• February 26, 2024

New Year calls for new exciting films, and 2024 has an abundance of that to help you make the most of your date nights with your S.O.—or even with your friends.

To get you started, Speed.ph has listed the most anticipated films of 2024—from animated flicks likeThe Boy and The Heron and Inside Out 2, cool hero movies like Madame Web and Deadpool 3 to long-awaited sequels like Beetlejuice 2 and Gladiator 2—that could get you through another year entertained and more so, inspired.

Note, though, that the release dates are subject to change until further notice.

The Boy and The Heron (January 8)

Pinoy Studio Ghibli fans have all the reasons to celebrate the start of 2024, as Hayao Miyazaki’s The Boy and The Heron is finally hitting theaters nationwide on January 8. The much-anticipated film tells the story of 12-year-old Mahito who ventures into a magical world with a talking gray heron to search for his mother who has passed away. 

Since its premiere in Japan in July 2023, Filipino Studio Ghibli fans have been clamoring for The Boy and The Heron’s local release for several reasons. One is that it was initially planned to be Miyazaki’s last film before the animation studio announced in September that the animation master is still pitching ideas for another film. It also became a blockbuster in Japan despite not having any marketing campaign or trailer before its release to pique the public’s interest.

And when it was confirmed for a North American release later that year, The Boy and The Heron announced a star-studded voice cast for its English dub, including Christian Bale, Robert Pattinson, Willem Dafoe, and Dave Bautista.

Mean Girls (January 12)

Next year is bound to be “so fetch” for fans of Mean Girls, as the hit film is releasing a remake two decades later. 

Just like the chick flick released in 2004, the upcoming comedy musical follows home-schooled teenager Cady Heron (then played by Linday Lohan) as she enters a public school in Illinois and joins an A-list girl clique called “The Plastics.” Cady soon learns about the nasty side of her new-found friends when she starts falling for Aaron Samuels (Jonathan Bennett), the ex-boyfriend of Plastic’s leader Regina George (then played by Rachel McAdams).

Mean Girls (2024) stars Angourie Rice as Cady Haron, Reneé Rapp as Regina George, and Christopher Briney as Aaron Samuels, among many others. Tina Fey, who wrote and produced the 2004 film, is also reprising her role as Math teacher Ms. Norbury.

Madame Web (February 16)

Spider-Man fans better hang on tight as a new set of female web-slinging heroes is swinging into local theaters in Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Madame Web.

The film introduces Cassandra Webb, a paramedic in New York, who discovers her power to see the future which pushes her to confront her past and defeat the Spider-Man-like villain Ezekiel “Zeke” Sime. To do this, Cassandra a.k.a. Madame Web must also team up with three young women “destined for powerful futures.”

Dakota Johnson is set to play the titular character alongside Sydney Sweeney as Julia Carpenter/Spider-Woman, among many other stars.

Dune: Part 2 (March 1)

The wait is finally over for Dune fans as the film’s second chapter is finally hitting theaters on February 28. 

Dune: Part 2 sees Timothée Chalamet reprising his role as Paul Atreides as he reunites with Chani (Zendaya) and the Freman people to revenge against those who destroyed his family and to win the war against the House of Harkonnen.

Kung Fu Panda 4 (March 6)

The Dragon Warrior is back after eight long years.

In DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda 4, Po must defeat his biggest enemy yet—a powerful shape-shifting sorceress called The Chameleon, as she sets her eyes on the Dragon Warrior’s Staff of Wisdom. Not only that, Po is tasked to search for his replacement as he transitions from being the Dragon Warrior to the spiritual leader of the Valley of Peace.

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire (March 29)

The sequel to 2021’s Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Frozen Empire follows the Spengler family as they leave Summerville, Oklahoma, and head back to the iconic New York City firehouse where the original Ghostbusters created a research lab for their mission of next-level ghost-catching. 

But when a mysterious evil force called The Death Chill started taking over the city and scaring people to death, old and new Ghostbusters team up to protect their home and save the world.

Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire (April 12)

In 2021, two of the Earth’s mightiest beasts—Godzilla and Kong—went up against each other. In 2024, we see the two fearsome titans join forces in the new cinematic adventure Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire.

In this new chapter in the Monsterverse, both mighty beasts fight a mysterious and deadly threat hidden deep into the Earth. The fantasy thriller also delves further into the origins of Kong and Godzilla, as well as the mysteries of Skrull Island and beyond.

The Garfield Movie (May 24)

Up for some dose of cuteness and good vibes this summer? The Garfield Movie is out to give you just that as it shows the heartwarming beginnings of everybody’s beloved fat, lazy, and lasagna-loving cat.

The Garfield Movie also narrates the world-famous feline’s reunion with his long-lost father, Vic, who pushes Garfield and his canine friend Odie out of their pampered life into a hilarious heist.

Directed by Mark Dindal, The Garfield Movie features a voice cast that includes Chris Pratt as Garfield and Samuel L. Jackson as Vic.

Inside Out 2 (June 14)

Prepare to actually feel some feelings as the sequel to the much-loved animated film Inside Out is coming to theaters in June 14.

Just like the first film, Inside Out 2 shows an honest portrayal of the feelings Riley goes through. This time around, the sixth grader has grown into a teenager trying to manage the ups and downs of her new emotions: Anxiety, Envy, Ennui, and Embarrassment.

This, in turn, brings Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear, and Disgust as their control center also undergoes a sudden demolition to make room for these emotions. Not only that, viewers can expect a fun adventure with the gang as they explore other control centers beyond Riley’s mind.

Despicable Me 4 (July 12)

July is for going ba-ba-ba-bananas over the Minions, with Despicable Me 4 crashing into the big screen on July 12.

While there is no word yet on the animated film’s plot, its voice cast, particularly Steve Carrell who plays Gru, has already hinted that fans can look forward to another laughter-filled adventure from the Minions and the Gru Family.

“It’s a continuation of the story. Gru and Lucy are married; they’re a family at this point,” Steve told Digital Spy. “It’s the next step in their world with the Anti-Villain Leagie and hoe their kids are included in the process.”

Deadpool 3 (July 26)

Photo: Ryan Reynolds/X

Marvel fans are not to be left out this 2024 as Marvel Studios is out to release Deadpool 3 on July 26.

The much-anticipated film’s plot has remained under wraps, but photos leaked from the set confirm that the loudmouth mercenary, played by Ryan Reynolds, will be joining forces with no other than Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine to defeat a common enemy.

A rumor also suggests that the film shows Wade Wilson officially retiring Deadpool but comes out of retirement when his the whole world is put at stake. He would then recruit an “unwilling and wary” Wolverine to fight for their survival and legacy.

Apart from Ryan and Hugh, Deadpool will reportedly feature global pop icon Taylor Swift as the singer mutant Dazzler. And as Marvel remains mum on the rumors, the singer’s attendance at a Chiefs NFL game with Deadpool 3 director Shawn Levy, Ryan, and Hugh suggested that Swifties could see Taylor in her actress era in the upcoming film. 

Beetlejuice 2 (September 6)

Three decades later, the 1988 horror comedy Beetlejuice is finally getting a sequel.

Beetlejuice 2 is written by acclaimed screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith and takes off from Tim Burton’s film about a ghost who’s recruited to help haunt a house.

While little is known about the new movie’s plot, Beetlejuice 2 cinematographer Harris Zambarloukos said that it’s a story of human connection. 

He explained, “At its heart, Beetlejuice [2] is a story about a family. And now it’s 30 years later and what are the intricacies and the human condition in keeping a family together all that time set in the craziest world possible?” 

Beetlejuice 2 stars Michael Keaton, Winona Ryder, Catherine O’Hara, and Wednesday star Jenna Ortega, among many others. It is due out on Sept. 6.

Transformers One (September 13)

Another exciting addition to the Transformers franchise, Transformers One is an animated film that explores the origins of Autobots and the Deceptions in the planet where all the bots hail from, Cybertron.

The film is said to stay true the comics on how Optimus Prime and Megatron began as friends and later became enemies, beginning the war between the Autobots and Deceptions. 

Despite being an animated film based on children’s toys, Transformers One also dabbles on mature topics including inequality in society. It is set to land in theaters on Sept. 13.

Joker: Folie à Deux (October 4)

Following the massive success of 2019’s Joker comes the film’s sequel which is definitely out to make 2024 more exciting.

Joker: Folie à Deux is a musical thriller focusing on the romance between the Clown Prince of Crime and his psychiatrist Harleen Quinzel, better known as Harley Quinn.

While the first film is loved by many for Todd Philipps’ great direction and Joaquin Phoenix’s compelling acting, Folie à Deux has been hyping up the excitement of fans for the inclusion of phenomenal singer Lady Gaga in the cast as Harley Quinn.

Venom 3 (November 8)

Marvel fans have more to look forward to in the coming year with the release of Venom 3 in local theaters.

In the third entry in the studio’s Venom films, Tom Hardy is reprising his role as Eddie Brock, an investigative journalist who becomes the host of Venom. This time, Eddie and Venom are expected to get a new arch-nemesis, with the appearance of the supposedly dead Detective Patrick Mulligan in the closing scenes of the second film.

In addition, the film could possibly explore the multiverse, as seen in the mid-credit scenes of Let There Be Carnage where Eddie and Venom talks about the multiverse. Until then, we would have to wait for the film’s premiere.

Gladiator 2 (November 22)

The highly anticipated sequel of the hit film Gladiator is finally arriving in theaters on Nov. 22. Gladiator 2 comes over two decades since the Academy Award-winning film became a box office blockbuster in 2000. 

Although the official plot has yet to be released, the upcoming film will reportedly tell the tale of Lucius, the young child whose life was saved by Maximus (Russel Crowe) after the final battle in the first film. 

Wicked: Part One (November 27)

Those who missed watching Holzman and Schwartz’s stage musical Wicked now have the chance to witness the fantasy musical’s magic on the big screen with Wicked: Part One.

The first of a two-part film adaptation of the hit musical, Wicked: Part One offers an alternate look at the land of Oz, where the true heroine—a freedom fighter who battles against the wizard for her homeland—is wrongly accused as the wicked witch 

Karate Kid (December 13)

Decades after the first movie premiered in 1984 and a remake premiered in 2010, Sony is releasing a new Karate Kid movie in December 2024.

Although it’s still unclear how the new film will turn out, the entertainment company promised a “return to the original Karate Kid franchise” where a martial arts master agrees to teach karate to a bullied teenager.

The upcoming reboot recently made rounds online because of its cast, which is headlined by Ralph Macchio, who played Daniel LaRusso in three Karate Kid films and Cobra Kai, as well as Jackie Chan who played Mr. Han in the 2010 remake.

Words Justine Punzalan

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