What movies should you be looking forward to this year? Whatever your favourite genre is, this list has something you’ll love. Read on to see all the highly anticipated films of 2022.
1. Uncharted (Feb. 18)
Uncharted takes inspiration from the fourth game in the PlayStation franchise, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, and follows the life of treasure hunter Drake(Tom Holland) as he travels around the world in a bid to find unique treasures, revealing details about how he befriended Victor Sullivan (Wahlberg).
2. The Batman (March 4)
Following rewrites, changes in director, a recasting of Batman himself, and finally pandemic postponements, The Batman will finally hit cinema screens on March 4. The Batman will not be part of the DC Extended Universe, but a stand-alone film outside it.
3. The Lost City (March 25)
This cheesy adventure comedy follows a brilliant, but reclusive author Loretta Sage (Sandra Bullock), who has spent her career writing about exotic places in her popular romance-adventure novels featuring handsome cover model Alan (Channing Tatum), who has dedicated his life to embodying the hero character, “Dash.” While on tour promoting her new book with Alan, Loretta is kidnapped by an eccentric billionaire (Daniel Radcliffe) who hopes that she can lead him to the ancient lost city’s treasure from her latest story. Wanting to prove that he can be a hero in real life and not just on the pages of her books, Alan sets off to rescue her.
4. Morbius (April 1)
In this Spider-man spinoff, Jared Leto plays Michael Morbius, a scientist who attempts to cure his rare blood disease by using bat DNA, but instead turns into a vampire.
Morbius was initially set for a late July 2020 release but was then pushed to March 2021, then October 2021, before being driven further back to January 2022. Now, it’s set to release (hopefully) on the 1st of April 2022.
5. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (April 8)
After the huge success of the first movie, the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise is now all set for a more adventurous sequel.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 follows Sonic now enjoying his freedom after defeating the evil Dr. Robot in the first film, but soon, his old enemy returns under the new alias of Dr. Eggman, in search of an emerald that will make him so powerful that he can build and destroy civilizations in no time. Sonic teams up with a good old friend, Tails, and sets out on a mission to retrieve the emerald before Robotnik lays his hands on it and wreaks havoc on this planet he now calls home.
6. Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore (April 15)
Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore will open globally on April 15, 2022, moving up three months from its previous July 15 date. The film stars Jude Law as Dumbledore, Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander and Mads Mikkelsen as the central villain, Gellert Grindelwald, previously played by Johnny Depp.
The third installment in the Fantastic Beasts series follows Albus Dumbledore as he attempts to stop Gellert Grindelwald from taking control of the Wizarding World and shaping it to meet his desires. And since it was revealed in the final moments of The Crimes of Grindelwald that the two have a blood-pact that prevents them from dueling, Dumbledore enlists Newt Scamander and a small yet fearless team to stop the dark wizard’s plan before it comes to fruition.
7. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (May 6)
Marvel officially released the trailer for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness on February 14, 2022, and gives glimpses of Spider-Man: No Way Home’s events where Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) opens up the multiverse. In the aftermath, Doctor Strange can be seen facing the threat of a multiverse collapse looming.
The much-anticipated sequel will release in theatres on May 6.
8. Legally Blonde 3 (May 20)
The first Legally Blonde movie was released in 2001 and became an instant hit making over $141 million at the box office worldwide prompting the second film in the series. The third movie in the franchise is slated to hit theaters in May, almost 20 years after Legally Blonde 2.
9. Top Gun: Maverick (May 27)
More than 35 years after the original Top Gun, the Tom Cruise blockbuster is returning with a sequel in the form of Top Gun: Maverick.
10. Jurassic World Dominion (June 10)
Jurassic World: Dominion is the third movie in the legendary Jurassic World trilogy — and the sixth Jurassic Park film in total!
The movie will mark the end of a trilogy that began with 2015’s Jurassic World and will complete the story that iconic filmmaker Steven Spielberg began nearly 30 years ago with his ground-breaking adaptation of Michael Crichton’s bestselling novel.
11. Lightyear (June 17)
Lightyear is the spin-off movie of the Toy Story franchise and stars Chris Evans as the original Buzz Lightyear and follows the space hero as he works his way from young test pilot to iconic Space Ranger.
12. Minions: The Rise of Gru (July 1)
Minions 2, the long-awaited sequel to 2015’s Minions and the fifth theatrical release in the Despicable Me franchise will transport audiences back to the 1970s, where a young Gru dreams of nothing but becoming one of the world’s great supervillains.
13. Thor: Love and Thunder (July 8)
This follow-up to “Thor: Ragnarok,” will bring Natalie Portman, who played Thor’s love interest Jane Foster in the first two movies, back into the fold to wield Thor’s mighty hammer Mjolnir. The movie will also bring in the Guardians of the Galaxy for a crossover and introduce Christian Bale as the villain Gorr the God Butcher.
14. Bullet Train (July 15)
Bullet Train is based on the Japanese novel written by Kōtarō Isaka and is set on a Japanese Bullet Train on a high-speed journey from Tokyo to Morioka with very few stops on the trek. Onboard the vehicle are five assassins, all working on individual assignments. Unbeknownst to them, they are all interconnected. Once the assassins start to realize what is truly going on, the killers have to fight for their survival amongst each other on their way to discovering the secrets awaiting them at their destination.
The cast includes Brad Pitt, Joey King, Andrew Koji, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Brian Tyree Henry, Zazie Beetz, Logan Lerman, Bad Bunny, Sandra Bullock and Karen Fukuhara.
15. Black Adam (July 29)
Dwayne Johnson joins the DC Extended Universe with Black Adam, the long-awaited solo movie for one of DC’s most popular antiheroes.
Early details on Black Adam pointed to the movie exploring the character’s origin thousands of years ago and bringing him to the present day of the DCEU. The latter allows the film to introduce the Justice Society of America: Doctor Fate (Pierce Brosnan), Atom Smasher (Noah Centineo), Hawkman (Aldis Hodge), and Cyclone (Quintessa Swindell
16. Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse – Part 1 (Oct. 7)
Miles Morales returns for the next chapter of the Oscar-winning Spider-Verse saga, an epic adventure that will transport Brooklyn’s full-time, friendly neighborhood Spider-Man across the Multiverse to join forces with Gwen Stacy and a new team of Spider-People to face off with a villain more powerful than anything they have ever encountered.—Sony Pictures
17. The Flash (Nov. 4)
The DC Extended Universe is stepping into the multiverse with Ezra Miller’s first “solo” Flash movie which has many release dates over the last seventeen years.
The story will borrow from the Flashpoint comics by Geoff Johns, as Barry Allen tries to travel back in time to stop his mother from being murdered when he was a young boy.
The Flash will also mark the on-screen return of both Michael Keaton and Ben Affleck as their respective versions of Batman.
18. Canterbury (Nov. 4)
Although little is known about the plot of the film, this 20th Century Studios feature has amassed one of the most stacked casts this side of a Tarantino picture, with Margot Robbie, John David Washington, Rami Malek, Zoe Saldana, Robert De Niro, Mike Myers, Chris Rock, Anya Taylor-Joy, Taylor Swift and many more reporting for duty.
19. Black Panther: Wakanda (Nov. 11)
After initially being set for May 2022 and moving to the following July, the date was once again shifted in October 2021. The second film will now premiere in theaters on November 11, 2022. Production began in Atlanta in June 2021.
The majority of the cast will return to continue the superhero tale set in Wakanda, including Lupita Nyong’o, Letitia Wright, Danai Gurira, Angela Bassett, Winston Duke and newcomers Michaela Coel and Dominique Thorne as the young hero Ironheart.
It’s been confirmed that the sequel will honour the legacy of Chadwick Boseman and won’t recast the role of T’Challa.
20. Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom (Dec. 16)
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is the much-anticipated sequel to 2018’s Aquaman.
According to Warner Bros., the first plot details are as follows: “When an ancient power is unleashed, Aquaman must an uneasy alliance with an unlikely ally to protect Atlantis, and the world, from irreversible devastation.”
It’s scheduled for release on Dec. 16, 2022
21. Avatar 2 (Dec. 16)
James Cameron’s long-awaited sequel is finally coming to cinemas, 13 years after the original film was released.
If things go according to plan, Avatar 2 will be followed by Avatar 3 on December 20, 2024, Avatar 4 on December 18, 2026, and finally Avatar 5 on December 22, 2028.
22. Pinocchio (December)
A new adaptation of Pinocchio is arriving this year thanks to Guillermo del Toro.
The stop-motion animated musical fantasy film will star the voices of Gregory Mann, Ewan McGregor, David Bradley, Ron Perlman, Tilda Swinton, Christoph Waltz, Cate Blanchett, Tim Blake Nelson, Finn Wolfhard, John Turturro, and Burn Gorman.
Pinocchio has a release date of December 2022, though Netflix hasn’t revealed the specific day yet.
23. Knives Out 2 (undated)
The first “Knives Out” movie premiered at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival to rave reviews grossing over $300 million on a budget of $35 million. Netflix revealed in March 2021, that it had secured two sequels to the movie.
The movie will see Daniel Craig return as Detective Benoit Blanc, starring alongside Kathryn Hahn, Dave Bautista, Edward Norton, Ethan Hawke, Leslie Odom Jr., Kate Hudson, Janelle Monáe, Jada Pinkett Smith, Madelyn Cline and Jessica Henwick.
The movie is due out at some point in 2022.