Five things to look forward to in 2022

Welcome to 2022, an entertainment year unlike any other. There are so many things to watch, do and explore. From video games to meteor showers, 2022 has it all. With the fast paced year of 2021, take 2022 to finally take a break, and maybe even pick up a book. Here are five things to look forward to in 2022.

Avatar 2

The first “Avatar” movie was released Dec. 18, 2009 and quickly became a box office hit with a $2.797 billion in revenue. This broke the record as the highest-grossing film of all time. The movie was briefly usurped by “Avengers: Endgame,” but quickly won back its title in March of 2021, grossing $2.802 billion. “Avatar 2” will take place years later, when the main characters, Jake Sully and Ney’tiri, must leave their home to explore Pandora. They are forced to face an ancient threat and wage war against humans. “Avatar 2” will premiere Dec. 17, 13 years after the original was released. 

Lyrids Meteor Shower

The Lyrids meteor shower will be visible from April 12-30, but the best time to view it is at 3:30 p.m. EST April 22 – 23. Brightened by the moonlight, the meteor shower will be best seen when the moon is in its final quarter. While the Lyrids shower is shorter than most, at a peak of 20 meteors an hour it is still a spectacular sight, known for its luminosity. 

The Paris Apartment

“The Paris Apartment” is a highly anticipated novel written by award winning author Lucy Foley. It is set to be released Feb. 22. The book is a murder mystery thriller that takes place in a Paris apartment where all the residents are suspects. The story follows the main character Jess, who, after falling onto hard times, moves into her brother’s apartment only to find out he isn’t there. Now Jess must find out what happened to her brother, and meet all his odd and unwelcoming neighbors along the way.

New Media Series: Nuotama Frances Bodomo

The newest installment in the Saint Louis Art Museum’s New Media Series is a short film called “Afronauts,” created by filmmaker Nuotama Frances Bodomo. The film is inspired by the 1960s Zambian space program following the life of 17-year-old Matha Mwamba. The

purpose of the program is to beat the Soviets and Americans to the moon. This is a free exhibition at the Saint Louis Art Museum, opening Jan. 14 – April 17.

God of War “Ragnarok”

“God of ‘Ragnarok’” is an upcoming single-player video game published by Sony Interactive Entertainment. It is set to be released in 2022 for the PlayStation 4 and 5, the final installment in the “God of War” series. The storyline for the game is a continuation of the previous “God of War,” centered around Norse mythology, with the character battling both Norse gods and monsters. 

As the year 2022 begins and 2021 ends, there is a lot to look forward to outside of this short list and even the realm of media. There are concerts, the Winter Olympics, upcoming summer festivals, and a brand new year of fashion trends to try. With so many exciting opportunities, it’s bound to be an amazing year.