By Savannah Cooks, Entertainment Editor
2020 was a turning point in the film industry. People went into quarantine, production halted, and the world as we know it turned upside down. Many projects were pushed off for months, even years, to protect the lives of the crew. 2021 was the year of reopening. Although COVID remained a threat, the film industry resumed production, with regulations in place. Studios released great films, despite the challenge the pandemic posed. And now that 2022 is here, we can look at the upcoming year and think about all the breathtaking things that will be released.
First on the list, we have Obi-Wan Kenobi, a Disney+ original series releasing May 25, 2022. Starring Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi and Hayden Christensen returning as Darth Vader, the series is set to follow Obi- Wan Kenobi 10 years.
Spider-man: Across the Spider-Verse (Part One)
Releasing on Oct. 7, Spider-man: Across the Spider-Verse (Part One) will continue the story of the beloved Miles Morales. In this movie, we will be met by a slightly older Miles where he will be taken into the multiverse by Gwen Stacy. He will have a new team of Spider-People and face off against a powerful villain named Spider-man 2099.
The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson, was released to theaters on March 4. The film is centered around Batman in his second year of fighting crime in Gotham City. He will uncover corruption that connects to his family while also facing off against the infamous serial killer, the Riddler.
Euphoria Season Two
On Jan. 9, the hit show Euphoria released the first episode of Season II on HBO Max. Picking up after Rue and Jule’s special episode, the show will continue following the teens as they try to live their lives to the fullest while tackling issues such as love, drugs, and trauma. The show came out periodically every Sunday with the finale airing on Feb. 27.
Don’t Worry Darling
Releasing on Sept. 23 to theaters, Don’t Worry Darling is a horror film that has a few big names such as Harry Styles, Florence Pugh, and Olivia Wilde. The movie takes place in 1950s America and will follow a housewife and her husband living in an utopian experimental community as they find out that the company the husband works for is hiding disturbing secrets.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
Releasing on May 16 to theaters will be Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, WandaVision, Loki, and Spider-man: No Way Home, Stephen Strange will continue his research on the Time Stone. He will be interrupted by a friend-turned enemy and ultimately Doctor Strange will release an unspeakable evil.
Coming to Disney+ on March 30, Moon Knight is the sixth show that will be introduced to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The story follows Steven Grant, played by Oscar Issac, as he gets plagued by blackouts and starts having memories from another life. Grant has Dissociative Identity Disorder, commonly known as DID, with his split personality being Marc Spector. Together, Grant and Spector investigate the mysteries of Egyptian Gods and take on the alias Moon Knight.
Thor: Love and Thunder
Releasing on Jul. 28, Thor: Love and Thunder is intended to be a direct sequel to Thor: Ragnarok. The film will show Jane Foster, an astrophysicist and Thor’s ex-girlfriend, who was present in Thor and Thor: The Dark World, undergoing cancer treatment that ultimately leads to her gaining similar powers to Thor himself.
The next installment to the 12-movie franchise, Halloween Ends will release in theaters on Oct.14. There is not much information released about this movie, but we do know it will take place four years after Halloween Kills and present some real-world events such as COVID-19 pandemic and, what the director categorized as, “peculiar politics.” Halloween Ends is said to end the trilogy directed by Gordon Green but with the track record that is present, it can be expected that someone chooses to continue the story of Michael Myers.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, released on Feb.18, is a direct sequel to the 1974 film of the same name — all other films will be irrelevant to the storyline. This Netflix original will take place 47 years after the event of the first movie. The plot will follow Melody as she drags her sister along with her on a business trip to a remote Texas town out of fear of leaving her alone in the city. Her sister is wheel-chair bound, so when they encounter 60-year-old LeatherFace, they have to fight for their lives to escape.
Releasing on March 11, Turning Red is a Pixar film that takes place in the early 2000s. The story will follow Meilin Lee, a 13-year-old Asian girl in Toronto, who ultimately turns into a giant red panda whenever she gets excited. She will be torn between being her mother’s dutiful daughter while also trying to balance the chaos of adolescence.
Women of the Movement
Starting off the year with something hard-hitting, The two-hour premiere of Women of the Movement was released on Jan. 6 on the ABC channel and on Hulu. The show will be about the movement that was sparked by the death of Emmett Till. It will follow Emmett’s mother, Mamie Till Mobley, who dedicated her life seeking justice for the brutal murder of her son in the Jim Crow south.
Coming out 13 years after the first movie, Avatar 2 is set to hit theaters on Dec.16. Taking place many years after the first film, Jake Sully and Neytiri formed a family together. When forced from their home because of an old threat, the two explore the new lands of Pandora together. With Avatar being the highest-grossing film of all time, they have some big shoes to fill when it comes to Avatar 2. The creators are so confident of the film’s success that they already have Avatar 3 set to come out in 2024.
The beloved childhood cartoon is back with his own self-titled movie, Lightyear, releasing to theaters on Jun.17. Although he looks like a toy, the movie will be centered around the astronaut that inspired the toy. Voiced by Chris Evans, the story will show how a young test pilot became the hero we all know and love today.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Releasing to theaters on Nov. 11 is Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. There is a lot of mystery surrounding this movie. With the tragic passing of the actor that played the Black Panther, Chadwick Boseman, no one really knows what is going to happen in this film. There has been very little information released about the movie. All we really know is that the film will continue to explore the futuristic
You Won’t Be Alone
Releasing on April 1 is You Won’t Be Alone. This horror film will take place in 19th century Macedonia when a young girl is kidnapped and transformed into a witch by an ancient spirit. When curious about human life, the witch accidentally kills an innocent human and takes on life in the perion’s skin. With her curiosity growing, she continues to wield this