It’s 2023! A new year means listing which are the most anticipated upcoming films and TV shows. Keep in mind that several of the entries on this list will probably be delayed to next year or so. Also, note that not everything on the list will turn out to be any good (Transcendence anyone?), and some properties that don’t make the lists will be among this year’s best offerings. So with that…
10. Evil Dead Rise
The newest Evil Dead film has a new and interesting twist with its setting in an urban environment instead of the usual remote woods as seen with the previous films.
9. Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom
One of the first of many films delayed from last year will also be the final film of the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). Jason Momoa reprises his role of the Atlantean ruler and superhero for the last time.
8. The Super Mario Bros. Movie
The trailers blew away many fans of the beloved video game franchise with its dazzling visuals that accurately adapted the fantasy world of the Mario Brothers. Let’s hope the actual film delivers an epic animated fantasy as promised by the trailers.
7. The Flash
Long delayed and hampered by behind-the-scenes calamities, The Flash will bring back Michael Keaton as Batman and probably set up a new cinematic universe thanks to the time traveling antics of the title hero.
6. Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania
Phase Five of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) kicks off with the third Ant-Man film that will be a huge event as it introduces the next big MCU uber foe, Kang the Conqueror.
5. Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny
It’s the final outing for the great Harrison Ford as the legendary archaeologist. Taking place in the 1960s and featuring Nazis and mystical MacGuffins, this film looks like an exciting conclusion to the Indy Jones saga. However, without Steven Spielberg or George Lucas, the film has to deliver, but it probably will.
Adam Driver stars as a space explorer who crash lands on a primordial world and struggles to survive. The catch is he is on Earth 65 million years ago and dealing with deadly dinosaurs and the incoming doomsday comet that wiped out all dinosaurs. It’s a great concept for a film that promises lots of thrills and adventure.
3. Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
The sequel to the classic animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse looks like an even wilder journey into the multiverse. The recent trailer had Miles Morales meeting more and fantastic versions of Spider-Man, including Spider-Man 2099. If it can match the groundbreaking nature of the original then we’ll have another animated classic.
2. Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 3
Director James Gunn bids farewell to the MCU with his conclusion to the Guardians of the Galaxy trilogy. The trailer had many viewers reaching for their hankies as they beheld the final shots of the beloved and goofy Guardians. The film will close chapters with the Guardians while potentially opening up new ones with new heroes and villains.
1. Dune, Part Two
Visionary director Denis Villeneuve concludes his two-part adaptation of the classic Frank Herbert novel about Paul Atreides and his ascendance into a spiritual warrior and savior in the far future. Dune, Part One was instantly recognized as a groundbreaking and immersive sci-fi epic that properly captured the scope and nuance of the novel. We can only expect more of this with Dune, Part Two.
Other Upcoming Films:
Beau is Afraid; Blue Beetle; Distant; Elemental; Ghostbusters: Afterlife sequel; Haunted Mansion;The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes; Knock at the Cabin; The Marvels; Shazam! Fury of the Gods; True Love
New 2023 Television Shows
10. Gen V
The spinoff of The Boys is more young adult oriented as it focuses on young teens who develop superpowers and must learn to use them in a deadly school setting.
9. The Ark
This Syfy TV show seems fascinating as it’s about the crew of a spaceship whose mission is to find a new home for humanity.The crew however, has to cope with disaster while trying to complete their mission.
8. Assorted MCU TV Shows
There were many Disney + TV shows set in MCU announced for 2023, but it is not certain if they will stream this year, hopefully at least one will. These include Agatha: Coven of Chaos, Echo, and Ironheart.
7. Avatar: The Last Airbender
Netflix promises that this live-action adaptation of the classic animated fantasy series about a young elementally powered savior will be much more faithful than the ill-fated film from 2010. We’ll find out.
6. The Three-Body Problem
It will be interesting to see how this adaptation of Liu Cixin’s complex novel about alien invasion, conspiracies, and interdimensional threats translates into a live action medium.Being that it’s produced by
5. Secret Invasion
The only Disney + MCU TV show that is certain to stream this year will be a loose adaptation of the comic book mini-series. This political thriller about shape-changing aliens infiltrating our society looks intriguing and thrilling, and stars Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury uncovering the alien conspiracy.
The popular video game franchise is set in an alternate America decades after a nuclear war. Walton Goggins stars as the main character, who leaves the safety of his bunker to travel through wastelands to find a piece of tech that will save his fellow bunkmates.
At this point not much is known about the first TV show based on the Alien franchise except that it is actually a prequel to the original Alien. However, being that it will supposedly take place on Earth is enough to pique the interest of any Alien fan. It better not turn out like the last few films.
Rosario Dawson reprises her role of the live-action version of the popular former Jedi from Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels. Her solo TV show is rumored to be a sequel to Star Wars: Rebels and will have her facing off against Grand Admiral Thrawn as she searches for the young Jedi Ezra Bridger.
1. The Last of Us
With all the live-action video game adaptations coming out this year, they could finally become a solid sub-genre to enjoy. This could be cemented by The Last of Us, which is based on the popular post-apocalyptic/horror video game. From the trailers and photos it is easy to see that it has the look and feel of the video game. The trailers also hint at an epic adventure with high-quality production that could be HBO’s next must-see genre TV show.
Other Upcoming Programs:
Anne Rice’s Mayfair Witches; Beacon 23; Citadel; Magic: The Gathering; Orphan Black: Echoes; Star Wars: Skeleton Crew; Wool
I think Dune 2 is the one I’m most looking fawned to, I really enjoyed the first film. It will be great to finally see Herbert’s novel fully told in such an epic cinematic way at lat. Very excited for this movie. There’s a lot of TV shows on the way as well, bit spoilt for choice really, but the Aliens TV show and The Last of Us has certainly got my interest.
Thankfully we are spoiled choices, although a lot of quality stuff may get lost in the mix, but we’ll eventually catch up to them. As for Dune, Part 2, I hope it does well enough so we can see adaptations of a couple of the sequel books.
I hope that Dune: Part 2 turns out very well too. As for new sci-fi on TV, I’m really enjoying The Ark.
Really looking forward to Dune 2, it’s odd we haven’t heard much about it.