There's certainly no shortage of exciting upcoming movies this year. We're diving into the deep end right from the off in 2023, with Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania kicking off Marvel Phase 5 this February, along with new M. Night Shyamalan thriller Knock at the Cabin and highly anticipated sequels Creed 3 and Scream 6 as winter begins to turn into spring.
Later on in the year, we've got titles like John Wick 4, live-action adventure Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves, and The Super Mario Bros. Movie arriving on our screens, along with Nicolas Cage as Dracula in horror-comedy Renfield and the return of Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. And that's before we get to Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, a new Mission: Impossible movie, and Christopher Nolan's explosive Oppenheimer, all in your complete guide to the best upcoming movies in 2023 and beyond.
Release date: January 27, 2023 (UK), out now in US
The Fabelmans is inspired by Steven Spielberg's experiences growing up in Arizona, which the director has often spoken about as being a big inspiration for his filmmaking, the first time he's properly explored his early years on screen. The movie also marks the first time since 2001 that Spielberg will be involved in writing the screenplay for one of his movies.
Michelle Williams and Paul Dano are playing roles inspired by Spielberg's parents, and Seth Rogen who's playing a character based on the director's favorite uncle. The film will follow Sammy Fabelman from the ages of seven to 18, as he discovers a shocking family secret.
Release date: February 3, 2023 (UK), out now in US
The Whale stars Brendan Fraser as Charlie, a 600-pound man living with severe obesity. The film follows him as he tries to reconnect with his 17-year-old daughter (Sadie Sink) while suffering from the illness as he deals with the grief of his partner. Directed by Darren Aronofsky, Hong Chau, and Samantha Morton also star.
Knock at the Cabin
Release date: February 3, 2023
M. Night Shyamalan's next movie is a psychological thriller that sees a family's vacation to an idyllic remote cabin tragically interrupted by a group of strangers who demand that they make the ultimate sacrifice to prevent the apocalypse. The cast includes Jonathan Groff, Dave Bautista, and Rupert Grint.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania
Release date: February 17, 2023
Scott Lang, AKA Ant-Man, is back, and this time he's facing off against the fearsome Kang the Conqueror (played by Jonathan Majors) and MODOK is also set to make an appearance. There are friends as well foes, though, with Evangeline Lilly returning as Hope, along with Michael Douglas as Dr. Hank Pym and Michelle Pfeiffer as Janet Van Dyne, while Kathryn Newton joins the cast as Scott's daughter Cassie.
Footage from the Ant-Man 3 debuted at Comic-Con – you can get the full rundown on what happened in our trailer description.
Release date: March 3, 2023
Creed star Michael B. Jordan is also taking over the director's chair in the third installment of the Rocky spin-off series. Set seven years after 2018's Creed 2, the movie sees a former boxing prodigy and childhood friend of Donnie's (played by Jonathan Majors) released from a long-term prison sentence. The face-off that follows is more than just a fight – Donnie's former friend has nothing to lose.
Release date: March 10, 2023
Melissa Barrera, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Mason Gooding, and Jenna Ortega are back as the survivors of Ghostface's latest spate of killings in 2022's Scream who leave Woodsboro behind to start a new life in New York City. However, it seems you can't outrun Ghostface… Franchise regulars Hayden Panettiere and Courteney Cox also return for round six.
Release date: March 17, 2023
Adam Driver stars in 65, a sci-fi thriller written and directed by Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, the screenwriting duo behind A Quiet Place. Driver plays Mills, a pilot who is one of only two survivors of a catastrophic crash. The good thing is that he's stranded on Earth. The bad part? He's stuck 65 million years ago and must contend with dinosaurs and other prehistoric dangers in order to get himself and fellow adolescent passenger Koa (Ariana Greenblatt) back home.
Shazam! Fury of the Gods
Release date: March 17, 2023
Zachary Levi returns as Shazam in Shazam! Fury of the Gods. The superhero alter-ego of teenager Billy Batson (Asher Angel) will face off against the daughters of Atlas, While Black Adam and Billy Batson are foes in DC Comics, Shazam 2 director David F. Sandberg has confirmed that Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's character won't be appearing in this movie. The sequel was originally meant to come out in 2022, but it's now taken the spot on the release calendar held by Aquaman 2 (which has in turn been delayed until 2023).
A new trailer, which debuted at SDCC, gives us our first look at the sequel's antagonists: Helen Mirren, Lucy Liu, and Rachel Zegler, who are playing the daughters of the Titan Atlas – Billy and co. have got to go head to head with powers unlike anything they've ever encountered before.
John Wick: Chapter 4
Release date: March 24, 2023
Delayed by both the pandemic and Reeves’ commitment to The Matrix Resurrections, shooting on the fourth John Wick movie finally began in June 2021. The movie is reportedly titled John Wick 4: Hagakure, which is the name of a book by the samurai Yamamoto Tsunetomo. It translates to 'hidden by the leaves,' and the book, a warrior's guide, is famous for the phrase "the way of the warrior is death."
Like the first three movies, this new installment is directed by martial arts expert-turned-stuntman-turned-kamikaze-filmmaker Chad Stahelski, and it will continue where the third chapter left off, with ace assassin Wick (Keanu Reeves) pursued by all and sundry due to the $14m bounty on his bonce. But don’t expect him to accept his fate: our beloved killer is about to go after The High Table, the council of crime lords that governs the underworld and that slapped that price tag between his eyes for the bullets to aim at.
John Wick Chapter 4 will open out the world of the first three movies, and again up the ante on the action, with Reeves promising the set-pieces are "amazing." Returning actors Reeves, Ian McShane, Laurence Fishburne, and Lance Reddick will be joined by newbies Donnie Yen, Bill Skarsgård, Clancy Brown and, as a new villain, Alita: Battle Angel’s Marko Zaror. Expect thrills, (blood) spills, and many, many kills; don’t expect a happy ending.
The movie's first action-packed teaser trailer was released at San Diego Comic-Con and asks the question: "Have you given any thought to where this ends?"
Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves
Release date: March 31, 2023
Game Night helmers Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley are in the directors' chairs for this new big-screen take on Dungeons and Dragons. The ensemble cast includes Chris Pine, Regé-Jean Page, Michelle Rodriguez, and Hugh Grant.
The Super Mario Bros. Movie
Release date: April 7, 2023
Chris Pratt is set to take on the voice of Mario and face off against Bowser (Jack Black) in The Super Mario Bros. Movie. But can he save Princess Peach (Anya Taylor-Joy) and the Mushroom Kingdom? The movie's voice cast also includes Charlie Day as Luigi, Keegan-Michael Key as Toad, and Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong.
Release date: April 14, 2023
Nicholas Hoult plays Renfield, Count Dracula (Nicolas Cage)'s henchman who decides to leave that life behind after falling in love with a traffic officer (Awkwafina). The Lego Movie director Chris McKay is helming a modern-day retelling of the classic vampire tale based on an original story by Robert Kirkman, the comic book writer best known for co-creating The Walking Dead. Ryan Ridley, who's previously written for TV shows like Community and Rick and Morty, penned the movie's script – so it looks like we can expect plenty of laughs.
Beau is Afraid
Hereditary and Midsommar director Ari Aster is back – with something a bit different to his previous cinematic offerings. Joaquin Phoenix stars in Beau is Afraid (originally known by the working title 'Disappointment Blvd.'), a surrealist horror that spans decades and takes place in an alternate universe. He plays Beau, a paranoid, anxious man who has a fraught relationship with his mother and must embark on an epic journey home after he learns of her death. Patti LuPone, Nathan Lane, Parker Posey, and Michael Gandolfini will also star.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
Release date: May 5, 2023
It's the end of the road for the Guardians – director James Gunn has confirmed that this the last time we'll see this motley crew take on the evils of the galaxy. As for which evils they'll be facing this time around, Will Poulter has joined the cast as Adam Warlock, while Peacemaker star Chukwudi Iwuji is playing the High Evolutionary. And, of course, Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Karen Gillian, Pom Klementeiff, and Vin Diesel are all returning, too.
Release date: May 19, 2023
Fast10 your seatbelts. The Fast and Furious franchise is set to conclude in a two-part finale, starting with Fast X. F9 helmer Justin Lin is directing, while series mainstays Vin Diesel, Nathalie Emmanuel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Sung Kang, Charlize Theron, and Ludacris return. Jason Momoa has also joined the cast as the movie's villain.
The Little Mermaid
Release date: May 26, 2023
Halle Bailey goes under the sea as Ariel in Disney's live-action remake of The Little Mermaid. The movie also stars Jonah Hauer-King as Prince Eric, Javier Bardem as Ariel's father King Triton, and Melissa McCarthy as sea witch Ursula. It will also feature the voices of Daveed Diggs as Sebastian the crab, Jacob Tremblay as Flounder the fish, and Awkwafina as Scuttle the diving bird.
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
Release date: June 2, 2023
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is arguable the best Spider-Man movie so far. So, there's a lot of anticipation for the sequel, Across the Spider-Verse, which is only the first part of a longer story. "Miles' story is an epic," screenwriters and producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller said.
Shameik Moore returns to voice Miles Morales, while Hailee Steinfeld will be back as Spider-Gwen. Miles is team up with Spider-Man 2099, voiced by Oscar Isaac to face off against villain The Spot. As for Kimiko Glenn's Peni Parker, Nicolas Cage's Spider-Man Noir, and John Mulaney's Spider-Ham, it remains to be seen whether they'll return. When asked, Lord and Miller said: "Miles will reunite with some old friends and meet... a lot of new ones."
Transformers: Rise of the Beasts
Release date: June 9, 2023
A new Transformers movie is in the works, and Creed 2 helmer Steven Caple Jr. is in the director's chair this time around, while Anthony Ramos and Dominique Fishback will star. Set in the '90s, the movie will be based on the Beast Wars animated series that aired between 1996 and 1999. "There are different breeds of Transformers," Caple said (opens in new tab)of the movie earlier this year. "In our particular film, they are prehistoric animals who travel through time and space, and we find them here on Earth."
Release date: June 16, 2023
According to the movie's official synopsis, Elemental follows an unlikely pair, Ember and Wade, in a city where fire, water, land, and air residents live together. The fiery young woman and the go-with-the-flow guy are about to discover something elemental: how much they actually have in common. Directed by The Good Dinosaur helmer Peter Sohn, the movie is inspired by his childhood in New York City.
The next movie from Moonrise Kingdom director Wes Anderson is set in the '50s in a fictional desert town in the US. According to the official synopsis: "The itinerary of a Junior Stargazer/Space Cadet convention (organized to bring together students and parents from across the country for fellowship and scholarly competition) is spectacularly disrupted by world-changing events." The movie features a huge ensemble cast of A-listers and plenty of regular Anderson collaborators, including Scarlett Johansson, Tom Hanks, Jason Schwartzman, Jeffrey Wright, Tilda Swinton, Bryan Cranston, Willem Dafoe, and Margot Robbie.
Release date: June 23, 2023
Hungry for more Batman after The Batman? Then welcome The Flash, finally incoming under It director Andy Muschietti. While George Clooney denies any involvement, former Bat-leads Ben Affleck and Michael Keaton will appear. Keaton’s plot function remains under-cowl, though the veteran actor did say that returning to the cape after 30-ish years felt "shockingly normal" for him.
As for other sensations, Muschietti teases shivers amid a multiverse of tones: "What you will see in Flash is a very deep, emotional story, but it’s also going to be very funny and a great epic adventure... [and] also terrifying sometimes." Muschietti is just the man for that tonal jamboree, reckons the film’s writer. "He can jump from funny to scary to emotional really fast," says Christina Hodson, who drew on the Flashpoint storyline for a tale involving time travel, the murder of Barry Allen’s mother and the opening of DC’s multiverse.
Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny
Release date: June 30, 2023
Harrison Ford is back as Indiana Jones – and Phoebe Waller-Bridge has joined the franchise as his goddaughter. Expect action, Nazi fighting, and a de-aged Ford. James Mangold is in the director's chair, and Antonio Banderas, Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Kretschmann, Boyd Holbrook, Shaunette Renée Wilson, and Toby Jones are also set to star in undisclosed roles.
Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One
Release date: July 14, 2023
Yes, there have already been six of these action-packed blockbusters, and the series continues for good reason. Tom Cruise was born to do death-defying stunts, and this series is full of them. This time around, he's joined by series newcomers Hayley Atwell and Pom Klementieff, while Ving Rhames, Henry Czerny, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Vanessa Kirby, and Angela Bassett all reprise their roles from previous movies. Christopher McQuarrie is back in the director's chair, and a sequel – titled Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part Two, if we had to guess – is already dated for 2024.
Release date: July 21, 2023
Christopher Nolan is back with a new movie about the father of the atom bomb. Cillian Murphy plays Robert Oppenheimer, an American theoretical physicist and head of the secret Los Alamos Laboratory during World War 2. He was heavily involved with the Manhattan Project, which is credited with developing the first nuclear weapons used to bomb the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. The movie's stacked ensemble cast also includes Emily Blunt, Robert Downey Jr., Matt Damon, Benny Safdie, Florence Pugh, Rami Malek, Jack Quaid, Josh Hartnett, Alden Ehrenreich, and Kenneth Branagh.
Release date: July 21, 2023
Margot Robbie stars as Barbie in the latest movie from Lady Bird and Little Women helmer Greta Gerwig, while Ryan Gosling will star as Ken and Will Ferrell is the CEO of a toy company (that may or may not be Mattel…). The movie also features a stacked ensemble cast, including America Ferrera, Simu Liu, Kate McKinnon, Issa Rae, Emma Mackey, Michael Cera, Ncuti Gatwa, Hari Nef, Connor Swindells, and Ritu Arya.
Release date: July 28, 2023
The Marvels, AKA Captain Marvel 2, will see Brie Larson's hero return alongside Iman Vellani's Ms. Marvel (confirmed by the Ms. Marvel post-credits scene) and WandaVision's Monica Rambeau, who becomes the hero Photon. Zawe Ashton has been cast as the movie's villain and Candyman helmer Nia DaCosta is in the director' chair.
Next Goal Wins
Release date: September 22, 2023
Taika Waititi is back in the director's chair for the first time since Jojo Rabbit for Next Goal Wins, a sports comedy based on the 2014 documentary of the same name. Michael Fassbender plays Thomas Rongen, a soccer coach tasked with turning the American Samoan national team from one of the worst in the world to a World Cup qualifying squad.
Dune: Part Two
Release date: November 3, 2023
We're going back to Arrakis. Timothée Chalamet returns as Paul, who's teamed up with Chani (Zendaya) and the Fremen to prevent a terrible future, all the while trying to wreak revenge on the people responsible for the murder of his family. Chalamet will be joined by returning cast members Rebecca Ferguson, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, and Dave Bautista, along with newcomers Florence Pugh, Austin Butler, Christopher Walken, and Léa Seydoux.
Release date: December 15, 2023
Timothée Chalamet is an all-singing, all-dancing chocolatier in new origin story Wonka. Plot details are still being kept under wraps, but we know that the movie will focus on Willy Wonka’s early days before he opened his infamous chocolate factory. The supporting cast includes Olivia Colman, Rowan Atkinson, Keegan-Michael Key, and Sally Hawkins, and Paddington director Paul King is helming the project.
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom
Release date: December 25, 2023
James Wan returns to direct Aquaman And The Lost Kingdom. Never mind that The Conjuring director’s proposed solo Black Manta movie (under the guise of monster spin-off The Trench) has been canceled: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II’s David Kane/Manta continues to seek vengeance on Aquaman in the sequel to the 2018 hit, which had more legs with ticket-buyers than an octopus on drums. Alongside Dolph Lundgren, Patrick Wilson, and Amber Heard, Jason Momoa plunges back in, this time in a darker, bluer “stealth” suit styled after cephalopods’ camouflage skills.
Wan promises “a movie that’s more mature [than Aquaman] but yet still retains its fun,” while producer Peter Safran reiterates the series’ faith in excess: “We have turned the dials up to 11.” Next to Safran’s Spinal Tap nod, Wan references horror movies with promises of both genre elements and nods to Planet of the Vampires, Mario Bava’s stylish, proto- Alien 1965 shocker.
Also perhaps involved is lost underwater kingdom Necrus, plus a monster or 10. Concept art netted for FanDome ranges from sand creatures to toothy undersea tentacles and Curry riding a seahorse. But it wasn’t all smooth riding for Momoa: “I’m just getting beat up,” he lamented to The Ellen Show of the physically testing shoot. Sounds like DC isn’t pulling its punches here.
Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part Two
Release date: June 28, 2024
Tom Cruise is back as Ethan Hunt for what seems like the final time. With Christopher McQuarrie back at the helm, the franchise's eighth movie follows directly on from 2023's Dead Reckoning Part One. Cruise will be joined by Ving Rhames, Henry Czerny, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Vanessa Kirby, Hayley Atwell, and Pom Klementieff.
Release date: September 26, 2024
Mahershala Ali takes on the role of the vampire-hunting antihero in Blade, after making a voice cameo in the post-credits scene of Eternals. Delroy Lindo and The Underground Railroad's Aaron Pierre are also part of the cast and Stacy Osei-Kuffour, who previously worked on HBO's Watchmen series, is on screenwriting duties. Mogul Mowgli helmer Bassam Tariq was originally in the director's chair, but he's now exited the project and the movie has been put on hold until 2023.
For more on what's to come, check out our guide to all the new Marvel movies and shows heading your way soon.