In 2020, Marvel Studios, DC Films, and Sony Pictures could be releasing several superhero movies that would make it one of the biggest years in the genre's history. Over the years, the number of superhero movies (and superhero movie universes) has only grown, and is now a cornerstone in almost every major movie studio.
Interestingly, a number of superhero movies that studios planned to release in 2020 have already been shifted for a number of reasons, including Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3, Cyborg, and Green Lantern Corps. However, the big players in the superhero market do still have important releases to come.
While the future of 20th Century Fox’s Marvel characters (and their Marvel movies) is unclear, pending the upcoming Disney acquisition that's scheduled to complete in January, the MCU, DCEU, and Sony’s multiple Spider-Man universes are all going to expand in 2020.
- This Page: Superhero Movies Set For 2020 Release
- Page 2: Other Superhero Movies Possibly Releasing In 2020
Birds Of Prey (And And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) - February 7, 2020
Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn) is currently winning the race for most convoluted superhero title of 2020, but it also has a strong cast and premise to boot. There is, of course, Margot Robbie reprising her role as Harley Quinn, while the other part of the movie’s title - the actual Birds of Prey - will be filled by Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary and Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress. Rosie Perez, meanwhile, will play Gotham City detective Renee Montoya, with Ella Jay Basco taking on the role of Cassandra Cain.
Cathy Yan is directing from a script by Christina Hodson, and Birds of Prey is expected to see Gotham’s (anti-)heroines teaming up against Black Mask, who’ll be portrayed by Ewan McGregor. Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn) will release February 7, 2020.
The New Mutants - April 3, 2020
The New Mutants shot in 2017 for a planned April 13, 2018. However, after the first trailer had hit, the movie was pushed back, first to February 22, 2019, then August 2 of the same year. The reasons were unclear, but reports suggest reshoots to alter the horror tone of the film. With the purchase of Fox by Disney, the film got one final release date move to April 3, 2020.
The last Fox X-Men movie to be released, The New Mutants is a horror offshoot that was intended to be the start of a new trilogy, but now will be a smaller scale standalone.
Marvel Movie #1 (Likely Black Widow) - May 1, 2020
Marvel has only two movies releasing in 2020, due to the delays to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. The first date is May 1, 2020 and while it's yet to be made official by Marvel, most expect the film to be Black Widow.
Yes, a decade after Scarlett Johansson first appeared in Iron Man 2, Natasha Romanoff is finally getting her own movie. Johansson will be reprising her role as Black Widow, and she'll be getting a significant boost in salary thanks to reworking her contract. Berlin Syndrome’s Cate Shortland is set to direct, with Jac Schaeffer writing the script. The story is reportedly going to explore Black Widow's origins, exploring the Red Room, Budapest, and the red in her ledger. Other MCU characters could appear as well, with a suggestion of a cameo from Sebastian Stan’s Bucky Barnes.
Wonder Woman 1984 - June 5, 2020
The sequel to 2017’s Wonder Woman was supposed to arrive on November 1, 2019, before being pushed back to June 5, 2020. That puts Wonder Woman 1984's release date on the same weekend that the first movie released on in 2017. Given just how well Wonder Woman performed at the box-office, it’s a smart strategic move from Warner Bros.
Wonder Woman 2, now known as Wonder Woman 1984, will once again be directed by Patty Jenkins and star Gal Gadot as Diana Prince. The story will take a giant leap forward to the 1980s, but Wonder Woman will still be involved in warfare - this time swapping World War I for the Cold War. Intriguingly, Chris Pine is also going to return, although exactly how Steve Trevor is going to come back remains to be there. However, there are some rumors suggesting Diana will make a deal with a deity to resurrect Steve. Pedro Pascal, meanwhile, has been cast in an unknown role, with Kristen Wiig appearing as Cheetah, the classic Wonder Woman villain from DC Comics.
Morbius - July 31, 2020
The first 2020 entry into Sony’s Spider-Man Villain Universe is Morbius, based around Marvel Comics character Morbius the Living Vampire. In the comics, Morbius was a biochemist who was imbued with vampiric abilities and physical traits after an experiment went wrong. Initially a villain, he's since become more of a tragic anti-hero.
Jared Leto, no stranger to comic book villains after his performance as the Joker in Suicide Squad, has been cast in the lead role of Morbius. The villain will be Loxias Crown, one of Morbius' friends who is a new creation but may be based on the comics villain Crown. Safe House's Daniel Espinosa will direct Morbius.
Venom 2 - October 2, 2020
Venom was an unexpectedly massive hit for Sony Pictures, grossing over $800 million worldwide and passing every X-Men movie at the box office, which has been a massive boost for their burgeoning Spider-Villains universe. Considering how much money it has made already, it stands to reason that Sony's spinoff universe is only going to get bigger from here.
And that means Venom 2 is understandably central to those plans, with a release date of October 2, 2020. Tom Hardy is expected to return considering his interest in the continuing as the anti-hero on the big screen and not to mention the fact that he's contracted for multiple sequels. Plus, Venom has already teased what Venom 2's story will be: Venom's post-credits scene revealed Woody Harrelson as symbiotic Carnage, thus setting him up as the antagonist of Venom 2.
Marvel Movie #2 (Likely The Eternals) - November 6, 2020
The other MCU date for 2020 is November 6. While nothing is confirmed yet, this is expected to tell the story of some of the universe’s oldest beings: the Eternals, an alien race created by Jack Kirby as Marvel’s answer to DC’s New Gods (who were also created by Kirby). The Eternals will be made up of a team including Sersi, Ikaris, Gilgamesh, Makkari, Elysius, Thena, Zuras, and Starfox. Ancient beings with great powers, who were initially created to be the defenders of Earth and are even related to Thanos, they could serve as a prequel to the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The Eternals movie is being written by Matthew and Ryan Firpo, and will be directed by Chloé Zhao. Although a release date hasn't been set yet, The Eternals makes most sense for the November 2020 slot.
These are all the confirmed superhero movies coming in 2020, although more could be added and others removed. And, of course, 2020 is just the start of the decade. There's a many more superhero films to come:
- Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) release date: Feb 07, 2020
- Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) release date: Jun 05, 2020
- New Mutants (2020) release date: Apr 03, 2020
- Morbius (2020) release date: Jul 31, 2020