2021 was full of thrilling, exciting cinematic releases, from horror movies such as James Wan’s Malignant, to Marvel movies like Spider-Man: No Way Home. However, some films intended for release this year (2021) didn’t quite make the cut; here are some of the movies that got delayed in 2021. 

Tomb Raider 2 

Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft in Tomb Raider / Picture Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures
Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft in Tomb Raider / Picture Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

The sequel to 2018’s Tomb Raider, starring Alicia Vikander, was scheduled to release on March 19th, 2021, but unfortunately the global pandemic put a stop to the film’s release. 

Tomb Raider was a decent success with audiences upon release, and grossed enough money for a sequel to be made. However, production was halted before it even had chance to get off the ground, forcing MGM to delay the movie. 

Of course, it will still be exciting to see Vikander back in the iconic role as Lara Croft and witness the next chapter in her story!

A new release date has not yet been set. 

Top Gun: Maverick 

The highly-anticipated sequel to 1986 action movie Top Gun was set to release on July 2nd, 2021, but was delayed due to scheduling conflicts, and will now be releasing around 10 months after the original date. 

Top Gun: Maverick sees Tom Cruise play Maverick once again, which is one of his most iconic characters. This sequel has been in the pipeline for 34 years, so it’s safe to say that fans are expecting something out of this world for this upcoming feature. 

The new release date for Top Gun: Maverick will be May 27th, 2022. 


Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg’s upcoming movie, Uncharted, was meant to release on March 5th/July 16th 2021, but was unfortunately delayed. 

The film is set to follow video game icon Nathan Drake in his younger years, with Holland playing the iconic role. The new trailer released shows the duo fighting in flying ships, discovering untold secrets, and lots more. 

Uncharted was delayed due to an issue with scheduling, but is now releasing on February 18th, 2022. 

The Batman 

The Batman, starring the newest iteration of the iconic DC vigilante played by Robert Pattinson, was meant to release into cinemas on October 1st this year, but was, of course, delayed. 

For many, it seems like The Batman has been spoken about for so long, but fortunately in 2022, we will see Pattinson’s caped crusader grace the big screen. 

The reasons for The Batman’s delay go from having to shut down production due to the pandemic, to reshoots due to the team’s wish to create an outstanding and fresh Batman movie. 

We will be able to see Pattinson’s Batman on March 4th, 2022. 

Avatar 2 

Jake and Neytiri / Picture Credit: 20th Century Studios
Jake and Neytiri / Picture Credit: 20th Century Studios

This is one feature that has been spoken about for years, and it seemed as though we may never see a sequel to one of cinema’s most successful stories; however, late next year will see the story continue. 

Avatar 2 will focus on Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) and Neytiri (Zoe Saldana) as they attempt to build a family together, all the while exploring the wonders of Neytiri’s home planet. It is rumoured that some more familiar faces will return, too. 

This delay will be the sixth that the project has gone through; the latest rescheduling issue, however, has resulted from Disney's release calendar overhaul on the heels of the pandemic shutdown. 

Avatar 2 will now release on December 16th, 2022. 

Jackass Forever 

The fourth instalment of the hilariously daring Jackass franchise was delayed from October 22nd, 2021 due to the global pandemic. 

Jackass Forever, or Jackass 4 will be an all-new adventure for the crew, which includes Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, Preston Lacy, Dave England, Chris Pontius, and more. The only missing piece, some fans think, is original Jackass star, Bam Margera, who has been kept from the project due to substance issues. 

Fans will, however, be able to see the crazy stunts within Jackass Forever on February 4th, 2022. 

Written by Melissa, who you can follow on Twitter @melissajournal

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