In mid-February, football and movie fans alike will join together to enjoy everything coming from Super Bowl LVI. While the main event will feature an exciting football game between the Los Angeles Rams and the Cincinnati Bengals, movie fans will be looking out for a thrilling round of Super Bowl trailers teasing upcoming 2022 blockbuster movies.
Over the years, Marvel Studios has been known to utilize Super Bowl Sunday to tease the biggest new entries adding to the MCU's growing cache of stories.
In 2021, with the MCU's imminent return to mainstream prominence, the studio focused its efforts on Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan's The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. With that show just under a month from its arrival and no movies coming out until Black Widow last July, Marvel made sure to give the new Captain America and Bucky Barnes their time in the Big Game spotlight.
This year, with three new movies and as many as five TV shows debuting within the MCU, fans are naturally curious about what Marvel will promote during the 2022 Super Bowl. Now, it appears that the answer is here, with Marvel Studios' movie and TV sides both getting their shine.
Doctor Strange, Moon Knight Coming to Super Bowl LXI?
In a report assessing the likely Hollywood trailers to air during the big game, Deadline noted that Disney, a company that frequently buys Super Bowl spots for its respective spring and summer releases, has possible commercial slots for Marvel Studios' Moon Knight (premiering on Disney+ on March 30) and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (releasing in theaters May 6), in addition to Pixar's Lightyear (June 17).
Historically, every MCU movie that was scheduled to release in the coveted late April/early May slot over the past half-decade has received Super Bowl spots. This includes 2016's Captain America: Civil War, 2017's Guardians of the Galaxy, 2018's Avengers: Infinity War, 2019's Avengers: Endgame, and Black Widow (before being delayed from its May 2020 debut).
Marvel Studios' Return to the Big Game
Even with more than half a dozen new entries coming in Phase 4 of the MCU during 2022, it makes sense that Marvel Studios is looking to focus on its first two releases. Both Moon Knight and the Doctor Strange sequel have had one full trailer since the end of 2021, and with both projects coming less than three months after the NFL's biggest night, the time seems right for new trailers.
Each entry will likely get a 30-second round of footage, as Marvel Studios typically purchases a full minute of Super Bowl commercial time every year. This will likely consist of largely new footage, as has been the case with past MCU Super Bowl trailers, setting fans up for more exciting action coming in the near future.
Oscar Isaac's Moon Knight will bring the MCU's first new leading hero of the year, introducing ancient Egyptian mythology along with a deep look at Marc Spector's multiple personalities. Meanwhile, Doctor Strange 2 is all but confirmed to turn the MCU on its head with more magic and Multiversal shenanigans than ever before, which may even come with more internet-breaking cameos in the process.
No matter what comes in these new trailers, this year's Super Bowl on Sunday, February 13 should bring plenty of excitement from every angle.
Moon Knight will begin streaming on Disney+ on March 30. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will then premiere in theaters on May 6.