The summer season offers all kinds of great blockbuster movie options, but with every new year, more and more of those options fall into one genre: comic book movies.
Whether its DC and Marvel superheroes, or movies based on more obscure comic book references - or simply properties that started out elsewhere, before eventually being adapted into comics - it's all fun for fans who have long waited for these stories and characters to leap off the page, and come alive onscreen.
Here are The 7 Comic Book Movies to See This Summer!
Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2
Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 is definitely one of THE biggest geek movies of not just summer, but the entirety of 2017. As you can see below, anticipation is at an all-time high, and the first reviews from fans and press are overwhelmingly positive.
Even James Gunn's fellow Marvel directors are blown away by what he's done with the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel, so if vol. 2 is even better than the first, we are in for another classic Marvel movie experience.
The DC Extended Universe has had a hard time of things, thanks to the divisiveness of Man of Steel and Batman v Superman, and the general disdain for Suicide Squad.
Wonder Woman is supposed to be the turnaround point - the moment when the DCEU stars on a more hopeful and heroic path. From what we've seen behind-the-scenes, it may just achieve that goal.
With the landscape of superhero movies seriously lacking major female characters, Wonder Woman is a welcome shattering fist for that glass ceiling.
Transformers: The Last Knight
A lot of people will look and see yet another Michael Bay Transformers movie, but Transformers: The Last Knight has a few things going for it that are worth distinguishing.
First, The Last Knight has one of the better human casts of any film in the franchise, with returning favorites like Josh Duhamel and Mark Wahlberg being joined by new additions like Isabela Moner, Laura Haddock, and Sir Anthony Hopkins. Secondly, The Last Knight will mix historical fact with some new Cybertronian mythos - two elements that fans of the franchise really enjoy.
Finally, the darker tone and epic visuals are giving even haters a glimmer of hope that Transformers: The Last Knight will be an improvement on Bay's usual formula.
Spider-Man: Homecoming will bring Sony's Spider-Man property into the Marvel Cinematic Universe - and so far, the footage from trailers has looked pretty good.
Actor Tom Holland is a perfect fit in the role, and the Marvel influence is clearly working much better than what saw from Amazing Spider-Man 2 at this point in its development.
Our Spider Senses are tingling in the best way...
Full Metal Alchemist
This live-action adaptation of the popular anime will be hitting theaters overseas. However, with its massive fanbase in the West, we expect FullMetal Alchemist will have some nice crossover appeal in the US and UK, and is worth the investment of time and travel for manga/anime fans to seek out.
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Luc Besson made cult-classic sci-fi movie, The Fifth Element, and now he's back to make his passion project, Valerian, which is based on a famous French comic series, dating back to the '70s.
What makes Valerian exciting is the uniqueness of Besson's imagination - a bold and elaborate vision that has required the combined efforts of visual FX houses ILM (Star Wars) and Weta Workshop (The Hobbit) in order to bring the various alien species, worlds, and technology of Valerian to life onscreen.
At the very least, we expect an eye-popping sci-fi visual feast.
The Dark Tower
Stephen King's epic literary saga (which started as novels, but also became a line of Marvel Comics), has been trying to make it up onto the big screen for many, many, years - but now its finally happening, thanks to Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey, and Girl With the Dragon Tattoo director Nikolaj Arcel.
It's hard to place expectations on this film, but we're hoping the long wait will have been worth it.