15 Most Anticipated Movies Still Coming in 2021

Despite reflecting 2020 in far too many ways, the 2021 movie release schedule has been chugging along quite nicely, delivering some truly great movies over the past couple of months. At the halfway point of the year there’s still a whole lot to look forward too. So, here’s the movies we are most excited for in what’s left of 2021.

The Tomorrow War

Release date: 2 July 2021

The world is stunned when a group of time travelers arrive from the year 2051 to deliver an urgent message: Thirty years in the future, mankind is losing a global war against a deadly alien species. The only hope for survival is for soldiers and civilians from the present to be transported to the future and join the fight. Among those recruited is high school teacher and family man Dan Forester (Chris Pratt). Determined to save the world for his young daughter, Dan teams up with a brilliant scientist (Yvonne Strahovski) and his estranged father (J.K. Simmons) in a desperate quest to rewrite the fate of the planet.

Black Widow

Release date: 9 July 2021

In Marvel Studios’ action-packed spy thriller “Black Widow,” Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow confronts the darker parts of her ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises. Pursued by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down, Natasha must deal with her history as a spy and the broken relationships left in her wake long before she became an Avenger.

Gunpowder Milkshake

Release date: 14 July 2021

In her turbulent life as a professional assassin, Scarlet was cruelly forced to abandon her daughter Sam and go on the run. Years later, despite the estrangement, Sam has also grown up into a cold blooded hitwoman. After a high-stake mission spins out of control, putting an innocent 8-year-old girl in the middle of the gang war she has unleashed, Sam has no choice but to go rogue. This ultimately leads her back to her mother and her former hitwomen sidekicks, who all join forces in an avenging war against those who took everything from them.

Snake Eyes

Release date: 23 July 2021

An ancient Japanese clan called the Arashikage welcomes tenacious loner Snake Eyes after he saves the life of their heir apparent. Upon arrival in Japan, the Arashikage teach him the ways of the ninja warrior while also providing him something he’s been longing for: a home. However, when secrets from Snake Eyes’ past are revealed, his honor and allegiance get tested — even if that means losing the trust of those closest to him.

The Suicide Squad

Release date: 6 August 2021

After the lacklustre 2016 Suicide Squad, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn has been called in to soft-reboot the DC supervillain outing, which he is simply calling The Suicide Squad. Supervillains Harley Quinn, Bloodsport, Peacemaker and a collection of nutty cons at Belle Reve prison join the super-secret, super-shady Task Force X as they are dropped off at the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese.


Release date: 20 August 2021

After watching Zygote the one question we had in mind was; when the hell is Neil Blomkamp making a full length horror movie? The answer is the terrifying looking film titled Demonic.

The synopsis teases with “a young woman unleashes terrifying demons when supernatural forces at the root of a decades-old rift between mother and daughter are revealed.” Even though they couldn’t be vaguer even if they tried, we can’t wait to have the bejeezus scared out of us.


Release date: 27 August 2021

Candyman. Candyman. Candyman. Candyman. Candyman.

If those words don’t terrify you, did you even grow up in the 90’s? Luckily we have a reenvisioning from Jordan Peele to scar an entire new generation of kids. The new film dives into the bizarre origins of the myth which inspired the first movie, and how the nightmarish horror began. Do you hear a buzzing sound?

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Release date: 3 September 2021

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is set to continue in a new direction for the fourth phase of the expanded interconnected film franchise, with a whole bunch of lesser-known heroes stepping into the limelight. The first of which getting a solo movie is Shang-Chi, a martial arts master with some exciting powers, such as the ability to channel his own chi that allows his martial arts skills to be almost superhuman in their ability to dole out damage and power. The film was written and directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, with David Callaham and Andrew Lanham also contributing to the screenplay, and stars Simu Liu as Shang-Chi, alongside Awkwafina, Tony Leung, Michelle Yeoh, Fala Chen, Meng’er Zhang, Florian Munteanu, and Ronny Chieng. In the film, Shang-Chi is forced to confront his past after he is drawn into the Ten Rings organisation.

Venom: Let There Be Carnage

Release date: 24 September 2021

Spider-Man villain spin-off Venom was a standout success for Sony and Marvel upon its release in 2019, and the sequel, which has been in production over the past year, is finally seeing the light of day in 2021. Venom: Let There Be Carnage picks up after the events of the first film, with Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) now learning to live with his symbiote attachment, Venom. However, a new threat in the form of Cletus Kasady (played by Woody Harrelson) emerges, who goes on to become iconic Spider-Man villain, Carnage. Directed by Andy Serkis, the film also stars Michelle Williams and Naomie Harris.

Ron’s Gone Wrong

Release date: 22 October 2021

Ron’s Gone Wrong is an endearing-looking animated film that pairs some great talent. The film follows a socially awkward teenager named Barney who gets a a B-Bot (AI-controlled bots which are used as friends), but Barney’s ‘Ron’ isn’t exactly working as specified. The film is directed by Jean-Philippe Vine and Sarah Smith and written by Peter Baynham and Sarah Smith. Zach Galifianakis, Jack Dylan Grazer, Olivia Colman, Ed Helms, Justice Smith, and Rob Delaney all lend their voices.


Release date: 5 November 2021

Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, an unexpected tragedy forces the Eternals, ancient aliens who have been living on Earth in secret for thousands of years, out of the shadows to reunite against mankind’s most ancient enemy, the Deviants.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife

Release date: 11 November 2021

To call the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot lackluster is an understatement of Stay Pufft proportions, but the GB-verse is getting a third installment to the original timeline.

The amount of damage control this film has to achieve after the previous miss fire is overwhelming but, with Paul Rudd, Finn Wolfhard, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Akroyd and Bill F’ing Murrey in the cast, just tell us where you want our money.

Top Gun 2: Maverick

Release date: 19 November 2021

If you were a 90’s kid and you didn’t want a buzz cut, Ray-Ban aviators and tried to cop a feel to Berlins Take My Breath Away at the school dance then what the hell were you doing with your life?

After more than thirty years of service as one of the Navy’s top aviators, Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise) is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him. When he finds himself training a detachment of Top Gun graduates for a specialized mission the likes of which no living pilot has ever seen, Maverick encounters Lt. Bradley Bradshaw (Miles Teller), call sign: “Rooster,” the son of Maverick’s late friend and Radar Intercept Officer Lt. Nick Bradshaw, aka “Goose”. Facing an uncertain future and confronting the ghosts of his past, Maverick is drawn into a confrontation with his own deepest fears, culminating in a mission that demands the ultimate sacrifice from those who will be chosen to fly it.

Spider-Man: No Way Home

Release date: 17 December 2021

Spider-Man: No Way Home, the third installment in the MCU’s Spider-Man movies starring Tom Holland, is set to release later this year. After a period where it looked like Sony and Disney might have ended their ongoing collaboration, everyone’s favorite web-slinger will be returning in what’s set to be the most ambitious movie in the series yet.

There isn’t a lot known about the plot and there isn’t even a trailer available yet but, the speculation is that friendly neighborhood Spider-Man will be swinging into other dimensions and we might even see him interact with Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield and even Into The Spider-Verse’s Miles Morales plus the villains from those dimensions.

The King’s Man

Release date: 22 December 2021

Not to take anything away from the fight scene in the bar but, the church fight scene in the first movie was what dreams are made of. Take 5 minutes and watch it here.

The less we say about The Golden Circle the better so, what else is there for a franchise to do but a prequel.

The King’s Man jumps back in time to the 1960s, whereby we witness the formation of the super-agent secret service. We are hoping they get back to the formula that worked for the first film and stay away from head wound saving gel packs or inappropriately placed genital tracking devices. The Elton John fight scene was pretty rad though…

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All dates correct at time of article.

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