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Upcoming movies: These are the most exciting new films coming in 2021 and beyond

Spider-Man: No Way Home
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One thing's for sure – there's no shortage of upcoming movies to get excited about over the next few months. There are plenty of major blockbusters on the way, from Spider-Man: No Way Home to The Matrix Resurrections, as well as additions to the Scream, Jurassic World, and Top Gun franchises coming next year. If that's not enough to get you back to the cinema, we don't know what is. 

It's not all about the big screen though – you can also head over to Netflix to see the latest movie from Oscar-winning director Jane Campion, The Power of the Dog, and Don't Look Up starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence. The new Matrix movie is premiering simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max, too. So for all that and much more, scroll on to discover our picks of the best upcoming movies arriving on the big (and small) screen in 2021 and beyond. 

The Power of the Dog

Benedict Cumberbatch in The Power of the Dog

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Release date: November 17 (theaters), December 1 (Netflix), 2021 

Oscar-winning director Jane Campion's latest movie is set on a Montana cattle ranch in the '20s where a young widow (Kirsten Dunst) and her son (Kodi Smit-McPhee) come to live with her new husband, George (Jesse Plemons). However, things are complicated by the presence of George's brother Phil (Benedict Cumberbatch) and his erratic, potentially violent behavior. The Power of the Dog is also getting a Netflix release on December 1. 

Ghostbusters: Afterlife

Ghostbusters: Afterlife

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Release date: November 19, 2021

Who you gonna call? When it comes to having another crack at rebooting Ghostbusters, it seems the answer is Jason Reitman. The Tully director announced via a teaser trailer that he's inherited the megaphone from his dad, original Ghostbusters director Ivan, for a movie Reitman Jr. has described as “a continuation of the original franchise”. That means the new movie will pick up decades after New York was terrorized by insurgents from the spirit world, meaning the unfairly maligned 2016 movie now sits alone in its own parallel timeline.

With Fargo’s Carrie Coon, Stranger Things’ Finn Wolfhard, McKenna Grace (the young Carol Danvers in Captain Marvel) and Ant-Man himself, Paul Rudd, heading up the cast, it promises to have a very different feel to the “four guys team-up to fight ghosts” vibe of the original movies.

Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City

Upcoming video game movies - Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City

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Release date: November 24 (US), December 3 (UK), 2021

The latest Resident Evil movie will tell an original story that broadly encompasses the events of the first two video games – set in the '90s, it's set to explore the secrets of the mysterious Spencer Mansion and the ill-fated Raccoon City. The movie stars Kaya Scodelario, Hannah John-Kamen, Robbie Amell, Tom Hopper, and Avan Jogia as members of the group of survivors remaining in Raccoon City.

House of Gucci

House of Gucci

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Release date: November 24 (US), November 26 (UK), 2021

You know the family name, now learn about the scandals behind one of the most famous fashion houses in the world. Spanning three decades, the movie follows the Gucci family with a particular focus on Maurizio (Adam Driver), Gucci founder Guccio Gucci's grandson, and his wife Patrizia Reggiani (Lady Gaga), who was convicted of organizing Maurizio's murder after the couple divorced. ridley Scott directs this one, which, like his other movie The Last Duel, promises to be another awards contender.

West Side Story

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Release date: December 10, 2021

There aren’t many genres Steven Spielberg hasn’t tackled over the course of his long and impressive career, but the musical is one of them. He’s about to change all that with this new take on West Side Story, but seeing as Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins’ 1961 Oscar-winner is widely regarded as one of the best song-and-dance flicks of all time, the director certainly isn’t taking the easy option.

Famously an update of Romeo And Juliet, the story focuses on a doomed romance against the backdrop of gang war between the Jets and the Sharks in 1950s New York. Baby Driver star Ansel Elgort and newcomer Rachel Zegler play lovers Tony and Maria, with Rita Moreno (who won an Oscar playing Anita in the original movie) back to play Valentina, a reimagined and expanded version of the role of Doc. We know the tunes are good – the question is, can Spielberg make everything else sing as well?

Nightmare Alley

Nightmare Alley

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Release date: December 17, 2021

Guillermo del Toro's finally back! Nightmare Alley marks the director's first movie since the Best Picture winner The Shape of Water.

Based on the 1946 novel of the same name by William Lindsay Gresham, the story has already been adapted for the screen once before back in 1947. It follows manipulative carnival worker Stan Carlisle (played by Bradley Cooper this time around), who joins forces with the dangerous femme fatale Dr. Lilith Ritter (Cate Blanchett). The new photos seemingly confirm that the movie has kept the '40s setting, paying homage to the golden age of film noir. However, unlike the 1947 version, del Toro's Nightmare Alley is R-rated. Alongside Blanchett and Cooper, the movie also stars Toni Collette, Willem Dafoe, and Rooney Mara.

Spider-Man: No Way Home

Spider-Man No Way Home

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Release date: December 15 (UK), December 17 (US), 2021

The third installment of the Tom Holland-fronted Spidey franchise, titled Spider-Man: No Way Home, may see the return of a few familiar faces – multiverse rumors have been brewing for a while now, with Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, and Kirsten Dunst reportedly reprising their roles from previous Spider-verses. We know we can also expect appearances from Doctor Octopus and J. Jonah Jameson, too. Other than that, everything is still pretty up in the air, plot-wise, but we’ve got high hopes for Spider-Man 3.

The Matrix Resurrections

The Matrix Resurrections

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Release date: December 22, 2021 (HBO Max + theaters)

After months of rumors, it was finally confirmed that The Matrix 4 is actually happening. Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss are back as Neo and Trinity, while Lana Wachowski returns as director. New cast members include Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Neil Patrick Harris, and Jessica Henwick, though none of their roles have been specified. Actually, not much else has been specified at all. We know very, very little about The Matrix 4, but it's worth noting that Aleksandar Hemon – author of The Lazarus Project – and David Mitchell, who wrote the book Cloud Atlas, are both on board as co-screenwriters with Wachowski. Now, if that's not the recipe for some deep, action-packed philosophical conundrums then we don't know what is.

The King's Man

The King's Man

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Release date: December 22, 2021

After Kingsman: The Secret Service announced the arrival of a fun new spy saga, follow-up The Golden Circle fell a little flat. Now, director Matthew Vaughn gets a chance to reinvigorate the series (based on Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons’ comic book series) by going back to the early 20th century in this prequel – we’re thinking of it as The League of Extraordinarily Tailored Gentlemen.

A big advantage of visiting the origins of the titular undercover organization is the chance to roll out a lot of famous actors playing even more famous historical figures: Ralph Fiennes, Liam Neeson is Lord Kitchener, Rhys Ifans is Rasputin, Gemma Arterton is Mata Hari, and Tom Hollander is King George V, Kaiser Wilhelm II, and Tsar Nicholas II – the three monarchs were cousins and the spit of each other. Expect ridiculous gadgets, over-the-top action, and plenty of innuendo.

Don't Look Up

Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence in Don't Look Up

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Release date: December 24, 2021 (Netflix)

Leonardo DiCaprio (the first A-list actor of many you’re about to see on this page) plays Paul, an astronomer tasked with heading on a “giant media tour” to warn everyone of the approaching comet that spells impending doom for the world’s population. Joining him is Jennifer Lawrence, who plays fellow astronomer Kate. The movie, from Adam McKay, also stars *deep breath* Jonah Hill, Mark Rylance, Tyler Perry, Ron Perlman, Timothee Chalamet, Cate Blanchett, and Meryl Streep. Now that's one huge cast.

The 355

Jessica Chastain in The 355

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Release date: January 7, 2022

The 355 follows Mace (Jessica Chastain), a CIA agent gone rogue, recruiting an all-female team to help her put a stop to a cyber-terrorist group. Chastain is joined by an all-star cast, including Lupita Nyong'o, Penélope Cruz, Diane Kruger, Fan Bingbing, and Sebastian Stan. The name of the movie is a reference to ‘Agent 355’, the code name of a female spy during the American Revolution whose identity is still unknown.

Scream

Scream 5

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Release date: January 14, 2022

Ghostface is back. Set 25 years after the original murders, someone new has donned the infamous white mask and targets a group of teenagers in an attempt to bring old secrets to light. The horror franchise's fifth installment sees Scream alumni David Arquette, Courtney Cox, and Neve Campbell reprise their roles from previous films, while Melissa Barrera, Jack Quaid, Kyle Gallner, and Dylan Minnette have also joined the cast. 

Morbius

Morbius

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Release date: January 28, 2022

After the massive (and possibly unexpected) success of Venom, Sony’s going full-steam-ahead on the Spider-Verse that may or may not be attached to the MCU (Tom Holland will be appearing in Spider-Verse movies, and we already know Vulture is in Morbius, so we're guessing so). Morbius centers on another troubled villain/antihero (delete as appropriate) – this time it’s Michael Morbius, a scientist with a rare blood disorder whose experiments to find a cure end up giving him a form of vampirism.

Dallas Buyers Club Oscar-winner Jared Leto is playing the so-called "living vampire", so expect impressive levels of commitment from an actor who famously went method playing the Joker in Suicide Squad.

Marry Me

Marry Me

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Release date: February 11, 2022

She’s a mega pop star, who discovers her latest beau is cheating on her. He’s a high school maths teacher, who happens to be holding up a sign that says ‘Marry Me’ at one of her concerts. And so what happens? She plucks him out of the audience and a whirlwind romance starts. So begins Kat Coiro’s charming-sounding Marry Me, a rom-com that you can take the whole family to.

Uncharted

Tom Holland in the Uncharted movie

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Release date: February 11 (UK), February 18 (US), 2022

After seven (yes, seven!) director changes, the Uncharted movie finally wrapped filming. That means we can expect to see the Tom Holland-led adaptation of the games in cinemas during our lifetimes. We didn't think it would happen after such a turbulent production process. But here we are. Mark Wahlberg is set to play Sully, a mentor-type to Holland's Nathan Drake. This will be set a little before the games, which center on older versions of the characters. But by going young, Sony has set itself up for a franchise. Expect sequels. Many, many sequels...

The Batman

The Batman

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Release date: March 4, 2022

Robert Pattinson takes over the cowl in The Batman, the upcoming adaptation of the Caped Crusader from director Matt Reeves. If you discount Batman v Superman, this is the first solo Batman movie in a decade (The Dark Knight Rises released in 2012), making it the longest gap between Bat-Flicks since Tim Burton’s Batman arrived onto the scene. Taking place outside the currently established DCEU, The Batman will pit R-Batz against a host of villains, including Riddler, The Penguin, and Catwoman. Prepare for an action-packed and bloody take on Batman unlike any other.

Top Gun: Maverick

Tom Cruise in Top Gun: Maverick

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Release date: May 27, 2022

Thirty-five years after the original Top Gun, Tom Cruise feels the need to go back to the role that made him the biggest movie star on the planet. This time around, his Pete “Maverick” Mitchell is an instructor at the eponymous San Diego flight school, and he’s set to come into contact with trainee pilot Bradley Bradshaw (played by Whiplash star Miles Teller) – who just happens to be the son of Maverick’s late co-pilot Goose…

The first Top Gun was a glorious example of ’80s excess and style over substance, so don’t expect the sequel to be a deep examination of a pilot’s psyche. But with director Joseph Kosinski having Tron: Legacy and Oblivion under his belt, the upcoming movie is bound to look spectacular. Meanwhile, the return of Val Kilmer as Iceman is a nice link to the original – he can be our wingman anytime...

Jurassic World: Dominion

Jurassic World

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Release date: June 10, 2022

There's nothing quite as fun as bringing the gang back together. Jeff Goldblum, Sam Neil, and Laura Dern are all returning to the dinosaur franchise for Jurassic World 3: Dominion. The pre-historic beasts are now out in the wild, away from the insular parks that kept them hostage. Prepare for carnage and familiar faces.

Mission: Impossible 7

Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation

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Release date: September 30, 2022

Yes, there have already been six of these action-packed blockbusters, and the series continues for good reason. Tom Cruise was born to do death-defying stunts, and this series is full of them. This time around, he's joined by series newcomers Hayley Atwell and Pom Klementieff, while Ving Rhames, Henry Czerny, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Vanessa Kirby, and Angela Bassett all reprise their roles from previous movies. Christopher McQuarrie is back in the director's chair, and a sequel – Mission: Impossible 8 – is already dated for July 2023.

Tomb Raider 2

Tomb Raider 2

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Release date: Unknown

Alicia Vikander returns as Lara Croft for another adventure. We know very, very little about the upcoming video-game adaptation, but Ben Wheatley has dropped out as director, with Misha Green (Lovecraft Country) replacing him. Filming was set to take place in a variety of countries across the globe, but was later whittled down to just England and South Africa. Now, with the director change, everything's unknown, but hopefully some good news will come soon.

Jack Shepherd

I'm the Entertainment Editor over here at GamesRadar+, bringing you all the latest movie and TV news, reviews, and features, plus I look after the Total Film and SFX sections and socials. I used to work at The Independent as a general culture writer before specializing in TV and film