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Nick Ripa November 13, 2020

The year 2020 left its mark on just about everything and the entertainment industry was no exception. Whether it was a family-friendly animation or a superhero series, COVID-19 has pushed it back and has set up for an entertainment full 2021.

The young movie-goers will be ready to drag their parents to the theatres to watch films such as: “Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway” (Feb. 12), “Raya and the Last Dragon” (Mar. 12), and
“Minions: The Rise of Gru” (Jul. 2).

These films can be watched by people of all ages and will add to the selection of animations already slated to release in 2021.

For fans ages 13+, there are a few sequels that were a long time coming: “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” (Mar. 5), “Fast & Furious 9” (Apr. 2), “Spiral: From The Book of Saw” (May 21), “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” (Jun. 25), “Top Gun: Maverick” (Jul. 2), “The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard” (Aug. 20), “Mission: Impossible 7” (Nov.19), “The Matrix 4” (Dec. 22), and an addition to the James Bond franchise “No Time to Die” (Apr. 2).

A few superhero thrillers had to move to later dates as well. Most notably, the movie “Black Widow” got booted out of 2020 and is now set to release on Apr. 7, 2021. Marvel will also be releasing another film from Phase 4 called “The Eternals.” Sony is finishing a production that uses a Marvel Character called “Morbius” which will now be available on Mar. 19, 2021.

Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson have co-starred in multiple films in the past, but the two will be starring in separate films that were sent to 2021. Kevin will present his serious side in the movie “Fatherhood” (Apr. 2).  Dwayne Johnson, along with co-star Emily Blunt, will lead the cast of the Disney production “Jungle Cruise” (Jul. 30).

Many horror movies were impacted by this chaotic year as well. Some of these titles are:  “Escape Room 2” (Jan. 1), “Antlers” (Feb. 19), “A Quiet Place Part II” (Apr. 23),  “Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It” (Jun. 4), “The Forever Purge” (Jul. 9),  “Candyman” (Aug. 27), and “The Nightingale” (Dec. 22).  

Some other big releases pushed back to 2021 are :

  • “Tom & Jerry” (Mar. 5)
  • “Godzilla vs. Kong” (May 21)
  • “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” (Jul. 9)
  • “The Last Duel” (Oct. 15)
  • “King Richard” (Nov. 25)
  • “Wicked” (TBD)
  • “The Woman in the Window” (TBD)

The binge-watching viewers will likely be more interested in the TV shows that are expected to come out in 2021. Each of the shows listed below currently do not have specified release dates.

  • “The Lord of the Rings”
  • “Loki”
  • “House of the Dragon”
  • Untitled Obi-Wan Kenobi Series
  • “What if…?”
  • “WandaVision”
  • “Hawkeye”
  • “Ms. Marvel”
  • “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier”
  • “The Wheel of Time”

It seems that after a quite dry year of movies and shows, 2021 will be one of the most busy years of entertainment. Some viewers will be hoping for theaters to re-open to enhance the experience of next year’s lineup, while others will be waiting for their streaming platforms to update.