As many of you know, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is my favorite film franchise of all time. It's so good. And it shows no signs of slowing down in 2022. From Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness to The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special, we've got a lot of Marvel content this year. It looks to be insane. With so much MCU, I decided to do a ranking. So here is my ranking of all eleven MCU projects coming this year ranked by my anticipation.
*Keep in mind that not all release dates are confirmed. Some of these may not end up releasing in 2022.*
11. I Am Groot
I don't love Groot, and a series of shorts centered around the character simply doesn't interest me. Disney+ shorts are fun and cute, but they sure won't mean anything for the MCU as a whole. Maybe they will have some funny jokes that will make me laugh, but I Am Groot will not be a lead in to Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3, and it probably won't be anything that special.
10. Ms. Marvel
I was relatively excited for this show. Iman Vellani seems like she brings a different kind of energy to the MCU that I'm looking forward to, and I learned a lot about the character of Ms. Marvel through Square Enix's The Avengers game. However, the little amount of footage we've gotten looks awful. It looks like Nickelodeon produced a Marvel TV show. The costume looks ridiculous, the effects like bad, and supposedly they've changed Ms. Marvel's powers. Everything I've heard about this show has dampened my excitement, so I am not looking forward to it.
9. Untitled Halloween Special
Around Halloween of 2022, Marvel will supposedly adapt the Werewolf by Night comics into a TV special. I don't know what Werewolf by Night is, but werewolves plus Halloween probably equals a more horror-centric Marvel project, which I am all for. Also, Moon Knight debuted in a Werewolf by Night comic, so I feel like he could be in it, even though that hasn't been rumored or speculated. Obviously, we know almost nothing about this, otherwise it'd probably be higher. But a Halloween special seems like a cool idea, and I trust the MCU with everything, so I'm looking forward to this.
8. What If...? Season 2
I liked the first season of What If...?, but it ended on a pretty disappointing note. I don't think we need a second season right away, but we're getting one. My excitement for this could shoot up depending on Multiverse of Madness. Strange Supreme appeared at the end of the first trailer for that show, so it seems like What If...? could tie in to the main MCU. If we get a live-action version of the Watcher, I will be very happy. So, yeah. I'm excited for this.
I'm not a huge fan of taking our main heroes and doing a gender-swap of them, but She-Hulk actually seems cool. Obviously, I want to see more of Bruce Banner, and I hope that Jennifer Walters will be a welcome addition. What really has me intrigued, though, is the return of Tim Roth's Abomination. I love that Kevin Feige acknowledges the existence of The Incredible Hulk, so I'm interested to see what happens there. Also, Daredevil could show up. And I will love it if he shows up again.
6. Thor: Love and Thunder
Taika Waititi re-ignited the Thor franchise with Ragnarok, and he is returning for Love and Thunder. Two things have me extremely hyped for this movie: first off, the Guardians of the Galaxy are in this, and I want to see what they are up to post-Endgame. Second off, Christian Bale is making his MCU debut as the main antagonist of the film, Gorr the God-Butcher. I love Christian Bale, so I really want to see where they take him in this film. The only thing holding it back is Natalie Portman's return as Jane Foster. She will supposedly be picking up the hammer and becoming Thor, which I don't like. Otherwise, I'm excited.
5. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
I'm excited and nervous for Wakanda Forever. Mostly, I'm interested to see how they move this franchise forward without T'Challa. I hope that it honors Chadwick Boseman's legacy while also being a great sequel to the first Black Panther. The production hasn't been great, but I have faith in Ryan Coogler and Kevin Feige, and I really hope that they are able to pull this one off.
4. Moon Knight
We got the trailer for Moon Knight a few days ago, and, although it didn't blow me away, it looks pretty cool. It diverges from the normal, light-hearted tone of the MCU into this dark, more horror-centric vibe. Oscar Isaac is the perfect choice to play Moon Knight, and I'm really intrigued to see where they take this story and character. It looks like a blend of sci-fi, fantasy, horror, mystery, action, and thriller, which is music to my ears. I'm pumped.
3. The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special
I'm very excited for Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3, and we are getting the prelude to that film this December. My excitement for this was actually brought up by Peacemaker, which is a James Gunn superhero show. I absolutely loved the first three episodes, and it reminded me how great Gunn can be. Likewise, this is said to introduce a major Marvel character (probably Adam Warlock), so I want to see where that goes. I'm excited for Guardians 3, so, naturally, I'm excited for this.
2. Secret Invasion
Secret Invasion is a famous storyline from the comics where the Skrulls slowly take over the Earth. I think that that's a really cool concept, and I'm excited that they are doing a true adaptation of a famous comics storyline. Sam Jackson is starring as Nick Fury alongside Ben Mendelsohn and Cobie Smulders. Emilia Clarke and Olivia Colman have been cast in undisclosed roles. I really want to see how big of a storyline this is, and I think it could have major implications on the MCU moving forward.
1. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
I'm excited for Moon Knight. I'm excited for Secret Invasion. But it's not even close. Multiverse of Madness is going to be crazy. The trailer looked awesome. I love Doctor Strange. I love Scarlet Witch. I love Sam Raimi. And this film is said to be a "celebration of Marvel". The possibilities for this movie are endless. From Chris Evans' Human Torch to Hugh Jackman's Wolverine, any Marvel character is fair game. Alongside that, I've wanted to see how big and wild the multiverse truly is, and I think that this film will address that. I'm so excited.