After a year almost entirely devoid of major blockbuster releases — outside of, I don’t know, Tenet and Wonder Woman 1984, 2021 is set to see popcorn filmmaking rebound in a massive way, as all of the delayed 2020 releases are finally set to drop, now in tandem, with all of the previously scheduled 2021 releases.
Now over a decade into the comic book movie era, it’s clear that the genre is stronger than ever, as all of the major players in the space — Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe, Warner Bros’ DCEU, and Sony’s Universe of Marvel Characters — are set to achieve levels of production and output that will usher in yet another evolution in comic book movies. Take the MCU, for example, which is set to release 10 projects in the next calendar year alone.
Disney isn’t alone, though, as the DCEU is set to release another two films in 2021 and another three in 2022 (with a plan to release around six per year — four theatrical and two on HBO Max — thereafter), while Sony is also ramping up their universe with the likes of Tom Hardy’s Venom, Jared Leto’s Morbius, Woody Harrelson’s Carnage, and a bevy of others that are set to debut in the coming years (for example, it’s widely suspected that Olivia Wilde is helming a Spider-Woman movie).
Long story short: after a year-long drought, it’s about to hurricane. Here’s everything dropping in the comic book movie world over the next 12 months.
Marvel Cinematic Universe
WandaVision – January 15, 2021
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier – March 19, 2021
Loki – May 2021
Black Widow – May 7, 2021
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings – July 9, 2021
Eternals – November 5, 2021
Spider-Man 3 – December 17, 2021
What If…? (2021)
Ms. Marvel (2021)
Zack Snyder’s Justice League – March 2021
The Suicide Squad – August 6, 2021
Peacemaker – Release Date Unconfirmed, Production Begins January 2021
Sony Pictures Universe of Marvel Characters
(Yes, it’s actually called this and yes, it’s the worst.)
Morbius – March 19, 2021
Venom: Let There Be Carnage – June 25, 2021