The most anticipated movies of 2022 according to IMDb data

In the wake of the catastrophic return of 2020, many hoped that 2021 would signal a return to pre-pandemic levels of ticket returns. While 2021 has actually been a significant improvement over 2020, partly helped by the release of large study tent poles such as. F9: The fast saga, No time to die, Dune, and this year’s big winner: Spider-Man: No Way Home.

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There is hope among many that 2022 will signal the full return to the theatrical experience, with studies optimistic that major franchise films will draw reluctant viewers back to the cinema. According to BusinessWire, IMDb, using user data from its nearly 200 million monthly users, has compiled a list of the most eagerly awaited movies of 2022.


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Finally arriving in 2022 is Lightning, a movie that has been stuck in development hell for years now. Originally announced in 2014 as part of a long line of DC movies, Lightning, starring Ezra Miller, was originally slated to be released in 2018. But the film sat in development limbo until Andy Muschietti (IT, IT: Chapter 2) finally began work on the film in 2020.

2022 will finally see Lightning arrives in theaters, and perhaps more exciting is the return of Michael Keaton’s Batman for the first time since Tim Burton’s Batman returns in 1992. Lightning, partly inspired by the cartoon Flash point, must explore the DC multiverse, and therefore Keaton’s Batman returns. Affleck’s capped crusaders are also signed to appear in the film.


Mark Wahlberg Tom Holland Uncharted

Starring Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg, Uncharted is another attempt to bring a video game to the big screen. Adaptations of video games to movies have traditionally been a mixed bag, especially in recent years. On the relatively successful side, there are movies like Detective Pikachu and the hedgehog Sonic, while film as Monster hunter and Assassin’s Creed performed less well, both critically and commercially.

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Based on action-adventure games created by Naughty Dog, the film was in development hell for almost a decade before Holland and Wahlberg were finally cast as Nathan Drake and Victor “Sully” Sullivan, respectively. After parting ways with so many of six instructors, Ruben Fleischer (Married) finally brings this enthusiastically awaited Indiana Jones-like treasure hunt frolic on screen.

Mission: Impossible 7

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Directed by Christopher McQuarrie (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Mission: Impossible – Fallout), starring franchise manager Tom Cruise, Mission: Impossible 7 suffered hard from production stoppages during the pandemic. Included in the cast this time are Hayley Atwell and Esai Morales as the film’s primary villain.

With no promotional material or trailers yet, fans of the franchise will have to wait a little longer for their first look. Nevertheless, with Tom Cruise as the lead man, there is little doubt that the film will feature stunning stunts and explosive action scenes.

Doctor Strange in the multiverse of madness

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Teaser trailer

Returning to the world of superhero movies for the first time since 2007, which was often reviled Spider-Man 3, Sam Rami is directing this sequel to 2016’s Doctor Strange after original director Scott Derrickson left the project due to creative differences. After following several Marvel Studios projects such as Spiderman: No Way Home, WandaVision, and Loki, Doctor Strange in the multiverse of madness will bring Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange, Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda Maximoff and Chiwetel Ejiofors’ allied antagonist Karl Mordo on a mysterious journey to repair the multiverse.

One of the most interesting and anticipated things about the movie, as confirmed by the first trailer, is that this is the first major Marvel Studios movie whose plot and events will be directly influenced by Marvel Studios Disney + shows. This is a further sign of confidence in the connection between the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe on Disney’s streaming platform.

Jurassic World: Dominion

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Back to the dino world Jurassic Park for this threequel is Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow. Trevorrow’s return to the director’s chair has been an occasion for celebration among fans of the franchise, especially after the disappointing Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

However, Trevorrow’s CV has been particularly bouncy lately. After being brought to conduct Star Wars: Episode IX (with the title Dual of the Fates in Trevorrow’s original draft), Trevorrow was removed from the project following an altercation with Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy. Trevorrow’s latest long-term release, Henriks Bog, bombed after its release, and many critics mocked it as one of the worst films of 2017. Not much is known about the plot of Jurassic World: Dominion yet, apart from the welcome news, the original Jurassic Park stars Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum will repeat their characters and join the series’ regulars, Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard.

Killers Of The Flower Moon

Killers of the Flower Moon movie

Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio reunite in this upcoming American Western crime drama. Based on the novel Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by journalist David Grann, The killers of the flower moon follows the investigation into the murders of members of the Osage tribe in the 1920s following the discovery of oil deposits on their land.

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Co-financed by Apple TV + and Paramount Pictures, with a budget reported to be in the region of $ 200 million, expectations are high for Scorsese’s follow-up to the epic crime drama Ireren.

Top Gun: Maverick

Top Gun: Maverick

The long-awaited sequel to the 1986 hit and the second major Tom Cruise vehicle to be released in 2022, Top Gun: Maverick, directed by Joseph Kosinski (Tron: Legacy, Oblivion) reunites Cruise’s Maverick with Val Kilmer’s Iceman as he introduces a new generation of fighter pilots into combat.

Whether this new entrance has the wings to fly as high as its predecessor is still unknown, but after more than 35 years since the original Top Gun, there is definitely plenty of nostalgia to enjoy for longtime fans of the film.

Thor: Love and Thunder


The second Marvel Studios movie on IMDb’s most anticipated list and the fourth solo adventure with Chris Hemsworth’s Asgardian thunder god, Thor: Love and Thunder reunites Hemsworth and Taika Waititi after 2017’s appealing tumult Thor: Ragnarök.

Included in the cast this time are Christian Bale’s Gorr the God Butcher, along with the recurring cast members Tessa Thompson (Valkyrie) and longtime absentees Jamie Alexander (Lady Sif) and Natalie Portman (Jane Foster), who during the film are destined to become a female version of the mighty god of thunder. With a performance from Guardians of the Galaxy, Waititi’s distinctive sense of humor and a killer soundtrack without a doubt, this will undoubtedly become yet another audience delight for both MCU fans and casual viewers.


The fifth film contribution in the long-running postmodern slasher series, Scream is the first film in the series not directed by Wes Craven, who tragically passed away in 2015. Scream, directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett continues the legacy of the franchise by bringing back former stars of the series, including Courtney Cox and David Arquette, while introducing a new set of characters destined to be hacked apart by the infamous Ghostface killer.

Whether this new chapter in the series will revive interest in the franchise is still unknown, but the decision to release the film in January, instead of a Halloween release in October, is a confusing choice by distributors.


Batman and the Catwoman in The Batman (2022)

Directed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Planet of the Apes: The Revolution) and with an all-star cast, including Robert Pattinson, Zoë Kravitz, Andy Serkis and Colin Farrell, Batman will explore Bruce Wayne during his early years of crime fighting as he faces corruption and villain in the crime dystopia Gotham City.

A reboot of the character after Ben Affleck’s portrayal of the character in Zack Synder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Zack Synders Justice League, Reeves has promised a more cruel and more realistic interpretation of the character, which probably brings it closer to what Christopher Nolan did in his Dark Knight trilogy. The film’s production, originally scheduled to be released in 2021, was suspended in March 2020 in the middle of Covid-19 and did not resume production until May 2020, pushing its release date into 2022.

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