Every Comic Book Movie Coming This Year

9:30 AM 4/21/2017

by Jennifer Konerman and Aaron Couch

Keep track of every superhero, antihero and villain as the Marvel Cinematic Universe and DC Extended Universe continue to expand.

This year, the League will finally unite on the big screen to the delight on DC fans galore. But that's far from the only hero-filled story set to release. From Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to Justice League, it's tough to keep track of every superhero (and numerous villains) to hit theaters, so THR has organized every comic book-inspired movie in one timeline of what's to come. 

The Marvel Cinematic Universe and DC Extended Universe are still, well, extending, and as they do, check out their trailers, storylines and release dates below. 

  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    May 5

    Back in 2014, the ragtag team of space adventurers was the lowest-profile property Marvel had brought to the big screen to-date, and it ended up becoming one of its most beloved. The second installment from writer-director James Gunn is adding Kurt Russell as the father to Chris Pratt's Peter Quill (in the comics, Russell's character Ego is a living planet). At San Diego Comic-Con, Gunn showed off footage highlighting baby Groot (Vin Diesel) and also revealed Sylvester Stallone will have a role in the film. Dave Bautista (Drax), Zoe Saldana (Gamora) and Bradley Cooper (Rocket) are also returning for the project. 

  • Wonder Woman

    June 2

    After an early hiccup saw Michelle McClarin exit the director's chair, Patty Jenkins stepped to helm Gal Gadot's Amazonian warrior origin story. So far, buzz is good, with a series of well-received trailers building on Gadot's much-liked debut in 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

  • Spider-Man: Homecoming

    July 7

    This is the film Marvel fans never thought would happen, with a landmark deal between Sony and Marvel allowing Peter Parker to swing into the MCU. Tom Holland returns after his beloved introduction in Captain America: Civil War and will be reunited with Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark) and Marisa Tomei (Aunt May). Michael Keaton and Zendaya are on board the film, which is being directed by Jon Watts and said to have the aethsetics of a John Hughes 80s film. Spider-Man: Homecoming follows a tough decade onscreen for the webslinger, with Spider-Man 3 (2007) receiving a poor response (though fans have warmed to it in intervening years) and The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) delivering deminishing returns. Holland's turn in Civil War was beloved, so the expectations couldn't be higher for this new installment. 

  • Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

    July 21

    Based on a French comic book series from the late 1960s, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets stars Dane DeHaan as time-traveling hero Valerian and Cara Delevingne as his partner and love interest, Laureline.

    Luc Besson told reporters last fall that he has read the comics since he was 10 years old, and the story was never far from his mind. "Probably the first woman I fell in love with was Laureline when I was 10." He added, however, that because of the film's largely alien character base, it would have been difficult, if not impossible, to make years ago when he wrote the first iteration of a script. He credits James Cameron's Avatar for inspiring him to try again. Amid the action and sci-fi story, however, Besson says the basic story is very human. "Basically, the story is if the guy's going to get the girl."
  • Atomic Blonde

    July 28

    Atomic Blonde, stars Charlize Theron opposite Sofia Boutella, James McAvoy, John Goodman and Toby Jones as an undercover MI6 agent operating during the Cold War era. 

    The action film, from John Wick filmmaker David Leitch, was brought to Theron as an unpublished graphic novel five years ago, when she was struck by the lead character, who is called in to Berlin five days before the Berlin Wall falls. The action-heavy film had its effect on her, too, as she said at CinemaCon this year, joking that she was about to get her "fourth root canal" because of the intense fight scenes. 

  • Kingsman: The Golden Circle

    Sept. 29

    Taron Egerton, Mark Strong and even Colin Firth return for the Fox sequel to the 2015 surprise hit based on the Mark Millar/Dave Gibbons comic book. Matthew Vaughn again directs the espionage comedy with new additions Halle Berry, Julianne Moore, Channing Tatum and Jeff Bridges.

  • Thor: Ragnarok

    Nov. 3

    Even though this is the third entry in the Thor franchise, this is one of the most intriguing of the upcoming MCU slate. Why? Not only does Thor (Chris Hemsworth) team up with Bruce Banner/Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) for a cosmic road trip, but the film is also directed by Taika Waititi, who has been endearing himself to the Marvel faithful with his hilarious Thor mockumentary and cheeky Twitter persona. His previous films — What We Do in the Shadows and Hunt for the Wilderpeople — promise he'll inject a healthy dose of humor into the already pretty funny MCU. 

  • Justice League

    Nov. 17

    DC's answer to Marvel's Avengers has a lot riding on it — with its marque characters assembling in live action for the first time. Director Zack Snyder's film made a bit of a course correction following the muted reception to Batman v Superman's gloomy tone. It's Comic-Con trailer emphasized banter between Batman and The Flash, and other promotional materials have shown off a more fun tone. Will this be the huge win DC needs? 

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