Action and adventure movies have been running, jumping, and exploding into popular culture over the last couple of decades. With five Rambo’s, six Mission Impossible’s, and eight Fast & Furious films, it’s clear that this genre holds a special and ever-growing place in our hearts.
Next year, the genre is set to go bigger, bolder, and better, including these three unmissable action and adventure movies.
The Blade trilogy was the first to show that Marvel comics could make it in mainstream cinema. The vampiric superhero gained a cult following that was both unexpected and unmatched by anything like it.
However, in March 2021, academy-award winner Jared Leto will take on a similar role, starring as Morbius: the living vampire. This Spider-Man spin-off follows Michael Morbius, a scientist who inadvertently infects himself with vampirism when trying to cure a rare blood disease.
It’s a familiar premise for a superhero movie, but with a very unfamiliar look and feel.
Tomb Raider 2
The past few decades have been busy for the Tomb Raider franchise, with over ten video game adaptations and three movies being released since 1997. Amazingly, Tomb Raider has transcended so many mediums over the years that there are even slot machines themed on the franchise. Sites like Speedy Spel have titles such as Tomb Raider – Secret of the Sword that include popular Croft motifs and imagery, and Lara herself sweeping through the reels.
In 2021, Alicia Vikander will reprise her role as Lara Croft in Tomb Raider 2. Whilst there aren’t many details surrounding the plot, Croft will no doubt be uncovering a cursed treasure and/or stopping some crazy antagonist from unleashing an ancient evil.
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The first Avatar (2009) was a cinematic phenomenon and the highest-grossing film of all time – until Avengers: Endgame took the top spot last year (though some argue that releasing a movie twice constitutes cheating).
Avatar took more than 15 years to get from concept to screen; the huge delay was due to technology and CGI not being good enough to properly fashion director James Cameron’s vision. Given how impressive and spectacular the visuals eventually were, it’s understandable why the movie couldn’t be made in 1994, when the idea was first incepted.
There has been a similarly long wait for Avatar 2 but, in 2021, audiences will get to return to Pandora and follow a new story, the details of which are being kept very close to the cast, crew, and director’s chests.
The volume of action and adventure movies over the years has been staggering, but why? Well, if a successful mainstream cinematic experience has one key ingredient – it’s entertainment. Action and adventure films don’t tend to preach, teach, or bore; they allow us to switch off and surrender ourselves to adrenaline-filled stunts and impossible feats of heroism. This is why we love the genre so much: we can sit back, relax, and imagine ourselves backflipping off buildings and saving the world.