In this life, nothing can be certain except death, taxes, and—in this day and age—the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The franchise has so immensely taken over the film industry and pop-culture landscape as a whole and they're nowhere near slowing down. This is not to say that the movie industry won’t continue to give us a diverse range of films like obscure indies and arthouse flicks, but you can bet that Marvel and its ever-growing film roster are only going to keep growing.
In 2021, the franchise gave us the first Black Widow movie (it was about time!), the Asian-led Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, and the highly anticipated Spider-Man: No Way Home, just to name a few. They also came through on the small screen with wildly popular titles like WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and Loki. If you’re ready for more of Phase Four, start marking your calendar. Below, we round up all the exciting Marvel titles (including both films and series) set to hit our screens in 2022.
The MCU is gearing up for a big year ahead! These are the 2022 Marvel movies and series to look forward to:
1. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
The first Doctor Strange film in the MCU premiered in 2016 and since then, Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) has only strengthened his role in the multi-film franchise thanks to memorable appearances in Thor: Ragnarok, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame. Set to premiere in May, the film continues Strange’s delve into the mysterious powers of the Time Stone—and as the title implies, it’s gonna be chaos of inter-dimensional proportions. Along with Cumberbatch, Rachel McAdams and Benedict Wong are reprising their roles from the first movie, but you can also expect appearances from the Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) as well as Marvel newbies Chiwetel Ejiofor and Xochitl Gomez. Plus, ICYDK the film was directed by none other than Sam Raimi—the man behind Tobey Maguire’s 2000s-era Spider-Man movies.
2. Thor: Love and Thunder
Director Taika Waititi was renowned among fans and critics alike for his work on 2017's Thor: Ragnarok—the most recent of the standalone Thor movies starring Chris Hemsworth as the titular character—so we’re not surprised to see him taking the reins again for 2022’s upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder. Tessa Thompson—a stand-out character in the previous film—is returning once again as Valkyrie while Natalie Portman is making a comeback as Jane Foster for the first time since 2013’s Thor: The Dark World. And believe it or not, Christian Bale—yes, Christopher Nolan’s Batman—will be making an appearance as villain Gorr the God Butcher.
3. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
We know, this one’s a bittersweet entry in the list. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is the sequel to the 2018 film starring the late Chadwick Boseman. According to IMDB, many of the OG characters are coming back for the second Black Panther movie including Letitia Wright as Shuri, Angela Bassett as Ramonda, Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Danai Gurira as Okoye, and Winston Duke as M’Baku. Little is known about the film plot-wise right now, but following both Boseman’s passing and the first movie’s history-making Oscar nomination for Best Picture, you can bet the stakes are high. Luckily, writer and director Ryan Coogler is still at the helm for the sequel. Rumor has it Michael B. Jordan—who played the fan-favorite villain Killmonger in part one—may be coming back in a surprising way for the sequel.
4. Ms. Marvel
One of the first new Marvel Studios series set to hit Disney+ in 2022 is Ms. Marvel—no official release date has been announced, but most sources seem to agree that we’ll be seeing the show some time in the middle of the year. The six-episode minseries stars 19-year-old actress Iman Vellani as Kamala Khan—a Pakistani teenager living in New Jersey and Marvel’s first Muslim comic-book star. Head writer and executive producer on the series Bisha K. Ali describes her as "a new kind of superhero." Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has shared that while the character was only introduced in 2013, fans have been asking for the studio to bring her to life on screen, so we can’t wait to watch her origin story. Ms. Marvel is the sixth television series in the MCU and will serve as a set-up for 2023’s The Marvels.
5. Moon Knight
The MCU is both lauded and criticized for the success its had making use of the same characters over and over, so it’s refreshing to see the franchise take a chance on new superheroes. One we’re looking forward to in 2022 is Moon Knight a.k.a. Marc Spector, played by none other than Star Wars’ Oscar Isaac. In this Disney+ series, he plays a former U.S. Marine who suffers from dissociative identity disorder and finds himself in the midst of a war among ancient Egyptian gods. Starring alongside Isaac is '90s heartthrob Ethan Hawke as a sinister villain.
Looks like Marvel’s really amping up their small-screen offerings in 2022—another title hitting Disney+ is She-Hulk, which centers on Bruce Banner’s (Mark Ruffalo) cousin Jennifer Walters. Tatiana Maslany of Orphan Black fame takes on the titular role. According to Feige, "she’s a Hulk and she’s a lawyer," a mix that’s sure to bring a lot of intrigue and snappy dialogue into the upcoming series, which was originally announced at the 2019 D23 Expo. Jennifer in the comics has "been known to take on well-known Marvel characters as clients," Rotten Tomatoes reports—a dynamic we’re looking forward to seeing. The series’ first trailer dropped in November and yup, Ruffalo makes an appearance!
7. What If…? Season 2
What If…? is a pretty ambitious undertaking for the MCU, a franchise that famously favors seamless continuity. Sure, they’ve explored time travel and other similar concepts in movies like Avengers: Endgame, but What If…? is what happens when the idea of bending space and time is taken to the extreme. Season One of the animated anthology series premiered in August and explored alternate timelines in the multiverse in which major moments from the MCU occured differently. Following the events of Loki, the series became a great way for Marvel to truly explore just how complex their timelines and plotlines could be—and yup, it’s coming back for a second run in 2022.
8. Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special
If any group in the Marvel Cinematic Universe had to have a holiday special, the kooky and mischievous Guardians of the Galaxy would be our pick, too. The television special, set to hit Disney+ in December 2022, brings back all the same characters from the film series—Chris Pratt as Peter Quill, Zoe Saldaña as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, Vin Diesel as Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Karen Gillan as Nebula, and Pom Klementieff as Mantis—as the unlikely superhero group. Writer and director James Gunn, who directed the first two Guardians films, is also making a comeback and reportedly started work on the concept for the special years ago. Gunn has shared that it’s going to be "as crazy and fun as can be." According to reports, the third standalone Guardians movie won’t be hitting the big screen till 2023, so at least fans of the film series will have this in the meantime.
9. Secret Invasion
In case the aforementioned Marvel lineup is still not enough to satisfy your streaming addiction, add Secret Invasion to your watch list. While many of the MCU’s upcoming 2022 series are introducing us to new characters and heroes, this one brings back an old favorite: Nick Fury, played by the world’s greatest potty mouth Samuel L. Jackson who will be accompanied by the ever-reliable S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) as well as Ben Mendelsohn. Mendelsohn played the shape-shifting Skrull known as Talos in 2019’s Captain Marvel and if you recall, he and Fury were seen teaming up in that film’s post-credits scene. Based on the Marvel Comics of the same name, Secret Invasion follows a sect of Skrulls who have infiltrated the earth. How does Fury fit into the picture? We’ll have to wait and see.
*This story originally appeared on Spot.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.
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