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Upcoming films to look forward to in 2021

Upcoming films to look forward to in 2021

Films are a kind of escape from the real world for us. Whenever we sit for a movie, be it in a theatre or our own living room, for that one and a half to two hours we get so much indulged into the film that we almost forget the stress and problems of our real lives; if the film is good of course. Grabbing some popcorn and beverage or some coffee and cookies, sitting next to the significant other or family or friends after a long day of work for a movie is one of the most relaxing yet exciting elements of our lives. Especially during all the confinement and quarantined period that is the new normal now, people have dived into the realm of films and TV shows. When people are confined within four walls and even work from home, the source of entertainment comes down to a few things. And Netflix, Amazon Prime, and HBO Max etc. become a comfort zone.

2021 so far has gotten a few fan favourites like-- F9: The Fast Saga, Zack Snyder’s Justice League, Godzilla vs Kong, Black Widow, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, A Quiet Place II etc. The rest of the year has some promising films for us in store.

The Suicide Squad

This upcoming superhero film is based on the DC Comics team Suicide Squad. It is a sequel to Suicide Squad (2016). This film stars an ensemble cast including Margot Robbie, Idris Elba, John Cena, Joel Kinnaman, Sylvester Stallone, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, and Peter Capaldi. The story is based on a task force of convicts sent to destroy a Nazi-era laboratory where they encounter the giant alien Starro. It is set to be released on August 6, 2021.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Another upcoming superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Shang-Chi. An official description of the plot, per Marvel, says “Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings stars Simu Liu as Shang-Chi, who must confront the past he thought he left behind when he is drawn into the web of the mysterious Ten Rings organization.” The film stars Simu Liu as Shang-Chi alongside Awkwafina, Tony Leung, Michelle Yeoh, Fala Chen, Meng'er Zhang, Florian Munteanu, and Ronny Chieng. It will be released on September 3rd of 2021.

Venom: Let There Be Carnage

This upcoming superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Venom is set to be released on September 15, 2021. The star cast of the film includes Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Naomie Harris, Reid Scott, Stephen Graham, and Woody Harrelson. In the film, Brock tries to reignite his career in journalism by interviewing serial killer Cletus Kasady (Harrelson), who becomes the host of an alien symbiote similar to Venom named Carnage.

No Time to Die

Another super hyped James Bond film starring Daniel Craig that will be his last Bond film. Rami Malek, Lashana Lynch, Ana de Armas, Dali Benssalah, Billy Magnussen, and David Dencik will be joining the cast as new characters alongside the regular ones. Fans had been waiting for this one since April, 2020, its initial release timeline. But after many shifts in the dates due to the pandemic, it’s finally set to be released on September 30th of this year.  

Ghostbusters: Afterlife

After Ghostbusters (1984), Ghostbusters II (1989) and Ghostbusters (2016), Afterlife is the fourth film of the Ghostbusters franchise. This is a nostalgic one for the 90s kids. Set thirty years after the events of the second film, a single mother and her two children move to a small town in Oklahoma, where they discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters and their grandfather's secret legacy. Another one delayed by a year is finally set to be released in theatres on November 11.


Another highly anticipated Marvel movie. After an unexpected tragedy following the events of Avengers: Endgame (2019), the Eternals, an immortal alien race created by the Celestials who have secretly lived on Earth for over 7,000 years, reunite to protect humanity from their evil counterparts, the Deviants. It stars an ensemble cast including Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Brian Tyree Henry, Barry Keoghan, Don Lee, Harish Patel, Kit Harington, Salma Hayek, and Angelina Jolie. Eternals is scheduled to be released in the United States on November 5, 2021, as part of Phase Four of the MCU.

Top Gun: Maverick

This upcoming American action-drama film directed by Joseph Kosinski is the sequel to 1986's Top Gun. The film stars Tom Cruise, Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Glen Powell, Lewis Pullman, Ed Harris, and Val Kilmer. The film is scheduled to be released on November 19, 2021.

Spider-Man: No Way Home

Spider-Man fans must already have their spidey sense activated! This one is a sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) and Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019). Tom Holland's third solo outing as Peter Parker is set to be one of the biggest movies of Marvel's Phase 4. Other star cast includes Zendaya, J. B. Smoove, Jacob Batalon, Marisa Tomei, Jamie Foxx, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Alfred Molina, Spider-Man: No Way Home is scheduled to be released in the United States on December 17, 2021, as part of Phase Four of the MCU.

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