Upcoming Marvel Releases in 2022
Marvel fans are sure to have a Happy New Year! With Phase Four in full swing, Marvel Studios is releasing to the big and small screens that super hero content we crave. There are multiple MCU projects and release dates slated for 2022, with a few more announced but as yet undated releases rumored to premiere sometime soon.
Below, we’ve rounded up the confirmed Marvel projects to bring you a list of official movies and Disney+ series and when you can watch them. Plus, read all there is to know about the new additions and how they tie into the larger MCU.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
May 6, 2022
Hitting theaters in May 2022, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (directed by Sam Raimi) centers upon the aftermath of earlier MCU projects such as the first Doctor Strange, the WandaVision and Loki Disney+ series, and Spider-Man: No Way Home. As one of the world’s foremost sorcerers, Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) continues his research on the Time Stone as well as deals with threats from the splintered multiverse — along with antagonists who are closer to home.
Returning to seek vengeance on the Masters of the Mystic Arts is Karl Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor). Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) will also appear, and judging by her new ability to astral project, we might assume she and Stephen will either seek each other out as magical allies, or her quest for her children and more power will cause her old friend to fight her. Stephen is not completely alone in his journey, however; Wong (Benedict Wong) remains a steadfast and valuable companion in the Sanctum Sanctorum. While we don’t know exactly which evils this wizard pair will face, we know the outcome will undoubtedly impact the rest of MCU Phase Four.
Thor: Love and Thunder
July 8, 2022
Thor: Love and Thunder (directed by Taika Waititi) is set to be an-out-of-this-world continuation of the Thor saga. The star-studded cast of this Marvel super hero comedy includes Chris Hemsworth reprising his iconic role of Thor Odinson, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, and Natalie Portman as Jane Foster / Mighty Thor. It is unclear if she will be the original Jane Foster we met on Midgard in the first Thor, or if she hails from the new multiverse. Also joining the fray are Sif (Jamie Alexander), the villain Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale), Korg (Taika Waititi), and Zeus (Russell Crowe).
The exact premise of the new Thor movie has yet to be released. Still, we can speculate a bit based on when we last saw these characters. After Avengers: Endgame, Thor hands leadership of New Asgard to Valkyrie. Then, Thor travels to space with the Guardians of the Galaxy. Almost the entire merry band of intergalactic travelers will appear in Thor’s upcoming adventure. Confirmed cast members include: Chris Pratt (Peter Quill / Star-Lord), Pom Klementieff (Mantis), Dave Bautista (Drax), Karen Gillan (Nebula), Vin Diesel (Groot), and Sean Gunn (Kraglin). The Guardians have their own problems to deal with — chiefly a time-displaced Gamora — so it will be interesting and most likely hilarious to watch this enormous crew argue over their priorities.
We welcome Marvel Comics character Kamala Khan to the MCU with the six episode series Ms. Marvel! Starring Iman Vellani as the titular character, Ms. Marvel follows the New Jersey based hero as she discovers her powers. She’s an aspiring artist, an avid gamer, and a voracious fan-fiction scribe. And, like every hero, she has to figure out who shares her secret with — and at what cost.
On Disney+ Day we got our first glimpse of the new Marvel series. The footage shows fangirl Kamala wearing her Captain Marvel costume when she experiments with her abilities; in the comics the character possesses polymorphous powers, but the onscreen execution shows us more glowing magic than stretching/shrinking. Ms. Marvel will additionally set up for the 2023 MCU movie The Marvels (directed by Nia DaCosta) with Kamala Khan (Vellani), Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris) and Carol Danvers (Brie Larson). No other details are available at this time.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
November 11, 2022
The sequel to the 2018 smash-hit Black Panther, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (directed by Ryan Coogler) is scheduled for a fall release. The film stars Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Letitia Wright as Shuri, Winston Duke as M’Baku, Angela Bassett as Queen Ramonda, and Martin Freeman as Everett Ross. Ahead of her solo Ironheart TV series, Dominique Thorne will also appear as Riri Williams.
No plot details about Black Panther: Wakanda Forever have been released. Due to the title and character lineup, though, we can assume the majority of this story will take place in Wakanda, with perhaps a brief visit to Riri Williams’ home in Chicago, Illinois. It will be exciting to return to T’Challa’s vibrant and advanced homeland, and to see how the country has changed after announcing its existence to the public.
The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special
“I am Groot!”
Wait, let us provide a translation. Ahem. The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special (directed by James Gunn) will stream on Disney+ next December. The current premise promises wacky winter fun while Star-Lord, Drax, Rocket (Bradley Cooper), Mantis, and Groot engage in some spirited shenanigans. The live-action short has a runtime of around 40 minutes and will tie into MCU continuity/canon.
Marvel Studios’ Moon Knight will have six episodes. Streaming on Disney+, the show centers around a former CIA agent named Marc Spector (Oscar Isaac) whose life is saved by the Moon God Khonshu. Marc Spector struggles with dissociative identity disorder, living as both himself and Moon Knight, a crime-fighting vigilante and the Moon God’s avatar.
Marc and the multiple identities living inside him are thrown into a war between the gods set in modern and ancient Egypt. The first footage from Moon Knight offers a lot of brutal brawls, moonlit rooftop chases, and Moon Knight’s classic costume.
Jennifer Walters is best known as the first Marvel Comics character to break the fourth wall. Now that signature attitude will smash through panels as well as the television screen with Marvel Studios’ She-Hulk.
Described as a legal comedy, the 10 episode series stars Tatiana Maslany as the titular green-skinned lawyer. Mark Ruffalo returns to the role of Bruce Banner / Hulk, Jennifer’s cousin and a mentor in all the Hulking out business. Also appearing are Abomination (played by Tim Roth, reprising his cameo role from Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings) and Titania (Jameela Jamil).
As teased in Captain Marvel and Spider-Man: Far From Home, the Skrull species has a lot more to do with Earth than our human heroes realize. Thus comes the six episode Disney+ series Secret Invasion. Adapted from a Marvel Comics arc of the same name, it reunites unlikely pals Talos (Ben Mendelsohn) and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) as they try to find Skrulls who have infiltrated vital positions in Earth society. We can also look forward to more of Nick Fury’s past coming to light.
Secret Invasion also includes Agent Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), with Carmen Ejogo, Emilia Clarke, and Olivia Colman in as-yet unnamed roles.
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