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Movies to Anticipate in 2022

February 2, 2022

Welcome to 2022! With a new year come great expectations, and one of such expectations is for the fantastic movies set to premiere throughout the year.

I ended 2021 by watching Spider-Man: No Way Home and began 2022 by watching Matrix: Resurrection, and if I can say anything about the two movies, Spider-Man lived up to the expectation and hype that it got. I can't say that much about the Matrix, but that's a story for another time. Trust me, I'm a big Matrix fan; I loved Keanu Reeves as Neo long before he caught my heart by its arteries as John Wick, so this installation was a dream come true, but also slightly disappointing.

While John still has my heart, I wonder if Neo still does; but, that's not what we're talking about today. I've compiled a list of movies to anticipate this year, and it includes John Wick (no shocker there). Let's look at the list of movies we expect this year and their release dates in no particular order.

Here's the breakdown of our ten most anticipated movies of 2022. Let's go!:

10. AVATAR 2 (December 16th, 2022)

We could have done with the remake of this movie ten years ago, but I guess director James Cameron had other ideas. Every time we have had a long delay from him, the film has always broken box office records. In the case of Avatar 2, only time will tell if this movie would live up to its makers legacy. Especially considering the original is one to beat in box office records only topped by Avengers.
Our 3D and IMAX screens have missed movies like Avatar, especially if they intend to bring some game-changing special effects in this new installation.

9. INDIANA JONES 5 (July 29th, 2022)

Like Avatar 2, we have reservations about this one. First, our darling Speilberg will not be directing this installation, and Harrison Ford isn't the young buck he was years ago when the franchise started. While the last movie premiered back in 2008 Director, James Mangold can hopefully take this franchise to new heights. He casts Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Mats Mickelson; if we're to plot this against the rocky franchise, this installment might just as well be the Rocky Balboa of the Indiana Jones Series.

Tom Cruise on a motorcycle in Mission Impossible

Credit: Paramount

8. MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 7 (September 30th, 2022)

When the first MI movies came out way back in 1996, no one expected that 20 years later, we would still be yearning for another installment. The movie has stayed true, maintaining the same Lead Character and actor, where one would have thought they might pivot like the bond series. Although I get the appeal of sticking with Tom, he hasn't aged a day, and just like Tom, the MI franchise doesn't seem to have aged at all. Like they say, if it ain't broke.
The stunts have gotten better and more ambitious, with a BTS clip showing him riding a Motorbike off a cliff. The performances have grown with more layers, and the direction has become more atmospheric with each passing entry.

We never get tired of seeing mask reveals, but we never seem to know when they come; somehow, the director has always remained one step ahead of our ever guessing and extrapolating minds.
With so many delays, we are truly eager to see this 7th installment, and it's one that we're confident would keep us on the edge of our seats.

7. BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER (July 8th, 2022)

It's a sad occurrence that Chadwick Boseman got to star as the lead in only one out of the four MCU movies he appeared. Rest In Power.

The title of this new movie can be interpreted in many ways, though, in specific ways, it speaks to the impact that Chadwick & T'challa have left on the cinema and culture; it also speaks to the unbreakable spirit of Wakanda even in their darkest hour. The kingdom may be without its king, but there are still many compelling stories to tell.

6. THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER (May 6th, 2022)

Fun fact, Thor is the first avenger to get a fourth solo movie; all the others have are trilogies!

With the vast improvements in Ragnarok, Marvel must have guessed Taiko Yet deserved another spin at the wheel; well, Natalie Portman is back as Jane Foster, we haven't seen the romantic or lovey-dovey side of Thor since they filmed together in Dark World. Coincidentally this is also the debut of Mighty Thor; yes, Jane Foster would become the female Thor. I guess we will be getting the package deal we got with Ant-man and the Wasp. What does this mean? Does Thor stick to being an avenger and leave guarding the Galaxy to his babe, or does he choose to be the guardian of the Galaxy and pass his avenger's badge to mighty Thor? Well, that's all for us to find the outcome on May 6th.

5 THE FLASH (November 4th, 2022)

We're finally getting a movie after many delays and creative change of hands. Based on what we have learned so far, this movie is bound to shake up the entire DCEU.

The movie draws its inspiration from the flashpoint storyline, and this Barry Allen might be crossing paths with several familiar faces from alternate universes.

Having followed Flash for the longest time and watched the series, I do hope this is a breath of fresh air from the series we have come to know over the years. While I anticipate it, I have reservations because The Flash's appearance in the Justice League movies has left me dissatisfied compared to the series.

The cover for John Wick: Chapter 4

Credit: Lionsgate

4. JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 4 (May 27th, 2022)

For my generation, John Wick is the Die Hard we have come to know and love; he has been a no-nonsense badass who knows how to kick ass, and unlike the Die Hard series, John Wick has remained ever-intriguing, maybe because the series hasn't changed too many hands. They have kept the motivation simple and the action innovative. With three fantastic chapters already, we are rest assured chapter 4 would hold us action bound especially considering the twists chapter 3 left.

3. DR. STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS (March 25th, 2022)

Spider-man - no way home was crazy, and if you stayed past the end credits like every Marvel geek has learned to do, you would have a little idea of the madness to come in this movie.

The director Benedict Cumberbatch says this movie would be very ambitious, with the peaks of Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch) and Tom Hiddleston (Loki) making significant appearances in this movie, who knows what wild adventures we are about to be taken on.

2. SPIDERMAN ACROSS THE SPIDER-VERSE PART 1 (October 7th, 2022)

With the Flash and Dr. Strange both making multiverse appearances, 2022 might just be termed the year of the multiverse, with Into the Spider-verse being the first multiverse movie way back in 2018.

The original installment shattered our expectations, winning an Oscar and rivaling Spider-Man 2 as the best Spider-Man movie made. However, out of the many villains from the first installment, we are unsure which villain would feature in the film, but we are sure that Issa Rae will be fighting alongside Miles and Gwen as Jessica Drew, AKA Spider-woman.

1. THE BATMAN (March 4th, 2022)

With many live-action remakes of Batman, some good, some bad, and some Snyder, no one has dug into the detective aspect of our beloved dark knight, which we have come to know and love from the comics. Director Matt Reeves has described his version as "Noir" driven, drawing inspiration from the Long Halloween. The movie cast Paul Dano as Edward Nashton, Zoe Kravitz as Selina Kyle, Collin Farrell as Oswald Cobblepot, and Robert Pattinson as Bruce.

With this lineup of movies, this year will surely be a scintillating experience because it's bound to be an emotional whirlwind.

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