21 Things to Anticipate in 2021(Movies, Sports, Technology, Music, TV Shows, Books, and more)

After the disaster that was 2020, this year has either the capability of improving or worsening the state of our world today. Due to the Coronavirus, 2020 was heavily impacted and hampered in sports, technology, entertainment, and other industries. Natural disasters, major deaths, and jobs were lost or altered in the past year. 2021 promises to see sweeping change in hopes of building from the devastations of the start of this decade. Read on to discover what this year has in store in regard to movies, sports, technology/innovation, music, books, TV, and more.  

Nick Sanchez-Zarkos, Writer

Movies:

 Of the countless industries decimated by the COVID pandemic, the movie industry was one of which was hit the hardest. Theaters across the country and much of the world have closed down due to a lack of funds, and countless movies expected to be released throughout the year were pushed back or canceled altogether. Though the entertainment industry suffered last year, 2021 has the ability to either save- or sink – what is left of the industry, with a promising set of movies to be released in a variety of forms, whether in theaters or on streaming services. 

 

    • Nomadland– Based on a novel by Jessica Bruder, this movie features the story of a woman who lost nearly everything during the Great Recession.
    • Mortal Kombat– Based on the famous video game series, this movie is set to hit theaters and HBO Max in April.
    • Black Widow– Following her death in the most recent Avengers movie, Black Widow gives viewers a deeper delve into her past.
    • Eternals– Angelina Jolie, Kit Harington, and Richard Madden take the stage in the MCU’s much anticipated 25th film.
    • Godzilla v. Kong– This epic square off directed by Adam Wingard should hit theaters by March.
    • In the Heights– Based on the musical by Quiara Alegría Hudes, this film about a New York neighborhood full of music and love is expected to be released by June, more than a year since its original release date.
    • Free Guy– Ryan Reynolds plays a bank teller named Guy who discovers he lives in an open-world video game.
    • No Time to Die- Daniel Craig returns as James Bond in this mystery/thriller set to hit theaters in early April.
    • Pinnochio- This stop motion rendition of the well-known tale has a release date of 2021 and will be available on Netflix.
    • Black Adam- Dwayne Johnson plays the all-powerful villain in this solo movie in December 2021.
    • Wicked- A film version of this popular Broadway musical is expected to hit theaters this year. No casting has been revealed as of now.
    • Red Notice- With a cast full of well-known actors such as Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot, and Ryan Reynolds, this Netflix movie about an FBI agent is highly anticipated for this year.
    • Concrete Cowboys– This Netflix film covers a Detroit teen as he moves to live with his father and learns about the cowboy culture.
    • Army of the Dead– A much-needed post-apocalyptic film about the undead will premier in 2021 directed by Justice League’s Zack Snyder.
    • Sing 2- The much-awaited sequel from Universal about singing animated animals will arrive by the end of this year.
    • Spiderman: Untitled-This Marvel film will debut in December, a highly anticipated end to a year with numerous Marvel films and shows.
    • Mission Impossible 7– Tom Cruise is back yet again for another Mission Impossible movie.
    • The Suicide Squad– James Gunn heads this DC movie featuring a villainous squadron of anti-heroes.
    • Venom 2: Let There Be Carnage- This sequel continues the story of the superhero film about a villainous and chaotic symbiote. 
    • Shang Chi and the Legend of the 10 Rings– This Marvel movie starring Simu Liu will release in early July.
    • The Matrix 4- Keanu Reeves returns in this much-anticipated film set to release in December.

 

Sports:

 

2020 sports were impacted heavily by the Coronavirus pandemic, in which tournaments, Olympics, and audiences were canceled or limited. This year, however, most sports will still be playable and watchable at a safe distance. Below are some sports events expected to take place this year.

Six Nations Rugby

From February until late March, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, France and Italy will take part in this famous Rugby tournament that will be televised around the world.

World Baseball Classic

20 national teams are expected to compete in March, as the United States hopes to hold its place as defending champion.

Kentucky Derby

The famous Kentucky Derby horse race will begin May first of this year.

IIHF World Championship

This Ice Hockey World Championship will be held in Latvia from late May to early June.

 

Other great sports events to look forward to this year include:

  • Stanley Cup Finals- June 2021
  • NBA Finals– June 2021
  • US Open- June 17-20 in California
  • Tour De France– June-July
  • Summer Olympics- July 23-August 8th in Tokyo
  • World Series- October in a TBA location.

 

Technology/Space/Innovation:

Despite COVID- related hindrances, 2020 was a relatively successful year in regard to science and technological innovation. As we enter a new year, technology and innovation continue to be a large priority to the development of our country and countries across the globe. 2020 saw a series of advancements in technology, such as improved vaccination technology, successes in space travel, and developments with electric cars, phones, networks, and more. 2021 promises to have much more in store. Below are a few examples of innovation that we can expect to see in the new year.

 

  • Mars Exploration– As NASA’s rover Perseverance is set to arrive on Mars by the end of February, it is likely this rover will help us gain more knowledge of the dusty red planet. With traces of water likely found on the planet no more than a few years ago, this rover could be the next step in finding signs of life and getting the first humans to Mars.
  • Advancements in autonomous cars– 2021 will without a doubt see advancements in self-driving cars. Tesla continues to climb in profit as they release cheaper and more reliable electric cars. This year, multiple motor vehicle companies are meeting to address concerns and progress in the autonomous era, with some companies such as Honda, Ford, and even Jeep expected to release prototypes or purchasable cars by December.
  • Libra– Zuckerberg’s Facebook is projected to release their form of cryptocurrency this year. Although only the rudimentary code has been released, we can expect Libra to make a large entrance in the world of online payment. This project was supposed to launch in 2020 but was delayed until this year.
  • Planetary Defense-Though no asteroids or projectiles currently pose any threat to our planet, NASA hopes to begin the first test of a planetary defense system that is meant to redirect incoming asteroids by July. 
  • Rapid Growth for Artificial Intelligence– AI is growing at an alarming rate. Robots, drones, and cellular devices all have capabilities for artificial intelligence, and improvements in this technology will be made this year, advancing communication and other technologies.
  • Video Conferencing Software– If we’ve learned anything from this pandemic, it’s how to video conference from platforms such as Zoom, Skype, Teams, and Google Hangouts. This year will see increased importance as these software take over what once was mandatory face-to-face meetings.

 

Books:

 

2021 promises to be a year full of new and exciting novels and series. Below are the top 21 anticipated novels to be released this year.

 

  • 100 Boyfriends- Brontez Purnell
  • The Cursed Carnival and Other Calamities: New Stories about Mythic Heroes- Rick Riordan
  • Open Water- Caleb Azumah Nelson
  • The Red Book- James Patterson
  • Aru Shah and the City of Gold- Roshani Chokshi 
  • Lore Alexandra Brecken
  • Sweet and Bitter Magic- Adrienne Tooley
  • The Last Fallen Star- Graci Kim
  • The Russian- James Patterson
  • She’s Too Pretty to Hurt- Wendy Heard
  • The President’s Daughter- Bill Clinton and James Patterson
  • Chain of Iron- Cassandra Clare
  • Sword Catcher- Cassandra Clare
  • Survive the Night- Riley Sager
  • Persist- Elizabeth Warren
  • The Girls I’ve Been- Tess Sharpe
  • Private Rogue- James Patterson
  • Be Dazzled- Ryan La Sala
  • On Freedom- Maggie Nelson
  • A Slow Fire Burning- Paula Hawkins
  • Crossroads- Jonathan Franzen

 

Music

2020 saw new albums and songs from artists both new and old. Though concerts became a thing of the past and quarantine jam-sessions were all the rave, 2020 was a great year for music. Multiple artists took the reigns, including Taylor Swift, Cardi B, Bad Bunny, Dua Lipa, Lady Gaga, Lil Uzi Vert, and more.2021 will feature new albums from many well-known artists of the 2000s, including the return of much-anticipated artists who have yet to release music for over a decade. As the coronavirus continues to put concerts at a standstill, it is likely music tastes and genres will continue to develop during 2021.

 

2021 Will Likely See New Albums from

  • Adele
  • Alice Cooper
  • AJR
  • Billie Eilish
  • Carrie Underwood
  • Dodie
  • Exodus
  • Foo Fighters
  • Kid Cudi
  • Kelly Clarkson
  • Lil Nas X
  • Lil Wayne
  • Lana Del Rey
  • Lorde
  • One Republic
  • Pentatonix
  • Rosalia
  • Sia
  • Travis Scott
  • Weezer
  • Zara Larsson

 

 

TV SHOWS

As Disney+ entered the stage and streaming services took over the world of television, 2020 became the “year of the binge”. 2021 will likely be the same, as long-running TV shows reach their ends and new services produce award-winning and highly anticipated shows for this year. No matter how many streaming services or shows you began the year watching, it is likely that you will end 2021 with many more.

 

The following new shows or seasons will begin in 2021:

  • Batwoman: Season 2
  • Snowpiercer: Season 2
  • The Equalizer
  • Young Rock
  • Superman and Lois
  • The Walking Dead: Season 10 C and Season 11
  • Ms.Marvel
  • The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
  • Murderhouse Flip
  • Loki
  • What If?
  • The Nevers
  • You
  • The Book of Boba Fett
  • Dexter: Season 9
  • Foundation
  • The Witcher: Season 2
  • Hawkeye
  • Good Girls: Season 3
  • American Horror Season: Season 101
  • Ozark: Season 4