The weather is warming up and the flowers are blooming, which means spring is finally here! And with it comes a fresh crop of highly-anticipated movies hitting theaters over the next few months.
From long-awaited sequels like Top Gun: Maverick to original films by acclaimed directors like Jordan Peele’s Nope, there are plenty of buzzworthy blockbusters and indies to get excited about.
To help you keep track of all the movies you won’t want to miss, we’ve put together this guide to the 13 most anticipated films coming out this spring.
Action & Adventure
Top Gun: Maverick – May 27
Over 30 years after the original Top Gun flew into theaters, Tom Cruise reprises his role as hotshot pilot Pete “Maverick” Mitchell in this sequel. Maverick is still pushing the envelope as a test pilot, but must confront his past when he trains a group of TOPGUN graduates for a dangerous mission.
With exhilarating flight scenes shot in real fighter jets and the return of Val Kilmer as Iceman, Top Gun: Maverick promises to be the biggest action thrill ride of the season.
Jurassic World Dominion – June 10
The epic conclusion to the Jurassic World trilogy sees the return of Jurassic Park stars Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum joining Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard.
After genetically engineered dinosaurs escaped into the world at the end of 2018’s Fallen Kingdom, Dominion shows humans now coexisting uneasily with prehistoric beasts. But when a genetically modified dinosaur threatens humanity’s survival, our old dinosaur expert friends may be the only hope.
With director Colin Trevorrow back at the helm, Dominion should deliver all the dinosaur action fans crave.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness – May 6
Benedict Cumberbatch’s sorcerer supreme returns after his mind-bending adventure in Spider-Man: No Way Home opened up the multiverse. In this Sam Raimi-directed sequel, Doctor Strange seeks help from Scarlet Witch to face a mysterious new threat.
With connections to WandaVision and cameos rumored from the X-Men universe, Multiverse of Madness looks set to push the MCU into ever stranger directions. It promises to be one of the wildest Marvel rides yet.
Thor: Love and Thunder – May 6
Chris Hemsworth’s thunder god is back for a fourth Thor solo film, with Oscar-winning director Taika Waititi returning after the comedic success of Ragnarok. This time, Natalie Portman reprises her role as Jane Foster, who will gain the powers of Thor and become the Mighty Thor.
Christian Bale also joins the fun as villain Gorr the God Butcher. With Waititi’s knack for humor and a great cast, Love and Thunder aims to be one of the most fun, irreverent MCU entries yet.
Men – May 20
Indie favorite Alex Garland writes and directs this disturbing folk horror film about a woman (Jessie Buckley) who goes on a solo vacation to the English countryside after a personal tragedy.
She begins noticing increasingly creepy occurrences involving the male townspeople, all played by Rory Kinnear. Garland has proven adept at smart, thought-provoking sci-fi like Ex Machina and Annihilation, so expectations are high for his first horror outing.
Nope – July 22
Get Out and Us director Jordan Peele returns with another original horror story shrouded in mystery. The plot involves residents of an isolated California town witnessing a strange and abnormal event involving the skies above a nearby ranch.
With Peele’s incredible ability to tackle social issues through the lens of inventive, creepy horror, Nope is set to deliver chilling surprises and lots to ponder.
Lightyear – June 17
To infinity and beyond! Pixar’s first theatrical release since 2020 goes back to the beloved world of Toy Story to reveal the origin story of legendary Space Ranger Buzz Lightyear, voiced by Chris Evans.
Rather than a toy, this Buzz is a human astronaut who embarks on intergalactic adventures after becoming marooned on a hostile planet with his crew. Also featuring Taika Waititi and Keke Palmer, Lightyear looks gorgeously animated and promises a fun sci-fi ride.
DC League of Super-Pets – May 20
When Superman and the Justice League are kidnapped, it’s up to super-powered pets Krypto the Super-Dog (voiced by Dwayne Johnson) and Ace the Bat-Hound to save the day.
This cute and hilarious animated romp teams super pets like a flying pig, turtle and squirrel against villainous guinea pig Lulu, voiced by Kate McKinnon. Perfect for kids and DC fans alike, Super-Pets should provide lots of all-ages fun.
The Lost City – March 25
Sandra Bullock stars as a romance novelist on a book tour with her cover model (Channing Tatum) when a kidnapping attempt leaves them stranded in the jungle. Forced to put her survival skills from writing to the test, sparks fly between the unlikely pair as danger mounts in this action rom-com.
With a great comedic cast including Daniel Radcliffe as the eccentric villain, The Lost City promises a delightful jungle adventure twist on the classic romance plot.
The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent – April 22
Nicolas Cage plays a fictionalized version of himself in this wild action comedy. Strapped for cash, actor Nick Cage accepts a $1 million offer to attend a dangerous superfan’s (Pedro Pascal) birthday party. To save himself and his new friend, he must embrace the legendary Cage persona and channel his most iconic characters.
A self-referential homage to Cage’s career from the director of I Care a Lot, this promises to be a hilarious ride for the actor’s fans.
Don’t Worry Darling – September 23
Director Olivia Wilde assembled an impressive cast including Florence Pugh, Harry Styles and Chris Pine for this psychological thriller set in the 1950s. It follows a housewife (Pugh) living in an experimental utopian community who worries that her perfect life may be masking sinister secrets.
With its exploration of paranoia and dark retro aesthetics, Don’t Worry Darling carries echoes of inspiring films like The Stepford Wives and Inception. It has the ingredients to shape up as one of the most gripping and thought-provoking dramas of the year.
Where the Crawdads Sing – July 15
Based on the bestselling novel, Where the Crawdads Sing weaves together a murder mystery and coming-of-age story set in 1950s-60s North Carolina. After a man’s body is discovered, locals suspect a wild young woman named Kya who lives alone in the nearby marshes.
With an emotive lead performance by Daisy Edgar Jones and stunning natural scenery, the adaptation of this beloved novel promises to delight fans and new audiences alike.
Good Night Oppy – November 4
From the makers of acclaimed documentaries Apollo 11 and Aliens comes this stirring chronicle of Opportunity, the Mars exploration rover that operated far beyond its expected lifespan.
Using astounding archival footage and interviews with the scientists behind this inspirational robot, Good Night Oppy looks to tell a profound and humanistic story about humanity’s reach into the cosmos.
What are the most anticipated movies coming out this spring?
Some of the most anticipated movies this spring are Top Gun: Maverick, Jurassic World: Dominion, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Thor: Love and Thunder, Nope, Lightyear, The Lost City, and Where the Crawdads Sing.
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What big sequels are coming out?
Major sequels hitting theaters include Top Gun: Maverick, Jurassic World: Dominion, Doctor Strange 2, Thor 4, and Lightyear.
Are there any new movies by famous directors?
Acclaimed directors like Jordan Peele, Taika Waititi, Sam Raimi, and Alex Garland all have exciting new movies coming out, including Nope, Thor: Love and Thunder, Doctor Strange 2, and Men.
What comedy movies look good?
Some of the funniest looking comedies of the spring include The Lost City starring Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum, and The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent starring Nicolas Cage.
What indie movies seem interesting?
Intriguing smaller indie films to look out for include folk horror movie Men by director Alex Garland and Where the Crawdads Sing based on the literary phenomenon.
What documentaries are coming soon?
A highly anticipated documentary coming this fall is Good Night Oppy about the Mars exploration rover Opportunity from the makers of Apollo 11.
From long-in-the-works sequels like Top Gun 2 to chilling new horror from Jordan Peele, this spring movie season offers an excitingly diverse selection of films. Whether you’re looking for action-packed blockbusters, thought-provoking indies or anything in between, these 13 most anticipated movies guarantee must-see entertainment in the coming months.
Be sure to check back for updates on release dates and new trailers as the season kicks into high gear. With such a strong lineup, spring 2022 promises some of the best cinematic experiences in years for every kind of movie lover. The theater seats will be the hottest destination as audiences discover these latest buzzworthy films.