The horrors of 2020 are finally over! The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has changed Hollywood’s theatrical layout with some films heading for a streaming release or others going straight to PVOD. With a vaccine being produced, people are hopeful for some bit of normalcy to return to movie theater businesses. With lots of new and delayed movies hitting the big screen this year we’ll be sharing our list of the most anticipated action movies coming out as the months go by!
10.) The King’s Man
Manners maketh man. Kingsman: The Secret Service redefined the spy genre to a whole other level. The Golden Circle on the other hand failed to capture the magic of its predecessor. This time around, Matthew Vaughn will introduce audiences to the origin set in the WW1 era. The film follows a man and his protege as they race against the clock to stop a collection of history’s worst tyrants from taking over the world. The film stars Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Rhys Ifans, Tom Hollander, Harris Dickinson, Daniel Bruhl, Charles Dance, and Djimon Hounsou. After being delayed multiple times, the movie is slated to be released on March 12th.
9.) Mortal Kombat
The 1995 Mortal Kombat movie and its sequel are pure 90’s cheese. Sure the soundtrack is a bop, but the upcoming 2021 reboot is looking to follow the iconic franchise’s source material! Director Simon McQuiod and producer James Wan are giving this next video game movie adaptation a much needed revamp with promises of hard R action and bloody, gory fatalities! The reboot will star Ludi Lin, Lewis Tan, Joe Taslim, Tadanobu Asano, Jessica McNamee, Mehcad Brooks, Josh Lawson, Chin Han, and Hiroyuki Sanada. On April 16th, test your might in theaters or stream it on HBO Max! Hoping to see a trailer soon.
Sic Parvis Magna. Greatness from small beginnings. After years in development hell, the classic PlayStation/Naughty Dog series will finally release the movie adaptation starring fan-favorite Spider-Man actor Tom Holland as a younger Nathan Drake! Marking this as the first of many live-action PlayStation features likely to get a chance to shine in theaters, the Uncharted movie will be centered as a prequel to the games. While we wait for the first look at the film, this video game adaptation will also star Mark Wahlberg, Antonio Banderas, Sophia Taylor Ali, and Tati Gabrielle. Uncharted is slated to be released on July, 16th.
7.) Venom: Let There Be Carnage
I for one can admit that Venom isn’t one of my favorite comic book movies but, there are a couple of things I enjoyed. Besides Tom Hardy’s performance as the lethal protector, I loved the awesome symbiote action! With the crazy talented Andy Serkis hired as the film’s director, there’s maybe some hope that he can make this one of the coolest CBM sequels out there! We don’t know what rating the Sony/Marvel movie will receive but with Woody Harrelson playing one of the deadliest villains in comic book history, fans are hoping that the movie will get an R rating! Returning for the second outing is Michelle Williams and Reid Scott. Naomie Harris also joined the cast as Cletus Kasady’s love interest, Shriek. Venom: Let There Be Carnage will be released in theaters on June, 25th.
6.) Mission: Impossible 7
Ever since Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, fans have been treated to some of the franchise’s best-choreographed fights and insane, death-defying stunts! Filming is still underway and we don’t know a lot about the seventh outing. What we do know however is that director Christopher McQuarrie is signed on to direct two more sequels after this. Actors who are coming back in the Tom Cruise lead blockbuster are Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Rebecca Ferguson, Vanessa Kirby, and Angela Bassett. Joining M: I 7are MCU actresses Hayley Atwell and Pom Klementieff. Titans star Esai Morales will be the villain of the movie. Mission: Impossible 7 is slated to be released on November 19th.
5.) No Time To Die
No Time To Die was one of the many casualties for the movie industry in 2020. The 26th James Bond film will be Daniel Craig’s last going at the iconic 007 character. Set five years after the events of Spectre, James Bond has left active service. He is approached by Felix Leiter, his friend and a CIA officer, who enlists his help in the search for Valdo Obruchev, a missing scientist. When it becomes apparent that Obruchev has been abducted, Bond must confront a villain whose schemes could see the deaths of millions. Returning for this outing are actors Ben Whishaw, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Jeffery Wright, Lea Seydoux, and Christoph Waltz. New actors that have joined the film are Lashana Lynch, Ana de Armas, Billy Magnussen, and Rami Malek as the film’s mysterious villain, Safin. No Time To Die is projected to be released in theaters on April, 2nd.
4.) The Suicide Squad
I think we can all agree that both of the animated Suicide Squad movies have been a lot better than the 2016 film right? With James Gunn giving Task Force X a breath of fresh air, The Suicide Squad could end up being one of the best movies from DC! After wowing fans with a BTS video on the upcoming soft reboot/sequel, people everywhere are excited to see this ragtag group of villains and outcasts as they were meant to be seen as a hard, gritty, and funny R rated CBM! Returning favorites like Margot Robbie and Viola Davis will be joined by a brand new stacked cast such as John Cena, Idris Elba, David Dastmalchian, Peter Capaldi, Michael Rooker, Alice Braga, and Nathan Fillion to name a few! On August, 6th root for the bad guys in theaters or on HBO Max.
3.) Black Widow
Ah, sweet summer child Black Widow. You were yet another casualty of 2020. Fans everywhere, such as myself, are anxious to see Scarlett Johansson get her swan song in the long-delayed release for the first film in the MCU’s Phase 4. Following the events of Captain America: Civil War, Natasha Romanoff finds herself alone and forced to confront a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past. Pursued by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down, Romanoff must deal with her history as a spy and the broken relationships left in her wake long before she became an Avenger. I’m sure by now everyone knows who will be in this movie but I am praying and hoping I can finally watch this come May, 7th!
2.) Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
It’s gonna be a while till we get our first look Shang-Chi but how can you not be excited about an MCU movie like this?! A lot of people may be sleeping on this for now, but Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will be the MCU’s 25th movie to feature an Asian cast! I for one am super excited to see what director Destin Daniel Cretton has in store for this upcoming blockbuster! Months ago, we exclusively revealed some plot details that include a tournament being one of the main focus’ of the film’s plot! The film stars Simu Liu, Awkwafina, Tony Leung, Fala Chen, Meng’er Zhang, Florian Munteanu, Ronny Chieng, and Michelle Yeoh. Shang-Chi will be fighting his way into theaters on July, 9th!
Everyone loves a good, original, beat em up action flick right?! Well after watching that first trailer how could we not add this to our list! John Wick and Deadpool 2 producer David Leitch has shown just how awesome he is with these hard-core action thrillers! Starring Better Call Saul’s Bob Odenkirk, Nobody follows a mild-mannered family man named Hutch Mansell who suffers from PTSD. One night, when two thieves break into his suburban home, he declines to defend himself or his family, thinking it will cause another traumatic experience. When his neighbor gets attacked by the same two thieves, Hutch springs into action and murders the two thieves, helping the neighbor. However, Mansell and his family are targeted by a vengeful Russian drug lord who threatens to retaliate against the Mansells. The trailer alone shows that we are in for hell of a good time! Nobody will be making its way into theaters on February, 26th!
Are there any upcoming action movies we left off of the list? What are you hoping to watch this year? Let us know in the comments below!