Best in Shows is an ICv2 calendar of geek movies listed by release date, with info and links.  Dates are continuously updated as they change.  Each year has a separate calendar page; see "Best in Shows Index" for geek movie calendars for other years.


Tom & Jerry
February 26, 2021
Warner Bros. moved this live-action/ animation hybrid film directed by Tim Story to this date in the coronavirus shuffle.

Raya and the Last Dragon
March 12, 2021
Disney announced this original film for November 2020, then moved it when Soul was pushed back to that month in the coronavirus shuffle.

Godzilla vs. Kong
March 31, 2021
Legendary and Warner Bros. will have the well-known mega-monsters meet in this film by Adam Wingard.  The sequel to Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) and Kong: Skull Island (2017).  Moved to this date from November 2020 in the coronavirus shuffle (see "'Godzilla vs. Kong'").

Mortal Kombat
April 16, 2021
Warner Bros. and MGM had originally scheduled the Sesame Street movie starring Anne Hathaway for this date, but then moved the Mortal Kombat movie up from March 2021 to this date (see "An Endless Game of Cat and Mouse").

Cruella
May 28, 2021
Emma Stone will play Cruella de Vil in this live-action take on the 101 Dalmations characters, with Emma Thompson also taking a starring role (see "Thompson in 'Cruella'").

Black Widow
July 9, 2021
This will be the first Phase Four MCU film to hit the screen, and its original rescheduling from May 2020 to November in the coronavirus shuffle led to moves for all the other Phase Four films.  Now it's been delayed again, to May 2021, around a year after the originally scheduled date, again triggering a string of other moves.  In addition to Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff, the film will star David Harbour as Alexei aka The Red Guardian, Florence Pugh as Yelena, O-T Fagbenle as Mason, and Rachel Weisz as Melina (see "Trailers for 'Black Widow").

Space Jam: A New Legacy
July 16, 2021
Warner Bros. booked this date for the sequel to the Michael Jordan-Bugs Bunny live-action / animation hybrid (see "'Space Jam,'").  The film will star LeBron James, and will be produced by Black Panther filmmaker Ryan Coogler.

Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins
July 23, 2021
This reboot of the G.I. Joe universe stars Henry Golding (see “’Snake Eyes’ Casting”).  Originally planned for 2020, it was pushed back due to the coronavirus.

The Tomorrow War
July 23, 2021
A near future science fiction film starring Chris Pratt and directed by Chris McKay, this film was moved to this date from December 2020 in the coronavirus shuffle.

Jungle Cruise
July 30, 2021
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson will star in this adaptation of the Disney theme park ride, delayed about a year from July 2020 in the hopes that Disney parks would be open and running by Summer 2021.  The ride-based movie concept worked for Pirates of the Caribbean.

The Suicide Squad
August 6, 2021
Warner Bros. announced the date for this sequel in January 2019.  It will be scripted and directed by James Gunn (see "'The Suicide Squad' Trailer").

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
September 3, 2021
Rescheduled to July when Black Widow moved to 2021, this Marvel Studios film will star Simu Liu in the title role, Tony Leung as Mandarin, and Awkwafina in an undisclosed role.  Destin Daniel Cretton will direct (see "'Shang-Chi' Trailer").

Venom: Let There Be Carnage
October 1, 2021
Key cast members including Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, and Woody Harrelson are all expected to return for the sequel, joined by Naomie Harris as Shriek.  Moved here from October 2020 in a coronavirus-related shuffle (see "’Venom’ Sequel Gets Date, Title").


Hotel Transylvania 4
October 8, 2021
Sony moved the fourth entry in the CG-animated franchise up to this date from December in the coronavirus shuffle.  The first three films have earned more than $1.3 billion worldwide at the box office.

James Bond 25 - No Time to Die
October 8, 2021
The 25th feature installment of 007 will see Daniel Craig reprising his role as the iconic spy.  It will be directed by Cary Fukunaga, the first time an American director has helmed an Eon-produced Bond film.  No Time to Die had been pushed off till October 8 (see "Another Wave of Geek Movie Coronavirus Shuffling").

Dune
October 22, 2021
Rescheduled from 2020 due to COVID.  The film will be directed by Denis Villeneuve and feature Dave Bautista, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Javier Bardem, Chang Chen, Timothee Chalamet, and Charlotte Rampling (see "Warner Bros. Pictures Drops 'Dune' Trailer").

Eternals
November 5, 2021
Rescheduled from February in a series of moves made by Marvel in September 2020, this film will star Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjani, Lauren Ridloff, Brian Tyree Henry, Salma Hayek, Lia McHugh, and Don Lee, and be directed by Academy Award-winner Chloe Zhao.


Ghostbusters: Afterlife
November 19, 2021
Jason Reitman’s new feature for Sony Pictures stars a new generation (see "'Ghostbusters' Delayed a Third Time").

Spider-Man Homecoming 3
December 17, 2021
Moved to this date from July 2021 in the coronavirus shuffle.  Disney cancelled the third Homecoming movie after a split with Sony. Later, Disney re-scheduled it for this release date after the two studios negotiated an agreement that allowed for Kevin Feige to remain on creative point and Tom Holland to play Spider-Man (see "Sony, Disney Reconcile").  In 2020, Disney gave up their Avatar 2 slot in December, and Sony pushed this movie back to fill that slot (see "'Spider-Man' Snaps Up 'Avatar 2' Slot").

The King's Man
December 22, 2021
Delayed around a year with multiple date changes, this prequel feature is set to explore the origins of the Kingsman organization, and will span the years 1900 through WWII.  This movie was pushed back because of the COVID-19 pandemic to this date (see "More 'Kingsman' Projects").

Downton Abbey 2
December 22, 2021
This second movie spin-off of the TV series features the original cast from the first movie (see "'Downton Abbey 2' Gets Date, 'Flash' Shooting Starts, Mad Cave Signs with Echo Lake").

The Matrix 4
December 22, 2021
Warner Bros. announced a May 2021 date for Matrix 4 in August of 2019 (see "'New 'Matrix' Film" and moved the release date to 2022 after the film’s production was shut down by the coronavirus crisis.  The release date was then pushed forward to December 2021 after other Warner Bros. movies were coronavirus shuffled again.

Sherlock Holmes 3
December 22, 2021
Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow Pictures set this date for the third outing of the famous detective (Robert Downey Jr.) and his sidekick Dr. Watson (Jude Law).  It’s been nine years since the sequel, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, appeared in theaters, but it made $545.4 million worldwide at the box office.

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