The roster of new Disney movies 2022 will bring us is spectacular—and there really is something for everyone.
After the blink of the eye that was 2021, 2022 is creeping up on us out of seemingly nowhere following a holiday season that passed by quicker than ever. But fortunately, 2022 has a lot to look forward to in the movie-sphere for everyone, from adults to teens to kids.
There are a plethora of new Disney movies coming out in 2022, from new Disney animated movies to live-action versions of classics, to new movies on Disney Plus. It seems like more titles are coming out in 2022 than 2020 and 2021 combined, which makes sense after a couple of years of release and filming delays. It seems this is finally a year when several anticipated Disney movies will finally see the light of day (errr, I mean, see a dark theater and our eyeballs?).
Some highlights include huge new movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, the follow-up to 2016’s Doctor Strange that will also continue Wanda Maximoff’s story that we saw in 2020’s Disney Plus show WandaVision, comes out in May. Benedict Cumberbatch returns as the Manhattan-based wizard, and iconic director Sam Raimi, dean of the superhero and horror genres, is at the helm. It comes out on May 6, hopefully, since it’s been pushed back a few times. Thor: Love and Thunder, directed by Taiki Waititi, is expected in 2022, as well is the Black Panther sequel Wakanda Forever.
Another new Disney movie coming out in 2022 is a sequel to one of the best Disney movies of all time. In fall 2022 we’ll be blessed with Hocus Pocus 2, the highly anticipated sequel to the beloved Halloween classic from 1993. The original cast, including Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy, will return.
Essentially, there are a lot of new Disney movies to look forward to in 2022 featuring Scarlet Witch’s antics, Chris Hemsworth’s sculpted abs, Bette Midler’s witch teeth, and more. Oh, and did we mention the Cheaper by the Dozen remake starring Gabrielle Union and Zach Braff? Or Chris Evans as the real man the Buzz Lightyear toy was inspired by in Lightyear? We’re looking forward to those too.
Here are all the new Disney movies 2022 has to offer:
The Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild (January 28)
The weirdly popular Ice Age franchise (no one talks about it, everyone’s seen it?) continues, and this time it’s about possums. Plus our old favorite mammoths and sabertooths and Sid the Sloth return for this upcoming Disney movie.
Sneakerella (February 18)
Everyone clowning on this movie can honestly take several seats, because the 2000s Disney Channel Original Movie vibes here are off the charts. It’s giving Jump In, it’s giving Cheetah Girls, it’s giving Camp Rock. It’s gender-swapped Cinderella set on the streets of New York, where glass slippers are out and limited edition kicks are in. The tweens are gonna go nuts.
Turning Red (March 11)
What if The Hulk were a teenage girl and instead of turning into a big green monster, she turned into a giant cuddly red panda? This is the basic premise of Pixar’s latest coming-of-age tale, which features boy band music and plenty of humor and heart. Since the new Disney Pixar movies have been, well, a little strange of late (Soul was for kids?), it’s nice to see something so clearly in the company’s wheelhouse.
Cheaper by the Dozen (March)
Another remake of the classic family flick? Yup. This time starring Zach Braff and Gabrielle Union as the overwhelmed parents, with Black-ish creator Kenya Barris cowriting the script. Hopefully, this one will be more iconic than the 2003 adaptation which, despite starring Steve Martin, Bonnie Hunt, Hilary Duff, and Ashton Kutcher (it was 2003, okay?!), is a fleeting memory. Yeah, it spawned a sequel, but when was the last time someone quoted it in conversation or online? Exactly.
Chip ’n Dale Rescue Rangers (Spring)
Taking the Alvin and the Chipmunks approach, this feature film will blend live-action with CGI animation to bring the Rescue Rangers—voiced by Andy Samberg and John Mulaney—to life.
Better Nate Than Never (Spring)
Tim Federle’s beloved book, an ode to the theater kid in all of us, is soon to be a major motion picture starring everyone’s favorite friend Lisa Kudrow, actual Broadway star Norbert Leo Butz, and Gen Z heartbreaker Joshua Bassett.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (May 6)
Phase Four this, Phase Four that, the point is, Sam Raimi is once again at the helm of a superhero flick, and we get more Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff, a.k.a. Scarlet Witch!