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All our favorite genre giants top Fandango's most-anticipated blockbusters of 2022

All 10 spots are occupied by massive genre projects and/or mega-franchise continuations.

By Josh Weiss

Celebrating another full rotation around the sun with a diet and trip to the gym is old hat. Our New Year's resolution is to see all the tentpole movies on Fandango's list of most-anticipated blockbusters for 2022. All 10 spots are occupied by massive genre projects, all of which constitute continuations of established franchises (fun fact: two of them are headlined by Tom Cruise).

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever sits in the coveted top spot followed by Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Part One), The BatmanThor: Love and ThunderJurassic World: DominionDoctor Strange in the Multiverse of MadnessAvatar 2Aquaman and the Lost KingdomTop Gun: Maverick, and Mission: Impossible 7.

“Audiences are looking for unforgettable experiences at the theater and 2022 promises to deliver a bounty of exciting new movies that you must see on the big screen,” Fandango Managing Editor Erik Davis said in a statement. “From some of the biggest returning characters like Spider-Man, Batman, Catwoman, and Doctor Strange, to memorable franchises like Black Panther, Top Gun, Mission: Impossible, and Jurassic World, the new year is packed with thrills, chills, and adventure around every corner."

The stunning box office success of Spider-Man: No Way Home — which hit $1 billion globally in its second weekend (despite the fact that we're still in the middle of a pandemic) — should bode extremely well for the next 365 days of moviegoing. In any case, it'll be another big year for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And that's just the tip of the cinematic iceberg, folks.

Head below for the rest of Fandango's picks for the hottest titles of 2022...

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

2022's Most Anticipated Animated/Family Movies:

1. Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Part One)
2. Pixar's Lightyear
3. Minions: The Rise of Gru
4. Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore
5. Sonic the Hedgehog 2

2022's Most Anticipated Horror Movies:

1. Halloween Ends
2. Scream
3. Jordan Peele's Nope
4. Orphan: First Kill
5. The Black Phone

2022's Most Anticipated Returning Performances:

1. Chris Hemsworth, Thor: Love and Thunder
2. Benedict Cumberbatch, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
3. Natalie Portman, Thor: Love and Thunder
4. Zoe Saldana, Avatar 2
5. Elizabeth Olsen, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

2022's Most Anticipated New Performances:

1. Robert Pattinson, The Batman
2. Dwayne Johnson, Black Adam
3. Christian Bale, Thor: Love and Thunder
4. Issa Rae, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Part One)
5. Zoë Kravitz, The Batman