Ian Bunt­ing looks at a su­per year ahead for movie go­ers...

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10 De­spi­ca­ble Me 3 Re­leased: June

The an­i­mated box-of­fice jug­ger­naut re­turns with Steve Carell voic­ing Gru and long-lost twin Dru.

The Min­ions are back too and South Park’s Trey Parker has been cast as the film’s new bad­die, Balt­hazar Bratt, a for­mer 80s child star.

Given that the first two flicks made $1.5bil­lion world­wide, it’s safe to as­sume an­other hit is on the cards.

7 The Lego Bat­man Movie Re­leased: Fe­bru­ary

Will Ar­nett will butt heads with Jus­tice League’s Ben Af­fleck in a bat­tle to crown the year’s best Bat­man.

Ar­nett voiced the Caped Cru­sader in a small but ter­rific turn in The Lego Movie and now branches out into his own full-length fea­ture.

The trail­ers hint at hi­lar­ity on a grand scale as the eclec­tic voice en­sem­ble in­cludes Zach Gal­i­fi­anakis, Michael Cera, Ralph Fi­ennes and Mariah Carey!

4 Beauty and the Beast Re­leased: March

Dis­ney’s lat­est live-ac­tion take on one of its clas­sic tales will ar­rive in cin­e­mas on the back of its record-break­ing sec­ond trailer be­ing viewed 127.6mil­lion times in its first 24 hours.

Emma Wat­son and Dan Stevens star as Belle and the Beast and the fa­mil­iar tunes will be belted out by them and fel­low Brits Ewan McGre­gor, Emma Thomp­son and Ian McKellen.

9 Thor: Rag­narok Re­leased: Oc­to­ber

The God of Thun­der’s third out­ing will see him once again join forces with Mark Ruf­falo’s Hulk.

Spec­u­la­tion sug­gests the ac­tion will come to earth be­fore go­ing in­ter-plan­e­tary as new di­rec­tor Taika Waititi at­tempts to freshen the fran­chise.

Tom Hid­dle­ston’s mis­chievous Loki is back and ex­cit­ing se­ries new­com­ers in­clude Cate Blanchett, Sam Neill and Jeff Gold­blum.

6 Blade Run­ner 2049 Re­leased: Oc­to­ber

Thirty-five years af­ter the ground-break­ing orig­i­nal, the repli­cants re­turn with Si­cario and Ar­rival’s De­nis Vil­leneuve re­plac­ing Ri­d­ley Scott be­hind the cam­era.

Har­ri­son Ford’s Deckard is back, though, along­side Ryan Gosling, Jared Leto and Dave Bautista, and Scott is con­tribut­ing to the sto­ry­line, which is a closely-guarded se­cret.

3 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 Re­leased: April

The much-an­tic­i­pated se­quel to 2014’s sur­prise hit sees the rag­tag bunch of anti-he­roes con­tinue their space-set ad­ven­tures.

Per­haps even more in­trigu­ing, though, is the ad­di­tion of ac­tion icons Sylvester Stal­lone and Kurt Rus­sell to the di­verse cast list.

Ex­pec­ta­tions will be higher, but di­rec­tor James Gunn is sure to em­brace the chal­lenge.

8 The Fate of the Fu­ri­ous Re­leased: April

Not many film se­ries — par­tic­u­larly of the non-hor­ror va­ri­ety — reach eight en­tries, but Fast & Fu­ri­ous reaches that magic num­ber in 2017.

It re­mains to be seen if ru­moured ten­sion be­hind the scenes be­tween stars Vin Diesel and Dwayne John­son comes across on screen.

Char­l­ize Theron is the new an­tag­o­nist and Dame He­len Mir­ren an un­likely new ad­di­tion.

5 Spi­der-Man: Home­com­ing Re­leased: July

For the third time in 15 years, Mar­vel’s web-slinger starts a new solo cin­e­matic jour­ney as Tom Hol­land aims to build on his scene-steal­ing cameo in Cap­tain Amer­ica: Civil War.

For­mer Bat­man Michael Keaton takes to the skies once again as vil­lain The Vul­ture and Robert Downey Jr will be on hand to men­tor Spidey — and sup­ply him with some state-of-the-art equip­ment.

2 Jus­tice League Re­leased: Novem­ber

Af­ter the poorly -re­ceived Bat­man v Su­per­man and Sui­cide Squad, the pres­sure is on for the Jus­tice League to re­vi­talise the ail­ing DC Cin­e­matic Uni­verse.

Ba­si­cally DC’s ver­sion of The Avengers, this su­per­hero team-up will see Bat­man, Su­per­man, The Flash, Won­der Woman, Aqua­man and Cy­borg take on big bad Step­pen­wolf.

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