See here all the franchise movies to release that hit theaters in 2021. There are more than 20 franchises launching new installments in 2021.
A long list of franchises will receive new installments next year, which should be a big year for Sony, Marvel Studios, Disney and Warner Bros.
Several films, that were originally scheduled to be released in theaters in 2020 but ended up being postponed to 2021.
More than 20 franchise films are expected for theaters in 2021
Which means that the release dates for several of them will overlap, ensuring a huge number of films.
See here all the franchise movies to release in 2021.
UPDATE NOVEMBER 5, 2021
Tom and Jerry (February 26, 2021)
The story of the new Tom and Jerry film takes place in an elegant hotel where Jerry is living. Kayla, a new employee, hires an abandoned cat named Tom to eat and get rid of Jerry. The confusion is formed. In addition, it is also highlighted that the big change may involve a union of the duo, who in turn will need to work together to defeat Kayla’s villainous boss, who will not be a big fan of either.
Raya And The Last Dragon (March 5, 2021)
The production ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ is a computer-animated fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios.
The 59th film produced by the studio, it is directed by Paul Briggs and Dean Wellins, co-directed by John Ripa.
Animation is produced by Osnat Shurer, written by Adele Lim, and stars the voices of Cassie Steele and Awkwafina.
Godzilla vs. Kong (March 31, 2021)
Godzilla vs. Kong is a sequel to Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) and Kong: Skull Island (2017), it is the fourth film in Legendary’s MonsterVerse. The film is also the 36th film in the Godzilla franchise, the 12th film in the King Kong franchise, and the fourth Godzilla film to be completely produced by a Hollywood studio. The film directed by Adam Wingard stars Alexander Skarsgård, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, Shun Oguri, Eiza González, Jessica Henwick, Julian Dennison, Kyle Chandler, and Demián Bichir.
Mortal Kombat (April 23, 2021)
Mortal Kombat will be released in the United States on January 15, 2021, by Warner Bros. Pictures. Martial-arts fantasy action film directed by Simon McQuoid (in his feature directorial debut) from a screenplay by Greg Russo and Dave Callaham and a story by Oren Uziel and Russo. It is based on the video game franchise of the same name created by Ed Boon and John Tobias. Serves as a reboot to the Mortal Kombat film series following the 1997 film Mortal Kombat: Annihilation.
Spiral: From The Book Of Saw (May 14, 2021)
Spiral: From The Book of Saw is an upcoming American horror film directed by Darren Lynn Bousman, and written by Josh Stolberg and Peter Goldfinger. It is the ninth installment in the Saw film series and stars Chris Rock and Samuel L. Jackson.
The film is scheduled to be released in the United States on May 21, 2021, by Lionsgate, after being delayed from its original release date of May 15, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cruella (May 28, 2021)
Cruella is an comedy film directed by Craig Gillespie from a screenplay written by Aline Brosh McKenna. Based on the character Cruella de Vil introduced in Dodie Smith’s 1956 novel The Hundred and One Dalmatians. The film will star Emma Stone as the titular character, with Emma Thompson, Paul Walter Hauser, Joel Fry, and Mark Strong in supporting roles.
Glenn Close, who was Cruella in previous films, will executive produce this new version.
A Quiet Place Part II (May 28, 2021)
A Quiet Place 2 – Following the events at home, the Abbott family now face the terrors of the outside world. Forced to venture into the unknown, they realize the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats lurking beyond the sand path.
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (June 4, 2021)
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It tells a chilling story of terror, murder and unknown evil that shocked even real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. One of the most sensational cases in his files, it begins with a fight for the soul of a boy, then takes them beyond anything they have ever seen, to mark the first time in US history that a murder suspect would claim demonic possession as a defense .
Infinite (June 10, 2021) – Internet
Infinite is a science fiction action film directed by Antoine Fuqua, with a screenplay written by John Lee Hancock and Ian Shorr. The film’s cast is scheduled to include Mark Wahlberg, Dylan O’Brien, Sophie Cookson, Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson, Jason Mantzoukas, Rupert Friend, Toby Jones and Chiwetel Ejiofor, predicted lives, with Wahlberg executive producing the film in his debut as producer.
Originally scheduled for August 7, 2020 by Paramount Pictures, the film’s theatrical release has been delayed to May 28, 2021, due to COVID-19 pandemic.
Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway (June 11, 2021)
Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway is a live action/computer animated comedy film directed by Will Gluck and written by Patrick Burleigh and Gluck. The film is a sequel to 2018’s Peter Rabbit and is based on the stories of Peter Rabbit created by Beatrix Potter.
Originally set to be released in 2020, the film was bumped back 2021 due to Coronavirus.
The film stars the voice of James Corden as the title character, alongside Rose Byrne, Domhnall Gleeson, and David Oyelowo in live action roles, and the voices of Elizabeth Debicki and Margot Robbie. The film is scheduled to be theatrically released in the United States on January 15, 2021, by Sony Pictures Releasing under its Columbia Pictures label.
The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard (June 16, 2021)
The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard is an action comedy film directed by Patrick Hughes and written by Tom O’Connor, Brandon and Phillip Murphy. It is a sequel to the 2017 film The Hitman’s Bodyguard. The film stars Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Salma Hayek, Frank Grillo, Richard E. Grant, Tom Hopper, Antonio Banderas and Morgan Freeman.
It is scheduled to be released on August 20, 2021, by Lionsgate.
Fast & Furious 9 (june 25, 2021)
F9 (alternatively known as Fast & Furious 9) is action film directed by Justin Lin and written by Daniel Casey. The film will star Vin Diesel, John Cena, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Jordana Brewster, Nathalie Emmanuel, Sung Kang, Helen Mirren, and Charlize Theron. A sequel to 2017’s The Fate of the Furious, it will be the ninth main installment in the Fast & Furious franchise and the tenth full-length film released overall.
Originally scheduled for a 2020 release, the film’s general release has been rescheduled to April 2, 2021, again due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Tomorrow War (July 2, 2021 – Internet)
The Tomorrow War is a military science fiction action film.
Is directed by Chris McKay and written by Zach Dean and Bill Dubuque.
The cast will star Chris Pratt, Yvonne Strahovski, J. K. Simmons, Betty Gilpin, Keith Powers, Mike Mitchell and Sam Richardson.
The film, which is set in the near future, focuses on humanity’s war against an invading alien force, hoping to win it by using scientists’ new ability to draft soldiers from the past to the war.
The Tomorrow War was scheduled to be released on December 25, 2020, by Paramount Pictures, but was rescheduled to July 23, 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Boss Baby: Family Business (July 2, 2021)
Alec Baldwin returns to headline The Boss Baby 2 (The Boss Baby: Family Business), the follow-up to DreamWorks Animation’s blockbuster animated comedy. The movie brings back the creative team from the worldwide hit for a new adventure based on award-winning author Marla Frazee’s picture-book series.
Black Widow (July 9, 2021)
Black Widow, new spy thriller from Marvel Studios. Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) confronts the darkest parts of her story when a dangerous conspiracy arises linked to her past. Pursued by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down, Natasha must deal with her story as a spy and the broken relationships that left her long before she became an Avenger.
Space Jam: A New Legacy (July 16, 2021)
Space Jam: A New Legacy (Space Jam 2) is produced by the Warner Animation Group and directed by Malcolm D. Lee. The film is a sequel to the 1996 film Space Jam and stars NBA player LeBron James, as well as Don Cheadle and Sonequa Martin-Green. The film also features the Looney Tunes characters such as Bugs Bunny, Lola Bunny, and Daffy Duck. James also acts as a producer alongside Ryan Coogler, who co-wrote the script with Sev Ohanian.
Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins (July 23, 2021)
Snake Eyes, it was originally slated for release on October 23 2020, but will now release on October 22, 2021.
Though it was first announced over two years ago, the details around G.I. Joe Origins: Snake Eyes are still relatively murky. It will be directed by Robert Schwentke, best known for his work on the Divergent franchise, and will be written by Evan Spiliotopoulos, who also wrote The Huntsman: Winter’s War.
The film will focus on the origin story of Snake Eyes, a ninja who operates as part of the G.I. Joe special unit. In the first two movies within the franchises, he was played by the actor Ray Park. For the new film, Crazy Rich Asians star Henry Golding will pick up the title role, starring alongside actors including Andrew Koji, Samara Weaving, and Iko Uwais.
Jungle Cruise (July 30, 2021)
Based on Disneyland’s theme park ride where a small riverboat takes a group of travelers through a jungle filled with dangerous animals and reptiles but with a supernatural element.
Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra and written by Glenn Ficarra. Film will star Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt and Edgar Ramírez.
The Suicide Squad (August 6, 2021)
The Suicide Squad (Suicide Squad 2) is based on the DC Comics antihero team Suicide Squad. Set for distribution by Warner Bros. Pictures, it is intended to be a standalone sequel to Suicide Squad (2016) and the tenth film in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). The film, written and directed by James Gunn, stars an ensemble cast featuring Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Joel Kinnaman, Jai Courtney, David Dastmalchian, Daniela Melchior, and Steve Agee.
Free Guy (August 13, 2021)
Free Guy is new movie with Ryan Reynolds. Guy (Reynolds) discovers that he is not a real person, but a made-up non-playable character in a video game. Upon realizing that nothing he does has any consequence, Guy causes as much chaos in the city as possible. He then falls in love with another character, who is being played by a real person that discovers Guy is going off script.
Respect (August 13, 2021)
Respect is based on the life of singer Aretha Franklin. Directed by Liesl Tommy from a screenplay by Tracey Scott Wilson, it stars Jennifer Hudson in the leading role, with Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Karen Clark Sheard and Audra McDonald.
The movie follows Aretha Louise Franklin’s entire career, since her childhood, singing in church. His rise to musical icon, defender of civil rights and activist for women. Aretha was the first woman to enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, winning 8 Grammy Awards.
Candyman (August 27, 2021)
Candyman is an supernatural slasher film directed by Nia DaCosta and written by Jordan Peele, Win Rosenfeld and DaCosta. It is a direct sequel to the 1992 film of the same name and the fourth film in the Candyman film series. Based on the short story, “The Forbidden” by Clive Barker. The film stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett and Colman Domingo. Tony Todd and Vanessa Estelle Williams reprising their roles from the original film.
Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings (September 3, 2021)
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is another superhero film.
Based on the Marvel Comics character Shang-Chi in development since 2001. But work did not begin in earnest on the project until 2018 with the hiring of Callaham. Produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, it is intended to be the 26th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film is directed by Destin Daniel Cretton from a screenplay by David Callaham and stars Simu Liu as Shang-Chi, alongside Tony Leung.
Filming began in February 2020, with locations including Australia and Los Angeles. The production was put on hold in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Venom: Let There Be Carnage (October 1, 2021)
Venom: Let There Be Carnage is a superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Venom. Produced by Columbia Pictures in association with Marvel. Distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing. It is intended to be the third film in the Sony Universe of Marvel Characters and the sequel to Venom (2018). The film is being directed by Andy Serkis from a screenplay by Kelly Marcel. Stars Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock / Venom alongside Woody Harrelson, Michelle Williams, Reid Scott, and Naomie Harris.
Movie is scheduled to be released in the United States on October 1, 2021, delayed from an original October 2020 release date due to the COVID-19.
The Addams Family 2 (October 1, 2021)
“The Addams Family 2” is the animated family comedy, handled through MGM’s United Artists Releasing. It was announced with a pre-Halloween release date of Oct. 8, 2021. The film follows Morticia, Gomez, Wednesday, Pugsley and Uncle Fester as they bring their love of the macabre to 21st century life in New Jersey. The star-studded voice cast includes Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloe Grace Moretz, Finn Wolfhard, Nick Kroll, Bette Midler, Allison Janney, Elsie Fisher and Snoop Dogg.
No Time to Die (October 8, 2021)
In No Time To Die, Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.
Halloween Kills (October 15, 2021)
The film stars Jamie Lee Curtis and Nick Castle reprising their roles as Laurie Strode and Michael Myers, with James Jude Courtney also portraying Myers. Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, Kyle Richards, Charles Cyphers and Nancy Stephens reprise their roles from the 2018 and 1978 films, with Anthony Michael Hall also joining.
2018’s Halloween revived the popular slasher movie franchise with the beginning of a new trilogy. The second film (Halloween Kills), which will release in 2021, will be followed up by Halloween Ends in 2022. Halloween Ends is expected to conclude the franchise.
Dune (October 22, 2021)
Dune had its premiere postponed until October 1, 2021. In the new adaptation of Dune, Timothée Chalamet will be the protagonist Paul Atreides, whose family accepts to control the desert planet Arrakis, producer of a valuable resource and disputed by several noble families. He is forced to flee to the desert and joins nomadic tribes, eventually leading them on account of their advanced mental abilities. Dave Bautista will play Rabban, the sadistic nephew of a baron who commands Arrakis and is also called The Beast. The cast also features Oscar Isaac, Zendaya, Josh Brolin and more.
Eternals (November 5, 2021)
The Eternals is an superhero film based on the Marvel Comics race of the same name. Produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, it is intended to be the 25th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film is directed by Chloé Zhao and written by Kaz and Ryan Firpo.
Zhao directs an all-star cast of new heroes and villains, including Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Gemma Chan, Kumail Nanjiani, Lauren Ridloff, Brian Tyree Henry, Kit Harington, Lia McHugh, Don Lee and Barry Keoghan. The film takes place after the events of Avengers: Endgame, in which the Eternals, who have hidden themselves for thousands of years, must re-unite to protect Earth from their enemies, the Deviants.
The Eternals are scheduled for release in the United States on February 12, 2021, as part of Phase Four of the MCU.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife (November 19, 2021)
Ghostbusters: Afterlife is an upcoming supernatural comedy film directed by Jason Reitman and written by Reitman and Gil Kenan. It stars Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace, and Paul Rudd. While Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, and Annie Potts reprise their roles from the original films. It is the direct sequel to Ghostbusters (1984) and Ghostbusters II (1989) and the fourth film, overall, in the Ghostbusters franchise. Set thirty years after the second film, a family moves to a small town, where they discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters and their grandfather’s secret legacy.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife was originally scheduled for release in the United States on July 10, 2020. But was delayed to March 5, 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The film will be released in IMAX and 70 mm film.
King Richard (November 19, 2021)
King Richard is a biographical drama film directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green and written by Zach Baylin. The film stars Will Smith as Richard Williams, the father and coach of tennis players Venus and Serena Williams.
The Beatles: Get Back (November 25, 2021) (Internet)
The Beatles: Get Back is an upcoming documentary film directed by Peter Jackson that covers the making of the Beatles’ 1970 album Let It Be, which had the working title of Get Back. The film draws from material originally captured in director Michael Lindsay-Hogg’s 1970 documentary of the album. The Beatles: Get Back endeavours to recut Lindsay-Hogg’s film to show the friendly camaraderie that still existed between the Beatles, as well as to challenge longtime assertions that the project was entirely marked by ill-feeling.
West Side Story (December 10, 2021)
West Side Story a film directed and co-produced by Steven Spielberg, with a screenplay by Tony Kushner and choreography by Justin Peck. The film is an adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical of the same name, which is based loosely on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The film’s screenplay is expected to hew more closely to the Broadway script than to the 1961 film adaptation directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins. It stars Ansel Elgort and Rachel Zegler as the film’s leads, alongside Ariana DeBose, David Alvarez, Mike Faist, Corey Stoll and Brian d’Arcy James, as well as Rita Moreno, a star of the original 1961 film, appearing in a supporting role.
Spider-Man: No Way Home (December 17, 2021)
Spider-Man: No Way Home was always going to happen, although a new film in Marvel’s Spider-Man trilogy was in doubt until Sony and Marvel reached a deal would. Initially there was confusion over whether it would be an MCU movie.
Sony and Disney sorted out their deal though and Tom Holland’s Peter Parker is staying in the MCU for at least one more movie, as well as a cameo in another as-yet-unknown Marvel movie.
Sing 2 (December 22, 2021)
The musical Sing 2 takes the characters Rosita (Reese Witherspoon), Meena (Tori Kelly), Gunter (Nick Kroll), Johnny (Taron Egerton) and Ash (Scarlett Johansson) to tour with the show organized by Buster (Matthew McConaughey), with the hope of becoming big stars.
The King’s Man (December 22, 2021)
The King’s Man, as previously revealed, will address the origin of the mysterious agency that is already the focus of the first two films. The setting in question must take place during the First World War, thus having several fictional versions of real-life figures who played an important role in shaping this historical period.
Matrix Resurrections (The Matrix 4) (December 22, 2021)
Matrix 4 won an advance. Instead of the old date of April 1, 2022, the feature hits theaters on December 22, 2021. Keanu Reeves returns to the role of Neo and Carrie-Anne Moss takes on the role of Trinity again. Laurence Fishburne, who played Morpheus, was not mentioned in the new feature. Novelties include Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, from Aquaman, Neil Patrick Harris, from How I Met Your Mother, and several actors from Sense8, a Netflix series created by the Wachowski sisters.
These are all franchise movies confirmed to release in 2021 (so far).