Sony Pictures’ Morbius may have been a major sticking point for Marvel movies, but Disney Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness hopefully things will be okay again. Not only is this film original Spider Man trilogy filmmaker Sam Raimi a sequel to the 2016 hit strange doctor movie, but it also continues the plot threads of other movies and shows within the MCU, including Wanda Vision, Lokiand Spider-Man: No Coming Home. Since no other major movies are coming out this weekend, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will no doubt be another huge box office success for Marvel Studios.
Outraged strange doctor, several more theatrical releases are coming out this month that cater to all types of audiences. From a tense psychological horror film (Men) to the long-awaited sequel to a classic Tom Cruise movie (Top Gun: Maverick), studios are pulling out all the stops for the first month of the always-crowded summer movie season. After all, North America is slowly going back to how it was before the COVID-19 pandemic, so why shouldn’t studios let audiences enjoy their movies on the big screen?
What is it about: Doctor Strange accidentally opens up the multiverse and now he, Wong and Wanda Maximoff must do everything in their power to save it.
Who will love: Comic Fans; MCU fanboys (and girls); almost everybody.
Insight: It’s kind of cathartic that Sam Raimi’s first movie in nearly 10 years is in the subgenre he revolutionized with the first. Spider Man film. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Not only does it bring back several familiar faces, including Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange, Elizabeth Olsen as the Scarlet Witch, and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Karl Mordo, but it also introduces new characters to the MCU, including Xochitl Gomez as a super -American hero Chavez. Also, the word multiverse is in the title, so expect some major cameos in the film as well.
What is it about: A grieving widower begins to lose his sanity as he works as a shepherd on a weathered island.
Who will love: Horror movie lovers; fans of Lighthouse (Most likely); moviegoers who think the shepherd is scary.
Insight: Anyone who wants to watch something other than Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness this weekend should check out the limited release horror movie Shepherd. The movie trailer makes it look like a slow burn A24 horror movie in the sense of The Vitch and Hereditary. Despite the little buzz this film receives, it features a few recognizable names, including Kate Dickie (2021’s The green knight) and Greta Scacchi (1992’s The player). If you’re a horror fan and live near a theater that shows this movie, you should definitely try to see it.
What is it about: A young girl who can create fires with her mind is on the run from a sinister government organization that wants to use her powers for their own nefarious purposes.
Who will love: Stephen King fans; Blumhouse devotees; anyone who likes to start fires (get help).
Insight: Blumhouse Production’s modern remake of Stephen King’s cult classic 1984 adaptation starring Drew Barrymore is sure to please horror fans and King’s sidekicks alike. Ryan Kiera Armstrong plays the titular firestarter while Zac Efron plays her psychic father who tries to protect her from any harm that comes his way. Additionally, John Carpenter, the filmmaker and musician who produced and composed the music for the first Halloween film, composed the musical score of this new Fire starter movie starring his son Cody and guitarist Daniel Davies, great for anyone who loves his music. Hope this remake is more 2017 This and less than 2019 Pet Seminar.
What is it about: The Crawley family travels to the south of France while a film crew shoots a film at the abbey.
Who will love: Downton Abbey fans; British theatergoers; anyone who needs more Maggie Smith in their life.
Insight: This sequel to the 2019 big-screen adaptation of the long-running British TV series is sure to appeal to people who love posh British aristocrats acting like posh British aristocrats. Many series regulars are set to return, including Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, and Maggie Smith, while introducing new cast members to the franchise, including Hugh Dancy, Laura Haddock, and Dominic West. Fans of the series are sure to be in for a treat with this new film, which promises to delve into the past life of the Dowager Countess Smith’s bitch.
What is it about: A young woman retreats to the English countryside to be the target of a mysterious stalker.
Who will love: A24 enthusiasts; moviegoers who like to be pissed off by creepy men in the shadows.
Insight: Although it’s not as sci-fi-heavy as Ex-Machina or Annihilation, the trailers for Alex Garland’s latest film strongly indicate that it still features the same type of ambient horror that he became famous for. Oscar-nominated actress Jessie Buckley stars alongside dreadful penny actor Rory Kinnear, who seems to be playing multiple characters here. Garland’s track record is (so far) spotless, and Buckley and Kinnear are coming off the best job of their careers. Hopefully these performances are as riveting in the film as they are in the trailer.
What is it about: A movie star whose girlfriend implicitly breaks up with him must choose between his career or his love.
Who will love: Machine Gun Kelly fans; stoner comedy lovers.
Insight: Hello marks Machine Gun Kelly’s second film as co-writer and co-director after 2021 high falls. The rapper-turned-punk rock artist stars alongside several recognizable names, including Pete Davidson, Dove Cameron, Megan Fox and Becky G. Hopefully the film can be enjoyed both high and low, but don’t count on it.
What is it about: Test pilot Captain Pete “Maverick” Mitchell is asked to train a new generation of Top Gun graduates.
Who will love: Superior gun fans; aspiring fighter pilots; Val Kilmer’s agent.
Insight: Despite several delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the long-awaited sequel to the 80s homoerotic classic Superior gun finally hits theaters later this month. Even though the trailers position this new entry as far less cheesy than its predecessor, Top Gun: Maverick is still likely to appeal to audiences who just want to see some great fighter pilot footage, all of which was shot practically in passing. Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer reprise their roles from the first film alongside several new faces, including Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm and Ed Harris. Plus, one of those graduates is Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw (Miles Teller), the son of Nick “Goose” Bradshaw from the first film, which adds emotional stakes to this new narrative. It remains to be seen if Anthony Edwards appears as the ghost of Goose, or if the pop group Berlin returns to sing “Take My Breath Away” as a way to remind everyone that their song did in fact win an Oscar in 1987.
What is it about: A giant sinkhole opens up in front of Bob’s Burgers and puts the Belcher family’s business in jeopardy.
Who will love: Bob’s Burgers fans; animation buffs; anyone who loves burgers.
Insight: After 12 seasons of hilarious, Emmy-winning television, this goofy burger-flipping family is finally making their way to the big screen. Many series regulars will lend their voices to this film including H. Jon Benjamin, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman, Larry Murphy, John Roberts, Kristen Schaal, Zach Galifianakis, Kevin Kline, Sam Seder, Aziz Ansari, Gary Cole, Brian Huskey , David Herman, Ron Lynch, David Wain, Jenny Slate and Stephanie Beatriz. Judging by the trailer, the show’s quirky humor seems to be intact in this big-screen adaptation, which further signifies Tina’s obsession with male butts and Linda singing out of tune. If this movie does well at the box office, then maybe studios will release more 2D animated movies like this in theaters.