The overwhelming variety of 2021 comic book movies

There are currently eight comic book movies scheduled to come out in 2021, and it is both overwhelming and beautiful.

As of writing, there are currently eight comic book movies scheduled for release in 2021. Those movies are the following: The Eternals (February 12), Morbius (March 19), Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (May 7), Venom: Let There Be Carnage (June 25), The Suicide Squad (August 6), The Batman (October 1), Spider-Man: Far From Home‘s untitled sequel (November 5) and Black Adam (December 22).

Overall there are two Marvel Studios films, two of Sony’s Marvel Universe films, one joint film between Sony and Marvel Studios and two DC films.

It seems that 2021 is a stacked year in general because of all the film delays – due to some in-production films being forced to shut down production while others that were due to be released in the coming weeks and months were ultimately postponed. And that means there are even more non-comic book blockbusters releasing alongside these eight films.

Who ever knew that there would a day where comic book fans would have over eight films in one single year to choose from? And of the aforementioned eight films, they all encompass different genres making each option distinctive from the rest.

The beautiful thing about these movies next year is that none of them are bigger or smaller than one another. There is no Endgame heavy hitter that overwhelms everything with its ensemble cast or decade-defining story. Instead, it’s just a bunch of character-driven stories that all aim to do something different.

The Eternals revolves around space gods, Morbius stars a vampire,  Shang Chi is a martial arts film, Venom is schlocky vigilante fun, The Suicide Squad is about criminals, The Batman will be a detective story, Spider-Man 3 tackles the coming of age genre, and Black Adam will be epic.

Part of the reason why these comic book movies continue to be as successful as they are is down to the fact that they use recognizable characters and put them into different sub-genres. Each of the eight films releasing next year will inhabit their own genre – each of which can attract different audiences. This is something that the Marvel Cinematic Universe figured out a while ago, with each of their heroes encompassing their own world that calls for different aesthetics and atmosphere – and ultimately different films.

With a global pandemic that has made so much uncertain right now, hopefully when 2021 arrives these eight comic book movies can help audiences forget about the real world. Because there’s nothing like the experience of watching a new film in a dark crowded theater full of people excited about what they’re about to watch. And few genres do it better than comic book movies.

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Which comic book movie are you looking forward to the most in 2021? Are you excited for The Dark Knight’s origin story in The Batman, are you looking forward to the continuation of the MCU, or are you intrigued by the prospect of Sony’s Marvel films? Let us know in the comments below!