Dr. Strange in What...If?
Marvel Studios always gives us something to look forward to. What's especially great is fans have the choice to revel in their favorite superhero adventures in the theater or right from home (thanks to the launch of Marvel TV shows). The slate of 2022 projects keeps the Marvel Cinematic Universe spinning and has in store a variety of old favorites and new faces. See below all the Marvel movies and series set to come this year.
Doctor Strange and in the Multiverse of Madness- May 6
Benedict Cumberbatch is back as the eponymous protagonist who unlocks a multiverse via forbidden spell. Opening the door also means coming across an alternate version of himself, who poses a threat to humanity so great that even the strength of Strange, Wong and Wanda Maximoff combined might not be enough.
Thor: Love and Thunder- July 8
Following up Thor:Ragnarok, details are sparse concerning MCU film No. 29. What we do know is Taika Waititi directs a star-studded cast of returning faces, including Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, Chris Pratt, Melissa McCarthy, Russell Crowe, Tessa Thompson and more.
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse Part One- Oct. 7 (Sony)
Technically, this movie is from Sony Pictures (not Marvel Studios/Disney), but because Spider-Man is one of the most beloved MCU characters, we had to include this movie on the list. The sequel to 2018’s Into the Spider Verse sees Miles Morales enter a shared multiverse of alternate universes where a bunch of Spidey People join forces against one powerful villain.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever- Nov. 11
With the next Black Panther chapter fairly far off, plot details are also pretty vague. Nevertheless, fans can expect a deeper exploration of the magnificent Wakanda and its inhabitants. In addition, Ryan Coogler is back as director.
Ms. Marvel- Summer
Kamala Khan is like many sixteen year olds. The Pakistani-American teen lives in Jersey City and spends her time excelling at school, playing video games and writing fan fiction. She has a special love for superheroes, especially Captain Marvel. Through the growing pains of being a teen, Kamala struggles to fit in at home and school. All that changed when suddenly she has super powers just like the heroes she’s always looked up to.
The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special- Winter
Longtime Guardians director James Gunn is at the helm of a future Christmas favorite for MCU fans. Expected in December, the special sees Star-Lord, Rocket, Drax, Kraglin, Mantis and Groot get into some spirited shenanigans.
Moon Knight- TBD
After crushing his roles in Dune and Star Wars, Oscar Isaac is more than ready to take on a lead role in the world of Marvel. The show sees him as Marc Spector, a veteran Marine struggling with dissociative identity disorder. When he is granted the powers of an Egyptian moon god, Spector comes to learn such special abilities are a blessing and a curse.
This one is important because it means we’ll finally get to see She-Hulk (eventually) in MCU films. In the meantime, catch the origin story of Jennifer Walters and her acquisition of Hulk-like abilities after a blood transfusion. Tatiana Maslany stars alongside Mark Ruffalo, Jameela Jamil and Tim Roth.
What… If?- TBD
First premiering last August, this animated series reimagines famous events from the MCU films. A second season is expected later this year.
Secret Invasion- TBD
How lucky are we to have a Marvel TV show starring Samuel L. Jackson? Alongside Ben Mendelsohn, the two will play characters we first met in Captain Marvel: Nick Fury and Skrull Talos. The series explores a faction of shape-shifting Skrulls that has been infiltrating Earth for years.
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