The biggest IMAX movies to look forward to in 2022


When it comes to the big screen experience, IMAX pretty much defines the genre. Its screens are bigger than an average movie theater, the picture and sound are just plain better, and the seats are generally more comfortable too. If you’re going to see a blockbuster, this is usually the best way to see it.

The list of IMAX movies for the next year seems pretty comprehensive, with over 20 major releases slated for 2022. Here, I thought I would go through the ones that I expect most from a technical standpoint. Why these? Not all IMAX movies are, for lack of a better word, a “real” IMAX movie. So what defines an IMAX movie? Well, it’s complicated. Ultimate IMAX films are shot, at least in part, using 70mm IMAX cameras. Some directors want to use them to get the quality and unique look of the movie. The 70mm also has an aspect ratio of 1.43: 1, and for some it’s the only true IMAX format. However, in an almost entirely digital world, these are now rarely used.

The next level consists of films made with IMAX certified digital cameras and which are part of the “Filmed for IMAX” program. These films will use digital cameras with large format sensors offering a quality rivaling that of 70mm IMAX cameras. This means it can also be cropped for 1.43: 1, but most are cropped to 1.90: 1 IMAX – not as high as 1.43: 1 but still larger than widescreen 2. , 39: 1 standard.

Then there are movies not made using cameras in the Filmed For IMAX program, but still contain scenes that open in IMAX 1.90: 1.

Finally, you will have movies shot using regular cameras, but converted to IMAX format using its DMR process. This is why some great films, like The batman and Jurassic World: Dominion, to take just two examples, I was not on my top eight list. So let’s go.


February 18, 2022: Extended aspect ratio

This is the movie based on the famous PlayStation game series. Avoid fan’s choice of Nathan Fillion (shame!) – bean counters, of course, used Tom Holland as young Nathan Drake (reasonable) and Mark Walberg (what?) as Sully. The reaction to this casting was not quite positive but when it comes out it will have selected sequences open up to 1.90: 1.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

May 6, 2022: Shot on IMAX

Sam Raimi returns to the superhero genre as Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange, with Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch, discusses the fallout of his acting in Spider-Man: No Path Home. This will have selected footage filmed with IMAX certified cameras.

Top Gun: Maverick

May 27, 2022: Filmed entirely with IMAX certified cameras

It’s a big one. The sequel to the 1986 blockbuster Tom Cruise was filmed entirely with IMAX-certified Sony CineAlta Venice cameras. IMAX cameras were mounted on the front of the jet fighters, so it should be a visceral experience. Check it out on IMAX or come home.

Thor: Love and Thunder

July 8, 2022: Filmed entirely with IMAX certified cameras

Just weeks after Top Gun is another big hit, with Taika Waititi returning to helm the next Thor’s film. The Arri Alexa LF and Arri Alexa Mini LF cameras were used so that we could expect huge and detailed footage which should suit Chris Hemsworth’s power as the God of Thunder. Natalie Portman is also back as Jane Foster. Hopefully, with Taika at the helm, it’ll be better than Thor: The Dark World…


July 22, 2022: Selected sequences filmed with 70mm IMAX cameras.

Jordan Peele, Director of Get out And We, returns with his next project, still with Daniel Kaluuya. Little is known about the plot, but the innovative horror director seeks to step up the visual stakes as he works with one of Christopher Nolan’s cinematographers, Hoyte van Hoytema, to give us some footage. shot with grease-filled 70mm IMAX cameras. The hype is real.

Mission: Impossible 7

September 30, 2022: extended aspect ratio

Mr. Cruise from “never does anything that isn’t completely OTT,” returns for the next installment of the Mission Impossible franchise. Whatever you think of it these movies never disappoint and with some scenes stretching to 1.90: 1 it would seem like a waste to see this anywhere other than on an IMAX. Or your phone. No matter.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

November 11, 2022:

Filmed entirely with IMAX certified cameras

The sudden passing of Chadwick Boseman will naturally cast a huge shadow over this film, but whatever form it takes, director Ryan Coogler seeks to make a visual impact as the entire film is filmed with the IMAX certified Arri Alexa LF camera. With most of the cast from the first film, it’s shaping up to be a powerful and emotional return to Wakanda.

Avatar 2

December 16, 2022: Extended aspect ratio

It seems hard to believe, but the sequel to what is still the highest grossing movie of all time, was originally scheduled to appear in 2014. But what does eight years with friends. The first film ushered in the revival of 3D which is now almost entirely complete, so it remains to be seen how central the third dimension will be to the projection experience for this release. However, director James Cameron, unsurprisingly, shot the entire film in 3D using Sony Venice cameras. It’s not an IMAX certified camera, but considering how important IMAX projections are to the success of the first film, it’s no surprise that this will offer an expanded aspect ratio. Along with George Lucas, Cameron is the director most associated with pushing the technical boundaries of cinema, so from a visual standpoint, the return to Pandora is one we should all be looking forward to.


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