If you’re the kind of person who merges their personal timeline with the MCU, measures years in Bond films, or merely loves knowing that a beloved franchise is stirring once again, our film release dates calendar is for you.
Years of cinematic magic to come – constantly refreshed and brimming with inspiring, edge-of-the-seat, laugh-out-loud, peek-through-the-fingers, misty-eyed, breath-catching awesomeness.
But let's start with the biggest blockbusters coming to the big screen in 2021.
Directed by: Cate Shortland
Cast: Scarlett Johannson, Florence Pugh, Rachel Weisz, David Harbour, William Hurt, O-T Fagbenle
Black Widow UK release date: 7 May 2021
Years before the Thanos Snap™ and Black Widow’s ultimate sacrifice, Natasha Romanoff was up to her wrist gauntlets in trouble.
Set after the events of Captain America: Civil War, this blockbuster prequel sees Romanoff, alone and on the run, caught up in a conspiracy whose tendrils reach back into her Soviet-era training in the infamous Red Room.
Recruiting members of her adoptive family from her early years, Black Widow sets out to unravel the mystery and throw down with Taskmaster, a mysterious villain who can mimic any opponent’s fighting style with deadly accuracy.
Peter Rabbit 2
Directed by: Will Gluck
Cast: James Corden, Elizabeth Debicki, Margot Robbie, Domhnall Gleeson, Rose Byrne, Lennie James
Peter Rabbit 2 UK release date: 21 May 2021
With Peter Rabbit having made peace with Mr McGregor and Bea it looked like the mischievous bunny and his mates would live happily ever after.
However, when Peter finds it impossible to shake his reputation as a troublemaker he runs away to have new adventures.
His family of farmyard misfits (human and animal) set out to find him, but will they get to Peter before his whiskered nose for trouble gets him in a pickle he can’t escape?
This feel-good sequel is guaranteed to be a hopping hit, and here's eight reasons why it will be fun for all the family.
Fast & Furious 9
Directed by: Justin Lin
Cast: Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Ludacris, Tyrese Gibson, Charlize Theron, John Cena, Nathalie Brewster, Sung Kang
Fast & Furious 9 UK release date: 28 May 2021
Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his ragtag family of petrolheads, hackers and car modders are back for the ninth outing of what has become the most relentlessly entertaining blockbuster series ever.
Expect heart-in-the-mouth action, insane stunts, wisecracks and a whole lot of heart from the crew as they go toe-to-toe with former enemy Cipher (Charlize Theron).
But they'll also be facing one Jakob Toretto (John Cena) – a deadly assassin, master thief, and Dom and Mia’s estranged younger brother.
Directed by: Craig Gillespie
Cast: Emma Stone, Emma Thompson, Mark Strong, Paul Walter Hauser, Joel Fry, Emily Beecham, Kirby Howell Baptiste
Cruella UK release date: 28 May 2021
With the latest offering in their lofty line of live-action remakes, can Disney encourage cinemagoers to get behind 101 Dalmations’ fur-mad Cruella de Vil the same way they did with Sleeping Beauty’s Maleficent?
It’s a big ask, but with the infinitely likeable Emma Stone cast as the ‘brilliant, bad and a little bit mad’ Estella de Vil and Emma Thompson almost unrecognisably wicked as the young fashion designer’s unpleasant boss, Baroness Von Hellman, we are stoked to see how this intriguingly original origin story plays out.
The film looks gorgeous, Stone’s British accent is delightfully plummy and there’s plenty of action on the cards as we learn how one of Disney’s greatest villains came to be.
Directed by: Enrico Casarosa
Cast: Maya Rudolph, Jacob Tremblay, Jim Gaffigan, Jack Dylan Grazer, Emma Berman, Marco Barricelli
Luca UK release date: 18 June 2021
Disney and Pixar’s gloriously sun-kissed new feature, Luca, is set to be 2021’s best big-screen staycation.
Set in a ridiculously charming Italian fishing village, it tells the tale (or is that tail?) of a pair of fun-loving young sea creatures who can disguise themselves as humans on land and set out to have a summer adventure among the superstitious locals.
Luca’s director, Enrico Casarosa, blew us away with his exquisitely touching 2016 short, La Luna, and this teaser trailer is pure cinematic sunshine.
Will this be another flawless demonstration of Pixar's magical cinematic formula, and take it's place on their boatload of cinematic beauty?
Set sail for ODEON and find out.
Top Gun: Maverick
Directed by: Joseph Kosinski
Cast: Tom Cruise, Jennifer Connelly, Val Kilmer, Miles Teller, Jon Hamm, Ed Harris
Top Gun: Maverick UK release date: 9 July 2021
After more than 30 years, Tom Cruise is reprising one of his most iconic roles for another mach-busting blockbuster.
While peers and former rivals like Tom ‘Iceman’ Kazansky (Val Kilmer) have risen up the ranks since graduating from the US Navy’s prestigious Top Gun fighter pilot school, Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell has remained in the cockpit as a Captain and a test pilot.
But when a new international threat demands Maverick return to Top Gun as an instructor, he finds himself training the son of his former flying partner.
With tensions running high in the sky and on the ground, can Maverick train his new recruits while dealing with his personal demons?
Minions: The Rise of Gru
Directed by: Kyle Balda, Brad Ableson, Jonathan del Val
Cast: Steve Carell, Pierre Coffin, Russell Brand, Julie Andrews, Michelle Yeoh, Lucy Lawless, Taraji P Henson, Danny Trejo, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren
Minions: The Rise of Gru UK release date: 16 July 2021
The Minions are back in the second Despicable Me prequel charting the pill-shaped followers of evil as they latch onto Felonious Gru and do all they can to help (and inadvertently hinder) the 12-year-old megalomaniac in training.
It’s the 1970s and when Gru’s favourite supervillain group the Vicious 6 fire their leader, he applies to join. But his job interview is a disaster so Gru and Minions make an audacious move that pits the Vicious 6 against them all.
Featuring an all-star cast (including Jean-Claude Van Damme as lobster-pincered Vicious 6 member Jean Clawed!) this is going to be bananas!
Directed by: Jaume Collet-Serra
Cast: Emily Blunt, Dwayne Johnson, Jesse Plemons, Paul Giamatti, Edgar Ramirez, Jack Whitehall
Jungle Cruise UK release date: 30 July 2021
Disney has impressive form when it comes to turning its beloved theme park rides into gloriously entertaining films – Pirates of the Caribbean, anyone? – so we couldn’t be more excited to see Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson heading up this thrilling adventure tale.
It’s the early 20th century and Dr. Lily Houghton (Blunt) hires cynical riverboat captain Frank (Johnson) to navigate the jungle rivers to locate a legendary, healing Tree of Life.
Little do they realise the perils they will face, from the jungle itself and from a competing team of villainous explorers.
The Suicide Squad
Directed by: James Gunn
Cast: Margot Robbie, Taika Waititi, Joel Kinnaman, Idris Elba, Alice Braga, Pete Davidson, Viola Davis, John Cena, Nathan Fillion, Michael Rooker, Peter Capaldi, Jai Courtney
The Suicide Squad UK release date: 6 August 2021
James Gunn performed big-screen magic with the Guardians of the Galaxy, and now he’s turned his attention to this inspired reboot of DC Comics’ band of also-ran villains, The Suicide Squad.
Boldly embracing a no-holds-barred R-rating (just like the Deadpool films), Gunn’s Suicide Squad has swelled its ranks to 16 second-tier baddies and the film is going to go for a blood-splattered, 1970s war-movie vibe that sounds amazing.
Expect a lot of villains getting unexpected early baths in one of the most entertaining blockbusters for years, and another bold turn for the DC Extended Universe.
No Time to Die
Directed by: Cari Joji Fukanaga
Cast: Daniel Craig, Anna de Armas, Rami Malek, Lashana Lynch, Léa Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes, Christoph Waltz, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw
No Time to Die UK release date: 8 October 2021
Ernst Stavro Blofeld is imprisoned. James Bond has been out of the spy game for five years.
But when Bond’s CIA buddy Felix Leiter asks for his help in tracking down a missing scientist, a perfect storm of peril and intrigue breaks, sweeping up James, and the assorted friends and foes from No Time To Die into its vortex.
At the cold, dead eye of the storm lurks Lyutsifer Safin – a man with a chilling plan that threatens the lives of millions.
Daniel Craig's era as 007 may be coming to a close, but No Time To Die promises a seismic bang of a curtain call.
The Boss Baby: Family Business
Directed by: Tom McGrath
Cast: James Marsden, Alec Baldwin, Amy Sedaris, Jeff Goldblum, Eva Longoria, Lisa Kudrow
The Boss Baby: Family Business UK release date: 22 October 2021
The Boss Baby siblings Tim (James Marsden) and Ted (Alec Baldwin) are all grown up but have sadly grown apart. Ted’s all about the money while Tim is a committed family man with two daughters – a seven-year-old called Tabitha and a new baby called Tina.
When Tina shocks the bickering brothers by announcing she’s a talking BabyCorp boss baby, too, the pair are in for an incredible adventure. Before you can say ‘googoogaga’ Tim and Ted will become babies again for 48 hours in order to investigate strange goings-on at Tabitha’s school, run by the mysterious Dr Erwin Armstrong (Jeff Goldblum).
Directed by: Jason Reitman
Cast: Finn Wolfhard, McKenna Grace, Paul Rudd, Sigourney Weaver, Carrie Coon, Bill Murray, Dan Akroyd, Ernie Hudson, Annie Potts
Ghostbusters: Afterlife UK release date: 12 November 2021
Decades after the great Manhattan Crossrip of 1984 (AKA the original Ghostbusters) a hard-up young family retreat to an old family homestead in rural Oklahoma.
But when something strange starts happening in their neighbourhood, siblings Phoebe (Grace McKenna) and Trevor (Finn Wolfhard) discover there was a whole lot more to their Grandad than they ever realised, and that the forgotten Ghostbusters are about to be called on to save the world one more time.
With many of the original ‘busters cast returning to support a new generation, this is going to be bigger and sweeter than the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man.
21 May 2021 - Free Guy (Disney)
21 May 2021 - Spiral: From The Book Of Saw (Lionsgate)
4 June 2021 - The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (Warner Bros)
11 June 2021 - Vivo (Sony)
25 June 2021 - Venom: Let There Be Carnage (Sony)
9 July 2021 - Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings (Disney)
23 July 2021 - Space Jam 2 (Warner Bros)
23 July 2021 - The Tomorrow War (Paramount)
23 July 2021 - Old (Universal)
30 July 2021 - In The Heights (Warner Bros)
6 August 2021 - Hotel Transylvania 4 (Sony)
20 August 2021 - The King's Man (Disney)
25 August 2021 - Reminiscence (Warner Bros)
27 August 2021 - Candyman (Universal)
10 September 2021 - A Quiet Place Part II (Paramount)
10 September 2021 - Malignant (Warner Bros)
17 September 2021 - Death On The Nile (Disney)
17 September 2021 - The Man From Toronto (Sony)
17 September 2021 - Dune (Warner Bros)
1 October 2021 - Untitled Addams Family Sequel (Universal)
15 October 2021 - Halloween Kills (Universal)
22 October 2021 - Ron's Gone Wrong (Disney)
29 October 2021 - Last Night In Soho (Universal)
5 November 2021 - Eternals (Disney)
19 November 2021 - Mission: Impossible 7 (Paramount)
10 December 2021 - West Side Story (Disney)
17 December 2021 - Spider-Man: No Way Home (Disney)
24 December 2021 - The Matrix 4 (Warner Bros)
And the magic simply goes on and on... With all of these blockbusters and more on the horizon into 2022 and beyond, lovers of cinema are set for years to come.
7 January 2022 - Babylon (Paramount)
14 January 2022 - The 355 (Universal)
14 January 2022 - Scream (Paramount)
21 January 2022 - Morbius (Sony)
28 January 2022 - Sing 2 (Universal)
4 February 2022 - Nimona (Disney)
11 February 2022 - Thor: Love And Thunder (Disney)
11 February 2022 - Uncharted (Sony)
18 February 2022 - Rumble (Paramount)
4 March 2022 - The Batman (Warner Bros)
25 March 2022 - Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness (Disney)
8 April 2022 - Sonic The Hedgehog 2 (Paramount)
6 May 2022 - Black Panther 2 (Disney)
20 May 2022 - DC Super Pets (Warner Bros)
27 May 2022 - John Wick: Chapter 4 (Lionsgate)
27 May 2022 - Dungeons & Dragons (Paramount)
10 June 2022 - Jurassic World: Dominion (Universal)
15 July 2022 - Fantastic Beasts 3 (Warner Bros)
7 October 2022 - Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse 2 (Sony)
4 November 2022 - The Flash (Warner Bros)
16 December 2022 - Avatar 2 (Disney)
16 December 2022 - Aquaman 2 (Warner Bros)