After nearly a year of delays caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, Hollywood is finally announcing new release dates for some of its biggest and most highly-anticipated films. From Marvel to Pixar, here’s what you can expect to see coming to a theater (or streaming platform) near you in the coming months.
Black Widow (July 9th, 2021)
After several previous delays, Marvel’s Black Widow is finally set to be released on July 9th, both in theaters and on the Disney+ streaming platform. Starring Scarlett Johansson in the titular role, this prequel takes place shortly after the events of Captain America: Civil War, and follows Natasha Romanoff’s journey as she teams up with old allies to confront the dangerous organization that trained her.
Space Jam: A New Legacy (July 16th, 2021)
LeBron James stars in this long-awaited sequel to the 1996 classic Space Jam, where he joins the Looney Tunes in a high-stakes basketball game to save his son from a digital villain. The film also features appearances from popular Warner Bros. characters like the Flintstones and Scooby-Doo.
Jungle Cruise (July 30th, 2021)
Based on the popular Disney theme park ride, Jungle Cruise stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Emily Blunt in a supernatural adventure down the Amazon River. The movie promises to be a mix of action, humor and heart, as the duo encounter dangerous creatures, treacherous landscapes and an ancient curse.
The Suicide Squad (August 6th, 2021)
From writer-director James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy), this DC Comics movie brings back some of the most notorious villains from the first Suicide Squad movie, as well as introducing new characters like Bloodsport (Idris Elba) and the monstrous King Shark. The plot is still under wraps, but fans are excited to see what Gunn has in store for this dark, offbeat franchise.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (September 3rd, 2021)
Marvel’s first Asian-led superhero movie, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, stars Simu Liu as the martial arts master who confronts the powerful Ten Rings organization, led by the infamous Mandarin (Tony Leung). The movie boasts a diverse cast and crew, and promises to showcase authentic Asian culture and action scenes.
No Time to Die (October 8th, 2021)
The latest installment in the James Bond franchise, No Time to Die stars Daniel Craig in his final appearance as the iconic spy. The movie follows Bond as he comes out of retirement to face a dangerous new villain played by Rami Malek. With an all-star cast and stunning locations, this movie is sure to be a thrilling send-off for Craig’s Bond.
Eternals (November 5th, 2021)
Marvel’s Eternals, directed by Chloé Zhao (Nomadland), introduces a new group of superheroes who have lived in secret for centuries, keeping watch over humanity. The cast includes Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Richard Madden and Kumail Nanjiani, and the story promises to explore themes of identity, purpose and sacrifice.
Encanto (November 24th, 2021)
Disney’s latest animated movie, Encanto, follows a magical family in Colombia who all possess unique powers, except for the protagonist, Mirabel. When the family’s magic begins to fade, it’s up to Mirabel to discover the source of the problem and save their home. The movie features original songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda and promises to showcase the vibrant culture of Colombia.
West Side Story (December 10th, 2021)
Steven Spielberg’s highly-anticipated remake of the classic musical, West Side Story, stars newcomers Rachel Zegler and Ansel Elgort as Maria and Tony, the star-crossed lovers from rival gangs in 1950s New York City. The movie promises to reintroduce the beloved songs and story to a new generation, while also bringing a fresh perspective to the themes of prejudice and unity.
2021 is shaping up to be a busy and exciting year for movie fans, with big-name franchises and fresh, diverse stories all vying for attention. Whether you prefer superheroes, action-adventure, comedy or drama, there’s plenty to look forward to. So grab some popcorn, settle in, and enjoy the show.