Netflix officially sets ‘Stranger Things 4’ release date to mid-2022

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Netflix has officially announced that Stranger Things 4 is set to drop on Summer 2022 in the US — that’s June to August in the Philippines, by the way.

The announcement came after the streaming giant celebrated Stranger Things Day on November 6, with the launch of pop-up stores in New York and Los Angeles, as well as the online release of a new trailer titled “Welcome to California.”

The trailer (below) starts with a cheerful, summer-ish vibe with previews of Eleven’s new atypical life in Lenora Hills, California, where she and the Byers family now lives. She writes to Mike, telling him that after being separated for 185 days, she has “finally adapted” to her new home, though it seems otherwise.

In school, Eleven has hardly made new friends and has become a laughing stock, with a classmate hurling a spitball at her face. She goes on to say that she and Mike are “going to have the best spring break ever.” But that, too, turns out to be the complete opposite.

The scene is then intercut with the Byers’ house being attacked, military shootouts, and a creepy Russian doll that arrives in the mail. As Hypebeast notes, the trailer notably sees the return of former investigative journalist Murray Bauman who will reportedly play a major role in the upcoming season.

It is the latest in a series of clips promoting the upcoming chapter of the supernatural drama, following the first trailer that confirmed Jim Hopper is in fact alive in Russia, the second that flashed back to Eleven’s eerie past, and the third which introduced the haunted Creel House.

Stranger Things 4 was initially announced in September 2019, after the premiere of its third chapter in July that year. Reports say the production was supposed to start in early 2020 but was postponed because of the pandemic.

In a previous interview with Collider, executive producer Shawn Levy said that the delay has impacted the show “very positively” in a way that it enabled Stranger Things creators Matt and Ross Duffer to write the season “maybe better than ever.”

Read more: 7 geeky moments from Stranger Things 3

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