An overview of upcoming 2023 films


Gracie Moore, Reporter

2023 holds new films catered to fans of every genre: action, horror, adventure and fantasy, there’s something for everyone. 

Marvel Studios has a couple of big movies hitting theaters in 2023, including “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantamania” and “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.” 

The third installment of the “Ant-Man” series was released in theaters Feb. 17 and has already divided many fans. 

As of Feb. 18, the film holds an early rating of 48% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 7/10 on IMDb. 

While “Ant-Man” continues to rake in reviews and ratings, the third volume of “Guardians of the Galaxy” is set to be released on May 5. 

This is the final installment of the trilogy directed by James Gunn. 

Will Poulter and Chukwudi Iwuji will make their first Marvel appearances as Adam Warlock and The High Evolutionary alongside a few other unnamed characters in the film.

Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling will play Barbie and Ken in the upcoming film “Barbie,” directed by Greta Gerwig. 

Other stars joining Robbie and Gosling in Barbieland include Will Ferrell, Kate McKinnon and Michael Cera. You can see the toys come to life in theaters on July 21. 

I have pretty high hopes for this one. 

Gerwig directed “Little Women” and “Lady Bird,” which are both spectacular films. I think that her direction matched with the acting talent of Robbie and Gosling will make for a pretty solid movie. I’m looking forward to the costume design and visuals as well. 

This year holds plenty of sequels and prequels of popular series like “The Hunger Games” and “Indiana Jones.”

The film adaptation of the prequel novel surrounding the early life of President Snow, “The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes,” will be released in early November. 

Tom Blyth will play Coriolanus Snow alongside Rachel Zegler as Lucy Gray Baird. 

Joining Blyth and Zegler are Hunter Schafer (“Euphoria”), Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones”) and Viola Davis (“The Woman King”).

Phoebe-Waller Bridge joins Harrison Ford in the fifth installment of the “Indiana Jones” series, “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny”. 

This is the first movie of the series not to be directed by Stephen Speilberg, with James Mangold taking the lead. He’s directed films like “Logan,”  “Wolverine” and “Girl, Interrupted,” so I’m positive that even if he takes a different approach, it’ll still be an outstanding film. 

Fans can see Ford return alongside John Rhys-Davies on June 30. 

Dungeons & Dragons players will be excited to hear that Chris Pine is set to star in “Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves.” 

The game has earned a few film adaptations, but all have been poorly received. 

I don’t have high hopes for this movie. I’ve never played the game before, which may have a lot to do with my low expectations. But for the sake of “D&D” fans, I hope that it’s an entertaining homage to the game, which has stood the test of time. 

Disney will release a few films this year, including the live-action adaptation of “The Little Mermaid” and the new Pixar animated film “Elemental.”

“The Little Mermaid” will hit theaters in late May, starring Halle Bailey as Ariel and Melissa McCarthy as Ursula. 

“Elemental” stars Mamoudou Athie as Wade and Leah Lewis as Ember. It follows two elements in a world where fire, water, air and earth coexist. In the film, the elements fire and water realize they have more in common than they thought. 

I’m sure that Pixar will make another cute movie, and I’m excited to watch it. It’s set to be released June 16. 

The movie I’m the most excited to see this year is “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse.” 

The first movie, “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” was exceptionally crafted. The visuals and animation are captivating. 

Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld, Jake Johnson and many others will reprise their roles in the sequel. A few of the actors joining the cast are Daniel Kaluuya, Issa Rae and Jason Schwartzman.

I am so hopeful for this movie. If the visuals are anything like the previous, which I’m positive they will be, then I am prepared to be captivated and enthralled once again. 

“Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” will be in theaters on June 2. 

It’s safe to say that there’s a solid lineup of films being released this year. But only time will tell if 2023 can amount up to the talent of years past.