10 Movies With MCU Actors To Watch In 2022
The MCU is filled to the brim with actors and actresses who are Hollywood mainstays after, and often long before, they join the ever-expanding superhero franchise. While fans undoubtedly love seeing them portray their Marvel personas, many of these talented actors have found plenty of intriguing roles outside of the MCU as well.
As the box office begins to recover from its steep decline during the COVID-19 pandemic, many exciting films are on the horizon in 2022. Many of the year’s most anticipated films feature some of the audience favorite actors from the sprawling MCU. .
Death on the Nile (February 11)
The second of Kenneth Bragnah’s adaptations of classic Agatha Christie crime novels, Death on the Nile, slated for release next month. The film promises non-stop intrigue as Inspector Hercule Poirot investigates another murder on a mode of transportation, which seems to be his calling in life.
The incredibly star-studded cast that headlines this film includes two MCU alumni in Letitia Wright and Annette Bening. Bening portrayed Mar-Vell and the Supreme Intelligence in 2019’s Captain Marvel, while Wright had a much more prominent recurring role as Shuri, who is set to return in the upcoming Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. It’s also worth noting that Branagh himself has a history with the MCU, having directed the first Thor film and having made an uncredited audio appearance at the beginning of Avengers: Infinity War.
Marry Me (February 11)
Marry me is an upcoming romantic comedy starring Jennifer Lopez and Owen Wilson. Lopez plays a pop star who agrees to marry a fan (Wilson) on the spur of the moment after learning she’s been cheated on. The film is set to hit theaters and on Peacock on February 11.
Many MCU fans will recall that Owen Wilson recently made his Marvel franchise debut in Loki, the Disney+ series following the titular god of evil. In the series, Wilson portrays Time Variance Authority Agent Mobius and Loki’s partner for the early episodes. The character is expected to return in future seasons and is even rumored to appear in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
Uncharted (February 18)
Live adaptation of Unexplored finally hits theaters next month after going through many directors while stuck in development hell. The film adaptation of the classic adventure video game series of the same name has been the subject of controversy given its unusual casting choices, but may surprise fans of the games when released.
Many fans will recognize lead actor Tom Holland as the MCU’s Spider-Man. Holland has portrayed the Wallcrawler for the past six years, most recently appearing in Spider-Man: No Coming Homea film that united three generations of Spider-Man fans, while becoming one of the highest-grossing films of all time.
Sonic The Hedgehog 2 (April 8)
After a hectic marketing campaign in 2020, sonic the hedgehog surprised audiences with a surprisingly heartfelt take on the classic video game character. This year, Sega and Paramount Pictures hope to repeat their success with the sequel, which is expected to introduce more classic characters from the franchise, including Knuckles.
Fans have high expectations for the Sonic sequel, especially for the character of Knuckles, who will be voiced by Idris Elba. Elba is known for many roles throughout his career, not the least of which is that of Heimdall in the Thor movies. Heimdall was one of Thor’s closest companions and best friend until his death at the hands of Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War.
Light year (June 17)
Pixar surprised and confused fans recently after announcing that it would begin production on a prequel series after “the real Buzz Lightyear.” Fans were hooked, however, after seeing the film’s first trailer, which promises an action-packed space adventure for the beloved. toy story character, or at least the character the beloved toy is based on.
Although the character of Buzz Lightyear was voiced by Tim Allen in every installment of the toy story franchise, Chris Evans will reprise the role for the upcoming film. Evans is perhaps best known for his role as Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, in the MCU, which shot the actor to stardom. Now he’s testing his merits as a voice actor with the fast approach Light year.
Don’t Worry Honey (September 23)
From director Olivia Wilde, don’t worry darling is an upcoming psychological thriller starring Florence Pugh, Gemma Chan, Harry Styles and Chris Pine. The film follows a married couple (Pugh and Styles) as they live in a utopian experience, only for the wife to realize that her husband isn’t all he seems.
The film’s three main actors, Florence Pugh, Harry Styles, and Gemma Chan, have all recently entered the MCU. Most notably, Pugh broke new ground with his fan-favorite character Yelena Belova, Natasha Romanov’s pseudo-sister featured in Black Widow. Both Chan and Styles were featured in Chloe Zhao Eternals as Sersi and Eros respectively, although Chan also made an appearance as Minn-Erva in 2019 Captain Marvel.
Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse Part 1 (October 7)
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was the surprise hit of 2018, with the animated superhero movie proving just how much fun the multiverse can be. Now the highly anticipated sequel, Across the Spider-Verse Part 1 is just months away from release, promising the same multiversal mayhem as the first.
Fans are already clamoring to see some variations of Spider-Man appear in the film, including Spider-Gwen, played by Hailee Steinfeld. Steinfeld recently made his MCU debut in the Disney+ series Hawk Eye, where she played the partner and apprentice of the titular character, Kate Bishop. Oscar Isaac will also appear in Through the Spider-Verse as Miguel O’Hara, also known as Spider-Man 2099. By the time the movie is released, he too will have been featured in the MCU as Marc Spector, the Moon Knight.
A True Love (2022)
A true love is an upcoming romance film starring Phillipa Soo, Simu Liu, and Luke Bracey. The film’s main character (Soo) is forced to choose between two lovers (Liu and Bracey), one of whom she thought was long dead.
Simu Liu is another recent addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, having portrayed the titular character in 2021. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. This portrayal proved to be a breakout role for Liu, who was catapulted into stardom seemingly overnight after the film’s release.
At Knives Out 2 (2022)
by Rian Johnson Knives out was a standout hit in 2019, rekindling mainstream appeal in the murder mystery genre. Now, the sequel to the hit film is set to hit Netflix later this year, with an equally star-studded cast as the first. Expectations for the film are high, with fans already speculating on who Knives Out 2may be the killer.
Among the impressive cast, several have also been featured in the MCU. This cross section includes Dave Bautista, who plays Drax in several installments of the Marvel franchise, Katheryn Hahn, who played the villainous Agatha Harkness in Wanda VisionEthan Hawke, who will appear as cult leader Arthur Harrow in the upcoming moon knight series, and Edward Norton, who portrayed the original Bruce Banner/Hulk in The Incredible Hulk. One can only imagine what these four encounters will look like on screen.
Extraction 2 (2022)
Netflix found success in 2020 with its action thriller Extraction, which saw Australian actor Chris Hemsworth play Tyler Rake, a black market mercenary who finds himself in over his head on a mission to rescue a kidnapped child. The streaming service is expected to release a sequel to Extraction over the coming year, with Hemsworth returning as Rake.
Most audiences will recognize Hemsworth as the God of Thunder himself in the MCU. The 38-year-old actor has portrayed Thor Odinson in seven stunning films throughout the franchise, and will be making his first appearance since. Avengers: Endgame also later this year, with the film directed by Taika Waititi Thor: Love and Thunder. This film will mark the first time a solo franchise within the MCU will receive a fourth installment, marking a major milestone for Hemsworth and the rest of his supporting cast.
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