Summer 2022 movie preview: Biggest upcoming movies and release dates

Summer movies are upon us, which means it’s time to sort out the multiplayer frenzy and give you a guide to all the highly anticipated summertime blockbusters on your way!

Let’s see… Thor will give us a much-needed MCU fix Tom Cruise returns to the role that made him a movie star nearly 40 years ago with Top Gun: Maverick The Jurassic Park franchise is closing shop (for now) with the third movie In the Jurassic World trilogy, Jordan Peele unleashes new mysterious horrors with Nope.

Here’s a look at all the movies on the near horizon we’re excited to see this summer. And for more information on movies of 2022, take a look at the 58 biggest movies we can’t wait to see at the link.

Summer 2022 movie preview

Summer 2022 movies

fire starter

US history: May 13 (in theaters and on the peacock)

History of the UK/AU: May 13 (UK), TBD (Australia)

In this remake of the 1980 bestselling Stephen King movie (which was turned into the 1984 movie starring Drew Barrymore’s kid), a young girl (Ryan Keira Armstrong) tries to understand how she mysteriously gained the ability to set fire to her. mind _ mind. It also stars Zac Efron, Gloria Robin, Michael Gray, and Sidney Lemon.

Downton Abbey: A New Era

US history: May 20

History of the UK/AU: April 29 (UK), April 28 (Australia)

A sequel to both the hit series and 2019 movie, Downton Abbey: A New Era brings together creator Julian Fellowes once again with stars Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Jim Carter, Michelle Dockery, Joan Froggate, Brendan Coyle, Robert James Collier, Maggie Smith and more—with an addition Hugh Dancy, Matthew Goode and Dominic West.

Read Downton Abbey’s review: A New Era.


US history: May 20

History of the UK/AU: 1 June (UK), TBD (Australia)

The latest dose of A24’s turmoil comes from Alex Garland (Ex Machina, Annihilation, Devs) and stars in Fargo’s Jessie Buckley as a young woman who goes on solo vacation to the English countryside after her ex-husband dies, only to be tormented by the men around her (all of them). They are played by Rory Kinnear of Penny Drydol).

Read our review on men.

Top Gun: Maverick

US history: May 27

History of the UK/AU: May 27 (UK), May 26 (Australia)

After several delays, this sequel is decades after Tony Scott’s Top Gun, and features the return of Tom Cruise as Captain Pete “Maverick” Mitchell. The cast also includes Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, and Ed Harris. You see: Joseph Kosinski of Legacy and Oblivion directs.

Bob Burgers movie

US history: May 27

History of the UK/AU: May 27 (UK), May 26 (Australia)

Bob’s Burgers leaps to the big screen as the second feature film based on a Fox animated series after 2007’s The Simpsons Movie. The Belchers tries to save the restaurant from closing as a stream forms in front of it, while the kids try to solve a mystery that could save everything. John Benjamin, Dan Mintz, Eugene Merman, Larry Murphy, John Roberts, and Kristen Schaal are all on hand to voice the confused Belcher clan as creator Lauren Bouchard makes his directorial debut.

future crimes

US history: June 3

History of the UK/AU: TBD (UK), TBD (Australia)

Prohibited director David Cronenberg (Scanners, The Fly, A History of Violence) returns to sci-fi/physical horror films for the first time since 1999’s eXistenZ with Crimes of the Future — his fourth collaboration with star Viggo Mortensen. Crimes of the Future has been described as a deep dive into the not-too-distant future in which humanity is learning to adapt to its artificial surroundings, transporting humans beyond their natural state and into a transformation, altering their biological makeup. Co-starring Léa Seydoux, Kristen Stewart, and Scott Speedman.

Dominion Jurassic World

US history: June 10

History of the UK/AU: Jun 10 (UK), Jun 9 (Australia)

Jurassic World heroes Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard star alongside original Jurassic Park films Sam Neill, Laura Dern, and Jeff Goldblum in a crowning event looking to end this six-film franchise. This adventure takes place about five years after the events of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

Light year

US history: June 17

History of the UK/AU: June 17 (UK), June 16 (Australia)

Written by Monsters, Inc. And directed by Up Pete Docter, Lightyear is part of Pixar’s Toy Story that seems to be the origin story of the fictional human character Buzz Lightyear (voiced by Chris Evans), which inspired the action character of the same name. Kiki Palmer, Taika Waititi, James Brolin, Isaiah Whitlock Jr., and Uzo Aduba also star/voice.


US history: June 24

History of the UK/AU: Jun 24 (UK), TBD (Australia)

Baz Luhrmann’s first feature film since 2013’s The Great Gatsby is an Elvis biopic starring Austin Butler (Tex-Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood) as “The King” and Tom Hanks as famed director Colonel Tom Parker.

Marcel crust with shoes

US history: June 24

History of the UK/AU: TBD (UK), TBD (Australia)

This A24’s quirky mix of live action and stop-motion is here to brighten up the summer as documentary filmmaker Marcel (Jenny Slate, who co-wrote), an inch-long shell, helps find his family. It also features Rosa Salazar, Thomas Mann, Isabella Rossellini, and a few TV personalities such as Leslie Stahl, Conan O’Brien and Brian Williams.

black phone

US history: June 24

History of the UK/AU: Jun 24 (UK), JUNT (Australia)

The black phone is finally here! After a delay of several months, this scariest movie ever hits theaters for real. Based on a short story by Joe Hill, The Black Phone stars Mason Thames as a kidnapped child who can communicate with the previous victims of his kidnapper, who is portrayed by Ethan Hawke. Director Scott Derrickson (Sinister, The Exorcism of Emily Rose), after his departure from Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, returns to horror for this new scary movie.

Read The Black Phone review.

Minions: Rise of a puppy

US history: July 1

History of the UK/AU: July 1 (UK), June 16 (Australia)

Minions: The Rise of Gru – aka Minions 2 – finds Steve Carell playing young Gru who grew up in the suburbs in the early 1970s. Gru is a fan of a super-villain group known as Vicious 6, and devises a plan to become evil enough to join them. When Vicious 6 shoots their leader, the legendary fighter Wild Knuckles, Gru interviews to become their newest member. Taraji P. Henson, Michelle Yeoh, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Lucy Lawless, Dolph Lundgren, and Danny Trejo shared voice.

Thor: love and thunder

US history: July 8

History of the UK/AU: Jul 8 (UK), TBD (Australia)

Thor returns for Chris Hemsworth, as the only OG Avenger to have four solo films, in Taika Waititi’s Love and Thunder with Tessa Thompson, Natalie Portman, Chris Pratt, Jimmy Alexander, Bom Klementieff, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Sean John, Jeff Goldblum, and Vin Diesel. Christian Bale enters the mix as baddie Gorr the God Butcher while Portman’s Jane Foster becomes a remake of Thor.

Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank

US history: July 15

History of the UK/AU: TBD (UK), TBD (Australia)

Loosely inspired by Mel Brooks’ 1974 film Blazing Saddles, Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank starring Michael Cera as the unlucky dog, Hank, who is trained to be a samurai by a cat guide, Jimbo (Samuel L. Jackson), while The villainous cat Ika Cho (Ricky Jervis), wants to destroy their village. It also stars Mel Brooks, Michelle Yeoh, George Takei, and Djimon Hounsou.

Where Cordads sings

US history: July 15

History of the UK/AU: July TBD (UK), TBD (Australia)

This Reese Witherspoon-produced drama, based on a book by Delia Owens, stars Normal People Daisy Edgar-Jones as a young woman, Kya, who grows up in the swamps of North Carolina and becomes a suspect in the murder of a man who once stalked her. Taylor John Smith, David Strathairn and Garrett Delahunt co-star – along with JoJo Regina, who plays Kya.


US history: July 22

History of the UK/AU: July 22 (UK), TBD (Australia)

Academy Award winner Daniel Kaluuya meets Get Out writer/director Jordan Peele in Nope, a new sci-fi horror movie starring Keke Palmer, Stephen Yeon, Michael Wincott, Barbie Ferreira and Brandon Perea. Nope marks Peele’s third major project in a Twilight Zone-style goosebumps as residents of a lonely goulish in inner California witness a strange, chill-inducing discovery.

DC League of Super-Pets

US history: July 29

History of the UK/AU: July TL T (UK), July TL (Australia)

Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart (this time with only voice) come together in an animated 3D adventure where Johnson plays Superman’s dog, Krypto, and Hart portrays Batman’s dog, Ace. When the Justice League is kidnapped, Krypto is exposed to green kryptonite and stripped of his powers. Now Krypto must teach the dog, pig, squirrel and tortoise how to save the day. Other voices include Marc Maron as Lex Luthor, as well as Keanu Reeves, Kate McKinnon, John Krasinski, Vanessa Baer, ​​Natasha Leon, Diego Luna, and Jamila Jameel.

Express train

US history: July 29

History of the UK/AU: July 29 (UK), July 21 (Australia)

John Wick and David Leech of director Atomic Blonde quarrel with Brad Pitt, Sandra Bullock, Zazie Beetz, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Joey King and Brian Terry Henry for a film based on the novel by Kotaro Isaka, Maria Bettel, about five Japanese killers. The express train that is aware of its individual tasks is interconnected.


US history: July 29

History of the UK/AU: To be announced (UK), TBD (Australia)

Written and directed by BJ Novak of The Office, Vengeance is a thriller about a radio host who attempts to solve the murder of his girlfriend and travels south to investigate the circumstances of her death. It stars Dove Cameron, Issa Ray, Boyd Holbrook, Leo Tipton, and Novak himself.

Bodies Bodies and Bodies

US history: August 5

History of the UK/AU: To be announced (UK), TBD (Australia)

This Gen-Z slasher follows a group of wealthy Twenties when the party game turns deadly and their beautiful BFFs become stabs in the back. Starring Dutch actress/director Halina Rijn, Bodies Bodies is a black comedy mystery starring Amandla Stenberg, Maria Bakalova, Pete Davidson, Rachel Sennott, Myha’la Herrold, Chase Sui Wonders, and Lee Pace.

secret headquarters

US history: August 5

History of the UK/AU: TBD (UK), TBD (Australia)

Owen Wilson stars in The Secret HQ, about a kid who discovers a hidden lair under his house that appears to belong to a superhero. He shares it with his friends, and they begin to believe that his estranged father might be leading a secret double life.


US history: August 19

History of the UK/AU: TBD (UK), TBD (Australia)

Idris Elba and Sharlto Copley star in this thriller about a man visiting a game reserve in South Africa with his daughters who become prey to a dangerous lion who begins their pursuit.


US history: August 26

History of the UK/AU: TBD (UK), TBD (Australia)

Julius Avery, who directed Overlord 2018, directed Sylvester Stallone in Samaritan, the story of a young boy who believes the famous superhero, who was thought lost after an epic battle 20 years ago, may in fact still exist. The film is based on the Mythos Comics graphic novels by Bragi F. Schut, Marc Olivent, and Renzo Podesta.

Three thousand years of longing

US history: August 31

History of the UK/AU: TBD (UK), TBD (Australia)

George Miller’s first film since Mad Max: Fury Road is an epic romantic fantasy about a woman who encounters a jinn who offers her three wishes in exchange for his freedom. Stars Idris Elba and Tilda Swinton.

What are you most looking forward to this summer? Let’s discuss in the comments!

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