The Movie’s Coming In 2022
Movie’s Coming In 2022. The movie industry has been, like many others, adversely affected by social distancing regulations and mandated shutdowns, but as vaccines are distributed and businesses slowly begin opening back up, we like to think we’re headed in the right direction.
With that in mind, we look ahead to the films we expect to see gracing cineplex marquees in 2022, fingers crossed. And boy, do we hope theaters are safe again because there are some great titles lined up, with superhero fare like The Batman, Thor: Love and Thunder, and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2; action and adventure with Uncharted and John Wick: Chapter 4; rousing family films like Sesame Street and Sonic the Hedgehog 2; and even some horror, with Scream and Halloween Ends.
Thor: Love and Thunder (2022)
- Directed by: Taika Waititi
- Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff
- Opening on: May 6, 2022
Marvel’s second film of 2022 is the highly anticipated follow-up to Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok, which reinvented the character to the delight of critics and audiences alike. Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster will return to the franchise, and it’s been teased that she will wield Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir, at some point. We also know that Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie will be back, and Thor will meet up with the Guardians of the Galaxy to face Christian Bale’s Gorr the God Butcher. So, you know, good times all around.
- Directed by: Adrian Lyne
- Starring: Ben Affleck, Ana de Armas, Tracy Letts
- Opening on: January 14, 2022 (formerly August 13, 2021)
Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas star in director Adrian Lyne’s thriller based on the eponymous novel by Patricia Highsmith (Strangers on a Train, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Carol), about a married couple at odds with each other who begin to play dangerous mind games with each other, eventually leading to murder.
Sesame Street (2022)
- Directed by: Jonathan Krisel
- Starring: Anne Hathaway, Bo Burnham, Chance the Rapper
- Opening on: January 14, 2022
This one is still a bit up in the air since the release date was announced all the way back in 2019, and the original start date of production on the film in 202 had to be postponed due to COVID-19. But if everything lines up right, expect to see Anne Hathaway, Bo Burnham, and Chance the Rapper hanging out with Big Bird, Grover, Elmo, and the rest of the Sesame Street gang in the third feature film spin-off of the popular children’s educational TV series.
- Directed by: Ruben Fleischer
- Starring: Tom Holland, Mark Wahlberg, Antonio Banderas, Sophia Taylor Ali, Tati Gabrielle
- Opening on: February 18, 2022 (formerly February 11, 2022)
This Indiana Jones-styled action-adventure film, based on the popular video game series of the same name, has been floating around in development for more than a decade, but it wasn’t until June of 2019 that we got some solid forward movement on it. Tom Holland was confirmed to star in the film as the central hero, Nathan Drake, and it officially went into production in early 2020. It lands here after several shifts in the release schedule; let’s hope it stays here.
The Batman (2022)
- Directed by: Matt Reeves
- Starring: Robert Pattinson, Jeffrey Wright, Zoe Kravitz, Paul Dano, John Turturro, Peter Sarsgaard, Andy Serkis, Colin Farrell
- Opening on: March 4, 2022
If you’re looking for yet another iteration of the Caped Crusader, you’re in luck. Despite the ongoing DC Extended Universe of films (which includes other entries in 2022 like The Flash and Aquaman 2), Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves tackles what looks to be an even darker take on Batman than we’ve already seen, with an impressive cast that includes Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne, Colin Farrell as the Penguin, Paul Dano as the Riddler, and Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Gordon.
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