We know, 2020 felt like the longest year of your life. When COVID-19 hit the U.S. in March, everything instantly changed—and most of us can agree it was for the worse. Thankfully, 2020 is finally coming to an end. And even though no one can predict exactly what will happen in 2021, the year seems to already have a lot going for it.
From Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s return to the Golden Globes, to the Super Bowl, to the prospect of hugging your loved ones for the first time since COVID-19 hit, there is so much to look forward to in the upcoming year. Read on for 21 things we can’t wait for in 2021, and for personal goals to set for yourself, check out This Is the One New Year’s Resolution Everyone Is Making for 2021.
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After such a quiet year in professional sports, Serena Williams’ fans are looking forward to seeing her play again in 2021 and there’s a lot at stake. The legendary tennis player could win another Grand Slam title at the Australian Open this February, which would tie Margaret Court’s record of 24 major career titles. And for more on this legend’s personal life, Here’s a Rare Photo of Serena Williams’ Adorable Family of Three.
We don’t know who will be playing at the Super Bowl in 2021, but America’s biggest football game is set to take place on Feb. 7, with The Weeknd performing at the half-time show. And even though it may not be a huge crowd (or any crowd) at this Super Bowl, if you’re a big sports fan, it’ll be enough to hold you over.
Although the exact plans for the Golden Globe Awards are still undetermined, this annual award show is officially set for Feb. 28, with iconic duo Amy Poehler and Tina Fey hosting for the fourth time. Since so many major events were virtual this past year, an in-person show hosted by these two stars is what Hollywood fans have been missing.
Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan Markle are bringing their new podcast, Archewell Audio, to Spotify in 2021. And if the first episode, which was just released after Christmas, is any indication, there are going to be many sweet moments between these royals to come.
And for more reasons to be excited about the new year, check out The One Thing Meghan and Harry Are Really Looking Forward to in 2021.
Two of the biggest events that were canceled in 2020 were concerts and Broadway shows, most of which have been rescheduled for 2021. Going to a big show with a huge crowd of people feels like a lifetime ago, but it may not be too far off now. Anthony Fauci, MD, told actor Jennifer Garner that he imagines we’ll be able to “sit in a theater and watch our favorite performers up on stage again” by fall 2021.
Because movie theaters have been closed due to COVID-19, all the Warner Bros. movies that were supposed to be released in 2021 will now be streaming on HBO Max in the coming year, too. Some of the movies being added to this service include Dune, In the Heights, and Matrix 4.
And for the films to leave behind in 2020, check out The Worst Movie of 2020, According to Critics.
It’s been 20 years since Sister Souljiah’s hit novel The Coldest Winter Ever was published—and fans have been anxiously waiting for the sequel, Life After Death, which is set to be released on Mar. 2. If you’re someone who loves dramatic fiction or if you’re one of the readers who’s been waiting for Winter Santiaga’s return, then this novel will be a page-turner for you.
Although the six stars of Friends didn’t get to do their reunion special this year, Matthew Perry shared on Twitter they’re going to start filming it in March. No one knows what this reunion will entail, but Friends fans are waiting patiently for it to be released on HBO Max in the spring. Ever since the sitcom went off the air in 2004, this is what ’90s kids have been waiting for.
And for more on this hit sitcom, check out Every Major “Friends” Character, Ranked From Worst to Best.
While the thought of going on an airplane may not feel safe to you right now, it was less than a year ago that we were all traveling without giving it too much thought. And if 2021 does eventually turn into the year we’re hoping for, that vacation with your friends or family may actually happen, without the fear of getting sick.
Doing everything from home may have sounded fun at first, but on month 10, you probably miss the office and your kids, if they’re not back in school yet, likely miss the classroom. In 2021, you may just be able to have a work life and a social life that exists beyond the four walls of your house.
Even though Adele hasn’t announced when her album is coming out, she does plan to release new music in 2021. In fact, Adele’s drummer, Matthew Chamberlain, revealed on The Eddie Trunk podcast that she’s returned to the recording studio.
On May 26, a super total lunar eclipse will take place, the first one since Jan. 2019. If you’re in certain parts of the U.S., you’ll be able to see the lunar surface turn a reddish-copper color for a nearly 15-minute lunar eclipse. Those in Hawaii, most parts of Alaska, and all of the lower 48 states should be able to witness this amazing event.
Although Black Widow couldn’t be released in theaters in 2020, it is now set to hit the big screen on May 7. In this film, Marvel fans will get to know the story of Natasha Romanoff, played by Scarlett Johansson, before she became the Black Widow.
And if you’re a Marvel fan, check out Ranking Every Marvel Movie, From Worst Reviewed to Best.
Even though the Tokyo Olympics couldn’t happen in 2020 as planned, they are officially set to run from Jul. 23 to Aug. 8. There won’t be as many people in the audience this year, but the thrilling games will finally become a part of our lives again, uniting the world for an exciting reason, rather than a worrisome one.
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Walt Disney World first opened on Oct. 1, 1971, and the park is now in the midst of making plans for its upcoming 50th-anniversary celebration. Sure, going to an amusement park may be the last thing on your mind right now, but who’s to say that it won’t be a possibility in Oct. 2021?
If you’re a football fanatic or basketball buff, you’re probably missing the thrill of a live game a whole lot right now. Well, according to Fauci, if the right precautions are taken, fans may be back in the stands by the fall.
Even if you weren’t binge-watching rom-coms during quarantine, you’ve probably still heard all the buzz about Kissing Booth 2 and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before: P.S. I Still Love You, which are both returning with third films in 2021. If you’re already up to date on Elle’s and Laura Jean’s love stories, then these threequels are surely in your queue already.
And for more movies that were big hits this year, check out The Best Movie of 2020, According to Critics.
Carolina Kepnes’ beloved book series, which has also been adapted into a hit Netflix show, will be continuing on Apr. 6 with the release of You Love Me: A You Novel. In this installment of the thrilling series, the antisocial Joe Goldberg is back, but on an island in the Pacific Northwest this time.
Up until March 2020, we all took for granted how special it was to hug our grandparents, friends, or even strangers, and now you may have gone 10 months without doing so. But when you do finally get to embrace those you love again in 2021, it’ll be so much sweeter.
Although you may have done some eating out this year, it’s still far from a normal dining experience. So one of your hopes for the new year may be to go to a nice restaurant with your friends or family members, without needing to mask up in between courses.
Though it may not feel like it now, there could be an end to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2021. While no one knows when it’ll be over, the release of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID vaccines are a step in the right direction. We’re all keeping our fingers crossed for this upcoming year to be a happier and healthier one!
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