Blockbusters are back, albeit not quite with a bang, more like a series of small bangs. Pops, perhaps. Brand new blockbusters such as Black Widow will pop onto Disney+ via Premier Access a mere two days after the cinema release. Meanwhile, Chris Pratt's big-budget battles in The Tomorrow War are heading to Amazon Prime Video instead, and Warner Bros movies like The Suicide Squad, Dune, and Matrix 4 will land on HBO Max in the US.
Of course, these will all release in cinemas where possible, but there's no denying that the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the face of film, from delays and production changes, to release plans. Only time will tell what it means for big box office weekends, and the future of the industry.
But for now, Digital Spy simply wants to bask in the heat from the fiery explosions that come with blockbusters' return. A comeback worth celebrating. A return to normality as big, new, immersive trips into other worlds are possible again and you can enjoy them in whatever way you feel safe.
So, we've compiled all the key info on the big releases still to come in 2021, from Snake Eyes and Eternals, to Venom: Let There Be Carnage and James Bond's No Time to Die (yep, still waiting on that one). Our cover encapsulates the classic movie poster format with an incredible illustration by Joe Wilson and animation from Issy Muir.
But the action doesn't stop there. We've got exclusive interviews with Mr Blockbuster himself Dwayne Johnson, aka The Rock, plus Emily Blunt and Jack Whitehall for Disney's Jungle Cruise. Then deep dive into the secrets of Han's return in Fast & Furious 9 with Sung Kang – including *that* credits scene – and find out our official verdict on Scarlett Johansson's final Marvel outing in Black Widow. Plus, meet the strange band of comic-book characters who make up The Suicide Squad, and we have an interview with Gael García Bernal for M Night Shyamalan's latest mind-bender, Old.
On the small screen in Eye Spy, we speak to Iain Stirling, the voice of Love Island and official Mr to Mrs Love Island, Laura Whitmore, as ITV's summer of lurrrve finally returns. We've got a huge preview of what's coming in Soapland during the sunny months, including an interview with Corrie's Aadi, aka Adam Hussain. Then over in The Insider, we break down why the BBC's two new soaps – and the axing of Holby City – are a major risk.
In The Insider, we also speak to gravel-voiced BoJack Horseman and Lego Batman star Will Arnett and dive into Rainbow Crew celebrating queer representation in front of and behind the camera, this time with The Nevers' Denis O'Hare. Plus, there are all the details on Euphoria season 2, and The Kissing Booth 3.
Finally, Time Jump finds out where the cast of The Bill are now, then Karen Allen aka Marion from Indiana Jones' Raiders of the Lost Ark, looks back on the all-time classic 40 years on. And there are many more amazing cameos in the issue, from soaps' worst summer holidays, and the major issue with Space Jam 2, to all the details on the new cast of Gossip Girl.
Yet another blockbuster issue, you just need to provide the popcorn, soz.
Blockbusters are back – and the latest edition of Digital Spy Magazine has got everything you need to know about the summer's biggest box office arrivals. Read every issue now with a 1-month free trial, only on Apple News+.
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