Just as quickly as it seemed to start, the end of November 2021 is already rapidly coming into focus as Thanksgiving and the wider holiday season looms just around the corner. This week's wave of trailers not only showcased all the new television, film and video game projects slated to premiere next month in time for Christmas but also provided a glimpse at all the epic premieres and launches set to unfold throughout 2022 as the new year is set to hit the ground running.
Here are all the biggest and best trailers, teasers and promos for upcoming film, television and video game projects including original programming coming to Netflix, Prime Video, Paramount+, HBO Max and Hulu.
Don't Look Up
Three years after helming the Academy Award-winning Vice, filmmaker Adam McKay has crafted the science-fiction satire Don't Look Up, boasting an all-star cast. Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence portray astronomers who discover a comet is set for a collision course with Earth but are shocked to discover that no one, including the President of the United States, is willing to help prepare for the incoming disaster.
Written, directed and produced by Adam McKay, Don't Look Up opens in theaters on Dec. 10 before arriving on Netflix on Dec. 24.
Downton Abbey: A New Era
The universally acclaimed British drama series Downton Abbey receives a new continuation film this March with Downton Abbey: A New Era. A sequel to the 2019 film, A New Era follows the Crawley family as they continue to navigate life and love among the British aristocracy, with the Dowager Countess receiving the surprise inheritance of a villa in southern France while the Crawleys prepare for a grand wedding.
Directed by Simon Curtis, Downton Abbey: A New Era opens in theaters on March 18.
Dragon Ball: The Breakers
With games like Dead by Daylight making asymmetrical online games enjoying continued popularity among gamers, the iconic Dragon Ball franchise is providing its own twist on the gameplay style with Dragon Ball: The Breakers. An announcement trailer for the upcoming title has Cell stalk characters in a city looking to absorb them to add to his power while they hide and use a variety of gadgets to survive and escape.
Published by Bandai Namco, Dragon Ball: The Breakers will be released for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC in 2022.
The acclaimed science fiction series The Expanse returns for its sixth and final season on Prime Video next month, with an epic interplanetary war between the Combined Fleet of Earth and Mars standing against the treacherous Free Navy. Serving as the explosive culmination of years of conflict, the expansive war comes as a new power rises from the faraway planet Rings.
Developed for television by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, The Expanse Season 6 premieres Dec. 10 on Prime Video.
The Flash is officially back in action and the Season 8 premiere had the supervillain Despero reveal that Barry Allen is destined to doom the Arrowverse. In a promo for The Flash's next episode, Despero hints that this prophesied armageddon will come from Barry's mind snapping, with Barry looking for help from Team Flash and the wider Arrowverse to avert this grim fate and his predicted heel turn.
Developed for television by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and Geoff Johns, The Flash Season 8 airs Tuesdays at 8 pm ET/PT on The CW.
The latest guests coming to the wide world of Fortnite is the enormously popular manga/anime franchise Naruto Shippuden as the fan-favorite ninjas come to cast their lot in the chaotic battle royale. In a launch trailer for the crossover event, Team 7 is seen being menaced by a towering giant, leaping into action while Naruto himself is content on enjoying his meal instead of engaging this new enemy directly.
Developed and published by Epic Games, the Fortnite/Naruto crossover is available now.
After years of development as a canceled feature film adaptation before transitioning into a television series, Halo is finally coming to Paramount+ next year. A first look teaser trailer has been unveiled for the upcoming series, showing John-117 outside of his usual Spartan armor, with his body covered in scars. Preparing for combat to defend Earth from the extraterrestrial Covenant, John dons his armor and helmet and stands ready to finish the fight as the iconic Master Chief.
Developed for television by Kyle Killen and Steven Kane, Halo premieres on Paramount+ in 2022.
Harry Potter: Return to Hogwarts
It's been twenty years since the first Harry Potter film crossed silver screens and, to commemorate the anniversary and the arrival of all eight films in the original movie run arriving on HBO Max, the premium streaming service is reuniting the cast and crew -- except for franchise creator J.K. Rowling, who will remain absent -- for the special Harry Potter: Return to Hogwarts. The special is later scheduled to air on broadcast television to coincide with next year's release of Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore.
Harry Potter: Return to Hogwarts premieres Jan. 1 on HBO Max.
Irina: The Vampire Cosmonaut
Adapting the light novel series of the same name by Keisuke Makino and Karei, the new anime series Irina: The Vampire Cosmonaut premiered in Japan last month and is available to stream in North America through Funimation. The latest trailer for the anime adaptation shows the young cosmonauts together again on Earth, facing government scrutiny as the alternate Space Race continues.
Directed by Akitoshi Yokoyama, Irina: The Cosmonaut Vampire releases new episodes Mondays and is available to stream on Funimation.
After months of reports and rumors online, Warner Bros. Games confirmed it is developing a crossover fighting game featuring many of its most iconic properties in MultiVersus. With a gameplay style similar to Super Smash Bros., MultiVersus pits everyone from the Looney Tunes to DC Comics characters against one another, knocking each other off platforms with signature moves across fast-paced, chaotic melees.
Developed by Player First Games and published by Warner Bros. Games, MultiVersus will be released in 2022 for the PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and PC.
Four years since helming the Academy Award-winning The Shape of Water, acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro is back with his new movie Nightmare Alley. Based on the 1946 noir novel of the same name by William Lindsay Gresham, the latest trailer for the film teases a battle of wits between a carnival worker and a psychiatrist as their bloody history of manipulation comes to a head in the upcoming thriller.
Directed, produced and co-written by Guillermo del Toro, Nightmare Alley opens in theaters on Dec. 17.
Pam & Tommy
Sebastian Stan teams up with Lily James to bring the most infamous celebrity scandal to life in the upcoming television miniseries Pam & Tommy. Portraying married couple Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee, the newlyweds are shocked when a privately filmed sex tape is stolen from their home and spread online like a wildfire, taking the world by storm and changing both of their lives forever without their consent.
Directed by Craig Gillespie and developed by Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen, Pam & Tommy premieres Feb. 2 on Hulu.
Spider-Man: No Way Home
After weeks of anticipation and rampant fan theories, Sony has unveiled the second trailer for Spider-Man: No Way Home, with the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe film less than a month from its wide theatrical release. This trailer puts a heightened emphasis on the movie's multiversal supervillains as Doctor Octopus is joined by the Green Goblin, Electro, Sandman and Lizard to confront the MCU's Spider-Man after a botched Doctor Strange spell causes universes to collide.
Directed by Jon Watts, Spider-Man: No Way Home opens in theaters on Dec. 17.
Pixar's next original animated movie Turning Red has unveiled its first theatrical trailer, after a brief teaser this past summer, following a Chinese Canadian teenager named Mei Lee who is torn between her cultural obligations to her mother and the rambunctious fun she wants to engage in with her friends. And to further complicate matters, Mei turns into a giant red panda when stressed out, bringing a whole magical edge to her freewheeling teenage adventures.
Directed and co-written by Domee Shi, Turning Red opens in theaters on March 11.
The hard-hitting world of professional wrestling is coming to the next generation of gaming in WWE 2K22 this March, with a trailer compiling all the new features and modifications being added to the gameplay. Boasting a redesigned engine and more, the upcoming video game brings together an all-star cast of WWE Superstars and pits them against one another for supremacy in the ring in a myriad of competition modes.
Developed by Visual Concepts and published by 2K Games, WWE 2K22 will be released in March 2022.