Summer Blockbuster Preview

Ready to go back to the theater? We’ve picked five of our most-anticipated summer blockbusters movies of 2022.

Remember movie theaters, $10 popcorn buckets, and summer blockbusters? They’re all back this season, so maybe it’s time to peel yourself off the couch and take in a movie at—yes, really—the local multiplex. Or wait a few months for it to hit streaming, your call.

To welcome back summer blockbuster season, we’ve rounded up five of the most blockbuster-y blockbuster movies coming to theaters over the hot months. Don’t forget to take advantage of the free popcorn bucket refill—it’s your constitutional right.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness | May 6

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is the 28th movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and easily the longest-titled. The two-hour film also promises to be the most mind-bending MCU flick yet, with Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) facing off against fellow magic-wielder Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) across several dimensions.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will be available to stream on Disney+ later in 2022.

Top Gun: Maverick | May 27

You waited over three decades for a Top Gun sequel, what’s a couple more years? Top Gun: Maverick was originally scheduled to be released in summer 2019, but filming delays and a certain 2020 global event pushed it to 2022.

“Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise) is charged with training a group of Top Gun grads for a secret mission by Admiral “Iceman” Kazansky (Val Kilmer); Maverick-ness ensues. Top Gun: Maverick will stream on Paramount+ . . . eventually.

The Bob’s Burgers Movie | May 27

The Bob’s Burgers Movie has been simmering on the grill since 2020, but the Belchers are finally premiering on the big screen on Memorial Day weekend.

The Bob’s Burgers Movie will have a profitable summer, but Bob’s Burgers the restaurant is in trouble in the film: a water main sinkhole has blocked access to the entrance, a business emergency the Belchers will solve through comedy (and many a song). The Bob’s Burgers Movie will be available on Hulu later this year.

Jurassic World: Dominion | June 10

The Jurassic World franchise has been entertaining so far, but it’s lacked the spark of the o.g. Jurassic Park trilogy. Jurassic World: Dominion addresses this directly by adding Jurassic Park stars Sam Neill, Laura Dern, and Jeff Goldblum into the mix with Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard.

In this third and final Jurassic World installment, dinosaurs are out and about in the world—sorry, humans. Jurassic World: Dominion will stream on Peacock four months after its theatrical premiere.

Thor: Love and Thunder | July 8

With all due respect to Doctor Strange, Thor: Love and Thunder is easily the most highly anticipated Marvel movie of the year. Taika Waititi, the director of 2017’s gonzo, game-changing Thor: Ragnarok, is back, just in time for Thor’s (Chris Hemsworth) retirement—which doesn’t last long, as Thor, the Guardians of the Galaxy, and The Mighty Thor (Natalie Portman as Thor’s replacement) must battle Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale). Thor: Love and Thunder will be available on Disney+ later in 2022.

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