The number of films tied to geek culture has expanded rapidly in recent years, accounting for a bigger and bigger percentage of Hollywood releases.  "Best in Shows" is the ICv2 list of geek films, arranged by quarter, with some context for each.  Dates and other information are updated until release with new info as we get it.  To see all the periods we’re covering, see the "Best in Shows Index."

Death on the Nile
October 9
Walt Disney Studios claimed this date, along with several others, on May 7, 2019 as part of an extensive scheduling slate for Marvel Studios, 20th Century Fox, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar, and Star Wars films (see “Disney Reserves Dates for Three New 'Star Wars' Features”). This way, none of its extensive portfolio of studios cannibalize their siblings’ time in the spotlight.

Micronauts
October 16, 2020
Paramount has finally scheduled the long-gestating Micronauts feature, to be produced by Hasbro's Allspark Pictures.

Untitled Marvel Studios Project
November 6
Marvel claimed this date for as yet unnamed Phase Three film in October 2015 (see “Marvel Announces 'Ant-Man and the Wasp' Movie”).

Ron's Gone Wrong
November 6
Walt Disney Studios claimed this date, along with several others, on May 7, 2019 as part of an extensive scheduling slate for Marvel Studios, 20th Century Fox, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar, and Star Wars films (see “Disney Reserves Dates for Three New 'Star Wars' Features”). This way, none of its extensive portfolio of studios cannibalize their siblings’ time in the spotlight. Except for this Fox feature, which is still butting up against a confirmed but untitled Marvel film.

Dune
November 20
Warner Bros. and Legendary set this date for their adaptation of the sci-fi novel. The film will be directed by Denis Villeneve and feature Dave Bautista, Denis Villeneuve, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Javier Bardem, Chang Chen, Timothee Chalamet, and Charlotte Rampling.

Untitled Disney Animation Film
November 25
Walt Disney Studios claimed this date, along with several others, on May 7, 2019 as part of an extensive scheduling slate for Marvel Studios, 20th Century Fox, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar, and Star Wars films (see “Disney Reserves Dates for Three New 'Star Wars' Features”). This way, none of its extensive portfolio of studios cannibalize their siblings’ time in the spotlight.

West Side Story
December 18
Walt Disney Studios claimed this date, along with several others, on May 7, 2019 as part of an extensive scheduling slate for Marvel Studios, 20th Century Fox, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar, and Star Wars films (see “Disney Reserves Dates for Three New 'Star Wars' Features”). This way, none of its extensive portfolio of studios cannibalize their siblings’ time in the spotlight. This Fox film landed here.

Cruella
December 23
Walt Disney Studios claimed this date, along with several others, on May 7, 2019 as part of an extensive scheduling slate for Marvel Studios, 20th Century Fox, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar, and Star Wars films (see “Disney Reserves Dates for Three New 'Star Wars' Features”). This way, none of its extensive portfolio of studios cannibalize their siblings’ time in the spotlight.

Click here for Best in Shows, Q1 2021.