All the Movies We Can’t Wait to (Finally) See in 2021

2020 has seen a lot of amazing movie releases. There’s even been a resurgence of drive-in screenings! But some of the year’s most highly anticipated movies were delayed. While that was a total bummer, it now means that 2021 has the potential to be one of the most stacked cinematic years ever.

While we still don’t know what the future holds when it comes to releases, we’ve put together a list of all the movies (delayed and otherwise) that we’re most excited to see whenever and wherever it’s safe to do so! From superheroes to sequels, martial arts to monsters, it’s gonna be a big year!

Reboots! And Remakes! And Sequels! Oh My!

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Mortal Kombat

Date TBD (HBO Max/Theaters)

Could 2021 be the year of the big budget martial arts movie? We certainly hope so. Mortal Kombat could be the spark that lights the flame in that regard as Warner Bros. releases the highly anticipated new adaptation of the classic fighting game.


August 27

The trailer for Nia DaCosta’s Candyman sequel and soft reboot got us super excited when it released earlier this year. So it was with much sadness that we saw the movie face delays. But now it means we get to look forward to DaCosta’s imaginative take on the classic horror icon.

Godzilla vs. Kong

May 21 (HBO Max/Theaters)

The big boys are back! After much monster-mashing, the biggest showdown is coming. While it seems like the pair will face off against each other, we’ll probably get some good team-up action here too. It’ll also be interesting to see what this historic fight means for the rest of the Monsterverse.


The King’s Man: February 12
The Many Saints of Newark: March 12 (HBO Max/Theaters)
No Time to Die: April 2
A Quiet Place Part II: April 23
Spiral: May 21
F9: May 28
Cruella: May 28
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It: June 4 (HBO Max/Theaters)
Ghostbusters: Afterlife: June 11
Top Gun: Maverick: July 1
Space Jam: A New Legacy: July 16 (HBO Max/Theaters)
Uncharted: July 16
Jungle Cruise: July 29
Dune: October 1 (HBO Max/Theaters)
Halloween Kills: October 15
Snake Eyes: October 22
MI:7: November 19
West Side Story: December 10
The Matrix 4: December 22 (HBO Max/Theaters)
Pinocchio: Date TBD (Netflix)
Mortal Kombat: Date TBD (HBO Max/Theaters)
Death on the Nile: Date TBD

Big Studio Superheroes Are Back, Baby

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The Suicide Squad

August 6 (HBO Max/Theaters)

James Gunn makes his DCU debut with this kooky take on the titular team. Long gone are the Ed Hardy aesthetics and edgy editing. This looks like solid, experimental superhero fun. Plus, with a cast of characters like this, how could we not be waiting with bated breath?

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

July 9

Shang-Chi is a really underused character; hopefully his film will rectify some of Marvel’s longstanding issues with Asian representation. It would be amazing to see this stellar cast and crew reinvent him for a new generation.

Untitled Spider-Man three-quel

December 17

Perhaps the most anticipated of the 2021 MCU movies. With casting like Alfred Molina and Jamie Foxx, the MCU’s Spider-Man 3 looks to bring a live-action Spider-Verse to life. Let’s just hope they’re not planning to erase Miles from this one, since MCU Peter already stole his best friend.


Morbius: March 19
Black Widow: May 7
Eternals: November 5
Black Adam: December 22

Intriguing Indies and Original Movies

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The Green Knight

Date TBD

We cannot wait to watch the wicked looking Green Knight in 2021. Directed by David Lowery, the epic historical fantasy centers on Sir Gawain (Dev Patel), King Arthur’s reckless nephew who heads out to find the legendary Green Knight.

Last Night in Soho

April 23

Anya Taylor-Joy has had quite the year. Her smash hit show The Queen’s Gambit became a Netflix fave and the long-awaited New Mutants finally slithered from the shadows. But we’re really excited for her psychological horror collaboration with Edgar Wright. Sounds perfect.


Date TBD (HBO Max/Theaters)

Though we don’t know much about Malignant, the fact that it’s an “original thriller not based off any existing IP” makes us very excited. Oh, and did we mention it’s from the mind of James Wan? The mysterious story comes from Wan, Ingrid Bisu, and Akela Cooper. Sounds intriguing.


Antlers: February 19
Raya and the Last Dragon: March 12
BIOS: April 16
In the Height: June 18 (HBO Max/Theaters)
Luca: June 18
Deep Water: August 13
Free Guy: Date TBD
Judas and the Black Messiah: Date TBD (HBO Max/Theaters)

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