What a rocky start to 2021! Our chaotic political climate never surprises me. Maybe that’s why I’m so fascinated with the post-apocalyptic genre. However, today’s post is about something else. 2020 was a disappointing year for cinema because movie theaters were closed and most the popular films were delayed to 2021. Perhaps, we'll have better luck this year. 2021 has a really big movie schedule, but are we going to see delays again? I'm sure a handful of movies will get pushed back again, but more films will come out compared to last year. For now, I'm only including films with specific release dates. Let's check out my list!
Release Date: 5/7/21
- I don't think Marvel can handle more delays. If Black Widow can't meet its May 2021 release, I believe Disney will put it on Disney+. It looks like an interesting blend of spy thriller and superhero elements. I really like Black Widow as a character, but it's time for her to leave Marvel. This film might be a really nice sendoff for Scarlett Johansson.
Release Date: 8/27/21
- It seems odd to release a Candyman movie in August, but I've seen weirder. I just hope this film will be scary and interesting. Truthfully, the Candyman franchise was a cult hit, but the movies weren't particularly good. However, it might be a strong revival with topical ideas. A teaser trailer is available online, but most of the story remains mysterious. I'm very curious about this movie.
Release Date: 3/5/21
- Honestly, this movie doesn't look very good. However, I'm a sucker for post-apocalyptic fiction. It seems like an unusual setting where human beings speak telepathically. It also seems like women have been extinct for years, but one young lady comes out of the shadows. This movie looks really weird, but I hope it will be interesting.
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It
Release Date: 6/4/21
- I almost lost interest in the Conjuring series until Annabelle Comes Home was released. That movie was so much fun. Maybe the third Conjuring film will entertain me as well. This movie is another part of the HBO Max transition, so we'll see if the deal sticks. I'm tired of delays and we could use more good horror films.
Release Date: 11/5/21
- I guess this Marvel film is about the ancient Gods. It doesn't sound like a typical Marvel movie, but I don't mind. We need new material in the MCU anyway. I can't imagine Disney delaying this movie again, so we'll see what happens. Maybe we'll luck out and watch it on Disney+.
The Forever Purge
Release Date: 7/9/21
- Look at that! More post-apocalyptic violence! Supposedly, this film is going to be the final entry in the Purge series. That's probably true because the public forgot about this franchise a long time ago. I also think it's way too realistic for most viewers. For me, that's part of the appeal. The Forever Purge seems quite topical for today's situation, especially we just experienced a huge riot at the Capital just a few days ago. I have a feeling it will be delayed again or dumped on VOD, but we'll see.
Release Date: 5/21/21
- This film looks delightful and charming. Free Guy is about a video game character who wants to break out of the norm. Naturally, this movie appeals to me because I'm a gamer. This film isn't based on a particular game series, but it might be pretty decent. I wouldn't be surprised if Disney pushes it back again, but anything could happen.
Godzilla vs. Kong
Release Date: 5/21/21
- Despite huge drama with Legendary, Godzilla vs. Kong is probably coming to HBO Max in late May. I absolutely love Godzilla: King of the Monsters, so I'm looking forward to this one. This particular series isn't very popular in the USA, but I enjoy movies with giant monsters. I don't care about the Academy Awards. Bring on the rampaging monsters instead!
Release Date: 10/15/21
- Unlike most viewers, I felt disappointed with the most recent Halloween film. But that doesn't mean the sequel can't be decent. I'm a big fan of horror movies, so a classic revival will always be on my radar. Universal Pictures is planning a theatrical release, but maybe we'll luck out and watch it on streaming instead. Slash away, Michael Meyers!
Release Date: 7/30/21
- Disney needs to release this film on Disney+ because it's not going to make money in theaters, but what do know? Fortunately, Jungle Cruise looks like a fun, lighthearted, and enjoyable adventure. I actually like their theme park adaptations. Pirates of the Caribbean and The Haunted Mansion were quite entertaining. Adding Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt also seems like a great idea. Hopefully, it will keep the summer release date.
The King's Man
Release Date: 3/12/21
- This prequel to the Kingsman series looks really fun, but Disney keeps pushing it back. Seriously, this film was supposed to come out in early 2019, way before the pandemic. The King's Man looks utterly zany and wild. It totally seems like my type of movie. Sometimes, it's nice to sit back and have fun. Hopefully, it won't get delayed again.
Release Date: 11/19/21
- I don't know anything about this movie, but the previous Mission: Impossible film was excellent. Basically, I'm just looking for great action scenes and a decent story. Several of the Mission: Impossible movies were good, so I feel optimistic. Luckily, this one is coming out in November and the pandemic might be a little better at that point.
A Quiet Place Part II
Release Date: 4/23/21
- The first Quiet Place film was very good, but it also had pacing issues. I hope Part II will move along better and retain the original movie's substance. The trailers look quite promising. Again, I'm always gravitating to the post-apocalyptic genre. Let's run away from those monsters together!
Release Date: 9/9/21
- Yeah, I know. All of the Resident Evil films are bad. But this one is a completely new reboot and it might be more faithful to the source material. Besides, this one is coming out on my birthday, so it must be good. Hollywood needs more video game movies. We just need directors and writers who understand the source material and care about it.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
Release Date: 7/9/21
- It's nice to see a brand new character in the MCU. I don't know anything about the Shang-Chi comic books, so this IP is completely fresh to me. We also need more diversity in comic book movies. Black Panther was a great start and I believe Shang-Chi could be an excellent addition. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
Release Date: 5/21/21
- I can't imagine Spiral, Godzilla vs. Kong, and Free Guy are coming out on the same date. But it's hard to tell because these film have entirely different audiences. Spiral is loosely connected to the Saw franchise. Actually, I hate most of the Saw movies, but this one looks interesting with crime thriller elements. Hopefully, it will have a decent balance of mystery and violence.
The Suicide Squad
Release Date: 8/6/21
- Will this soft reboot be any better than the first Suicide Squad movie? I certainly hope so. Most of the recent DC films have been quite strong, so this one might be good too. I'm just looking for good entertainment value. It doesn't have to be Shakespearean. If this movie fails, I'm sure next year's Suicide Squad game will be awesome.
The Tomorrow War
Release Date: 7/23/21
- This movie looks like a fun post-apocalyptic adventure. However, I hope it's not ripping off Independence Day. I don't think it will have a ton of substance, but that's not the point. In 2021, we need more fun movies. Waging war against alien invaders sounds like a great choice. It also sounds like a video game. Either way, I might like it.
Venom: Let There Be Carnage
Release Date: 6/25/21
- The first Venom movie was downright stupid, but it was fun. Stupid and fun can be a good combination. I realize the Venom series isn't comic book accurate and that's okay. Hopefully, this sequel will have plenty of humor and action scenes. Hey, Sony! When are you going to make a Venom game series for the PlayStation 5? Think about it.
Release Date: 1/26/21
- This soft reboot of the Wrong Turn franchise is the first release on my list. Allegedly, it's coming out for one day only in theaters. I imagine this film will have a digital release soon afterward. It looks like a fresh start to a long running horror series with a surprisingly topical subject. I'm sure it won't be for the faint of heart. The trailer looks incredibly violent.
There’s you go! What movies are you hoping to see this year? Leave a comment. I’ll give you some general thoughts about this year and my future plans. Hopefully, the COVID vaccine will help us reopen America safely. It’s going to take time, so be patient. An entire world can’t receive vaccinations overnight. Leave the political drama far away from this blog. Joe Biden will be our new president very soon and it doesn’t matter if you voted for him. I’m still not planning to attend major events this year because it’s simply not safe yet. If the contagion gets a lot better in the second half of the year, maybe I’ll start visiting amusement parks and movie theaters, but I feel doubtful at the moment. Maybe I’ll find some steampunk and diesepunk news. Given the pandemic and our political adversity, post-apocalyptic movies could make a comeback and the punk genres tend to benefit from it. I’m also working on a horror anthology. Right now, I’m not setting any deadlines. I’m just working at a leisurely pace and ideas could change frequently. So, you’re going to see numerous blog posts about horror themes. Most of the time, I’m either at home or the office. That means you’re going to see countless posts about games, movies, streaming, books, writing, sports, and whatever else is keeping me entertained this year. As always, be safe and I’ll see you next week. Bye!
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