Superheroes, evil (and un-evil) dolls, mermaids, boxing prodigies, and more are set to hit the big screens this year in an assortment of book adaptations, new ideas, and remakes of old stories.
M3GAN is a sci-fi horror film revolving around an artificially intelligent doll who is programmed to be a child’s best friend. Unfortunately, the doll becomes a bit too attached to its human companion and becomes hostile toward anyone else who tries to get close. M3GAN has currently grossed over $101 million worldwide at the box office. The movie stars Amie Donald, Jenna Davis, Allison Williams, Violet McGraw, and more. The movie is now streaming in theaters, and it will arrive on demand on January 24th. The streaming release date is unknown, but it will most likely end up on Peacock.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is the sequel to Ant-Man (2015) and Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018). In this movie, the Ant-Man and the Wasp explore the Quantum Realm, discovering strange new creatures and forcing them beyond what they thought was possible. Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly are both returning for this movie, and it’s expected to earn around $700 million. It comes out on February 17th, 2023.
Creed III stars Jonathan Majors, Michael B. Jordan, Tess Thomson, Phylicia Rashad, and many more. This third installment in the Creed franchise will find Adonis Creed putting his future on the line to fight a childhood friend and former boxing prodigy. The movie comes out on March 3rd, 2023.
Scream 6 is the sixth installment of the Scream franchise, and it will be the first Scream movie without Neve Campbell. Jenna Ortega, Hayden Panettiere, Melissa Barrera, Courteney Cox, Mason Gooding, and Jasmin Savoy Brown are all returning. The trailer features a new Ghostface who swears they’re something different. It’s set in New York City and will hit theaters on March 10th, 2023.
Shazam! Fury of the Gods
Shazam! Fury of the Gods will feature Shazam taking on the daughters of the Greek titan Atlas, Hespera, and Kalypso. Zachary Levi and Asher Angel are both returning, and they will be joined by newcomers Rachel Zegler, Lucy Liu, and Helen Mirren. Shazam! Fury of the Gods is set to be released to theaters on March 17th, 2023.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is going to finally be released to theaters on May 5th, 2023, and it’s a part of Phase Five of the MCU. Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Sylvester Stallone, Pom Klementieff, and more are all returning. It’s the final installment of the Guardians of the Galaxy series, and the plot involves Peter Quill leading the Guardians on one last dangerous mission to protect one of their team members.
The Little Mermaid
The Little Mermaid will be a remake of the classic animated story from 1989. The movie will feature two new songs and all the songs from the original. The cast includes Halle Bailey as Ariel, Jonah Hauer-King as Prince Eric, Melissa McCarthy as Ursula, and Daveed Diggs as Sebastian. More cast members include Jacob Tremblay, Simone Ashley, and Javier Bardem. The Little Mermaid comes out on May 26th, 2023.
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse stars Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld, Oscar Isaac, Jake Johnson, and more. This animated sequel will follow Miles Morales after he’s approached by his best friend, Gwen Stacy, to complete a mission to save every universe of Spider-People from a new villain. The movie is scheduled to be released on June 2nd, 2023, and it’s predicted to make at least $500 million.
Barbie is possibly one of the most widely anticipated films of 2023, starring both Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling. The film is directed by Greta Gerwig, who also directed Little Women and Lady Bird. Much of the plot has been kept hidden, but Ryan Gosling has hinted that his Ken character is having a hard time. The movie is scheduled to be released in theaters on July 21st, 2023.
The Marvels is set to hit theaters a week after Barbie – July 28, 2023. Brie Larson is returning as Captain Marvel, while Teyonah Parris and Irman Vellani are both joining her. The official synopsis states, “Carol Danvers has reclaimed her identity from the tyrannical Kree and taken revenge on the Supreme Intelligence. But unintended consequences see Caro shouldering the burden of a destabilized universe.” Kamala Khan, Monica Rambeau, and Carol Danvers find themselves trying to save the universe.
The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snow
Releasing eight years after the last of the Hunger Games franchise, you can catch The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snow in theaters on November 17th, 2023. Rachel Zegler, Hunter Schafer, Viola Davis, Peter Dinklage, and Tom Blyth are just several of the cast members of this film. It’s a film adaptation of the book released on May 19th, 2020. It is set as a prequel to The Hunger Games trilogy, exploring the backstory of Coriolanus Snow 64 years before the first installment takes place.
Wonka’s story will follow a young Willy Wonka and how he met the Oompa-Loompas on one of his earliest adventures, and it serves as a prequel to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Since it’s not set to be released until December 15th, 2023, not a whole lot is known about the film. However, it is known that it’s going to be a musical which stars Timothee Chalamet.