Marvel, DC and Sony to release 12 superhero films in 2021 in cinema rescue plan

Hollywood has swung to our cinemas’ rescue with plans to release another 12 superhero films.

The big-budget movies will ­include blockbusters featuring Batman, Spider-Man, Black Widow, Superman and Thor.

There will also be a Black Panther sequel with a new lead actor replacing the late Chadwick Boseman.

Marvel, DC and Sony Pictures are squeezing all of their flashy major releases into a packed 2021 schedule, starting in March.

Jared Leto will kick things off on the 19th by playing Morbius the Living Vampire.

Then it is over to Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow on May 7, with Tom Hardy back as Venom on June 25.

Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings is the Marvel flick due on July 9.

And Margot Robbie is back as Harley Quinn in The Suicide Squad’s August 6 outing.

LA media expert Mike Raia said: “They are gambling on a glut of superhero films, the industry’s most successful genre, winning back big ­audiences when movie theatres reopen. In the past, at least two or three of these dozen movies would have been guaranteed billion-dollar business, or close.”

Releases from November onwards are Eternals, a Spider-Man sequel, Thor: Love And Thunder, The Batman, Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness, Black Panther II and Captain Marvel 2.

Mike added: “It remains to be seen if they can rescue Hollywood. If they can’t it will change the way films are released, such as streaming.

“When three studios ally like this in essentially a rescue operation, you know it could be a last throw of the dice. They’re staking everything on fan favourites.”

Superhero schedule

  • March 19, 2021: “Morbius” (Sony Pictures)
  • May 7, 2021: “Black Widow” (Marvel Studios)
  • June 25, 2021: “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” (Sony Pictures)
  • July 9, 2021: “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” (Marvel Studios)
  • Aug, 6, 2021: “The Suicide Squad” (DC Films)
  • Nov. 5, 2021: “Eternals” (Marvel Studios)
  • Dec. 17, 2021: Untitled “Spider-Man: Far From Home” sequel (Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios)
  • Feb. 11, 2022: “Thor: Love and Thunder” (Marvel Studios)
  • March 4, 2022: “The Batman” (DC Films)
  • March 25, 2022: “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” (Marvel Studios)
  • May 6, 2022: “Black Panther II” (Marvel Studios)
  • July 8, 2022: “Captain Marvel 2” (Marvel Studios)

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