Do you remember the “summer movie season”? Movie theaters were all but shut down in the summer of 2020, and 2021’s blockbuster titles didn’t start to pick up until late June. Now, in 2022, the months between May and August will once again be filled with sequels, remakes, and franchise entries. Be careful what you wish for when you wish “normal”.
Here’s a look at what to expect in theaters and on streaming services this summer. And if we haven’t learned anything else from the past two years: release dates are subject to change.
May 6 headliner: Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. This latest Marvel Cinematic Universe entry comes with even more expectations than usual as it a) follows the earth-shattering events of the multiverse of Spider-man: No Coming Homeand b) brings director Sam Raimi (the original Spider Man trilogy) in the world of superheroes. As well: Ground Meat Operation [Netflix]a World War II factual drama about a planned Allied attack on Sicily; Little moma French fantasy drama about a young girl who meets the 8-year-old version of her own mother.
May 13: Fire starter [theatrical/Peacock]remake Stephen King’s novel about a young girl trying to control her pyrokinetic powers; Secondary year [Netflix]a comedy starring Rebel Wilson as a woman who wakes up from a 20-year coma and returns to finish high school; Memorythe fantastic story of a woman (Tilda Swinton) tormented by a mysterious noise from director Apichatpong Weerasethakul
May 20: Downton Abbey: A New Erawith the cast of the popular British TV series traveling to the south of France; Tic and Tac: Rescue Rangers [Disney+]bringing the Disney Channel series back in feature form, with Andy Samberg and John Mulaney voicing the animated chipmunks; Emergency [theatrical/Amazon Prime]comedy-thriller about a trio of students whose crazy night becomes dangerous because they are young men of color.
May 27 headliner: Top Gun: Maverick. We will see if the seventh The reported release date is luck for this long-running in-development sequel to the 1986 military action drama, with Tom Cruise now a veteran pilot in charge of new “Top Gun” graduates, including son (Miles Teller ) from her former pal, Goose. As well: Bob’s Burgers movie informationgiving the long-running Fox animated series a big-screen treatment.
June 3: fire island [Hulu]with Margaret Cho and Bowen Yang in a non-white, non-straight contemporary adaptation of Pride and Prejudice.
June 10 headliner: Jurassic World: Dominion. The full “legacy-quel” treatment is in effect, as the latest raging dinosaur adventure brings back the original jurassic park trio of Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum, joining Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard in tending to dinos in the wild. As well: Hustle [Netflix]Adam Sandler as a failed basketball scout who discovers a can’t-miss prospect in Europe.
June 17 Headlining : Light year. It’s a bit of an odd concept to build a story around “the real person who inspired the toy” when the real person is an animated character, but we’ll see what Chris Evans does in voicing the fearless Space Ranger. As well: Cha Cha real smooth [AppleTV+]winner of the Sundance People’s Choice Award about a young man who navigates a new job and possible new romance; Good luck to you, Leo Grande [Hulu]another Sundance alum starring Emma Thompson as a widow who hires a sex worker.
June 24: Elvismusical biography of Baz Luhrmann (Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge!), starring Austin Butler as The King and Tom Hanks as Colonel Tom Parker; The black phonesupernatural thriller about a kidnapped boy who begins receiving calls from his captor’s previous victims on a disconnected phone.
1st of July Headlining : Minions: The Rise of Gru. Steve Carell returns for a prequel story of the young would-be supervillain requiring the rescue of his capsule-like yellow associates. As well: Princess [Hulu]starring Joey King as a young royal who must save his kingdom from a cruel intruder.
July 8 Headlining : Thor: Love and Thunder. With most of the original Avengers retired or dead, Chris Hemsworth’s Thor is sticking around for a fourth solo adventure. As well: The beast from the sea [Netflix]animated adventure about an ocean monster hunter, from Disney veteran Chris Williams (Big Hero 6, Moana).
July 15th : Bed restthriller about a pregnant woman who begins to suspect her house is haunted; Mrs. Harris goes to Parisabout a widowed housekeeper in 1950s London who becomes obsessed with couture fashion; Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hankanimated comedy about a dog who dreams of becoming a samurai.
22nd of July Headlining : Nope. Writer/director Jordan Peele became such a trademark after the success of get out and We that he can get away with just hinting at the premise of his latest supernatural horror tale, starring Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer and Steven Yeun.
July 29 Headlining : High-speed train. Brad Pitt plays a veteran assassin whose mission on a Japanese train becomes very complicated; exaggerated action expert David Leitch (Atomic Blonde, Deadpool 2) directed. As well: DC Super Pet Leaguean animated tale of animal companions to superheroes; Revengewith OfficeBJ Novak writes, directs and stars as a New York DJ investigating the death of his girlfriend.
5 August : Not good [Hulu]black comedy with Zoey Deutch in the role of a young woman who simulates a trip to Paris to gain influence on social networks, just as the city becomes the site of a disaster; Luck [Apple TV+]animated feature that goes behind the scenes with mythical groups and creatures that affect human good and bad luck.
August 12: Secret Headquartersfantasy drama about a boy who finds a mysterious room under his house and wonders if his estranged father (Owen Wilson) might be a superhero; The man from Torontostarring Woody Harrelson and Kevin Hart as a killer and an ordinary guy who merge together.