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Fandango reveals fans’ most anticipated 2023 blockbusters

by Blake Taylor

The new year is shaping up to be jam-packed with epic movies, and Fandango polled 5,000 film fans to find out their picks for most anticipated 2023 blockbusters.

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Check out the top 10 selections for most anticipated 2023 blockbusters below, bask in the awesomeness of their trailers, and get pumped.

10. The Super Mario Bros. Movie

The Super Mario Bros. Movie | Official Trailer
  • Release date March 7, 2023
  • Directed by Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic
  • Starring Chris Pratt, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Day, Jack Black

This movie won’t be the only way Mario fans can celebrate their favorite video game hero in 2023. Super Nintendo World opens Feb. 17 at Universal Studios Hollywood. The area will include an exciting attraction based on “Mario Kart.” A similar, but bigger, version of this land will open with Universal’s Epic Universe, a new theme park opening in Orlando in 2025. “The Super Mario Bros. Movie” comes from Illumination, the same animation studio behind “Minions,” already a family favorite franchise in Universal parks.

9. Creed III

CREED III | Official Trailer
  • Release date March 3, 2023
  • Directed by Michael B. Jordan
  • Starring Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson, Jonathan Majors, Wood Harris

Michael B. Jordan makes his directorial debut in this third installment of the “Rocky” spinoff film series.

8. The Hunger Games: The Ballad of the Songbirds and Snakes

The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (2023 Movie) - Reveal
  • Release date Nov. 17, 2023
  • Directed by Francis Lawrence
  • Starring Tom Blyth, Rachel Zegler, Hunter Schafer, Jaston Schwartzman

This prequel to “The Hunter Games” will be the first new entry for the franchise since “Mocking Jay – Part 2” in 2015. Director Francis Lawrence previously helmed every volume in the series except for the original in 2012.

7. Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part 1

Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One With Introduction By Tom Cruise
  • Release date July 14, 2023
  • Directed by Christopher McQuarrie
  • Starrin Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson

This is the seventh movie in the action-packed “Mission: Impossible” series. It will be followed by “Dead Reckoning Part 2,” currently slated for June 2024.

6. Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom

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  • Release date Dec. 25, 2023
  • Directed by James Wan
  • Starring Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson

This sequel to 2018’s “Aquaman” retains its original director, James Wan, who also directed “The Conjuring.”

5. Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny | Official Trailer
  • Release date June 30, 2023
  • Directed by James Mangold
  • Starring Harrison Ford, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Antonio Banderas, John Rhys-Davies

This highly anticipated fifth entry in the “Indiana Jones” saga comes 15 years after we last saw Harrison Ford don his iconic Indy hat. It’s also the first movie of the series not directed by Steven Spielberg.

4. John Wick: Chapter 4

John Wick: Chapter 4 (2023 Movie) Official Trailer – Keanu Reeves, Donnie Yen, Bill Skarsgård
  • Release date March 24, 2023
  • Directed by Chad Stahelski
  • Starring Keanu Reeves, Donnie Yen, Bill Skarsgård, Laurence Fishburne

Liongate’s official description for this fourth “John Wick” story says its titular hero will “face off against a new enemy with powerful alliances across the globe and forces that turn old friends into foes.”

3. Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania

Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania | Official Trailer
  • Release date Feb. 17, 2023
  • Directed by Peyton Reed
  • Starring Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Jonathan Majors, Kathryn Newton

This is the third movie in the “Ant-Man and the Wasp” series. Its trailers and poster show the return of Jonathan Majors as Kang, who Marvel fans first met in season one of “Loki.” Kang is poised to be a key player in the future of Marvel as the namesake of 2025’s “Avengers: The Kang Dynasty.” Guests at Disney California Adventure can dine on oversized food items at Pym’s Test Kitchen inside Avengers Campus, themed to the world of Ant-Man.

2. Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

SPIDER-MAN: ACROSS THE SPIDER-VERSE - Official Trailer (HD)
  • Release date June 2, 2023
  • Directed by Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers, Justin K. Thompson
  • Starring Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld, Oscar Isaac, Jake Johnson

This repeatedly delayed sequel teases more spider-people than ever before. 2018’s “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature, so expectations are high for this follow-up.

1. Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3

Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3 | Official Trailer
  • Release date May 5, 2023
  • Directed by James Gunn
  • Starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldaña, Dave Bautisa, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff

The teaser trailer to this reportedly final volume promises an emotional, captivating adventure. And who doesn’t love a new “Guardians” mix tape? In addition to the first two “Guardians” movies, James Gunn also directed the footage filmed for “Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind,” which opened in 2022 at Epcot.

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One thing is clear: with nine of the most anticipated 2023 blockbusters being prequels or sequels of major box office hits, movie fans are extremely loyal to tried and true franchises.

See you at the movies!

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