With the current coronavirus pandemic across the globe, many studios and film projects have either been put on hold or reshuffled to give movie-goers their fix at a later stage. While 2020 was lining up to be a monster year for movies, we’ll have to wait a little longer to see these blockbusters now slated for 2021.
Release date: 29 April 2020
With the Infinity Saga phase of Marvel’s ever-expanding universe all wrapped up, the studio is now looking to flex its muscles with some of the lesser-appreciated characters – with Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow finally getting her solo movie. Directed by Cate Shortland, Black Widow will explore the life of assassin-turned-Avenger Natasha Romanoff after the events of Captain America: Civil War, and everything leading up to Infinity War.
Fast & Furious 9
Release date: 28 May 2021
Nothing seemed like it could slow down the continual rollout of the Fast & Furious franchise movies, but alas, Fast & Furious 9, which was set to be released in May has now been delayed until April 2021. We’ll have to wait a fair bit longer to see Vin Diesel go head-to-head with John Cena in the next instalment in the high-octane franchise.
A Quiet Place: Part II
Release date: 23 April 2021
The release date for the sequel to sensory-horror film A Quiet Place has been pushed out again and again, but that doesn’t hamper our excitement one bit. Emily Blunt returns to her role from the first film, searching for a new haven for her children in a world overrun by blind but deadly monsters. Cillian Murphy and Djimon Hounsou flesh out the cast, while writer and the original’s star John Krasinski also reprises his role from the first film through flashback sequences.
Godzilla vs. Kong
Release date: 21 May 2021
After we’ve been introduced to the new King Kong in Kong: Skull Island and Godzilla in 2014’s reboot and sequel Godzilla: King of the Monsters, the two iconic movie beasts will go head-to-head in this year’s Monsterverse mash-up. Adam Wingard, who directed Netflix’s Death Note adaptation, is directing the colossal release.
The King’s Man
Release date: 12 February 2021
A prequel to the Kingsman franchise, The King’s Man jumps back in time to the 1960s, whereby we witness the formation of the super-agent secret service. The film features an ensemble cast that includes Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, and Rhys Ifans; and is directed by Mathew Vaughn, who helmed the past two entries.
Top Gun: Maverick
Release date: 2 July 2021
It may have been a 33 year gap, but the follow-up to 1986’s Top Gun is still set for a release, although it has slipped into the 2021 release calendar. Directed by Joseph Kosinski (who helmed the under-appreciated Tron: Legacy), the sequel continues the story of Captain Peter “Maverick” Mitchell and his fighter-pilot antics in a world where war is changing drastically. But, of course, there’ll be some 80s throwbacks, including an obligatory beach scene and some stellar bomber jackets on show.
Release date: 24 June 2021
Originally supposed to release in October, Andy Serkis’ Venom sequel will hit cinemas in June 2021. Officially titled, Venom: Let There Be Carnage, the follow-up will see Tom Hardy’s Eddie Brock going up against Woody Harrelson’s Carnage, another iconic symbiote villain from the Spider-Man universe.
Release date: 5 March 2021
Like Venom: Let There Be Carnage, Sony’s decision to shift its entire slate of theatrical releases has also effected Jason Reitman’s small town-set Ghostbusters resurrection. The film, which stars Paul Rudd, is pushed from July 2020 to March 2021.
Release date: 18 March 2021
Another standalone supervillain outing has been halted, as Jared Leto’s interesting-looking Morbius origin film has been delayed from July 2020 to March 2021. We’ll have to wait a little longer to see how this vampiric foe fits into the overarching Sony/Marvel Spider-Man universe.
Release date: 12 February 2021
Marvel’s next big star-studded entry into the MCU has seen delayed from November 2020 to February 2021, which will push all the other Marvel-related movies (Shang-Chi, Doctor Strange 2, and Spider-Man 3, for example) further into 2021 and 2022.