Blockbusters are back, baby! Between the early returns on Avatar: The Way of Water and the $1.5 billion that Top Gun: Maverick brought in globally, everything old is new again (again) in Hollywood. That could be a very good thing for studios in the coming year, which promises some very-long-awaited sequels, hot Willy Wonka, superheroes galore, and several minutes of Tom Cruise running. The slate of movies being released in 2023 is jam-packed; these are the 15 we’re most excited to see.
Magic Mike’s Last Dance
Ten years, one stage musical, a reality show, and soon-to-be-three movies later, the idea of Steven Soderbergh directing Channing Tatum in a semiautobiographical stripper drama still seems preposterous. But it works! And Tatum’s ready to slip into—and out of—his tearaway pants one more time. Magic Mike’s third installment finds Mike Lane (Tatum) broke and bartending back in Florida, where he meets a socialite (Salma Hayek) who convinces him to take his pelvic gyrations across the pond, though her reasons for luring Mike to London aren’t purely for the love of a proper floor-humping. That the trailer ranks alongside Flashdance for the amount of water splashed upon its dancers bodes well.
Release date: February 10
Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania
Ant-Man isn’t the most profitable series in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it’s the most delightful for two reasons: Paul. Rudd. The most likable man in Hollywood plays petty criminal turned Avenger Scott Lang, who has a suit that allows him to shrink or grow. It will come in handy in Quantumania, where Lang and his superhero partner Hope Van Dyne/The Wasp (Evangeline Lilly) are swept into the Quantum Realm to face off against time-traveling baddie Kang the Conqueror (Jonathan Majors).
Release date: February 17
Just when you think the Rocky franchise has played itself out, it gives you a compelling reason to keep rooting for it. In the case of Creed III, which centers around Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan), son of the original series’ Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers), it’s the chance to witness Jordan’s directorial debut. The film revisits the same themes of Rocky’s fraught relationship with Apollo, as Adonis reunites, then goes glove-to-glove, with Dame Anderson (Jonathan Majors), an old friend with a score to settle.