Happy new year!
2021 is over!! What a year. But, yeah, it's over, so now it's time to focus on the upcoming things and stop looking back at the year in movies. I now get to look forward to all of these movies. 2022 is going to be a big year for superhero and horror movies. With films such as The Batman, Wakanda Forever, Spider-Verse, and Multiverse of Madness, we have some huge releases based on comics, but we are also getting Michael's final chapter in Halloween Ends and the return of Leatherface and Ghostface in the upcoming Netflix Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Scream. It's going to be a fun year, and there's a lot of movies to look forward to. These are the fifteen movies I am most excited for in 2022.
Come back tomorrow for my ten most anticipated TV shows of 2022!
15. The Black Phone
The Black Phone is a horror movie directed by Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson. This movie stars Ethan Hawke, who I really like. The concept sounded interesting, and then we got the trailer. And I loved the trailer for this movie. It chilled me enough to convince me that it was going to be a good horror movie, but it also really sold me on the concept: a boy is kidnapped by a serial killer and tries to escape with the help of the ghosts of his previous victims. That's a cool idea for a movie, and I'm excited to see how it plays out on screen.
The Black Phone is in theaters on June 24.
14. Creed III
I like all of the Rocky movies (mind you, I haven't seen Rocky V yet), but I absolutely adored Creed II. In a year where both Black Panther and Infinity War came out, which are two of my favorite movies, Creed II matched both of those for my favorite movies of that year. I thought that it continued the franchise in a great way, showing how the cheesiness that is Rocky IV actually affected both Rocky and Adonis. I'm excited for this movie because I really want to see where they go with Adonis' story, but I'm extremely worried, because Sylvester Stallone is not returning as Rocky Balboa. I will have a fully formed opinion once we get a trailer, but I'm still excited as of right now.
Creed III hits theaters on November 23.
13. Thor: Love and Thunder
Now, I originally hated the idea of bringing back Jane Foster to be female Thor. I don't think that that is going to be good. But as more news and rumors have been spread around, I'm more excited for this movie. First of all, Taika Waititi, director of Ragnarok, is returning, which is a plus. Second of all, Christian Bale and Russell Crowe are both in this movie, which is insane. Bale is the main villain and Crowe is playing Zeus. Third of all, the Guardians of the Galaxy are in this film. All of that is music to my ears. I'm eagerly awaiting a trailer for a fully formed opinion, but I'm holding out hope for Love and Thunder.
Thor: Love and Thunder is in theaters on July 8.
12. Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore
This was not on my original list of my most anticipated of the year. But, after watching the trailer a few more times, The Secrets of Dumbledore has convinced me that's it's going to be good. I don't love the Fantastic Beasts franchise, but I really hope that it can turn around in these last few installments. The trailer shows us more of the Harry Potter world while also presenting Dumbledore as the central character of the movie. David Yates looks like he has re-captured the magic of his Harry Potter movies, so I really hope that we can see more of the Wizarding World that I know and love in this film.
Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore drops in theaters on April 15.
The original Scream is one of my favorite horror movies. I haven't seen any of the sequels, but I've heard that they are good. And I think that this fifth installment can have some great meta humor while also being a solid passing-of-the-torch film. By introducing this new group of young actors, it looks like Sidney, Dewey, and Gale may be done after this film. I'm always for a good slasher movie, and Scream is so much fun because of the humor and the mystery. Hopefully this Scream has the magic of that original.
Scream is in theaters on January 14.
10. Salem's Lot
Stephen King is my favorite author of all time. I haven't read Salem's Lot. I haven't seen the 1979 miniseries. But I am starting to trust the newer Stephen King adaptations after the It movies. Speaking of It, this film is directed by the writer of those films. I am going to read Salem's Lot before this movie, and I guarantee my excitement for it will shoot up. I'm already pretty excited. We'll see. Hopefully this can be as good as It and It: Chapter Two.
Salem's Lot hits theaters on September 9.
The Toy Story franchise is probably the most consistently great movie franchise ever. I love all four movies to death, and I thought that Toy Story 4 ended the series on a high note. Of course, I want more of those characters, but I don't necessarily want another Toy Story movie. What better way to do that than a Buzz Lightyear spin-off solo movie? The trailer for this movie looks great. It looks very reminiscent of Star Wars. Also, Chris Evans is voicing Buzz. All of that has me very hyped for this film. Pixar is almost always great, and Lightyear seems like it will be another incredible addition to the studio's canon.
Lightyear flies into theaters on June 17.
8. Mission: Impossible 7
The Mission: Impossible movies are the definition of quality blockbusters. I don't love Ghost Protocol, but otherwise, everything after Mission: Impossible II is incredible. Fallout was a great movie that was the peak of the franchise. The action just keeps getting more insane and unbelievable, but in a cool way, not in a Fast and Furious non-logical way. Director Christopher McQuarrie of Rogue Nation and Fallout is returning for this movie, and I'm really excited to see where they take Ethan's story next...and if Tom Cruise is up for even more crazy stunts.
Mission: Impossible 7 launches into theaters on September 30.
7. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
This is another movie that I am so excited for, but also a little bit nervous about. As I said in my Creed III entry, Black Panther is one of my favorite movies. And I cannot wait for Wakanda Forever. However, the tragic passing of Chadwick Boseman has affected this film greatly, and I do not know how they are going to continue on without the title character. And there just keeps being news that bashes this movie. It's been re-written five times, and there's a lot of controversy surrounding Letitia Wright right now. But, who are we kidding? Everyone wants some more Wakanda. And everyone wants to honor Boseman's legacy as T'Challa.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever claws it's way into theaters on November 11.
Speaking of my favorite movies, Get Out is another one of my five or ten favorite films of all time. So, naturally, another Jordan Peele horror movie has me over the moon. Team him up with Daniel Kaluuya again, and you've got the dynamic duo that gave us Get Out. An ominous poster plus the casting of Oscar-nominated actor Steven Yeun just adds to my excitement of this film. I need a trailer soon so I can know what this movie is, but as of right now, I'm just excited for this film based on the cast and crew.
Nope drops in theaters on July 22.
5. The Flash
The Flash is one of my favorite superheroes of all time. I've been waiting for him to get a solo film for forever. And this movie is a dream come true. Not only is it adapting Flashpoint, which is one of the most iconic DC comics storylines of all time, but we are getting so many amazing characters. Sasha Calle's Supergirl is making her debut in this movie. Michael Shannon is returning as General Zod. As much as I hate Man of Steel, Zod is a very good villain. Ben Affleck is reprising Batman. But let's be real. Michael frickin' Keaton is coming back as Batman from the 80s. That is so awesome. This movie looks to be the No Way Home of the DCEU, and I'm so excited for what's in store.
The Flash speeds into theaters on November 4.
4. Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Part One)
Into the Spider-Verse was one of the most pleasant surprises ever. That movie is universally loved, and I think that everyone is universally excited for Across the Spider-Verse (Part One). After No Way Home, everyone is in a Spider-Man mood, and we all want to see how the multiverse will affect Miles Morales' universe this time. The quick look we got at the film looked as fun as ever. I cannot wait for this movie.
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Part One) swings into theaters on October 7.
3. Halloween Ends
The Halloween franchise is incredible. I don't care what people say. The first Halloween is an iconic movie, but these new movies are great in their own way. I liked the 2018 Halloween a lot, and I absolutely loved Halloween Kills. I am so excited to see Laurie Strode take down Michael Myers for the last time. Kills' shocking ending sets up Ends perfectly. The conflict between Michael and Laurie has never been more intense. I hope that Ends caps off the Michael Myers saga in great, bloody fashion.
Halloween Ends slashes into theaters on October 14.
2. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
I loved No Way Home. And the next thing that we will see from the MCU is Multiverse of Madness. If you want to top Endgame, the multiverse is the way to do it. This is going to be insane. We've seen parts of the multiverse in Loki, What If...?, and No Way Home, but this movie is going to fully address it. Sam Raimi is a great director, and his talent will work very well in the MCU. The team-up of Doctor Strange and Scarlet Witch is going to be really cool. And it looked like we were getting a live-action version of Strange Supreme in this movie. This is going to break the MCU. And I am so excited to see how exactly it does that.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is in theaters on May 6.
1. The Batman
Batman is my favorite superhero of all time. The Dark Knight is my favorite movie of all time. The Riddler is my second favorite Batman villain. The trailers for The Batman have been flawless. Perfect. It depicts this brutal, dark, noir mystery with a psychotic Riddler and a sly Catwoman. But the highlight of those trailers is Robert Pattinson's angry, aggressive take on Batman, which I think is awesome. The action looks brutal, the cinematography looks breathtaking, and the score is sick. Everything about this movie is just amazing. I'm always up for more Batman. I don't think anything can top The Dark Knight, but if something were to do it, it would be poetic for it to be another Batman movie. I am counting down the days until March 4. I cannot wait.
The Batman hits theaters on March 4.