2021 Upcoming Movies – We Just Can’t Wait For
Unless you’re Jeff Bezos, 2020 has likely been a rough year for you. Businesses have been crashing and economies have been tanking. Like me, you’ve probably been cooped up at home for months now. I wonder how we would have gotten by if it weren’t for easily available and affordable options like the Spectrum cable package. Even with all the entertainment that the internet has to offer though, after a while it gets stagnant. We all miss so many of the things we used to do before COVID-19 disrupted everything. Among many others, one of the things I miss the most is catching a new release at my local movie theatre.
Of course, the film industry hasn’t escaped the impact of COVID-19. As infections rose in Hollywood, many filming schedules went out the window. Sets were disrupted, film crews were quarantined, and actors were isolated. All while leading scientific and medical minds tried to get a handle on the problem. Now, with a possible vaccine on the way, we can dare to hope for things to return to normal. For me, and possibly you, that means being able to go to the movie theatre again. If so, here are a few of the most hotly-anticipated movies dropping in 2021:
Who didn’t love Scarlett Johansson as the badass Russian-trained spy/assassin/femme fatal? Especially in the black bodysuit that floored male audiences everywhere. Of course, it’s still painful to remember what happens to Agent Natasha Romanoff (potential spoiler) in Endgame. But it won’t be the last we see of her. Black Widow drops in April 2021 and looks promising by all accounts. The movie is set to be a prequel/origin story for our favorite hero with no superpowers.
Of course, we have gotten used to multiple superhero movies in one year. 2021 isn’t going to be any different. Morbius is known to most Marvel comic book and cartoon fans already. Now the villain is all set to debut on the big screen for the first time ever. For casual superhero fans, Morbius revolves around one of the most iconic villains in the Spiderman story or Spiderverse. However, given the complex issue of character rights, Sony is behind this release instead of Marvel. Regardless, the trailer seems very promising. Catch the origin story of Michael Morbius, a biochemist turned vampiric villain in March 2021.
There was a time when Frank Herbert’s Dune was a seminal work in science fiction. Unfortunately, many younger viewers have often never heard of it. Perhaps that was what motivated Legendary Pictures to push forward Dune. Based on the novel, Dune will see young actors like Timothee Chalamet and Zendaya share the screen. Prepare to join the nomads of Arrakis battle it out for control of the planet’s vast deserts. Dune is scheduled to release in October 2021, after the initial December 2020 release was pushed back.
Say what you will, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has no shortage of superheroes. And the way things are going, the MCU is all set to fill the Avengers-shaped gap in our lives. The Eternals follows a race of immortal superheroes. These heroes have been around for so long they have actually shaped the course of history and human development. You may have seen Kumail Nanjiani bulk up for a superhero role, and this is the movie you’ll be seeing him in. That’s not to mention the added star power of Kit Harrington and Richard Madden. You may know them as Jon Snow and Rob Stark from Game of Thrones. The Eternals is planned for a November 2021 release.
Top Gun: Maverick
Enough with the superheroes. Who wants to see an average American kick some butt? Although, I don’t know if a fighter pilot who is also one of the most handsome men in Hollywood qualifies as “average”. Regardless, we all know Top Gun gave Tom Cruise a career-defining role. The film had it all. Fighter jets, brash pilots, aircraft carriers, and beautiful instructors. The original Top Gun was such a huge success, it actually had people signing up for the Navy and the Air Force. Top Gun: Maverick will see Tom Cruise reprise his iconic role as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell. Now with many years of service under his belt, watch Maverick reconcile his past with the future. All while training the next generation of Top Gun pilots, in July 2021.
There is so much cinematic action lined up for 2021 that it’s almost impossible to wait. Of course, we should remember that the pandemic hasn’t ended yet. There is still a chance that release dates and schedules may get pushed around. There’s also a chance that theatres may remain closed for the most part. Studios may have to come up with innovative distribution channels to make things work. Imagine ordering The Eternals like a PPV event. COVID-19 could transform the cinema-goers approach forever.