2020’s movie scene may have been compromised due to the pandemic, but it appears that 2021 is set to compensate… big time.
Apart from a spectacular line-up of Superhero films, the new year will also see the return of several beloved franchises…
Including one really breathtaking entity, who may yet be the one to “save” the cinematic industry.
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10 Movies to Look Forward to in 2021 in S’pore
1. Black Widow
Starring the ever-charismatic Scarlett Johansson, Black Widow is an insightful take on the enigmatic character’s dark backstory, and how she rose to become one of the most lethal spies in Marvel history.
After all, remember: she can no longer star in any movies in the future. This isn’t a spoiler because the number of people who haven’t watched Avengers: Endgame is fewer than the number of people who’re on overseas vacation now.
The official synopsis is as follows:
“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.”
Release date: 7 May 2021
Jared Leto may have been panned by critics for his portrayal of the Joker in Suicide Squad, but fans would be more than aware of his actual acting prowess – a skill which netted him an acclaimed Oscar award back in 2014.
And it seems that the established actor has been given a chance to redeem himself, and who better to mark his superhero comeback than Morbius, an anti-hero with… bloodthirsty tendencies?
The official synopsis reads as follows:
“One of Marvel’s most compelling and conflicted characters comes to the big screen as Oscar® winner 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.”
Release date: 18 March 2021
3. Matrix 4
The One may have ended his theatrical run on a seemingly bad note – what with the third Matrix film deemed to have ruined the beloved franchise instead of concluding it – but it seems that he’s still out for vengeance…
Sorry, wrong show.
Starring Keanu Reeves, Matrix 4 brings back popular characters from the series, and will certainly appeal to diehard fans of the original trilogy.
The synopsis is as follows:
“As the fourth film in the popular sci-fi franchise, The Matrix 4 continues the story of Neo (Reeves), and his costars Trinity (Moss), Niobe (Smith) and more. The latest Matrix film also brings on some new characters played by Priyanka Chopra, Neil Patrick Harris, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II.”
By the way, do you know that The Matrix is now in Netflix, too?
Release date: 22 December 2021
It appears that Nathan Drake is coming to the big screen in 2021.
Though no, it’s not Nathan Fillion this time around.
Based on the hit video game series, the Uncharted movie will reportedly serve as a prequel to the games, and is set to star Tom Holland as young Nathan Drake.
iMDb has since released a synopsis for the upcoming film:
“The story is a prequel to the games, starring Holland as a younger Drake, showing us details of how he came to meet and befriend Sully.”
Release date: 16 July 2021
Meanwhile, here’s a live action fan film starring Nathan Fillion to spice things up (or just play the game to experience the uncharted world lah).
5. Godzilla vs Kong
Majestic crossovers are hardly rare, considering how Marvel vs Capcom, Captain America 3: Civil War and Trump’s handshake with Kim Jong Un have all taken place before.
And yet, there’s just something about Godzilla vs Kong that stokes the flames within your heart.
I mean; we’ve seen superheroes going hard at it, but absolute monsters the size of behemoths?
As a Wise Old Man would probably put it: “It’s gonna be a film of monstrous proportions.”
The synopsis for the film is as follows:
“As humanity fights for its future, colossal creatures Godzilla and Kong collide with each other in a battle. Monarch`s mission into uncharted terrains unearths clues to the origins of the Titans and a human conspiracy threatens to erase Godzilla and Kong`s existence on earth forever.”
Release date: 21 May 2021
6. A Quiet Place 2
As far as I’m concerned, A Quiet Place was the perfect beginning and the perfect conclusion.
A rather sad ending, granted, but still perfect nonetheless.
Yet, the announcement of A Quiet Place 2 still served to liven my spirits, because the world in AQP simply had so much to offer.
And the trailer just proved my hypothesis right.
Apart from an insight into how the events in A Quiet Place first came to be, the sequel also seems set to portray the hapless family’s continued journey for survival.
Though we gotta say, Cillian Murphy’s presence makes the already-badass concept even more… epic.
The official synopsis reads as follows:
“Following the deadly events at home, the Abbott family (Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe) must now face the terrors of the outside world as they continue their fight for survival in silence. Forced to venture into the unknown, they quickly realize that the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats that lurk beyond the sand path.”
Release date: 23 April 2021
7. Spider-Man 3
For years, we have been screaming for a Spider-Man multiverse wherein we could see Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield and Tom Holland on the same screen.
Alas, the notion never actually came to fruition, despite the desperate pleas of fans. And though Spider-Man: Into The Spider Verse came the closest, it still didn’t feature the real-life actors themselves.
But that’s all set to change now.
Spider-Man 3 follows the success of the previous two films, and is set for a tentative release date of December 2021. And apparently, Andrew Garfield has reportedly signed on to reprise his role in the film, with Tobey Maguire currently in talks to return as well.
Also, expect appearances from Kirsten Dunst, Emma Stone and Jamie Foxx. Alfred Molina, who played the villainous Doctor Octopus in the Sam Raimi trilogy, is also set to reprise his role.
For years, we’ve been crying for an actual Spider-Verse, where we can all see our favourite Spider-Mans appear on screen. And it seems that at long last, that possibility may finally be realised.
Tentative release date: 17 December 2021
8. Venom: Let There Be Carnage
Venom may have been somewhat panned by critics, but it still managed to earn a shitload of money.
A trend that may well carry on to the sequel.
According to reports, Tom Hardy’s Eddie Brock/Venom is all set to cross swords with Woody Harrelson’s Cletus Kasady/Carnage, with Naomie Harris expected to grace the screen as another villain, Shriek.
Expect lots of chaos like the first film, though we can only hope that Eminem will swing by again for this sequel.
Release date: 25 June 2021 (US)
9. Minions: The Rise of Gru
It looks like the Minions are back.
Alongside their charming personalities, over-the-top antics and… bananas.
Set for a 2 July release in the U.S., the sequel to the 2015 spin-off will serve as a prequel to the Despicable Me series, and features the rise of Gru – the self-proclaimed baddie who’s actually the biggest softie at heart.
Well, looks like the Minions craze is about to hit us all once again.
The official synopsis is as follows:
“In the heart of the 1970s, amid a flurry of feathered hair and flared jeans, Gru (Oscar® nominee Steve Carell) is growing up in the suburbs. A fanboy of a supervillain supergroup known as the Vicious 6, Gru hatches a plan to become evil enough to join them. Luckily, he gets some mayhem-making backup from his loyal followers, the Minions. Together, Kevin, Stuart, Bob, and Otto—a new Minion sporting braces and a desperate need to please—deploy their skills as they and Gru build their first lair, experiment with their first weapons and pull off their first missions.
“When the Vicious 6 oust their leader, legendary fighter Wild Knuckles (Oscar® winner Alan Arkin), Gru interviews to become their newest member. It doesn’t go well (to say the least), and only gets worse after Gru outsmarts them and suddenly finds himself the mortal enemy of the apex of evil. On the run, Gru will turn to an unlikely source for guidance, Wild Knuckles himself, and discover that even bad guys need a little help from their friends.”
Release date: 24 June 2021
10. The Conjuring III: The Devil Made Me Do It
Annabelle first opened our eyes to the Conjuring Universe – a world crawling with spine-chilling entities and whatnot.
And though we’ve been spooked time and time again, we were just left craving for more…
Which is where the third film from the iconic Conjuring series comes in.
Ed and Lorraine Warren are back, and this time they must confront an evil that they have never “seen before”…
One that clashes horrifyingly with the concept of reality.
The synopsis for the film goes as follows:
“‘The Devil Made Me Do It’ reveals a chilling story of terror, murder and unknown evil that shocked even experienced real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga). One of the most sensational cases from their files, it starts with a fight for the soul of a young boy, then takes them beyond anything they’d ever seen before, to mark the first time in US history that a murder suspect would claim demonic possession as a defense.”
Release date: 4 June 2021
And because 2021 is such an eventful year, we felt it appropriate to, at the very least, include other blockbuster films that we’ve had to regretfully exclude from this list.
Notable mentions would entail the likes of Free Guy, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, The Suicide Squad, Space Jam 2, Eternals, Top Guns: Maverick, Kingsman 3, Sherlock Holmes 3, Mission: Impossible 7 and Mortal Kombat.
Well, one thing’s for certain.
2021 is set to be the year that we break the bank… for all the right reasons.
Reader Bao: Didn’t you read the article you wrote yourself about the predictions of 2021, whereby there would be a zombie apocalypse?
Well, if so, then the whole of 2021 is going to be a blockbuster.