Most anticipated movies and shows of 2023


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Get out your popcorn and curl up on the couch, because 2023 is full of movies everyone has been waiting for years to see. Whether you are a hardcore movie fan or just looking for a way to pass time, you can benefit from 2023 presenting hundreds of opportunities to dive into the screen. Here are my top 15 movies and shows coming out this year.


“Knock at the Cabin” (Feb. 3)

Although I’ve never been a fan of horror, the cast of this movie makes it stand out. Chalked full of big names like Jonathan Groff and Rupert Grint, the story follows a vacationing family that gets held hostage by armed strangers and is forced to make a choice to avert the apocalypse. Based on the bestselling novel, “The Cabin at the End of the World” by Paul G. Tremblay, this movie is sure to send chills down your spine. 



“The Mandalorian” season 3 (March 1)

One of the first shows to air solely on Disney+, “The Mandalorian” will get its third season this March. The show, which was one of Disney’s only non-controversial additions to the “Star Wars” franchise, follows a high-tech space bounty hunter (Pedro Pascal) and the odd but lovable creature, baby Yoda, as they travel across a galaxy littered with friends and foes alike. Like the previous seasons, it seems Pascal’s biggest enemy will be his past, and his journey to acceptance is said to be a big part of the coming season. 



“John Wick 4” (March 24)

The fourth installment to the “John Wick” franchise follows the title character as he faces off against new enemies and old friends, while he uncovers the way to defeat the High Table. Though I’ve never seen this series, I know this movie will continue the action-packed saga and smash the box office once again.



“Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves” (March 31)

Similar to a normal Dungeons and Dragons campaign, this movie is set in a high-action fantasy realm and follows a ragtag, diverse team of adventurers sent to retrieve a lost relic. As someone who’s dabbled in this game and is a sucker for adventure stories, I cannot wait to see this make its way to theaters.



“Agatha: Coven of Chaos” (spring)

In 2021, “WandaVision’s” Agatha (Kathryn Hahn) stole the hearts of many Marvel fans and has now earned a spinoff series of her own. The series shows what she does when she breaks out of the prison Wanda put her in at the end of her debut show and is sure to be full of humor and horror. Like many fans of the original series and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I cannot wait for Hahn’s return as everyone’s favorite witch. 



“Super Mario Bros. Movie” (April 4)

Although there have been unsuccessful adaptations before, Nintendo gave Illumination the “go-ahead” for an animated movie following their star character, Mario. The movie attempts to flesh out the video game-based world with the inclusion of characters such as the Kong family, and is full of nostalgia for the grown-up nerds of the world. With a cast of big names and wonderful animation, this movie is sure to set the standard for Nintendo adaptations to come. 



“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” (May 5)

Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3 | Official Trailer (Marvel Studios)

After “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1” smashed the box office in 2014, I, along with many hardcore fans of the Marvel universe, found Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) and his team of criminal-turned-heroes near the top of our rankings. Since the series was only given a Christmas special, a small cameo in “Thor: Love and Thunder” and little-to-no closure on the heartbreaking loss of Gamora (Zoe Saldaña) in “Avengers: Infinity War,” fans have been eagerly awaiting the final movie. It seems like Marvel doesn’t plan to disappoint, as this epic finale might just mean the end of the guardians if their plans don’t end in success. It’s going to be sad seeing these characters go, but it is sure that they’re going to be leaving with a bang. 



“The Little Mermaid Live Action” (May 26)

The controversy already surrounding this movie is insane, as Disney made sure to keep the cast diverse in both ethnicity and gender. With music composed by Lin-Manuel Miranda and a story full of nostalgia, this live-action remake might be the best yet. Like a lot of people, I grew up rewatching this movie and its sequels, so I’m eagerly anticipating this release. 



“Spider-Man Across the Spider-Verse” (June 2)

After the success that was “Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse,” it’s not surprising that Sony continued the story of Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) and his crime-fighting doppelgangers. In this sequel, Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld) reunites with Morales and takes him across the “spider-verse” to fight a new and dangerous threat, where his skills and heart as a hero will be tested. I can’t wait for this sequel to come to theaters, and I’m sure I speak for almost everyone when I say the original stole my heart.



“Barbie” (July 21)

While I was originally skeptical about a live-action Barbie, I’m definitely excited to see what Greta Gerwig has in store for us. The movie follows Barbie (Margot Robbie) as she’s sent away from Barbieland for her “less than perfect looks,” and is sent into the troubling realm known as “the real world.” While the movie seems like it could fall into the stereotypes we’ve seen far too many times, there’s a lot of potential for this comedy to wow us.



“The Hunger Games: Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” (Nov. 17)

As a die-hard fan of all Suzanne Collins’ books, seeing the prequel to the thrilling “Hunger Games” series playing out on the big screen is like a dream come true. The story gives more insight into a younger President Snow (Tom Blyth) and the parallels of his childhood that caused him to hate Katniss Everdeen. We haven’t been disappointed by Collins or the production companies when it comes to these adaptations before, and it doesn’t look like anyone’s eager to stop that trend. 



“Wonka” (Dec. 15)

While I didn’t watch “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” until a few years ago, I know tons of people who grew up with the movie. Following the eccentric and fascinating character and his early days as a chocolatier, this prequel aims to answer all the questions we had about Willy Wonka (Timothee Chalamet) in an exciting adaptation of a screenplay. 



“Peter Pan & Wendy” (sometime in 2023)

If there’s one live-action remake I’m dying to see, it is this one. Peter Pan has always been one of my favorite Disney movies, and while it’s no stranger to live-action remakes, this one may be the best yet. Trying to modernize the classic, this retelling is said to present Wendy (Ever Gabo Anderson) as an equal to Peter (Alexander Molony), not just the female lead, and to explore their relationship a little deeper. If you’re looking for a nostalgic new movie to watch, this retelling is perfect for you.