‘Doctor Strange,’ ‘Fantastic Beasts,’ ‘The Batman,’ and More Movies in the Works: NPR


Michelle Yeoh (front), Ke Huy Quan and Stephanie Hsu in Everything everywhere all at once.

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'Doctor Strange,' 'Fantastic Beasts,' 'The Batman,' and More Movies in the Works: NPR

Michelle Yeoh (front), Ke Huy Quan and Stephanie Hsu in Everything everywhere all at once.

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Hollywood always spends the first part of the year regrouping. The Oscar contenders who walked out over Christmas need time to play themselves out. And it’s still too early for the big summer blockbusters.

But the warmer weather is bringing out the crowds — at least it did before the pandemic — and there seem to be certain themes in what studios are delivering this year: multiverse, an abundance of Batmans , action celebrities and true stories on the big screen. Here are some of the major titles on the way, with current release dates.

A multitude of multiverses

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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness: Spider-Man: No Coming Home may have looked like a movie, but for Marvel it worked like a movie trailer, grossing $1.8 billion when setting up Doctor Strange for the next installment. Released May 6.

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Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets: This twist on the Harry Potterverse finds magi-zoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) and a fearless band of wizards, witches (and a muggle) against dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Mads Mikkelsen). Released April 15.

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Everything everywhere at once: A non-franchise film (at least so far) from The Daniels (writers/directors Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert), this fantasy comedy-drama follows Evelyn (Michelle Yeoh), an aging Chinese-American who enlists to save this universe – and quite a few others. Released March 25.

batmen

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The Batman: The last of the many caped Crusaders in the DC Extended Universe gets a “le” to separate him from the rest (and possibly Marvel’s newest bat, Dr. Morbius, too). Robert Pattinson was a teenage vampire in the dusk movies, so be The Batman is not a huge stretch. He will be battling The Riddler (Paul Dano). Released March 4.

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Morbus: While trying to cure himself of a rare blood disease, Marvel’s troubled Dr. Michael Morbius uses something or other and goes a little crazy. There are advantages, however – increased speed and strength, the ability to use bat tracking. Also, a minus: an irresistible urge to drink blood. But hey, there’s always something. Released April 1.

Action stars in a hurry to get in on the action

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The Lost City: Channing Tatum plays a burly model for adventure book covers, eager to impress the author of those adventures (Sandra Bullock). So when she’s kidnapped by a billionaire played by Daniel Radcliffe, Tatum thinks he should save her (“I’m CPR certified, cross-fit certified, I’ve got snacks”). Brad Pitt stops by to offer a competition. Released March 25.

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Operation Fortune: Ruse of War: In it, billionaire Hugh Grant is tricked by agents Jason Statham and Aubrey Plaza, who decide to use the rich man’s favorite movie star (Josh Hartnett) as extremely reluctant bait. Released March 18.

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The unbearable weight of massive talent: Consider this one a meta version of the billionaire and actor story. Nicolas Cage plays a movie star who agrees to entertain a rich man at his million dollar birthday party. Star Nick Cage is playing? Nick Cage. Released April 22.

True stories

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The Duke: A 60-year-old taxi driver steals Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in London in 1961. In real life, he offered to return it if Britain offered free TV and other benefits to retirees, becoming a bit of a folk-hero in the process. Released April 22.

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Nitram: Caleb Landry Jones won Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival last year for playing Australian mass murderer Martin Bryant (“Nitram” is “Martin,” backwards). His embittered mother is played by Judy Davis. Released March 30.

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Eiffel: After designing the Statue of Liberty, Gustave Eiffel is ready for something more down-to-earth – underneath, in fact: the Paris metro. But the government wants something grand for the 1889 World’s Fair, and when it crosses paths with a mysterious woman, it’s inspired to, uh, erect something flashier that will forever change the skyline of Paris. . Released April 22.

Listen to the full Spring movie preview by hitting play in the audio above.


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