Super Mario Bros.
Here is where I welcome the unjust Chris Pratt hate with open arms. This is going to be great and we all know it! Pratt, Joy, Black, Rogen, Keene, Richards, etc. are but some of the exceptionally good voice cast. Not to mention you already get the vibe of what movie you’re in for by seeing the cast list, the writing/directing team, and that it’s from Illumination. While this is going to be directly aimed at the younger generation (which has always been Nintendo’s bread and butter), there’s going to be so much in it for those of us who grew up with the original Super Mario Bros. I’m talking about the game here. My god, not the original movie! No one should have endured that. I’m waiting for this one to wash away all those awful memories from 1993.
Mission Impossible 7
One of two times I’ll bring up Tom Cruise on this list. Reprising the role of Ethan Hunt, Cruise aims to deliver another action-packed thrill ride with Marvel fan favorite Haley Atwell at his side. Of course, the other series mainstays are also back for the ride, one of which has undergone a troubled production. I’m sure we’ve all heard Tom Cruise justly lose it on a staffer who almost got the production shut down, something which happened several times and prevented them from filming 7 and 8 back to back. Hopefully the plans for 8 haven’t been derailed as this series has aged like a fine wine. And, quite frankly, if f***ing Vin Diesel gets 10 Fast and Furious movies, I deserve a couple of more impossible missions. No matter how furious you can get over family, Cruise just knows how to deliver the better movie.
Chris Evans is returning as a hero but this time, it’s the person that the Buzz Lightyear toys are fashioned after in a Pixar spinoff of the Toy Story series. Honestly, I don’t know if this is supposed to be a movie in the Toy Story universe, or Toy Story’s Earth has a much more complex relationship with aliens than I could have ever imagined, but I’m sure my questions will be answered by the end credits. Pixar rarely misses and the Toy Story series is nearly infallible so there is no reason to think that this one won’t be a great trip for the entire family. If this is more Good Dinosaur than Toy Story though, I’m going to be pretty upset while surrounded by families in the theatres.
Top Gun: Maverick
Hey, here’s Tom Cruise again! I’m also fairly certain this is the third time this movie has made this list. I just want to see Maverick take to the skies again and teach all these snot-nosed kids what real flying is all about. Is that so much to ask?! Just let me watch Maverick lead another game of beach volleyball while an over-the-top soundtrack accompanies cheesy acting and some very homoerotic interactions. I just want this in my life but it keeps getting taken away from me. Is 2022 finally the year for it?
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-verse
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse introduced us not just to Miles Morales but also to Spider-Gwen, Spiderpig, Old Man Parker, and a variety of others in what is one of the best Spidey flicks to date. What we’ve seen so far is Miles taking a trippy ride through the multiverse and coming across, at the very least, Oscar Issac’s Spiderman 2099. Will the second foray through alternate dimensions with Miles and multiple Spider-men have the same effect? Will they have an equally catchy song as their theme? I can’t say much about the latter (since Post Malone is still in the teaser) but the former is pretty much assured.
Honourable Mention: DC’s League of Super Pets
I dunno, DC Animation has never let me down before. Also, Krypto is voiced by the Rock, so…
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