In Singapore, one of the best ways to unwind is by 'jio-ing' your best friends to watch a good kick-ass movie, complete with a big tub of popcorn. This year in particularly seems set to be a clash of big-budget CGI-filled Hollywood studio movies.
Here are 10 that we are most looking forward to:
1. Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol.2
Admit it, you miss baby Groot already. Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, Marvel’s 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' continues Peter Quill a.k.a. Star-Lord and his team's adventures through the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter’s true parentage, and salvage the fate of the galaxy that’s being threatened by the evil Thanos.
Expected release date: 04 May 2017
Hugh Jackman has one last Wolverine movie in him, and that is great news for those of us who loved him playing the role of the grumpy, self-healing bad-ass mutant in X-Men. This film will be set in the future where mutants are all but extinct, and Logan is living in hiding. It’s not a lot to go on as a plotline, but it’s hard not to be excited that they will be sending Wolverine off with a bang.
Expected release date: 02 March 2017
3. Kong: Skull Island
In this day and age, taking an outdated, often mocked classic monster and turning it into a modern menace seems to be a trend. And we are all for it! Throw in Oscar-winner Brie Larson and Brit hottie Tom Hiddleston into the mix as part of a team of researchers exploring a prehistoric island, and we have a sneaking suspicion that this film will do well enough that Godzilla just might get to meet his primate playmate in a potential big-screen crossover battle in 2020.
Expected release date: 09 March 2017
4. The Fate of the Furious
I honestly thought there wouldn't be another one, especially after the fitting ending Paul Walker’s character was given at the end of Furious 7. Thankfully, Vin Diesel himself confirmed that 'The Fate of the Furious' is fuelling up for another go of epic car chases and explosions this year. The twist? Vin Diesel's Dom is turning to the dark side. Can the rest of Dom's family rally to bring their leader down? Find out in April in the final instalment to the 'Fast and Furious' franchise.
Expected release date: 13 April 2017
5. Pirates Of The Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge
Johnny Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow is thrust into an all-new adventure when deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, the terrifying Captain Salazar, escape from the Devil's Triangle. They are determined to kill every pirate at sea - including him. Captain Jack's only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon, a powerful artifact that gives its holder total control over the seas.
Expected release date: 25 May 2017
6. Transformers: The Last Knight
Mark Wahlberg reprises his role in the next instalment of the Transformers franchise, which finds the leader of the Autobots, Optimus Prime, searching through the cosmos for the beings believed to be responsible for the creation of the Transformers race. Meanwhile, back on Earth, a new alien threatens mankind.
Expected release date: 22 June 2017
7. Wonder Woman
DC is hot on the heels of Marvel by continuing to expand their own cinematic universe. With 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' introducing her character properly, Gal Gadot has been working her ass off to get into shape as the titular Amazonian. In this standalone film, she leaves her all-female island home to explore the world that's currently in the throes of World War II, and in doing so, transforms from Princess Diana to Wonder Woman.
Expected release date: 01 June 2017
8. Spider-man: Homecoming
Spider Man is heading home to Marvel Studios for the first time! After a string of Sony Pictures' films, and different actors tackling the role of "our friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man", it's Tom Holland's turn to don the mask. 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' will bring us back to Peter Parker’s high school days, and will continue the threads we saw formed during his initial appearance in Captain America: Civil War, with Tony Stark/Ironman going along for the ride.
Expected release date: 06 July 2017
9. War Of The Planet Of The Apes
With Humans and The Apes properly divided in the previous film 'Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes', this sequel will see the military and Caesar, the leader of The Apes, face off in the ruins of San Francisco. Under Matt Reeves’ directorship, this third frame in Caesar’s rise to world domination promises to be as nuanced and brutal as the last.
Expected release date: 13 July 2017
10. Star Wars: Episode VIII
The eighth instalment in the Star Wars franchise looks promising. Considering that The First Order will more than likely be just getting started with their villainous ways, tons of unanswered questions over Luke Skywalker's first encounter with Rey, and that Darth Vader helmet still requiring an explanation, 'Star Wars: Episode VIII' is going to be a hell of a follow up to 2015’s 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'.