An introvert’s guide to summer 2021

For many people across the UK, May 17 is the day that they will finally be free to leave their homes and visit their friends or go to the cinema – but for an introvert, life will simply continue as normal.

There have been an abundance of articles scattered across the internet about what you will be able to do, from Staycation Destinations in the UK, to must-see comedians and shows in theatres. But there is no love for the introvert, one that prefers to stay indoors during the summer.

In order to spread awareness for the more withdrawn people in Kent, here’s a list especially for you, highlighting everything to look forward to in the coming months without having to leave the house.

Film Releases

Black Widow

Release Date: July 2021

Scarlett Johansson reprises her role as lethal secret agent Natasha Romanoff as she stars in the character’s first-ever standalone film, focusing on the events before her fate in Avengers Endgame.

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Scarlett has appeared in many Marvel Movies, from Iron Man 2 to Avengers Endgame

Black Widow has struggled during the pandemic, as its original theatre release was slated for May 2020. Thankfully, the film will finally be released on the 9th of July on both Disney+ and Cinemas.

Directed by Cate Shortland and starring acclaimed actors such as David Harbour, William Hurt and Robert Downey Jr., Black Widow is set to give Johansson the solo film she always deserved.

A Quiet Place II

Release Date: May 28, 2021

A Quiet Place released to worldwide praise in 2018, directed by and starring John Krasinski, as well as his wife Emily Blunt.

The pair play a small family, trying their hardest to survive in a world filled with monsters sensitive to sound. One wrong move, be it a nail dropping or a scream of terror, would spell the end for any survivor in this world.

Director John Krasinski is well-known for his role as Jim in the US Office.

The film utilised the idea of silence extremely well, with almost the entire film being silent, which only served to create natural and powerful tension.

Set to release on the May 28, John Krasinski is set to direct the sequel, following the same family after the events of the first. Both human and monster alike are after the group… will they survive?

Luca

Release Date: June 18, 2021

As a fan of Disney films, Pixar always seemed to fall to the wayside in the eyes of the public. But the studio consistently manages to create heartfelt, emotionally powerful films that explore the characters within just as much as they play with the ridiculous situations they’ve been thrust into.

Luca looks to be such a film; on a coastal strip in Italy, Luca becomes friends with a boy named Alberto, and they share adventures while hiding a massive secret from each other… they’re both sea monsters!

Despite the strange-sounding premise, Pixar has a track record of using these strange films to create a timeless story that usually leaves you in tears at the end. Up, Wall-E and Soul are prime examples of this.

Luca is set to release on Disney+ on June 18th.

Television Releases

Loki

Release Date: June 9, 2021

Following his death and subsequent re-appearance in Infinity War and Endgame respectively, Tom Hiddleston is set to reprise his role as the scheming trickster God Liki in an episodic series of the same name.

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Tom Hiddleston reprises his role as Loki… But not the same Loki that we’ve known from other films.

Marvel have been teasing us with TV shows across the year, starting with WandaVision, followed by Falcon & the Winter Soldier, each following the characters we’ve grown to love across the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s lifespan.

Now it’s Loki’s turn. The trailer promised that Loki would finally begin to step out of his brother’s shadow and embark on a journey through time and space itself, causing chaos and mischief wherever he goes.

Loki is scheduled to premiere on June 9, and will consist of six episodes.

Invincible

Release Date: March 25, 2021

Invincible is a superhero cartoon following Mark Grayson, the son of the world’s most powerful hero, Omni-Man (Played by the legendary J.K. Simmons!).

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The Invincible comics have received a cult following for years, and now it’s animated!

As Mark comes of age and develops super powers just like his father, he dons his own costume and fights crime under the name Invincible, a title that will be thoroughly tested across an action-packed first season.

Despite the comic book only recently getting an animated adaptation, the gritty, violent and realistic world of Invincible has already grown so popular that two more seasons have already been announced! But be warned, this show is not for the faint of heart…

Invincible is already out, and is available on Amazon Prime Video.

Star Wars: The Bad Batch

Release Date: May 4, 2021

Following the successful and highly anticipated release of the final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Bad Batch focuses on a small group of characters under the same name, a special squad of clone troopers serving the newly-formed Galactic Empire.

 

Directed by Brad Rau and produced by Dave Filoni, the man responsible for the Clone Wars and the Mandolorian, the Bad Batch will show the republic’s descent into tyranny and the aftermath of the clone wars.

Star wars: The Bad Batch released its first episode on May 4th, with the second episode being released today, and subsequent episodes releasing weekly.

Gaming Releases

Destiny 2: Season of the Splicer

Release Date: May 11, 2021

Destiny 2 is a free-to-play game, and mixes first-person-shooter gameplay with a massive only experience, set in a far-off future where humanity fights against the forces of darkness with space magic. Have I sold you on it yet?

In truth, Destiny 2 has been around for a while, releasing in September of 2017. Bungie, the developers behind the game, its prequel, and the legendary halo games, have released a steady stream of content for the game every few months.

These ‘seasons’ focus on smaller stories revolving around the characters of the world, with each subsequent season following on from the last. On the 11th May, the Season of the Splicers will launch, and humanity will face its darkest hour yet, both figuratively and literally; The sun will not rise, and the earth will be plunged into an eternal night.

Play together with up to five other friends and wield guns, swords, and the forces of light itself as you push back against the enemies of humanity and secure some sweet, sweet loot in the process.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake: Intergrade

Release Date: April 10, 2020

Final Fantasy 7 released in 1997, but has cemented itself as one of the most memorable and acclaimed games of all time. The characters, world and story became the foundation for what followed.

Final fantasy 7 is a Legendary RPG, and the second instalment of the remake is arriving soon.

In 2020, Square Enix released the highly anticipated remake of the game, with modern graphics, revised gameplay, and hours of content. Despite the game usually lasting 10 hours, the remake was only a small chunk of the story from the original, with updates being teased.

On June 10th, Intergrade will release on Playstation 5, improving the graphics, the loading times, adding a new difficulty and introducing the first in a series of story expansions, allowing you to play more content as another character from the original game, Yuffie.

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD

Release Date: July 16, 2021

Another remake of an old game, the Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword released on the Nintendo Wii in 2011 to mostly positive reviews.

While many praised the stories, the world and the characters in the game, as well as the setting taking place as the first chronological game in the entire series, many expressed their disappointment with the controls of the game relying so heavily on the Wii’s motion control gimmick, which took much of the fun from the game.

Skyward Sword is considered to be a black sheep in the family of Zelda games due to its control scheme.

On July 16, Nintendo Switch owners will be able to play Skyward Sword again, with high-definition graphics and no motion control. Whether fans will enjoy the game without the problems they had before is up for debate, but things are looking up for the Zelda series’ black sheep.

That was a guide to upcoming and popular games, television and film in Summer of 2020… by an introvert. But despite praising so many things to do during the summer without leaving your home, don’t forget that a little bit of sunlight is good for you.

Even if it’s just a trip to the store, a walk in the park to get some fresh air, or to see your friends once the lockdown restrictions have eased, please remember to stay healthy and keep in contact with your friends.