The 2020 movie season has been thrown on its head with the delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic; however, while everyone has become accustomed to a movie night at home, there are still some big-screen releases still heading your way in this year and into 2021.
Release date: 26 August 2020
Inception director Christopher Nolan’s Tenet must be the most secretive movie of the year, but one thing we do know: it’s going to be another mind-melting action/sci-fi spectacle. Starring John David Washington (BlacKkKlansman, Ballers), Tenet follows an international espionage mission that will unfold into something beyond real time. Not time travel, though, but rather ‘inversion’. The cast of also includes Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Clémence Poésy, Michael Caine and Kenneth Branagh.
007: No Time to Die
Release date: 20 November
Daniel Craig is back to follow up Spectre in the next (and supposedly his last) Bond film. In No Time To Die, Bond is pulled out of retirement to rescue a kidnapped scientist who turns out to be far more treacherous than expected. Alongside Craig, Bohemian Rhapsody’s Rami Malek takes on the role of the villain this time around, with Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, and Jeffrey Wright all along for the ride.
Release date: 6 November
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.
Wonder Woman: 1984
Release date: 2 October 2020
As its title suggests, the Wonder Woman sequel is set in the height of the Cold War, with Diana Prince set to take on two all-new foes: Max Lord and The Cheetah. Patty Jenkins is back in the director’s chair, and Gal Gadot returns the title role, alongside Chris Pine as Steve Trevor, Kristen Wiig as The Cheetah, Pedro Pascal as Max Lord, Robin Wright as Antiope, and Connie Nielsen as Hippolyta.
A Quiet Place: Part II
Release date: 23 April 2021
The sequel to sensory-horror film A Quiet Place has been pushed out to 2021, 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.
The King’s Man
Release date: 18 September 2020
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 world where war is changing drastically. But, of course, there’ll be some 80s throwbacks, including a obligatory beach scene and some stellar bomber jackets on show.