While everyone is doing their year-end lists of what was great about 2017 (and there were some great things), I’ve decided to look forward and talk about the best of what’s to come in the new year.
Most Anticipated Movie: Black Panther
As much as I love the giant team movies that Marvel Studios makes and my honorable mention will reflect that, I am most looking forward to the first solo outing for Black Panther. The Ryan Coogler (Creed) directed film is projected to have a huge opening and everything from the trailer to the cast, including Chadick Boseman, Michael B Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o and Angela Bassett, looks stellar. It will be an intriguing story to tell as well because none of the standard super hero origin tropes apply. The premiere of this movie in theaters will definitely be an event.
Honorable Mention: Avengers: Infinity War
The trailer shook the internet and looks like the culmination of everything that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been building on for the last ten years. Not knowing who will rise and who will fall makes me anticipate seeing it even more.
Most Anticipated New Series: Titans
While I love many of the DC Comics based shows on the CW (I am slowly getting back into Arrow aka Batman Light), the show I am looking forward to seeing the most this year will be Titans on the yet unnamed DC Comics streaming service. I am a fan of the Marv Wolfman/George Perez iteration of the team, but what makes me interested in the series is that they are taking the characters and going forward with their comic origins. Dick Grayson is Robin, therefore Batman exists. Starfire is an alien. Raven is the daughter of Trigon. That’s what I want to see from these characters and the series. I don’t need to see Batman in the show, the acknowledgement of his existence is enough.
Honorable Mention: Cloak & Dagger
I’m not a frequent viewer of FreeForm, but this series based on the Marvel Comics characters looks interesting enough for me to check out the first episode. The show looks very intense and earnest and it will be interesting to see how the drama both interpersonal and external plays out. Also, there’s still a lot of mystery surrounding the series and that keeps me interested.
Most Anticipated Returning Series: Luke Cage
After a stellar first season and his first foray with the Defenders after getting out of prison, life looks like it is going to get more complicated for Luke Cage in the upcoming season. There are few plot details available, but it is confirmed that Misty Knight will return (with cybernetic arm) and that Danny Rand aka Iron Fist will make his way to Harlem to see Luke as well. I would love to see how the new dynamic of the supernatural makes its way into Luke’s life in Harlem and how he will deal with the continued threat of Mariah, Shades and their influence.
Honorable Mention: Young Justice: Outsiders
Having been a huge fan of the first two seasons and practically anything Greg Weisman is involved with , I can’t wait to see where the new season of this highly anticipated return goes both with its story and characters.
So this is just a short list of the things I am looking forward to in this new year. Let me know what you’re looking forward to in the comments below.