March 27, 2023

2022 was a year of transition as regards the cinema film market and, from this point of view, we hope that 2023 will be more stable, capable of offering a number of films capable of populating and “fleshing out” cinema screens more consistently.

We will dedicate two distinct articles to pop cinema: one is entirely dedicated to cinecomics arriving in 2023, the other, the one you are reading right now, to what are, without a shadow of a doubt, the most awaited “pop” films of the 2023. Read down below and see the upcoming movies in 2023.

Upcoming movies

Scream 6

Ghostface will return to terrorize New York City in Scream 6 which will arrive in Italian cinemas on March 9 distributed by Eagle Pictures. In the cast of Scream 6 we will find Jenna Ortega, Melissa Barrera, Courtney Cox, Samara Weaving, Tony Revolori, Mason Gooding, Jasmin Savoy Brown, as well as Hayden Panettiere (again in the role of Kirby). The film is again written by James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick, while Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, already behind the camera of the fifth episode, are back to direct.

John Wick 4

John Wick (Keanu Reeves) finds a way to defeat the Grand Table. But before gaining his freedom, Wick must face a new enemy who has powerful alliances around the world and has the means to turn old friends into new enemies. Writing the film, which was shot in Berlin, are Michael Finch and Shay Hatten. Directed by Chad Stahelski.

Evil Dead Rise

Initially conceived as an exclusive streaming for HBO Max, this new chapter of Evil dead, which in Italy will be called The house – the awakening, will instead arrive at the cinema thanks to Warner. The film, set in the same universe of the old films of The house, is directed by Lee Cronin who has already made The Hole in The Ground and is produced by Sam Raimi.

Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning

Mission: Impossible Dead Reckoning Part One is the new film in the popular saga that sees Tom Cruise as the absolute protagonist. In the cast of Mission: Impossible 7 we find: Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Vanessa Kirby, Hayley Atwell, Shea Whigham, Pom Klementieff, Esai Morales, Henry Czerny, Rob Delaney, Cary Elwes, Indira Varma, Mark Gatiss , Charles Parnell, Greg Tarzan Davis, Frederick Schmidt.

Indiana Jones and the Wheel of Destiny

The plot of the fifth Indiana Jones which, for the first time, is not directed by Steven Spielberg but by James Mangold (Logan – The Wolverine, Walk the line) is still shrouded in mystery. In the cast of Indiana Jones 5 we find Harrison Ford, Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Kretschmann, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Antonio Banderas, Shaunette Renée Wilson and Boyd Holbrook.

Transformers: The Awakening

Transformers returns to the action and spectacular battles that captivated viewers around the world. Transformers – The Awakening will take us to the 90s, in an epic adventure around the world, where we will find the Autobots and a new generation of Transformers, the Maximals, who will take part in the eternal battle on earth between the Autobots and the Decepticons. In the cast we find Anthony Ramos, Dominiquie Fishback, Luna Lauren Valez, Peter Cullen and Ron Perlman (the latter will voice Optimus Prime and Optimus Primal).

The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid, the live action Disney film directed by Rob Marshall arriving in May 2023. It is, of course, based on the 1989 animated classic of the same name. Halle Bailey stars as The Little Mermaid alongside Jonah Hauer-King (Eric), Jacob Tremblay (Flounders), Daveed Diggs (Sebastian) and Awkwafina (Scuttle), while Melissa McCarthy will play Ursula. Javier Bardem, on the other hand, plays King Triton.


Barbie is the film with Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling that will bring the colorful and pop world of the famous Mattel doll to the big screen.

The Exorcist

Nothing is known yet about this new film which, made by the same creative and production team of the new Halloweens, will be a direct sequel to the original film The Exorcist by William Friedkin released in 1973 at the cinema.

Dune – Part II

The second part of the sci-fi blockbuster by Denis Villeneuve based on the first book of the homonymous saga by Frank Herbert.

The Hunger Games prequel

The Hunger Games prequel will be set decades before the birth of Katniss Everdeen, so it will delve into the Panem mythology on which the Jennifer Lawrence films were based. The film will show us Snow and his contemporaries still dealing with the consequences of the “dark days”, the wars that led to the Hunger Games.

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom

The second date in the adventures of Arthur Curry AKA Aquaman. The cinecomic again sees James Wan directing and Jason Momoa in the role of the protagonist. Which is or which are the films you look forward to the most among those coming out in 2023? If you are subscribed to BadTaste+ you can have your say in the comments space below!

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantummania

The Marvel Studios epic adventure Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania, directed by Peyton Reed and produced by Kevin Feige and Stephen Broussard, will arrive on February 15, 2023 in Italian cinemas. Super Heroes Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) and Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) return to continue their adventures as Ant-Man and the Wasp. Joined by Hope’s parents Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer), and Scott’s daughter Cassie Lang (Kathryn Newton), the family finds themselves exploring the Quantum Realm, interacting with strange new creatures and embark on an adventure that will push them beyond the limits of what they thought was possible.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3

Directed by James Gunn, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will arrive on May 3, 2023 in Italian cinemas. In the Marvel Studios movie the beloved group of outcasts look a little different lately. Peter Quill, still racked by the loss of Gamora, must rally his team around him to defend the universe, as well as protect one of their own. A mission that, if not successfully completed, could lead to the end of the Guardians as we know them.

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

It is the first of two sequels to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, the acclaimed cartoon released in theaters in 2018 winner of the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature at the 2019 Oscars. For this second film, which will later follow on March 24, 2024 also Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse, the producers promised an art direction even more ambitious than that of the first one, based on six different animation styles.

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