Stranger Things 4 was announced on September 30, 2019 . The premiere date was only revealed by Netflix on February 17, 2022 -- and the new episodes will be divided into two volumes:

Stranger Things 4 Volume 1 arrives on May 25, 2022
Stranger Things 4 Volume 2 Coming July 1, 2022

By way of comparison, the first season of Stranger Things premiered on July 15, 2016, while the second arrived on October 27, 2017 and the third was released on July 4, 2019.

It is worth noting that the world faced the Covid-19 pandemic, which suspended filming and, consequently, delayed many releases in cinema, TV and games - which was the case with Stranger Things 4.

Steve (Joe Keery)

Eddie (Joseph Quinn)

Argyle (Eduardo Franco)

Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown)

Hopper’s (David Harbour)

Jonathan (Charlie Heaton)

Joyce (Winona Ryder)

Mike (Finn Wolfhard)

Murray (Brett Gelman)

Will (Noah Schnapp)

Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo)

Erica! Lucas’ little sister (Priah Ferguson)

Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin)

Max (Sadie Sink)

Nancy (Natalia Dyer)

Robin (Maya Hawke)

Cast: Who Returns and New Characters in Stranger Things 4

Stranger Things 4 will feature the well-known Hawkins gang -- which, by the way, is already grown up and very different from what we know in the first season.

Look forward to seeing Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), Joyce (Winona Ryder), Mike (Finn Wolfhard), Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo), Will (Noah Schnapp), Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin), Max (Sadie Sink), Jonathan (Charlie Heaton) , Steve (Joe Keery), Nancy (Natalia Dyer) and Robin (Maya Hawke), Erica (Priah Ferguson) and Jim Hopper (David Harbour), whose return is one of the great mysteries to be solved .

Now, let's talk about the new characters. In November 2019, it was announced that the Duffer Brothers were looking for four male actors for new recurring roles in Stranger Things 4 -- three of them would be teenagers and the other, apparently, an adult character.

The description said that the three teenagers would be, respectively, a "metalhead", an "athlete" and a doppelgänger of the "junkie" Jeff Spicoli, played by Sean Penn in Student Picardy. The adult member of the group, describes the article, has characteristics that indicate an importance to the narrative line that will take place outside Hawkins, Indiana.

Behind-the-scenes footage of Stranger Things 4 showed one of these new characters, played by Levon Hawke, brother of Maya Hawke, who has played Robin since the 3rd season of the series. Check out: