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.
Please note: the following dates and films are subject to regular changes which could shift release schedule and we update this page regularly to reflect the changes when they are communicated.
Directed by: Destin Daniel Cretto
Cast: Simu Liu, Tony Leung, Awkwafina, Michelle Yeoh, Benedict Wong, Fala Chen, Tim Roth
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings UK release date: 3 September 2021
Marvel’s Phase 4 kicks into high gear with the first new MCU franchise debut since 2019’s Captain Marvel. You may not know Shang-Chi, the Master of Kung Fu yet, but you’re going to be blown away by this martial arts fantasy blockbuster.
Trained to be the most powerful martial artist in the world by his father the international crime lord known as the Mandarin, Shang-Chi has spent a decade living a blissfully low-drama life in the USA away from the ‘family business’. But when his dad finally summons him to his side, Shang-Chi must figure out whether he’ll use his incredible powers for good or in the service of the infamous Ten Rings organisation he was groomed to lead. And he'll be doing that figuring out amongst all these friends and foes.
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: 30 September 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.
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Daniel Craig's era as Bond may be coming to a close, but No Time To Die promises to add to an already incredible highlight reel as 007.
Directed by: Denis Villeneuve
Cast: Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya, Jason Momoa, Josh Brolin, Dave Bautista, Oscar Isaac, Javier Bardem, Stellan Skarsgård
Dune UK release date: 21 October 2021
Brought to the screen by Denis Villeneuve, the director of Blade Runner 2049 – a sequel with the audacity to be every bit as good as the classic 1982 original, Dune is a magnificent new vision of Frank Herbert’s epic sci-fi novel that you won’t want to miss.
In our distant future a life-extending and mind-expanding drug, known as ‘spice’, has opened up human consciousness, enabling incredible leaps in technology including faster-than-light travel. When the noble House Atreides is given the highly prized stewardship of Arrakis, the desert planet on which all spice is harvested, the scene is set for an epic tale of betrayal, prophesy and revolution.
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: Chloé Zhao
Cast: Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Richard Madden, Gemma Chan, Kumail Nanjiani, Lauren Ridloff, Brian Tyree Henry, Barry Keoghan, Ma Dong-seok, Lia McHugh, Kit Harrington
Eternals UK release date: 5 November 2021
Get ready for the MCU’s first new superteam since the Guardians of the Galaxy stepped out of comic-book obscurity and won everyone’s hearts back in 2014. Directed by Chloé Zhao, Eternals is an epic origin story that spans millennia.
The Eternals, a race of immortal aliens, has hidden in plain sight among humans for over 7,000 years, guiding our evolution but never making their presence as virtual gods known to us. Over the millennia they’ve drifted apart across the globe but, following the events of Avengers: Endgame, the Eternals are forced to reunite to protect the Earth and its inhabitants from a race of chaotic immortals known as the Deviants.
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.
Directed by: Jon Watts
Cast: Tom Holland, Zendaya, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jon Favreau, Marisa Tomei, Jacob Batalon, Alfred Molina, Jamie Foxx
Spider-Man: No Way Home UK release date: 17 December 2021
Tom Holland returns as Peter Parker in Spider-Man: No Way Home, facing his ultimate home truth - it’s tough being a teenager.
It’s tougher being a teenager when your secret identity as Spider-Man is no longer a secret. But when Peter Parker calls on his Avenger ally, Dr. Strange, to conjure a mystical way back to anonymity, something goes wrong and opens the door to our hero’s toughest challenge yet – the multiverse, and the multitude of foes (and friends?) on the other side of the door...
With Alfred Molina’s Doctor Octopus, and Jamie Foxx’s Electro confirmed to be there so far and fan theories going wild, this blockbuster is set to send shockwaves through Phase 4 of the MCU and beyond.
27 August 2021 - Candyman (Universal)
3 September 2021 - Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings (Disney)
3 September 2021 - The Duke (Warner Bros)
10 September 2021 - Respect (Universal)
10 September 2021 - Malignant (Warner Bros)
22 September 2021 - The Many Saints Of Newark (Warner Bros)
30 September 2021 - No Time To Die (Universal)
8 October 2021 - The Addams Family 2 (Universal)
15 October 2021 - Venom: Let There Be Carnage (Sony)
15 October 2021 - Halloween Kills (Universal)
15 October 2021 - The Last Duel (Disney)
22 October 2021 - Dune (Warner Bros)
22 October 2021 - The French Dispatch (Disney)
22 October 2021 - The Boss Baby: Family Business (Universal)
22 October 2021 - Dear Evan Hansen (Universal)
22 October 2021 - Ron's Gone Wrong (Disney)
29 October 2021 - Last Night In Soho (Universal)
5 November 2021 - Eternals (Disney)
12 November 2021 - Ghostbusters: Afterlife (Sony)
12 November 2021 - Belfast (Universal)
19 November 2021 - King Richard (Warner Bros)
26 November 2021 - House Of Gucci (Universal)
26 November 2021 - Encanto (Disney)
3 December 2021 - Resident Evil: Welcome To Raccoon City (Sony)
10 December 2021 - West Side Story (Disney)
17 December 2021 - Spider-Man: No Way Home (Disney)
22 December 2021 - Downton Abbey 2 (Universal)
22 December 2021 - The King's Man (Disney)
22 December 2021 - The Matrix 4 (Warner Bros)
22 December 2021 - Clifford The Big Red Dog (eOne)
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 - The 355 (Universal)
7 January 2022 - Operation Mincemeat (Disney)
14 January 2022 - Scream (Paramount)
14 January 2022 - Deep Water (Disney)
14 January 2022 - The Man From Toronto (Sony)
21 January 2022 - A Journal From Jordan (Sony)
28 January 2022 - Morbius (Sony)
28 January 2022 - Sing 2 (Universal)
11 February 2022 - Uncharted (Sony)
11 February 2022 - Death On The Nile (Disney)
11 February 2022 - Marry Me (Universal)
18 February 2022 - Rumble (Paramount)
18 February 2022 - Ambulance (Universal)
18 February 2022 - Dog (Entertainment)
4 March 2022 - The Batman (Warner Bros)
25 March 2022 - Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness (Disney)
1 April 2022 - The Bad Guys (Universal)
8 April 2022 - Sonic The Hedgehog 2 (Paramount)
8 April 2022 - The Northman (Universal)
15 April 2022 - The Lost City of D (Paramount)
6 May 2022 - Thor: Love And Thunder (Disney)
13 May 2022 - 65 (Sony)
20 May 2022 - DC Super Pets (Warner Bros)
27 May 2022 - Mission Impossible 7 (Paramount)
27 May 2022 - John Wick: Chapter 4 (Lionsgate)
10 June 2022 - Jurassic World: Dominion (Universal)
1 July 2022 - Minions: The Rise Of Gru (Universal)
8 July 2022 - Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (Disney)
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)
11 November 2022 - The Marvels (Disney)
16 December 2022 - Avatar 2 (Disney)
16 December 2022 - Aquaman 2 (Warner Bros)
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