Here are a few things happening in 2022 that I am excited about.
Like we all said after 2020, 2021 was quite the year. With anticipated movies and travel finally happening and enough COVID-19 variants to fill a fraternity name, 2021 has given us much to think about.
With that being said, 2022 has a lot to offer too. I’m not going to jinx it by saying “2022 is going to be great” or “2022 is going to be our year,” because we can see how well that went with both 2020 and 2021. I will, however, just break down a few things in 2022 that I’m tentatively excited about.
After three years of waiting, the sequel to “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” will finally release in 2022. While we’re not sure when its release window is, I’ve been waiting to flip my calendar to 2022 since its announcement at E3 2019. The latest trailer, revealed at E3 2021, shows off exciting new gameplay while hinting at possibilities of the game’s storyline.
YouTube gaming channels have dissected every aspect of the trailer, so I won’t go into much detail, but I’m extremely excited. Link’s new abilities, including an updated Stasis rune and phasing through solid substances, make the anticipation unbearable. Being set in the skies above Hyrule is also a mystery that I, and many others, have obsessively watched theory videos about and am anxiously waiting to understand.
But it’s not just video games I’m excited for in 2022.
Ari Aster is back again with another traumatizing classic this upcoming year: “Disappointment Blvd.” starring the equally traumatizing Joaquin Phoenix. This film will be released years after Aster’s last masterpiece, “Midsommar,” which was an instant hit with its gorgeous coloring, depressing characters and horrific content.
Seeing an Ari Aster movie in theaters is an absolute experience. His gruesome imagery on the big screen makes people in the rows around you gasp as you grip your friend’s arm and say, “what the hell?” You don’t even get a second to enjoy your popcorn and Coke Zero. I can’t wait to trauma bond with strangers in Ronnie’s again.
“Knives Out 2” will also be released in 2022, three years after its predecessor received a 97% on Rotten Tomatoes. Daniel Craig and Michael Shannon return alongside new stars like Dave Bautista, Janelle Monae and Kathryn Hahn. I couldn’t be happier to return to this goofy, but suspenseful franchise. Though Rian Johnson is criticized for directing “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” “Knives Out” deserved a sequel.
Even if pop culture and media aren’t your things, there are other things to look forward to.
Though the Summer Olympics just happened this year, the Winter Olympics are happening in Beijing in 2022, and I think we can all agree the Winter Olympics are more fun to watch than their summer counterpart. Seeing people zipping along in bobsleds, on ice and in fun winter outfits is the only thing that keeps me involved in sports news.
Although these are just things I’m looking forward to, I’m sure everyone has something to anticipate. Whether it’s some movie or video game you’ve been waiting for, a gathering with loved ones or a vacation you’ve been putting off, 2022 has a lot to offer. If you’re like me, you also have graduation to look forward to, which I’ve been fantasizing about for my entire college career.
Whatever 2022 brings you, I hope you enjoy it!
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Alexandria Darmody (she/they) is the news editor for the Journal, and a senior journalism major and FTVP minor. She enjoys digital art, photography and reading nonfiction stories. In her free time, she makes collages from old magazines and collects stickers to decorate surfaces. She's interested in the business side of journalism, and she's an avid viewer of Succession.