Thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic, most of the movies we’d anticipated for 2020 failed to drop, but we won’t let that deter us from getting excited for another movie year. No, we won’t. With vaccines for Covid-19 already on the horizon, visiting the theatres will soon become a reality again. That said, here are our top 20 most anticipated movies for 2021.
The Little Things – Jan. 29
Deputy Sheriff Joe “Deke” Deacon joins forces with Sgt. Jim Baxter to search for a serial killer who’s terrorizing Los Angeles. As they track the culprit, Baxter is unaware that the investigation is dredging up echoes of Deke’s past, uncovering disturbing secrets that could threaten more than his case.
Coming 2 America – Mar. 5
Prince Akeem, who is set to become the king of the fictional country of Zamunda, finds out he has a son he never knew about — a street-savvy Queens native, Lavelle. To honor the former king’s dying wish to raise his grandson as the crown prince, Akeem and his younger brother, Semmi, once again leave for America.
Raya and the Last Dragon – Mar. 5
Long ago, in the fantasy world of Kumandra, humans and dragons lived together in harmony. However, when sinister monsters known as the Druun threatened the land, the dragons sacrificed themselves to save humanity. Now, 500 years later, those same monsters have returned, and it’s up to a lone warrior to track down the last dragon and stop the Druun for good.
The Many Saints of Newark – Mar. 12
A look at the formative years of New Jersey gangster, Tony Soprano. Tensions rise between African Americans and Italian Americans in Newark, N.J., in 1967.
No Time to Die – April 2
Recruited to rescue a kidnapped scientist, globe-trotting spy James Bond finds himself hot on the trail of a mysterious villain, who’s armed with a dangerous new technology.
A Quiet Place 2 – April 23
The Abbott family must now face the terrors of the outside world as they fight for survival in silence. Forced to venture into the unknown, they realize that the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats that lurk beyond the sand path.
Black Widow – May 7
At birth the Black Widow (aka Natasha Romanova) is given to the KGB, which grooms her to become its ultimate operative. When the U.S.S.R. breaks up, the government tries to kill her as the action moves to present-day New York, where she is a freelance operative.
Godzilla vs. Kong – May 21
Fearsome monsters Godzilla and King Kong square off in an epic battle for the ages, while humanity looks to wipe out both of the creatures and take back the planet once and for all.
Minions: The Rise of Gru – June 17
The untold story of one 12-year-old’s dream to become the world’s greatest supervillain.
In the Heights – June 18
The story is set over the course of three days, involving characters in the largely Latino neighborhood of Washington Heights in New York City.
Luca – June 18
Luca is an upcoming American 3D computer animated film produced by Pixar set to be released on June 18, 2021
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings -July 9
Shang-Chi is a master of numerous unarmed and weaponry-based wushu styles, including the use of the gun, nunchaku, and jian.
The Suicide Squad – Aug. 6
The Suicide Squad is an upcoming American superhero film based on the DC Comics antihero team the Suicide Squad.
Candyman – Aug. 27
Intrigued by local legends, Helen investigates the myths and superstitions surrounding the one-armed Candyman. However, she confronts her worst nightmare when a series of murders start taking place.
Dune – Oct. 1
Paul Atreides leads nomadic tribes in a battle to control the desert planet Arrakis.
The Eternals – Nov. 5
The saga of the Eternals, a race of immortal beings who lived on Earth and shaped its history and civilisations.
Spider-Man 3 – Dec. 17
Not much is known about this yet untitled Spider-Man movie, but we’re already excited for it with all the casting sneak peeks we’ve been getting.
The Matrix 4 – Dec. 22
The Matrix 4 is an upcoming American science fiction action film and the fourth installment in The Matrix franchise.
Judas and the Black Messiah – TBA
Offered a plea deal by the FBI, William O’Neal infiltrates the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party to gather intelligence on Chairman Fred Hampton.
Mortal Kombat – TBA
Mortal Kombat is a mysterious, intergalactic tournament of ancient martial arts. Shaolin Monk Liu Kang, from Earth, gets invited as a competitor.
Honourable mentions: Top Gun Maverick (July 2), The French Dispatch, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Space James 2: A New Legacy (July 16), Cruella (May 28), Mission: Impossible 7 (Nov. 19), Reminiscence (April 26)