Social distancing and shutdown mandates over the past two years threw a wrench in the operations of many industries, the film industry being one of them. Now that things are beginning to settle down a bit from the upheaval of the pandemic, production houses are getting back at it with a vengeance. There are a ton of movies coming out next year, some of which we’ve been waiting for for years—literally. If you’re looking for a few black films to add to your watch list next year, consider these top 3 black films to look forward to in 2022.
1: Nope (July 2022)
Director and writer Jordan Peele have been on a hot streak for the last few years. After breakout hits Get Out and Us, moviegoers are excited to see what’s next. Nope, the next project from Peele, was announced earlier this year and is set to debut in July 2022. Not much is known about Nope yet, but with a star-studded cast including Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out), Keke Palmer (Hustlers), Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead), and Ethan Cutowsky (Shameless), and an amazing director behind the wheel, Nope stands to be one of the best horror flicks of 2022.
2: Blade (October 2022)
Blade is iconic, not just for horror fans, but for black horror fans in particular. He may not be the first black Marvel character to get their own spin-off, but he is the first to have their own financially successful mainstream franchise. It has been announced that there the next installment in the Blade film franchise is in process, and while there is no firm release date, it is said that the title character is set to be played by Mahershala Ali. Ali, an Academy Award winner who wowed us in his roles in House of Cards, Hidden Figures, and Moonlight, has the acting chops and stage presence to pay tribute to the role, and we can’t wait to see what he brings to the Marvel universe.
3: Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (November 2022)
After the death of Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman in 2020, fans were left wondering if the Black Panther movies would continue, and if so—how? Boseman perfectly embodied the role to such a degree that fans cannot imagine a replacement, so when it was announced that Black Panther: Wakanda Forever would still be released as planned, many were skeptical. Marvel spokespersons made it clear that Boseman’s role would not be recast, nor would they use a digital double, and assured fans that proper homage would be paid to the late King T’Challa.
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