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The Most Anticipated Movies of 2021

By Reschelle Peetam


We’re starting off with a highly anticipated fantasy movie for all Disney fans! Raya and the Last Dragon features an all-star cast, including Kelly Marie Twan, an actress who will make Disney history by becoming the first Southeast Asian lead in an animated Disney film. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Twan says she “felt so seen” (Yang) when discussing the cultural significance of her role as a Southeast Asian Disney princess. The movie is centred around a young warrior named Raya living in a mythical world called Kumandra. Once threatening monsters known as the Druun resurface in her world, Raya embarks on a quest to find the last known dragon to put a halt to the impending doom. Raya and the Last Dragon is certainly going to be a special event, as it honours Southeast Asian culture and promotes inclusivity to young children– they will finally see strong Southeast Asian representation in one of Disney’s animated films.


Set to release on the same date as Raya and the Last Dragon, this dystopian film directed by Doug Liman features Tom Holland, Daisy Ridley, and Nick Jonas in a star-studded cast. In a futuristic setting, no women remain on the face of the Earth, leaving those who remain with an otherworldly power called “The Noise.” Todd Hewitt, played by Tom Holland, encounters a woman named Viola, actress Daisy Ridley, for the first time when she lands on Earth. As they form an unlikely alliance, Todd starts to uncover the dark truths behind the Noise and the removal of all women while also discovering his own capabilities.


Another highly-anticipated film, Black Widow, is soon to hit home theatres in May 2021. Ever since the explosive finale to phase III of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2019, Marvel fans are looking forward to the latest movies set to release in phase IV. It’s about time one of Marvel’s most iconic female heroes gets a solo film and Marvel definitely delivered with another star-studded cast! In addition to Scarlett Johansson, you may recognize Florence Pugh, David Harbour, and Rachel Weiz. Will we finally know what happened in Budapest? We’ll have to wait and find out!


The newest installment in the Fast and Furious saga is set to release on May 28. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, leading actor Vin Diesel says that “family is at the core of Fast and Furious and how you explore that and play with that is what makes for an interesting franchise” (Lawrence). His statement corresponds to the shocking revelation that Dom Toretto, Vin Diesel’s character in the franchise, will go head to head with his long-lost brother, Jakob Toretto, played by John Cena.


Another addition to the Marvel franchise is soon to be released, featuring Kim’s Convenience Actor, Simu Liu, as the first lead Asian character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The premise of the movie involves Shang-Chi’s remarkable ability to clone himself, an ability that is developed keenly by the film’s villain, the Mandarin (Played by Tony Leung Chiu-wai). The ten rings revealed in the film’s title will be a prize offered by the Mandarin given to Shang-Chi if he wins a tournament that every orphan with special abilities takes part in. As Shang-Chi is a skilled martial artist, the tournament is sure to be an action-packed event.


Yet again, we have another upcoming Marvel movie that continues with Phase IV of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film, directed by Chloé Zhao, features a diverse cast. The film incorporates Zhao’s manga roots and promotes inclusivity in the MCU. It also builds on the events of Endgame in which the Eternals are forced to come out of hiding in response to the appearance of the Deviants, a long-forgotten enemy of humankind. The Eternals themselves are revealed to be ancient aliens who secretly reside on Earth, harbouring impressive skills and abilities designed to protect the world.


Last but certainly not least, this highly anticipated sci-fi film is set to release in late 2021, featuring big-screen actors such as Zendaya, Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin, and Jason Momoa. Timothée Chalamet plays the hero of the saga, Paul Atreides, a member of a family of aristocrats who plan to conquer the desert of Arrakis on the planet Caladen. Zendaya plays Chani, a strong warrior born on Caladen who is initially cautious of Paul’s arrival to Arrakis. When faced with opposition, Paul gathers an unlikely group of heroes into battle to gain control over the land.

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