2016 is almost over, and it's safe to say that in terms of superhero movies, it was pretty decent. Marvel led the line with the likes of the fantastic Captain America: Civil War and the equally brilliant Doctor Strange. 20th Century Fox were hit and miss, with Deadpool pleasing just about everybody and X-Men: Apocalypse letting a lot of people down. The DCEU was the most controversial & most talked about superhero franchise of the year. I personally didn't like Batman v Superman or Suicide Squad after being a huge DC fan most of my life — but both were box office smashes, paving the way for the future of the DCEU.
We will soon be putting the hits-and-misses of 2016 behind us, because 2017 is shaping up to be the biggest superhero year of all time. Marvel is doing a production company first by releasing 3 superhero films in one year, and DC are giving us our first female-led solo movie in Wonder Woman. Let's look at 10 things we can't wait to see in these movies next year — let me know your hopes for next year's superhero movies in the comments!
1. DC To Redeem Itself
A lot of people like to think that DC is a battle of fans vs critics, but I'm a huge fan of DC and I didn't like Batman v Superman or Suicide Squad. I feel like Marvel is miles ahead at the moment, but I think Wonder Woman could be a turning point for DC. The first trailer we've seen was impressive, and with Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, this could be DC's best movie since Man of Steel.
The really big test for DC is when we see Justice League hit theaters next November, where we'll see the ensemble of Batman, Aquaman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Cyborg and The Flash. I thought the first trailer wasn't bad, but I think the movie will blow us all away in the next trailer!
2. 'Guardians of The Galaxy' To Have An Awesome Soundtrack
Guardians of The Galaxy is one of my favorite superhero movies ever, and part of that is due to the fantastic soundtrack that energized the entire film. Guardians of The Galaxy Vol 2 is coming out next year, and I couldn't be more excited to see the gang back together again. It's going to be pretty tough to try and match the wonderful soundtrack they achieved with the first film, but they got a lot of good music in the '70s and '80s to choose from. I made an article showing the songs I'd love to see on the soundtrack — check it out!
3. 'Thor: Ragnarok' To Be The Best Thor Film Yet!
The third installment of the Thor franchise, Thor: Ragnarok, will drop next summer. It has to be said that the Thor movies are some of the weaker films in the MCU. The first Thor had bright spots of humor, but unfortunately had a poor villain, and the film was rushed to be ready for The Avengers. Thor 2: The Dark World was worse again, with another bad villain and a bland story.
Strangely enough, I'm hopeful for Thor: Ragnarok because when speaking to Polygon earlier this year, director Taika Waititi said the film was going to be Marvel's biggest movie yet. Also, when speaking to some fans on Reddit in an AMA (ask me anything), when a fan asked if he made effort to make it similar/dissimilar to previous Thor films, Waititi answered:
I made an effort to ignore the fact there are other Thor films.
I know we won't know more until the trailer drops, but from what the director's saying I'm pretty hopeful for the film!
4. More Joker in The Justice League Movie
The Joker is my all-time favorite character in any TV, book, movie or game, so I had some high expectations before seeing Jared Leto's interpretation in this years Suicide Squad. Unfortunately, I couldn't come away with a definite opinion on the character because I didn't really see enough of him in the film (despite all the marketing around him). There were elements of his portrayal that I enjoyed, like his costumes and psychotic nature. The whole pimp-Joker idea was one I wasn't totally on board with, but I could grow to like in the future.
Personally, I think we need to see more of Jared Leto's Joker, and I think Justice League would be a good place to start. I wouldn't like him as a main villain, but as a pestering villain on the side. Maybe we could see him in Batman's flashbacks?
5. Cameos in Spider-Man: Homecoming!
Marvel have perfected the art of surprising fans with brilliant cameos in recent years. It all started in 2008 when Tony Stark turned up at the end of The Incredible Hulk and set the Marvel fandom ablaze. Nowadays, it's incredibly hard to keep these kind of secrets off the internet and stop them spreading like wildfire, but when it's done well, the payoff is exceptional. There's a certain kind of excitement when you see a familiar Marvel face when you weren't expecting to see it. I'm hoping this happens in Spider-Man: Homecoming!
6. Guardians of The Galaxy To Notice Earth
As it stands right now, the Guardians of The Galaxy are pretty far from Earth, and I'm betting they're unaware of The Avengers and all the threats that have been posed to Earth. We already know that some of the Guardians are going to turn up in Infinity War (2018), and so it's likely that they'll acknowledge our little planet in GotG2. This could be done in a very subtle post-credit scene, such as having Star-Lord looking at our location on hi-tech computer. Or maybe Thanos will just tell them he's going there to destroy everything — either way, we'll find out soon!
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7. Logan To Clear Up X-Men Confusion
The X-Men movieverse is one of the longest-running franchises in superhero movie history — however, that legacy comes with its fair share of problems. The biggest flaw of the X-Men movieverse is the chaos, confusion and plotholes surrounding the timelines, which is never full addressed. These problems partially arise from having two sets of actors play the same characters over different timelines.
Logan is rumored to be set in the year 2024, and it's hard to know where we stand with the rest of the movies. I'm hoping that all my confusion can be solved in Logan and after this movie (supposedly Hugh Jackman's last Wolverine outing), we'll all get our bearings back.
8. An Amazing Spider-Man Score
The original Spider-Man theme song composed by Danny Elfman is one of my favorite soundtracks of all time, and coincides perfectly to what I know Spider-Man to be. Since then, I haven't connected with another Spider-Man soundtrack nearly as much, even when the legendary Hans Zimmer who composed The Amazing Spider-Man 2 soundtrack in 2014.
So far, we don't know who's composing Spider-Man: Homecoming; personally, I'd love to see Hans Zimmer have another crack at it because he's my all-time favorite composer. Unfortunately, earlier this year he told the BBC that he's retiring from making superhero movies:
"Oh, I might as well say it. I have officially retired from the superhero business. It’s just me. I started to find… This one was very hard for me to do. To try to find new language. To try to find … I did it in collaboration with a friend of mine, Tom Holkenborg [Junkie XL], who just did the Mad Max movies, and we’ve been friends forever. That was very important, to have another voice in here."
Other than Hans Zimmer, I'd like to see some of these composers take on the OST: James Newton Howard (The Hunger Games), Justin Hurwitz (Whiplash), Harry Gregson-Williams (The Martian).
9. A Memorable Justice League Villain
Superhero villains are a hard thing to perfect. Both Marvel and DC have their bright spots, but so far in the DCEU, there hasn't been a villain I completely loved. It's really important that DC get the iconic villain, Steppenwolf, right.
For those who don't know who Steppenwolf is, he's a very powerful, well-trained, villain who once even survived the power of Doomsday. Steppenwolf is also very tactically trained and can order tons of his troops to wreak havoc on the Justice League. I really think DC are going to learn from their past and nail this villain. For more on Steppenwolf, check out the nod towards him in one of Batman v Superman's deleted scenes below!
10. Green Lantern Tease in Justice League
The line-up for DC's Justice League is really starting to take shape. Jason Momoa is looking like revolutionizing Aquaman as we know him; Ezra Miller looks like he's bringing a fresh sense of energy with The Flash; Gal Gadot looks iconic as Wonder Woman; and we already know Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill are both great as Batman and Superman. But there's a big Green Lantern-shaped hole in the team that needs fixing.
We all know that the 2011 movie sucked, but the character of the Green Lantern is so damn cool — I mean his ring can do just about anything! So far the Green Lantern movie is slated for a 2020 release, which is an absurd amount of time to wait for such an integral part of the team. DC need to cast a terrific actor to play Jon Stewart (Idris Elba, Tyrese Gibon or Common) and get him in as a cameo at least in Justice League. The way I could see it happening is in the form of an after-credits scene where we just see the ring - that's all I need, I just want to know DC mean business with Green Lantern.
11. A Brutal Wolverine in Logan
There are a few superheroes that really just need an R-rating — the likes of Deadpool, Kick Ass and Daredevil, to name a few. But no one can truly benefit from an R-rating more than a brutal old-man Logan. In this film we're going to see Logan at his very angriest — he'll be cynical, brutal and when this mysterious girl comes into his care, Logan will once again have something worth fighting for. We get a really good taste on what the R-rated Logan will be like in the international trailer for the film, check it out below!
I really think we as superhero fans are in for a treat in 2017. This year may have had its flaws, but these are good for learning and growing to make better films. Overall I hope that DC reclaim its spot as my favorite superhero roster, and I really hope we get the Spider-Man film we deserve. Be sure to let me know which superhero movie you're most excited for — and follow my page for more superhero-related articles!