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10 Superhero Movies We Can't Wait to See in 2022

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WE EATIN' REAL GOOD IN 2022, LADIES AND GENTLEMAN!

The cinematic realms within the Marvel and DC universes are set to grace us with a brand new slate of upcoming superhero movies next year. Several of these cinematic adventures will mark the big-screen debut of lesser-known saviors, while others mark the long-awaited return of the heroes we've grown to love from previous series installments. The most exciting part of these brand-new superhero films is how they'll set up even more noteworthy events within the all-reaching universes they exist in. Our excitement levels are officially through the roof thanks to the impressive pieces of footage released for each of these flicks thus far. And we're sure you all feel the exact same way.

Now let's get all of our conspiracy theories for each film ready as we take a look at the 10 superhero movies we can't wait to see in 2022.

1. ‘The Batman’ - March 4

We wish this one was out already! Every time we take a quick peek at random comic book movie IG and Twitter pages, we end up reading some early impressions of the film. And all of them point to just how much of an astounding movie The Batman truly is. The two trailers revealed for this highly-anticipated DC film are equally breathtaking, which is why we've watched them countless times already.

Robert Pattinson's interpretation of Bruce Wayne and his heroic alter-ego gives us heavy "Year One" and "The Long Halloween" vibes, which is a version of Batman we've been dying to see come to the big screen. Focusing on the Riddler as the main antagonist looks like it'll be the right move as this version is far from the super quirky version Jim Carrey played back in Batman Forever. With James Gordon, Alfred, Catwoman, and Penguin all here and accounted for, The Batman's huge ensemble of recognizable characters has us giddy to see them all interact in The Batman's fresh take on Gotham City. And those fight scenes? Good lord, they look awesome!

2. ‘Morbius’ - April 1

Jared Leto's onscreen superhero movie work didn't start out so hot with his..."questionable" interpretation of The Joker in Suicide Squad. But the man's a great actor, as evidenced by the parts he played in films such as Requiem for a Dream, Panic Room, and Lord of War. And everything we've seen thus far of this random Spider-Man anti-hero/villain project has us pleasantly surprised.

Jared's role as Michael Morbius aka "the Living Vampire" looks like it'll be one of his best characters to date. And he damn sure looks the part thanks to some amazing visual effects and costume work that makes him look as close to the comic book version as possible. The nods to all the Spider-Man films that came before it (and even Venom!) and Michael Keaton's appearance have us running wild with theories as to what timeline this film is taking place in in a post-Spider-Man: No Way Home world. This might turn out way better than everyone expects.

3. ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ - May 6

Doctor Strange's hands are certainly going to be full with all the drama caused by his shoddy spell-casting in Spider-Man: No Way Home. And months after those events wrap up, he'll have to navigate the multiverse alongside a fully-powered Scarlet Witch. Their tandem work will be on full display in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, an MCU film that will be decidedly darker than what fans have been used to thus far. And that's one of the main reasons we can't wait to finally see it.

Besides its horror movie inspirations, this film has us extra giddy since it's being directed by the man that brought us the original Spider-Man film trilogy (that's Sam Raimi, by the way). Plus the film's plans to introduce America Chavez to the MCU has us super hype to see how she'll factor into this movie's events and beyond. The possibilities are endless when you consider just how much the multiverse can affect the very fabric of the MCU's tumultuous world.

4. ‘DC League of Super-Pets’ - May 20

We never knew we wanted a superhero movie starring Krypto the Superdog until now. WB and DC have gone the 3D animated film route with Krypto in the kid-friendly flick DC League of Super-Pets and it looks like it'll be one of the biggest surprises of the year. The unexpectedly great union between Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart that's been on full display in Central Intelligence and the rebooted Jumanji films is returning here in the form of partnered-up super dogs. Keanu Reeves is also a part of the voice cast, which is why we're dying to see which character he ends up playing. The prospect of watching a league of extraordinary animals trying to save the actual Justice League from Lex Luthor excites us way more than you'd expect.

5. ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ - July 8

All the props in the world go out to film writer/director Taika Waititi, who did God's work by convincing Natalie Portman to return to the MCU. More specifically, the Thor film series she originated in. Now she's set to impact the future of Marvel's onscreen Thunder God as she's set to step into the role of The Mighty Thor, which is a moment we can't wait to see unfold on the big screen.

Thor: Love and Thunder will hopefully stick to the formula that worked so well in Thor: Ragnarok. We're also super eager to see how Christian Bale performs as Gorr the God Butcher, what the Guardians of the Galaxy will do alongside their new Asgardian team member, and if Valkyrie ends up finding the love part in the movie's title with Natalie's character. Seeing as how Thor is the first MCU franchise to get a fourth film, our hopes are higher than usual to see how this film ultimately unfolds.

6. ‘Black Adam’ - July 29

WB and DC are going to take the world's most handsome and kindest man in all of Hollywood...and turn him into a vengeful antihero? HELL YEAH, SIGN US UP! Dwayne Johnson's role as Black Adam is finally a reality after years of rumors and now everyone's fully prepared to watch Dwayne literally shock the hell out of everyone that tries to stop him.

The other exciting part of this film is the fact that the Justice Society of America will make their debut as they provide the powerful opposition that Black Adam will battle against. Atom Smasher (Noah Centineo), Hawkman (Aldis Hodge), Cyclone (Quintessa Swindell), and Doctor Fate (Pierce Brosnan) will all be on hand to try and put Black Adam down for good. With all those factors in place, this DC film looks and sounds like it'll be an awesome surprise for those who have grown disappointed by the DCEU's previous exploits. Eventually, Black Adam's gonna lay the smackdown on Shazam...AND WE CAN'T WAIT TO SEE THAT MOMENT GO DOWN!

7. 'Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Part One)' - October 7

If you speak to most ardent comic book movie fans, they'll tell you that Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is one of (if not THE!) greatest films within the genre. The animated splendor, amazing character work from Miles Morales & the crew, and the high stakes attached to the film's plot put it above some of the best live-action superhero film adaptations. Now that we know the sequel is on the way, it's clear that the creatives behind it are going to go big with additional versions of Spidey and include them within a universe-spanning conflict.

So far, it's been announced that Miles, Peter Parker, Gwen Stacy, Jessica Drew, and even the Japanese Spidey from the 1978 live-action series will be in tow. And based on the post-credit scene from the first film, Miguel O'Hara (Spider-Man 2099) should also be making an appearance. Our gut is telling us that Morlun, a multiverse-hopping psychic vampire who’s out to vanquish every rendition of Spider-Man, will be the main baddie of this much-anticipated sequel. And if that dream scenario becomes a reality, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Part One) can easily become the greatest superhero movie of the year.

8. ‘The Flash’ - November 4

Can you believe that a movie for DC's red speedster has been in development since 2004? In its current state, The Flash is set to become an integral part of the DCEU and will play a major part in altering its trajectory once it concludes. As soon as we heard this film is inspired by the "Flashpoint" storyline that led to the creation of the "New 52," we knew that it'd end up creating a greatly altered onscreen universe for the DCEU.

Barry Allen's heartfelt mission to save his mom will have a huge effect on the DCEU timeline - the fact that Ben Affleck & Michael Keaton's versions of Batman and Supergirl (Sasha Calle) will all be in this film means the multiverse will be a central theme of this massive big-screen adventure. The Flash has the capacity to be a great film based on recent critical successes such as Shazam and The Suicide Squad. And by the time this film wraps up, we could be treated to an entirely new DCEU that features both recognizable and new versions of the heroes we've come to adore. The Flash definitely has the capacity to be the most important DC film ever made.

9. ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ - November 11

First thing's first - rest in power to the great Chadwick Boseman. The man captured our hearts and imaginations thanks to his stirring portrayal of T'Challa/Black Panther. His passing has left an indelible mark on the MCU & the world as a whole and will forever remind us of just how amazing he was during his presence in his stand-alone films & featured roles in additional Marvel movies.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever sure has a whole lot to live up to - not only will it have to establish who'll don the Black Panther armor for the foreseeable future but it also has to determine the ongoing fates of several side characters. Will Shuri (Letitia Wright) or M'Baku (Winston Duke) take over the Black Panther mantle? How will Riri Williams/Ironheart (Dominique Thorne) factor into this movie's proceedings? And who will be the main villain this time around? Namor the Sub-Mariner, perhaps? All those questions and more leave us incredibly excited about the possibilities that Black Panther: Wakanda Forever can hopefully deliver!

10. ‘Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom’ - December 16

The first Aquaman was a genuine surprise when you consider the rut of underwhelming DCEU films that launched during its initial phase. Jason Momoa's onscreen interpretation of Arthur Curry/Aquaman is badass and is one of our favorite superhero castings of all time. And we also have a lot of love for Yahya Abdul-Mateen II's role as David Kane/Black Manta, who's thankfully returning for this sequel.

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is going to delve ever deeper into the world of Atlantis, which is already beautifully realized in cinematic form. The new underwater menace that Aquaman has to deal with during his continuing struggle with Black Manta will be Karshon (Indya Moore), a highly intelligent mutagenic shark that's going to be tough to deal with. We're chomping at the bit to see how Aquaman deals with the simultaneous attacks from those two villains, his responsibility as the king of Atlantis, and the presence of the mad Dr. Stephen Shin.

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