Stuck in limbo awaiting the arrival of your favourite films? Well, we've rounded up all the new blockbuster release dates in one place, including the newly re-arranged Marvel Phase Four slate.
Stretching from 2021 to 2028, here's how your movie calendar is shaping up. (The following dates are subject to regular changes owing to the shifting release schedule. UK and Ireland release dates are accurate at the time of publication, as per the Film Distributors' Association. Certain dates indicate US releasing where UK has not yet been confirmed.)
- 18th November 2021 – Ghostbusters: Afterlife
- 24th November 2021 – Encanto
- 10th December 2021 – West Side Story
- 15th December 2021 – Spider-Man: No Way Home
- 22nd December 2021 – The King's Man
- 24th December 2021 – The Matrix Resurrections
- 14th January 2022 – Scream
- 21st January 2022 – Morbius
- 11th February 2022 – Uncharted
- 11th February 2022 – Death on the Nile
- 4th March 2022 – The Batman
- 11th March 2022 – Turning Red
- 8th April 2022 – Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore
- 6th May 2022 – Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
- 27th May 2022 – John Wick: Chapter 4
- 27th May 2022 – Top Gun: Maverick
- 10th June 2022 – Jurassic World: Dominion
- 17th June 2022 – Lightyear
- 1st July 2022 – Minions: The Rise of Gru
- 8th July 2022 – Thor: Love and Thunder
- 22nd July 2022 – Nope
- 29th July 2022 – Black Adam
- 30th September 2022 – Mission: Impossible 7
- 7th October 2022 – Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse 2
- 4th November 2022 – The Flash
- 11th November 2022 – Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
- 16th December 2022 – Avatar 2
- 17th February 2023 – The Marvels
- 5th May 2023 – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
- 2nd June 2023 – Shazam! 2
- 30th June 2023 – Indiana Jones 5
- 7th July 2023 – Mission: Impossible 8
- 28th July 2023 – Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania
- 25th December 2023 – Star Wars: Rogue Squadron
- 20th December 2024 – Avatar 3
- December 2025 – Untitled Star Wars movie
- 18th December 2026 – Avatar 4
- December 2027 – Untitled Star Wars movie
- 22nd December 2028 – Avatar 5
And here's a breakdown of each individual movie in greater detail.
Director Jason Reitman steps into his father Ivan's shoes to continue the Ghostbusters legacy. This latest instalment of the spook-battling franchise is a direct sequel to the original films from 1984 and 1989, in which one family discovers a remarkable Ghostbusters legacy in their newly purchased farmhouse. Paul Rudd stars as a teacher with memories of that all-important day in New York when the Ghostbusters first fought evil.
Walt Disney Animation Studios presents its first South American fable: a Columbian-based musical with songs from Hamilton's Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Steven Spielberg's latest is an all-singing, all-dancing remake of the classic, Oscar-winning 1961 musical. Stephen Sondheim and Leonard Bernstein's infectious show tunes promise to get a new lease of life with Spielberg at the helm, and the fresh-faced young cast is led by Baby Driver's Ansel Elgort as Jet leader Tony.
Tom Holland is set to swing high in his third solo movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Plot details are thin on the ground, but we can expect it to continue the shock revelations of 2019 blockbuster Far Far Home, which culminated in Spidey's identity being leaked to the entire world. Zendaya is returning as MJ, and director Jon Watts is back behind the camera.
Director Matthew Vaughn presents the action-packed prequel to the hit Kingsman spy series. Set in the early 20th century, the film shows us how the innocuous Savile Row tailors shop (Oxfords, not Brogues, remember) first became the front for the daredevil Kingsman spy agency. Ralph Fiennes and Harris Dickinson replace Colin Firth and Taron Egerton, with the cast also including Gemma Arterton, Djimon Hounsou and Rhys Ifans.
Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss return as Neo and Trinity in the fourth instalment of the Matrix saga. Given that 2003's Matrix Revolutions concluded with the death of both characters, we're curious to know how the story will develop. Nevertheless, with Lana Wachowski back at the helm and the rumoured inclusion of younger Morpheus, there are plenty of reasons to be excited.
The dreaded Ghostface killer is back to stalk the inhabitants of Woodsboro in the latest instalment of self-aware horror. Following director Wes Craven's death in 2015, Ready or Not helmers Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett now take over. Series veterans Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette all return to battle the deranged killer with a love of horror movies, but who could it be this time? The movie is due in January 2022.
Sony's Marvel Universe continues to expand with this Jared Leto-starring superhero adventure. He plays the titular Morbius, a doctor who gains vampiric abilities and then decides to use them to fight evil. It remains to be seen how the film will connect to the earlier Venom, starring Tom Hardy, and also the Tom Holland Spider-Man movies. That said, we do get a shot of a Spidey mural in the trailer graffitied with the word 'murderer' – a clear sign that Morbius takes place after Far From Home's conclusion.
Naughty Dog's deliriously enjoyable console adventure game has had a bumpy ride getting to the big screen. We've been waiting patiently for adventurer Nathan Drake, a kind of proto-Indiana Jones, to make his cinema debut. And in 2021, it's set to pay off, with Spider-Man himself, Tom Holland, taking on the role of Nathan. Mark Wahlberg plays Victor Sullivan in this prequel to the games, with Zombieland's Ruben Fleischer directing. Meanwhile, Iron Man duo Art Marcum and Matt Holloway are on scripting duties.
Director Kenneth Branagh returns to the sumptuous realm of the Agatha Christie mystery, adapting one of the author's most famous stories. When a Nile river cruise is interrupted by a violent death, vacationing detective Hercule Poirot must leap into action before the killer strikes again. Branagh once again stars as the impressively moustachioed Poirot, with the impressive supporting cast including Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer and Annette Bening.
11. The Batman
Back in 2005, director Christopher Nolan revitalised the Batman franchise. And in 2021, War For The Planet Of The Apes directed is poised to achieve the same feat. The Batman is set to take us back to the early years of Bruce Wayne, played by the increasingly impressive Robert Pattinson, fresh off gripping chiller The Lighthouse. And the supporting cast is immense: Paul Dano is The Riddler, Colin Farrell is The Penguin, Zoe Kravitz is Catwoman, Jeffrey Wright is James Gordon and Andy Serkis is Alfred.
12. Turning Red
Disney-Pixar returns with an offbeat coming-of-age story. A teenage girl finds she can transform into a giant red panda in the feature film debut of Bao creator Domee Shi.
Eddie Redmayne's brave magizoologist Newt Scamander is back in the third instalment of the Warner Bros fantasy franchise. The Harry Potter prequel series continues (absent Johnny Depp as evil Grindelwald) with J.K. Rowling once again co-writing the script with Steve Kloves. Behind the camera: David Yates, who has helmed the first two Fantastic Beasts movies.
Evil Dead and Spider-Man director Sam Raimi replaces Scott Derrickson for the Sorcerer Supreme's follow-up movie. Benedict Cumberbatch returns as the title character, promising to send Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe careering into horror territory for the very first time.
Stash away those pencils and library books, because Keanu Reeves' sartorially stylish badass is back for another dose of violent action. The first three John Wick movies mixed arresting visuals with kinetic action sequences, adding another classic anti-hero to Reeves' roster. The third and most recent movie ended with the thought-to-be-dead Wick returning to the Bowery King (Laurence Fishburne) to seek revenge against the High Table. There will most certainly be blood...
Tom Cruise feels the need for speed once again, reprising his role as cocky fighter pilot Maverick in the long-overdue Top Gun sequel. This time, Maverick is older and schooling a group of new Top Gun cadets – but he's still got that rogueish twinkle in his eye. Watch out for Miles Teller as Bradley, son of Maverick's late wingman Goose (Anthony Edwards).
Colin Trevorrow returns to the director's chair for the third and final instalment of the Jurassic World trilogy. Picking up where 2018's Fallen Kingdom left off, we're now about to be presented with a vision of the future where human and dinosaur have been forced to co-exist. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are back as heroes Owen and Claire. Even better, the original Jurassic Park trio of Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum will be returning to the arena of prehistoric mayhem.
For the past three months, I’ve worked with an extraordinary cast and crew on a film we can’t wait to share with the world. Even though we'll have to wait a bit longer, it will all be worth it. Let’s stay healthy and take care of each other until then. pic.twitter.com/vnGzhHs4nR— Colin Trevorrow (@colintrevorrow) October 6, 2020
Chris Evans voices the human inspiration for Toy Story space ranger Buzz Lightyear in this Disney-Pixar origin story.
We could all do with our own handy lockdown helpers at the moment. But we wouldn't want to rely on those mischievous minions to keep our homes in order. Following the 2015 blockbuster spin-off movie Minions, the cheeky sidekicks return alongside a youthful Gru (Steve Carell), in a family adventure exploring the title character's rise to world domination.
Writer-director Taika Waititi galvanised the formerly stodgy superhero Thor in 2017's riotously funny Thor: Ragnarok. Waititi is sure to bring the same offbeat sensibility to MCU Phase Four movie Thor: Love And Thunder, which sees Natalie Portman's Jane Foster lifting the iconic hammer Mjolnir. Plus, former Batman Christian Bale is playing the baddie.
Oscar-winning director of Get Out and Us, Jordan Peele, has made his mark with two coruscatingly funny yet scary horror-comedies. Both of Peele's movies have spoken of racial intolerance and hypocrisy, packaging them up in audience-friendly, spine-tingling narratives. In 2022, he returns with his mysterious new project, another collaboration with distributor Universal (who are also working separately with Peele on a remake of Wes Craven's cult classic The People Under the Stairs).
22. Black Adam
Dwayne Johnson leads and produces this DC Comics adaptation. He plays the eponymous Black Adam, best known as the nemesis of Shazam. According to Johnson, the Black Adam film, directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, will introduce us to the Justice Society of America. In DC terms, this band of characters pre-dated the Justice League, and initially consisted of Doctor Fate, Hour-Man, Spectre, Sandman, Atom, Flash, Green Lantern, and Hawkman.
Mission: Impossible - Fallout had us hanging onto our seats, courtesy of director Christopher McQuarrie and star Tom Cruise's astonishing stunt work. That final helicopter chase/barrel roll sequence is one of the most impressive action sequences in many years. Goodness knows how they'll top it in the seventh instalment of Ethan Hunt's adventures, but Cruise will no doubt be finding many more ways to give his insurance company the sweats. Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson and Vanessa Kirby are all returning, as is Henry Czerny, reprising his role as Kittridge from the first Mission: Impossible movie.
Best Spider-Man movie ever? For many fans, Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse netted the perfect balance between gorgeous animated visuals, heartfelt characters and razor-sharp, self-referential nods to Spider-Man lore. That's the kind of thing we've come to expect from producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the bods behind The LEGO Movie, and they're returning to steer Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) though another surreal Spider-Verse odyssey.
25. The Flash
IT director Andy Muschietti is set to bring us the solo feature film movie about Barry Allen, aka The Flash. The DC superhero, who can move faster than any of us can comprehend, has been embodied on the big screen by Ezra Miller in 2017's Justice League. And he's set to reprise his role in a movie that shows us how The Flash came to be.
Released in 2018, Black Panther was not just a movie but a cultural event, re-setting the balance for portrayals of black superheroes the world over. (Don't forget, however, that 1998's Blade was the first.) Of course, in the wake of Chadwick Boseman's death, we wait to see what Marvel will do with the role of T'Challa, although in more positive news, Ryan Coogler is returning as director.
27. Avatar 2
More than a decade after the world-conquering success of Avatar, director James Cameron transports us back to Pandora. The pioneering CGI motion capture technology will once again be out in full force, as we're introduced to the planet's underwater realm. New tribes of the indigenous Na'Vi will be introduced, along with new cast faces Kate Winslet and Michelle Yeoh. Somehow, Sigourney Weaver is returning from the dead as Dr. Grace Augustine – we can't wait to see how they explain that one. Meanwhile, in the lead roles, Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana are back from the original movie, which grossed more than $2 billion worldwide.
28. The Marvels
Brie Larson's Marvel superhero made her solo movie debut in 2019, having been teased in 2018's Avengers: Infinity War. She helped save the day in 2019's Avengers: Endgame, working to bring down the evil Thanos (Josh Brolin), so surely everything after that is going to be a walk in the park? Candyman's Nia DaCosta directs.
29. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3.
James Gunn marshals our favourite rag-tag mob of intergalactic misfits in their third adventure. Chris Pratt's Star Lord, Zoe Saldana's Gamora, Bradley Cooper's Rocket Racoon and Vin Diesel's Groot are all set to return, in a storyline that picks up after the events of Thor: Love and Thunder. Can we expect Chris Hemsworth's brawny god to make an appearance?
30. Shazam: Fury of the Gods
In 2019, DC comic book origin story Shazam emerged as a delightful surprise. Asher Angel delivered a star-making turn as the young orphan teen who finds he can transform into a superhero, played with exuberance and verve by Zachary Levi. There isn't much word on the sequel so far, but the cast and director David F. Sandberg are all set to return.
31. Indiana Jones 5
Harrison Ford cracks the whip again as the world's greatest archaeologist adventurer. Significantly, this is the first Indy movie not to be helmed by Steven Spielberg – instead, Logan and Le Mans '66 director James Mangold takes over. Mads Mikkelsen and Phoebe Waller-Bridge co-star.
32. Mission: Impossible 8
Hot on the heels of Ethan Hunt's seventh world-saving adventure comes his eighth. Details are currently thin on the ground, but we do know that the seventh and eighth instalments were due to be filmed back to back. Circumstances surrounding the pandemic have now changed the game, so we wait to see how the blockbusting Mission: Impossible franchise will evolve.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe returns to the Quantum Realm as Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly's shrinking superheroes team up once again.
Wonder Woman's Patty Jenkins becomes the first woman filmmaker to helm a Star Wars project. Rogue Squadron was the brave X-Wing unit that took down the Death Star in 1977's A New Hope, so to say we're excited is an understatement.
35. Avatar 3
36. Untitled Star Wars movie
37. Avatar 4
38. Untitled Star Wars movie
39. Avatar 5
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The original superhero family finally, finally falls under the umbrella of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with Spider-Man director Jon Watts in charge.
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