Hope you like superhero movies, because you’re gonna get a lot of them this year.
Those who have complained about pop culture hitting “peek geek” haven’t seen anything yet, with Marvel Studios to drop three films this year, two coming from DC, another Star Wars movie on the way and yet more people with superpowers on television.
And when you’re not busy watching or reading about the capes-and-tights set, you can watch everyday people dress up like them and walk around at any of the many comic conventions in the tri-state area, including two right in our own backyard.
Let this calendar serve as your guide to the need-to-see movies, TV shows, cons and other happenings of 2017. No doubt your wallet and eyeballs will be screaming “Uncle!” by summer blockbuster season.
Jan. 26: Debut of “Riverdale”: The world of Archie Comics makes its live-action debut on The CW, promising sexier, soapier versions of Archie, Jughead, Betty, Veronica and the rest as they try to solve a murder mystery.
Feb. 2: “Powerless” premiere: NBC tries its luck at another DC show (RIP, “Constantine”) with this workplace sitcom set at a subsidiary of Wayne Enterprises, co-starring actors from previous geek-tested properties like Danny Pudi (“Community”) and Alan Tudyk (“Firefly,” “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”).
Feb. 7: “Justice League Dark” comes out: A direct-to-video animated feature exploring the more supernatural elements of the DC Universe.
Feb. 8: “Legion” premiere: FX brings the X-Men to the small screen with this show about David Haller, a young mutant with dissociative identity disorder and a variety of powers (who in the comics is Charles Xavier’s son). Showrunner Noah Hawley also gave FX the brilliant “Fargo,” so expect a drama packed with quirky characters.
Feb. 10: Release of “The Lego Batman Movie”: DARKNESS! NO PARENTS! Will Arnett’s plastic-brick take on the Dark Knight as an arrogant, insufferable manchild returns to the big screen, this time with a coterie of his classic allies and villains. Expect a richer, more emotionally complex Batman movie than last year’s “Batman V. Superman.”
March 3: “Logan” comes out: Hugh Jackman pops his claws, allegedly for the last time, as he joins an aged Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and a mysterious young girl (Dafne Keen) on a “The Road”-style adventure through another dystopian future.
March 17: “Iron Fist” streams: Netflix introduces its fourth Marvel superhero, a martial arts master (Finn Jones) orphaned by wealthy business people and trained in a mystical Eastern land. Like Batman, but with more ninjas. Learn about the trouble with Iron Fist here.
March 19: Jersey Shore Comic Book Show: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Toms River Elks Lodge, 600 Washington St. Artists, cosplayers, vendors. $5 adults, $3 seniors, free to children under 12. Call 609-242-7756 or visit jerseyshorecomicbookshow.com.
April 1-2: OC Con: Ocean City will bring ‘Star Wars’ actor Billy Dee Williams, “Walking Dead” and “Starship Troopers” actor Seth Gilliam, comics artists, vendors and cosplayers together for a second year at the Music Pier. Tickets are $10 for one day, $15 for two days for adults; and $5 for one day, $8 for two days for children. Registration for the 1-mile Super Hero Run on the Boardwalk and Obstacle Dash on the beach is $15 in advance or $20 day of for adults and includes show admission and a T-shirt, and $10 for children 12 and younger, also including show admission and a T-shirt. Both races are April 1.
April 1: Cosplay Pro-Wrestling presents Age of Cosplay: Two great tastes that taste great together collide in the ring in a benefit for Autism New Jersey. Held at Old Time Wrestling in the Monroe Business Center, 1041 Glassboro Road, Williamstown. Tickets $12, $10 for kids under 10, $2 cheaper if bought in advance. More info here.
April 8: Camden Comic Con: The area’s only free comics convention, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Rutgers-Camden’s Campus Center and Athletic and Fitness Center on Third Street. Guests include Amy Chu (“KISS”), Dean Haspiel, Larry Hama (“G.I. Joe”) and Fred Van Lente (“Archer & Armstrong”). Kids’ activities, panels, vendors, cosplay. camdencomiccon.com
April 21-23: Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo
April 29-30: East Coast Comic Con, Meadowlands Exposition Center, Secaucus. Winner of the Q-bee award for Best New Jersey con.
May 5: “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” out in theaters: Star-Lord, Rocket, baby Groot and the gang return for a second helping of space comedy and pelvic sorcery, now with 100 percent more Kurt Russell.
May 6: Free Comic Book Day: Level Up Entertainment takes over nearly half the Hamilton Mall for this annual mini-con featuring comics creators, giveaways, a cosplay contest and, of course, free comics from publishers large and small.
May 26-28: Atlantic City Fan Xpo Fan Preview Weekend: Showboat plans to hold a different-themed con each weekend this summer at Showboat Atlantic City, including a preview Memorial Day Weekend with panels and film screenings. acfxpo.com
May 27: It’s a Toy Show: Richland Village’s It’s a Toy Store invites dozens of vendors to sell all manner of collectibles as part of the annual Richland Village Festival.
June 1-4: Wizard World Philly, Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia
June 2: “Wonder Woman” movie premiere: After 75 years, comics’ greatest heroine finally gets the big-screen treatment in this film set during World War I.
June 4: Jersey Shore Comic Book Show: Comics, creators, cosplay and crafters descend on Historic Smithville in Galloway Township. jerseyshorecomicbookshow.com
June 9-11: AnimeNext: The animation convention, featuring artists, dealers, cosplay, a Manga library and more, returns to the Atlantic City Convention Center for a second year.
June 25: Preacher Season 2 debuts: AMC’s adaptation of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s 1990s Vertigo series returns with Jesse (Dominic Cooper), Tulip (Ruth Negga) and Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) on a mission to find God.
June 30-July 2: Sports Card, Toys, Comics & Collectibles Show: We've been spending most our lives living in a collector's paradise, and the fruits of that labor will be on display Fourth of July weekend at the Wildwoods Convention Center. With special guest former WWE wrestler King Kong Bundy 1-3 p.m. July 1. wildwoodsnj.com
July 7: “Spider-Man: Homecoming” out in theaters: All eyes are on Tom Holland as he steps into the red-and-blue suit for his first full cinematic adventure as the web-slinger. Co-starring Michael Keaton as old-school Spidey villain the Vulture.
July 20-23: San Diego Comic Con: The nation’s biggest comics convention and the breeding ground for all manner of trailers, teaser footage and fan buzz. Expect first looks at some of 2018’s most anticipated projects.
Aug. 18: ‘Defenders’ on Netflix: Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and their respective supporting casts will unite against a common enemy: Sigourney Weaver.
Sept. 19: ‘Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite’: The fighting game that pairs comics’ greatest superheroes with a host of Street Fighters and Mega Men returns.
Oct. 5-8: New York Comic Con: The biggest comics convention within driving distance, generally home to all the pop-culture announcements that weren’t ready in time for San Diego.
Oct. 11: Riverdale Season 2 premiere
Nov. 3: “Thor: Ragnarok”: Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) throw down and bro down as director Taika Waititi, best known for indie films like “What We Do in the Shadows” and “Hunt for the Wilderpeople,” tries his hand at directing a big-budget superhero flick.
Nov. 17: “Justice League” to the big screen: DC’s biggest heroes — Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg (What, no Green Lantern?) — team up for the first time in a big-screen, live-action movie.
Nov. 18 and 19: New Jersey Comic Expo: The show in Edison returns for a third year.
Dec. 15: Star Wars Episode VIII: Rian Johnson (“Looper,” “Brick”) directs the return of Luke, Rey, Finn and the rest in this as-yet-unsubtitled film that will no doubt be haunted by the death late last year of Carrie Fisher.