2021 featured a veritable celebration of new Marvel content that hit theaters and Disney +, with four feature films and five limited series. And 2022 is ready for even more new releases as phase four continues its path. This year will see the premiere of three new chapters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, starting with the Disney + series and Spider-Man: No Way Home loose. There will also be several new series in the line-up. Let’s take a closer look at the Marvel feature films set to debut in 2022.
Doctor Strange in the multiverse of madness
Having played a central role in No way home, Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) must work with Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) as he faces the dangers of the multiverse and his own evil alter ego. The 28th film by MCU is directed by the beloved director Sam Raimi (who directed the original Spider Man trilogy) and written by Jade Halley Bartlett and Michael Waldron (Loki). The film also stars Benedict Wong, Rachel McAdams, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Xochitl Gomez, making her debut as America Chavez. The film premieres on May 6, 2022.
Thor: Love and Thunder
After 2017’s rolling Thor: Ragnarok reinventing the nordic god as a gracious fool, fans have been eager to see director Taika Waititi return to the franchise. Waititi instructs Love and Thunder, which he co-authored with Jennifer Kaytin Robinson (Sweet / vicious, Someone big). The film continues where we last left Hemsworths Thor, and flew off with the Guardians of the Galaxy. Tessa Thompson will also return as Valkyrie, now the King of New Asgard, and Natalie Portman will repeat her role as Dr. Jane Foster. Love and Thunder will customize items from Jason Aaron’s Mighty Thor ran, where Foster picked up Thor’s hammer and took over Thor’s powers while receiving treatment for cancer.
Newcomers include Christian Bale as Gorr the God Butcher and Russell Crowe, who is rumored to be playing Zeus. The Guardians of the Galaxy will also show up, and so will Jeff Goldblum’s Grandmaster. It is claimed that Tom Hiddleston’s Loki will does not show up, but we’re hoping for some kind of cameo. Thor: Love and Thunder came to the cinema on July 8, 2022.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
2022’s last MCU film contribution is the one we know the least about (and it’s the one still in production). Director Ryan Coogler returns with a screenplay he co-wrote with Joe Robert Cole (who also co-wrote the first film). Filming has been delayed due to Letitia Wright’s injury, and will resume later this month. Back for the sequel are Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Martin Freeman and Angela Bassett. Wakanda forever will also introduce Riri Williams / Ironheart (Dominique Thorne), an ingenious inventor who creates his own armor as Ironman (and will star in his own Disney + series). In addition, Emmy winner Michaela Coel (I can destroy you) has joined the cast in an undisclosed role.
Little is known about the film’s plot, but the sequel will certainly deal with the passing of star Chadwick Boseman and the emergence of a new Black Panther. Although all indications are that Wright will take on the cloak, it is still unclear who the next Black Panther will be. And while Marvel decided to retire the character of T’Challa, there is a fan request asking the studio to reconsider and reshape the role. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever coming to theaters November 11, 2022.
(photo: Marvel Studios)
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