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It’s been well over a year since the coronavirus pandemic first closed movie theaters and threw blockbuster release dates into turmoil, but theaters have cautiously reopened in the US and elsewhere. Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Ten Rings, Dune and James Bond adventure No Time to Die are among the postponed films coming soon, although the delta variant has prompted yet another delay for Venom: Let There Be Carnage and more may follow. It’s been tough to keep up with all the changes, but we’ve got you covered on the latest theatrical and streaming movie release dates for 2021 and beyond.

If you can’t make it to the movies, big titles like The Suicide SquadA Quiet Place Part IIMarvel’s Black Widow, Fast and Furious 9 and the Justice League Snyder Cut are streaming now. Looking ahead, The Matrix 4 is just one of the various blockbusters set to premiere on streaming services like Disney Plus or HBO Max at the same time they hit theaters.

Here is this year’s revised box office calendar to show when (or if) 2021’s big movies arrive in movie theaters (and/or online). These dates are still in flux, but we’ll let you know about the latest changes as new dates are announced.

The Many Saints of Newark (Sept. 24, 2021)

Michael Gandolfini (left) plays a young Tony Soprano in The Many Saints of Newark.


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The Many Saints of Newark is a ’60s-set prequel to classic TV series The Sopranos, in which Michael Gandolfini takes on the role of Tony Soprano made famous by his father, James Gandolfini. The original series ushered in the era of prestige TV and enshrined HBO’s reputation, so it’s appropriate the new film will stream on HBO Max.

Original release date: Sept. 25, 2020

Venom: Let There Be Carnage (Oct. 1, 2021)

The sequel to the 2018 supervillain caper stars Tom Hardy and Woody Harrelson as Marvel bad guys Venom and Carnage. Andy Serkis directs

Original release date: October 2020

No Time to Die (Oct. 8, 2021)

Bond is back, eventually.


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This new 007 adventure, directed by Cary Fukunaga and co-written by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, was the first major movie to delay release back in March 2020. Premiering Sep. 30 in the UK, Daniel Craig’s final turn as superspy James Bond will now open more than a year later than originally expected.

Original release date: April 2020

Halloween Kills (Oct. 15, 2021)

This slasher sequel is in an awkward situation: the release date is in the title. You can’t really bump a movie named “Halloween” to February, can you? So Universal delayed Halloween Kills back a whole year to 2021 — which has a knock-on effect for planned threequel, Halloween Ends, now expected in October 2022. When it debuts on the big screen, Halloween Kills will also stream on Peacock the same day. 

Original release date: Oct. 16, 2020

Dune (Oct. 21, 2021)


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As other blockbusters fell away, it felt like Denis Villeneuve’s star-studded new adaptation of the classic Dune sci-fi novels would be the only hope for 2020. But we have to wait to spice things up with Timothée Chalamet, Oscar Isaac, Zendaya, Charlotte Rampling, Dave Bautista, Jason Momoa, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Rebecca Ferguson and Stellan Skarsgård. It’ll also stream on HBO Max. 

Original release date: Dec. 18, 2020

The French Dispatch (Oct. 22, 2021)

Wes Anderson returns with more idiosyncratic art-housery in The French Dispatch, starring Timothée Chalamet, Bill Murray, Saoirse Ronan, Tilda Swinton and Frances McDormand. At first, Disney bumped this Fox Searchlight film to October 2020, but then in July took it off the schedule. It will premiere at this year’s Cannes film festival before sauntering into theaters in October.

Original release date: July 2020

Last Night in Soho (Oct. 29, 2021)

Edgar Wright’s new film is a ’60s-set horror flick featuring Queen’s Gambit star Anya Taylor-Joy and former Doctor Who Matt Smith.

Original release date: Sept. 25, 2020

Antlers (Oct. 29, 2021)

When Disney postponed Mulan and New Mutants, it also shelved small-town horror chiller Antlers, produced by Guillermo del Toro.

Original release date: April 17, 2020

Eternals (Nov. 5, 2021)

Marvel’s otherworldly ensemble was intended to open in November 2020, but was bumped a year to make way for Black Widow, et al., to come first.

Original release date: Nov. 6, 2020 

Finch (Nov. 5, 2021)

Tom Hanks is the last man on Earth, hanging out with his faithful robot in this post-apocalyptic drama. Previously titled Bios, it’ll stream on Apple TV Plus.

Original release date: October 2020

Ghostbusters: Afterlife (Nov. 19, 2021)

Paul Rudd breathes new (after) life into the Ghostbusters series.


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Jason Reitman’s small town-set Ghostbusters resurrection stars Paul Rudd. I ain’t afraid of no postponement!

Original release date: July 10, 2020

King Richard (Nov. 19, 2021)

How do you tell the story of perhaps the greatest ever women athletes? Make it about their dad! Will Smith plays the father of real-life tennis legends Venus and Serena Williams in this HBO Max film.

Original release date: November 2020 

Tick, Tick… Boom! (Nov. 19, 2021)

Lin-Manuel Miranda makes his movie directorial debut with an adaptation of the autobiographical musical by Rent creator Jonathan Larson. Andrew Garfield stars as a young theater composer who isn’t gonna miss his shot in a New York ravaged by the AIDS epidemic in 1990. The film is scheduled to open in theaters in November before streaming on Netflix Nov. 19.

Encanto (Nov. 24, 2021)

Disney’s magical musical from Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda will cast a spell on Thanksgiving.

Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City (Nov. 24, 2021)

A new movie version of the chilling survival horror game (nothing to do with the enormously successful but not very faithful previous Resident Evil movies movies. Or the rumored Netflix series). 

Original release date: September 2021  

West Side Story (Dec. 10, 2021)

Steven Spielberg’s remake of the legendary musical was originally supposed to fill Disney’s traditional big-money holiday movie slot in 2020, plugging the fallow year between the last Star Wars trilogy ending in 2019 and the Avatar sequels kicking in. Now everything’s been pushed back a year, West Side Story will be Disney’s family blockbuster for the holidays in 2021. 

Original release date: Dec. 18, 2020

Spider-Man: No Way Home (Dec. 17, 2021)

Rumors say this sequel to Homecoming and Far From Home will see former Spider-men Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield join current incumbent Tom Holland for a multiverse-based web-slinging adventure.

Original release date: July 2020

The Matrix 4 (Dec. 22, 2021)

Keanu Reeves returns to the Matrix in a new cyberpunk action thriller from one of the creators behind the original trilogy, Lana Wachowski. The film will stream on HBO Max too.

Original release date: May 2020

The King’s Man (Dec. 22, 2021)

Ralph Fiennes suits up for The King’s Man, a World War I-era prequel to the sharp-dressed Kingsman series.

Original release date: Sept. 18, 2020


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Tomb Raider 2 (unspecified)

When will Alicia Vikander get back to raiding tombs?


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There was much excitement when it was announced that Kill List and Rebecca director Ben Wheatley would helm a new adventure for video game superstar Lara Croft. Originally scheduled for March 2021, the sequel starring Alicia Vikander was then taken off the calendar by MGM.

Original release date: March 2021

Samaritan (unspecified)

Sylvester Stallone is an aging superhero in this dark take on superheroics.


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The 355 (Jan. 14, 2022)

Jessica Chastain leads a classy cast of spies in action thriller The 355. Oscar winners Lupita Nyong’o and Penelope Cruz join forces with international stars Diane Kruger and Fan Bingbing for a thriller that’s been delayed a year.

Original release date: January 2021

The Man from Toronto (Jan. 14, 2022)

Kevin Hart and Woody Harrelson team up to kill someone when they’re thrown together in an Airbnb.

Original release date: September 2020

Morbius (Jan. 28, 2022)

Sony’s Spider-Man spinoff features Jared Leto as Marvel vampire Morbius.

Original release date: July 31, 2020

Death on the Nile (Feb. 11, 2022)

Kenneth Branagh once again fires up his moustache and little grey cells as Agatha Christie’s detective Hercule Poirot in a follow-up to 2017’s Murder on the Orient Express. 

Original release date: December 2020

Uncharted (Feb. 18, 2022)

When 2020’s films began to be reshuffled, Uncharted was the first 2021 film to be moved. Fans are hyped for Sony’s video game adaptation stars Tom Holland, although the release date has jumped around more than Nathan Drake exploring a temple. 

Original release date: December 2020

Rumble (Feb. 18, 2022)

WWE’s movie studio tag teams with Paramount for this animated movie in which giant monsters are superstar athletes in professional wrestling.

The Batman (March 4, 2022)

Robert Pattinson dons the batsuit for this delayed DC adventure. It’s a Warner Bros film but there are currently no plans to stream it on HBO Max — only 2021 films will be released online.

Original release date: June 25, 2021

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (March 25, 2022)

Fans of Doctor Strange, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, will have to wait until 2022 before entering the Multiverse of Madness thanks to Marvel’s reshuffles.

Original release date: May 2021

John Wick: Chapter 4 (May 27, 2022)

Keanu’s other all-action franchise also returns for a fourth outing.

Top Gun: Maverick (May 27, 2022)

Tom Cruise feels the need for speed. We’ve waited over 30 years for a sequel to the original 1986 Top Gun, so what’s a few more months?

Original release date: June 2020

Elvis (June 2, 2022)

Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis tribute became an early high-profile casualty of the pandemic when Tom Hanks, who appears in the film as Col. Tom Parker, contracted the coronavirus. He and his wife, Rita Wilson, have now recovered, and the film will be delayed only a month.

Original release date: Oct. 1, 2021

Jurassic World: Dominion (June 10, 2022)

Jeff Goldblum, Sam Neill and Laura Dern in the original Jurassic Park.


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Original Jurassic Park stars Laura Dern, Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum join Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt in this sixth dino-blockbuster.

Original release date: June 11, 2021

Lightyear (June 17, 2022)

Chris Evans takes Toy Story’s pompous plaything to infinity and beyond.

Fantastic Beasts 3 (July 15, 2022)

Johnny Depp magically disappears from the Harry Potter prequel series, replaced as the villain by Mads Mikkelsen. 

Original release date: November 2021

Indiana Jones 5 (July 29, 2022)

Mission: Impossible 7 (May 27, 2022)

Tom Cruise and friends are socially distanced superspies in the next Mission: Impossible.


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Tom Cruise was infamously strict about coronavirus precautions while filming his latest spy thriller, Mission: Impossible 7.

Original release date: July 6, 2020

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2 (Oct. 7, 2022)

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The Flash (Nov. 4, 2022)

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