1. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
This I’m sure is on most people’s most-anticipated lists, but it still has to be mentioned. The MCU is about to really get into the multiverse, and there are countless possibilities for the film to explore. That, plus Sam Raimi’s return and the horror elements its supposed to bring, makes Doctor Strange’s second solo outing the easiest movie to be excited about in 2022.
2. Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Part One)
Also like a lot of people, I absolutely adore Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. While I’m always wary of sequels to incredible or near-perfect movies, I’m glad Spider-Verse is getting the recognition it deserves and was not a one-off.
3. Everything Everywhere All At Once
All I really know about this movie is the trailer, but it looks absolutely wild. Michelle Yeoh as the lead is enough for me, but Everything Everywhere All At Once looks emotional, colorful, action-packed, and mind-boggling. Plus it fits the multiversal theme of the rest of this list.
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1. The Batman
Matt Reeves’ undertaking of the caped crusaders franchise is most fascinating. This movie can be a game changer not only for DC films, but tv as well. With the spin-offs and sequels planned, the building out of this universe has a lot riding on this movie. With a great cast headlined by Robert Pattinson, The Batman could be a changing of the guard of how success can be achieved with a singular character.
2. Dr. Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness
With the events of Spider-Man: No Way Home, the next Dr. Strange movie has an epic feel. Rumors aside, we have the Scarlet Witch returning and the debut of America Chavez. The possibilities of what this movie can be are tantalizing. Another underrated story of this movie, the return of Mordo. However his character returns, his arc in the first film is one that echoes the mistakes of Strange in No Way Home. The bill comes due. Always.
3. Thor: Love and Thunder
After Thor: Ragnarok and what Taika Waititi was able to do for the character, this movie is going to be quite the spectacle. Jason Aaron’s run of Thor being adapted with Jane Foster taking the mantle will be interesting. The Guardians of the Galaxy are involved, how much will they be? You also can’t talk about this movie without mentioning that Christian Bale has been cast as Gorr the God Butcher. When you talk about comic book lore, that’s as good as it gets. Add Valkyrie, Korg, and some of our other Thor favorites, and we’re guaranteed for a fun time. Russell Crowe is in this movie too! It’s hard to not be excited about what this film can be.
I am quite excited for 2022, as it not only continues the momentum built from the last year but will also be the anniversary of some of my favorite franchises. Kingdom Hearts will celebrate its 20th anniversary, the live-action One Piece series will finally start production, and rumors are hinting at the Persona franchise finally getting an announcement for its sixth entry. As there’s a lot of uncertainty about what and how true the rumors are, there are enough exciting official announcements to look forward to. From a gaming perspective, I am excited to finally get my hands on God of War: Ragnarok. The story of Kratos and Atreus ended on a massive cliffhanger in the first, and with this ending the Norse storyline, it’ll have a lot to offer to fans of the franchise. I am also highly anticipating the release of The Batman, as the expansion of a Batman-centric universe is an idea I adore and the direction seems quite promising. On the Marvel side, I am quite excited for their live-action adaptation of Moon Knight. It seems like a darker direction for an MCU entry, and Oscar Isaac is the perfect choice to explore the broken mind of Marc Spector.
1. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
The introduction of Ironheart gets delivered here, plus the introduction of Namor to the MCU after some teases. The biggest draw for me, as a huge Black Panther fan, is to see how they handle T’Challa’s story. Some folks have spoiled some of the bigger parts of this, which was not ok, and that has really soured the experience for me. As a person of color, T’Challa is our hero: heck, my 3 year old daughter loves Black Panther, and so to have callousness and disregard for those who this was more than a movie for is ridiculous. Be that as it may, Ryan Coogler delivered the best origin story in MCU history with Black Panther and now its time to set his sights on Captain America: Winter Soldier for the best sequel. I really can’t wait for this.
2. Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness
More multiverse shenanigans? Sign me up. Strange Supreme? All in. All the rumors in Spider Man’s last film are going to pale in comparison to what we will have here, and I couldn’t be more excited. The selling point for me is that we get Strange v the Scarlet Witch at some point, and that’s worth the price of admission alone.
3. Thor: Love and Thunder
When we last left Odinson, he was going off to discover who he is with the Guardians of the Galaxy. We don’t know how his story moves their story on the chessboard, but we do know this will introduce Mighty Thor and a man who butchers Gods for a living. I’ve long theorized that Phase 4 will have our legacy heroes transitioned, and this, in my opinion, is no different. I think Thor meets his maker in Christian Bale’s Gorr. I, also, think the Necrosword returns via a symbiotic nature.
1. The Batman
I’ve never understood DC’s inability to build a proper world around the character on their roster with the most well-developed world. My hope is that Matt Reeves’ The Batman changes that and gives us not only a new take on the Caped Crusader, but seeds the world for the development of dozens of other characters and stories over the next decade.
When this series was originally announced, it certainly wasn’t one at the top of my list of projects about which I was excited. However, as I’ve learned more about it during development and production, I have become incredibly excited about it. It sounds, to me, like the most different thing Kevin Feige and The Parliament have attempted so far and I have continued to hear nothing but praise for Tatiana Maslany’s performance. It also sounds like it’ll set up some of the stories fans have wanted to see told in the MCU for a while now and really dive into what it means to be a Hulk.
3. Obi-Wan Kenobi
This sounds like the kind of series we don’t need because we already know how Kenobi’s story ends. But the same could have been and was said about Rouge One, which now stands as one of the best modern Star Wars productions. As a kid, I always wondered what Kenobi got up to in that old hut and what all that stuff was. Now I am just a few months away from finding out.
1. Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Part 1)
Must I really explain this? Into the Spider-Verse remains the greatest comic book film of all the time, and I have immensely high hopes for the sequel. Bring on Miguel O’Hara!
2. Moon Knight
What can I say? I’ve got a type, and it’s Oscar Isaac. Hopefully the actor will be able to deliver a truly unique and unforgettable performance as one of Marvel’s strangest “good guys”. That teaser alone was enough to get my gears going.
3. The Boys, Season 3
I would die for Frenchie. And I can’t wait to see this season give him a truly positive storyline where nothing bad happens. That’s what’s going to happen, right? Right??
1. The Last of Us
I distinctly remember playing The Last Us for the first time in 2013 and feeling a bit underwhelmed, perhaps because I wasn’t patient enough to let the game hit its stride. When I gave it the time it needed, it became one of my favorite videogame/cinematic experiences ever. The Last of Us: Part II doubled down on it and has now been thoroughly recognized as the masterpiece it is. With Neil Druckmann (writer) and Gustavo Santaolalla (composer) being back for the TV adaptation, I cannot wait to see what they have to offer this time around. The incredible cast featuring the likes of Pedro Pascal, Ana Torv, Bella Ramsey, and Nick Offerman make it hard not to expect it to become a classic adaptation in the making.
2. Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse (Part One)
Even with the latest Spider-Man MCU entry being recognized as a major cinematic achievement by critics and fans alike, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse remains, in my book, the best ever Spidey-flick. With Phil Lord and Christopher Miller reunited in writing the screenplay (Miller was only a producer in the original feature), and with the idea of pushing the visual boundries even further, keeping audiences just as flabbergasted and enthralled as in 2018, how can we all not be expecting something equally special and unique? Speaking of in-theater cinematic experiences this might be my most anticipated project of them all.
3. Moon Knight
In what concerns the super-hero genre (if there even is such a thing) 2022 will bring us a number of projects bringing back familiar characters already introduced previously. With this in mind, Moon Knight stands out both because it will bring us a fresh take on a character that has yet to make its live-action debut but also because of the talent involved. Oscar Isaac has been one of the most interesting actors to follow for the past few years and his take on the multifaceted titular character might end evolving into a top-tier Marvel performance. And by bringing Ethan Hawke into the MCU, working opposite Isaac, we are surely getting one of the most riveting Marvel Disney+ shows, performance wise, to date.
1. The Batman
Everything we’ve seen from the film has been absolute stunning, from the casting to the cinematography and score it’s shaping up to be the definitive Batman film.
2. Black Adam
At first, I would’ve aked “why would we need a Black Adam movie?” but I think everything we’ve heard and seen is incredibly exciting. The big screen debut of the Justice Society is what really has me amped as they’re my favorite team in comics.
Possibly one of my favorite marvel characters next to Ghost Rider and Black Bolt, the show looks to be something very special and unique. I’m excited to see Tatiana Maslany bring Jennifer Walters to life.