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."

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2
October 7
Chris Miller original Tweeted an April 2022 release date for this sequel in November 2019, but it got pushed back in the coronavirus shuffle.

Untitled Marvel Live Action Film
October 7
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.On November 11, 2019, it was revealed that the date was reserved for a Marvel Studios movie.

The Flash
November 4; rescheduled from June 3
Warner reserved this date for their The Flash standalone film, which is a continuation of the solo Justice League hero flicks, in the coronavirus shuffle, moving it up from July 2022. Then, it was shipped to its current date after being briefly scheduled for June 3.


Untitled Disney Live Action Film
November 4
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.

The Marvels
November 11
Marvel announced this date for the sequel to the box office smash in the coronavirus shuffle in April 2020. It was shuffled again at Disney's Investor Day 2020 (see "Marvel Studios Makes Several Movie and TV Announcements at Disney's Investor Day "). Like the first Captain Marvel, it will star Brie Larsen.

Untitled Disney Animation Film
November 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.

Aquaman 2
December 16
Aquaman was such a box office success that Warner Bros. has already claimed this date for a sequel.

Avatar 2
December 16; Moved from December 2021
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 movie later got moved to December 16, 2021 as part of the coronavirus shuffle (see "'Avatar 2' and 'Star Wars' Pushed Off").