Theatrical posters for “No Time to Die,” “In the Heights” and “Rays and the Last Dragon.” Courtesy of Universal / Warner Bros. / Walt Disney Studios.

The COVID-19 pandemic may not be over yet, but with the vaccine rollout officially underway, we can at least be permitted to feel a quiet creeping hope for the year to come. With the novel coronavirus changing the movie industry as we know it in 2020, the biggest blockbuster films on everyone’s radar have been pushed back time after time to this year. So, while the pandemic dictates that new premiere dates are far more liquid than we would hope, there are still plenty of films we are excited to finally get the chance to catch in 2021. Hopefully. With that in mind, here’s a rundown of the films we are hoping we will actually get to watch in 2021.

No Time to Die

Release date: April 2, 2021

The very first blockbuster to be delayed due to COVID-19 in 2020, No Time to Die is at last getting an official release day a full year after it was originally set to hit theaters.

Original release date: April 10, 2020

A Quiet Place Part II

Release date: April 23, 2021

Another early delay, this time of John Krasinski’s runaway horror success. This almost dialogue-free sequel will finally invade our homes over a year after originally planned.

Original release date: March 20, 2020

In the Heights

Release date: June 18, 2021

Hamilton-mania still hasn’t subsided even after half a decade, so we can’t wait for Lin-Manuel Miranda’s other Broadway outing to get the movie treatment.

Original release date: June 2020

Black Widow

Release date: May 7, 2021

The much-requested solo outing for Marvel favorite Natasha Romanoff will finally be gracing our screens this Spring.

Original release date: May 1, 2020

Raya and the Last Dragon

Release date: March 12, 2021

We’ll watch anything with Awkwafina in it, and this new Disney outing, the first Walt Disney Animation Studios work since Frozen II, will be no exception.

Original release date: November 2020

Last Night in Soho


Release date: April 23, 2021

Coming off the high of The Queen’s Gambit, Anya Taylor-Joy is on a roll with his highly anticipated psychological horror film about a young fashion designer mysteriously transported back to 1960s London.

Original release date: September 25, 2020

Coming 2 America

Release date: March 5, 2021

30 years after the first film, Eddie Murphy returns to this beloved ‘80s classic, set to stream on Amazon Prime video and play in theaters.

Original release date: December 18, 2020


Release date: August 27, 2021

Jordan Peele’s hot streak hasn’t slowed down at all since the groundbreaking Get Out, so we can’t wait to see his take on this contemporary horror classic.

Original release date: June 12, 2020

Death on the Nile

Release date: September 17, 2021

Who doesn’t love a good whodunit? After the pleasant surprise of 2017’s Murder on the Orient Express, Kenneth Branagh’s first stab (no pun intended) at the works of Agatha Christie, this adaptation is sure to be just as wild and entertaining a ride.

Original release date: October 9, 2020

Top Gun: Maverick

Release date: July 2, 2021

Taking advantage of Tom Cruise’s ever-ageless face, this sequel to the 1986 original will follow the titular Maverick, now a test pilot and flight instructor.

Original release date: June 24, 2020

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