This is going to be a pretty crazy year for cinemas.
The sheer volume of movies coming out in 2021 is absolutely insane, largely due to how many were delayed from 2020. There are probably double the amount of blockbusters coming out this year than usual, which makes cutting everything down to our 20 most anticipated movies quite the feat.
Granted, a lot of these could end up getting delayed again - but there really is a lot to look forward to. From two Kaijus fighting to the death in Godzilla Vs. Kong to a crossover-heavy Spider-Man 3, there’s plenty to look forward to for blockbuster fans. It’s also going to be a very nostalgic year for many of us, seeing as we’re getting new Space Jam, Ghostbusters and Matrix movies too!
Here are our most anticipated movies of 2021:
The Russo Brothers’ next project after Avengers: Endgame is Cherry, an Apple TV+ movie starring Tom Holland. Holland plays Cherry, an army medic with PTSD from horrifying combat encounters, who becomes addicted to opioids upon returning back home. To pay for his addiction, he starts robbing banks with alarming regularity. You can probably tell that this won't end well for Cherry.
The all-out knockout match of 2021 is finally here. Godzilla: King of the Monsters ended with our favourite big lizard heading over to Skull Island, to confront the only monster intent on not recognising his claim to the throne: King Kong. Kong has grown up quite a bit since Kong: Skull Island, and he’s prepared to fight Godzilla to the death for reasons unknown. Millie Bobby Brown and Kyle Chandler return from King of the Monsters, joining a cast consisting of Alexander Skarsgård, Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, Jessica Henwick and Lance Reddick.
Let’s make one thing clear: if this movie doesn’t feature the iconic Mortal Kombat theme song, it has already failed. Putting that aside, this reboot plans to be every bit as violent as the games, so we’re getting fatalities at the very least! The movie follows new character Cole Young, an MMA fighter whom Shang Tsung is strangely desperate to kill. Young fends off the assassin Sub-Zero and works with Raiden, Jax, Sonya, Kung Lao and Liu Kang to train. We know how the rest of the story goes: there’s a tournament, and people are going to die.
A Quiet Place was one of those rare horror movies that actually felt fresh, with a good story to boot. In this sequel, the Abbotts have gained a baby and lost a father, which means certain death in a world where monsters track you down by sound alone. Cillian Murphy (Peaky Blinders) joins the cast and John Krasinski returns to direct. It looks like we’ll also see the apocalypse kick off in more detail, and how the Abbotts managed to survive.
Edgar Wright (Baby Driver, Hot Fuzz)’s next movie Last Night in Soho is a British horror movie, which is an exciting enough prospect to make this list. The movie follows a young girl who’s passionate about fashion design, and somehow time travels to the 1960s. There, she meets her idol - a dazzling wannabe singer, but 1960s London is a strange place and time begins to fall apart with unpredictable consequences. Anya Taylor-Joy, Thomasin McKenzie, Matt Smith and more star.
This is basically videogame: the movie. Ryan Reynolds stars as Guy, a non-player character (NPC) in an open world game - Free City. Think of it as GTA V, because that’s all it really is. When real-life programmers Milly (Jodie Comer) and Keys (Joe Keery) insert code that makes Guy realise his entire world is just a game, the self-aware NPC embarks on a mission to become a hero. That, of course, sets off a time bomb ticking down to the destruction of Free City. Wreck-It Ralph who?
The next installment of the Fast & the Furious franchise has Dom Toretto off the grid with Letty and his son, but a new threat arises that brings him back into the fold. His brother Jakob (John Cena) returns and starts wreaking havoc, and the whole crew will have to come together to stop a massive world-ending scheme. Also, Han’s not dead!
The 1986 classic Top Gun is getting a sequel, which has Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell (Tom Cruise) return to train Top Gun graduates after more than 30 years. He also meets the son of his late best friend Goose, Lt. Bradley Bradshaw (Miles Teller). Maverick has to deal with his past, and his trainees will have to fly together on an extremely dangerous mission. Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Glen Powell, Ed Harris, Val Kilmer and more star.
Another Looney Tunes movie is exciting enough, but a sequel to 1996’s Space Jam? That’s unmissable. This blend of live-action and animation brings Looney Tunes characters and NBA star LeBron James together as they become trapped in a virtual space by a rogue algorithm voiced by Don Cheadle. To get out, James and his son Bronny will have to train Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Lola Bunny and more to win a good ol’ fashioned game of digital basketball. Wait, what?
James Gunn’s next movie is The Suicide Squad, a movie that harkens back to the spirit of the original comics: a whole bunch of B-list comic characters get together for an impossible mission, and most of them die violently along the way. The movie follows imprisoned convicts from Task Force X who are sent on a mission to the island of Corto Maltese to destroy Jotunheim, a Nazi-era prison and laboratory which held political prisoners and conducted experiments. John Cena’s character in the movie is also getting a HBO Max spin-off!