2022 summer movie releases include "Elvis," "Top Gun: Maverick" and "Thor: Love and Thunder."
The calendar may say spring, but the summer movie season more or less starts this weekend with the latest from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
After two years of films disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic, theaters are expecting somewhat of a return to normal thanks to recent success from “Spider-Man: No Way Home” and “The Batman” on the big screen. The box office still hasn’t fully recovered from 2020′s months-long shutdown and studios’ shifting release strategies, including shorter theatrical windows (such as for Paramount+ titles) and simultaneous premieres on streaming services like HBO Max.
But the next few months look very good for cinema fans, as long as Covid cases stay mostly low and people continue getting vaccinated and boosted. Highlights include Syracuse native Tom Cruise’s “Top Gun” sequel, a third “Jurassic World” movie, Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Presley biopic, a “Toy Story” spinoff, MCU superheroes (”Doctor Strange 2″ and “Thor: Love and Thunder”) and two movies with Central New York ties.
So grab some popcorn and check out this list of new movies coming to theaters this summer.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (May 6)
Sam Raimi brings the Illuminati (featuring Patrick Stewart as Professor X) into this new mind-bending adventure with Benedict Cumberbatch as the Sorcerer Supreme opposite Elizabeth Olsen (Wanda/Scarlet Witch), Rachel McAdams (Christine Palmer), Chiwetel Ejiofor (Mordo), Benedict Wong (Wong), and Xochitl Gomez (America Chavez).
Firestarter (May 13)
Blumhouse reboots the Stephen King classic with a cast that includes Zac Efron and Ryan Kiera Armstrong (”American Horror Story”).
Downton Abbey: A New Era (May 20)
A sequel to the 2019 “Downton Abbey” movie about a royal visit from the King and Queen of Great Britain.
Top Gun: Maverick (May 27)
Cruise returns as Maverick in this sequel to the 1986 movie “Top Gun,” also featuring Val Kilmer, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Ed Harris and Miles Teller (as Goose’s son Rooster). Originally scheduled to be released in 2020.
The Bob’s Burgers Movie (May 27)
The Belchers try to save the restaurant from closing as a sinkhole forms in front of it, while the kids try to solve a mystery that could save their family’s restaurant.
Watcher (June 3)
This psychological thriller, written by Skaneateles screenwriter Zack Ford, centers on a young woman (“It Follows” star Maika Monroe), who moves into a new apartment in Bucharest with her fiancé (Karl Glusman). She feels isolated and tormented by the feeling that she is being stalked by an unseen figure (Burn Gorman) in an adjacent building amid a citywide panic over a possible serial killer known as The Spider.
Jurassic World Dominion (June 10)
Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and original “Jurassic Park” stars Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum now face a world of dinosaurs where humans may no longer be the apex predator.
Lightyear (June 17)
Chris Evans voices the new Buzz Lightyear for an origin story about the “real” astronaut that inspired the toy featured in the “Toy Story” films.
Elvis (June 24)
Austin Butler stars as the King of Rock and Roll with Tom Hanks as his manager, Col. Tom Parker.
The Black Phone (June 24)
After being abducted by a child killer (Ethan Hawke) and locked in a soundproof basement, a 13-year-old boy starts receiving calls on a disconnected phone from the killer’s previous victims.
Marcel the Shell with Shoes On (June 24)
Jenny Slate’s animated shorts about a mollusk with shoes gets a feature-length film.
Minions: The Rise of Gru (July 1)
Another prequel to the “Despicable Me” films, featuring those lovable Minions and Steve Carell as a boy who dreams of becoming the world’s greatest supervillain.
Thor: Love and Thunder (July 8)
Chris Hemsworth is hanging up his hammer, making Natalie Portman the new Thor in this MCU sequel from Taika Waititi. Joining the adventure are Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie, the Guardians of the Galaxy, and Christian Bale as the villain Gorr the God Butcher.
The Wrong Place (July 15)
One of Bruce Willis’ final roles after announcing his retirement from acting following his aphasia diagnosis.
Nope (July 22)
Will Jordan Peele’s followup to “Us” and “Get Out” be another instant horror classic? Yep.
Bullet Train (July 29)
Brad Pitt, Sandra Bullock, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Zazie Beetz, Michael Shannon and reggaeton star Bad Bunny are on a fast-moving bullet train with five assassins aboard.
Vengeance (July 29)
Dove Cameron and Ashton Kutcher star in “The Officer” writer-actor B.J. Novak’s new thriller about a radio host investigating the murder of his girlfriend.
I Love My Dad (Aug. 5)
Shot in Syracuse with American High, this SXSW Film Festival favorite stars Patton Oswalt as a hopelessly estranged father who poses as a beautiful woman (Claudia Sulewski) and catfishes his son (writer-director James Morosini) in an attempt to reconnect.
(L-R) Patton Oswalt, Claudia Sulewski and James Morosini attend "I Love My Dad" Premiere during the 2022 SXSW Conference and Festivals at Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar on March 12, 2022 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Diego Donamaria/Getty Images for SXSW)
Bodies Bodies Bodies (Aug. 5)
Pete Davidson leads this horror comedy about rich 20-somethings in a party game turned deadly at a remote mansion.
Beast (Aug. 19)
A father (Idris Elba) and his two teenage daughters find themselves hunted by a massive rogue lion intent on proving that the Savanna has but one apex predator.
Samaritan (Aug. 26)
A young boy learns that a superhero (Sylvester Stallone) who was thought to have gone missing after an epic battle 20 years ago may in fact still be around.
Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul. (Sept. 7)
Regina Hall and Sterling K. Brown lead a prominent Southern Baptist Mega Church to rebuild their congregation.
Salem’s Lot (Sept. 9)
Stephen King’s tale about a writer who travels to a town of vampires.
The Woman King (Sept. 16)
Viola Davis stars in this historical epic inspired by the true events that happened in The Kingdom of Dahomey, one of the most powerful states of Africa in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret (Sept. 16)
Rachel McAdams and Kathy Bates star in this adaptation of the classic Judy Blume novel.
Note: All release dates subject to change; trailers not yet available for some films. Visit Fandango.com for movie tickets and more info.
Other movies coming out in 2022 include “Halloween Ends” (Oct. 14); Dwayne Johnson as DC’s “Black Adam” (Oct. 21); a new Julia Roberts romantic comedy, “Ticket to Paradise” (Oct. 21); David O. Russell’s “Amsterdam” starring Anya Taylor-Joy Margot Robbie, Christian Bale and Robert de Niro (Nov. 4); “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” (Nov. 11); Michael B. Jordan’s “Creed III” (Nov. 23); David Habour as Santa Claus on a “Violent Night” (Dec. 2); James Cameron’s long-delayed “Avatar: The Way of Water” (Dec. 16); “Shazam! Fury of the Gods” (Dec. 21); and Tom Hanks as “A Man Called Otto” (Dec. 25) though it’s not Syracuse’s Otto the Orange.
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