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Ongoing Movie Franchises Skipping 2019

There are quite a few big, ongoing movie franchises skipping 2019. The next 12 months will be an embarrassment of riches for movie fans, but there will still be some major properties that will be holding out to release instead in 2020 or after.

In 2019, Marvel Studios will again drop three huge films: Captain Marvel in March, Avengers: Endgame in April, and Spider-Man: Far From Home in July. Not to be outdone, DC Films will follow up the global success of Aquaman with Shazam! in April and Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker in October. Then, 20th Century Fox's version of the X-Men will make their last stand with Dark Phoenix in June and will also finally release the long-delayed New Mutants in August. Meanwhile, Disney will basically release a blockbuster every month in 2019, with Dumbo in March, Aladdin in May, Toy Story 4 in June, The Lion King in July, and Frozen 2 in November being the biggest. And who could forget that 2019 concludes with the end of the Skywalker saga in Star Wars: Episode IX in December?

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With all of that firepower (and more) coming to local cinemas this year, it's inevitable that some blockbuster franchises would steer clear of 2019. In some cases, plans to release a franchise film were changed due to creative or other reasons. For others, the year is simply an off year since they just released a new movie in 2018. There are also franchises that seem to be mired in creative limbo until further notice. All that said, here are the biggest franchises skipping 2019 altogether.

Wonder Woman 1984

Wonder Woman 1984

Fans excited to see the return of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman were disappointed to hear that Wonder Woman 1984 pushed back its release date to June 5, 2020. Originally scheduled for November 1, 2019, director Patty Jenkins' follow up to her record-breaking film moved back 7 months to "its rightful home" (according to Gadot on Twitter) in the summer. The original Wonder Woman released in June 2017 and rode a wave of critical acclaim to become a pop culture touchstone en route to an $821 million worldwide haul. DC Films hopes to repeat that magic with a similar summer release strategy.

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There's plenty to be excited about in Wonder Woman 1984. Set during the Me Decade, the sequel is expected to thrust Diana Prince into the era of the Cold War as she tangles with a new enemy: the Cheetah (Kristen Wiig). There's also the mystery of how Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) is somehow back from the dead after his demise during World War I. What's more, Wonder Woman 1984 will find itself in an interesting position of trying to eclipse Aquaman, which is rapidly on its way to becoming the DCEU's biggest film ever and could earn a billion dollars worldwide. Also, Wonder Woman 1984 will release in a new and different DCEU landscape after Aquaman, Shazam!, Joker, and the Margot Robbie-led Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) all release 6 months or less apart from each other. But if anyone can outperform her fellow DC superheroes, it's Wonder Woman.

Bond 25

James Bond was supposed to go head-to-head with Wonder Woman in November 2019 but the dashing spy followed the Amazing Amazon to 2020 instead. The behind-the-scenes happenings of James Bond 25 have been as tumultuous as agent 007's battles with Spectre. Original director Danny Boyle signed on to direct Bond 25 back in March 2018, but, by August, Boyle bolted over creative differences with producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson's dismay with writer John Hodge's screenplay. Perennial Bond writers Neil Purvis and Robert Wade returned to script Bond 25 and, finally, True Detective's Cary Fukunaga signed on to direct. With filming set to begin in March 2019, the yet-untitled Bond 25 is now set to release on February 14, 2020.

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Following up the events of Spectre, Bond 25 is expected to be Daniel Craig's final outing as 007, which, after 14 years, would make him the longest-tenured actor to portray James Bond. While the plot of the film is being kept under wraps, Christoph Waltz won't reprise his role as Blofeld, the leader of Spectre. However, Lea Seydoux will return as Dr. Madeleine Swann, who rode off into the sunset with Bond at the end of Spectre - this is a rare instance of a Bond Girl returning for back-to-back films. James Bond should also have his usual support system, including Ralph Fiennes as M, Naomi Harris as Eve Moneypenny, and Ben Whishaw as Q, to give him solace even if Madeleine Swann doesn't survive Craig's swansong as 007.

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Key Release Dates
  • James Bond 25 (2020) release date: Apr 08, 2020
  • Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) release date: Jun 05, 2020
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