20 Most Anticipated Movies of 2021 | Sci-fi and Fantasy Edition

It’s no secret that last year was terrible for movies. Out of the 20 films I added to my most anticipated list, over half ended up being put on hold until this year, so I think I only watched about five of them in the end – a mere two of those at the cinema. Oh how I miss the cinema.

On the plus side, 2021 is looking more and more exciting on the film front. Now, I don’t want to get my hopes up too much – especially with release dates changing like the tide – but if things stay to plan, this may be one of the best years for movies yet.

From the long awaited return of Marvel, to new films from Disney, and Daniel Craig’s last stint as Bond, there is so much to look forward to this year. Here are just a few on my list so far.

To All The Boys: Always and Forever

Most Anticipated Movies of 2021 - To All the Boys: Always and Forever

Release Date | 12th February

As Lara Jean Covey prepares for the end of high school and the start of adulthood, a pair of life-changing trips lead her to reimagine what life with her family, friends and Peter will look like after graduation.

Director | Michael Fimognari

Starring | Noah Centineo, Lana Condor, Janel Parrish, Jordan Fisher

Watch the trailer here

Raya and the Last Dragon

Most Anticipated Movies of 2021 | Raya and the Last Dragon

Release Date | 5th March

Long ago, in the fantasy world of Kumandra, humans and dragons lived together in harmony. But when an evil force threatened the land, the dragons sacrificed themselves to save humanity. Now, 500 years later, that same evil has returned and it’s up to a lone warrior, Raya, to track down the legendary last dragon to restore the fractured land and its divided people. However, along her journey, she’ll learn that it’ll take more than a dragon to save the world—it’s going to take trust and teamwork as well.

Director | Don Hall

Starring | Awkwafina, Kelly Marie Tran, Gemma Chan, Sandra Oh

Watch the trailer here

Chaos Walking

Most Anticipated Movies of 2021 | Chaos Walking

Release Date | 5th March

In the not too distant future, Todd Hewitt discovers Viola, a mysterious girl who crash lands on his planet, where all the women have disappeared and the men are afflicted by ‘the noise’ – a force that puts all their thoughts on display. In this dangerous landscape, Viola’s life is threatened – and as Todd vows to protect her, he will have to discover his own inner power and unlock the planet’s dark secrets.

Director | Doug Liman

Starring | Tom Holland, Daisy Ridley, Mads Mikkelsen, David Oyelowo

Watch the trailer here

Godzilla v Kong

Most Anticipated Movies of 2021 | Godzilla vs Kong

Release Date | 31st March

Legends collide in Godzilla vs Kong as these mythic adversaries meet in a spectacular battle for the ages, with the fate of the world hanging in the balance. Kong and his protectors undertake a perilous journey to find his true home, and with them is Jia, a young orphaned girl with whom he has formed and unique and powerful bond. But they unexpectedly find themselves in the path of an enraged Godzilla, cutting a swath of destruction across the globe. The epic clash between the two titans – instigated by unseen forces – is only the beginning of the mystery that lies deep within the core of the earth.

Director | Adam Wingard

Starring | Millie Bobby Brown, Kyle Chandler, Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry

Watch the trailer here

Black Widow

Most Anticipated Movies of 2021 | Black Widow

Release Date | 7th May

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.

Director | Cate Shortland

Starring | Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, David Harbour, Rachel Weisz

Watch the trailer here

Cruella

Most Anticipated Movies of 2021 | Cruella

Release Date | 28th May

Teenaged Estella has a dream. she wishes to become a fashion designer, having been gifted with talent, innovation, and ambition in equal measures. But life seems intent on making sure her dreams never some true. Having wound up penniless and orphaned in London at twelve, four years later Estella runs wild through the city streets with her best friends and partners in crime, Horace and Jasper, two amateur thieves.

Director | Alex Timbers

Starring | Emma Stone, Joel Fry, Paul Walter Hauser, Emma Thompson

Fast and Furious 9

Most Anticipated Movies of 2021 | Fast and Furious 9

Release Date | 28th May

Dom Toretto is leading a quiet life off the grid with Letty and his son, Little Brian, but they know that danger always lurks just over their peaceful horizon. This time, that threat will force Dom to confront the sins of his past if he’s going to save those he loves most. His crew joins together to stop a world shattering plot led by the most skilled assassin and high-performance driver they’ve ever encountered: a man who also happens to be Dom’s forsaken brother, Jakob.

Director | Justin Lin

Starring | Vin Diesel, Tyrese Gibson, John Cena, Charlie Theron

Watch the trailer here

Venom: Let There Be Carnage

Most Anticipated Movies of 2021 | Venom

Release Date | 25th June

The official synopsis for the Venom sequel is yet to be release, but with Andy Serkis attached as director, be prepared for a wild ride.

Director | Andy Serkis

Starring | Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Woody Harrelson, Naomie Harris

Watch the trailer here

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Most Anticipated Movies of 2021 | Shang-Chi and the legend of the Ten Rings

Release Date | 9th July

Shang-Chi must confront the past he thought he left behind when he is drawn into the web of the mysterious Ten Rings organisation.

Director | Destin Daniel Cretton

Starring | Simu Liu, Tony Leung, Awkwafina

The Suicide Squad

Most Anticipated Movies of 2021 | The Suicide Squad

Release Date | 6th August

Imprisoned convicts from Task Force X are sent on a new, sentence-easing mission to the South American island of Corto Maltese to destroy Jotunheim, a Nazi-era prison and laboratory which held political prisoners and conducted experiments.

Director | James Gunn

Starring | Margot Robbie, Sylvester Stallone, Joel Kinnaman, John Cena

Watch the trailer here

The King’s Man

Most Anticipated Movies of 2021 | The Kings Man

Release Date | 20th August

As a collection of history’s worst tyrants and criminal masterminds gather to plot a war to wipe out millions, one man must race against time to stop them. Discover the origins of the very first independent agency in King’s Man.

Director | Matthew Vaughn

Starring | Ralph Fiennes, Harris Dickinson, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Gemma Arterton

Watch the trailer here

Dune

Most Anticipated Movies of 2021 | Dune

Release Date | 1st October

A mythic and emotionally charged hero’s journey, Dune tells the story of Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence – a commodity capable of unlocking humanity’s greatest potential – only those who can conquer their fear will survive.

Director | Denis Villeneuve

Starring | Timothee Chalamet, Josh Brolin, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac

Watch the trailer here

Morbius

Most Anticipated Movies of 2021 | Morbius

Release Date | 8th October

One of Marvel’s most compelling and conflicted characters comes to the big screen as Jared Leto transforms into the enigmatic antihero, Michael Morbius. Dangerously ill with a rare blood disorder, and determined to save others suffering his same fate, Dr Morbius attempts a desperate gamble. What at first appears to be a radical success, a darkness inside him is unleashed and transforms this healer into a hunter.

Director | Daniel Espinosa

Starring | Jared Leto, Jared Harris, Adria Arjona, Matt Smith

Watch the trailer here

No Time To Die

Most Anticipated Movies of 2021 | No Time to Die

Release Date | 8th October

In No Time to Die, Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.

Director | Cary Fukunaga

Starring | Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Rami Malek, Ana de Armas

Watch the trailer here

The Last Duel

Most Anticipated Movies of 2021 | The Last Duel

Release Date | 15th October

In 14th Century France, Norman knight Jean de Carrouges accuses squire Jacques Le Gris of raping his with Marqueritte. He takes the claim to King charles VI, who declares that the two men must duel to the death.

Director | Ridley Scott

Starring | Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Adam Driver, Jodie Comer

Eternals

Most Anticipated Movies of 2021 | Eternals

Release Date | 5th November

Marvel Studios’ Eternals features an exciting new team of super heroes; ancient aliens who have been living on earth in secret for thousands of years. Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, an unexpected tragedy forces them out of the shadows to reunite against mankind’s most ancient enemy, the Deviants.

Director | Chloe Zhao

Starring | Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Kumail Nanjiani, Gemma Chan

Ghostbusters: Afterlife

Most Anticipated Movies of 2021 | Ghostbusters Afterlife

Release Date | 12th November

From director Jason Reitman and producer Ivan Reitman, comes the next chapter in the original Ghostbusters universe. In Ghostbusters: Afterlife, when a single mom and her two kids arrive in a small town, they begin to discover their connection to the original ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind.

Director | Jason Reitman

Starring | Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace, Paul Rudd

Watch the trailer here

Mission: Impossible 7

Most Anticipated Movies of 2021 | Mission Impossible 7

Release Date | 19th November

An official synopsis has not yet been released, but Tom Cruise will reprise his role as Ethan Hunt and will be joined by newcomer Hayley Atwell.

Director | Christopher McQuarrie

Starring | Tom Cruise, Hayley Atwell, Simon Pegg, Vanessa Kirby

Untitled Spider-Man Sequel

Most Anticipated Movies of 2021 | Spider-Man

Release Date | 17th December

Whilst specific plot details for the new Spider-Man sequel haven’t yet been revealed, it is known that it will take up where Far From Home ended, with Peter Parker outed as Spidey and on the run.

Director | Jon Watts

Starring | Tom Holland, Zendaya, Jamie Foxx, Benedict Cumberbatch

The Matrix 4

Most Anticipated Movies of 2021 | Matrix 4

Release Date | 22nd December

As of yet, Wachowski hasn’t revealed anything about Matrix 4 – all we know is that it will bring back Neo and Trinity, along with various other familiar faces. That’s enough to get me excited though.

Director | Lana Wachowski

Starring | Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joda Pinkett Smith, Jonathan Groff

Which movies are you excited to watch in 2021? Have any of these made your watch list, or is there something I haven’t mentioned that you will definitely be checking out? Let me know in the comments below

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2 thoughts on “20 Most Anticipated Movies of 2021 | Sci-fi and Fantasy Edition

    1. Same! I feel like we’ve been waiting forever for both – especially Bond as it still keeps getting pushed back. Hopefully they’ll stay on schedule this year.

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