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. There are plenty of huge films coming up in 2017 and here’s a sneak peek at nine of the biggest ones.
Kong: Skull Island – 10 March
Starring Tom Hiddleston and Samuel L Jackson, this reboot of the Kong franchise is the second in the Godzilla-Kong shared fictional universe, with the first being 2014’s Godzilla. Other films in the Godzilla-Kong series include Godzilla: King of Monsters (2019) and Godzilla vs. Kong (2020).
2. The Fate of the Furious – 14 April
The eighth instalment in the hugely successful Fast and Furious franchise will not be the last in the series, despite its title hinting that it might be. Vin Diesel has announced that there will be two more films after The Fate of the Furious, with the ninth landing in 2019 and the tenth in 2021.
3. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – 28 April
A sequel to 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will be Marvel Cinematic Universe’s fifteenth film and will follow the Guardians on their travels through the cosmos as they aid Peter Quill in learning more about his real parents.
4. Spider-Man: Homecoming – 7 July
Following on from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is Marvel Cinematic Universe’s sixteenth film, Spider-Man: Homecoming, which is in fact the second reboot of the Spider-Man franchise, with newcomer Tom Holland as the titular character, a role previously played by Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield.
5. Wonder Woman – 2 June
The fourth film in the DC Extended Universe series, Wonder Woman stars Gal Gadot as the titular character, an immortal warrior and Amazon princess who finds out about a world war and tries to stop it from happening.
6. Justice League – 17 November
Justice League follows on from Wonder Woman as the fifth film in the DC Extended Universe and sees Batman and Wonder Woman come together and assemble a team of superheroes to take on Steppenwolf, who along with his Parademons poses a major worldwide threat.
7. Despicable Me 3 – 30 June
Sure to be a hit with children, Despicable Me 3 will be the fourth in the Despicable Me franchise following on from the previous two films in the series and the spin-off Minions.
8. It – 8 September
An adaptation of one of Stephen King’s most memorable novels. The film follows a group of seven children who are terrorised by a being that takes advantage of their fears and disguises itself as a clown called Pennywise.
9. Beauty and the Beast – 17 March
The live action adaptation of Disney’s classic 1991 film Beauty and the Beast stars Emma Watson as Belle and its first trailer broke records when it was viewed a staggering 127.6 million times in 24 hours.