Since 2008, Marvel has produced a steady stream of hit movies. These movies all reside within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a long, interlinked narrative. Over the years, the releases have gathered more and more steam. It is now looking like 2017 will be Marvel’s biggest year to date.
The brand, now owned by Disney, are masters at licensing their characters for merchandise, apps, and advertising opportunities, driving franchise revenue even higher. This ensures it will be a big year financially for Marvel both on and off the screen. One interesting example is that Marvel is famed for their series of online slots games, based on popular movies including The Avengers and Iron Man.
These games have proven popular, impressing veteran gamers and newcomers alike, thanks to their movie-inspired design and gameplay. When we read this review of the Iron Man 2 slot, we also found out that Marvel slots share a Marvel Multi-Level Mystery Progressive Jackpot ,a progressive jackpot which takes into account all Marvel Slots played across providers, which probably greatly contributes to these titles’ popularity with online players. The Marvel characters are extremely successful, so it’s no surprise that Marvel and Disney look to use them in such opportunities, which help to generate an even bigger buzz around the movies.
We expect lots of merchandise tie-ins for these three three big Marvel movies being released this year, but more than anything we can’t wait to watch the films themselves.
Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2
The first Guardians of the Galaxy was released in 2014. It was a massive risk for Marvel to make. The movie is based on one of Marvel’s lesser popular comics (when compared to the likes of Spider-Man, Iron Man, The Avengers, and Hulk). In fact, the original plan was to involve Iron Man within the opening of the movie to appeal to a wider, mainstream audience. This plan was soon dropped. However, it wasn’t necessary as Guardians of the Galaxy was one of 2014’s biggest films and one of Marvel’s most successful to date.
Following on the heels of the first movie, Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 reunites the cast as they try to piece together Peter Quill’s backstory and discover who his real father is.
Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 is due to be released in the US on May 5th 2017.
The rebooted version of the Spider-Man movie series kicked off with Spidey’s appearance in Captain America: Civil War. The movie will see a high-school aged Peter Parker continue to come to terms with his powers, under the watchful eye and mentorship of Tony Stark.
The fact that Robert Downey Jr will be featuring in this film will more or less guarantee it a massive box office turnout. The Iron Man series has performed extremely well for Marvel, with only the Avengers movies generating more revenue per movie.
Spider-Man: Homecoming will be the first standalone appearance Spider-Man has had in the Marvel Cinematic Universe away from the Sony produced Spider-Man movies starring Toby Maguire.
Spider-Man: Homecoming hits US screens on July 7th 2017.
The Thor series has managed to sign some top acting talent to its roster, including Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins and Idris Elba. Thor: Ragnarok is due to add another big cast member to the list, with Mark Ruffalo due to appear as the Hulk. It’s also been confirmed, and teased by Marvel at the end of Doctor Strange, that Benedict Cumberbatch will make an appearance as the doctor-turned-sorcerer.
Again, Thor: Ragnarok should prove massively successful for Marvel. It has tons of big names starring in it. It’s also a good example of the crisscrossed and interlinked narratives that Marvel are famed for.
Thor: Ragnarok is scheduled to be released in the US on November 3rd 2017.
Overall, 2017 is set to be a supersized year for the much loved comic stalwarts. Be sure to check back regularly for news and updates.