2017 feels like it’s compensating for something when it comes to this massive release schedule. Get ready for some of the biggest movies in years all colliding at around the same time and competing for your attention.
So in this list, which is in no particular order or rank, I outline some basic expectations and useful developments about these upcoming 2017 movies, if there are any, at least. The main theme this year seems to be: “Remember when Hollywood told you that cinematic universes are totally going to be a thing very soon? Why didn’t you believe them?”
Again, and I feel like I have to say this for emphasis: this is in no particular order. Let’s begin our tour of 2017 with…
#1 Thor: Ragnarok
So what did Thor, Hulk, and Doctor Strange do after the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron? Well, we’re about to find out in a cosmic adventure featuring some of Marvel’s most powerful icons. Coming November 3.
Is there a trailer? Not yet, but we’ll probably get one sometime this spring or earlier as superhero season gets underway.
Likeliness of being good: Moderately high! Though this is coming from someone who didn’t dislike Dark World as much as most and enjoyed this year’s Doctor Strange. That, plus the fact that Ragnarok is directed by Taika Waititi (one of my favorite directors working right now) bodes well for Marvel’s hot streak. The only caveat is that the movie was pushed back for vague production reasons.
Homework: Be sure to brush up on some of Waititi’s recent movies if you haven’t already, including the superb Vampire mockumentary, What We Do in the Shadows, and this year’s Hunt for the Wilderpeople.