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.
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Wonder Woman 2
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.
Birds Of Prey
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.
Very little is set in stone for the MCU’s Phase 4 slate, which could very much be a result of James Gunn's firing and Disney/Marvel Studios shelving Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, but one project that is known to be happening is a movie based around some of the universe’s oldest beings: the Eternals.
The Eternals movie, which is comprised of an alien race created by Jack Kirby as Marvel’s answer to DC’s New Gods (who were also created by Kirby), 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, this 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 could release in November 2020, thus occupying Marvel's last release date for the year.
A decade after Scarlett Johansson first appeared in Iron Man 2, her Marvel character, Black Widow, 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. Interestingly, Schaeffer is also credited for Captain Marvel, which could allude to a connection between both projects.
Like with The Eternals, the Black Widow movie is also reportedly going to be a prequel and perhaps even an origin story for the famed Marvel character. For years, MCU fans have heard about the likes of the Red Room, Budapest, and the red in her ledger, and Black Widow is supposed to reveal the truth behind some of those secrets. Other MCU characters could appear as well, with a suggestion of a cameo from Sebastian Stan’s Bucky Barnes. Like The Eternals movie, Black Widow doesn't yet have a release date, but it's certainly possible it could release as early as May 2020.
Read more: Black Widow: Every Update You Need To Know
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 potential release date of October 2, 2020, which has been staked out for a Sony Marvel sequel. 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.
The other 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, with the movie expected to take Sony's "non-sequel" release date in July 2020, though that hasn't been confirmed just yet.
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- 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