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8 Big Superhero Movies Coming Your Way in 2022

Which big-screen superhero outings can you look forward to in 2022?

Jeremy Proome

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2022 is lining up a host of big superhero movies and sequels, with everything from standalone outings to highly-anticipated follow-ups. We’ve rounded up the most anticipated caped and spandex heroes coming to the big-screen in the very near future:

The Batman

Release date: 4 March 2022

While we’ve seen a few iterations of DC’s iconic vigilante crime-fighter, The Batman promises to bring a darker and more mature look at the hero. Directed by Matt Reeves (Planet of the Apes), The Batman stars Robert Pattinson as a more young and violent Bruce Wayne, pushed to his limit by Paul Dana’s Riddler.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

Release date: 6 May 2022

After popping up in some other Marvel entries, Benedict Cumberbatch gets his full Doctor Strange sequel in 2022. Titled Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, the follow-up is directed by Sam Raimi (Spider-Man) from a script written by Jade Bartlett and Michael Waldron. It also stars Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch, Benedict Wong, Rachel McAdams, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Xochitl Gomez. The story sees Doctor Strange unleash an unspeakable evil, which forces him to face a friend-turned-enemy.

Morbius

Release date: 1 April 2022

After being delayed from 2020, Marvel and Sony’s vampiric anti-hero Morbius movie (which tells the origin story of classic Spider-Man villain, Morbius) is seeing its release in 2022. The plot follows Dr. Michael Morbius (played by Jared Leto), a dangerously ill doctor who is determined to save others suffering his same fate, and in a desperate gamble, combines his blood with that of a vampire bat. What at first appears to be a radical success soon reveals itself to be a remedy potentially worse than the disease. Alongside Leto, Morbius stars Matt Smith, Adria Arjona, Jared Harris, Al Madrigal, Tyrese Gibson; with Daniel Espinosa (who helmed the Jake Gyllenhaal space-horror, Life) in the director’s chair.

Thor: Love and Thunder

Release date: 6 May 2022

The fourth standalone Thor movie sees the return of Chris Hemsworth as the God of Thunder and picks up following the event of Avengers: Endgame, with Thor now tagging along with the Guardians of the Galaxy. Chris Pratt (Star-Lord), Dave Bautista (Drax), Karen Gillan (Nebula), Vin Diesel (Groot), and Sean Gunn (mo-capping for Rocket Raccoon) are on board, along with Tessa Thompson, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, Jaimie Alexander, Pom Klementieff, and Jeff Goldblum on the cast list.

Black Adam

Release date: 29 July 2022

Everyone has been wanting to see Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson in a superhero movie role, and the time has finally come, as Black Adam hits cinemas in July 2022. The film is intended to be a spin-off from 2019’s Shazam! and the eleventh film in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra from a screen story and screenplay by Adam Sztykiel, Rory Haines, and Sohrab Noshirvani, the film stars Johnson as the titular character alongside Noah Centineo, Aldis Hodge, Sarah Shahi, Quintessa Swindell, and Pierce Brosnan.

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Part 1)

Release date: 10 October 2022

After the smash success that was the animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, the sequel will see the light of day in October 2022. Across the Spider-Verse (Part 1) will continue Miles Morales’ journey as Spider-Man, while also once again featuring Hailee Steinfeld’s Gwen Stacy / Spider-Woman, Jake Johnson as Peter B. Parker / Spider-Man, and include Oscar Isaac as Miguel O’Hara / Spider-Man 2099, an alternate version of Spider-Man from the future.

The Flash

Release date: 4 November 2022

After Zack Snyder’s original cut of Justice League reinvigorated the franchise, The Flash will get his own standalone movie to continue the ongoing world-building of the DCEU. The film is directed by IT‘s Andy Muschietti and stars Ezra Miller as Barry Allen / The Flash alongside Ben Affleck, Michael Keaton, Sasha Calle, Kiersey Clemons, Maribel Verdú, and Ron Livingston. The story sees The Flash travels back in time to prevent his mother’s murder, which brings unintended consequences.

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom

Release date: 16 December 2022

Director James Wan and Jason Mamoa return for the sequel to 2018’s Aquaman, which also sees the return of Amber Heard, Patrick Wilson, Dolph Lundgren, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. Also appearing are Randall Park as Dr. Stephen Shin, a marine biologist obsessed with finding Atlantis; Vincent Regan as Atlan, the first king of Atlantis; Jani Zhao as Stingray; Indya Moore as Karshon; and Pilou Asbæk in an undisclosed role.

Which movies are you most looking forward to in 2022? Let us know by tweeting @MenStuffZA, posting on our Facebook page, or commenting below.

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