The last couple of years had been very tough for the film industry. The COVID outbreak and its restrictions meant cinemas kept their doors shut for much of these two years. So the number of film releases plummeted from 2019, with theatrical releases bearing most of the brunt. However, as the world recovers from the pandemic, normalcy is gradually returning. Film theaters have also resumed their operations across the world so there is plenty to look forward to for movie watchers this year. There are plenty of theatrical-only films waiting to be shown on the silver screen. We have listed some of the most anticipated movies of 2022.

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore (April 15)

This is the third installment of the Fantastic Beasts series. It is a sequel to Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, which was released in 2018. The movie continues to explore the world of wizardry by digging into the secrets of Hogwart’s legendary headmaster, who is played by Jude Law. Mads Mikkelsen is playing the role of Grindelwald. Ezra Miller and Eddie Redmayne are reprising their roles as part of the “Fantastic Beasts” in this spin-off edition of the famed “Harry Potter” universe.

The Northman (April 22)

This is an epic Viking revenge saga taking place in tenth-century Iceland. The film is directed by Robert Eggers. He is also the co-writer along with Sjón. Alexander Skarsgård plays the role of a Viking prince named Amleth. He is on a mission to avenge the murder of his father (Ethan Hawke). Claes Bang, Nicole Kidman, Anya Taylor-Joy, Willem Dafoe, and Björk make appearances in supporting roles.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (May 6)

This is the latest superhero movie from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). It is a sequel to Doctor Strange, which was released in 2016, and the 28th movie overall of the MCU. Sam Raimi has taken directorial responsibilities for this film. The script is written by Jade Halley Bartlett and Michael Waldron. Benedict Cumberbatch plays the lead role of Stephen Strange. The other stars include Benedict Wong, Rachel McAdams, and Elizabeth Olsen.

Legally Blonde 3 (May 20)

Reese Witherspoon is reprising her famous role as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde 3, nearly two decades after the release of Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde (2003). No one really knows any plot details as it is shrouded in secrecy. Dan Goor and Mindy Kaling have taken up scriptwriter duties for this movie.

Top Gun: Maverick (May 27)

Our need for speed will be fulfilled as Top Gun: Maverick is finally getting released this summer. The film was initially scheduled for a 2019 summer release but suffered from production delays that got compounded because of COVID. After languishing on the tarmac for 36 years, this is without a doubt the most anticipated film sequel of all time. Tom Cruise will be reprising the iconic role of Maverick that launched him into global stardom. He has barely aged since the original Top Gun came out in 1986. Maverick’s aircraft, though, has changed. Since the US Navy retired and shredded its F-14 Tomcat fleet in 2006 (to prevent Iran, the only other user of F-14s, from acquiring spare parts), Maverick will be seen flying an F-18 Hornet this time.

Val Kilmer is also back reprising his role as Iceman. Miles Teller is a new addition to the cast. He will play the role of Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw, the son of Nick “Goose” Bradshaw (Anthony Edwards), who gets killed in the first movie during a flying accident. Let’s see if this movie can pull in fighter pilot recruits for the US Navy the way the original Top Gun did 36 years back.

Summing Up

With cinemas halting their operations for much of the past two years, the global film industry must be overjoyed now that film theaters have reopened. There is some great movie action slated for 2022. While we wish you enjoy going back to theaters, there will also be plenty of film releases on streaming platforms that you can watch from the comfort of your home. Signup for MetroNet TV packages to get the best home TV entertainment. Enjoy the best in-Home Entertainment with the Fiber Advantage.