Despite the great films already released this year, there are still some interesting upcoming titles. Here are the most anticipated movies of 2022 to come.
Almost in the middle of the year, there are some interesting movies that will be released in 2022, both in cinemas and on streaming. So far, 2022 has seen boxing The Batman and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, for example. This year, video game adaptations were released that made good numbers, namely Uncharted and Sonic The Hedgehog 2, as well as surprising original releases such as Everything Everywhere All At Once.
While the biggest Hollywood movies are still mostly reserved for cinemas only, some of the most anticipated movies of 2022 are streaming releases. The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated a process that was already underway, and now great talents such as Avengers: Endgame directors Anthony and Joe Russo and Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson are producing content for streaming platforms. At a time when good box office performance for movies outside of major franchises such as the Marvel Universe is not always guaranteed, interesting stories with high production value can also be found in streaming.
For the rest of 2022, audiences will have plenty of options to watch both in theaters and at home. This year it has two more releases in MCU cinemas, two DCEU movies, beloved stories, original action movies, animations and a film event that has been awaited for 13 years. Here are the most anticipated movies of 2022 to be released.
Jurassic World: Dominion – June 10, in theaters
Any entry into the Jurassic Park franchise is interesting, but there are a few reasons that make Jurassic World: Dominion even more special. The film will be the conclusion of the Jurassic World trilogy and, although the sequel can never be ruled out, Colin Trevorrow’s film is expected to end the stories of the characters introduced in Jurassic World. Not only that, but Jurassic World: Dominion will bring together the original Jurassic Park trio – Sam Neil, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum – for the first time at Jurassic Park.
Elvis – June 24, in theaters
Biographical films about music legends are becoming commonplace, and Elvis is next in line with films such as Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman. The film directed by Baz Luhrmann, however, promises to be far from a conventional biographical film. The film was screened at the Cannes Film Festival, and the first reviews ensure that it highlights the incredible images and performance of Austin Buttler as Elvis.
Minions: The Rise Of Gru – July 1, in theaters
It’s been seven years since the first and only Minions solo film, but its sequel, Minions: The Rise of Gru, is still captivating. The First Minions is one of the best examples of a successful spin-off, one that ranks as the highest grossing movie in the Despicable Me franchise. As for the summer 2022 releases for younger audiences, Minions: The Rise of Gru is a great option.
Thor: Love And Thunder – July 8, in theaters
After Doctor Strange in Multiverse of Madness, MCU returns to the big screen with Thor: Love and Thunder. The film will mark the first time an MCU hero receives a fourth solo adventure and brings Taika Waititi back to the director’s seat after Thor: Ragnarok. Given how innovative Ragnarok was for Thor, it will be exciting to see how the character evolves in Thor: Love and Thunder after the tragic events of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. Thor: Love and Thunder will also bring two new major additions to the MCU, namely Christian Bale as Gorr the God Butcher and Russel Crowe as Zeus, and Jane Foster will now return as Mighty Thor (Natalie Portman).
The Gray Man – July 15, in theaters and streaming
An action-packed spy movie with names like Chris Evans, Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas and Regé-Jean Peage is a good enough description to make The Gray Man one of the most exciting films of 2022. The stellar cast, Netflix also has well-known names behind the scenes: Anthony and Joe Russo, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. The Gray Man will have special screenings in the US on July 15, one week before its worldwide release on Netflix.
Bullet Train – August 5, in theaters
Deadpool 2 and Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw director David Leitch is behind what could be one of the best action movies of 2022, Bullet Train. If Brad Pitt’s action movie inside a train wasn’t interesting enough, Bullet Train also garnered a stellar cast with names like Sandra Bullock, Aaron-Taylor Johnson, Brian Tyree Henry, Hiroyuki Sanada and Zazie Beetz. With such a fun premise, an eye-catching cast, and a director who has proven his talent in this genre of film several times, Bullet Train has the potential to be a highlight of 2022.
Black Adam – October 21, in theaters
Fifteen years after The Rock was first announced as Black Adam, the film Black Adam will finally hit theaters in 2022. Black Adam is clearly a passion project for Dwayne Johnson and the fact that it is now a the reality is exciting. In addition to being the first live appearance of Black Adam, the film Black Adam will also have the debut of the film Justice Society. Dr. Fate, Hawkman, Cyclone and Atom Smasher will form this iteration of the team, and Black Adam will have a chance to go far back in DCEU timeline. Although DCEU’s plans for the future are not yet clear, Black Adam has the potential to be both a successful entry in its own right and the beginning of a new series of films and spin-offs centered on Black Adam and Justice Society.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever – November 11, in theaters
Even before the release of a trailer, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is already a bittersweet experience. On the one hand, Wakanda Forever is a sequel to one of the most popular MCU movies to date. On the other hand, it will be the first Black Panther film after the tragic disappearance of Chadwick Boseman in 2020. How Wakanda Forever will continue the Black Panther franchise without T’Challa is hard to imagine, but the film will certainly be an emotional tribute to the actor who redefined the Black Panther, despite the short time he played the character. As for the story, Wakanda Forever is expected to introduce Namor, and other MCU connections, such as links to Doctor Doom and Storm, have also been theorized.
Creed III – November 23, in cinemas
While Creed and Creed II served as a sequel to the Rocky movies, as well as the beginning of a new story, Creed III will focus entirely on Adonis – which is exciting. As much as Sylvester Stallone’s presence as Rocky is added to any film, a Creed film that puts Michael B. Jordan’s talent at its center is a great choice for what will be the ninth Rocky / Creed film. Creed III will also be special behind the scenes, as it will mark Michael B. Jordan’s directorial debut.
Avatar: The Way Of Water – December 16, in theaters
Avatar: The Way of Water is not only one of the most interesting films of 2022, but also one of the most anticipated films of the decade. Despite today’s skepticism about the Avatar franchise, especially after so many years without any updates on the sequel, the first Avatar movie is still a pop cultural landmark. It’s the highest grossing movie of all time, and not even Avengers: Endgame could go too far beyond Avatar’s box office. The first Avatar will also be released in select cinemas in September 2022, which could spark even more interest in Avatar 2. James Cameron has promised another leap in technology for Avatar: The Way of the Water and one of The reason why the Avatar sequel took so long was because the filming techniques had to catch up with what the director had in mind for Pandora.