The COVID-19 pandemic has not only wreaked havoc in our lives, but also severely affected the economies of countries and several industries across the world. The impact has been such that the global entertainment industry has also suffered a major blow with many 2022 movies being delayed due to the pandemic. Many series and films are released at later dates or on OTT platforms.
However, the second half of 2021 saw a silver lining as travel bans were lifted and some films – which had been postponed the year before – released for theatrical release. But with the recent spike in COVID-19 cases due to the spread of the Omicron variant, things seem to have slowed down again.
Some 2022 movies that were supposed to release a big hit are being postponed until later this year or even 2023. The wait for these highly anticipated movies has moviegoers and moviegoers holding their breath.
Here are some 2022 movies that have been delayed due to the pandemic
Original Release Date: January 14, 2022
The Ben Affleck-Ana De Armas star has once again been dropped from Disney’s theatrical release charts, and a new air date has yet to be announced. According to a Deadline report, the erotic thriller will stream on Hulu in the US, which is largely owned by The Walt Disney Company, while global streaming will take place on Amazon Prime Video.
Disney and the filmmakers will come out deep waters on OTT streaming platforms due to the “weak theatrical market for adult fare right now”, the Deadline report says, with the likes of Steven Spielberg West Side Story underperforming with only an opening of $10.5 million.
Directed by Adrian Lyne, deep waters is based on a 1957 novel of the same name by Patricia Highsmith and stars Tracy Letts, Lil Rel Howery, Rachel Blanchard, Finn Wittrock and Jacob Elordi. the IMDb The synopsis provides insight into the erotic thriller as the plot reads, “A well-to-do husband who allows his wife to have affairs in order to avoid a dicorce becomes a prime suspect in the disappearance of her lovers.”
Expected release date: April 1, 2022
Sony Pictures has announced a further delay of what could have been the first Marvel movie of 2022. The release date of Morbius has been postponed to April 1.
Jared Leto’s star suffered a fourth delay after the latest change to the January 28 schedule. Before COVID-related restrictions and lockdowns were implemented around the world from March 2020, the film was supposed to be released in July of the same year. But was moved to March 2021, then October 2021, and again to January 2022. As Marvel fans, we can only pray and hope that it will now air in April without further delay.
Marvel’s recent release of Spider-Man: No Coming Home in December 2021 was one of the blockbuster films that hit the big screen during these trying times.
According to the Sony Pictures Entertainment website, the synopsis of Morbius reads: “Dangerously afflicted with a rare blood disease and determined to save others suffering the same fate, Dr. Morbius makes a desperate gamble. While at first glance it seems like a radical success, a darkness in him is unleashed. Will good prevail over evil – or will Morbius succumb to his mysterious new urges?
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
Expected release date: May 6, 2022
Benedict Cumberbatch will appear as Doctor Strange with Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch in this Marvel Studios movie which was originally scheduled for release on March 25, 2022.
Based on the Marvel superhero, the film follows Doctor Strange, Avengers: Endgame, WandaVision and Spider-Man: No Way Home.
Marvel’s website describes director Sam Raimi as “a thrilling ride through the multiverse with Doctor Strange, his trusted friend Wong, and Wanda Maximoff, aka Scarlet Witch.”
On April 3, 2020, it was announced that the COVID-19 pandemic had pushed back the release from its original date to November 5, 2021. released November 5 and again in October, it was further delayed to its current release date of May 6, 2022 in the United States.
Death on the Nile
Expected release date: February 11, 2022
Who doesn’t love watching astute detective Hercule Poirot solve another classic mystery on the big screen? Adapted from the 1937 Agatha Christie novel, the film Death on the Nile was supposed to be released on October 9, 2020.
Kenneth Branagh’s film, a sequel to the 2017 Poirot film Murder on the Orient Express, has a star-studded set with the director himself wearing the famous detective’s hat. The movie also has wonder womanit’s Gal Gadot, Black Pantherby Letitia Wright, alongside Dawn French, Emma Mackey and Jennifer Saunders.
As Poirot finds himself in the middle of a murder mystery aboard a Nile cruise, we can’t wait to see how the story unfolds. What was scheduled for the 2019 20th Century Studios Christmas premiere has been rescheduled for October 23, 2020.
John Wick: Chapter 4
Expected release date: March 24, 2023
John Wick fans will be waiting another year as the new movie in the franchise has once again been delayed. Lionsgate Studios has announced that this next installment in the franchise, starring Keanu Reeves, will be released on March 24, 2023.
John Wick: Chapter 4 suffered serious blows before, as it was postponed once to May 27, 2021. This time it will be against Tom Cruise Top Gun: Maverick.
Keanu Reeves tries out for the starring role of a hitman out for revenge in this director from Chad Stahelski. The film stars Donnie Yen, Laurence Fishburne, Rina Sawayama, Shamier Anderson, Lance Reddick and Bill Skarsgård.
Expected release date: February 17, 2023
Marvel fans have had to wait a long time as many of their favorite movies have been postponed due to the pandemic. Another Marvel Studios classic, which was set to premiere on November 11, 2022, has now been postponed to a 2023 date.
The film features some of Marvel’s finest superheroines – Brie Larson as Captain Marvel, Teyonah Parris as Monica Rambeau, and Iman Vellani as Ms. Marvel. This Disney movie directed by Nia DaCosta is sure to blow viewers away with a whirlwind of cinematic experience, which is a hallmark of Marvel Studios.
Part of Marvel’s fourth installment, Wonders comes as a sequel to other iconic movies, including Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame.
Minions: The Rise of Gru
Expected release date: July 1, 2022
Get ready for this treat from Universal Studios as the minions buckle up to grab your attention and create a storm. With realistic animation and an impeccable plot, Minions: The Rise of Gru is the story of a 12-year-old boy obsessed with supervillains and yearning to become one.
The kid named Gru, tried out by Oscar-nominated Steve Carell, teams up with a rowdy group of henchmen – Kevin, Stuart, Bob and Otto – who help him join the forces of his favorite villain team Vicious 6.
The film is set to be released on July 1, 2022, having been postponed from its original date of July 3, 2020.
Jurassic World: Dominion
Expected release date: June 10, 2022
Yes, it’s official. Jurassic World Dominion, from the Dino franchise, is set to hit theaters in 2022. Directed by Colin Trevorrow, the Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard star will also have Laura Dern, Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum from the original cast.
While big screen releases have come to a screeching halt due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Jurassic World: Dominion is now slated to roll out on June 10, 2022 after being delayed from its original June 11, 2021 release date.
(Main image credit: Marvel; Feature image credit: Death on the Nile/IMDb)