Blockbusters of 2021 (and 2022)
Tom Hanks is the last man on Earth and Caleb Landry Jones is his faithful robot in this post-apocalyptic drama. Originally titled Bios, it was renamed Finch and will be released on streaming service Apple TV.
Dune (Oct. 21, 2021)
Yeah, we’re thinking he’s back.
The French Dispatch (Oct. 22, 2021)
Release date: Nov. 5, 2021
Several movies have been released already. They include Eddie Murphy’s long-awaited sequel to an ’80s classic. Originally set for a theatrical release, Coming 2 America is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video now.
Finch (Nov. 5, 2021)
Release date: March 12, 2021
Eternals (Nov. 5, 2021)
Steven Spielberg directs Ansel Elgort and singing legend Rita Moreno in a new version of classic musical West Side Story.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife (Nov. 19, 2021)
In Nine Days, Winston Duke and Zazie Beetz take us to a strange house where a reclusive man interviews prospective candidates for the privilege to be born.
Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City (Nov. 24, 2021)
Serial slasher and mask fan Michael Myers returns for yet another sequel, following the 2018 reboot starring Jamie Lee Curtis. Halloween Kills will stream on Peacock on the same day as the big screen.
Dev Patel is mythic knight Sir Gawain, King Arthur’s headstrong nephew, in this medieval fantasy epic from A24.
Release date: Oct. 21, 2021 (moved from December 2020)
Spider-Man: No Way Home (Dec. 17, 2021)
The Belcher family members flip out as they flip burgers in a Bob’s Burgers animated movie.
Release date: March 18, 2021
Tom Holland plays a troubled war veteran in Cherry, re-teaming with his Marvel Avengers directors the Russo Brothers on Apple TV Plus.
Release date: March 5, 2021 (originally December 2020)
Tomb Raider 2 (Unspecified)
Zack Snyder brings the zombie genre back from the dead with an all-action heist film streaming on Netflix.
Bob’s Burgers: The Movie (Unspecified)
Marvel’s Doctor Strange, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, faces a slight delay before entering the Multiverse of Madness.
The 355 (Jan. 14, 2022)
Deep Water (Jan. 14, 2022)
Buckle up for Fast and Furious 9, starring Vin Diesel, Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren, pushed back a year from its original release date.
Uncharted (Feb. 18, 2022)
Emma Stone stars as a young Cruella De Vil in Disney’s live-action 101 Dalmatians prequel. It’s streaming now on Disney Plus, from the same day it opened in theaters.
The Batman (March 4, 2022)
Release date: Aug. 27, 2021 (moved from June 2020)
Morbius (Jan. 28, 2022)
The sequel to the 2018 supervillain caper Venom once again stars Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock, a hapless journalist whose body bonds with a viscous alien. Joining him for Venom 2 are Woody Harrelson, Michelle Williams and Naomie Harris. Andy Serkis directs.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (May 6, 2022)
The sequel to James Cameron’s record-breaking sci-fi movie has already kept us waiting over a decade. And it’s been bumped back a year from its Christmas 2021 release date. On the plus side, there will be four Avatar sequels and they’ll alternate with new Star Wars movies every holiday season up to 2028.
Top Gun: Maverick (May 27, 2022)
Release date: April 23, 2021
John Wick: Chapter 4 (May 27, 2022)
Release date: Oct. 29, 2021
A star-studded cast leads Marvel’s ensemble Eternals adventure. Richard Madden, Angelina Jolie, Kumail Nanjiani, Salma Hayek, Kit Harington and Brian Tyree Henry star in this tale of immortal aliens who first appeared in comics in 1976.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 3 (July 15, 2022)
Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt faces down aliens again in The Tomorrow War. He plays a time-traveling teacher day drafted to fight battles of the future in this Amazon Prime Video sci-fi action movie.
Mission: Impossible 7 (Sept. 30, 2022)
Release date: Oct. 1, 2021
Avatar 2 (Dec. 16, 2022)
Salma Hayek joins Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L Jackson for this action comedy sequel.
Locked Down (Jan. 14, 2021)
Release date: July 8, 2022 (moved from May 6, 2022)
Jared Leto sinks his teeth into the role of Marvel’s vampire Morbius in this comic-inspired adventure from Sony, the studio behind Venom.
Nine Days (Jan. 22, 2021)
Release date: Oct. 15, 2021 (moved from Dec. 25, 2020)
Coming 2 America (March 5, 2021)
Release date: May 21, 2021 (moved from May 2020)
Chaos Walking (March 5, 2021)
Former Spider-men Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield could join current webslinger Tom Holland in No Way Home, Marvel’s spider-sequel to Homecoming and Far From Home.
Raya and the Last Dragon (March 5, 2021)
Release date: Oct. 15, 2021
Cherry (March 12, 2021)
Jason Statham kicks ass as a security guard with a secret in a remake of French action flick Cash Truck, directed by Guy Ritchie.
Zack Snyder’s Justice League (March 18, 2021)
Release date: July 30, 2021 (moved from July 2020)
Release date: May 6, 2022 (moved from Nov. 5, 2021, after being moved from May 2021 and March 2022)
Release date: May 28, 2021
Mortal Kombat (April 23, 2021)
Release date: Oct. 8, 2021 (moved from April 2020)
Without Remorse (April 23, 2021)
Release date: July 2, 2021
Tom Holland plays video game hero Nathan Drake in Uncharted, also starring Mark Wahlberg.
Supervillains strike back in James Gunn’s anarchic DC comics sequel starring Margot Robbie, Idris Elba, and John Cena.
Wrath of Man (May 7, 2021)
Release date: Nov. 5, 2021 (moved from November 2020)
Spiral (May 21, 2021)
Release date: Sept. 30, 2022
The Woman in the Window (May 14, 2021)
Release date: July 16, 2021
Army of the Dead (May 21, 2021)
Alicia Vikander returns as video game superstar Lara Croft, raiding more tombs with help from director Ben Wheatley.
Cruella (May 28, 2021)
The Conjuring 3 brings back Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga as ghosthunters Ed and Lorraine Warren. The story is based on a real-life murder trial in which the defendant claimed demonic possession. Originally due to open in September 2020, it was moved by Warner Bros to the following summer. It’ll also stream on HBO Max at the same time.
A Quiet Place Part 2 (May 28, 2021)
Jeff Goldblum, Sam Neill and Laura Dern return to the Jurassic Park series alongside Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard. It was originally slated for June 2021 but pushed back to summer 2022.
Infinite (June 10, 2021)
Release date: Feb. 18, 2022 (moved from December 2020)
The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard (June 16, 2021)
Release date: Jan. 14, 2021
Release date: Oct. 22, 2021
Basketball star LeBron James, writer Ryan Coogler and Bugs Bunny lead animated Looney Tunes cartoon characters onto court in a sequel to 1996 cartoon/live-action kids film Space Jam. It’s streaming on HBO Max.
Release date: Sept. 3, 2021 (moved from February 2021)
Space Jam 2: A New Legacy (July 16, 2021)
Tom Cruise runs back onto the big screen for the next Mission: Impossible movie.
In this Disney animated adventure film, lone warrior Raya sets out in search of the Last Dragon, voiced by Awkwafina. It’s streaming on Disney Plus too.
Release date: Aug. 6, 2021
The Tomorrow War (July 2, 2021)
Doctor Strange 2 and Thor: Love and Thunder are the latest to experience delays as the delta variant continues its global impact. Will there be more postponements? Will we end up enjoying the latest films from our sofas if Hollywood fully embraces streaming? Click through the gallery for the updated calendar of 2021 (and 2022) movie release dates. And don’t worry, we’ll update you if and when the dates change again.
Zola (June 30, 2021)
Release date: Aug. 13, 2021 (moved from July 2020)
Snake Eyes: GI Joe Origins (July 23, 2021)
Ridley Scott directs Adam Driver, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon in a period drama about a duel fought in 14th-century France.
Jungle Cruise (July 30, 2021)
Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson go for a jungle cruise in Disney’s family adventure, which was postponed a whole year and will stream on Disney Plus on the same day it cruises into theaters.
The Green Knight (July 30, 2021)
Release date: May 7, 2021
The Suicide Squad (Aug. 6, 2021)
Release date: March 4, 2022
Free Guy (Aug. 13, 2021)
Marvel chose not to recast the role of T’Challa following Chadwick Boseman’s death.
Shang-Chi and the Ten Rings (Sept. 3, 2021)
Release date: Dec. 22, 2021 (moved from August 2021)
The Many Saints of Newark (Oct. 1, 2021)
2021 is a big year for blockbuster movies as we catch up with 2020 films delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. Marvel’s Shang-Chi was a big hit, while delayed blockbusters like Marvel’s Black Widow, Fast and Furious sequel F9 and The Suicide Squad all finally arrived. The Matrix 4 and Dune are still coming to theaters and streaming services.
Release date: May 21, 2021
No Time to Die (Oct. 8, 2021)
Release date: March 5, 2021
Halloween Kills (Oct. 15, 2021)
Edgar Wright takes Anya Taylor-Joy, Matt Smith, Terence Stamp and Diana Rigg out for their Last Night in Soho in this psychological thriller.
Wonder Woman, Batman and Superman team up again in a new, significantly longer version of 2017’s Justice League put together by the film’s original director Zack Snyder. All four hours of the much-anticipated Snyder Cut stream on HBO Max.
Thor: Love and Thunder (July 8, 2022)
Release date: July 30, 2021
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (Nov. 11, 2022)
Marvel unleashes martial arts action starring Simu Liu as mystical fighter Shang-Chi, alongside Awkwafina and Tony Leung.