While 2016 was definitely a big year for comics and the superhero genre, with everything that is coming this year, 2017 is shaping up to be perhaps one of the biggest years ever for superheroes. Paul Dergarabedian, who is a senior media analyst at comScore, recently spoke with CNBC about some of the upcoming superhero movies, calling 2017 the “comic book nirvana” for comic book movie goers.
“[The coming year] is going to be a killer. I think it’s going to be the biggest year ever. The superhero side of things I think is going to be kind of off the chart.”
Dergarabedian went on to talk about one of the big summer films in the comic book genre which is the sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy.
“Now ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ suddenly becomes a premier title that gets to be in that No. 1 slot for Marvel, which is that opening weekend of the summer season”
“They’re still trying to find that voice, that rhythm, and I think 2017 may be the year that delivers what people are rooting for, which is, in a given year, a couple of phenomenal DC movies”
Several of the upcoming films have already garnered a lot of buzz, with most of them having released trailers and other snippets of footage over the last few months to get fans excited. DC has three films lined up with their animated/LEGO film, The LEGO Batman Movie which opens in theater next month on February 10. On the live-action front for DC Films, Wonder Woman is set to arrive on the big screen this summer on June 2, with Justice League at the end of the year on November 17.
Phase 3 of Marvel is taking a different route this year with the release of not two, but three comic book films instead as Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is set to kick the summer off on May, followed by Spider-Man: Homecoming on July 7 before Thor: Ragnarok comes out on November 3. Over at 20th Century Fox with their Marvel properties, the final Wolverine film, Logan, will be opening on March 3 as Hugh Jackman gets those claws on for one last time.