2023’s Most Anticipated Movie Releases


A screencap from the upcoming Mario movie which expresses the excitement of movie fans for this coming year

Since the onset of the pandemic in 2020, the world of film has gone through a lot of changes. We saw major production companies like Warner Bros. Pictures releasing movies on streaming services such as HBO Max, while others kept with the tradition of releasing movies in theaters first and foremost. Either way, 2023 is going to have a lot to offer. Here are some of the most anticipated films coming this year.



Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (February 17)

After being delayed a year, Paul Rudd and friends are finally back for more Ant-Man adventures. There are some promising new additions to the cast, including Jonathan Majors as supervillain Kang the Conqueror and Bill Murray as mysterious scientist Roi Krylar.


John Wick: Chapter 4 (March 24)

The fourth installment in director Chad Stahelski and star Keanu Reeves’ action franchise is finally reaching theaters this year after a two-year delay due to the pandemic. This chapter follows John Wick as he is at war with the High Table, and Stahelski has gone on record to say that the fourth chapter may not have a “happy ending” for our protagonist.


The Super Mario Bros. Movie (April 7)

This long-awaited adaptation of the hit Nintendo franchise is produced by Illumination’s (Despicable Me) Chris Meledandri and the creator of Mario himself, Shigeru Miyamoto. Chris Pratt will be (rather controversially) voicing the eponymous Mario; his castmates include Anya Taylor-Joy as Princess Peach, Jack Black as Bowser, Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong, and Charlie Day as Luigi.


Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3 (May 5)

Writer and director James Gunn continues the hit series, which stars Chris Pratt, Bradley Cooper, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, and Elizabeth Debicki. Will Poulter is also set to play Adam Warlock, the character teased at the end of the second installment.


The Little Mermaid (May 26)

The classic animated Disney movie gets a live action retelling this May, with a promising cast including Halle Bailey, Jonah Hauer-King, Melissa McCarthy, Daveed Diggs, and Awkwafina. It also features new songs co-written by the revered Lin-Manuel Miranda of Hamilton fame.


Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (June 2)

The sequel to the Oscar-winning Into the Spider-Verse is finally coming after being delayed last year, starring Shameik Moore as Miles Morales. Our protagonist is joined by a vibrant cast of Spider-Man characters that weren’t seen in the original, including Issa Rae as Jessica Drew.


Oppenheimer (July 21)

Christopher Nolan’s biopic on the “father of the atomic bomb” J. Robert Oppenheimer stars Cillian Murphy as the titular scientist, shot with IMAX film cameras like much of Nolan’s other work. Murphy will be accompanied by Emily Blunt and Matt Damon.


The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes (November 17)

Franchise veteran Francis Lawrence returns to direct the adaptation of the prequel novel of the same name by Suzanne Collins. The story follows a young not-yet-President Snow and his involvement in the Hunger Games as a mentor several years before the events of the original series.


Wonka (December 15)

Gen Z heartthrob Timothee Chalamet plays a young Willy Wonka in a recount of his origin story, where he crosses paths with the Oompa-Loompas. The cast includes Keegan Michael-Key, Rowan Atkinson, Sally Hawkins, and Olivia Colman, with director Paul King (Paddington) taking the helm.