With 2020 being a complete train wreck, 2021 is an opportunity for us to pick ourselves back up and breathe in some fresh air. And fortunately, there is some good to be looking forward to this year. Already there is a big pandemic vaccine that’s coming in. There is also the fact that this is a fresh new year to start some new and exciting things.

But if you work your way down the list of the several good reasons to be excited for 2021, there is the fact that film studios have enough confidence to be making films again. This means that after a mess of a year, we finally get the chance to see some new movies in theatres.

It sounds almost surreal, but it’s the truth. With a lot of films planned for 2020, studios had to pivot hard once the pandemic hit and delayed releasing and filming dates. This makes 2021 crammed by all kinds of fantastic films that we can all look forward to.

For a refresher, we’ve put together a list of some of the most anticipated films people are waiting for. These are releases from folks like Wes Anderson, Steven Spielberg, and Marvel.

There’s even a James Bond film thrown in there too. Let’s all keep our masks on, and fingers crossed that we can all get back to theatres and enjoy these films.

NOMADLAND

Chloe Zhao is an actress that’s been around for a while, but this year she’ll be exploding in the film industry. Already she’s got a directing gig with Marvel, directing The Eternals – another film on this list – but she’s also expected to be the favorite for Best Director at this year’s Oscars.

The reason for that are her own directing skills in this film – Nomadland. It stars France McDormand as a rootless woman living out in a van and it’s expected to be a very stirring movie.

Expect to see it by mid-February this year.

MORBIUS

Another person that’s joining the Marvel universe is Jared Leto who felt that Joker wasn’t enough. Leto will be playing as Michael Morbius, who is a biochemist who makes a grave error mid-experiment and accidentally injects himself with some unusual blood. The blood then gives him a form of vampirism. Based on the comics, if the film is leaning heavily on the source material, we can expect to see Leto facing off with Tom Holland’s Spider-Man soon enough. This film is slated to release mid-March this year.

NO TIME TO DIE

The waiting for this film has been a ridiculous one – but hopefully the wait was well worth it. The last Daniel Craig Bond film has had several stalls in the process. There was the pandemic of course, but others were things like some physical injuries. All that we can hope for is that the studio is able to release this in early April. This will be the 25th Bond instalment – marking this Craig’s final film in his tenure as Bond. This film pulls out all the stops with features of Lashana Lynch as 007, a significant dose of Madeleine Swann, and a Billie Eilish-voiced theme song.

A QUIET PLACE: PART 2

Because this movie was so well received in 2018, the studio behind A Quiet Place decided to release a second part. Emily Blunt will be reprising her role as matriarch of her very quiet family hiding from creatures that hunt by sound in this sequel. In this movie, the plot will be showing the family venturing out of their “safe zone,” quickly realizing these creatures aren’t the only threats that exist. This film is expected to be out by late April.

LAST NIGHT IN SOHO

Written and directed by Edgar Wright, this movie stars Anya Taylor-Joy as a woman who time travels back to the 1960s. While you’d think it’s all happy and fun, the film takes a sudden horror-film turn that you wouldn’t expect. This flick is to come out late-April and features the late Diana Rigg too.

THE FRENCH DISPATCH

There are many Oscar contenders this year, but one that’s on top of critics’ short list of considerations is this flick. It was one of the films expected to be out in 2020, but has since been pushed to being released this year. Nevertheless, this Wes Anderson directed movie is described as “a love letter to journalists set at an outpost of an American Newspaper in 20th-century Paris and centers on three storylines.”

As you’d expect in an Anderson directed film, you’ve got an all-star ensemble lineup with Benicio del Toro, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Léa Seydoux, Frances McDormand, Timothée Chalamet, Lyna Khoudri, Jeffrey Wright, Mathieu Amalric, Steve Park, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, and many of the director’s many other regular favorites.

Expect to see this roll out in May this year.

BLACK WIDOW

Though the Avengers lost Black Widow in Avengers: Endgame, that wasn’t the last time Scarlett Johansson would be playing as Natasha Romanoff. In her first stand-alone film, we are going back in time to see what her life was like back at home. In the timeline, this film takes part after the events of Captain America: Civil War where Romanoff has to deal with the familial fallout that she left behind. It’s at this time where Florence Pugh and David Harbour make their debuts in the Marvel universe. This film will be coming out early May this year.

FAST & FURIOUS 9

The Fast and the Furious franchise has gone from a series of street racers and has morphed into a group of near-superheroes that are saving the world. With nine films now under its belt, this installment is about Dominic and his family facing off with Dominic’s brother, Jakob, a deadly assassin who’s working with an old enemy. On top of that, we saw Han make a reappearance in the trailer which is BIG for long-time fans of this series. This will be released in late May this year.

THE CONJURING: THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT

In the third chapter of the Conjuring franchise, both Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga will be reprising their roles as Ed and Lorraine Warren. As the film follows two real life paranormal investigators, this movie takes a turn when a murder suspect claims that he was possessed by a demon, which caused him to commit his crimes. This film is expected to be out in early June this year.

TOP GUN: MAVERICK

It’s been 34 years since Tom Cruise has been in a cockpit, but don’t think his rustiness will be slowing him down. Maverick is just as confident as ever, testing the limits of both physics and authority. However, there will be two major developments that’ll shake things up; a dangerous Top Gun mission, and the arrival of his late best friend Goose’s son. This film will be coming out in early July 2021.

SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS

Intended to be the 25th film in the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe), this is the first film appearance of the martial artist superhero Shang-Chi who made his first debut in comics in 1973. Now, 50 years later, Marvel is picking up this superhero and giving him a much-needed improvement of his story. It features Chinese-Canadian actor Simu Liu as Shang-Chi who will be slipping into the bright red jumpsuit this summer.

SPACE JAM: A NEW LEGACY

Those, who grew up in the 90’s definitely remember the film Space Jam, which brought together basketball star Michael Jordan and many famous cartoon characters from the show Looney Toons. In this sequel, after 25 years, this new film is featuring LeBron James as himself and a whole host of other NBA and WNBA superstars. Expect to see athletes like Klay Thompson, Chris Paul, and Diana Taurasi in there. With Ryan Coogler and James, himself, serving as producers, they deliver this new story where James is on the search for his son Bronny as he and the Looney Toons gang sift through the Warner Bros. catalogue. Fingers crossed that we find some Harry Potter crossover in there somewhere. This film won’t be out until mid July this year.

THE SUICIDE SQUAD

After The Suicide Squad was rejected by fans, this hybrid reboot/sequel to the 2016 film of the nearly-same name is an attempt to making things work. This take will have the ragtag group of antiheroes, led by Amanda Waller (Viola Davis), who are going around performing good deeds in exchange for redemption or a lighter incarceration sentence. Margot Robbie and Idris Elba are merely hoping for a better result this round. They’ll have to wait a while though as this film won’t be out until early August this year.

CANDYMAN

The movie’s premise follows visual artist Anthony McCoy and his art gallery director girlfriend move into the neighborhood, which is now heavily gentrified. When his career stalls, McCoy has a chance encounter with an old individual who then becomes exposed to the Candyman, bringing him back years after he first terrorized the community.

This film is expected to be out by late August this year.

DUNE

Based on one of the most famous sci-fi novels of all time, the film adaptation of Dune is meant to bring the book into a new light. We can expect as much, since it’s starring Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya, Oscar Isaac, and more. This adaption of the 1965 novel follows Paul Atreides, whose family is in command of Arrakis – a plant that produces a substance known as spice that is crucial to space exploration and travel. This film is slated to be released in early October this year.

THE ETERNALS

With the Avengers having their final film together, you might be missing the ensemble Marvel movies. Well fortunately, directors figured that much and found another superhero team for us to be following: The Eternals. In this film, we’ll be following this group, which features amazing actors like Angelina Jolie, Kit Harington, Kumail Nanjiani and more as they play as a group of immortal superheroes whose very presence shaped the history of Earth. This film is expected to come out in early November this year.

UNTITLED SPIDER-MAN FILM

At the time of writing this we don’t have the title of this new film, though that’s kind of to be expected, since both Marvel studios and Sony had a bit of a dispute over Tom Holland’s Spider-Man after the second film. Fortunately, both parties reached an agreement and we’ll be seeing the web slinger appear in not only one, but at the very least two more movies. This third film, picking up the cliffhanger from the second part, will be coming out in early November.

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 7

2021 is a big year for Tom Cruise. Not only is he going to be in Top Gun: Maverick (as mentioned earlier), he’ll be returning to play his most iconic character in the seventh installment of this spy franchise. We don’t know much about the plot except for two things. The first is that Ethan Hunt is expected to do some of the most insane stunts we’ve ever seen. Naturally, Cruise is known for doing most of his own stunts and this time it’s no different. The second is that he is to be facing off with one of the notoriously dangerous characters in this franchise that is to be played by Hayley Atwell.

And if this film gets you excited for more, well don’t worry. The 8th instalment of this franchise is slated for November 2022. As for this film – it’ll be coming out mid November this year.

WEST SIDE STORY

One of the most iconic musicals of all time is getting some much-needed film polish since it’s first adaptation in 1961. Directed by Steven Spielberg, this film will be following the plot of the stage production of a 1950’s New York City version of Romeo and Juliet. While Ansel Elgort steps into the role of Tony, the real excitement is stemming around the newcomer Rachel Zegler. Plucked right out of high school, her name went from obscurity to playing the iconic role of Maria. We won’t see how well she’ll fare until the film comes out in early December this year.

THE MATRIX 4

Though we’ll have to wait until 2022 to see the next John Wick film, we’ll still get a chance to swoon over Keanu Reeves earlier than that in the next Matrix instalment. As far as plot goes, it’s a closely guarded secret for now, but it’ll be interesting to see what sort of take this film will go in after the story ended almost 20 years ago. This film is expected to be out a few days before Christmas 2021.

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