This year has some rousing films in the pipeline, which we have previously covered in the What To Watch: Jan-Jul article. Here we look at the various sequels arriving in the coming months; some of which you may or may not have heard about:
Logan – 1st March
Probably the most anticipated X-Men movie there has been and certainly judging by the trailer and reception, possibly one of the grittiest and darkest Marvel movies there has ever been. Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart are set to leave the X-Men scene with a bang.
Kong: Skull Island – 10th March
More of a remake rather than a sequel of the giant ape, but this time there is to be no New York. Tom Hiddleston leads a team of explorers and soldiers to the uncharted island in the Pacific. Samuel L Jackson and Brie Larson also tag along for the ride.
Goon: Last of the Enforcers – 17th March (Canada)
There aren’t many notable movies that Seann William-Scott has starred in since his Stiffler days. That said, Goon was one that held some form of credibility and he is set to reprise the role of hockey player, Doug Glatt. Jay Baruchel returns to write and direct.
The Fate of the Furious – 14th April
They just know when to say enough’s enough when it comes to the Fast and Furious franchise so here they are with the latest offering of the corny, bald headed, hard man, petrol loving series. There’s no suggestion they’re set to stop so let’s just enjoy the most expensive cheese going whilst it’s here.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – 28th April
One of the many Marvel entries on this list but arguably the most anticipated. The first Guardians of the Galaxy turned a lot of heads when it was released and the return of Starlord and co has Marvel fans giddy. Expectations are high though ahead of next year’s Avengers: Infinity War in which our Guardians will be featuring.
Alien: Covenant – 19th May
The Alien franchise is going back to its roots by installing Ridley Scott back into the director’s chair which has excited fans into thinking he can produce something close to the success of the original 1979 Alien movie. Michael Fassbender leads the new crew into peril.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge – 26th May
Like The Fast and the Furious series, the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise has perhaps produced more movies than it has actually warranted. The fact that they’ve already changed the name of the latest edition doesn’t bode well but Johnny Depp reprises the loveable Captain Jack Sparrow which is no bad thing.
Transformers: The Last Knight – 23rd June
Director Michael Bay isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, and neither are the Transformers movies in general. Saying that, it is one of the most successful franchises so they must be doing something right. Mark Wahlberg returns to watch some robots hitting each other.
Despicable Me 3 – 30th June
It doesn’t matter how old you are, the outrageously childish humour of the first two Despicable Me movies left just as many adults in stitches as it did youngsters. Although the stand alone Minions film didn’t break any ground, the return of Gru and co will surely put a smile on everyone’s face this summer.
Spider-Man: Homecoming – 7th July
We got a taster of Tom Holland as the latest Avenger to join the crew in Captain America: Civil War. But we’ll learn more about the young web slinger as Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man teaches him the tricks of the trade as he tries balancing school life with the superhero world. Another one ready to feature in next year’s Avengers: Infinity War.
Cars 3 – 14th July
Pixar’s next offering sees the third instalment in the Cars franchise as Owen Wilson reprises his role as Lightning McQueen, this time to take on Jackson Storm, voiced by Arnie Hammer. Pixar never fail to impress so not much more needs to be said about this one.
War for the Planet of the Apes – 14th July
It looks like Caesar has finally had enough with humans and is this time pitted against Woody Harrelson (good luck Caesar…). The third in the Planet of the Apes franchise would suggest this is the last in the series, but there is yet to be any official word on that.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle – 29th September
Director Matthew Vaughn brought us Kick-Ass in 2010 which was pretty awesome. He decided not to direct the sequel and it was rubbish. Fast-forward to 2014 and he produced Kingsman: The Secret Service – a similarly stylish, X-rated flick to the original Kick-Ass. The good news is he will be directing the sequel with Taron Egerton reprising his role as the foul mouthed secret agent.
Blade Runner 2049 – 6th October
This is perhaps one of the riskiest sequels of the year as a generation worshipped the original Blade Runner when it was released in 1982. Unlike Alien: Covenant, Ridley Scott will not be returning to direct but there’s hope yet as Arrival director, Denis Villeneuve takes the helm, with Ryan Gosling taking the lead role alongside the returning Harrison Ford.
Thor: Ragnarok – 17th November
Thor and Hulk have been quiet since the last Avengers outing so here they are teaming up along with Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange. The new threat: Hela, played by Cate Blanchett, who looks to bring down Asgardian civilisation once and for all. The final Marvel entry on the list ought to set us up nicely for Infinity War.
Paddington 2 – 10th November
Everyone’s favourite bear returns this winter with the impressive cast from the first edition returning along with the exciting additions of Hugh Grant and Peter Capaldi. Paddington gets himself into bother when his present for Aunt Lucy’s 100th Birthday is suddenly stolen.
Justice League – 17th November
Zack Snyder is another director that divides opinion, no more so following the release of Batman vs Superman. We got a taster of what’s to come in Justice League throughout B vs S and the general consensus is hoping for a slightly better result this time. Unfortunately Zack, the Avengers are in a completely different league (pun intended).
Star Wars: The Last Jedi – 15th December
Coming up to Christmas, it must mean another Star Wars film is on its way. The Force Awakens left fans gagging for more and literally left us on the ultimate cliff hanger. Rogue One was a nice filler but The Last Jedi is seemingly one of the most anticipated Star Wars films.
Pitch Perfect 3 – 22nd December
Our early Christmas present is the third instalment of the Pitch Perfect series. Not much has been given away regarding plot but we do know that the majority of the cast will return and that it will be full of more singing and dancing. Happy days.
All release dates are UK based