The coronavirus outbreak is upon us, and it’s affecting daily life for nearly everyone. That includes the movie industry. A number of upcoming major film releases have announced lengthy delays to their release schedules. Not only that, but most movie theaters have been shut down for several months, and many not reopen in full until late spring 2021. So, what specific coronavirus movie delays can you expect? Also, what films should you watch in their place? While obviously nothing is going to be as exciting as watching a new movie, there are plenty of decent similar (or prequel) movies that you might want to watch while you wait!
A Quiet Place Part II
Writer-director John Krasinski’s highly anticipated sequel to his monster invasion hit from 2018 was supposed to come out on March 20. However, you can now expect to see the movie on May 28 2021, in theaters.
While it’s not the same, now might be a great time to rewatch the first one. The original film, A Quiet Place, is currently available to stream to rent or buy via Amazon Prime Video. You can also see Krasinski himself playing Tom Clancy’s action hero Jack Ryan in Amazon Prime’s series of the same name.
Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway
The CGI-live action sequel to the surprise 2018 adaptation of the classic children’s book was supposed to get its sequel on April 3, 2020. Now, the movie won’t be released until June 18, 2021.
While the original Peter Rabbit movie is not available on any streaming services, you can watch another bunny-themed GCI-live action film on Netflix, Hop.
No Time To Die
The 25th official James Bond film, and the 5th to star Daniel Craig, has also seen its release date pushed back more than once. It was supposed to be released in the US on April 10, but instead, it was the first of the major coronavirus movie delays. While the release date was pushed back to November 20, 2020, 007 now won’t return until October 8, 2021.
You can watch the first Daniel Craig James Bond movie, Casino Royale, on Netflix.
This horror film, about a creature that attacks the citizens of a town in Oregon, was due in theaters on April 17, 2020. The movie’s new release date is October 29, 2021.
You can stream Hostiles, the 2017 Western film directed by Antlers director Scott Cooper, right now on Netflix.
The highly popular, over-the-top, car-themed spy thriller movie series was going to release its ninth installment on May 22. Now, the film won’t be released until June 25, 2021.
If you sign up for HBO Max, you can watch Fast Five via streaming.
The next movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, starring Scarlett Johansson as the skilled super-spy, was not released on May 1 as previously announced. It will now be released to theaters over a year later on July 9, 2021. It will also be released at the same time on Disney Plus.
Disney Plus has all of the previous MCU films that feature Black Widow, starting with her first appearance in Iron Man 2.
This is a reimagining of the Saw franchise, starring Chris Rock and Samuel L. Jackson. It was coming to theaters on May 15, 2020, but will now be available on May 21, 2021.
Check out all of the previous Saw movies on HBO Max.
The next movie in the CGI animated series was supposed to be released to theaters on July 3. However, this coronavirus movie delay was due to the outbreak causing the Illumination animation studio from completing the movie. It is now scheduled for release on July 1, 2022.
You can rent the first Minions movie via Amazon Prime Video right now.
This Spider-Man spinoff film, starring Jared Leto as a man who becomes a vampire-like creature, was supposed to be released on July 31, 2020. It’s now due for release on January 21, 2022.
Another Spider-Man spin-off movie, Venom, is available for streaming, via rental or purchase, on Amazon Prime Video.
The latest attempt to reboot the Ghostbusters horror-comedy series was supposed to be released on July 10, 2020. It’s now due for release on November 11, 2021.
Rent the original, and still funny, 1984 Ghostbusters via Amazon Prime Video right now.
Top Gun: Maverick
There will be a delay in getting back into the danger zone. The long-awaited sequel to the naval aviator action movie Top Gun, starring Tom Cruise, joins the coronavirus movie delays list. Originally scheduled for June 24, it is now due for release on November 19, 2021.
You can rent the original 1986 Top Gun movie via Amazon Prime Video.
This is the next big movie starring Ryan Reynolds. He plays an NPC in an open world video game that becomes aware he’s in a game. Originally set for release on July 3, 2020, the movie is due out now on August 13, 2021.
You can check out Reynolds’ last big movie, the action film 6 Underground, right now on Netflix.
Based on the Disney theme park ride, this movie with Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt. Originally set for release on July 24, it’s been pushed back over a year and will now be released to theaters on July 30, 2021.
Disney Plus has four out of the five movies of Pirates of the Caribbean, based on another popular theme park ride. You can watch the first right now at the link below.
With Black Widow now taking the May 7, 2021 release date from another MCU movie, The Eternals, that film, starring Angelina Jolie, has also been pushed back to November 5, 2021.
You can watch another MCU cosmic movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, on Disney Plus now.
The highly anticipated movie reboot of the Dark Knight Detective was in the middle of production when the coronavirus outbreak started getting worse. Now the movie, starring Robert Pattinson has had its release date pushed back from October 1, 2021, to March 4, 2022.
You can watch Batman Begins, the first movie in the Christopher Nolan-Christian Bale Batman trilogy, on HBO Max.
The reboot of the horror franchise, written and executive produced by Get Out’s Jordan Peele, was supposed to be released on June 12. The coronavirus threat has caused Universal to delay its release on August 27, 2021.
The original 1992 Candyman movie can be rented or bought via Amazon Prime Video.
The King’s Man
This is the third film in the Kingsman spy movie series. This one is actually a prequel, set in WWI, where we see the origins of the Kingsman spy group. After a couple of delays, one due to coronavirus, the movie is now set to be released in theaters on December 22, 2021.
The original Kingsman: The Secret Service can be rented or bought at Amazon Prime Video.
The sci-fi epic, based on Frank Herbert’s classic novel, was due in theaters on December 18, 2020. Warner Bros has now moved it to October 1, 2021, as a new coronavirus movie delay. It will also be released on HBO Max on the same day, for 31 days.
You can watch the 1984 adaptation of Dune, directed by David Lynch, on HBO Max.
Halloween Kills/Halloween Ends
The 2018 sequel/reboot of the long-running Halloween slasher-horror franchise, starring Jamie Lee Curtis, is getting two sequels. The first, Halloween Kills, was supposed to come out October 16, 2020. Universal is now delaying that film until October 15, 2021. The final movie, Halloween Ends, was due on that date, but will now be released one year later on October 14, 2022.
The original 1978 Halloween is available now on the Shudder streaming service.
Avatar 2 and 3
James Cameron was filming the second and third movies in his Avatar sci-fi series back to back. However, they have both fallen victim to the coronavirus movie delays outbreak. Avatar 2, originally scheduled for December. 17, 2021, is now coming out on December 16, 2022. Avatar 3, due out on December 22, 2023, is now not expected until December 20, 2024.
The original Avatar from 2009 is available now on the Disney Plus streaming service.
New Star Wars trilogy
The next Star Wars theatrical trilogy won’t be coming out, due to the coronavirus movie delays shifting dates on this unfilmed series of movies. The first of these films, originally due on December 16, 2022, will now be coming out on December 22, 2023. The second movie has been delayed from December 20, 2024, to December. 19, 2025. Finally, the third movie, due on December 18, 2026, has been pushed back all the way to December 17, 2027.
Of course, all of the previous live-action Star Wars movies are available now on the Disney Plus streaming service.
More coronavirus movie delays coming soon?
The major theater chains like AMC, Regal, and Cinemark closed most of their theaters in the US for the majority of the coronavirus outbreak. As of this update, more and more theaters in the major markets are reopening. However, the theaters are being restricted to 50 percent of their normal capacities. That has caused some movie studios to continue to delay films, or release them on streaming services.
Furthermore, other films that were in production for release in 2021 were delayed as well. It’s likely some of their release dates will be changed. We’ll be sure to update this post to keep you up to date.