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22 Movies We Can’t Wait To Watch In 2024

22 Movies We Can’t Wait To Watch In 2024

Without a doubt, 2023 was a great year for film. From Creed to Guardians of the Galaxy, John Wick to Oppenheimer, Barbie to Killers of the Flower Moon, we saw the usual but exciting mix of superhero blockbusters, remakes, sequels, and biopics—the whole nine yards. But this 2024, moviegoers are not ready for what’s to come.

From the looks of things, 2024 is shaping up to seem like 2023 on steroids. There is an overwhelming array of exciting cinematic treats in store for movie buffs. Aside from the highly anticipated release of undated, untitled mystery sequels, there are still plenty of locked-in films to look forward to. For a start, we’ve got high hopes for the three blockbuster films: George Miller’s Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga, Denis Villeneuve’s Dune: Part Two, and Ridley Scott’s Gladiator sequel. There’s also new work from acclaimed filmmakers, including Bong Joon Ho and Ethan Coen. Indeed, it has become difficult to guess what’s going to happen next. Nevertheless, the calendar of upcoming theatrical releases and streaming features promises to be… promising. To whet your appetite, here is our list of the most-anticipated movies to watch in 2024.

Here are 22 of the most-anticipated movies to watch in 2024…

#1. Drive-Away Dolls (in theaters, Feb. 23)

Just when you thought the Coen Brothers filmmaking duo (Ethan and Joel) would collaborate to release another classic film as they have done in the past with the original Fargo movie, The Big Lebowski, and No Country For Old Men, they choose to take another route. This time, Ethan Coen goes solo, co-writing Drive-Away Dolls with his wife, Tricia Cooke. The comedy thriller follows two friends (Margaret Qualley and Geraldine Viswanathan) who head out on a soul-searching road trip, only to find themselves cross-pathing with criminals.

#2. Dune: Part Two (in theaters, March 1)

“Good things come to those who wait” feels like the mantra fans of Dune held on to, waiting for ‘Part Two’, since the first part of the movie aired in 2021. Just as ‘Dune: Part One’ was starting to get interesting, as the spaceships were docking and doors were opening, the film ended. Now, ‘Part Two’ will presumably begin with the story of the action hero Paul Atreides (Timothy Chalamet) and the Fremen’s battle to free Arrakis from the Harkonnens.

#3. Kung Fu Panda 4 (in theaters, March 8)

The legend of awesomeness continues as Jack Black reprises his role as Po, a panda who loves martial arts and uses it to fight for good. Since 2008, this action-packed animated franchise has won the hearts of many, along with multiple awards for a string of sequels, animated series, short films, video games, and a holiday special. This 2024, Kung Fu Panda returns to much fanfare, making it one of the most-anticipated movies to watch this year.

#4. Mickey 17 (in theaters, March 29)

Four years after stunning the world with his Oscar-winning film Parasite, Bong Joon Ho is back with a science-fiction movie — an adaptation of Edward Ashton’s novel ‘Mickey7’. Robert Pattinson stars as the titular character, an astronaut/space explorer sent to colonize an icy planet, and whenever he dies, he is cloned with his memories intact. Other cast members include Steven Yeun, Toni Collette, Naomi Ackie, and Mark Ruffalo.

#5. Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire (in theaters, March 29)

Godzilla vs. Kong director, Adam Wingard is back with a sequel to the “Titan” franchise. The massive monsters have come to rumble the cinema, facing off against another common enemy as they did in the prequel.

#6. Civil War (in theaters, April 26)

Alex Garland, the filmmaker behind Ex Machina and Annihilation, is making a comeback with A24’s most expensive project to date: Civil War, a sci-fi thriller that sees the United States once again at war with itself, starring Kirsten Dunst as a war photographer and Nick Offerman as the U.S. POTUS, among many others.

#7. Challengers (in theaters, April 26)

Can we get enough of Zendaya? The Euphoria star plays Tashi Duncan, a tennis prodigy, in Luca Guadagnino’s Challengers. The movie, which was originally set for a September 2023 release, also features Josh O’Connor and Mike Faist in inarguably the hottest love triangle since Vicky Cristina Barcelona.

#8. The Fall Guy (in theaters, May 3)

Off the Barbie spotlight as Ken, Ryan Gosling takes his acting a different route. Gosling puts on a new mask, starring as a stuntman-turned-detective (Colt Seavers), the “fall guy,” in an attempt to investigate the disappearance of movie star, Tom Ryder (Aaron Taylor-Johnson). The movie is directed by David Leitch (Bullet Train, Atomic Blonde), who happens to be a former stuntman himself—see how the dots connect?

#9. Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga (in theaters, May 24)

Since its release in 2015, Mad Max: Fury Road has never failed to excite its viewers with goosebumps, dopamine rushes, and butterflies. Thanks to this, George Miller’s post-apocalyptic franchise saw massive success. And now, nine years later, the one-armed badass Imperator Furiosa is getting her very own spinoff movie. Set 45 years after the apocalypse, Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga is about Furiosa’s early life after she’s kidnapped from the Green Place of Many Mothers.

#10. Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes (in theaters, May 24)

Following 2017’s War for the Planet of the Apes, a fourth installment has been added to the Planet of the Apes franchise. Picking up where War left off, Kingdom is set generations after Caesar established a new ape-oasis; apes are thriving, while people have fallen into feral decline. The story, however, focuses on a young chimpanzee named Noa.

#11. Ballerina (in theaters, June 7)

What a man can do, a woman can do better! Ana De Armas is set to appear alongside Keanu Reeves in Ballerina, Lionsgate’s first spinoff to the ‘John Wick’ series. The setting of the movie is reportedly in between the murder mayhem of John Wick: Chapter 3—Parabellum and John Wick: Chapter 4. Armas plays a young assassin (Rooney) seeking vengeance for the murder of her family.

#12. Bad Boys 4 (in theaters June 14)

The “Bad Boys”—Detectives Mike Lowery (Will Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence)—may seem older, but the fun, thankfully, remains the same. These two cops are likely to engage in shenanigans that don’t fall short of witty remarks, car chases, shoot-outs, and “annoying” higher-ups. So brace tight as this is one of the movies you should watch in 2024 if you’re parched for some belly laughs.

#13. A Quiet Place: Day One (in theaters, June 28)

Given the success of A Quiet Place and A Quiet Place Part II, it only makes sense that there’s a third franchise. Instead of maintaining the Abbott family as we’re familiar with in the post-apocalyptic sci-fi saga, this time it will be centered on new characters played by Lupita Nyong’o, Joseph Quinn, and Alex Wolff.

#14. Despicable Me 4 (in theaters, July 3)

This is one animated movie series that never gets old. Although the plot details are under wraps, Gru is sure to appear with his trusty minions and his three adorable daughters, Margo, Edith, and Agnes.

#15. Deadpool 3 (In theaters, July 26)

Hugh guessed it! Ryan Reynolds reprised his role as Deadpool, and he’s sharing the screen with Hugh Jackman. Hell yeah! Deadpool is teaming up with Wolverine. This MCU/X-Men universe crossover is what fans have been waiting for. It’s been a long time coming. What’s going to happen? Mark your calendars to find out.

#16. Borderlands (in theaters, Aug. 9)

You can never go wrong with video game adaptations, especially when it’s about a group of misfits, and when such misfits include the likes of Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Cate Blanchett. What’s a better combo for menace?

#17. Beetlejuice 2 (in theaters, Sept. 6)

Falling under the category of long-awaited sequels, Beetlejuice is by far the longest. The 1988 comedy classic sees Tim Burton return with his cast members, Michael Keaton, Winona Ryder, and Catherine O’Hara. And oh, joining the cast is everyone’s favorite goth girl, Jenna “Wednesday” Ortega. What could be more exciting?

#18. Joker: Folie à Deux (in theaters, Oct. 4)

What’s the Joker without Harley Quinn? Director Todd Phillips and Joaquin Phoenix took this question to heart and have returned for another run in one of the must-watch movies of 2024. This time, Lady Gaga is involved, and guess who she’s playing?

#19. Venom 3 (in theaters, Nov. 8)

The thing about the Marvel Cinematic Universe is that you can never know. The concluding scene of the second installment of the MCU-Venom franchise Venom: Let There Be Carnage promises the appearance of “your friendly neighborhood superhero”… Spider-Man. But, with Marvel, you can never know.

#20. Gladiator 2 (in theaters, Nov. 22)

For a 2000’s epic Oscar winner, Gladiator was very much expected to have a sequel. Fast forward twenty-four years later, and director Ridley Scott is now back with this long-awaited sequel. Fans’ excitement cannot be put into words. Although plot details are currently under wraps, Gladiator 2 is said to follow the grown-up Lucius (Paul Mescal), the son of Lucilla and nephew of Commodus, from the first film.

#21. Wicked: Part One (in theaters, Nov. 27)

For a decade, Wicked has been a long time in the making. Now, the Wizard-of-Oz-revising musical, based on Gregory Maguire’s 1995 novel, is getting its long-awaited movie adaptation. Cynthia Erivo stars as Elphaba, the woman destined to be the Wicked Witch of the West, and Ariana Grande is the future Glinda the Good.

#22. Mufasa: The Lion King (in theaters, Dec. 20)

“A king’s time as ruler rises and falls like the sun,” says Mufasa to his son Simba. 2019’s photorealistic remake of Lion King showed us Simba ascend as king, following his father’s death. Mufasa: The Lion King is here to take us back to how Simba’s dad became the titular pride leader while having to cope with his snarly brother Scar. Brace yourself as this must-watch movie of 2024 is sure to trigger good ol’ nostalgia. Featured image: @dunemovie/Instagram

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