亚博在线登录采用百度引擎4（Baidu 8）The No. 1 films for the past five weeks going back to the opening of Maleficent: Mistress of Evil have grossed a total of million. This weekend, Disney’s Frozen II surpassed that number. Tracking services went on the defensive after a few weeks of high-end estimates crashed and burned. So they went with a safe 0 million projection for a sequel to the highest-grossing Disney animated film of all-time globally. Audiences responded, “Who are you kidding?”King of the Crop: Frozen II Scores Third-Best Animated Opening of All TimeThursday night, Frozen II had the fourth-best preview for an animated film ever behind Incredibles 2 (.5 million), Toy Story 4 ( million), and Finding Dory (.2 million). Take into account that those were all summer releases with no school Friday morning and Frozen II’s .5 million Thursday is even more impressive. No matter what the season its 7 million opening weekend is mightily impressive. That is the third-best animated opening of all time behind summer releases Incredibles 2 and Finding Dory. The previous best non-summer animated opening was Disney’s Zootopia with .1 million and the holiday season champion was the November release of The Incredibles (.5 million) back in 2004. Five of the eight animated films to open over 0 million went on to gross over 0 million, a feat 2013’s original Frozen managed to accomplish after starting with just .4 million (now the fourth-best November opening ever after last year’s The Grinch). Frozen II’s global haul for the weekend was 0 million as it begins its billion-dollar box office run.Rotten Returns: Cop Thriller 21 Bridges Opens with .2 MillionProfit may be well out of its reach for director Brian Kirk’s 21 Bridges. STX pushed the cop thriller with Chadwick Boseman out of the summer into September, and then moved it away from their big success, Hustlers, into the November slot where it opened with .2 million. Movies this month opening between .8 million–.8 million have averaged a final gross of .1 million and have never grossed higher than Set It Off’s .5 million. That is not good news for the million production. Only four STX films have grossed over million outside of the U.S. and Canada in its five-year history (Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, The Foreigner, Bad Moms, and A Bad Moms Christmas). The studio boasted two 0 million grossers in Hustlers and The Upside this year, but no other film has reached million. Countdown reached million this weekend.The Top 10 and Beyond: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood Opens Modestly, Primed for Holiday GrowthTom Hanks as Mr. Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood was not quite the immediate audience grabber that some of us were thinking it would be, but many still hope it will be a slow burn, gaining audiences over the holiday. Though a .5 million start does not give it much chance to be the success many believed it could be. The average gross for a film opening between million– million in November is just .18 million with the high-end achieved by Three Men and a Little Lady (.6 million.) Only four other films this month in that range grossed over million: Jingle All the Way, Scrooged, Bad Santa, and My Girl. The sixth-highest grosser was Men of Honor with .8 million, and Arthur Christmas (3,376) was the only film of the 30 on this list to open in more theaters than Neighborhood (3,235).Last week’s No. 1, Ford v Ferrari dropped nearly 50 percent with million this week, bringing its total up to just under million after 10 days of release, roughly the same amount that Dumb and Dumber To reached in 2014, though it only made .1 million in its second go-round. Todd Phillips’ Due Date earned about .1 million more by this same point, made about 0,000 less than FvF in weekend two, and barely surpassed 0 million domestically. A 0 million goal means, however, that FvF will need an international haul of 0 million to break even between production and advertising costs. It currently stands at .8 million. Meanwhile, Phillips’ Joker continues to climb the all-time worldwide chart with almost 7 million domestic and 8 million international for a total of .036 billion, passing Despicable Me 3 for 36th place overall.A large group of disappointments and outright failures unfortunately make up the rest of the Top 10. At .2 million after 17 days, Roland Emmerich’s Midway has grossed less than last year’s Disney failure The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, which finished with just .8 million. Even with international assistance, Midway still has not reached 0 million, which is what its production alone cost and making it one of the biggest losers of 2019. Playing with Fire and Last Christmas are still on pace for what we reported last week around million and million, respectively. And if anyone on their holiday box office card had The Good Liar making a run to outgross Charlie’s Angels, you have an appointment in Vegas. The Helen Mirren–Ian McKellen thriller is not exactly lighting things up with .7 million total to date, but it did stay steady in 7th place, while the Angels dropped back to 9th place with just .9 million total and is unlikely to hit even million. Midway is still going to take a bigger hit on the books than Elizabeth Banks’ reboot or Mike Flanagan’s Doctor Sleep, which fell out of the Top 10 in its third weekend with just million to date, so keep that in perspective.Todd Haynes’ Dark Waters made a decent splash with 0,000 in four theaters. That amounts to the 17th-best per-theater-average of the year and the 7th-best of launches in four theaters. Also in limited release, Amazon’s Honey Boy expanded into 44 theaters this weekend and grossed 9,000. That is a bit better than Whiplash moving into 46 theaters in its third week and grossing 8,313, but is less than Anamolisa grossed going from 17-to-37 theaters (5,364) and ultimately finished with .61 million. Honey Boy has made 9,677. Both Jojo Rabbit and Parasite lost screens for the first time in their runs. They have grossed .1 and .5 million, respectively. Lulu Wang’s The Farewell still leads all releases in 2019 that did not expand to over 1,000 theaters with .6 million. Both films are in position to pass it.This Time Last Year: Sequel Fever Took Hold with Ralph Breaks the Internet, Creed II, and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of GrindelwaldIt was the Thanksgiving holiday and three sequels led the five-day stretch starting with the one-two punch of Ralph Breaks the Internet (. 8 million) and Creed II ( million). Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald finished third with .4 million and crossed the 0 million mark to 6.6 million; though the film would go on to make only another million total. The Grinch was right behind in fourth with .1 million, and Bohemian Rhapsody may have fallen back to fifth with .5 million, but it also crossed the 0 million line. One of the biggest bombs of the year in Lions Gate’s Robin Hood grossed a paltry .3 million and would eventually squeeze out just over million. From Friday-to-Sunday the box office grossed a total of 3.8 million. Add in Wednesday and Turkey Day and the 5-day total rose to 8.6 million, the largest ever for the holiday. The Top 10 films also averaged 64.8% on the Tomatometer compared to this year’s Top 10, which averaged 60.5% with critics. This week’s pre-Thanksgiving total amounted to 7.52 Million.On the Vine: Knives Out for ThanksgivingRian Johnson introduces a little mystery into the holiday season with the critically acclaimed Knives Out. At 97% on the Tomatometer, the film is the best-reviewed title to date to come out of the fall festival circuit and is expected to become one of the big crowd-pleasers to close out 2019. It grossed million at 7 p.m. preview screenings on Friday and Saturday in 936 venues. Melina Matsoukas and Lena Waithe’s outlaw justice road movie Queen Slim, starring Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie-Turner Smith, is also doing well early with critics. Will critical support help influence its award chances more than its box office prospects for such a heavy drama during a more family-oriented time?The Full Top 10: November 22-24Frozen II (2019) 78% – 7 million (7 million total)Ford v Ferrari (2019) 92% – million (.98 million total)A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) 95% – .5 million (.5 million total)21 Bridges (2019) 54% – .3 million (.3 million total)Midway (2019) 42% – .7 million (.1 million total)Playing With Fire (2019) 24% – .61 million (.62 million total)The Good Liar (2019) 63% – .37 million (.76 million total)Charlie's Angels (2019) 52% – .17 million (.94 million total)Last Christmas (2019) 46% – .04 million (.79 million total)Joker (2019) 68% – .82 million (6.93 million total)
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这段时间手游发展达到一个巅峰，腾讯等游戏大厂进军手游界，各类手游也是创新不断，让人大开眼界，但也因为过多的雷同手游，最终经过玩家们的体验存活下的也都是一代经典。有《时空猎人》《我叫MT》《找你妹》等作品。亚博在线登录(Photo by Miramax/Courtesy Everett Collection)The Best LGBTQ+ Movies on HBO MaxIn celebration of Pride month, we ve compiled a list of the best Fresh LGBTQ+ movies you can find on HBO Max right now. You ll find hit classic dramas (Desert Hearts), feel-good comedies (In Out), and international affairs (Bad Education).The titles below are sorted from the best LGBTQ+ films on HBO Max – those included with a subscription, not those you have to buy or rent for an additional cost – and ranked by adjusted Tomatometer score (which takes into account the number of reviewers weighing in, and the number of reviews per film for movies released in a given year). To be included, films had to have a Fresh Tomatometer score (60% or above).
King of the Crop: Ralph Breaks The Internet, the Bank, and a Non-Frozen RecordDebbie DayFor the fourth straight Thanksgiving holiday, Disney led the way. In 2012, Wreck-It Ralph kicked off the holiday movie season in November with a million opening. It went on to gross over 9 million (a 3.86 multiple) domestic and over 1 million worldwide. The sequel, Ralph Breaks the Internet, grossed .6 million over the weekend (the third best Thanksgiving weekend not counting Frozen) and .4 million since Wednesday (a five-day Thanksgiving weekend record not counting Frozen).The .3 million Ralph grossed on Thanksgiving is the highest ever for a film that had not played in a single theater yet. (Frozen made million.) That beat Moana’s .9 million and Coco’s .9 million, the two films not named Frozen that were the previous champions for the five-day turkey weekend with and .9 million. (Frozen made .5 million over the holiday when it expanded to 3,742 theaters from one.) The 86% Fresh animated film also made another .5 million overseas, and should have no problem becoming just the eighth Thanksgiving weekend opener to reach 0 million. Can it become the first film not named Frozen to reach the 0 million mark?Fresh Surprise: Creed II Crushes a Franchise Record(Photo by MGM, Warner Bros. Pictures)After the surprise financial (9.7 million) and critical success (95% Tomatometer score) of 2015’s Creed with a 33-year build-up from Rocky IV (0.5 million with inflation), and Creed II now delivers the highest live-action film opening over the Thanksgiving weekend. .2 million over the weekend and .8 million for the five-day. The latest in the Rocky franchise beat Enchanted’s .4 million and million, respectively, back in 2007. Creed did .6 million and .1 million. The sequel, which has an 82% Tomatometer score, has a long way to go to best Mrs. Doubtfire’s 9.1 million, but it certainly has a shot to join the top five list that currently includes Three Men and a Baby (7.7 million), 1996’s 101 Dalmatians (6.1 million), Rocky IV (7.8 million), and Enchanted (7.0 million).Rotten Returns: Robin Hood Sinks to the Bottom of the ChartsDebbie DayIn opposite news, Lionsgate’s latest attempt at a franchise flailed domestically. The million to 0 million budgeted Robin Hood made just .1 million in its first five days. The only Thanksgiving openers since 1990 to open between million to million over that period and surpass million are Martin Scorsese’s Hugo (.5 million) and Casino (.5 million). Lionsgate is clearly hoping this international hero will help bridge that gap overseas. Ridley Scott’s 2010 43%-rated version with Russell Crowe added 6.4 million international dollars to its 5 million domestic total, while 2018’s version has made .7 million so far. But in terms of films in 2018 that American audiences ignored, it’s down there with Pacific Rim Uprising (.4 million less domestic total than production budget), The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (-69 million less), Skyscraper (.2 million less), and Early Man (.7 million less). The film’s 12% Tomatometer score also makes it one of the worst reviewed films ever to be released over Thanksgiving ahead of just End of Days (11%), Out Cold (8%), Deck the Halls (6%), and both Old Dogs and Christmas with the Kranks at 5%.Top 10 and Beyond: Grinch and Queen Film Cruise, While The Favourite Joins Elite Company(Photo by Universal Pictures)Last week’s No. 1, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald dropped to third place, but dropped even further behind its predecessor; Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them was up to 6 million in its tenth day, while Crimes is at just 6.3 million. The first Twilight film had 9.7 million on day 10 and finished with 2.7 million. While it is likely to join Robin Hood in the red on budget vs. domestic totals, its worldwide tally is over 9 million.We are upping last week’s estimate on The Grinch from 0 million–240 million to 0 million to 0 million after a million five-day haul. That’s the third-best Thanksgiving holiday total for a film in its third weekend behind Skyfall (.5 million) and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (.7 million), which were at 0.1 million and 0.1 million after 17 days. The Grinch is at 0.4 million. Meanwhile the parallels between Bohemian Rhapsody and A Star Is Born are striking. The biopic of Queen’s Freddie Mercury is up to 2 million on its 24th day of release after a .8 million weekend. (It dipped just 13.6% despite losing 883 theaters.) Lady Gaga was at 8.6 million in the same period, though it grossed slightly more with million. The scale may be sliding in the other direction, but Bradley Cooper’s Oscar frontrunner is now up to 1 million (3 million worldwide) and with a lack of releases over the next two weeks could manage to cross the 0 million threshold. That Bohemian Rhapsody comes anywhere close to that is a victory nobody expected.Green Book (81%) jumped up to 1,063 theaters this weekend, though Universal certainly was hoping for a better per-theater-average of ,120 for a .4 million weekend. The film’s performance may shift the studio’s focus back to First Man as a more viable awards contender despite its disappointing box office. By the same token, Jason Reitman’s The Front Runner (58%) is anything but when it comes to awards right now. Despite an expansion into 870 theaters in its third week, the film earned just an additional 0,000 for a grand total of .06 million. It looks like the political film will be the lowest grossing wide release of Hugh Jackman’s career, replacing Deception (.59 million), which may have been released in a full 2,000 theaters, but even Woody Allen’s Scoop grossed million, and it never surpassed 541 theaters.In solid limited release news, Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Favourite (95%) opened to a robust 0,000 in just four theaters. Not only is that better than The Lobster (0,252) and The Killing of a Sacred Deer (5,120), but that is the seventh best per-theater-average for a film launching in just four venues behind The Grand Budapest Hotel (1,166), American Sniper (3,456), Moonrise Kingdom (2,996). Steve Jobs (1,522), The Imitation Game 9,352), The Revenant (4,560), and Birdman (4,397). That pushes even Best Picture Oscar winner Moonlight (2,075) out of that Top Ten list, eight of which went on to become Best Picture nominees. Its 5,000 average became the best of the 2018 beating Bo Burnham’s Eighth Grade (,949). Netflix is currently not reporting the numbers for Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma, whose advance theatrical release before its streaming premiere next month have been selling out.This Time Last Year: Coco Led and Justice League’s End Was Beginning(Photo by Disney/Pixar)Pixar’s Coco led the way with .8 million, besting the second week of DC’s Justice League, which grossed million over the holiday weekend. Remarkably, though the superhero film made just over million for the five-day holiday, it grossed just an additional .1 million total going forward. Award contenders Call Me By Your Name and Darkest Hour each opened in four theaters and grossed 2,932 and 5,006, respectively, for the best per-theater-averages. The latter went on to gross over million and win Gary Oldman the Oscar for Best Actor. The Top 10 films grossed 8.4 million from Friday to Sunday and scored 60.6% on the Tomatometer. This year’s films made 2.7 million over the three-day and averaged 68.2%On the Vine: New Releases Begin a Virtual Two-Week Vacation(Photo by Screen Gems)Screen Gems’ The Possession of Hannah Grace is the only new wide release we are getting for the next two weeks and even this one may not reach 2,000 theaters. It is also not being screened for press, so draw your own conclusions. Perhaps you can find where Orion (yes, Orion) is opening the zombie musical Anna and the Apocalypse, which is currently 92% Fresh on the Tomatometer.The Full Top 10: November 21-25Ralph Breaks the Internet .6 million (3-day) / .5 million (5-day) (.4 million total)Creed II .2 million (3-day) / .8 million (5-day) (.8 million total)The Grinch – .2 million (3-day) / .0 million (5-day) (0.4 million total)Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – .6 million (3-day) / .9 million (5-day) (7.1 million total)Bohemian Rhapsody – .8 million (3-day) / .3 million (5-day) (2.0 million total)Instant Family – .5 million (3-day) / .4 million (5-day) (.7 million total)Robin Hood .1 million (3-day) / .1 million (5-day) (.2 million total)Widows – .9 million (3-day) / .5 million (5-day) (.5 million total)Green Book .4 million (3-day) / .4 million (5-day) (.8 million total)A Star Is Born – .0 million (3-day) / .0 million (5-day) (1.0 million total)
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3.68.1 0月喜迎(Photo by Warner Bros./ courtesy Everett Collection)All King Kong Movies RankedAaaaaand in this corner: The Eighth Wonder of the World! Since 1933, King Kong has shown just how big the movies can really get, starting with the iconic original and its legendary image of our misunderstood gorilla atop the Empire State Building swatting away pew-pewing biplanes. Like his monster brethren over at the Universal lot, Kong spawned a sequel: Son of Kong, released a mere nine months later.The big ape has also gotten the reboot treatment multiple times. There was Peter Jackson s 2005 King Kong, and a King Kong of the 70s, which got a direct 80s sequel: King Kong Lives, the worst-reviewed movie in the franchise.2017 s Kong: Skull Island meant Kong officially stomping into the MonsterVerse ring, setting up a deathmatch for the ages in 2021 s Godzilla vs. Kong. However, this isn t the first time he s limbered up against the lizard: 1962 s King Kong vs. Godzilla was the third movie in Toho s kaiju franchise. A sequel, 1967 s King Kong Escapes, saw the big galoot wrestling with a giant robot version of himself.And with the arrival of Godzilla vs. Kong, heralding a return to theaters after a world-devastating pandemic, we re ranking all King Kong movies by Tomatometer! (And don t forget to check out all Godzilla movies ranked!)
Love spectacle? Love splosions? Love slow-mo? Then you probably love the output of directors Zack Snyder and Michael Bay. But which blockbuster director’s output is the most lovable? That’s what we’re asking in our fieriest episode of Vs. ever. Host Mark Ellis pits the two directors against each across five rounds: Box office performance; Tomatometer and Audience Scores; Iconic Character; Memorable Moments; and a special wildcard category. Will it be the man who gave us jacked-up Spartans, hyped-up zombies, and a very torqued-up Bruce Wayne? Or will the maestro behind Transformers, Bad Boys, and Armageddon get the W? Watch to find out, and let us know your thoughts in the comments.On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.
While serving as an emotional coda to The Infinity Saga, Spider-Man: Far From Home still offered a few glimpses into the Marvel Cinematic Universe following the events of Avengers: Endgame. In the new movie, the Avengers have gone to ground or to space, but the world is looking for a hero to rally around. That is the burden Peter Parker (Tom Holland) finds himself carrying throughout the film. But with the constant reminders that he is an Avenger while the rest of the team is unavailable, it may leave you wondering if they really left the defense of the planet to a lone 16-year-old boy.The post-credit stinger scene seems to offer a clue to what is really going on. And be warned: This next bit contains a big spoiler for Far From Home. We learn Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) was Talos (Ben Mendelsohn), the shape-shifting Skrull from Captain Marvel, serving as Fury’s proxy throughout the adventure. The real Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), was stationed elsewhere – a space station and/or staging ground for a number of Skrull ships. The whole thing was a killer surprise and left us wondering what it means for Phase 4 of the MCU. So let’s take a look at a few ideas from the pages of Marvel Comics to see what all this could mean for Fury, his Skrull allies, and their plans in a world without Tony Stark.The Forging of S.W.O.R.D.(Photo by © Columbia / © Marvel Studios/ Courtesy Everett Collection)Early in Far From Home, Talos-as-Fury mentions he is without a team despite clearly having one when he co-opts Peter in Venice. The implication: Fury has not reclaimed or reformed S.H.I.E.L.D. For the moment, we’re going to assume Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. occurs in an alternate timeline and the organization completely disintegrated after Captain America: The Winter Solider even if Coulson (Clark Gregg) and his team helped the Avengers find the Hydra base in Sokovia and aided Fury in securing the helicarrier seen in Avengers: Age of Ultron. But with them out of the picture, S.H.I.E.L.D. died away. Or, Talos was laying it on thick because Fury spent the time since Endgame building a new organization: S.W.O.R.D.Created by Joss Whedon and John Cassady in the pages of Astonishing X-Men, S.W.O.R.D – Sentient World Observation and Response Department – was introduced as a counterpart to S.H.I.E.L.D. and ran by Agent Abigail Brand. Its purpose, as the name suggests, was to face outward into space, detect threats, and deal with them before they made planetfall. The department operated from an orbiting space station known the Peak.With the Infinity Saga at an end, a complete replacement for S.H.I.E.L.D. within MCU films makes a certain amount of sense. And as Phase 4 is said to be more about intergalactic matters than heroes back home, a group with a space station and FTL-capable ships is exactly the sort of thing Fury would build to replace S.H.I.E.L.D. You can almost hear the conversation he had with Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) about the topic during Tony’s funeral. It may also explain why so many Avengers are off-world.And while it seems clear that the Skrulls are building some version of the Peak, S.W.O.R.D. may not be the group inhabiting it in the end.A Secret Invasion After All?(Photo by © Marvel Studios, © Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)We’ve talked about Secret Invasion before – the 2008 event miniseries in which a newly radicalized Skrull attack force infiltrated all levels of Marvel Comics primary Earth, taking key positions inside superhero teams, governments, and S.H.I.E.L.D. It looked like a good idea for Phase 4 s overarching story. But following the release of Captain Marvel – in which the Skrulls emerged as a sympathetic and persecuted species – we were prepared to set aside any thoughts of an MCU Secret Invasion. Captain Marvel allied with them and volunteered to help them find a new homeworld.But what if the “five years out of date” Fury has sided with a covert alien taskforce? Could they be looking to conquer Earth after all?Then again, considering the way Captain Marvel changed the antagonistic nature of the Skrulls, their infiltration of Earth may not necessarily be to conquer the planet. Perhaps the plan is to build the Peak, a S.W.O.R.D.-like organization, and, potentially, a new Avengers team led by Spider-Man to counterattack an invasion force they know is en route. In this situation, the most likely antagonistic candidate would be Kree Empire. Also, now that all the X-Men properties are back at Marvel Studios, it could be an attack of the Brood – an alien life form with more than a passing resemblance to 20th Century Fox’s Alien franchise, which Disney also now owns – or perhaps something like The Builders, an ancient species which directed evolution across the cosmos and various realities.Also, there is always the possibility Talos went rouge and, much like Quentin Beck s (Jake Gyllenhaal) illusions, convinced Fury of a phantom menace to further his own plans for an invasion and occupation of Earth. Twenty-odd years have passed since he proved to be a sympathetic alien attempting to locate his family. It is possible whatever he encountered out in the universe made him another power-mad warlord. The cosmos is full of them, after all.Perhaps Fury Is In A Secret War(Photo by © Marvel Studios, © Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)The Nick Fury of Marvel Comics is not above manipulating the superheroes to get a desired outcome on the geopolitical stage. This was the theme of 2004’s Secret War miniseries, in which Fury recruited Spider-Man, Captain America, Luke Cage, Black Widow, Wolverine, and Quake to covertly invade Latveria and prevent Prime Minister Lucia von Bardas from funding and training a team of minor super villains to carry out terrorist actions across the globe. The op is seemingly successful, but Fury alters the memories of his strike team to forget the whole affair. A year later, Von Bradas retaliates and Fury is forced to reveal to the heroes their part in his black bag mission. He steps down as director of S.H.I.E.L.D. and several members of the group – Cap , Spider-Man, and Luke Cage to name a few – end up founding a new Avengers team sometime later.Now, if Fury is conducting a secret war in the MCU, Latveria may not necessarily be his target – although anything is possible with Doctor Doom screenwriter Noah Hawley saying his plans for the film may yet fit into the MCU tapestry – but his insistence on giving Peter the EDITH glasses suggests he is covertly preparing Spider-Man for something very specific. And if that is the case, will we see him or his Skrull allies lead new characters like Shang-Chi, the Eternal Sersi, and returning characters like Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) toward becoming the strikeforce of Fury s dreams?And if this is a way to assemble the New Avengers, it could also lead to Wolverine s MCU introduction without the X-Men. Logan had a life before he joined that team and who wouldn’t want to see him re-enact his debut tussle with the Hulk from The Incredible Hulk #181?But if all this effort is just to get the New Avengers, why all the skullduggery? Sure, Fury is accustomed to keeping people in the dark, but maybe there’s something larger at work. As it happens, Secret War set off a series of stories culminating in Avengers vs. X-Men, but we suspect the threat the MCU Fury is planning for will come from space.The Coming of Galactus(Photo by © Marvel )The Devourer of Worlds is one of our favorite possibilities for a new MCU big bad. We’ve been predicting his arrival since the moment Disney first announced plans to buy 20th Century Fox. His MCU debut, whether it happens in 2020 or 2030, is inevitable. But even if we don t see him on screen for another 10 years, he still serves as the sort of threat which ties all of these ideas together.Imagine, for a moment, that Captain Marvel and the Skrulls found a world to settle within a year or two of the events depicted in Captain Marvel. But after a decade or two of peace and prosperity on the planet, the herald of Galactus appeared to tell them their new home was scheduled to become dinner. Carol – and maybe even the herald – helped evacuate the planet, but they also realized Galactus s path would eventually lead to Earth.In the wake of Endgame, most of Earth’s heroes were too weary or grief-stricken to hear about the coming of Galactus. And even if they were hale and ready for battle, Talos and Carol would go to their friend Nick Fury first. Either way, he would advise developing assets to take on the ancient being in secret, preparing them for a day when they must combine their strengths and face the impossible. And if Peter is destined to be “the next Iron Man,” he will end up speaking for the people of Earth once Galactus arrives in Manhattan. Well, provided he clears his name before that time.Of course, it always possible Fury is putting together a new defense apparatus simply because he wants to. The Skrull involvement gives him a jump on large-scale orbiting space stations and a fleet of ships – two things still beyond the ability of Stark Enterprises and bad actors on Earth – and since he devised the Avengers Initiative in the first place, a superhero like Spider-Man would be part of his new design. But as we enter a long period without a Marvel Studios release – no new films until sometime next year – we’ll keep speculating on what Fury’s pact with the Skrulls means and how it will impact forthcoming films like The Eternals and Shang-Chi. Will a common enemy unite them sooner than anyone suspects?Like this? 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One year into the new decade, the movie prospects keep getting better. The releases slated for 2021 are so exciting they ll make you salivate with anticipation, and we can t wait to see them – especially now that it looks like we can see them. For starters we ll be getting another Asian blockbuster in director Destin Daniel Cretton s Marvel entry, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. The Fast Family will be back for another action-packed installment of the Fast and the Furious franchise (can you believe we re at 9 movies already?!). Venom: Let There Be Carnage arrives (on October 1, after multiple shuffles around the calendar), as do horror sequels A Quiet Place 2 and Halloween Kills, and quasi-sequel Candyman. One big change in 2021: The way we watch the movies is changing big time. Warner Bros., for example, is releasing almost their entire slate of 2021 movies on HBO Max as well as in theaters in an unprecedented move that could signal bigger changes in the industry. The list is long and it ll probably get longer, so start marking your calendars now. [Updated 9/10/2021]Jan-Mar | Apr-June | July-Sep | Oct-DecThe Best Movies of 2020 | The Most Anticipated Movies of 2022JanuaryThe Dig (2021) 88%Directed by: Simon StoneStarring: Carey Mulligan, Ralph Fiennes, Lily James, Johnny Flynn, Ben ChaplinOpening on: January 15, 2021 (limited), followed by Netflix premiere on January 29, 2021Ralph Fiennes and Carey Mulligan star in this Netflix original film based on true events and set in 1939. Mulligan plays a wealthy widow who hires an archaeologist (Fiennes) to excavate the burial mounds on her estate, leading to the discovery of a wealth of medieval Anglo-Saxon artifacts.FebruaryThe SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run (2020) 67%Directed by: Tim HillStarring: Tom Kenny, Bill Fagerbakke, Clancy Brown, Rodger Bumpass, Carolyn Lawrence, Mr. LawrenceOpening on: February 2021 on VOD and CBS All Access (formerly August 7, 2020)The long-running, wildly popular animated series gets another big screen outing as the whole Spongebob Squarepants gang are back for another adventure. This time out, Spongebob and Patrick embark on a rescue mission to recover Gary, who has been taken by Poseidon, and find themselves in the mystical land of Atlantic City.Malcolm & Marie (2021) 57%Directed by: Sam LevinsonStarring: John David Washington, ZendayaOpening on: February 5, 2021 on NetflixIf you feel like you ve been wasting time during quarantine, wait until you hear about writer/director Sam Levinson, who wrote an entire movie script in six days, then called up John David Washington and Zendaya to be in that movie, and then filmed it, all during lockdown. The story follows a filmmaker and his girlfriend as they return from a movie premiere and, over the course of the evening, begin to hash out their relationship.Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) 96%Directed by: Shaka KingStarring: Daniel Kaluuya, Lakeith Stanfield, Jess Plemons, Dominique Fishback, Martin Sheen, Lil Rel HoweryOpening on: February 12, 2021, with simultaneous release on HBO MaxShaka King co-writes and directs this based-on-true-events drama focused on William O Neal, the FBI informant who infiltrated the Illinois Black Panther Party in an effort to keep track of Fred Hampton.To All the Boys: Always and Forever (2021) 79%Directed by: Michael FimognariStarring: Lana Condor, Noah Centineo, Jordan Fisher, Janel Parrish, Emilija BaranacOpening on: February 12, 2021 on NetflixOne of three Netflix original franchises to see a third installment in 2021 (the other two being The Kissing Booth and The Princess Switch), To All the Boys concludes with Always and Forever, as Lara Jean (Lana Condor) nears the end of high school and takes a pair of life-changing trips that lead her to ponder life with her family and Peter (Noah Centineo) after graduation.I Care a Lot (2020) 78%Directed by: J BlakesonStarring: Rosamund Pike, Eiza Gonzalez, Dianne Wiest, Peter Dinklage, Chris Messina, Isaiah Whitlock Jr.Opening on: February 19, 2021 on NetflixRosamund Pike stars in this comedy as a con woman who takes swindles the elderly out of their money until she comes into contact with a woman who is more cunning than she appears.Nomadland (2020) 93%Directed by: Chloé ZhaoStarring: Frances McDormand, David StrathairnOpening on: February 19, 2021 (following one-week virtual release on December 4, 2020)Writer-director Chloé Zhao impressed the folks at Disney so much with her 2017 breakout film The Rider that they handed her the keys to Eternals, but before that film opens (presumably) in February, Zhao will release this drama based on the nonfiction book by Jessica Bruder. The film stars Frances McDormand as a woman who loses everything in the Great Recession and decides to see if #VanLife is all it s cracked up to be.The Father (2020) 98%Directed by: Florian ZellerStarring: Anthony Hopkins, Olivia ColmanOpening on: February 26, 2021 (formerly December 18, 2020)Two Oscar winners headline this drama based on the 2012 French play Le Père by the film s director and co-writer, Florian Zeller. The story focuses on an aging man (Anthony Hopkins) struggling with memory loss whose daughter (Olivia Colman) moves into his flat to help care for him.Tom & Jerry (2021) 31%Directed by: Tim StoryStarring: Chloë Grace Moretz, Michael Peña, Ken Jeong, Colin Jost, Rob DelaneyOpening on: February 26, 2021 (formerly March 5, 2021), with simultaneous release on HBO MaxThe classic animated television series gets a big-screen update in the form of a live-action/animated hybrid in which mischievous mouse Jerry moves into a hotel on the eve of a big wedding and forces the wedding planner to bring Tom into the picture to get rid of him. When an even bigger threat emerges, Tom and Jerry are forced to work together to save the day.MarchComing 2 America (2021) 49%Directed by: Craig BrewerStarring: Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, Jermaine Fowler, Leslie Jones, Tracy Morgan, KiKi Layne, Shari Headley, Wesley Snipes, James Earl JonesOpening on: March 5, 2021 on Amazon Prime (formerly December 18, 2020)After over three decades, it looks like Prince Akeem ahem, King Akeem and Semmi are returning Stateside from there homeland of Zamunda. Much of the original cast are returning, including James Earl Jones as King Jaffe Joffer and John Amos as Cleo McDowell, as Akeem learns that he has a long-lost son he never knew about who might be the heir to the throne.Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) 94%Directed by: Don Hall, Carlos López Estrada, Paul Briggs, John RipaStarring: Awkwafina, Kelly Marie Tran, Gemma Chan, Daniel Dae Kim, Benedict Wong, Sandra OhOpening on: March 5, 2021 (formerly March 12, 2021)In this animated film from Disney, Kelly Marie Tran lends her voice to the title character, a young warrior in a fantastical land who embarks on a quest to find the last dragon. Awkwafina, who s been on a roll as of late, will provide the voice of said dragon, whose help Raya needs to bring peace to her land.Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021) 71%Directed by: Zack SnyderStarring: Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Henry Cavill, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, Amy Adams, Ray Fisher, Jesse Eisenberg, Diane Lane, Jeremy IronsOpening on: March 18, 2021 on HBO MaxBrought to life by a rabid fan campaign, this re-cut four-hour-long version of the DC superhero team-up purports to be original director Zack Snyder s true vision for the film, with additional footage shot and incorporated, along with new elements that were absent from the 2017 theatrical release that director Joss Whedon took over when Snyder left the project for personal reasons.Nobody (2021) 84%Directed by: Derek KolstadStarring: Bob Odenkirk, Connie Nielsen, RZA, Christopher LloydOpening on: March 26, 2021 (formerly April 2, 2021)Better Call Saul star Bob Odenkirk plays a man suffering from PTSD who unwittingly draws the ire of a Russian drug lord when he murders a pair of thieves who have been terrorizing his neighborhood.Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) 75%Directed by: Adam WingardStarring: Millie Bobby Brown, Kyle Chandler, Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree HenryOpening on: March 31, 2021, with simultaneous release on HBO MaxIt s the showdown we ve been waiting for since 2014 s Godzilla. Director Adam Wingard – who has proven he knows how to bring the thrills with The Guest and You re Next – helms this climactic entry in Warner Bros. MonsterVerse series, which continued in 2019 with Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Who will win when the giant ape takes on the king?AprilConcrete Cowboy (2020) 80%Directed by: Ricky StaubStarring: Idris Elba, Caleb McLaughlin, Jharrel Jerome, Lorraine Toussaint, Method ManOpening on: April 2, 2021 on NetflixBased on the novel Ghetto Cowboy by Greg Neri, this drama stars Caleb McLaughlin (Stranger Things) as a Detroit teen who moves to Philadelphia to live with his estranged father (Idris Elba) and learns about the urban cowboy subculture.Mortal Kombat (2021) 55%Directed by: Simon McQuoidStarring: Joe Taslim, Ludi Lin, Mechad Brooks, Lewis Tan, Elissa Cadwell, Ng Chin Han, Max Huang, Josh Lawson, Jessica McNamee, Hiroyuki Sanada, Sisi StringerOpening on: April 23, 2021 (formerly January 15, 2021), with simultaneous release on HBO MaxIf you ve been waiting for the inevitable Mortal Kombat reboot, 2021 has got you covered. With Lewis Tan, Mechad Brooks, and Joe Taslim attached to star, the newest franchise installment is bound to be everything you could want in a fantasy martial arts action film. James Wan will be producing, so there s bound to be some of the magic that made the Saw franchise so successful.In The Earth (2021) 79%Directed by: Ben WheatleyStarring: Joel Fry, Reece Shearsmith, Hayley Squires, Ellora TorchiaOpening on: April 30, 2021 (formerly April 16, 2021)The latest thriller from Ben Wheatley (Kill List, High Rise) is a slice of supernatural horror centered on a scientist who ventures into a forest on an equipment run for research to cure a mysterious virus whose journey slowly transforms into a surreal nightmare.Limbo (2020) 92%Directed by: Ben SharrockStarring: Amir El-Masry, Vikash Bhai, Ola Orebiyi, Kwabena Ansah, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Kais NashifOpening on: April 30, 2021This comedy-drama from writer-director Ben Sharrock puts a wry spin on the refugee experience as it follows a group of new immigrants to Scotland waiting to hear back on the status of their asylum claims. The film was originally set to screen at Cannes before the festival was cancelled, and it has already earned four British Independent Film Awards nominations and two nods from the BAFTAs.Wrath of Man (2021) 66%Directed by: Guy RitchieStarring: Jason Statham, Scott Eastwood, Jeffrey Donovan, Josh Hartnett, Post MaloneOpening on: May 7, 2021 (formerly April 23, 2021)Director Guy Ritchie teams up with Jason Statham for their fourth collaboration together in a twist on the heist movies that made them famous. Based on the 2004 French film Cash Truck, Wrath of Man centers on an employee (Statham) at an armored truck company who takes part in a heist but has ulterior motives.Spiral: From the Book of Saw (2021) 37%Directed by: Darren Lynn BousmanStarring: Chris Rock, Samuel L. Jackson, Max Minghella, Marisol NicholsOpening on: May 14, 2021 (formerly May 21, 2021)The Saw franchise officially gets revived in this new thriller, with Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, III, and IV) back behind the camera. This time, two cops played by Chris Rock and Samuel L. Jackson investigate a series of gruesome murders and find themselves at the mercy of a killer reminiscent of the past (Jigsaw copycat, anyone?).The Woman in the Window (2021) 26%Directed by: Joe WrightStarring: Amy Adams, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gary Oldman, Julianne Moore, Anthony Mackie, Brian Tyree HenryOpening on: May 14, 2021 (formerly May 15, 2020)In Joe Wright s adaptation of the novel of the same name that takes the premise of Rear Window to new places, Amy Adams stars as child psychologist Anna Fox, an agoraphobic woman who develops a friendship with a neighbor who lives in the building across the street (played by Julianne Moore), only to witness her friend being murdered by her husband. Except, maybe that s not actually what happened, and maybe Anna s medication is playing tricks on her mind.Army Of The Dead (2021) 67%Directed by: Zack SnyderStarring: Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Omari Hardwick, Ana De La Reguera, Theo RossiOpening on: May 21, 2021 on NetflixBefore he set about rejiggering Justice League for HBO Max, Zack Snyder returned to his undead roots to helm this zombie thriller about a group of mercenaries who head into the heart of Las Vegas after a zombie outbreak in order to pull off a daring casino heist.Cruella (2021) 74%Directed by: Alex Timbers and Craig GillespieStarring: Emma Stone, Joel Fry, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Paul Walter Hauser, Emma ThompsonOpening on: May 28, 2021 with Premier Access on Disney+Emma Stone will star in Disney s latest live-action remake of an old classic. In the vein of Maleficient, Cruella will focus on the enigmatic villain of 101 Dalmatians in her youth and show how she became obsessed with Dalmatian fur. With Emma Thompson and Mark Strong rounding out the cast, it s bound to be worth the wait.A Quiet Place Part II (2021) 91%Directed by: John KrasinskiStarring: Emily Blunt, Noah Jupe, Millicent Simmonds, Cillian Murphy, Djimon HounsouOpening on: May 28, 2021 (formerly September 17, 2021)Director John Krasinski returns to helm this sequel, which he also wrote, starring his real-life wife Emily Blunt, as it follows up with the Abbott family after the events of the first film. Judging from the first trailer, we ll also get some flashbacks to the beginning of the invasion? Infestation? Whatever you want to call it, it looks like Krasinski has done a bang-up job ratcheting up the tension, and audiences should be in for another great ride.The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021) 55%Directed by: Michael ChavesStarring: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Ruairi O’Connor, Sarah Catherine Hook, Julian HilliardOpening on: June 4, 2021, with simultaneous release on HBO MaxPatrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga return to reprise their roles as real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren in this third chapter of the original Conjuring franchise, focusing on a real case they investigated in which a murder suspect invoked demonic possession as a defense for his crimes. Michael Chaves, who directed 2019 s Conjuring-adjacent spinoff The Curse of La Llorona, takes the reins as director, while James Wan remains attached to the film as a producers.In the Heights (2021) 94%Directed by: Jon M. ChuStarring: Anthony Ramos, Leslie Grace, Corey Hawkins, Jimmy Smits, Stephanie Beatriz, Dascha PolancoOpening on: June 11, 2021, with simultaneous release on HBO MaxCrazy Rich Asians director Jon M. Chu adapts Lin-Manuel Miranda s breakout musical, In the Heights. The show, which kicked off the Hamilton creator s career, won four Tony Awards in 2008, including Best Musical and Best Original Score. Chu demonstrated real skill with spectacle in Crazy Rich Asians, and the new movie shares similar themes of reclaiming one s heritage – it follows the stories of several characters in New York s heavily Latino neighborhood, Washington Heights, over three days.Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway (2021) 67%Directed by: Will GluckStarring: James Corden, Rose Byrne, Domhnall Gleeson, David Oyelowo, Elizabeth DebickiOpening on: June 11, 2021 (formerly July 2, 2021)First the garden, then the world. The plot for this sequel to the surprise hit loosely based on the work of Beatrix Potter is still under lock and key, but we re sure it will involve James Corden s cheeky rabbit causing all sorts of PG-rated trouble. We do not expect any blackberries to be involved, however.The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard (2021) 27%Directed by: Patrick HughesStarring: Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Salma Hayek, Richard E. Grant, Morgan Freeman, Antonio Banderas, Frank GrilloOpening on: June 16, 2021 (formerly August 20, 2021)2017 s The Hitman s Bodyguard didn t exactly wow the critics, but it was a moderate hit at the box office, so why not give it another go? As indicated by the title, it s Salma Hayek s Sonia who now enlists the help of Michael (Ryan Reynolds) in order to rescue her husband and Michael s old rival Darius (Samuel L. Jackson).Luca (2021) 91%Directed by: Enrico CasarosaStarring: Jacob Tremblay, Maya Rudolph, Jack Dylan Grazer, Jim GaffiganOpening on: June 18, 2021 on Disney+The latest offering from Pixar (after 2020 s Soul) will be a deeply personal coming-of-age tale with a twist from director Enrico Casarosa. The story will focus on the title character, a sea monster who lives off the coast of the Italian Riviera who strikes up a friendship with another sea monster; together they discover that they take human form when dry and decide to visit the nearby seaside town for an adventure.F9 The Fast Saga (2021) 59%Directed by: Justin LinStarring: Vin Diesel, Charlize Theron, Tyrese Gibson, John Cena, Michelle Rodriguez, Ludacris, Lucas BlackOpening on: June 25, 2021 (formerly May 28, 2021)It s full-throttle and pedal to the metal for the Toretto crime/adventure/anti-terrorism/what-even-are-they family yet again. Director Justin Lin was the man to turn the franchise around, delivering the series first Fresh entry on his third try with 2011 s Fast Five (Certified Fresh at 73%); since then, every Fast movie has landed on the red end of the Tomatometer. The new entry will bring the family back together to face off against a new villain played by John Cena who happens to be Dom Toretto s brother. Also, Han is back? What? The film was originally slated to open in May of 2020, but was pushed back almost a year to occupy the slot that had originally been reserved for Fast Furious 10.Zola (2020) 88%Directed by: Janicza BravoStarring: Taylour Paige, Riley KeoughOpening on: June 30, 2021Based on a notoriously stranger-than-fiction series of viral tweets (and a subsequent Rolling Stone article) from 2015, this adventure comedy follows a Detroit waitress who embarked on a road trip to Florida with a stripper and ended up spending the craziest two days of her life with her.The Boss Baby: Family Business (2021) 47%Directed by: Tom McGrathStarring: Alec Baldwin, Amy Sedaris, Lisa Kudrow, James Marsden, Jeff Goldblum, Jimmy Kimmel, Eva LongoriaOpening on: July 2, 2021 (formerly September 17, 2021) in theaters and streaming on PeacockThe Boss Baby might be Rotten, but its monster box office take shows the audience is hungry for more. This time, though, the story takes place years after the first film, when the original Boss Baby Ted voiced by Alec Baldwin and his older brother Tim have both grown up. Tim now has a smarty-pants infant of his own (Amy Sedaris), who embarks on a secret mission involving her big sister.The Forever Purge (2021) 50%Directed by: Everardo GoutStarring: Ana de la Reguera, Josh Lucas, Tenoch Huerta, Will PattonOpening on: July 2, 2021Set after 2016 s Purge: Election Year, in which the Purge was officially abolished, this next chapter in the franchise goes smaller than its predecessors. Forever follows a Mexican couple who become stranded on a ranch and besieged by strangers who miss the good ol days of lawless anarchy.Black Widow (2021) 79%Directed by: Cate ShortlandStarring: Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, David Harbour, Rachel WeiszOpening on: July 9, 2021 (formerly November 6, 2020) with Premier Access on Disney+The first Marvel property to kick off its Phase 4 (on the big screen, at least) will be this prequel focusing on Scarlett Johansson s Natasha Romanoff. The story takes place after the events of Captain America: Civil War and follows Natasha as she deals with dangerous people from her past as a double agent. David Harbour, Rachel Weisz, and Florence Pugh co-star, and who knows? Maybe Jeremy Renner s Hawkeye will make an appearance.Escape Room: Tournament of Champions (2021) 48%Directed by: Adam RobitelStarring: Taylor Russell, Logan Miller, Isabelle Fuhrman, Holland RodenOpening on: July 16, 2021 (formerly January 7, 2022)Taylor Russell and Logan Miller return to reprise their roles from the first Escape Room, a Saw-inspired horror-thriller that became something of a surprise hit when it premiered in January of 2019. Though we don t know exactly what the second film will be about, the first one ended on a pretty suggestive cliffhanger, so we can expect Ben (Miller) and Zoey (Russell) to take part in a new round of deadly games. Originally slated to debut in 2020, and then in 2021, the film was ultimately pushed even further back to 2022.Space Jam: A New Legacy (2021) 26%Directed by: Malcolm D. LeeStarring: LeBron James, Don Cheadle, Cedric Joe, Sonequa Martin-GreenOpening on: July 16, 2021, with simultaneous release on HBO MaxSpeaking of old stories for new audiences, LeBron James long-awaited Space Jam sequel will finally arrive in 2021. In this updated take on the original, Bron and his son (Cedric Joe) are transported to a digital world by an evil AI (voiced by Don Cheadle), who forces the basketball icon to team up with the Looney Toons and play a game of hoops against his digital Goon Squad.Old (2021) 50%Directed by: M. Night ShyamalanStarring: Gael García Bernal, Eliza Scanlen, Thomasin McKenzie, Alex WolffOpening on: July 23, 2021 (formerly February 26, 2021)M. Night Shyamalan s newest project seems like a fairly straightforward idea, so it ll be interesting to see where he takes it. In Old, a family on vacation discovers that the isolated beach where they re relaxing is causing them to age rapidly. This is the first of two films the horror auteur is slated to direct for Universal in the coming years.Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins (2021) 36%Directed by: Robert SchwentkeStarring: Henry Golding, Samara Weaving, Iko UwaisOpening on: July 23, 2021 (formerly October 22, 2021)Snake Eyes, the mute ninja/commando previously portrayed by Ray Park in the live-action G.I. Joe film franchise, gets an origin story. The character s past has always been shrouded in mystery, save for the fact that he was once close friends with enemy ninja Storm Shadow and the fact that an explosion not only severely disfigured his face but also fried his vocal cords. Now we get to see how it all came to be.The Green Knight (2021) 88%Director: David LoweryStarring: Dev Patel, Alicia Vikander, Joel Edgerton, Sean Harris, Barry Keoghan, Sarita ChoudhuryOpening on: July 30, 2021Based on the 14th century Arthurian poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, this medieval fantasy adventure written and directed by David Lowery (Ain t Them Bodies Saints, The Old Man the Gun) appears to be splashed with a touch of horror, at least judging from the cryptic trailer. It was originally slated for a 2020 release before it moved to 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions.Jungle Cruise (2021) 62%Director: Jaume Collet-SerraStarring: Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt, Édgar Ramírez, Jack Whitehall, Jesse Plemons, Paul GiamattiOpening on: July 30, 2021Following the path that Pirates of the Caribbean charted so successfully, this new film (franchise?) is based on the Disney theme park attraction of the same name. Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt star, respectively, as a riverboat captain and a scientist on a hunt for a magical cure in this Depression-era action adventure. Comedian Jack Whitehall also joins in the fun, playing Blunt’s character’s brother. Collet-Serra has had a string of action-thriller hits working with Liam Neeson (Commuter, Non-Stop, Unknown), so there s a chance this one could be slightly darker than anticipated.Stillwater (2021) 75%Directed by: Tom McCarthyStarring: Matt Damon, Abigail Breslin, Camille CottinOpening on: July 30, 2021 (formerly November 6, 2020)Matt Damon stars in this thriller about an Oklahoma oil-rig worker who travels to Marseille, France to unravel a mystery and clear his daughter s name when when she is imprisoned for a crime she says she didn t commit. The film co-stars Abigail Breslin and is directed and co-written by Tom McCarthy, who won a pair of Oscars for 2015 s Spotlight, so there s considerable pedigree behind this project, and there s no reason not to be optimistic about it.Vivo (2021) 86%Directed by: Kirk DeMiccoStarring: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Zoe Saldana, Brian Tyree Henry, Nicole Byer, Leslie David BakerOpening on: July 30, 2021 in select theaters and August 6, 2021 on NetflixHot on the heels of the Oscar-nominated Moana and 2020 s In The Heights movie adaptation, Broadway legend Lin-Manuel Miranda will return to his musical roots with a new animated musical from Sony. Kirk DeMicco will direct, with Miranda voicing the titular musical kinkajou, and the film will stream on Netflix.AugustThe Suicide Squad (2021) 90%Directed by: James GunnStarring: Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Joel Kinnaman, Jai Courtney, John Cena, Peter Capaldi, Sylvester StalloneOpening on: August 6, 2021, with simultaneous release on HBO MaxDirector James Gunn looks to erase the memory of 2016 s Suicide Squad with this soft quasi-reboot. A handful of the cast members from the first film return, while Idris Elba, John Cena, Peter Capaldi, and more join in on the fun, as Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) gathers the Squad for a secret mission involving a giant starfish.Free Guy (2021) 80%Directed by: Shawn LevyStarring: Ryan Reynolds, Taika Waititi, Jody Comer, Joe Keery, Lel Rel HoweryOpening on: August 13, 2021 (formerly May 21, 2021)Ryan Reynolds brings his sarcastic wit and boyishly good-looking everyman charm to this self-referential, special effects-driven comedy. He stars as Guy, a nondescript bank teller non-player character (NPC) in a violent, open-world video game who suddenly becomes self-aware and decides to take his destiny into his own hands. Expect a lot of ironic, self-referential humor and over-the-top action shenanigans, which, when Ryan Reynolds is involved, is essentially its own genre these days.Respect (2021) 68%Directed by: Liesl TommyStarring: Jennifer Hudson, Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Marc Maron, Audra McDonald, Mary J. BligeOpening on: August 13, 2021 (formerly January 15, 2021)Jennifer Hudson has some big shoes to fill, as she steps into the role of Aretha Franklin in Liesl Tommy s biopic of the legendary singer in Respect. It was originally slated for a January release before, like a lot of other films, it was delayed by coronavirus-related shutdowns.Reminiscence (2021) 37%Directed by: Lisa JoyStarring: Hugh Jackman, Rebecca Ferguson, Thandie Newton, Daniel Wu, Cliff CurtisOpening on: August 20, 2021, with simultaneous release on HBO MaxHugh Jackman stars in this sci-fi drama set in a flooded, near-future Miami about a man who offers people the chance to relive any memory. As he begins to fall for one of his clients, he discovers she may or may not be involved in a series of violent crimes and dives into her past to learn the truth. This is the feature debut of Lisa Joy, who previously worked on TV series like Pushing Daisies, Burn Notice, and most recently Westworld.Candyman (2021) 84%Directed by: Nia DaCostaStarring: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Tony Todd, Teyonah ParrisOpening on: August 27,2021 (formerly October 16, 2020)Longtime fan and contemporary horror maestro Jordan Peele is producing this sequel to not a remake of the classic 1992 horror film about the murdered son of a slave whose ghost haunts the Chicago neighborhood where the Cabrini Green housing projects once stood. The update is set after the gentrification of Cabrini Green, as an artist learns about the history of his neighborhood and begins to explore it in his work, unknowingly opening a door he may not be able to close.SeptemberCinderella (2021)Directed by: Kay CannonStarring: Camila Cabello, Billy Porter, Idina MenzelOpening on: September 3 on Amazon Prime (formerly July 16, 2021)If there s anyone who can do justice to Whitney Houston s turn as the Fairy Godmother, it s none other than Broadway legend and Pose star Billy Porter. Sure, we might not need another Cinderella story, but what could be better than vocal legends like Idina Menzel and newcomers like Camila Cabello bringing a classic story to life?Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021)Directed by: Destin Daniel CrettonStarring: Simu Liu, Tony Leung, AwkwafinaOpening on: September 3, 2021 (formerly July 9, 2021)After bringing the true story of Bryan Stevenson to screen in this 2019 s Just Mercy, Destin Daniel Cretton will be joining the big leagues for his next project. Shang-Chi will be the Marvel Cinematic Universe s first Asian-led film. Kim s Conveince s Simu Liu is set to star, alongside Awkwafina and legendary actor Tony Leung, as the Marvel hero comes to grips with the legacy of his lineage.The Card Counter (2020)Directed by: Paul SchraderStarring: Oscar Isaac, Tiffany Haddish, Tye Sheridan, Willem DafoeOpening on: September 10, 2021Writer-director Paul Schrader, who recently earned an Oscar nomination for First Reformed, helms this thriller about a man (Oscar Isaac) who reverts back to his old, dangerous ways when he meets a young man (Tye Sheridan) out for revenge on a military colonel (Willem Dafoe).Malignant (2021)Directed by: James WanStarring: Annabelle Wallis, George Young, Jake Abel, McKenna GraceOpening on: September 10, 2021 (formerly August 14, 2020)James Wan s next project stars Annabelle Wallis as a woman who begins to have terrifying visions of gruesome murders, only to discover not just that the killings are real and she is witnessing them in real time, but also that the killer has ties to her mysterious past.The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2021)Directed by: Michael ShowalterStarring: Jessica Chastain, Andrew Garfield, Vincent D Onofrio, Cherry Jones, Sam JaegerOpening on: September 17, 2021Director Michael Showalter (The Big Sick) takes a more dramatic turn with this film based on the documentary of the same name that chronicles the rise and fall of televangelists Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, with Jessica Chastain and Andrew Garfield set to play the infamous couple.OctoberVenom: Let There Be Carnage (2021)Directed by: Andy SerkisStarring: Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Woody Harrelson, Naomie Harris, Stephen GrahamOpening on: October 1, 2021 (formerly October 15, 2021)Andy Serkis takes the reins for this follow-up to 2018 s Spider-Man-adjacent Sony hit Venom. Tom Hardy returns to reprise his role as journalist Eddie Brock, who entered into a mutually beneficial partnership with the alien symbiote who possessed his body in the first film, and he ll face off against a new villain in the form of Woody Harrelson s Carnage, who was teased in the post-credits scene of the first film.Hotel Transylvania: Transformania (2022)Directed by: Derek Drymon, Jennifer KluskaStarring: Kathryn Hahn, Selena Gomez, Andy Samberg, Steve Buscemi, David Spade, Keegan-Michael KeyOpening on: October 1, 2021 (formerly July 23, 2021) exclusively on Amazon PrimeThe final chapter in the Hotel Transylvania series will not, in fact, include Adam Sandler as the voice of Dracula, but will focus on Dracula s human son-in-law Johnny (Andy Samberg), who is inadvertently transformed into a monster just as all his monster cohorts are turned into humans.The GuiltyDirected by: Antoine FuquaStarring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard, Riley KeoughOpening on: October 1, 2021 on NetflixJake Gyllenhaal, Riley Keough, and Peter Sarsgaard star in Antoine Fuqua s remake of the 2018 Danish thriller of the same name about a police emergency dispatcher who becomes invested in a 9-1-1 call from a woman in the middle of an abduction.The Many Saints of Newark (2021)Directed by: Alan TaylorStarring: Michael Gandolfini, Vera Farmiga, Jon Bernthal, Billy Magnussen, Ray Liotta, Corey Stoll, Alessandro NivolaOpening on: October 1, 2021, with simultaneous release on HBO MaxWhether you feel that the end of The Sopranos you know, that controversial fade to black was fitting and poignant or anti-climactic and unsatisfying, you probably jumped at the news that a Sopranos movie was in the works. With the late James Gandolfini no longer around, however, the only way to go was a prequel, and who better to portray a young Tony Soprano than Gandolfini s son himself, Michael? Alan Taylor directs this look back at the early years of the iconic TV mobster, with Vera Farmiga, Jon Bernthal, and Ray Liotta in supporting roles.No Time to Die (2021)Directed by: Cary FukunagaStarring: Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Rami Malek, Naomie Harris, Lea Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Rory Kinnear, Jeffrey Wright, Ana de Armas, Lashana LynchOpening on: October 8, 2021 (formerly April 2, 2021)True Detective director Cary Fukunaga takes the reins for the 25th James Bond film, with Daniel Craig returning for his fifth and (presumably) final turn as 007. He s joined by series regulars Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Rory Kinnear, and Ben Whishaw, as well as returning characters played by Lea Seydoux and Jeffrey Wright. Recent Best Actor-winner Rami Malek is reported to play the villain, while it s presumed Captain Marvel s Lashana Lynch will play a newer 007 who may have to relinquish her famous code number back to Bond when he comes out of retirement.Halloween Kills (2021)Directed by: David Gordon GreenStarring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Anthony Michael HallOpening on: October 15, 2021, with simultaneous release on PeacockThe duo of director David Gordon Green and writer Danny McBride proved successful in the 2018 sequel-that-nullified-all-the-other-sequels, Halloween, so they recently announced two more films to close out a new trilogy. The second installment, which sees the return of the newly badass Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) and her grown-up daughter (Judy Greer), will hit theaters just before, well, Halloween.The Last Duel (2021)Directed by: Ridley ScottStarring: Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Adam Driver, Jodie ComerOpening on: October 15, 2021 (formerly January 8, 2021)It s been two years since Ridley Scott did the unthinkable and reshot All The Money In The World weeks before its release date. But this time around, he ll be racing against history with this Edwardian tale of knights and maidens. Ben Affleck and Matt Damon will reunite, with Killing Eve s breakout star Jodie Comer filling out the cast.Dune (2021)Directed by: Denis VilleneuveStarring: Timothée Chalamet, Josh Brolin, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Javier Bardem, Jason Momoa, Dave Bautista, ZendayaOpening on: October 22, 2021Acclaimed director Denis Villeneuve takes on the massive challenge of re-adapting Frank Herbert s sprawling sci-fi epic more than 30 years after David Lynch attempted the same and, according to many fans, fell short. At the very least, Villeneuve has assembled an impressive cast (just look at those names!) so it s now up to him and his co-writers to fashion an engaging script from the daunting source material.The French Dispatch (2021)Directed by: Wes AndersonStarring: Timothée Chalamet, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Léa Seydoux, Benicio Del Toro, Saoirse Ronan, Bill Murray, Jeffrey Wright, Owen WilsonOpening on: October 22, 2021 (formerly October 16, 2020)Reportedly inspired by director Wes Anderson s love of The New Yorker magazine, the latest is a comedic drama that brings to life a handful of stories from the French bureau of a fictional newspaper headquartered in Kansas. The film s press release calls it a love letter to journalists, and it brings together several of Anderson s regular collaborators in a massive, star-studded cast.Last Night in Soho (2021)Directed by: Edgar WrightStarring: Thomasin McKenzie, Anya Taylor-Joy, Matt Smith, Diana Rigg, Terence StampOpening on: October 22, 2021 (formerly April 23, 2021)Any time Edgar Wright has a new movie coming out, it s something to look forward to. But throw in the fact that he s assembled a cast that includes up-and-coming young stars like Anya Taylor-Joy and Thomasin McKenzie, as well as legendary vets like Diana Rigg and Terence Stamp? And the fact that it s a horror film inspired by both Don t Look Now and Repulsion? Yes, please, and thank you.Ron's Gone Wrong (2021)Directed by: Jean-Philippe Vine, Sarah SmithStarring: Zach Galifianakis, Jack Dylan Grazer, Olivia Colman, Ed HelmsOpening on: October 22, 2021 (formerly April 23, 2021)Originally slated for a late 2020 release, Ron s Gone Wrong was pushed back a few months after 20th Century Fox was acquired by Disney. The animated adventure is set in a world where every child s best friend is a digitally connected device and follows one young boy who discovers his own robot pal doesn t quite work the way it should.Antlers (2021)Directed by: Scott CooperStarring: Keri Russell, Jesse Plemons, Jeremy T. Thomas, Graham GreeneOpening on: October 29, 2021 (formerly February 19, 2021)Keri Russell and Jesse Plemons star in this supernatural thriller about a small-town teacher and her sheriff brother who find themselves in a waking nightmare when they discover one of her students is harboring a terrifying secret in his attic.NovemberThe Harder They Fall (2021)Directed by: Jeymes SamuelStarring: Jonathan Majors, Idris Elba, Zazie Beetz, Lakeith Stanfield, Delroy Lindo, Regina KingOpening on: November 3, 2021 on NetflixFans of Idris Elba riding a horse should be overjoyed to know that, in addition to Concrete Cowboy, he s also in a more traditional Western. Here, he stars alongside a powerhouse cast that includes Jonathan Majors, Zazie Beetz, Lakeith Stanfield, Delroy Lindo, and Regina King in a good, old-fashioned revenge tale about a man looking to hunt down the villain who murdered his parents.Eternals (2021)Directed by: Chloé ZhaoStarring: Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Kumail Nanjiani, Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Kit Harington, Brian Tyree HenryOpening on: November 5, 2021 (formerly February 12, 2021)The second film of Marvel s Phase 4 goes cosmic again with the Eternals. Much of the cast was announced in bits and pieces, with a big reveal at Comic-Con 2019 and a key addition made in August. In brief, the Eternals are powerful immortals who helped shape humanity and history on Earth, and the cast includes a lot of big names, from Angelina Jolie and Salma Hayek to Kumail Nanjiani and a couple of Game of Thrones kings, Richard Madden and Kit Harington. Plus, director Chloé Zhao is no slouch herself; she had one of 2018 s best-reviewed films in The Rider. We ll just have to see how well she makes the transition to big-budget, special effects-driven blockbusters.Finch (2021)Directed by: Miguel SapochnikStarring: Tom HanksOpening on: November 5, 2021 on Apple TV+ (formerly August 20, 2021)Tom Hanks is back, breaking our hearts again. Here he plays a sickly inventor and the last human left on a post-apocalyptic earth who creates a robot to protect the life of his dog when he dies and keep them both company while he s alive. Will said robot be as lovable as, say, Wilson? Time will tell. Director Miguel Sapochnik boasts an epic resume, particularly in TV – if you need any convincing on this one, just know he directed Game of Thrones Battle of the Bastards episode.Red Notice (2021)Directed by: Rawson Marshall ThurberStarring: Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot, Ryan ReynoldsOpening on: November 12 on NetflixDirector Rawson Marshall Thurber (Central Intelligence, Skyscraper) teams up with Dwayne Johnson for a third time in this action-comedy about a top FBI agent who is forced to team up with two rival criminals (Gal Gadot, Ryan Reynolds) to take down one of the world s most wanted.Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021)Directed by: Jason ReitmanStarring: Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace, Paul RuddOpening on: November 19, 2021 (formerly June 11, 2021)Jason Reitman will direct a sequel to the original Ghostbusters franchise, unrelated to the all-female reboot directed by Paul Feig in 2016. We still don t know much about what the story will be, but as casting news trickled in, we did learn that Finn Wolfhard and Mckenna Grace will play a brother and sister, with Carrie Coon as their single mother, and Paul Rudd is in the film as what appears to be a schoolteacher. Originally slated to open on July 10, 2020, the film was pushed back due to concerns regarding the coronavirus outbreak.Tick, Tick... Boom! (2021)Directed by: Lin-Manuel MirandaStarring: Andrew Garfield, Alexandra Shipp, Robin de Jesus, Vanessa Hudgens, Bradley WhitfordOpening on: November 19, 2021 on NetflixBetween In the Heights and Encanto, Lin-Manuel Miranda was already going to have a big 2021, but he decided to go ahead and drop his feature directorial debut as well. This musical drama stars Andrew Garfield as an aspiring theater composer nearing 30 and hoping for his big break who begins to reexamine his life and his relationships.Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City (2021)Directed by: Johannes RobertsStarring: Kaya Scodelario, Robbie Amell, Tom Hopper, Hannah John-Kamen, Neal McDonoughOpening on: November 24, 2021Nothing says Thanksgiving like a little zombie horror, right? Sony s reboot of the massively popular Resident Evil franchise looks to hew closer to the original video games than the Paul W.S. Anderson movies starring Milla Jovovich did. The new film, directed by horror vet Johannes Roberts (The Strangers: Prey at Night, 47 Meters Down), will serve as an origin story focusing on characters and landmarks that will be very familiar to fans of the games.DecemberThe Power of the Dog (2021)Directed by: Jane CampionStarring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Jesse Plemons, Kirsten Dunst, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Thomasin McKenzieOpening on: December 1, 2021 on NetflixIt s been a while since Jane Campion helmed a feature film, and as if to prove they re not just interested in sci-fi thrillers and action films, Netflix scooped up her latest as part of their 2021 release plan. Based on the Thomas Savage novel of the same name, the film stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Jesse Plemons as two brothers who own a Montana ranch at the turn of the 20th century and find themselves engaged in a bitter rivalry when one of them marries a local widow.West Side Story (2021)Directed by: Steven SpielbergStarring: Rita Moreno, Ansel Elgort, Rachel ZeglerOpening on: December 10, 2021 (formerly December 18, 2020)Steven Spielberg s new adaptation of the famous Broadway musical of the same name, which is itself an alternative take on Shakespeare s Romeo and Juliet, is finally seeing the light of day in late 2020. Ansel Elgort and Rachel Zegler star in the as Tony and Maria, two teens in 1950s New York City who belong to rival gangs but fall in love with each other and must deal with the consequences.Nightmare Alley (2021)Directed by: Guillermo del ToroStarring: Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Willem Dafoe, Toni Collette, Richard Jenkins, Ron Perlman, Rooney MaraOpening on: December 17, 2021 (formerly December 3, 2021)Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro always has a dozen or so plates spinning, but his next project is this adaptation of the novel of the same name by William Lindsay Graham. Starring Bradley Cooper and Cate Blanchett, the story revolves around a manipulative carnival hustler who hooks up with a female psychiatrist who is even more dangerous than he is. It doesn t have a specific release date yet, but a recent Tweet by Searchlight Pictures announced it would be released in December of 2021.Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)Directed by: Jon WattsStarring: Tom Holland, Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, Jamie Foxx, Benedict Cumberbatch, Alfred MolinaOpening on: December 17, 2021 (formerly November 5, 2021)There s a lot to break down in the upcoming third Sony/MCU Spider-Man movie starring Tom Holland as Peter Parker, with some pretty big potential implications for both studios and their respective franchises. Suffice it to say, there will be some heady, game-changing plot elements at play, and if you want to know more than that, you can always read our breakdown of everything we know about the movie so far.The King's Man (2021)Directed by: Matthew VaughnStarring: Harris Dickinson, Ralph Fiennes, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Gemma Arterton, Matthew Goode, Charles Dance, Daniel Brühl, Stanley Tucci, Djimon HounsouOpening on: December 22, 2021 (formerly August 20, 2021)While both a third installment of the Kingsman franchise and a Statesman spin-off are still on the way, audiences will first get a taste of how the whole thing came to exist in the first place with this prequel, set in the early 1900s. Ralph Fiennes leads an all-star cast in an origin story that will show how a group of ex-soldiers formed the spy agency.The Matrix Resurrections (2021)Directed by: Lana WachowskiStarring: Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Jada Pinkett Smith, Lambert Wilson, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Neil Patrick Harris, Jonathan Groff, Jessica Henwick, Priyanka Chopra JonasOpening on: December 22, 2021 (formerly April 1, 2022), with simultaneous release on HBO MaxSomehow, some way, Neo and Trinity are set to return to the world of The Matrix, as Lana Wachowski is set to bring us another sci-fi action-adventure set in the world digital world she helped create way back in 1999. We won t get Agent Smith or Morpheus this time around, but people like Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Neil Patrick Harris, Jessica Henwick, and Priyanka Chopra are joining the cast, so that s exciting. The film was already delayed once to 2022 after it was originally slated to open in May of 2021, and now it s been moved back up again to a very competitive Christmas weekend.Sing 2 (2021)Directed by: TBDStarring: Matthew McConaughey, Selena Gomez, Shawn Mendes, John C. Reilly, Idina Menzel, Resse Witherspoon, Nick Kroll, Scarlett JohanssonOpening on: December 22, 2021Originally slated for Christmas 2020, Universal s Sing 2 will release summer 2021 instead. The animated feature about a koala talent agent will see most of the principal cast return, with the addition of Idina Menzel and Selena Gomez. Chances are it ll be another big family-friendly hit.Downton Abbey: A New Era (2022)Directed by: Simon CurtisStarring: Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Michelle Dockery, Matthew Goode, Elizabeth McGovern, Maggie Smith, Dominic West, Hugh Dancy, Laura Haddock, Nathalie BayeOpening on: December 22, 2021Fans of the popular ITV/PBS series rejoiced when the Crawley family and the staff of their famous estate made the leap to the big screen in 2019, and we re getting a second trip just in time for Christmas, 2021. The original cast is returning, with new additions like Dominic West, Hugh Dancy, Laura Haddock, and Nathalie Baye, while Simon Curtis (My Week with Marilyn) will take on directorial duties. No word yet on what exactly the story of the new film will be.Don't Look Up (2020)Directed by: Adam McKayStarring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Rob Morgan, Jonah Hill, Timothée Chalamet, Ariana GrandeOpening on: December 24, 2021 on NetflixAdam McKay (The Big Short, Vice) directs a massive ensemble cast led by Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence in this satirical take on the disaster movie, following a pair of low-level astronomers who discover an approaching comet will destroy the planet and embark on a media tour to try to get the world to take them seriously.Sherlock Holmes 3Directed by: Dexter FletcherStarring: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdamsOpening on: TBD (formerly December 22, 2021)With Robert Downey Jr. free from the MCU, it s finally time for the long awaited Sherlock Holmes sequel. By 2021, it ll have been a decade since RDJ and Jude Law last brought their mischievous friendship to Victorian England. Rachel McAdams is set to return as Irene Adler, with a script from Chris Brancato, best known for his work in television on Hannibal and Narcos, and Bohemian Rhapsody director Dexter Fletcher is at the helm, though he did report back in October of 2020 that the film was on the back burner, so it likely won t hold to its 2021 release plans.Escape from SpiderheadDirected by: Joseph KosinskiStarring: Chris Hemsworth, Miles Teller, Jurnee Smollett, Mark Paguio, Tess HaubrichOpening on: TBD on NetflixWorking from a script by Deadpool writing duo Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, Joseph Kosinski (TRON: Legacy, Top Gun: Maverick) directs this action film about a pair of near-future convicts who agree to a series of experimental drug tests in exchange for shorter prison sentences. The film was initially thought to be getting a 2022 release, but as of now, we haven t gotten concrete word on that.Blazing Samurai (2021)Directed by: Chris Bailey, Mark KoetsierStarring: Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Cera, Michelle Yeoh, George Takei, Gabriel Iglesias, Djimon HonsouOpening on: 2021Originally slated for release in 2017, the star-studded animated feature was scheduled to finally see the light of day in 2021, though we don t know if that will come to fruition. Inspired by Mel Brooks classic western Blazing Saddles, the cast includes Michael Cera, Samuel L. Jackson and Ricky Gervais.Pinocchio (2018)Directed by: Guillermo del Toro, Mark GustafsonStarring: TBDOpening on: TBD on NetflixThis has been one of Guillermo del Toro s long-in-development passion projects, and it will also be his first foray into animation. The stop motion-animated adaptation of the classic tale will reportedly be a tad darker than we may be accustomed to, with del Toro calling it a brutalist fable. Like The Power of the Dog, this was picked up by Netflix and given a 2021 release date; whether or not the streaming giant will put it in theaters remains to be seen.Jan-Mar | Apr-June | July-Sep | Oct-DecThe Best Movies of 2019 | The Most Anticipated Movies of 2020Thumbnail image by Jaap Buitendijk/©Focus Features.
Television Christmas specials had an amazing run in the 1960s, with legendary shows like A Charlie Brown Christmas, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas! all coming out within a few years of each other. And the small screen has been chasing the dragon ever since, with repeated attempts to strike that holiday gold by creating a beloved property that will air year after year after year.Some of the specials listed here were valiant efforts, while others are noble failures, and except for some hardcore fans in various corners of the internet, they’ve been mostly left behind in the snows of TV history. Let’s give a little love to these misfit toys:Christmas Is (1970)The Lutheran Church’s ventures into TV animation went beyond their legendary Davey Goliath series – this special follows the adventures of young Benji and his sheepdog Waldo. Benji gets annoyed about being cast as one of the shepherds in the annual Nativity play, but he has an attitude adjustment after finding himself transported back to Bethlehem and watching the story play out before his eyes. (The follow-up special Easter Is scared the bejesus our of some kids who happened to see it, because of the scary sequence in which Waldo gets lost.)The Night the Animals Talked (1970)This vintage special hasn’t aired on network television in decades, although it did spark some reminiscences in 2017, when the theatrical animated feature The Star pursued a somewhat similar storyline. This half-hour cartoon portrays the legend that the animals in the stable – you know, the one where Mary and Joseph wound up gained the ability to talk to each other on the night of Jesus’ birth. The voice cast includes legendary character actor Paul Dooley (Sixteen Candles), although if you squint at it just right, this show occasionally resembles Animal Farm more than it does the Gospels.Casper s First Christmas (1979)While many of the Harvey Comics characters made the leap to film and TV animation, they rarely crossed over outside of the fold. So, if only for the fact that this special features Casper learning about the holiday from the likes of Yogi Bear and Snagglepuss, it’s got historical significance. Still, the idea of it being Casper’s first Christmas calls to mind the eternal question about the character: Was he born a ghost? Or is he the spirit of a dead child?A Family Circus Christmas (1979)A Charlie Brown Christmas became a holiday perennial because of its own greatness, yes, but it helped that it was based on a beloved comic strip that reigned supreme in American newspapers for 50 years. There isn t quite the same level of affection for Bil Keane’s The Family Circus, which in recent years has become more popular as fodder for online memes than for its hilarious jokes about Billy’s dotted line or the mischievous imps Not Me and Ida Know. Anyway, if you’re a fan, here’s Dolly and Jeffy and all the rest learning the true meaning of Christmas or whatever.Christmas Comes to PacLand (1982)What’s worse than a weekly cartoon that’s a shameless attempt to build characters out of two-dimensional video game figures? A holiday special where those two-dimensional figures help Santa Claus fix his sleigh so they can save Christmas. For all the clunky jokes and terrible animation, however, you have to commend this special for committing to the bit; we may not have ever needed a Pac-Man Christmas special, but this Pac-Man Christmas special always goes out of its way to be the most Pac-Man Christmas special it can be.Ziggy s Gift (1982)Yet another TV adaptation of a newspaper comics character, and even though one of Elliott Kalan’s running gags on the Flop House podcast is his series of pitches for a Ziggy movie, this TV special featuring the hairless, luckless Everyman actually has a devoted cult following. (It no doubt helps that it was directed by the great Richard Williams, the animator behind Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and The Thief and the Cobbler.) Ziggy gets a job as a street-corner Santa, and of course, his kindness makes holiday magic happen.Rapsittie Street Kids: Believe in Santa (2002)This 2002 special from the WB Network might well have remained completely forgotten by the public at large, had Rotten Tomatoes’ own Nathan Rabin not disinterred it for his Happy Place blog. Hideously animated, grossly padded to fill out an hour’s worth of TV time, and generally devoid of any holiday joy or magic, this is one Christmas special you have to see to believe. And even though it’s never been released on DVD (imagine that), the whole thing lives on YouTube. P.S. The voice cast includes Mark Hamill, who can now claim that he was in a holiday special even worse than the Star Wars one.
亚博在线登录 When the Russo Bros.-produced action-thriller Extraction landed on Netflix in April, it arrived with all the heft of a major theatrical release. Much of that was because quarantined fans were dying for something big and splashy and new to watch – anything, really, that felt like going to the movies – but it was also because the film came with the kind of big-budget action set pieces usually reserved for the big screen – and the big-screen leading man, Chris Hemsworth, to go with it. Extraction s story is simple: Hemsworth s Tyler Rake (yep, that s his character s name!) is a mercenary hired to extract a kidnapped teenage boy from the clutches of a Bangladeshi crime boss, and he must contend with countless nameless baddies to achieve his goal. The action, though, is anything but: close-combat John Wick-style tussles, epic single-shot sequences, Bond-level escapes from hairy, bullet-filled situations. Fans have been eating it up; but it s a short-lived meal. When the smoke on Extraction has cleared, and you re looking for something to keep the adrenaline pumping, we ve got some suggestions for you. Whether you re after more urgent-feeling get-the-job-done thrills, a tender – and violent – kid/mercenary relationship, or just incredible chaotic action, let RT correspondent Naz Perez be your guide in the video above.
This week s Ketchup brings you more headlines from the world of film development news, covering such titles as Barbie, the Fletch reboot, and Guys and Dolls.This WEEK S TOP STORYKINGSMAN DIRECTOR RECRUITS STAR-STUDDED ENSEMBLE FOR ARGYLLE (Photo by David James/©Paramount)British director Matthew Vaughn has largely made a name for himself on movies based on comic books. After directing both Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class, Vaughn returned to comic books again with Mark Millar s Kingsman: The Secret Service (Certified Fresh at 75%), the sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle (Rotten at 51%), and the upcoming prequel The King s Man. Perhaps ready to start another possible new franchise, Matthew Vaughn is preparing to adapt the upcoming spy novel Argylle, and he has recruited an impressive ensemble cast. It appears that the title character, the world s greatest spy , will be played by Henry Cavill (who s previously appeared in the spy movies The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and Mission: Impossible Fallout). Cavill s Argylle co-stars will include Bryce Dallas Howard (Jurassic World), Sam Rockwell (Moon), Samuel L. Jackson, John Cena, Bryan Cranston, Catherina O Hara, and, in her acting debut, pop star Dua Lipa.Other Top Headlines1. GRETA GERWIG TO DIRECT MARGOT ROBBIE S BARBIE FOR 2023 (Photo by Jason Smith/Everett Collection)Some movies can get announced, developed, and produced within a couple of years, and other movies languish in development hell for years or even decades (and some never do get made). One such example of that is the live-action Barbie movie, which Mattel has been developing since at least 2009. To put that in perspective, in 2009, there were only two movies released in what we now know as the MCU (Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk), which includes dozens of movies now, while there still isn t a single Barbie. For a while, it looked like Amy Schumer or Anne Hathaway might star in Barbie, but eventually Margot Robbie came aboard. Warner Bros. has finally officially announced that Barbie will indeed start filming in early 2022 at Leavesden Studios in London, under the direction of Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird, Certified Fresh at 99%; Little Women, Certified Fresh at 95%). Back when Amy Schumer was (almost) involved, the Barbie movie was to be a fish out of water story about Barbie coming from her toy world to the real world, but Margot Robbie (who s also producing) and Gerwig are expected to have changed the premise, although it s not yet known to what.2. GUYS AND DOLLS TO BE REMADE BY DIRECTOR OF CHICAGO AND DREAMGIRLS (Photo by Everett Collection)Another project that has been kicking around development for well over a decade is the idea of a remake of the classic 1955 gangster musical Guys and Dolls (Fresh at 91%), which originally starred Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra. To finally get the remake going, TriStar Pictures has enlisted the help of musical director Bill Condon, whose filmography includes the Broadway adaptations Chicago (Certified Fresh at 86%) and Dreamgirls (Certified Fresh at 78%), as well as The Greatest Showman (Rotten at 57%) and Disney s live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast (Fresh at 71%). Over the years, several actors have considered taking on Guys and Dolls, including Vin Diesel, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, and most recently, Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (and we should also note that since the movie isn t yet cast, it s still possible any of those actors could star in the movie when it eventually happens).3. MICHELLE WILLIAMS CAST AS HENRY VIII S FINAL WIFE IN HORROR FILM FIREBRAND (Photo by Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection)The life of England s King Henry VIII has long interested writers dating all the way back to Shakespeare, which has also resulted in dozens of movies about either his life or other people in his immediate orbit. Part of the fascination with Henry VIII has to do with the way he went through wives (spoiler: some were killed off), and now, Michelle Williams is set to star as Catherine Parr, Henry VIII s final wife, in a psychological horror film called Firebrand. The focus on Catherine Parr is a bit unusual, because Anne Boleyn and Jane Seymour are typically the wives that both film and literature tend to focus on. It s also worth noting that Firebrand is described as psychological horror, which suggests that Henry VIII himself (who hasn t been cast yet) may be the film s villain.4. ZACK SNYDER IS READY FOR HIS OWN STAR WARS (SORT OF) (Photo by ©Netflix)Director Zack Snyder has risen to that rare level of fame where his name alone is a draw, as in Zack Snyder s Justice League (Fresh at 71%), though the irony of that title is that Justice League is obviously an adaptation of someone else s work. More recently, Snyder has been focusing his attention on projects for Netflix, starting with the zombie heist thriller Army of the Dead (Fresh at 68%) and continuing with the upcoming prequel series Army of the Dead: Lost Vegas. For his latest Netflix project, Snyder appears to be setting his ambitious sights on the stars, as he will co-write, produce, and direct a sci-fi fantasy adventure called Rebel Moon, which is being compared to George Lucas original Star Wars. Rebel Moon will be about a peaceful colony on the edge of the galaxy that is threatened by the armies of a tyrant called Balisarius, leading them to recruit a young woman with a mysterious past to seek out warriors from neighboring planets to help them make a stand. 5. JAVIER BARDEM TO VOICE LYLE, LYLE, CROCODILE IN 2022 MUSICAL (Photo by Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection)Movie adaptations of children s books are perhaps not as frequently discussed as say, comic book movies or remakes, but Hollywood has been steadily turning to them as a source for children s films since in the 1930s (and The Wizard of Oz). The latest is the 1965 picture book Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile by Bernard Waber, which is now in production as a live-action/animated hybrid for release next year (7/22/2022). The role of the titular reptile (coincidentally announced in the same week that Alligator Loki is all the rage on Twitter) will be voiced by Spanish actor Javier Bardem, whose big budget franchise work has included such movies as Skyfall and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Bardem will also soon be seen as King Triton in Disney s live-action remake of The Little Mermaid. The songwriting team of Benj Pasek Justin Paul (La La Land, Dear Evan Hansen) are currently working on original songs for Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile.6. MAD MEN STARS TO REUNITE FOR FLETCH REBOOT (Photo by Justina Mintz/©AMC)For fans of 1980s movies, the 1985 movie Fletch (Fresh at 77%) (and its sequel Fletch Lives) might be synonymous with the film s star, Chevy Chase, but the character actually first got his start as the star of a series of several novels by mystery author Gregory McDonald. There have been attempts to reboot Fletch in the decades since, with perhaps the project that came closest to actually happening being Kevin Smith s adaptation of the first novel, Fletch Won, in which Smith was hoping to cast Jason Lee (TV s My Name is Earl), but it didn t happen. Instead, it s Mad Men star Jon Hamm who is reviving Fletch with an ada If you have a suggestion for a movie or show you think we should do an episode on, let us know in the comments, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.Meet the hostsJacqueline Coley is an editor at Rotten Tomatoes, with a focus on awards and indie coverage but with a passion for everything, from the MCU to musicals and period pieces. Coley is a regular moderator at conventions and other events, can be seen on Access Hollywood and other shows, and will not stand Constantine slander of any kind. Follow Jacqueline on Twitter: @THATjacqueline.Mark Ellis is a comedian and contributing editor for Rotten Tomatoes. He currently hosts the Rotten Tomatoes series Versus, among others, and can be seen co-hosting the sports entertainment phenomenon Movie Trivia Schmoedown. 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American Gods executive producer–author promises transcendent season 2, Outlander season 5 update, Starz introduces racy new millennial sex comedy, the Crawleys get supersized in Downton Abbey movie, and more.TOP STORYCaitriona Balfe s Claire Fraser Will Have a New Role in Outlander Season 5(Photo by Starz)Caitriona Balfe is just weeks away from filming season 5 of Outlander. Since season 4 used elements from the fourth and fifth books in the series, it sounds like season 5 will already hit book six, A Breath of Snow and Ashes, which leads up to 1776 in North Carolina — quite a significant year in American history. Before heading off to film, Balfe told Rotten Tomatoes a few more details about about Claire Fraser s journey in the new season.“Last season, her doctor side in some ways is put to one side,” Balfe said. “We got to see little glimpses of it. I think now that they’re going to settled in Fraser’s Ridge, it’s a real opportunity to establish herself in getting that kind of professional side of her life back in an order that is very fulfilling for her. So I think that’s exciting too.”The Fraser clan is growing in season 5 as Brianna (Sophie Skelton) has a baby whose health complications may require a return to the present for medical care.“[Claire s] a grandmother this season, which I think is a really interesting time in a woman’s life,” Balfe said. “It’s great to be able to explore that and have an extended family be around and also to deepen this marriage and this relationship in new ways because their life now is very new. This is a new role they’re taking on. It’s a new place and they’ve settled into this new community so I think it’s really interesting.”The season will cover a fraught time for both the country and the Fraser family, as Claire and her beloved, Jamie (Sam Heughan), are on the front lines of the birth of America as well as their grandchild.“I think there’s a lot of interesting things that we’re going to get to explore in terms of family, in terms of loyalties, especially in politics,” Balfe said. “It’s very new to me, all of this kind of time in American history. To understand the intricacies of what was going on in America in that time during its infancy, the people that were coming into the country, who their allegiances lay with. It’s all really interesting stuff, and it’s very new so that makes it really exciting.”Despite Behind-the-Scenes Drama, American Gods Season 2 Feels Like the Same Show The drama behind the scenes of Starz s American Gods has been well-documented — original showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green departed after writing about half the scripts for season 2, with Jesse Alexander appointed as new showrunner two months later — but creator (and book author) Neil Gaiman told reporters that viewers shouldn t notice any difference in quality between the two seasons. I was on the show before Bryan and Michael came on as showrunners; I got to watch that being made, he said. I got to watch them leave and Jesse come on and take season 2. From my perspective, the thing that has been made as season 2 feels like the same show that we had for season 1. Part of that is because we have amazing actors, part of that is because a lot of the people didn t change.(Photo by Starz) It still looks and feels like American Gods, he continued. It s definitely taken a while to get season 2 out, but it takes a while to get good things made and I think we d all rather have it good than have it quicker — although we d rather have it quicker too. The Crawleys Turn Volume to 11 on Downton Abbey Movie(Photo by Nick Briggs/Carnival Film & Television Limited 2014)The Downton Abbey movie hits theaters on September 20, and its stars are still keeping as frustratingly tight-lipped as ever when it comes to discussing the upcoming film. I don t even know what I can tell you, star Laura Carmichael (a.k.a. Edith Crawley) told USA Today and a small group of reporters on Tuesday. What can I remember has been released? There’s some new exciting people, which was dreamy. New cast members which you’ll love and enjoy. Unfortunately, that s just about all Carmichael, who next stars in Starz s drama The Spanish Princess, could say about what happens, though she did reveal that she thinks everyone will be pleased that we’ve upped the ante. Turned the volume up. Whether it s the end of the road for the Crawleys and their staff is something only creator Julian Fellowes can address. I can’t speak for other people, Carmichael said. But I can say we all had a dreamy time, it was lush. SpongeBob SquarePants Turns 20SpongeBob SquarePants celebrates its 20th birthday this summer. Like other beloved animated series (including The Simpsons and Family Guy), the series has managed to remain in the zeitgeist for multiple decades (though SpongeBob is a show both kids and adults can enjoy together). How, exactly, has the Nickelodeon series managed to remain so topical? Man, that’s the million-dollar question, said Bill Fagerbakke, who voices SpongeBob s pal Patrick Star. I don’t know if there’s a formula. There’s something mercurial and enigmatic about it. And I’ve come to think it’s a magical combination of shapes, colors, and sounds. We don’t know! Rodger Bumpass, who voices SpongeBob s frenemy Squidward, likens the series to Looney Tunes. They’re both short cartoons, but different ages of people and viewers get different things. Little kids get something out of it cause it’s colorful and it’s animated. And then the little older guys get a little bit more stuff out of it, and adults get something out of it too. And funny is funny, so I think that’s one of the reasons it has struck a chord, Bumpass said.SpongeBob himself, a.k.a. Tom Kenny, thinks some of the magic of his character comes from the fact that everyone wants to root for him and he s avoided any type of controversy. SpongeBob really does seem to have this charmed life and this magic power where people, you know, they didn’t just like it a little bit. They started to really like it and love it, and it found its way into the fabric of people’s lives, and it kept finding new life in new ways like memes and things like that, Kenny said. And even on the couple of occasions where there’s been something a little controversial that’s happened, SpongeBob still winds up winning. SpongeBob still winds up on top. For example, the latest Super Bowl halftime show was a tad controversial, but people didn t take any umbrage with the fact that SpongeBob made an appearance.Said Kenny, People get mad at the NFL. They don’t get mad at SpongeBob. You know what I mean? They don’t hate on SpongeBob. They hate on Maroon 5. The Rook EP Explains Why British People Are Good at Spy DramasThe new Starz drama The Rook, based on the book of the same name by Daniel O Malley, is both a tense British spy thriller and a supernatural drama. When Myfanwy Thomas (Emma Greenwell) wakes up in the rain next to London s Millennium Bridge, she can t remember who she is or how she wound up next to a pile of dead bodies. But she soon learns that she s a high-ranking official in the Checquy, a secret organization involving people with paranormal abilities.The London-set series was run by two American showrunners, Lisa Zerling and Karyn Usher, though it stars a mostly British cast (save for Olivia Munn). British executive producer Stephen Garrett said the series works because his people are experts in the spy genre. The Rook denotes [Myfanwy s] rank in the organization, and clearly there are bishops and queens who are higher than her, but I think what drew us all to this is it s a spy show with supernatural elements. The great thing about spy shows, and why the British are good at them, [is because] we re naturally duplicitous, we re very good at lying, and we love secrets, Garrett joked. So if you re a spy you can t tell your friends or your loved ones what it is you do, and I think if you have supernatural powers, you can t tell your loved ones what it is you have. So you have secrets to the power of 10, and that s just a heady mix for a great drama. Maybe Don t Watch the Racy Now Apocalypse With Your Parents(Photo by Starz)Gregg Araki s new Starz drama, Now Apocalypse, is a sex-infused, surreal adventure about stoner twentysomethings navigating the dating world and Los Angeles in general. Ulysses (Avan Jogia) also starts having premonitory dreams, causing him to wonder if there s a dark conspiracy going on around him or he s just smoking too much weed.There s a lot of nudity and sex, but star Jogia told reporters that he thinks the show will attract a multi-generational audience. As he pointed out, the older generation, quote unquote, grew up during sex lib. But if you re thinking about watching the show with your parents, whether that s a good decision or not really depends on how sexually liberated you and your parents are. The show sounds very punk rock, and attuned toward sex and sexuality, Araki said. We have BDSM, and we have water sports, and we have a sex club and a sex orgy, and it s like Whoa, that show sounds nuts. But when I watched it for the first time, there s a real sweetness to it. And this is a testament to the best cast in the whole universe — they really imbue these characters with such vanity and such authenticity. The whole show is grounded in these characters. They re super-sweet and super lovable. It s really about these characters and what they re going through. It s a lot, he admitted — especially in a show he described as Girls, Sex and the City meets Twin Peaks with an alien — but he’s not including those moments for shock value. I m not interested in titillation or making porn, Araki said. It s really about those moments of character truth, and I think that s the strongest thing about the show. Dennis Quaid Heads to NetflixNetflix has added Dennis Quaid to its ever-expanding roster of talent. The veteran actor is set to star in a new comedy series from Everybody Loves Raymond writer Tucker Cawley called Merry Happy Whatever. The series, according to Netflix, takes place in the weeks around Christmas as a father is thrown for a loop when his youngest daughter comes home for Christmas with a new boyfriend. Dennis Quaid will star in “Merry Happy Whatever,” a comedy series from “Everybody Loves Raymond” writer Tucker Cawley that takes place in the weeks around Christmas as a father is thrown for a loop when his youngest daughter comes home for Christmas with a new boyfriend. pic.twitter.com/zaAA9d3qSM See What s Next (@seewhatsnext) February 12, 2019
亚博在线登录 In 2018, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige stunned fans by announcing the studio was developing a film based on Marvel Comics’ Eternals. The assortment of late 1970s Jack Kirby characters are somewhat obscure, but Feige said the “Ancient Aliens” sci-fi trope buried in the concept made it a worthy addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe s Phase Four. Now, three or so years later, the movie is nearing release with an eclectic cast, a now Oscar-winning director, and the same sort of question marks that surrounded Guardians of the Galaxy before its 2014 release. So join us as we examine everything we know about Eternals to determine if it will contain the next Groot or, perhaps, something more mysterious.[Updated on 8/19/21]The Premise(Photo by Marvel Comics)As one of Kirby’s final projects before his he parted ways with Marvel Comics for keeps, The Eternals continues themes Kirby worked on throughout the 1970s in books like DC Comics New Gods: the origins of myths and the power of ancient beings. Debuting in 1976’s The Eternals #1, the comic book focused on a race of humans engineered by the alien Celestials to protect the Earth. Of course, things did not go as planned, and life on Earth developed along different lines. Nevertheless, the Eternals remained to protect the planet from the Deviants, Celestial experiments that also did not evolve quite as expected.The Eternals are themselves long-lived and have developed many advanced technologies; primary reasons why they stay in the shadows, let humans solve their own problems, and focus on more interstellar threats. But this philosophy was not embraced by all members of the race, and a civil war broke out that eventually led to the Eternals being able to store cosmic energy in their own bodies and use it in a variety of ways. There is also some business about a faction founding a colony on Saturn’s moon, Titan, but that couldn’t possibly matter to the film’s story, right?In the modern day, most Eternals carry on private conflicts away from the eyes of the public or act as superheroes to obscure their real intent; which makes sense for a group of Marvel characters who rarely enjoy the privilege of their own comic book. As it happens, Kirby’s version of the title ended after just two years. The title would return either as planned miniseries or short runs in the 1980s and 2000s. Neil Gaiman wrote one such miniseries miniseries in 2006.(Photo by Marvel Comics)Despite rarely enjoying the starring role, the Eternals quickly became a favorite of writers and artists who followed in Kirby’s wake. Various members of the original cast worked their way into books like Thor, and their backstory continued to deepen. Gaiman’s miniseries, for example, recast prominent Eternals like Ikaris and Thena (more on them in a moment) as millions of years old instead of the tens of thousands the Kirby original suggested. He also introduced the idea that the Eternals suffered from a collective amnesia about their origins and lived as conventional humans until circumstances forced them to remember their old lives.And though partial amnesia would explain their absence from recent battles, a teaser released in May suggests the Eternals will be in full possession of their powers and memories as the story begins. According to Marvel, the film will focus on the Eternals – who have lived on planet Earth in secret for the last 7,000 years – renewing their conflict with the Deviants sometime after the missing human population returned from the Blip. The May preview even goes so far as to mention the Eternals never interfered in human affairs until this new crisis, which means they actively chose not be part of recent events.A final trailer released in August hinted at their reasoning for standing down as the Chitauri, Thanos, and others threatened the Earth – the Celestials forbade their intervention except in cases of Deviant incursion. The preview also offered a greater understanding of the film’s take on the characters: estranged for centuries, the group must reunite to stave off “The Emergence.” The event is likened to the end of the world and somehow allows the Deviants to resume their assaults on the planet.Also, “The Emergence” is only possible because of the energy used to return all of the beings Thanos snapped away. That suggests some short-sightedness on the part of the Celestials with their non-intervention rule and, perhaps, a reason for the Eternals to go public during the course of the film. Alternatively, though, the Celestials may have wanted the Infinity Saga to occur for some obscure reason.Meet Your Eternals(Photo by Marvel Entertainment)To play these quasi-mythic characters, Marvel assembled a surprising roster of actors. Leading the pack is Gemma Chan as Sersi. Though she reportedly masquerades as a museum curator, she is really an Eternal with the ability to manipulate matter. In early discussions about the film, Feige said Sersi is the starring character, though it is unclear if this is still the case in the finished film.Angelina Jolie also appears as Thena, a warrior who uses her abilities with cosmic energy to fashion weapons. Some reports note she is in exile from the main Eternals group, so she could serve an antagonistic function even as she unites with the others against the Deviants.Richard Madden is Ikaris, a tactical genius and, back in the comics, a frequent guest star in other titles. Although Marvel is offering us a mere 7,000 years of Eternal history, we’d believe he’s millions of years old as Gaiman suggested.(Photo by Marvel Entertainment)Other Eternals include Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo, a Bollywood star whose fame-seeking life suggests he may not be aware that he is an Eternal; Lauren Ridloff as super-fast scout Makkari, Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos, an inventor with a tendency to break the Eternals non-intervention edict; Haaz Sleiman as Phastos’s husband; Barry Keoghan as Druig, whose ability to manipulate minds and distance from the others suggests he may also be a possible antagonist; Lia McHugh as Sprite, an illusion-generating Eternal who only looks twelve-years-old and may be the source of any potential memory loss among the group; Don Lee as Gilgamesh, who can project an exoskeleton and whose name conjures up a very direct connection to ancient human myths; and Salma Hayek as Ajak, the leader of the Eternals, who can also speak with the Celestials, suggesting some of Kirby’s most out-there character designs may be featured in the film. At least, we hope some authentic Kirby weirdness will appear.Additionally, Kit Harington plays Dane Whitman, a human man who may or may not become Marvel Comics Black Knight over the course of the film.Behind the Eternals(Photo by Handout/Getty Images)On the filmmaking side of things, Chloé Zhao serves as director. Long before her Oscar-winning film Nomadland became the talk of Hollywood, her acclaimed sophomore film The Rider, her presentation to Marvel Studios, and her visual aesthetics reportedly wowed Feige. Indeed, the executive became the butt of jokes during the Spring of 2020 as he continued to praise Zhao’s use of natural landscapes to create both scope and intimacy without green screens or visual effects. But in the few moments we’ve seen of the film, those qualities definitely appear to be on display.On scripting duties are Kaz and Ryan Firpo, who’ve been with the project since 2018. Although the pair has few credits, Kaz has won awards for Refuge, his documentary on the Syrian Refugee Crisis, and a short film. Zhao also took a pass at the script.Other people on the crew include cinematographer Ben Davis – a five-time Marvel veteran who shot Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Doctor Strange, and Captain Marvel before Eternals – and editors Dylan Tichenor (Zero Dark Thirty) and Craig Wood (both Guardians films and Ant-Man and the Wasp). Providing the film’s score is Game of Thrones Ramin Djawadi, who seems like a fitting choice – and not just because two actors from that series are in the film. Like Thrones, the Eternals concept contains a sense of closely-knit cultures, family politics, and an inscrutable enemy on the horizon.The Implications Of Eternals(Photo by Marvel Studios)As names like Ikaris, “Gilgamesh,” and “Sersi” imply, the notion that the Eternals have been on Earth all along will have far-reaching effects on the MCU. If the resolution of the film means they have to reveal themselves to the superhero community, then there’s the expectation for them to, at least, be on call in the future. It is also easy to imagine resentment could bubble up from their unwillingness to lend aid during the Battle of New York or the invasion of Wakanda.It is also possible Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) knew about them and specifically chose not to approach them; maybe he and Phastos had an understanding.Meanwhile, deepening the presence of their creators, the Celestials, in MCU lore could point to a threat worthy of a grand Avengers assemblage in Phase Five or Phase Six. The Guardians did face off against Kurt Russell s Ego, who identified himself as a Celestial even though that wasn t necessarily true of his character in the comics, in Vol. 2 and defeated him. But it s anyone s guess how even this group of active heroes and Eternals are supposed to confront an impossibly powerful Celestial like Ziran the Tester without the aid of a partial Celestial like Star-Lord (Chris Pratt).(Photo by ©Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)Also, looking back on the allusions to Mesopotamian and Greek mythology, establishing a superpower presence in antiquity opens up other settings for future films, namely the past beyond World War II. Imagine an MCU-set Western or something more resembling a fantasy epic in which the Eternals fight Apocalypse during his time as a pharaoh in Egypt – a very similar story already exists in the annuls of Marvel Comics history. Granted, Marvel Studios prefers its films to be contemporary, but these characters’ long lives do offer new possibilities.Of course, this is all mere speculation. Job one of Eternals is to make Sersi and the rest bankable characters, like Groot and Rocket before them. And while we’re unsure any of the them will become the smash commercial icons those characters became, we expect at least one Eternal will be a welcome sight the next time the Avengers plan a pancake breakfast or defense of the planet.Delayed Just A YearLike Black Widow before it, Eternals was planned for release in 2020 November 6, 2020 to be exact but experienced some of the sliding calendar woes both Black Widow and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings faced as the pandemic significantly altered theatrical exhibition. For the moment, Eternals is set for release on November 5, almost exactly a year after its original date.Eternals is in theaters on November 5, 2021.On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.