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Every Movie Sequel Hitting Theaters in 2022

2022 is shaping up to be a year of movie sequels! Here's every sequel we know is coming to theaters this year.

Is 2022 going to be the year of the movie sequel? It certainly seems like it!

From kids’ movies to slasher flicks, there are more than twenty sequels heading to a screen near you this year.

Almost every movie on this list is heading to traditional movie theaters, although two direct-to-streaming movies have been included. Hotel Transylvania: Transformania will be released on Amazon Prime Video after its theater release was canceled. Also, Texas Chainsaw Massacre is scheduled for release on Netflix.

So, check it out: here’s a list of every sequel that you can expect to see in 2022.

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Hotel Transylvania: Transformania

Release Date: January 14, 2022

Although Adam Sandler didn’t return as Dracula for the fourth installment of the Hotel Transylvania franchise, other stars like Andy Samberg and Selena Gomez are back for more. It promises to be a good time, with Dracula switching bodies dim-witted Johnny. You won’t have to hit theaters to catch this one, though. It will be released exclusively on Amazon Prime Video after its initial release was canceled amid the pandemic.


Release Date: January 14, 2022

The killer is always someone you know – and this fifth installment of the Scream franchise is bringing back the stars we know, too. Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, and David Arquette are returning for the long-running film series. They are back to uncover the truth when a new killer emerges twenty-five years after the original murders in Woodsboro.


Release Date: January 28, 2022

This upcoming collab between Marvel Studios and Sony hit plenty of delays, but filming was completed in the summer of 2019. Audiences will finally see it on January 28, 2022. Jared Leto plays the titular character, and Michael Keaton will reprise his role as Vulture from Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Jackass Forever

Release Date: February 4, 2022

Johnny Knoxville and friends are back for another round of dangerous, wildly absurd (and likely really gross) humor and stunts. Don’t expect to see Bam Margera, who was fired from production last year. But we will see the return of Steve-O, Chris Pontius, Wee Man, Dave England, and more. Expect guest appearances from Machine Gun Kelly, Tyler the Creator, Eric Andre, and even Tony Hawk.

Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Release Date: February 18, 2022

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise has already seen eight slasher films, comics, and even a video game. What’s another one, right? February will see the ninth installment in the series, simply called Texas Chainsaw Massacre, which is intended as a direct sequel to the 1974 original. It disregards all the other films in the franchise. This one is scheduled for release on Netflix.

Downton Abbey: A New Era

Release Date: March 18, 2022

The Crawleys are back to continue their legacy on the big screen. Lord and Lady Grantham request the pleasure of your company for Downton Abbey: A New Era. The historical drama serves as a sequel to 2019’s Downton Abbey, in which the Crawley family and Downton staff received a royal visit from the King and Queen of Great Britain. This time around, you are cordially invited to the grandest escape of the year.

Sonic the Hedgehog 2

Release Date: April 8, 2022

Remember when Sonic the Hedgehog was delayed because the character looked terrible? It went on to become a box office success, so it’s getting a sequel! Sonic and Tails are back, and they’re trying to prevent Doctor Eggman (Jim Carrey) and Knuckles the Echidna (Idris Elba) from getting the Master Emerald.

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore

Release Date: April 15, 2022

The Fantastic Beasts franchise will release a third installment after all, with The Secrets of Dumbledore hitting theaters in April. Set several years after the events of The Crimes of Grindelwald, we’ll see Albus Dumbledore enlist Newt Scamander and friends with taking on powerful dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald. The rest of the stars return, as Mads Mikkelsen joins the cast to replace Johnny Depp.

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Doctor Strange In the Multiverse of Madness

Release Date: May 6, 2022

Director Scott Derrickson was originally signed on to create what he called “the first scary MCU movie,” but his departure over “creative differences” means we likely won’t be seeing a horror flick here. It’s rumored that Marvel’s unease with that statement is what led to Derrickson’s departure. In any case, the legendary Sam Raimi has taken over the helm for this flick. Make sure you’ve seen WandaVision before heading to theaters on May 6! Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda/Scarlet Witch will play a large role here, and it’s likely that WandaVision will have some influence on this movie.

Legally Blonde 3

Reese Witherspoon

Release Date: May 20, 2022

Details are a little scarce concerning the plot here, but that doesn’t change fans from anticipating it. I do know that Mindy Kaling co-wrote the script, and Reese Witherspoon is back – and that’s plenty enough for me! What do you think Elle Woods is up to, two decades later?

Top Gun: Maverick

Release Date: May 27, 2022

Tom Cruise will return in the role of reckless renegade Maverick, in this sequel to 1986’s Top Gun. It’s been 36 years since the original, so I’m questioning whether or not this was a sequel we need or want, but I guess we’ll find out in May 2022.

Jurassic World: Dominion

Chris Pratt in Jurassic World
Universal Pictures

Release Date: June 10, 2022

2015’s Jurassic World was a fun, action-packed film that felt like it paid tribute to the original, but its sequel Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom received mixed reviews at best. Luckily, Colin Trevorrow has returned to the director’s chair for Jurassic World: Dominion, so here’s to hoping that this film can end the trilogy on the right foot.

Minion: The Rise of Gru

Minions The Rise of Gru
Courtesy of Universal

Release Date: July 1, 2022

What can I say? There’s something about these little yellow guys that people can’t get enough of. It’s been a while since Minions turned these unique creatures into blockbuster stars, but now the Steve Carrell-voiced leader Gru is back along with the rest of the gang. This will be the fifth installment in the Despicable Me franchise and a direct sequel of Minions.

Thor: Love and Thunder

Release Date: July 8, 2022

Chris Hemsworth returns for the fourth Thor film, but not necessarily as Thor. Marvel revealed that Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster is returning to the MCU as the new Mighty Thor. You can also expect that the Guardians will be along for the ride, with the addition of Chris Pratt and Vin Diesel to the cast list.

Mission: Impossible 7

Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible
Paramount Pictures

Release Date: September 30, 2022

Tom Cruise gets another sequel in 2022 with Mission: Impossible 7. The action-packed spy flick is the seventh installment in the franchise. Bet you guessed that from the title! Not much is known about the movie yet, plot-wise, but it’s expected to push the limits of all the characters, including Cruise’s Ethan Hunt.

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Part One)

Release Date: October 7, 2022

Sony was already planning to produce a sequel to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse before the film even hit theaters. On October 7, we get the first of the two-part sequel with Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Part One). Details are scarce, but it will supposedly focus on the relationship between Miles Morales and Gwen Stacy/Spider-Woman. The writing and directing team from Into the Spider-Verse are also attached to this sequel.

Halloween Ends

Release Date: October 14, 2022

This will be the third and final installment in the trilogy that began with 2018’s Halloween. It’s also the twelfth installment in the whole Halloween franchise. As you can tell by the name, it will mark the end of the saga of Michael Myers (James Jude Courtney) and Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis). It hits theaters just in time for Halloween!

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Shuri from Black Panther
Disney/Marvel Studios

Release Date: November 11, 2022

Intended to be a sequel to 2018’s Black Panther, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is set to hit theaters on November 11, 2022. After the tragic passing of star Chadwick Boseman, it has been confirmed that the role of T’Challa will not be recast and they will not add his likeness with CGI, either. Plot details are scarce, but it’s probably safe to assume we’ll see Shuri’s attempts to become the next Black Panther.

Creed III

Michael B. Jordan

Release Date: November 23, 2022

Late November will bring us the third installment in the story of Adonis Creed. He’s the son of Apollo Creed, the guy Rocky faced off with in 1976’s Rocky. Michael B. Jordan will not only star in Creed III, but he’s also directing the film this time around. And while Sylvester Stallone reprised the role of Rocky for the first two Creed films, he won’t be back for this sequel.

Avatar 2


Release Date: December 16, 2022

The 2009 epic science fiction film Avatar is finally getting a sequel, and it’s only been a whopping 13 years. But get this: James Cameron and 20th Century Studios are banking that audiences will not only flock to theaters for a sequel, but for a whole bunch of them. Avatar 2 will come out in 2022, just in time for the holiday season. Avatar 3, 4, and 5 are also on the horizon.

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom

Jason Momoa and Amber Heard in ‘Aquaman’ / Warner Bros.

Release Date: December 16, 2022

DC Comics is ending the year with a Jason Momoa-sized bang. This sequel to 2018’s Aquaman was actually pitched by Momoa during production of the first film. Obviously, we can expect Momoa to return as Aquaman, and Amber Heard is reportedly returning as Mera. James Wan is back in the director’s chair, too.