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."

Nimona
January 14
This movie was pushed back from its original March 5, 2021 release date by Disney as they were integrating new Marvel movies into the slate (see "Release Dates for More Marvel Movies ").

Thor: Love and Thunder
February 11
Natalie Portman as Jane Foster will become the Mighty Thor in this fourth film in the Thor franchise from Marvel Studios.  Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson will also star; Taika Waititi, who directed Thor: Ragnarok, will direct.

The Batman
March 4; rescheduled from October 1
Warner Bros. announced this film in January 2019. Matt Reeves’ film will star Robert Pattinson in the title role, with Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman, Paul Dano as the Riddler, Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Gordon, Colin Farrell as The Penguin, and Andy Serkis as Pennyworth. Moved back from June 2020 in the coronavirus shuffle, and then shipped to its current date after briefly being scheduled for October 1.


Untitled Pixar Film
March 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.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
March 25
This second Marvel film featuring the powerful mystic will star Benedict Cumberbatch and Elizabeth Olsen.  The storyline will connect directly to the storyline of WandaVision, which will appear on Disney+.

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