The biggest movie releases of 2020

There are plenty of not-to-miss films hitting cinema over the coming months. Here's our essential guide...

Movies released in 2021…

Cruella – release date 1st January 2021

Cruella
Disney

This latest incarnation of the Disney villain will give her more of a backstory, set in the early 1980s with a “punk vibe”. It should also offer an insight into how Cruella – played by Emma Stone – became so hellbent on her infamous 101 Dalmatian coat… Read more

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Starring: Emma Stone, Emma Thompson

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings – release date 12th February 2021

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - JULY 20: Simu Liu of Marvel Studios' 'Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings' at the San Diego Comic-Con International 2019 Marvel Studios Panel in Hall H on July 20, 2019 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)

The story of Marvel’s Chinese-American martial arts hero Shang-Chi from director Destin Daniel Cretton. Canadian actor Simu Liu has been cast in the lead role, and will become Marvel’s first Asian lead. Read more

Starring: Simu Liu, Awkwafina, Tony Leung

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness – release date 7th May 2021

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Director Scott Derrickson has been confirmed as returning to the magical superhero franchise, with Benedict Cumberbatch also set to make a comeback as the titular Sorcerer Supreme. Read more

Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Benedict Wong, Elizabeth Olsen

John Wick 4 – release date 21st May 2021

A poster from John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum (Lionsgate)

After the critical and commercial success of John Wick 3, a fourth chapter was swiftly confirmed with Keanu Reeves reprising his title role. Read more

Starring: Keanu Reeves

The Batman – release date 25th June 2021

US actor Robert Pattinson arrives at the Marrakech International Film festival, on November 30, 2018 in the city of Marrakesh (Photo by FADEL SENNA / AFP) (Photo credit should read FADEL SENNA/AFP/Getty Images)

Ben Affleck has hung up his bat-cape and Robert Pattinson is set to be his successor in the title role for this much-delayed solo outing which was first mooted back in July 2015. Read more

Starring: Robert Pattinson

Space Jam 2 – release date 16th July 2021

Cleveland Cavaliers Media Day

LeBron James will take on Michael Jordan’s role in this sequel to the 1990s classic. Read more

Starring: LeBron James, Eric Bauza, Sonequa Martin-Green

The Suicide Squad – release date 6th August 2021

Suicide Squad

The follow up to 2016’s Suicide Squad will be written and directed by James Gunn – the man behind the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise. Margot Robbie and Jai Courtney are expected to return, with Warner Bros. hoping for a better response to this second attempt at a supervillain team-up. Read more

Starring: Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney, Idris Elba, Nathan Fillion

Thor: Love and Thunder – release date 5th November 2021 

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - JULY 20: (L-R) President of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige, Director Taika Waititi, Natalie Portman and Chris Hemsworth of Marvel Studios' 'Thor: Love and Thunder' at the San Diego Comic-Con International 2019 Marvel Studios Panel in Hall H on July 20, 2019 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)

Thor Ragnarok director Taika Waititi will be back for another Thor sequel, with Chris Hemsworth set to return as the God of Thunder. But the big news is that Natalie Portman will reprise her role as Jane Foster, taking on Thor’s mantle as God of Thunder when he becomes “unworthy” to wield his hammer. Tessa Thompson has also been confirmed to return to the franchise. Read more

Starring: Natalie Portman, Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson

Avatar 2 – release date 17th December 2021

Neytiri (Zoë Saldana, right) teaches Jake (Sam Worthington) in Avatar (Sky, EH)

James Cameron takes us to an underwater 3D world, 12 years after the release of his box office-obliterating hit. Read more

Starring: Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Kate Winslet, Oona Chaplin, Michelle Yeo

Black Panther 2 – release date 6th May 2022

Marvel Studios' BLACK PANTHER..T'Challa/Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman). (Marvel Studios, JG)

The sequel to 2017’s Marvel mega-hit will see Chadwick Boseman reprise his role as the eponymous superhero, although it’s unlikely we’ll see Michael Jordan back in his award-winning role as Killmonger. No word yet on what adventures we might see T’Challa embark upon in this hotly anticipated follow up. Read more

Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 –release date TBC


James Gunn is also back in the director’s chair for the third instalment of the Guardians series, following his firing in July 2018. Could this be the end of Rocket? Say it ain’t so… Read more

Starring: Chris Pratt, Bradley Cooper, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Zoe Saldana

The Little Mermaid – release date TBC

Halle Bailey in The Little Mermaid, Getty

Disney’s latest live-action classic sees relative newcomer Halle Bailey take on the lead role of Ariel in this beloved tale set “under the sea”. Read more

Starring: Halle Bailey, Jacob Tremblay, Awkwafina, Melissa McCarthy

Blade – release date TBC

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Little is known about Marvel’s Blade remake at this stage, except for the fact that Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali will star as the half-human, half-vampire warrior. Read more.

Starring: Mahershala Ali

Deadpool 3 – release date TBC

Deadpool 2

Yet to be officially green-lit, this follow-up to 2018’s Deadpool 2 seems all but confirmed – only slowed down by Disney’s Fox buyout which brings the Merc with a Mouth into the MCU. Read more

Starring: Ryan Reynolds

Captain Marvel 2 – release date TBC

Captain Marvel
Disney/Marvel
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Marvel boss Kevin Feige confirmed a sequel to Brie Larson’s superhero hit at 2019’s San Diego Comic-Con, although with development in the early stages, we don’t have any cast news or plot information just yet.

Starring: Brie Larson