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After many cinemas remained closed in 2020 due to the ongoing Covid 19 pandemic, the situation in 2021 already looked much more relaxed. Many cinemas were allowed to resume operations during the year, so you could see blockbusters like Dune or Matrix 4 on the big screen again.
Also in 2022, a variety of long-awaited cinema films await again. We have therefore collected some of the most exciting cinema launches in 2022 for you in this article.
And what about games? After all, we are GameStar. Don't worry, we've already summarized our 2022 gaming highlights for you in a big article, too, of course:
Last updated on: 1. May 2022
What's new: Avatar 2 has an official name and Thor 4 has an official trailer
Cinema highlights in January 2022
Theatrical release: 6. January 2022
Cast: Jessica Chastain, Diane Kruger, Lupita Nyong'o Director: Simon Kinberg Genre: Action
Here's what to know: Normally, secret agents are not exactly known for working well together. But in The 355, that's exactly what's needed to prevent World War III from happening. Namely, when mercenaries steal a secret weapon, American agent Mason Brown is tasked with retrieving the valuable asset before it's too late.
So Brown assembles a team consisting of herself, German agent Marie (Diane Kruger), computer specialist Khadijah (Lupito Nyong'o) and Colombian psychologist Graciela, played by Penelope Cruz. Together they have to win a race against time. Overcoming their personal problems in the process.
Cinema highlights in February 2022
Cinema release: 4. February 2022
Cast: Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, Chris Pontius, Wee Man, Ehren McGhehey, Sean McInerney Directed by Jeff Tremaine Genre: Comedy
Here's what to know: Much of the Jackass gang returns for one last film – along with guest stars Tony Hawk, Tyler the Creator and Eric Andre. As always, you'll have to brace yourself for heaps of wacky stunts. Shameless pranks get ready.
Death on the Nile
Theatrical release: 11. February 2022
Cast: Kenneth Branagh, Gal Gadot, Letitia Wright Director: Kenneth Branagh Genre: Thriller
Here's what to know: Kenneth Branagh returns as genial detective Hercule Poirot: after remaking Murder on the Orient Express in 2017, the director and leading actor turns his attention to another crime novel by Agatha Christie.
The Belgian detective is on a trip to Egypt when a wealthy lady is murdered aboard a luxury liner on the Nile River. Any of the passengers present could be the killer of wealthy Linnet Doyle. When there are more victims, time is pressing, so Hercule Poirot sets out to find the killer.
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Theatrical release: 18. February 2022
Cast: Tom Holland, Mark Wahlberg Directed by Ruben Fleischer Genre: Action/Video Game Adaptation
There's this to know: It took a whole six directorial changes for the Uncharted adaptation about a young Nathan Drake to get off the ground: finally, the film about Nate (Tom Holland from Spider-Man) and Victor Sullivan (Mark Wahlberg) could be shot – but the theatrical release continues to be a long time coming: After several postponements Uncharted is to be released only in February 2022.
March 2022 movie highlights
Theatrical release: 4. March 2022
Cast: Robert Pattinson, Jeffrey Wright, Zoe Kravitz, Paul Dano, John Turturro, Peter Sarsgaard, Andy Serkis, Colin Farrell Director: Matt Reeves Genre: Comic Book Adaptation
There's this to know: Once again, there is another version of the Origin Story of the Dark Knight. Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves' The Batman is set to feature the darkest version of Bruce Wayne's origin story this time around. The whole thing isn't part of the DC Extended Universe, though – as part of that, The Flash and Aquaman 2, for example, will hit theaters in 2022.
The Batman boasts an impressive cast that includes Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne, Colin Farrell as the Penguin, Paul Dano as the Riddler and Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Gordon.
Cinema highlights in April 2022
Theatrical release: 1. April 2022
Cast: Jared Leto, Matt Smith Directed by Daniel Espinosa Genre: comic book adaptation
Here's what to know: Following the box office success of Venom, Sony continues to expand its Universe of Marvel Characters from the Spider-Man comics: Biochemist Dr. Michael Morbius (Jared Leto) suffers from a serious blood disease. When he tries to cure the disease with his own blood, the experiment goes horribly wrong. Morbius becomes a living vampire and must constantly ingest human blood to continue living.
In Marvel Comics, Morbius made his first appearance in the '70s as the new antagonist of the friendly neighborhood spider. Over time, he became a cruel anti-hero with his own comic book series. The first teaser trailer for the film reveals a surprising connection to Spider-Man and the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Fantastic Beasts 3
Theatrical release: 7. April 2022
Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law, Katherine Waterston, Ezra Miller, Mads Mikkelsen, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol Director: David Yates Genre: Fantasy
What to know: Eddie Redmayne returns as inquisitive wizard Newt Scamander in the third chapter of this magical prequel series set decades before Harry Potter enrolled at Hogwarts. The story picks up after the events of Grindelwald's Crime, as Newt and his cohorts continue their pursuit of the evil wizard (now played by Mads Mikkelsen), leading to World War II.
Movie highlights in May 2022
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
Theatrical release: 4. May 2022
Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, Xochitl Gomez Director: Sam Raimi Genre: Comic Book Adaptation
Need to know: Of course, in 2022, the Marvel Cinematic Universe will also continue to thrive. First up is Doctor Strange, who was originally scheduled for February, but now won't set out to explore the multiverse until May.
Because at least since the events in Spider-Man: No Way Home, the boundaries between the individual Marvel universes are as fragile and permeable as never before. Of course, this mainly means lots of trouble for our cape-wearing friends, which is why Strange sets out with Wanda, now also known as Scarlet Witch, to restore multiversal order.
Top Gun 2: Maverick
Theatrical release date: 27. May 2021
Cast: Tom Cruise, Jennifer Connelly, Miles Teller, Jon Hamm, Ed Harris, Val Kilmer Directed by Joseph Kosinski Genre: Action
Here's what to know: After more than 30 years, Tom Cruise once again dons his flight jacket from the '80s cult film Top Gun. Meanwhile, Maverick himself is an instructor on Top Gun. Teaches a new generation of U.S. Navy fighter pilots his old tricks. This includes the son (played by Miles Teller) of his co-pilot Goose (Anthony Edwards), who was killed in an accident at the time.
Movie highlights in June 2022
Jurassic World: Dominion
Theatrical release: 9. June 2022
Cast: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Laura Dern, Sam Neill, Jeff Goldblum Director: Colin Trevorrow Genre: Sci-Fi/Action
Here's what to know: Jeff Goldblum concluded the previous film in the Jurassic franchise by saying that humans must now learn to coexist with dinosaurs. Although the plot of the upcoming trilogy conclusion is still being kept pretty secret, it's safe to ame it will deal with the fallout from Lost Kingdom. The primordial lizards have now spread all over the world. So there is always conflict as well. According to director Colin Trevorrow, however, Dominion will not tell a war between humans and dinosaurs.
The big news is that the two leads from the first Jurassic Park – Laura Dern and Sam Neill – will return alongside Goldblum, Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt.
Cinema highlights in July 2022
Thor 4: Love and Thunder
Theatrical release date: 7. May 2021
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff Director: Taika Waititi Genre: comic book adaptation
Need to know: Marvel's second film in 2022 is the highly anticipated follow-up to Taika Waititi's Thor: Ragnarok, which reinvented the character to the delight of critics and audiences alike. Natalie Portman's Jane Foster will return to the franchise, and it is now clear that she will wield Thor's hammer Mjolnir.
Don't believe us? Then just convince yourself by watching the trailer:
What's it about? Of course, since we're talking about an MCU movie, many story details are still under wraps. Judging by the first trailer, the Thunder God (who has regained his old physical form) is on a kind of self-discovery and doesn't seem to be as inclined to fighting as he was in the past. It's a shame that Gorr the God Buchter, an adversary who doesn't take kindly to gods, enters the scene.
Cinema highlights in December 2022
Avatar – The Way of Water
Theatrical release: 16. December 2022
Cast: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Kate Winslet, Michelle Yeoh Directed by James Cameron Genre: Adventure
Here's what to know: The Way of Water – that's the official name of the second Avatar movie. At Cinema Con 2022, producer Jon Landau took the stage. Had the name reveal in the bag for waiting fans. He also announced that the original Avatar will be released on 23. September 2022 will be launched in cinemas around the world once again.
Not much is really known about the sequel to the (currently) most successful film of all time. The film was originally scheduled to hit theaters in 2015, then 2016 – before they announced in 2017 that they were now planning not just one sequel, but a whopping four. That's why all the films were shot one after the other to complete the pentalogy.
Visually, of course, we can again expect a feast for the eyes. Director James Cameron has not been lax and wants to raise the bar of cinematic technology as he did with the first Avatar. The official pictures give you a first taste:
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