Scarlett Johansson is featured in a promotional poster for “Black Widow” coming out in May. Photo: @marvelstudios on Instagram

People are hopeful that 2021 will be a better year for the entertainment industry than 2020 was. The COVID-19 pandemic delayed highly anticipated films and television shows, causing production to come to a halt, and live music shows were cancelled as well. Movie theaters have taken a massive financial hit and are having trouble staying in business as people seek to avoid possible exposure to the coronavirus.

Now with the beginnings of vaccine distribution, it is safe to say that everyone is looking forward to the entertainment that 2021 has to offer in terms of movies, television and music. Viewers can look out for projects that were put off due to the pandemic as well as new content on the way.

This year is expected to be a big year for movie fans. On Feb. 19, “Nomadland” starring Frances McDormand will be released, a 20th century drama surrounding a woman’s journey through the American West. “A Quiet Place: Part II” is set to come out on April 23 and is the second installment of John Krasinski’s horror series. Its initial release was delayed in 2020 due to COVID-19. “The French Dispatch” starring Timothee Chalamet and Bill Murray comes out in May 2021.

Also in May, Marvel fans can enjoy “Black Widow” starring Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh and Robert Downey, Jr. The film is scheduled to be released on May 7, and is expected to do well at the box office. “The Suicide Squad” is set to open on Aug. 6. Starring Pete Davidson and Margot Robbie, this film will also appeal to action movie fans. In October, the sci-fi and adventure movie “Dune” is supposedly coming out, which could be a strong competitor for the 2022 Academy Awards. It will star Timothee Chalamet and Zendaya.

Olivia Wilde’s “Don’t Worry Darling” with Harry Styles and Florence Pugh does not have a firm release date, but it will likely come out in late 2021 as it is still currently in production. Keep in mind that film release dates are tentative and promotional partners of several films have already had to push back dates yet again due to COVID-19. For example, “No Time to Die,” the new James Bond film, is rumored to be pushed back for a third time, possibly to be moved from spring 2021 to next fall.

In terms of television in 2021, viewers can expect to see the fourth season of “Stranger Things” on Netflix, a series that has been highly anticipated since production was suspended in March 2020. HBO Max will be the home of a new “Gossip Girl” reboot with a brand new cast since the original wrapped in 2012. The teen favorite “Euphoria” is also expected to hit HBO Max sometime in 2021, as it was another show that had to push back production of its second season due to COVID-19.

Awards shows like the Grammy awards and the Golden Globes are expected to be in-person events, but might have to delay to later in the year like the Recording Academy has already done. As of now, the Grammys are set to air on March 14, 2021.

Music releases for the entire year cannot be confirmed as early as February because they are generally announced closer to the release date. However, fans have speculated what artists to expect new music from even if a date is not definite. Adele is allegedly releasing an album this year, which would be her first since her massive hit “25” in 2015. Similarly, Kendrick Lamar and Lorde are each expected to release very highly anticipated projects, but nothing is confirmed yet.

Taylor Swift fans will be glad to know that after a busy 2020 that included two separate album releases, the singer is planning on dropping re-recordings of her first five albums to obtain the rights to her own music again, all of which are purportedly coming out in 2021.

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