2023 is set to be a wild year at the box office. The month of March alone features four major theatrical releases and none of those are from Marvel, DC or include Tom Cruise! Team MM got together to share each of their most anticipated films of the new year!
Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny is my most anticipated film of the year. The notion of now 80-year-old Harrison Ford leading an action-heavy film is, if nothing else, wildly fascinating and will likely make for a compelling spectacle regardless of its quality. As well, Phoebe Waller-Bridge being part of a marquee cinematic film is only a good thing in my eyes and should automatically elevate the quality going in. And of course, Dial of Destiny will mark the final film score of the legendary figure John Williams, a fact of massive importance to any fan of music in film. No matter what though, the film certainly would have to have a lot go wrong for it to be worse than Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
The greatest film of all time is Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, so how could I not be excited for the sequel? There’s a lot of amazing stuff coming this year, but nothing is going to top another animated Spidey movie for me. Peak cinema.
Most excited for Creed III. Jonathan Majors is doing great work right now so it’ll be fun to see his energy up against Michael B. Jordan. Jordan’s last few outings felt slightly stale, so if he can do good work behind the camera, maybe he’ll find a second wind there. The only downside is Sylvester Stallone not being involved, so I’d love for this film to still be successful so Jordan can create another lane for them to work together or even muscle the overall IP away. Fingers crossed for the latter and maybe Stallone can get his work back.
Pass me a Corona and unearth a long-lost or presumed dead family member (Brie Larsen is definitely playing Brian’s sister, right?), but the DVD thieves turned masters of international vehicular mayhem are back, and I’m living for their return, a quarter mile at a time. Justin Lin’s absence gives me some pause, but mostly, after seeing the gang go to space in the last one, I need to see how they top themselves with this movie’s central stunt.
No film on the docket for 2023 has me as excited as Indy 5. Something feels more magical about this one and seeing Harrison Ford in action as Henry Jones Jr. will always be appealing to me. James Mangold put together a nostalgia-driven trailer that makes it seem like he understood his assignment here and put together a fun last ride for Indy.
House Party, because I grew up on Kid & Play, and, dammit, the reboots of Fresh Prince and Saved By The Bell were money. For a long time, reboots were just ways to cash in, but the last couple of years have seen much more quality efforts being put out, and House Party is set up to be no different. The premise is exciting (they’re partying at LeBron’s house!?), the cast has some exciting young talent, and I’m always going to support more representation in films. Super pumped for this one!
There is quite a list of exciting projects to look forward to in 2023. It’s almost impossible to truly nail down a scenario if one only has the choice to watch one film, but there is one project I am extremely excited about: the new animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film, Mutant Mayhem. As of now, we know very little about what the project has to offer and only got a logo tease and its cast. With the co-writer of The Mitchells vs. the Machines and a Gravity Falls veteran attached to direct, this film could become one of the best-animated entries of 2023. And that’s saying something with the release of Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse in the same year.
James Gunn’s Guardians Of The Galaxy movies are one of the best releases to date. Everything from the writing to visuals, the movies are miles ahead of other comic book media. Even though they don’t compare with the best movies out there, I am most hyped for the threequel because it will feature a galaxy of fan-favorite characters, from Star-Lord to Groot. It will also introduce us to new characters such as Adam Warlock and The High Evolutionary.
The Guardians are a family, which we don’t see much of in other 2023 blockbusters. Watching this family ever since 2014 makes this movie an emotional goodbye. Other factors which affected my choice were the fact that most of the other movies haven’t released any promotional footage, and that I’m very biased toward the MCU!
My most anticipated film of 2023? It’s not Marvel or DC! It’s the long-awaited follow-up from mastermind director, Denis Villeneuve, Dune: Part 2. The 2021 installment gave us stunning visuals, a masterful score, and thoughtful, inspired casting. Plus, I can’t wait to meet the sociopathic Feyd-Rautha Villeneuve has in store for us. It’s sure to be a masterpiece.