Ask Roundtable: Summer Movie Preview 2021

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Summer had been starting earlier and earlier these past few years. At least when it comes to movies. In 2019 the release of Avengers: Endgame — on April 26 — kicked off the movie-going months of blockbuster, tentpoles, big-budget flicks and popcorn fare. Infinity War had done the same the previous year, also by late April. Before that, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was the movie to inaugurate summer on May 5, 2017.

I guess it wouldn’t be an overstatement to say that the summer of 2020 was canceled and we’re still reeling from the continuous pandemic postponement of big movie releases. But as the country is preparing for reopening and more people are getting vaccinated, the calendar of film releases for the summer of 2021 looks full of promise. It also looks a lot different from previous years: Netflix has a full slate of summer film releases and some titles will be simultaneously released in movie theaters and on streaming platforms like HBO Max or Disney+.

Are we ready to go back to dark, enclosed movie theaters and be surrounded by strangers? Will we favor the at-home experience? Ask’s editors and writers gathered once again around a virtual roundtable to have a summer movie preview chat and talk about some of the titles we’re most intrigued about.

Here’s the gist from our Zoom chat.