Here’s What the Summer 2021 Movie Schedule Looks Like Right Now
Summertime and the living should be easy. Theaters might have been totally shut down for the majority of last summer, but if anything goes according to plan, we’ll be in movie theaters again soon enough. That means summer blockbusters of all shapes and sizes. Perhaps you’ve been itching for that big screen Marvel experience. Maybe your cup of tea is nostalgia—lucky you, if that’s the case. There’s a dash of Jackass, a healthy dose of Top Gun, and a Space Jam sequel on the horizon. Truthfully, this is arguably the most action packed, big name film summer we’ve had in years.
Of course, this list is tentative. Who knows what’s going to get shifted and switched between now and those beautifully hot dog days of summer. For now, let’s believe that once the warmer days arrive, we’ll be back in those plush theater seats, finally watching something on a screen bigger than our living room TV.
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (June 4)
The Conjuring universe continues with this new sequel, but it’s not just ghosts and apparitions this time. Vera Framiga and Patrick Wilson return as the Warrens, a paranormal investigative couple who must explore a crime committed by a real, human man. So what’s the twist? Oh, just look at the title and take a guess…
Ghostbusters: Afterlife (June 11)
After outrage over the all-female reboot (why??) and a middling final product (eh…), the Ghostbusters franchise is coming back again, bringing back some familiar faces, and also introducing Carrie Coon and Finn Wolfhard into the fold.
Top Gun: Maverick (July 2)
The need for speed is back. Originally planned for a 2020 release, this summer is going to dredge up some major ‘80s vibes as Tom Cruise plops back into the pilot seat for the long awaited sequel to the original Top Gun.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (July 9)
More Marvel! Not only will Shang-Chi take us into a whole new phase of Marvel films, but it will also mark the first time that a Marvel film has been fronted solely by an Asian character.
Space Jam 2 (July 16)
Technically called Space Jam: A New Legacy, the film will follow a similar format to the first, but instead of MJ, LeBron James is stepping in to work his way through the world of Bugs Bunny and friends. Oh, and the whole Warner Bros. playbook is open, so who knows which characters we’ll see this time.
The Suicide Squad (August 6)
Ok, yes. We know your opinion on the original, but in this revamp, we’re going to give it another shot. The Suicide Squad is a technical follow up to the first, somewhat lukewarmly received film, about a group of pseudo-reformed villains with one last lease on life: doing good in the name of getting out of being bad.
Respect (August 13)
Part of Aretha Franklin’s wishes is that if a biopic of her life were produced, Jennifer Hudson would star. She will get her wish this year when Hudson leads Respect, chronicling the life of the Queen of
Soul.Candyman (August 27)
Who can make the sun riiiiise? The horrifying franchise called Candyman returns this year, with Nia DaCosta directing and Jordan Peele heading up the writer’s room with Win Rosenfeld. Nearly 30 years after the original, the story has moved to present day. Having only really heard the story of the chilling legacy, a couple opens up the story of Candyman a bit too wide, inviting himZZand his havoc back into the world.
Jackass 4 (Septem1b2er 3)
Jackass is coming back for a fourth sequel, proving that getting kicked in the nuts three times is simply not enough.