No matter your perspective, 2016 has been a wild ride of highs and lows in entertainment. We’ve welcomed the reboots of some classic shows like Gilmore Girls and Full House, relished in the showdown between Batman and Superman in Dawn of Justice, gotten hooked on the strangely satisfying ’80s horror-com Stranger Things and bid farewell to fan-favorite characters like Richard Castle and Kate Beckett.
And while we’d love to rewind a few of 2016’s best entertainment moments, it’s time to look ahead to the movies worth getting excited for in the months ahead. It seems that the name of the game in 2017 is sequels, prequels and epic superhero mashups, which sounds like a winning combo already. Here are the top 17 movies we can’t wait to hit theaters this year! Which film is your must-see?
1. xXx: The Return Of Xander Cage, Jan. 20
Vin Diesel is back as Triple X in this action-packed follow-up to the 2002 film.
2. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, Jan. 27
Milla Jovovich and her crew of apocalypse survivors make one final push for salvation in the sixth and final installment to the action horror series.
3. John Wick: Chapter 2, Feb. 10
Stoic hitman John Wick is back to “kill everybody” in this dark sequel three years in the making.
4. The Lego Batman Movie, Feb. 10
Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, and yes, Mariah Carey, bring legos to life in this highly anticipated animated flick.
5. Logan, March 13
Hugh Jackman breaks out the claws one last time for the final installment in the Wolverine franchise.
6. Beauty and the Beast, March 17
Disney fans have been (im)patiently waiting for this live-action remake of the 1991 classic since they got a first glimpse of Belle (Emma Watson) in her golden gown in early 2016.
7. Power Rangers, March 24
’90s babies can’t wait for this one!
8. The Fate of the Furious, April 14
Fast and Furious will kick off summer blockbuster season it races into theaters with the eighth installment in the franchise.
9. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, May 5
We’re putting our money on Baby Groot to save the gang in this one.
10. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man Tell No Tales, May 26
Orlando Bloom makes his on-screen return beside Johnny Depp in the fifth installment to the swash buckling Disney franchise.
11. Wonder Woman, June 7
It’s her turn to save the world. Do it for the ladies!
12. Cars 3, June 16
Lightning McQueen faces more off-road drama than ever when he revs up for his comeback to theaters.
13. Despicable Me 3, June 30
Gru and Lucy must play councilor former child star—with the help of Margo, Edith, Agnes and the minions of course.
14. Spider-Man: Homecoming, July 7
It’s a new, younger world for Spidey and his teenage friends.
15. War for the Planet of the Apes, July 14
The battle is on in this sci-fi showdown of man vs. beast…or is it beast vs. beast?
16. Justice League, Nov. 17
Yes! The moment D.C. Comic fans have been waiting for: Batman (Ben Affleck), Superman (Henry Cavill), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), the Flash (Ezra Miller), Aquaman (Jason Momoa) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher) on-screen together for the first time for the ultimate superhero mashup.
17. Star Wars: Episode VIII, Dec. 15
It wouldn’t be a good year without a Star Wars flick to end things with a bang. Much about VIII is still shrouded in mystery, but that won’t stop fans from fawning for the majority of 2017.
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