By: John Squires …..
This Sunday, February 13, 2022, is Super Bowl LVI, and as always, we can expect several movie spots to air during the big game. It’s rare for a year to go by without at least one horror property being among those sneak peek preview spots that studios shell out millions of dollars for, with recent genre movies to get the Super Bowl spotlight including The Cloverfield Paradox (remember THAT surprise?!), The Invisible Man, Old, A Quiet Place Part II, and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. What movies can we expect to see at this year’s Super Bowl, you ask?
The biggest potential debut for this year’s Super Bowl, on the horror front at least, is Jordan Peele‘s new movie Nope, which we still know very, very little about. In fact, all we really know about Peele’s third horror movie at this time is the cast, and the only marketing we’ve gotten up to this point is a poster from last year that has left us speculating for months now.
Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out) will be reteaming with Peele on the mysterious movie, with the cast also including Steven Yeun (“The Walking Dead,” Mayhem) and Keke Palmer (“Scream”). Michael Wincott (The Crow), Barbie Ferreira and Brandon Perea also star.
Universal currently has Peele’s Nope set for July 22, 2022, and it’s certainly one project that would warrant a big time Super Bowl spend from the studio. Peele’s projects are no stranger to Super Bowl Sunday, with the first tease for the short-lived “Twilight Zone” reboot airing during the Super Bowl back in 2019. Peele’s second movie Us also had a Super Bowl spot.
What leads us to believe Nope will be represented this year? Well, it’s the perfect time to start the marketing campaign for Nope, and it’s interesting to note that the official Monkeypaw Productions account on Twitter just last week tweeted out the movie’s teaser poster again. It would seem they’re priming the pump for the marketing to begin in earnest.
We can also expect Jurassic World: Dominion to have a presence at the Super Bowl, another Universal property that’s coming this summer. Dominion, the final film in the Jurassic World trilogy, brings the dinosaurs back to theaters on June 10, 2022, and the movie has already been crashing the Winter Olympics this month with a series of fun TV spots.
It’s probably safe to expect a fresh Super Bowl-themed Dominion spot from Universal this coming Sunday night, or perhaps even the first official trailer for the new movie.
The only other genre movie on our radar for the big game this year is Sam Raimi’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which is said to be the MCU’s first true horror movie.
Production recently wrapped on Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which will technically be Sam Raimi’s first horror movie in more than 10 years and first Marvel superhero movie in nearly 15 years. Raimi’s return to the world of Marvel will release in theaters on May 6, 2022, and the official teaser trailer kicked off the marketing campaign back in December.
Strange joins forces with Wanda/Scarlet Witch this time around, and it looks like they’ll be contending with everything from otherworldly monsters to an evil version of Strange himself.
Will Doctor Strange bust open Raimi’s Multiverse of Madness at the Super Bowl this Sunday? With the sequel coming so soon, we expect Strange will have a Super Bowl presence.
On the small screen, “Stranger Things” Season 4 is finally headed to Netflix this coming Summer, and we’re still waiting on the trailer for the new season. All we’ve gotten so far is some teaser footage from late last year, and Netflix certainly has the money for a Super Bowl spend. In fact, they’ve paid for “Stranger Things” Super Bowl ads in the past, you may recall.
Especially since it’s been so long since the previous season, Netflix may see the value in spending big time to get “Stranger Things” back on everyone’s radar this Sunday night.