It has been a pretty sparse year when it comes to Disney film releases. Many scheduled for 2020 have inevitably re-scheduled, some vanished from 2021 calendar completely. The pandemic has wreaked havoc on filming and animation. But 2021 has become a beacon of light for Disney Studios.
There are plenty of films to look forward to in the new year. Disney’s mass expansion has allowed the empire to multiply in many different directions. IP machines Pixar, Marvel and 21st Century Fox are a few who have entered the fold. This growth has paved the way for newbies, overhauls, and sequels to dominate the industry.
Let’s take a look at some anticipated films expected to hit the screens in the next year. And what Disney’s calendar looks like.
Raya and the Last Dragon
Release date: 12th March 2021
The studio behind Moana and Frozen have created this hyper-realistic visual. The animation follows Raya, a trainee guardian dragon gem. Along with her adorable side-kick Tuk Tuk, she sets out to find the last dragon. Kelly Maria Tran (Raya) and Awkwafina (Sisu) star in this mind-blowing simulation. The film is set to be theatrically released by Disney in the US in March 2021.
Release date: 7th May 2021
This prequel to the Avengers film will star David Harbour as Alexei. Florence Pugh as Yelena and Rachel Weisz as Melina. Cate Shortland has the task of fast-tracking this film to fit into the 2021 calendar.
Release date: 28th May 2021
What’s better than a new live-action version of 101 Dalmatians you ask? A film dedicated to the villain we all love to hate. Even better? Emma Stone has bagged the role of the evil dog-napper Cruella, and she looks pretty fabulous. Mark Strong (who plays Boris) has already hailed it as story-telling at its best. But the live-action prequel looks at how Cruella came to be, rather than how much fur she actually owns. The plot looks at Cruella’s fashion career, and how her insatiable lust for fur developed.
Release date: 18th June 2021
Luca promises to be a beautifully sweet and endearing tale about a boy who befriends a sea monster. Disney hasn’t revealed much for this film so far. A trailer teaser aired back in August, but it is rather opaque. It’s set to hit the big screen next summer.
The Little Mermaid
Release date: 9th July 2021
With many of Disney original animations rebooted. It was inevitable that The Little Mermaid would make an appearance. The announcement bought much anticipation, but fans have also voiced their anxieties. Even so, the film is set to be a record-breaking box office hit. Disney has broadcasted that Halle Bailey will play the leading role of Ariel. Jonah Hauer-King is cast as Eric. Much-loved comedian Melissa McCarthy will play arch-villain Ursula. And Awkwafina as Scuttle.
Release date: 30th July 2021
Jungle Cruise, sound familiar? Well, that’s because the movie was set to air back in 2019. The movie’s new release date was pushed to 2020, but Mulan took the spot. Now, with the pandemic, further delays have pushed it to summer 2021. Dwayne Johnson took to social media to announce the news. Although the pandemic has put the film on the backbench, the delay is also because of the film’s premise. Jungle Cruise is based on the eponymous theme park ride. The team felt that the release of the film shouldn’t happen unless the theme park is open.
Release date: 5th November 2021
Another film to have fallen victim to the pandemic is Chloe Zhao’s Eternals. Marvel is going all-out in marketing for this production. Their website even includes a countdown until the film’s release. Eternals follows the events of Avengers: End Game, and includes a stellar star cast. Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden and Kit Harrington are but a few names obtained.
West Side Story
Release date: 10th December 2021
As far as musicals go, the 1957 production is one of the best. And an adaptation is going to hit our screens towards the end of 2021. Steven Spielberg has taken on the colossal task of restoring the original tale. Where two teenagers of different ethnicity fall in love in 1950s New York.
Spider-Man: Far From Home
Release date: 17th December 2021
Tom Holland makes his third appearance as one of Marvel’s most beloved heroes. Zendaya will also be returning as MJ. The movie promises to be action-packed with a few twists and turns along the way.
And that’s our list of Disney films to look forward to in 2021. What do you think? Which one will you be queuing up to see? Let us know in the comments below.
Check out our article on Superhero movies to get excited about in 2021 HERE.
Hogwarts Houses For MCU Characters
Since its conception, Hogwarts houses have been a deciding factor in getting to know people. How someone answers “what Hogwarts house are you in?” can tell you a lot about a person. But where do some of our favourite MCU characters shape up when faced with the sorting hat?
Tony Stark/Iron Man- Ravenclaw
While Tony could be argued for almost any of the houses, Ravenclaw suits him best. Most of his development comes from the pursuit of knowledge. Aside from being one of the smartest characters in the MCU, he is constantly learning and improving upon his technology. He tends to approach large problems from a strategic and pragmatic standpoint, especially in his later films. Admittedly he can be brave and somewhat self-servingly ambitious. But who he is at the end of his arc and the way that he solves problems points to Iron Man being in Ravenclaw.
Steve Rogers/Captain America- Gryffindor
Is it even a question? Steve Rogers is definitely a Gryffindor. From day one, he has always strived to do what’s right. And he subtly wants a bit of glory for it too. He’s a natural leader and has always rushed into danger without a thought. He is undoubtedly driven by bravery and righteousness and is through and through a Gryffindor.
Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow- Hufflepuff
Natasha is tricky. She could truthfully swing in any direction. It may seem strange to put a spy in Hufflepuff, but if nothing else, Natasha is loyal. She cares deeply for those close to her and has shown that she’s willing to die for them. Her characterization throughout the MCU has been lacking, but her solo film has shown her to be fiercely loyal.
Bruce Banner/The Hulk- Ravenclaw
Another Ravenclaw. Similar to Tony, Bruce is very intelligent. While he seems to be less inclined to want to fight battles than Tony is, he is constantly learning. His relationship with the Hulk can even be characterized this way. By a desire to learn how to control him, then to understand him, then to become him. His arc is one that is driven by knowledge.
Thor is always looking to prove himself. Even though he can lift the hammer, he is constantly looking for validation that he is worthy. He’s not usually afraid of much, and when he is, he faces it anyway. What makes Thor a Gryffindor though is his desire to be the hero. He’s not in Slytherin because he doesn’t desire to rule. He’s not ambitious, he just wants validation.
Peter Parker/Spiderman- Gryffindor
Peter is another hard one. He’s intelligent like Bruce and Tony, which could throw him into Ravenclaw. He’s loyal to his friends, which could put him into Hufflepuff. But at his core, Peter is in Gryffindor. The proof is in one of his first lines in the MCU. In Civil War, he tells Tony, “if you can do the things I do, and you don’t, then bad things happen because of you. (paraphrased)” He feels that because he’s special, he has to act. And unlike Steve and Thor, Peter is almost always afraid. He faces his challenges in spite of that. And while he wants to have a normal life, and a typical High School experience, he selflessly puts himself on the line. Once again, Peter is not looking for recognition, he’s just trying to do the right thing.
Dr Strange- Ravenclaw
Lots of Ravenclaws in the MCU. For Dr Strange, there really isn’t any other option. He is completely driven by the pursuit of knowledge. And while recognition came with that, we see with his journey into the mystic arts that his true motivation comes from learning. He’s a very similar character to Tony Stark, and both of them are textbook Ravenclaws.
Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch- Hufflepuff
Like Natasha, Wanda is driven by her relationships. She is faithfully loyal to her brother, then Vision, then her family. She is definitely motivated to protect and care for those she loves. Including creating an entire alternate reality to be with them! Wanda is brave and intelligent, but at her core, she is loyal.
Finally, a Slytherin. Once again, was there any other option? Loki is characterized by his cunning and ambition. He wants to rule. And he doesn’t get there by rushing into battle. He gets there by being sneaky and clever. Loki is a Slytherin through and through.
Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel- Slytherin
This may not feel like the obvious choice for Carol, but she definitely portrays characteristics of a Slytherin. She’s the best, and she wants people to know it. She’s confident and clever, and she likes attention. We don’t know her very well yet, but from what we’ve seen, she seems to relish in the attention her efforts provide. She is good, helpful, and ambitious.
T’Challa/Black Panther- Hufflepuff
T’Challa is also driven by loyalty. But while he is protective of those he loves, his true loyalty is to Wakanda. He’s not king because of ambition, he’s king out of duty. Everything he does is through the lens of “what is best for Wakanda?” While it’s a bit unconventional, his loyalty to Wakanda characterizes him as a Hufflepuff.
Scott Lang/Ant-Man- Gryffindor
At first, it appears that Scott would be in Hufflepuff. After all, he is very motivated by his relationship with his daughter. But if he were truly 100% driven by that, he would have made different choices. He would not have betrayed Hope and Hank and teamed up with Captain America without their permission. He also would not have stolen from his company and landed in jail in the first place. But both of those above decisions do characterize him as a Gryffindor. He wants to be in the action, and he doesn’t always consider the consequences. Scott isn’t really looking for recognition and is not that ambitious, but he does want to be involved in the big events. He wants to help people, and he bravely faces battles. Sometimes without discretion.
Do you agree with our picks for these MCU characters in Hogwarts Houses? If not or if we’ve missed any out, leave us a comment below.
Check out our review of Black Widow HERE.
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