Netflix’s next release The gray man gives fans a look at villainous Chris Evans after spending years seeing him as the ultimate good guy, Captain America. This movie isn’t alone in the excitement either as there’s no shortage of intriguing movies slated for release this year and for many years to come.
While there are countless upcoming projects to get excited about, there’s nothing like a familiar face to add to the anticipation for a particular film. As such, films starring major players from the ever-popular Marvel Cinematic Universe will be of particular interest to moviegoers over the next few years.
The Gray Man (July 22, 2022)
The Netflix Original The gray man is based on the novel series of the same name by Mark Greaney. The film will tell the story of a CIA agent, played by Ryan Gosling, who goes rogue after discovering dark secrets about his organization, which leads to him being hunted down by a group of assassins.
The gray man features a massive reunion of MCU talent, both onscreen and behind the camera. Chris Evans is set to appear as the film’s antagonist Lloyd Hansen, marking the fifth time he’s worked with directing duo Joe and Anthony Russo, who co-directed the last two films in both Captain America and the avengers franchisees. Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, who worked on each of these projects, have also penned the script for this upcoming Netflix Original.
Avatar: The Waterway (December 16, 2022)
The highly anticipated sequel to James Cameron’s 2009 film is Avatar: The Way of Water. Tracking the highest-grossing movie of all time at the box office is a daunting task. Although the sequel’s plot has been kept under wraps, it remains one of the most exciting releases of the second half of 2022 and is set to kick off a series of three additional sequels slated for release through 2028.
The way of the water will bring back guardians of the galaxy star Zoe Saldaña as Neytiri, a member of the Na’vi tribe from the original film. The long-awaited sequel will also introduce Michelle Yeoh, who portrayed both Aleta Ogord and Ying Nan in the MCU, as Dr. Karina Mogue, a new human character in the franchise.
Extraction 2 (2022)
Netflix plans to release Extraction 2the sequel to the surprise hit of 2020 Extraction, at some point before the end of the year. The second film in this action-thriller franchise has yet to launch its full marketing campaign, indicating it could be released in the fall or winter of 2022.
Extraction 2 will see the return of Chris Hemsworth as action hero Tyler Rake from the original film, reuniting the Thor actor with Joe and Anthony Russo, who were heavily involved in the production of both films, following their collaboration in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame in 2018 and 2019 respectively.
Glass Onion: A Mystery at Daggers Drawn (2022)
The highly anticipated Glass onion: a mystery at loggerheads is one of the most exciting films slated for release in late 2022. Sequel to Rian Johnson’s 2019 film, the murder mystery will follow Daniel Craig’s Detective Benoit Blanc as he investigates another murder, this time in Greece. Unlike its predecessor, the film will be released directly to streaming via Netflix.
In line with the classic Agatha Christie murder mystery, Glass Onion sports a set of suspect stars. Among this group of would-be murderers are several alumni of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including moon knightthis is Ethan Hawke, Wanda Visionis Katheryn Hahn, The Incredible Hulkis Edward Norton, and Drax himself, Dave Bautista.
Kraven the Hunter (January 13, 2023)
Kraven the hunter is the next of several films in Sony’s planned Spider-Man Cinematic Universe. Centered around the classic Spider-Man villain famed for hunting big game, including the Webhead himself, the film hopes to save Sony’s intended universe after the disappointment of Morbiuswhich has the distinction of bombing not once, but twice, at the box office.
Aaron-Taylor Johnson will play the eponymous Spider-Man villain in the upcoming spin-off film, marking the second Marvel character the actor has played after Pietro Maximoff, aka Quicksilver, in Avengers: Age of Ultron. The film will also star Russell Crowe in an undisclosed role, who himself will make his MCU debut as Zeus in the upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder.
Fast X (May 19, 2023)
Fast and Furious may be one of the many franchises that has far too many sequels and spinoffs, but that hasn’t stopped it from embarking on a tenth installment. x fast is set to reunite the stars for another mission and is set to act as the penultimate installment in the main film saga, with an eleventh film in the works to close out the series.
x fast features a great reunion of stars from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Besides series lead Vin Diesel, who plays Groot in the guardians of the galaxy movies, the movie will also see the introduction of Brie Larson and Michael Rooker, who both had recurring roles in the MCU as Captain Marvel and Yondu Udonta, respectively. x fast will also see the return of Charlize Theron’s Cipher on the heels of the actress’ debut as the witch Clea in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
Spider-Man: Through the Spider-Verse (July 2, 2023)
The next Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse Part 1 is the highly anticipated sequel to the 2018 hit animated film that introduced the concept of the Marvel Multiverse to the masses. The film will feature the return of Miles Morales as he once again faces off against a multiversal threat, alongside Miguel O’Hara, Spider-Man 2099, one of many new characters from across the entire Spider-Verse.
This sequel, slated for release in 2023, will feature the return of Hailee Steinfeld and Oscar Isaac as Spider-Gwen and Spider-Man 2099, respectively. Audiences will recall that these two actors recently made their MCU debuts, with Steinfeld portraying Kate Bishop in Hawk Eye and Isaac as Marc Spector in moon knight.
Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning – Part One (July 14, 2023)
by Tom Cruise Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning – Part One acts as the first half of the two-part finale of the Starry Star Impossible mission franchise. The film will see the return of Cruise’s Ethan Hunt and his crew, alongside several new characters, as they face an emerging threat in antagonist Esai Morales.
While the film’s plot is still being kept under wraps, it has been revealed that Hayley Atwell, known for her role as Peggy Carter in the MCU, and Pom Klementieff, the Mantis from Guardians of the Galaxy, will be joining the cast. Atwell is set to play a new member of Hunt’s team in the film, while Klementieff will play a new villain working for Vanessa Kirby’s White Widow.
Oppenheimer (July 21, 2023)
Oppenheimer is a biographical drama centered on the infamous lead scientist behind the Manhattan Project. The film, directed by Christopher Nolan, will star Cillian Murphy in the eponymous role, with a star-studded list of talented actors rounding out the cast.
Among the massive cast for Oppenheimer are Robert Downey Jr. and Florence Pugh, who both play major roles in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This is only the second film Downey has starred in since leaving the MCU in 2019, making Oppenheimer an interesting watch for any fan of the iconic Tony Stark.
Dune: Part 2 (October 20, 2023)
the exciting Dune: part 2 follows the massive 2021 hit based on Frank Herbert’s classic sci-fi novel. The sequel will feature the return of the original film’s cast, including director Denis Villeneuve, and lead to a possible third film.
While the original film featured performances from major MCU actors like Zendaya, Josh Brolin, Dave Bautista, Oscar Isaac, and Stellan Skarsgård, the sequel will also add several new characters to the cast, including Black Widow actress Florence Pugh as Princess Irulan.
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