Make no mistake—2021 is going to be a big year for blockbuster movies. The disruption caused by COVID-19 means that a massive backlog of titles intended for release in 2020 is now crammed into 2021 and 2022 and many will also be available on streaming services like HBO Max and Disney Plus.
The latest instalment in the James Bond franchise, No Time to Die; Marvel’s Black Widow, Fast and Furious sequel F9 and many more have been rescheduled for this year.
Will there be more postponements? Will we, the moviegoing audience, make it back into theaters this year? Will we end up enjoying these new films from our sofas? Whatever happens, we’ve rounded up the new 2020 and 2021 movie release dates to give you something to look to forward to.
Coming 2 America (March 5, 2021)
Eddie Murphy stars in a long-awaited sequel to his ’80s classic. Coming 2 America was acquired by Amazon Prime Video in November, a month before it was set to be released in theaters, and will stream in March.
The Many Saints of Newark (March 12, 2021)
The Many Saints of Newark is a ’60s-set prequel to classic TV series The Sopranos, in which Michael Gandolfini takes on the role of Tony Soprano made famous by his father, James Gandolfini. It will stream on HBO Max.
Mortal Kombat (April 16, 2021)
The legendary video game comes to HBO Max.
Bios (April 16, 2021)
Tom Hanks plays the last human being left on Earth who befriends a faithful robot in this post- apocalyptic drama.
Black Widow (May 7, 2021)
Scarlett Johansson headlines Marvel’s Black Widow whose plot will dig into the Russian super-assassin’s origins. Originally scheduled for May 2020, it’s been been pushed back in a reshuffle of the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe schedule.
F9 (May 28, 2021)
Vin Diesel, John Cena, and Charlize Theron headline the ninth Fast and Furious film. A tenth and final entry to the franchise has already been earmarked.
Venom: Let There Be Carnage (June 25, 2021)
Tom Hardy and Woody Harrelson star as Marvel bad guys Venom and Carnage.
Top Gun: Maverick (July 2, 2021)
It’s 35 years on, but Tom Cruise still feels the need for speed in this sequel to the blockbuster original.
Space Jam: A New Legacy (July 16, 2021)
A long-awaited sequel to the basketball-themed 1996 cartoon/live-action classic starring LeBron James alongside Bugs Bunny.
Jungle Cruise (July 30, 2021)
The Suicide Squad (Aug. 6, 2021)
Margot Robbie, Idris Elba, and John Cena all star in this anarchic DC comics sequel set to stream on HBO Max.
No Time to Die (Oct. 8, 2021)
Dune (Oct. 21, 2021)
Denis Villeneuve’s star-studded new adaptation of the classic Dune sci-fi novels features Oscar Isaac, Zendaya, Charlotte Rampling, Dave Bautista, and Javier Bardem among others, and will stream on HBO Max.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife (Nov. 11, 2021)
Mission: Impossible 7 (Nov. 19, 2021)
West Side Story (Dec. 10, 2021)
Steven Spielberg’s remake of the legendary musical was originally supposed to fill Disney’s traditional big-money holiday movie slot in 2020.
Untitled Spider-Man sequel (Dec. 17, 2021)
Former Spider-men Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield join current incumbent Tom Holland for a multiverse-warping Spidey adventure.
The Matrix 4 (Dec. 22, 2021)
Keanu Reeves returns for a long-awaited sequel that will stream on HBO Max.