Stuck in limbo awaiting the arrival of your favourite films? Well, we've rounded up all the new blockbuster release dates in one place, including the newly re-arranged Marvel Phase Four slate.
Stretching from 2022 to 2028, here's how your movie calendar is shaping up. (The following dates are subject to regular changes owing to the shifting release schedule. UK and Ireland release dates are accurate at the time of publication, as per the Film Distributors' Association. Certain dates indicate US releasing where UK has not yet been confirmed.)
- 14th January 2022 – Scream
- 21st January 2022 – Belfast
- 21st January 2022 – A Journal for Jordan
- 21st January 2022 – Nightmare Alley
- 28th January 2022 – Sing 2
- 11th February 2022 – Uncharted
- 11th February 2022 – Death on the Nile
- 25th February 2022 – Cyrano
- 4th March 2022 – The Batman
- 18th March 2022 – Downton Abbey: A New Era
- 1st April 2022 – Sonic the Hedgehog 2
- 1st April 2022 – The Bad Guys
- 1st April 2022 – Morbius
- 8th April 2022 – Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore
- 22nd April 2022 – The Lost City
- 22nd April 2022 – Operation Mincemeat
- 22nd April 2022 – The Northman
- 6th May 2022 – Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
- 20th May 2022 – DC League of Superpets
- 27th May 2022 – Top Gun: Maverick
- 10th June 2022 – Jurassic World: Dominion
- 17th June 2022 – Lightyear
- 24th June 2022 – The Black Phone
- 24th June 2022 – Elvis
- 1st July 2022 – Minions: The Rise of Gru
- 8th July 2022 – Thor: Love and Thunder
- 22nd July 2022 – Nope
- 22nd July 2022 – Where the Crawdads Sing
- 29th July 2022 – Black Adam
- 23rd September 2022 – Don't Worry Darling
- 7th October 2022 – Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse 2
- 4th November 2022 – The Flash
- 11th November 2022 – Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
- 16th December 2022 – Avatar 2
- 17th February 2023 – The Marvels
- 24th March 2023 – John Wick: Chapter 4
- 5th May 2023 – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
- 19th May 2023 – Fast & Furious 10
- 2nd June 2023 – Shazam! 2
- 30th June 2023 – Indiana Jones 5
- 14th July 2023 – Mission: Impossible 7
- 28th July 2023 – Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania
- 28th June 2024 – Mission: Impossible 8
- 20th December 2024 – Avatar 3
- December 2025 – Untitled Star Wars movie
- 18th December 2026 – Avatar 4
- December 2027 – Untitled Star Wars movie
- 22nd December 2028 – Avatar 5
And here's a breakdown of each individual movie in greater detail.
The dreaded Ghostface killer is back to stalk the inhabitants of Woodsboro in the latest instalment of self-aware horror. Following director Wes Craven's death in 2015, Ready or Not helmers Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett now take over. Series veterans Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette all return to battle the deranged killer with a love of horror movies, but who could it be this time? The movie is due in January 2022.
Kenneth Branagh's most intensely personal project to date is the moving account of a tenacious, vivacious young boy growing up amidst the Troubles in 1970s Belfast. Branagh's sensitivity has been acclaimed by critics, as has the cast. Newcomer Jude Hill lights up the screen alongside established names Jamie Dornan, Caitriona Balfe, Judi Dench and Ciaran Hinds.
3. A Journal for Jordan
In his latest sojourn behind the camera, the revered Denzel Washington brings us a poignant adaptation of a real-life memoir, and starring Michael B. Jordan. The tender romance between a soldier, later deployed to Iraq, and his girlfriend is relayed via an account written to the former's unborn son, so be sure to bring the hankies.
4. Nightmare Alley
Guillermo del Toro revels in the twisted and the perverse, as the Oscar-winning likes of Pan's Labyrinth and The Shape of Water attest. His latest is a remake of a 1947 Tyrone Power vehicle, starring man of the moment Bradley Cooper as a carnival huckster who finds himself blindsided by deception and two very different women. Cate Blancett, Rooney Mara, Willem Dafoe and Toni Colette are among the big names in the excellent cast.
5. Sing 2
The initial Sing movie, released back in 2017, was a huge hit at the box office, fusing cute anthropomorphised animals with an all-star voice cast and an optimistic lets-put-the-show-on message. All those ingredients are present and correct in the sequel as Matthew McConaughey's entrepreneurial Koala Bear, Buster Moon, prepares his latest gig.
Naughty Dog's deliriously enjoyable console adventure game has had a bumpy ride getting to the big screen. We've been waiting patiently for adventurer Nathan Drake, a kind of proto-Indiana Jones, to make his cinema debut. And in 2021, it's set to pay off, with Spider-Man himself, Tom Holland, taking on the role of Nathan. Mark Wahlberg plays Victor Sullivan in this prequel to the games, with Zombieland's Ruben Fleischer directing. Meanwhile, Iron Man duo Art Marcum and Matt Holloway are on scripting duties.
Director Kenneth Branagh returns to the sumptuous realm of the Agatha Christie mystery, adapting one of the author's most famous stories. When a Nile river cruise is interrupted by a violent death, vacationing detective Hercule Poirot must leap into action before the killer strikes again. Branagh once again stars as the impressively moustachioed Poirot, with the impressive supporting cast including Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer and Annette Bening.
The brilliant Peter Dinklage takes the lead in this swooning romantic musical, adapted by Erica Schmidt from her own play, which was in turn inspired by the classic 1897 production Cyrano de Bergerac. Waves actor Kelvin Harrison Jr. and Rogue One's Ben Mendelsohn assemble alongside Dinklage underneath director Joe Wright (Atonement; Darkest Hour).
9. The Batman
Back in 2005, director Christopher Nolan revitalised the Batman franchise. And in 2021, War For The Planet Of The Apes directed is poised to achieve the same feat. The Batman is set to take us back to the early years of Bruce Wayne, played by the increasingly impressive Robert Pattinson, fresh off gripping chiller The Lighthouse. And the supporting cast is immense: Paul Dano is The Riddler, Colin Farrell is The Penguin, Zoe Kravitz is Catwoman, Jeffrey Wright is James Gordon and Andy Serkis is Alfred.
10. Downton Abbey: A New Era
The much-loved Crawley aristocracy once more throws open its doors in this follow-up to the blockbusting Downton Abbey movie. Scripted, as before, by the creator of the original ITV series, Julian Fellowes, A New Era is crowned by a series of familiar faces, including Maggie Smith's splendidly acidic Dowager Countess.
Released in 2020, the first Sonic movie ran rings around the box office competition, cementing the Sega icon's big-screen clout. In the sequel, Ben Schwartz returns to voice the plucky Sonic while Jim Carrey adopts the familiar Doctor Robotnik garb and chews up the scenery once again.
12. The Bad Guys
The makers of Despicable Me, Minions and The Secret Life of Pets present an amusing, action-packed animated world populated by humans and anthropomorphic animals. Sam Rockwell, Awkwafina, Anthony Ramos, Richard Ayoade and Zazie Beetz are among the big names making up the voice cast.
Sony's Marvel Universe continues to expand with this Jared Leto-starring superhero adventure. He plays the titular Morbius, a doctor who gains vampiric abilities and then decides to use them to fight evil. It remains to be seen how the film will connect to the earlier Venom, starring Tom Hardy, and also the Tom Holland Spider-Man movies. That said, we do get a shot of a Spidey mural in the trailer graffitied with the word 'murderer' – a clear sign that Morbius takes place after Far From Home's conclusion.
Eddie Redmayne's brave magizoologist Newt Scamander is back in the third instalment of the Warner Bros fantasy franchise. The Harry Potter prequel series continues (absent Johnny Depp as evil Grindelwald, now played by Mads Mikkelsen) with J.K. Rowling once again co-writing the script with Steve Kloves. Behind the camera: David Yates, who has helmed the first two Fantastic Beasts movies.
15. The Lost City
Mismatched A-list couple Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum get in over their head in this frenetic comedy adventure, which channels the spirit of classics such as Romancing the Stone. Daniel Radcliffe co-stars and Brad Pitt makes a cameo appearance.
16. Operation Mincemeat
Shakespeare in Love director John Madden dramatises a jaw-dropping yet underreported World War II mission, in which a group of Allied soldiers conjured a remarkable plan to keep the Allied invasion of Sicily a secret. Colin Firth, Kelly Macdonald and Jason Isaacs feature amid a stacked cast of British names.
17. The Northman
Robert Eggers, director of the acclaimed indie horror hits The Witch and The Lighthouse, enters the halls of Valhalla with this punishing Viking adventure. Alexander Skarsgard is the vengeful Norse warrior seeking retribution against the chieftain who slaughtered his father. Anya Taylor-Joy, Nicole Kidman, Ethan Hawke and Bjork make up the eclectic cast.
Evil Dead and Spider-Man director Sam Raimi replaces Scott Derrickson for the Sorcerer Supreme's follow-up movie. Benedict Cumberbatch returns as the title character, promising to send Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe careering into horror territory for the very first time.
19. DC League of Super-Pets
You may know Superman – but what about his beloved canine companion? Meet Krypto, the lead character of the animated adventure DC League of Super-Pets, and voice by the ubiquitous Dwayne Johnson. Krypto must team up with fellow mutt Ace (voiced by Johnson's Jumanji co-star Kevin Hart) to save the day when the Justice League members are kidnapped by the nefarious Lex Luthor (Marc Maron).
Tom Cruise feels the need for speed once again, reprising his role as cocky fighter pilot Maverick in the long-overdue Top Gun sequel. This time, Maverick is older and schooling a group of new Top Gun cadets – but he's still got that rogueish twinkle in his eye. Watch out for Miles Teller as Bradley, son of Maverick's late wingman Goose (Anthony Edwards).
Colin Trevorrow returns to the director's chair for the third and final instalment of the Jurassic World trilogy. Picking up where 2018's Fallen Kingdom left off, we're now about to be presented with a vision of the future where human and dinosaur have been forced to co-exist. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are back as heroes Owen and Claire. Even better, the original Jurassic Park trio of Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum will be returning to the arena of prehistoric mayhem.
For the past three months, I’ve worked with an extraordinary cast and crew on a film we can’t wait to share with the world. Even though we'll have to wait a bit longer, it will all be worth it. Let’s stay healthy and take care of each other until then. pic.twitter.com/vnGzhHs4nR— Colin Trevorrow (@colintrevorrow) October 6, 2020
Chris Evans voices the human inspiration for Toy Story space ranger Buzz Lightyear in this Disney-Pixar origin story.
23. The Black Phone
The versatile Ethan Hawke makes a rare pivot into villainy in this chilling tale from Sinister and Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson. When Hawke's masked psychopath kidnaps a young girl, he underestimates her tenacity, not to mention her apparent psychic connection with his previous victims...
The life story of The King of Rock and Roll is sure to make for an eye-popping, hip-shaking cinematic experience, especially when it's marshalled by Moulin Rouge! director Baz Luhrmann. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood's Austin Butler portrays Elvis Presley, and Tom Hanks plays Elvis' controversially controlling manager Colonel Tom Parker.
We could all do with our own handy lockdown helpers at the moment. But we wouldn't want to rely on those mischievous minions to keep our homes in order. Following the 2015 blockbuster spin-off movie Minions, the cheeky sidekicks return alongside a youthful Gru (Steve Carell), in a family adventure exploring the title character's rise to world domination.
Writer-director Taika Waititi galvanised the formerly stodgy superhero Thor in 2017's riotously funny Thor: Ragnarok. Waititi is sure to bring the same offbeat sensibility to MCU Phase Four movie Thor: Love And Thunder, which sees Natalie Portman's Jane Foster lifting the iconic hammer Mjolnir. Plus, former Batman Christian Bale is playing the baddie.
Oscar-winning director of Get Out and Us, Jordan Peele, has made his mark with two coruscatingly funny yet scary horror-comedies. Both of Peele's movies have spoken of racial intolerance and hypocrisy, packaging them up in audience-friendly, spine-tingling narratives. In 2022, he returns with his mysterious new project, another collaboration with distributor Universal (who are also working separately with Peele on a remake of Wes Craven's cult classic The People Under the Stairs).
28. Where the Crawdads Sing
Delia Owens' critically acclaimed bestseller is adapted for the big screen by Beasts of the Southern Wild writer Lucy Alibar. Normal People's breakout star Daisy Edgar-Jones portrays the North Carolina protagonist Kya in this gripping saga of the American Deep South that traverses two different timelines.
29. Black Adam
Dwayne Johnson leads and produces this DC Comics adaptation. He plays the eponymous Black Adam, best known as the nemesis of Shazam. According to Johnson, the Black Adam film, directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, will introduce us to the Justice Society of America. In DC terms, this band of characters pre-dated the Justice League, and initially consisted of Doctor Fate, Hour-Man, Spectre, Sandman, Atom, Flash, Green Lantern, and Hawkman.
30. Don't Worry Darling
Back in 2019, actor Olivia Wilde turned director for the first time, with spectacular results. The movie, Booksmart, was acclaimed for its incisive and hilarious look at high-school relationships, but Don't Worry Darling is a different kettle of fish, a creepy story of fragmenting domestic unease set in the 1950s. Florence Pugh and Harry Styles star.
Best Spider-Man movie ever? For many fans, Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse netted the perfect balance between gorgeous animated visuals, heartfelt characters and razor-sharp, self-referential nods to Spider-Man lore. That's the kind of thing we've come to expect from producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the bods behind The LEGO Movie, and they're returning to steer Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) though another surreal Spider-Verse odyssey.
32. The Flash
IT director Andy Muschietti is set to bring us the solo feature film movie about Barry Allen, aka The Flash. The DC superhero, who can move faster than any of us can comprehend, has been embodied on the big screen by Ezra Miller in 2017's Justice League. And he's set to reprise his role in a movie that shows us how The Flash came to be.
Released in 2018, Black Panther was not just a movie but a cultural event, re-setting the balance for portrayals of black superheroes the world over. (Don't forget, however, that 1998's Blade was the first.) Of course, in the wake of Chadwick Boseman's death, we wait to see what Marvel will do with the role of T'Challa, although in more positive news, Ryan Coogler is returning as director.
34. Avatar 2
More than a decade after the world-conquering success of Avatar, director James Cameron transports us back to Pandora. The pioneering CGI motion capture technology will once again be out in full force, as we're introduced to the planet's underwater realm. New tribes of the indigenous Na'Vi will be introduced, along with new cast faces Kate Winslet and Michelle Yeoh. Somehow, Sigourney Weaver is returning from the dead as Dr. Grace Augustine – we can't wait to see how they explain that one. Meanwhile, in the lead roles, Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana are back from the original movie, which grossed more than $2 billion worldwide.
35. The Marvels
Brie Larson's Marvel superhero made her solo movie debut in 2019, having been teased in 2018's Avengers: Infinity War. She helped save the day in 2019's Avengers: Endgame, working to bring down the evil Thanos (Josh Brolin), so surely everything after that is going to be a walk in the park? Candyman's Nia DaCosta directs.
Stash away those pencils and library books, because Keanu Reeves' sartorially stylish badass is back for another dose of violent action. The first three John Wick movies mixed arresting visuals with kinetic action sequences, adding another classic anti-hero to Reeves' roster. The third and most recent movie ended with the thought-to-be-dead Wick returning to the Bowery King (Laurence Fishburne) to seek revenge against the High Table. There will most certainly be blood...
37. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3.
James Gunn marshals our favourite rag-tag mob of intergalactic misfits in their third adventure. Chris Pratt's Star Lord, Zoe Saldana's Gamora, Bradley Cooper's Rocket Racoon and Vin Diesel's Groot are all set to return, in a storyline that picks up after the events of Thor: Love and Thunder. Can we expect Chris Hemsworth's brawny god to make an appearance?
38. Fast & Furious 10
If the next Fast & Furious movie isn't called Fast-ten Your Seatbelts, then we give up. Vin Diesel's Dominic Toretto once again fires up the nos in what's rumoured to be the final saga instalment of the blockbusting automotive franchise.
39. Shazam: Fury of the Gods
In 2019, DC comic book origin story Shazam emerged as a delightful surprise. Asher Angel delivered a star-making turn as the young orphan teen who finds he can transform into a superhero, played with exuberance and verve by Zachary Levi. There isn't much word on the sequel so far, but the cast and director David F. Sandberg are all set to return.
40. Indiana Jones 5
Harrison Ford cracks the whip again as the world's greatest archaeologist adventurer. Significantly, this is the first Indy movie not to be helmed by Steven Spielberg – instead, Logan and Le Mans '66 director James Mangold takes over. Mads Mikkelsen and Phoebe Waller-Bridge co-star.
Mission: Impossible - Fallout had us hanging onto our seats, courtesy of director Christopher McQuarrie and star Tom Cruise's astonishing stunt work. That final helicopter chase/barrel roll sequence is one of the most impressive action sequences in many years. Goodness knows how they'll top it in the seventh instalment of Ethan Hunt's adventures, but Cruise will no doubt be finding many more ways to give his insurance company the sweats. Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson and Vanessa Kirby are all returning, as is Henry Czerny, reprising his role as Kittridge from the first Mission: Impossible movie.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe returns to the Quantum Realm as Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly's shrinking superheroes team up once again.
43. Mission: Impossible 8
Hot on the heels of Ethan Hunt's seventh world-saving adventure comes his eighth. Details are currently thin on the ground, but we do know that the seventh and eighth instalments were due to be filmed back to back. Circumstances surrounding the pandemic have now changed the game, so we wait to see how the blockbusting Mission: Impossible franchise will evolve.
44. Avatar 3
45. Untitled Star Wars movie
46. Avatar 4
47. Untitled Star Wars movie
48. Avatar 5
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The original superhero family finally, finally falls under the umbrella of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with Spider-Man director Jon Watts in charge.
Disney's live-action remake of their 1989 animated masterpiece has confirmed its cast. Halle Bailey is Ariel, Melissa McCarthy is Ursula, Javier Bardem is King Triton, Daveed Diggs is Sebastian, Jonah Hauer-King is Eric, Jacob Tremblay is Flounder and Awkwafina is Scuttle.
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