‘Spider-Verse,’ ‘Lightyear’ Are Among Fandango’s Most Anticipated Pics of 2022

Online ticket sales destination Fandango recently asked 6,000 ticket-buyers to reveal their most anticipated theatrical movies of 2022. Not surprisingly, Sony’s Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Part One), Disney/Marvel’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and Disney/Pixar’s Lightyear were among the most popular titles on the list.

In 2021, all survey respondents saw at least one movie in a theater.  They were polled during the first three weeks of December. Here are some of the audience favorites in various categories:

2022’s Most Anticipated Blockbusters

  1. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (Nov. 11)
  2. Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Oct. 7)
  3. The Batman (March 4)
  4. Thor: Love and Thunder (July 8)
  5. Jurassic World: Dominion (June 10)
  6. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (May 6)
  7. Avatar 2 (Dec. 16)
  8. Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom (Dec. 16)
  9. Top Gun: Maverick (May 27)
  10. Mission: Impossible 7 (Sept. 30)
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

2022’s Most Anticipated Action/Adventure Movies (non-superhero)

  1. Jurassic World: Dominion
  2. Avatar 2
  3. Top Gun: Maverick
  4. Mission: impossible 7
  5. Uncharted (Feb. 18)

2022’s Most Anticipated Animated/Family Movies

  1. Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
  2. Lightyear (June 17)
  3. Minions: The Rise of Gru (July 1)
  4. Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore (April 15)
  5. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (April 8) 

2022’s Most Anticipated Horror Movies

  1. Halloween Ends (Oct. 14)
  2. Scream (Jan. 14)
  3. Jordan Peele’s Nope (July 22)
  4. Orphan: First Kill (TBD)
  5. The Black Phone (June 24)

2022’s Most Anticipated Returning Performances

  1. Chris Hemsworth (as Thor), Thor: Love and Thunder
  2. Benedict Cumberbatch (as Dr. Stephen Strange), Doctor Strange in the Multiverse Madness
  3. Natalie Portman (as Dr. Jane Foster), Thor: Love and Thunder
  4. Zoe Saldana (as Neytiri), Avatar 2
  5. Elizabeth Olsen (as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch), Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

2022’s Most Anticipated New Performances

  1. Robert Pattinson (as Bruce Wayne/Batman), The Batman
  2. Dwayne Johnson (as Black Adam), Black Adam
  3. Christian Bale (as Gorr the God Butcher), Thor: Love and Thunder
  4. Issa Rae (as Jessica Drew/Spider-Woman), Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
  5. Zoe Kravitz (as Selina Kyle/Catwoman), The Batman

Among Fandango’s other findings from the year-end poll: 

  • 94% want to go to the theater more often in 2022 than they did in 2021
  • 89% were gratified to see new movie releases on the big screen this year.
  • 88% are excited by the 2022 line-up of theatrical releases.
  • 86% picked action/adventure as one of their favorite genres.
  • 80% hope to see five or more movies on the big screen in 2022
  • 70% plan to see movies in premium large-screen formats whenever possible.


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