King’s Man, The: Matthew Vaughn’s Prequel

The King’s Man
Release date: March 12

The Matthew Vaughn-directed prequel had a September 18 release date, but by the end of the summer, the 20th Century Studios film was pushed to 2021.

A high-end clothing collaboration with Mr Porter debuted in September, though some pieces were held back to coincide with the 2021 release.

The ensemble cast of the film about the origins of the first independent intelligence agency features Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Rhys Ifans, Matthew Goode, Daniel Brühl and Djimon Hounsou.

Watch the trailer here.

Release date: March 19

Morbius was one of the first films to move into 2021 in the early days of the pandemic, with Sony announcing March 30 that it was moving the Spider-Man spinoff, starring Jared Leto, from July 31, 2020, to March 19, 2021.

Watch the trailer here.

No Time to Die
Release date: April 2

No Time to Die was the first Hollywood tentpole to shift its global release plan amid the novel coronavirus outbreak, making the first of many moves — from April to Thanksgiving — in early March, before the World Health Organization had even labeled the outbreak a pandemic. The 25th James Bond was ultimately delayed to 2021. The film, in which star Daniel Craig will play 007 for the last time, is directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga and stars Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Ralph Fiennes, Christoph Waltz, Rami Malek, Ana de Armas and Lashana Lynch. Appearing on The Tonight Show after the film’s latest delay was announced, Craig said of the pandemic, “This thing is just bigger than all of us. We want to release the movie at the same time all around the world and this isn’t the right time. So fingers crossed, April 2 is going to be our date.”

Watch the trailer here.

A Quiet Place Part II
Release date: April 23

The Quiet Place sequel, originally set for a March 20, 2020, theatrical release, had a glitzy red-carpet premiere screening in New York City just days before essential businesses in the Big Apple began shutting down. Star Emily Blunt later told THR of the eleventh-hour delay of the film directed by and starring husband John Krasinski, “Well, what happened with Quiet Place was so surreal. At some point, it became very clear that the writing was on the wall, and [John] insisted that we pull the movie. He called the studio saying, ‘You need to pull it right now. We’re not bringing this movie out.’ And then before too long, everyone was inside and I think it was surreal for everybody, not just for us.” After initially delaying the film to Sept. 4, Paramount shifted it again, to 2021, over the summer. The sequel also features Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe and Cillian Murphy.

Watch the trailer here.

Black Widow
Release date: May 7

The Marvel stand-alone, starring Scarlett Johansson as the titular superhero, was quickly shifted from its May 1, 2020, release date in the early days of the pandemic, as theaters closed throughout the U.S., first landing in November before moving into 2021. Despite speculation that the movie, which also stars Florence Pugh and Rachel Weisz, would go directly to Disney+, executives indicated during Disney’s investor day in December that the tentpole would get a traditional theatrical release.

Watch the trailer here.

Free Guy
Release date: May 21

The Ryan Reynolds-led sci-fi action-comedy about a non-player character in a video game who becomes self-aware was initially set for a summer release before Disney’s 20th Century Studios shifted the title to December. In early October, the Free Guy team posted a video joking about whether the film would make its new 2020 release date, and sure enough, just weeks later, the movie was moved into 2021. In addition to Reynolds, the Shawn Levy-directed title stars Jodie Comer, Joe Keery, Lil Rel Howery, Utkarsh Ambudkar and Taika Waititi.

Watch the trailer here.

Godzilla vs. Kong
Release date: May 21

Godzilla vs. Kong, which moved from Thanksgiving 2020 to May 21, 2021, is one of many Warner Bros. titles set to hit streamer HBO Max on the same day as its theatrical release. But before that news was announced, Netflix had offered more than $200 million for the monster movie from Legendary Pictures, which financed 75 percent of the film. Godzilla vs. Kong, directed by Adam Wingard, stars Alexander Skarsgard, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall and Kyle Chandler.

Release date: May 21

The Saw reboot starring Chris Rock saw its release date pushed a year in May. The film also stars Samuel L. Jackson and Max Minghella, as the latter’s rookie cop and Rock’s detective investigate murders reminiscent of a gruesome past, with Rock’s character at the center of the killer’s deadly game.

Watch the trailer here.