What’s next after ‘Shang-Chi’?: 16 Asian-led movies and shows to look forward to in 2022

The year 2021 was a pivotal one for Asian representation in entertainment.

“Shang-Chi” kicked ass as the first Asian superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Both Laura Jean and Devi discovered young love in the Netflix hits “To All the Boys: Always and Forever” and “Never Have I Ever.” “Squid Game” led just about every viewer across the globe to lose their marbles as they discovered a new appreciation for foreign shows. And every other month, it seemed like a new K-drama was popping up on Netflix’s Top 10 list. 

Still, with 42% of Americans unable to name a single prominent Asian American, and The Rock accounting for approximately a third of AAPI roles in Hollywood, there is more work that needs to be done for Asian American communities to feel represented on screen. 

As we enter into this new year, here are some of the upcoming films and shows starring Asian leads that we have to look forward to. 

Film & TV

Turning Red

In theaters on March 11, 2022

Directed by: Domee Shi (Pixar short film “Bao”)

Starring: Rosalie Chiang, Sandra Oh, Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, James Hong, Wai Ching Ho

Everything Everywhere All at Once

In theaters on March 25, 2022

Directed by: Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert

Starring: Michelle Yeoh, Stephanie Hsu, Ke Huy Quan, Jenny Slate, Harry Shum Jr., James Hong, Jamie Lee Curtis

Ms. Marvel

Streaming on Disney+ in Summer 2022 (Rumored for July)

Directed by: Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Meera Menon

Starring: Iman Vellani

The Witcher: Blood Origin 

Streaming on Netflix in 2022 (Exact date TBA)

Directed by: Sarah O’Gorman Vicky Jewson

Starring: Michelle Yeoh, Sophia Brown, Laurence O’Fuarain, Lenny Henry, Mirren Mack, Nathaniel Curtis, Dylan Moran

Bridgerton Season 2

Streaming on Netflix on March 25, 2022

Starring: Simone Ashley, Charitha Chandran, Shelly Conn, Calam Lynch

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Part One)

In theaters on October 7, 2022

Directed by: Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers, Justin K. Thompson

Starring: Hailee Steinfeld, Shameik Moore, Oscar Isaa

Easter Sunday

In theaters on April 1, 2022

Directed by: Jay Chandrasekhar

Starring: Jo Koy, Jimmy O. Yang

All of Us Are Dead

Streaming on Netflix on January 28, 2022

Directed by: Lee Jae-kyoo

Starring: Park Ji-hu, Yoon Chan-young, Cho Yi-hyun, Lomon, Yoo In-su, and Lee You-mi

Money Heist (Korean Version)

Streaming on Netflix in 2022 (Exact date TBA)

Directed by: Kim Hong-sun

Starring: Park Hae-soo


Attack on Titan Final Season

Available for streaming on January 9, 2022

Directed by: Yuichiro Hayashi and Jun Shishido

Animation studio: MAPPA

Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War Arc

Available for streaming on October, 2022

Directed by: Tomohisa Taguchi

Animation studio: Studio Pierrot

One Piece Film: Red

Available for streaming on August 6, 2022

Directed by: Gorō Taniguchi

Animation studio: Toei Animation

The Imaginary

Set for release in Japan in the Summer 2022 (Exact date TBA)

Directed by: Yoshiyuki Momose

Animation studio: Studio Ponoc


Streaming on Netflix on April 28, 2022

Directed by: Tetsuro Araki

Animation studio: WIT Studio

Chainsaw Man Part 2

Available for streaming the Summer 2022 (Exact date TBA) 

Animation Studio: MAPPA

Jujutsu Kaisen O (U.S. release)

Available in theaters in Winter 2022 (Exact date TBA)

Directed by: Sunghoo Park

Animation studio: MAPPA


Featured Image via Money Heist, A24, Crunchyroll Collection (left to right)


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