Hold up… Is it really March tomorrow? Where is this year going? On the plus side, the year moving quick means we’re drawing ever closer to 3 massive Marvel movies hitting our screens. And you can bet I’m excited.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (April 28th)
This feels like it’s been a long time in the making. We haven’t seen Peter Quill/Star-Lord and his buddies since 2014, and this sequel promises to be every bit as entertaining as the original. Regardless of what actually happens in this film, you can bet your life that there’ll be a set up for Infinity War. This is the last time we’ll see our Guardians before Infinity War drops in 2018, which, to me, means there has to be a reason set up in volume two for them to join up with the Avengers against Thanos (not just because 90% of Marvel fans want a Rocket/Bucky scene). So, can we expect a Thanos cameo in volume two? All will be revealed in a month…
Spider-Man: Homecoming (July 7th)
This. This is the big one for me. I took to Tom Holland as our new Spidey almost instantly. For the first time, we were seeing Peter Parker as the kid he’s supposed to be. And that clearly hasn’t stopped with Civil War, if the trailers are anything to go by. And let me just say this; Tony is Peter’s mentor. His mentor. Of course he’s going to be in the damn film, so pipe down and let people enjoy things. Also, think about this for a second; if it were not for Robert Downey Jr’s ridiculously popular turn as Tony Stark way back in 2008, we would not have the MCU we have today. So pipe down. You owe everything to this man. Anyway, the premise for Homecoming is everything that every previous Spiderman film should have been; Peter trying to be a superhero whilst juggling the realities of being a teenager. In the past, I’ve felt like Spidey being a teenager has merely been a coincidence. It never really served much purpose to the story. I should also just state now that I loved Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield’s turns as Spidey, I really did. It was the direction that let them down, not their acting ability. Tom Holland got lucky being cast into a Russo film. Anyway, before I go into a full-blown rant over how dirty Andrew Garfield was done by Sony (he’s kissing Ryan Reynolds now, it’s fine, he’s fine), let’s just take a moment to hope and pray that Homecoming is everything it’s been built up to be. Our first MCU Spiderman movie; I have big, big expectations…
Thor: Ragnarok (October 27th)
I can’t even remember the last we saw Thor properly. Oh wait, yes, I can, it was in Age of Ultron in 2015, a film that could have been off the scale in magnitude, but instead just… wasn’t. Obviously, we got that awesome little ‘update’ about what Thor and Bruce Banner had been up to during Civil War, but the bottom line is, Thor hasn’t been cinematically involved since 2015. And I can’t wait to catch up with him. So, what do we actually know about Ragnarok? Quite a lot, actually. Set after Age of Ultron, Thor is basically stuck in another world. Without Mjolnir. Oops. Not only this, but there’s a big battle brewing against none the other than the Hulk himself. Only he’s a gladiator. And he has to get through all this in time to return to Asgard and stop Cate Blanchett’s Hela and the impending Ragnarok (basically a huge battle that, in actual real-life Norse mythology, kills Odin, Loki and Thor, amongst others). With all this going on, I have high hopes. I wasn’t a fan of The Dark World. And I mean, I’m not a fan of Jane. And there’s no Jane in this film. Instead we’re getting Hemsworth. Hiddleston. Blanchett. Elba. Goldblum. Ruffalo. Hopkins. Maybe even a certain Cucumberpatch will make an appearance, who knows, but I for one cannot wait.