The 2000s are back!

2024 has just begun and so far, we’ve already been seeing many 2004 pop culture events making a comeback. Most notably the 2004 films.

The new Mean Girls musical movie was released early last week and news of Shrek 5 being in the works, fulfilling its 20-year mark.


Mean Girls (2024)

Releases: January 12, 2024

Released just last week starring the newest IT girl, Reneé Rapp from the broadway show of the same franchise. This 2024 film brings the musical aspect created by Tina Fey to the silver screens. It can never replace the original film, but it was a fun and enjoyable watch if you’re looking for a simple rom-com. 

Also I recommend watching this fan trailer instead of the actual film trailer the company promoted, because prior to watching the film, I didn’t even know it was a musical adaptation of the Broadway show and not just the film.

All credit goes to @Ryanne Parker

The Incredibles 3 (2024)

Releases: November 27, 2024

With the sequel released only 6 years ago, it’s been nearly two decades since the first Incredibles came out. But this leaves fans to wonder what’s left to explore from the iconic superhero family trope created by Brad Bird. Personally, I hope they add another super family to parallel the Incredibles, or even just explore more of Jack Jack’s power and potential. But we’ll just have to wait until the trailer to see.


Shrek 5 (2024)

Releases: Late 2024 or early 2025 

After the masterpiece that was Puss in Boots: The Last Wish (2022), it solidified Dreamworks as one the greatest modern animation studios against Disney and Pixar. So much so, that fans were incredibly excited to hear about another Shrek film. 


Bob Marley: One Love (2024)

Releases: February 14, 2024

Even after his death, Bob Marley’s influence endures, and his music was very popular in the early 2000s. Thus, it stands to reason that the new, impending biopic about Bob Marley will come after Marilyn Monroe and Elvis. 

While most biopics can be divisive, it takes a great filmmaker and cast to bring light to these idols. They may even present viewers with a fresh viewpoint, although one that has been heavily altered to satisfy entertainment requirements. 


Sonic the Hedgehog 3 

Releases: December 20, 2024

Sonic the Hedgehog is one of the most well-known video game characters and franchises of all time and with the first live-action adaptation film released back in 2020, it only makes sense for Paramount Pictures to continue milking the series. But I must say, I believe the memes are keeping the series relevant more than Paramount Pictures ever has…


Madame Web (2024)

Releases: February 14, 2024. 

Starring Dakota Johnson and Sydney Sweeney, we explore another character from the Spider-man universe, Madame Web. With more and more female centered protagonists in films, it’s great to see this switch for action-based superhero films as well.


Saw XI (2024)

Releases: September 27, 2024

The original horror flick began its early journey in 2004, and this year they released their eleventh film after two decades. Saw is just a classic series for any horror lover. Fans speculate that with the events of Saw X, this film will continue to explore the prequel concept. 


Other Upcoming 2024 films

These films have less to do with the 2004 or the 2000s in general, but are highly anticipated films I also wanted to mention.

Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse (2024)

Releases: Delayed TBD (previously March 29, 2024)

After the controversial deadlines that pushed animators and creators on the film to complete the film under such a strict timeline, it has now been announced that its release date has been delayed. And thankfully so. We wouldn’t want to rush such a highly anticipated finale to one of the best film series over this past decade. 


Kung Fu Panda 4 (2024)

Releases: March 1, 2024

Kung Fu Panda is known to have the most creative fight scenes and best villains in any animated film, so this fourth installment is heavily anticipated. But seeing how Dreamworks has yet to truly disappoint their fans, I have high hopes for this film as well. I’m glad to see cinema reviving itself. 


Dune: Part Two (2024)

Releases: March 1, 2024

With the first film released almost three years ago, fans have been excited to further explore the world of Frank Herbet’s iconic novel. Starring Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya (who actually appears to have more than 15 minutes of screen time haha), we know we’re in for a good time.


Inside out (2024)

Releases: June 14, 2024

Inside Out is such a hidden gem from Pixar’s filmography over the years which taught us the importance of sadness and other emotions besides happiness. Alluding to the toxic happiness mentality that is forced upon the youth and not being allowed to feel their emotions. This time around we explore Riley’s more mature stages of life as she enters college, facing new emotions like anxiety


Transformers One (2024)

Releases: September 13, 2024

The Transformers film franchise hit its prime in the early 2000s and I’m not sure if it can ever top that, but with a new installment being animated and directed by Josh Cooley (Toy Story 4), there’s actually a chance the film could be good. It will also be interesting seeing Chris Hemsworth voice acting Optimus Prime. Also starring Scarlett Johansson, Brian Tyree Henry and Keegan-Michael Key, I am beginning to have high hopes for the future of this infamous franchise. 


Wicked Part 1 (2024)

Releases: November 27, 2024

With news of this Wicked live action adaptation being in the works for what feels like several years, we are finally given an actual date! The first part of the Broadway musical film will be released this year on November 27th. Directed by Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians, In the Heights) and of course starring the popstar, Ariana Grande as Glinda. 


OTHER 2004 TRENDS COMEBACK


Films aren’t the only 2000s trends making a comeback. In fact, a lot of fashion trends such as dresses over jeans, t-shirt layering, mini-denim skirts, and wearing lingerie as cute tops. 

Thank you so much for reading! Comment down below your thoughts on the newest revival trends from 2004 or anything I may have missed. 

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