A new year means new movies at the box office, and 2017 holds a lot of promise for action-movie fans even though many of the most promising hits are in the vein of sequels, prequels, and adaptations. However, it's those prequels and sequels that are setting the bar high and drawing fans back to the theater for the promise of more of the same (in a good way).

6 Action Movies to Look Forward to in 2017:

1. "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2"

Expect a great mix of comedy and action in "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2," starring Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord. The trailer shows glimpses of Star-Lord and his band of unconventional superheroes facing some sort of octopus monster, and Director James Gunn has said the movie, which is set a couple of months after the first movie, will focus a lot on Peter Quill's relationship with his father. Plus, there's a new mix tape, so fans will have that to look forward to as well.

Release date: May 5, 2017

2. "Star Wars: Episode VIII"
Details are scarce concerning "Star Wars: Episode VIII" thanks to Disney's policy of absolute secrecy, but filming resumed on the Irish Island of Skellig Michael (where the closing scene of "The Force Awakens" was shot), so it's safe to say that Episode VIII will pick up right where Episode VII left off (with Rey meeting Luke).

Expect the trailer in spring 2017 with the official release date set for December 15, 2017.

3. "Wonder Woman"
The Wonder Woman character debuted in the DC Comics' "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice," but this movie takes place more than 100 years before when a World War I military pilot is washed ashore on the island of Themyscira, home of the Amazon princess Diana. Diana/Wonder Woman joins the war efforts to bring the war to an early end. The trailer promises a tough as nails super hero played by Gal Gadot.

Release date: June 2, 2017

4. "Kong: Skull Island "
Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson and John Goodman star in this action-packed "King Kong" franchise reboot set in the 1970s. It's a new take on an old story, but the trailer feels nostalgic and foreboding with strange new monsters and the iconic Kong as well. The best line of trailer: "You don't go into someone's house unless you're picking a fight."

Release date: March 10, 2017

5. "World War Z 2"
No real details on this one yet, but Brad Pitt will be back, which is saying something since the only other sequels he's ever done are "Ocean's Twelve" and "Ocean's Thirteen." Perhaps, it has to do with the fact that the first film was the highest grossing film of Pitt's career so far, or perhaps, humanity really needs Brad Pitt to save it (again).

Release date: June 9, 2017

6. "Spider-Man Homecoming"
If you've seen "Captain America: Civil War" then you've already caught a glimpse of Peter Parker/Spider-Man as played by Tom Holland. This film pick ups shortly thereafter as Peter Parker learns to use his new superpowers, fight crime in New York City, and deal with high school problems too, all while being mentored by Tony Stark a.k.a. Iron Man.

Release date: July 7, 2017


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