Upcoming movie spotlight: Year in advance

A look at upcoming spotlight talking trivia and plot about upcoming movies this year.


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2022 movie releases: “There are plenty of movies to look forward to this year,” senior Dylan Roberts said.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (Fantasy/Superhero)
Release Date: May 6, 2022

After being delayed due to the pandemic, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Kicks off this year’s roster of Marvel movies. Directly following the events of the most recent Marvel movie, Spiderman: No Way Home; Doctor Strange faces multiversal threats with the help of new and old allies
Being a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there are many prerequisite movies and shows that a viewer would need to watch to have a full understanding of the plot of the movie. Featuring actors such as Benedict Cumberbatch and Elizabeth Olsen along with exploring new concepts that Marvel fans have been waiting for has created much hype around this film and is a must see for any Marvel fan who wants to see the universe expanded.
Senior Dylan Roberts is a massive Marvel fan who has seen every Marvel movie multiple times.
“This movie is a massive step for the MCU. The movie plans to expand the MCU in many new ways through the introduction of the multiverse,” Roberts said.

Uncharted (Adventure/Action)
Release Date: February 18, 2022

Not to be confused with the best selling video game series of the same name, this upcoming movie is based on that series. Taking place in the uncharted video game universe, this movie follows Nathan Drake as he is recruited by seasoned treasure hunter Victor Sullivan to uncover a massive fortune.
Nathan Drake is played by Tom Holland, and his partner, Victor Sullivan, is played by Mark Wahlberg. Transforming one of the most critically acclaimed video game series has been going since 2007 has been a massive undertaking according to the directors. The movie itself was in development for so long that Mark Wahlberg became too old for his original role as Nathan Drake and had to take a mentor role to Tom Holland instead.

Turning Red (Animation/Family Film/Comedy)
Release Date: March 11, 2022

The next animated Disney-Pixar animated movie to be released this year is Turning Red. Turning Red is a coming-of-age story about a 13-year-old girl going through the struggles of adolescence turns into a red panda when she feels strong emotion. Additionally, the main character Meilin “Mei” Lee must deal with an overprotective mother and struggles with embarrassment and stress.

Turning Red features some lesser-known voice actors for its main characters with Rosalie Chiang as the main character and Sandra Oh voicing the mother. Turning Red focuses on a Chinese Canadian family and features a diverse cast of characters and is fully directed by women.

Avatar 2 (Sci-Fi/Action)
Release Date: December 16, 2022

After being dormant for over 10 years, the Avatar franchise returns for a long-awaited sequel late this year. As one of the highest-grossing movies of all time, the Avatar franchise has been surprisingly inactive since the first movie’s original release all the way back in 2009. After having originally planned two sequels for 2014 and 2015, the movies have kept getting pushed back, and they have planned for two additional sequels. With such large delays in release times, many people think there must have been some problems in production. but that is far from the truth. Director James Cameron stated that they have already finished shooting for Avatar 2 and 3, but they are committed to getting the best possible CGI for the movies, a feature that made the original movie stand out.

Taking place after the events of the first Avatar movie, Avatar 2 continues the conflict with humans while exploring the vast world that Avatar brings with it. The world of Pandora has much promise to be an exciting setting to explore in future sequels. The main character will fight a resurfacing ancient threat that promises to add more to the pandora lore.

“I’m very excited to see what they are going to do going forward with this series and would love to see all the new things they are adding to the world in this sequel,” stated Roberts.