The Films of 2022

Izaak Garcia

If you’re a fan of film, then here are the 2022 movies you do not want to miss.

No doubt, 2021 has been an outstanding year in history, with both good aspects and bad. The same can be said for the film industry, with box office numbers surging up and falling back down every other month. Looking back on the films released throughout 2021, this was arguably a great year for the industry overall. Bigger production-heavy studio films released in the last half of the year such as Dune, No Time to Die, and of course Spider-Man: No Way Home absolutely crushed the box office, giving hundreds of millions of people around the world a reason to go to the cinema. But these weren’t the only types of films made. 2021 offered unique films like Wes Andreson’s The French Dispatch and Guillermo Del Toro’s Nightmare Alley. Films like these offer more niche stories, paired with brilliant cinematography and editing to create a world that takes after the director’s vision. Especially in the face of a pandemic, each of these films gave us an escape to a completely different world, from the sand-filled dunes on the distant planet Arrakis (Dune) to the aesthetic of a 1940’s pre-war New York circus (Nightmare Alley). Despite the multitude of obstacles present in 2021, these vibrant stories made their way onto the silver screen nonetheless. Studios and production companies may still face difficulties today, but based upon the previous year, 2022 is shaping up to be even better and the upcoming films only add to that hope. 

The Marvel Cinematic Universe ended with a bang in 2021, and they clearly have no intention of slowing down for 2022. With new films such as Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Thor: Love and Thunder, and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, the cinematic universe (or should I say multiverse) is expanding at an incredibly fast rate, introducing new concepts and characters all the time. The DC Universe, Marvel’s rival, is also making their world bigger, officially introducing audiences to characters Black Adam and The Flash, each with solo movies. 

In addition, DC and Matt Reeves’s The Batman is set to be an exciting film, taking a much darker and grittier perspective to Gotham’s crime fighting vigilante. Batman (played by Robert Pattinson) will be taking on criminals like The Riddler and Penguin—not for the first time, of course, but in a very new way. By far, however, one of the most anticipated films being released in 2022 is James Cameron’s Avatar 2. Over a decade has passed since Avatar was first released, with the film being massively successful and grossing over 2.5 billion dollars. Expectations are certainly very high for the sequel, as well as for all the other films being released. But, very soon, movie watchers all over the world will be able to see these films in theaters; happily, excited and with smiles all around. And hopefully, as the movie industry heads into 2022, box office numbers will be smiling with them. 

About Izaak Garcia

Izaak Garcia is currently a freshman at the University of Southern California, majoring in Cinema and Media Studies with a minor in Applied Cybersecurity. He has played soccer with FC Peoria, Dunlap, and Richwoods for over a decade combined. Garcia has also played tennis for 4 years, securing a spot on both junior varsity and varsity teams. Along with this, he has competed with the Richwoods Worldwide Youth Science and Engineering team for Biology and English for 2 years and earned multiple awards for the school. Garcia is also heavily involved with the arts. As a multi-instrumentalist, he has played the saxophone for 8 years and piano for 2 years. During his junior year of high school, he was involved in theater at Richwoods as stage crew and manager. He helped with two productions and was being trained to be stage manager for senior year before the COVID-19 pandemic impacted school. Outside of school activities, Garcia is involved in Jack and Jill of America (an organization for young African American men and women to serve the community). He served as his chapter’s treasurer during his freshman year of high school. Along with Jack and Jill of America, he enjoys coding, learning new languages, and playing video games.

About Terri Silva

Terri Silva is a 20-year-old sophomore at Bradley University pursuing a major in Television Arts with a minor in Interdisciplinary Film Studies. For Silva, art is a hobby in addition to a potential career, and she takes it very seriously. Silva thrives when she tells stories in all forms: drawings, films, writings, and more. Silva thinks of herself as a creative mind that wants to share ideas with others, while also taking in what they have to offer as well.