New Sci-Fi/Fantasy Movies and TV Shows Coming in April 2022

April brings a group of science fiction and fantasy movies that run the gamut, from expensive but underwhelming to unknown yet beautiful. A feature of this month is the release of several big-budget but underperforming genre releases that fans are nonetheless waiting for. Morbius has been met with terrible reviews but is an important step in the Sony superhero universe, while the next Fantastic Beasts film is meticulously made if not widely anticipated. Low-budget, over-the-top films like Green Ghost and the Masters of the Stone or Reign of Chaos contribute to April’s wide range of genre films.

April also brings some darlings of the genre to the screen. Everything Everywhere All at Once has been delighting viewers in its limited release, and Petite Maman was celebrated in the film festival circuit. Bubblefrom the director of Attack on Titan, is a highly-anticipated anime release from big names in the industry. Here are all the science fiction and fantasy movies worth watching out for in April.

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Morbius Imagines a Vampire Superhero

Jared Leto as MOrbius

The latest superhero movie installation Morbius has had its share of delays but is finally hitting theaters this April. Afflicted with a chronic blood disease, Michael Morbius has dedicated his life to researching experimental, dangerous cures from bat populations. When a gene-splicing procedure goes wrong, the man is left as a living vampire who must decide how to use his bloodthirsty powers. While Morbius has received poor reviews, citing everything from its frenetic pacing to poor effects, the movie may still provide an important step in the shared Sony/Marvel universe. While it could be worth watching for completionists based on this alone, the performance by Matt Smith also makes Morbius worthwhile to a broader audience.

Directed by Daniel Espinosa and starring Jared Leto and Matt Smith, Morbius is out in theaters April 1.

Everything Everywhere All at Once Is a Heartfelt Multiverse Explosion

Everything Everywhere All At Once

Everything Everywhere All at Once has been wowing audiences since its limited release last month. The story follows Evelyn, who can call upon different versions of herself from the multiverse to help save the world. The emotional heart of the story, however, is not her grand journey but the small steps she makes to reconnect with her daughter and husband and face her personal fears. along the way, Everything Everywhere All at Once mixes in martial arts and humor for a reality-bending thrill ride through the genre. With its all-star cast, impeccable direction and unique story, Everything Everywhere All at Once is a must-watch for sci-fi fans. The movie presents a more personal take on standard tales of saving the world but pulls in multiverse shenanigans not to up the stakes but to make the story somehow more meaningful.

Directed by Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, Everything Everywhere All at Once stars Michelle Yeoh, Ke Huy Quan, Stephanie Hsu, Jenny Slate, Harry Shum Jr., James Hong and Jamie Lee Curtis. Everything Everywhere All at Once has its wide release on April 8.

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Reign of Chaos Gives Action Tropes to Women

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In a post-plague world filled with infected and violent humans, Reign of Chaos follows three women who may be able to change the fate of the world and free humanity from the chaotic curse. From the bloodline of Nike, the heroes are imbued with a power that stands as the only threat to the evil god of chaos. The women must fight against the god to right the world and save themselves. Reign of Chaos may look like a trope-y take on the classic action-heavy sci-fi, and its reliance on bloodlines and global plagues feels misguided or poorly timed. However, in a genre often dominated by male-lead action fantasies, giving the same tropes to three deadly and powerful women is enough to make Reign of Chaos interesting.

Directed by Rebecca J Matthews, Reign of Chaos stars Rebecca Finch, Peter Cosgrove, Rita Siddiqui, Georgia Wood and Mark Sears. The movie will be available to stream on April 12.

Chariot Shows Reincarnation Gone Wrong

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chariot invites viewers into a world that has solved death. In a futuristic society that seems to have mastered the art of reincarnation, something seems to have gone wrong with the process. One man’s recurring dream drives him to seek out answers from a new friend and an old doctor. As the group seems to uncover more of the truth behind these spurious dreams, the world may become a scarier place. chariot delivers the classic sci-fi message that there are always strings attached and that living forever clearly comes with a cost. Coupled with some strong performances and a clear narrative, chariot promises to deliver for genre fans this month.

Written and directed by Adam Sigal, Chariot stars John Malkovich, Thomas Mann, Rosa Salazar, Shane West, Scout Taylor Compton and Vernon Davis and hits theaters April 15.

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Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore Dives Deeper Into the Wizarding World

The third installation in the Harry Potter prequelseries, Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, promises to dive deeper into the story of one of the wizarding world’s favorite magicians. As the Dark wizard Grindelwald gathers more power and unleashes his war against non-magic people, Dumbledore teams up with the series’ favorite magical zoologist Newt Scamander and his cohorts of him to ensure the safety of the world. With impressive special effects in a beloved setting, Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore is sure to delight fans of the franchise, even though the series has generally been met with a lukewarm reception.

Directed by David Yates, the film features an ensemble cast including Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law, Ezra Miller, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, William Nadylam, Callum Turner, Jessica Williams, Victoria Yeates, Poppy Corby-Tuech, Fiona Glascott, Katherine Waterston, Maria Fernanda Cândido, Richard Coyle, Oliver Masucci, Valerie Pachner and Mads Mikkelsen. Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore comes to theaters on April 15.

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Petite Maman Uses Time Travel to Explore Grief

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Originally premiering last year at the Berlin International Film Festival, Petite Maman tells the story of a young girl, Nelly, who is visiting her grandmother’s house after the woman’s death. Her mother de ella, overwhelmed by grief, leaves one night without saying goodbye to the girl. Later, as she is playing in the woods, Nelly runs across another young girl from the area who shares a name with Nelly’s mother. As the two become friends, Petite Maman blurs the line between past and future and mother and daughter. Petite Maman explores questions of grief and mother/daughter relationships through the bond between Nelly and her new friend and asks what would happen if these difficult ideas could be confronted from a similar vantage point. The gentle, quiet fantasy plays with ideas of time travel as a method of reflection. Petite Maman is the perfect fantasy drama for all ages.

Staring Joséphine Sanz, Gabrielle Sanz, Stéphane Varupenne, Nina Meurisse and Margo Abascal, Petite Maman is written and directed by Céline Sciamma. The critically acclaimed movie is coming to US theaters on April 22.

Bubble Breaks Gravity in the Sci-Fi Anime

Hibiki and Uta in the Netflix anime movie Bubble

Not to be confused with Netflix’s just-released comedy Bubblethe streaming service’s Bubble is an anime feature from the acclaimed director of Attack on Titan. In a not-so-futuristic Tokyo, bubbles have appeared that change the way that gravity functions. Bubble follows a boy and a girl caught in this changing world. With Tokyo cut off from the rest of the world, the pair find themselves thrown together thanks to the gravity-bending puzzles. Responding to a sound that only they can hear, the pair chase down the noise and the truth behind their changing world. Combining a tender, coming-of-age tale with cataclysmic sci-fi, Bubble delivers the perfect mash-up of scales and stakes to create a lasting story.

Bubble is directed by Tetsurō Araki and written by Gen Urobuchi, starring the voice talents of Jun Shison, Mamoru Miyano, Yuki Kaji, Tasuku Hatanaka. The movie comes to streaming on Netflix starting April 28.

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Green Ghost and the Masters of the Stone Makes Superheroes Goofy

Green Ghost and the Masters of the Stone

The indie action-comedy Green Ghost and the Masters of the Stone give the genre a goofier spin. Lucha libre wrestler by night and car salesman by day, Charlie seems like a run-of-the-mill guy. When he discovers that he has superpowers, Charlie bands together with his childhood friends to protect the world from an evil man seeking to bring about the Mayan apocalypse. It’s a silly premise, made almost problematic by combining sci-fi stargates with indigenous history and culture. Green Ghost and the Masters of the Stone seems to be aware of its nature, however, and leans into the jokes to try to tell a comedic story about a regular guy thrown into circumstances well above his pay grade. The appearance of Danny Trejo as his training master of him is an added bonus and makes Green Ghost and the Masters of the Stone an interesting addition to April’s releases.

Directed by Michael D. Olmos, Green Ghost and the Masters of the Stone stars Charlie Clark, Sophia Pernas, Kuno Becker, Renee Victor, Jesse Garcia, Cain Velasquez, Marko Zaror and Danny Trejo. The movie hits select theaters April 29.

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