2022 is set to be another year Marvel Studios shines at the Box Office. There are quite a number of upcoming Marvel movies that are set to expand the universe and introduce new characters – exciting fans in the process. However, there seem to be three that have garnered significant buzz of excitement. Thankfully, fans will not have to wait too long for those three as they will be hitting the big screen in 2022. Below are the three MCU films fans seem most excited about.
Thor: Love and Thunder
Release Date: July 8, 2022
Thor: Love and Thunder is one of the most exciting Marvel films set to be released in 2022 and will occupy Marvel Studios’ summer blockbuster slot with its July 8th worldwide release. With this release, Chris Hemsworth’s Thor sets a new MCU record by being the first of Marvel’s core heroes to receive 4 solo films.
Directed by Taika Waititi, a sneak peek reveals that Thor’s best new buddies – the Guardians of the Galaxy – will be making an appearance, along with the return of many Thor favorites including Waititi’s rock alien, Korg. However, Tom Hiddleston – who plays the part of Loki, Thor’s brother – has suggested he will not be in the film, but we can only be sure of that once we’ve seen the movie.
In this sequel, Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster will gain similar powers to Thor, becoming the superhero – Mighty Thor. Additionally, Tessa Thompson returns as fan-favorite, Valkyrie. We will also be seeing some new, albeit familiar, faces including Russell Crowe as the God Zeus and Christian Bale as Gorr the God Butcher, who will serve as the central source of conflict.
There is a lot of room for speculation here as not much is revealed yet. Will Zeus be a friend or foe to Thor and friends? Will they work together to take on Gorr? Is there something more sinister lurking beneath Zeus? So many questions and so much excitement in the air.
Can’t wait to find out in July 2022.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Release Date: November 11, 2022
Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther quickly became one of the biggest Marvel movies of all time, and it was an astounding success – both critically and commercially – for Marvel Studios. It’s no wonder that Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is set to happen with Coogler back in the director’s chair.
There were so many questions after Chadwick Boseman’s tragic passing in 2020. Everyone wondered about the future of Black Panther and Wakanda, and who would take up the mantle. We now know that the role T’Challa will not be recast, nor will CGI be used to add Boseman’s likeness to the movie. The sequel, set to be released in November 2022, will instead focus on Wakanda’s people and their culture.
There has been some speculation around the cast. At the moment, we know that the film will see the return of Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Angela Bassett, and Martin Freeman in their respective roles from the first film. In terms of new additions, we know that Ironheart – Riri Williams – will make her debut in the film, and Tenoch Huerta has been cast as the unnamed principal antagonist. Namor the Sub-Mariner will also reportedly join the MCU in the Black Panther sequel, though it has not yet been announced how they will all play into the movie’s plot – which we honestly know nothing about at this time.
Lots to expect with this sequel in 2022. It is, however, safe to say then that no matter how this movie begins or ends, no matter the heights of excitement and thrill, it is sure to be heart-wrenching; as we acknowledge the loss of T’Challa in the MCU over two years after the untimely death of Chadwick Boseman.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
Release Date: May 6, 2022
Doctor Strange’s first movie was, at best, a moderate success. However, since his appearance in Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame, and the newly released Spiderman: No Way Home, Doctor Strange’s relevance to the MCU franchise has been more important than ever. To make things even better, this film is directed by Sam Raimi (The Evil Dead, Spider-Man) and his presence has everyone’s expectations set high.
Additionally, with the events of WandaVision and the inclusion of Elizabeth Olsen, fans are more excited than ever to see how Olsen’s Wanda fits into the grand scheme of mystical things, the effect Strange will have on the multiverse, and how that will affect the MCU moving forward. Fans are also hoping to see Loki (Tom Hiddleston), as the titular multiverse was shattered at the end of the Loki Season 1 finale. Olsen has also said this is the scariest MCU movie yet, imagine that!
As a follow-on from the events of both WandaVision and No Way Home, the Doctor Strange sequel will see the epic sorcerer join forces with the Scarlet Witch/Wanda Maximoff, and Wong – the new sorcerer supreme – to confront enemies who have converged from across the multiverse. A translated version of the Japanese synopsis reads:
“The door of the multiverse, full of mystery and madness, opens. Now that Iron Man and Captain America have left after a fierce battle in Avengers: Endgame, former genius surgeon and the strongest magician of them all, Doctor Strange, is expected to play an active role as a central figure in the Avengers. However, using his magic to manipulate time and space at will with a forbidden spell that is considered the most dangerous has opened the door to a mysterious madness called “the Multiverse.” To restore a world where everything is changing, Strange seeks help from his ally Wong, the Sorcerer Supreme, and the Avengers’ most powerful Scarlet Witch, Wanda. But a terrible threat looms over humanity and the entire universe that no longer can be done by their power alone. Even more surprising, the greatest threat in the universe looks exactly like Doctor Strange…”
Wow! Sit tight, 2022 is definitely going to be mind-blowing!
This work was submitted by Jane Ekaette — a film, TV, and entertainment news writer who has been writing about films for the past decade. She has also worked as a ghostwriter, editor, and content creator for several national publications and internationally read projects.