With 2020 well underway, it’s not too early to check out the year’s upcoming films. Last year we saw a bunch of sequels and remakes, and while 2020 is bringing us some of the same, there is also some promising original material to keep an eye out for.
This year Christopher Nolan is bringing us an original, Tenant, while we get to see another film adaption of the sci-fi novel Dune. And don’t forget that Black Widow and Morbius are keeping us in the Marvel universe. Read on, because you’re going to want to buy early tickets for some of these films!
Top Gun: Maverick
Thirty-four years after the release of the original film, Tom Cruise is back as Lt. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell in Top Gun: Maverick. The film sets Maverick in a place he knows all too well, a flight school where he works as a test pilot and dodges any responsibility that would ground him. He finds himself training new Top Gun graduates for a mission unlike anything before.
The mission? Well, you’re going to have to watch the film to find out! The first and second trailers were highly praised by fans of the original film, the aerial cinematography in particular. Top Gun: Maverick is set to release on June 24, 2020.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife is the direct sequel to the first two original films while being the fourth in the overall franchise. Set 30 years after the events in the second film, a family moves to a small town where they discover their connection to their grandfather’s secret legacy and the ghostbusters.
Bill Murray is returning to reprise his role as Peter Venkman, alongside a lot of original castmates. Regarding the script, Murray said, “The script is good. It’s got lots of emotion in it. It’s got lots of family in it, with through lines that are really interesting.” Ghostbusters: Afterlife is scheduled for release on July 10, 2020.
Birds Of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn
Birds Of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn), also known as Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey, follows villain Harley Quinn as she teams up with other females in Gotham. Of course, this all happens because the Joker breaks up with her and throws her out on the streets.
The film was released on February 5, 2020, receiving positive reviews, although it didn’t make too much in the box office. Joe Morgenstern of The Wall Street Journal said, “Much of this R-rated movie is chaotic, yet it’s a richly hued, madly inventive, gleefully violent and happily slapdash contraption with a formidable female at its center.”
As with most Christopher Nolan films, we’re not entirely sure what the premise of Tenet is. All we have thus far is that there are some secret agents, time travel, and they are trying to prevent the world from falling into World War III. Thank you for that ambiguous description, Nolan.
The director is known for keeping the plots of his original films under lock and key, though. Even one of the lead actors, Robert Pattinson, said he was locked in a room while he read the script! Tenant is set to release on July 17, 2020.
The ninth installment of the Fast and Furious franchise is set to hit theaters on May 22, 2020. Like all “fast” movies, F9 is going to follow the main crew run by Dom Toretto. This time, they battle a skilled assassin and driver who just so happens to be Dom and Mia’s brother, Jakob. The middle Toretto child is going to be played by John Cena.
The F9 trailer broke a few records following its early February release, including 151 million views in the first 24-hours, a new record for Universal. It’s going to be interesting to see what the fate of the furious is this time around!
A standalone film for the one and only Natasha Romanoff is long overdue. Black Widow takes place between Civil War and Infinity War and is going to dive into what fans hope is the assassin’s origin story. Scarlet Johansson is back as the ex-KGB turned Avenger in a film that is sure to bring to light some of the super spy’s mysterious past.
Although this film doesn’t hit theaters until May 2020, fans of the female Avenger were impressed with the trailer. Rachel Leishman of The Mary Sue said it was “surprisingly emotional” and that the setting will “allow the character to grow into her more mature form.”
Just when we thought we were over the events in Endgame, Marvel decides to throw MCU fans The Eternals. The film is set after the Avengers defeat Thanos and follows a race created by the Celestials. This race has lived secretly on Earth for 7,000 years. Now, they’re coming out of hiding to protect humanity from the Deviants.
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige said that the studio was interested in the “never heard of superheroes” because they wanted a group that is already assembled. Unlike the Avengers, where it took many films to get them all together. The Eternals is set to release on November 6, 2020.
Mulan is the next Disney live-action film. Unlike the animated film, the live-action movie is said to be based on the actual legend of Mulan instead of a fictionalized account. That means no Mushu, to the displeasure of fans. And, recently, producer Jason Reed announced that Mulan’s love interest, Li Shang, was also cut from the film.
Fans of the original are not happy with the character’s removal. People in the LGBTQ community have also responded to Shang’s removal with backlash, citing that his relationship with “Ping” should be shown on screen. Mulan is set to release on March 27, 2020.
Bill And Ted Face The Music
Bill and Ted are back for their next most awesome adventure in Bill and Ted Face the Music. This roller coaster of a movie sees the two dudes as middle-aged guys, bored out of their minds until death comes knocking on their door. The grim reaper tells them that the world is in danger, and the only way to save it is to make a song.
Alex Winter, the actor who plays Bill, says, “It’s for the fans of Bill & Ted. It fits very neatly in the [series]. It’s not going to feel like a reboot.” Bill and Ted Face The Music is set to release in August 2020.
A Quiet Place: Part II
Since A Quiet Place was so successful in 2018, fans always thought a sequel would be in the cards. They were right! In March 2020, we’re going to be transported back to the deathly silent post-apocalyptic world with the Abbott family. Only, this time, things are different. Lee’s gone, and Evelyn is the sole adult in charge of keeping her kids safe from the monsters. Oh, and they’re venturing outside.
Kate Erbland of Indiewire, says, ‘A Quiet Place Part II’ is a worthy, world-expanding followup that builds on the original and finds its own thrills, chills, and emotions in the process.”
No Time To Die
No Time To Die is the latest Bond movie starring Daniel Craig. Taking place five years after the imprisonment of Ernst Stavro Blofeld, James Bond is back in action after a short-lived retirement from active duty. The only problem is, after living a “normal life,” this ex-agent has to come to terms with what it means to be a 00 agent.
Fans of the franchise are waiting on pins and needles to see if Bond is able to escape his latest threat. Unfortunately, due to the worldwide coronavirus outbreak, the release of the film has been postponed to November 2020.
Wonder Woman 1984
Gal Gadot is back and badder than ever in the new DC film Wonder Woman 1984. This film takes place well after the battle with Aries, and Diana Prince will be squaring off with a new villain, Cheetah, played by Kristen Wiig. Chris Pine is also joining the cast, despite dying in the last film.
Fans of the first movie have said that the test screening for the sequel in October 2019 was a disaster. Redditors said that the film comes off really campy and simple, not something the DCEU needs in their catalog of movies right now. Wonder Woman 1984 is set to release on June 5, 2020.
Golden Globe-winner Keri Russell and Jesse Plemons are starring in the upcoming sci-fi horror movie Antlers. The plot follows a teacher and her brother, the local sheriff, who investigate one of the students in their small Oregon town who is harboring a supernatural Wendigo. Guillermo del Toro is producing the film, so the monster-creature is sure to be a spectacle.
According to Nerdist, the first look at the trailer shows, “an unsettling, entirely new monster story that looks like a children’s bedtime tale came to life as a living—and human devouring—nightmare.” If you’re a fan of horror flicks, be sure to catch Antlers in theaters on April 17, 2020.
Dune is the first of a two-part film series based on Frank Herbert’s 1965 best-selling sci-fi novel of the same name. The story follows royal families as they fight over control of “Spice” mining on the planet Dune. The Spice is a substance that gives people superhuman abilities, such as higher levels of thought, an extension of life, and makes “foldspace travel” possible.
In a tweet, Brian Clement, a sci-fir/horror novelist, highly praised some movie footage he saw. The tweet has since been taken down (suspect). The star-studded film is set to hit theaters on December 18, 2020. Trust us; you’re not going to want to miss this!
The New Mutants
The New Mutants is Disney and Marvel’s first attempt at a horror film. The movie is based around a group of five teenagers as they are held captive in a secret facility and are just discovering their powers. Their plan? To escape their prison alive.
Alex McLevy of The A.V. Club praises director Josh Boone for delivering on his promise of creating a “straight-up horror film. She also said, “Congrats to this creative team for trying something different with the superhero genre.” After two delays, this new-age superhero horror film is set to be released in theaters on April 3, 2020.
Jamie Lee Curtis is back, reprising her role as Laurie Strode in the fictional town of Haddonfield, Illinois. Lee’s character is the lone survivor of the 1978 killing spree by Michael Myers. Now, 40 years later, she has severe PTSD, and Myers is about to return for another Halloween nightmare.
According to Myers’ portrayer James Jude Courtney, “We have to make the natural progression from 1978 to 2018 to Halloween Kills – the ante has been upped. The ticking bomb has to be more intense. Otherwise, we’re just doing what we’ve done before. We pumped up the volume on this one.” Get ready; the film comes out this October.
Onward is the newest Pixar animated film that is ready to tug on your heartstrings. The movie follows two elf brothers, Ian and Barley Lightfoot, as they embark on a quest to bring their father back to life. With Tom Holland and Chris Pratt at the helm, the film is sure to be full of laughs (and maybe some tears).
Ben Travis from Empire says, “Pixar returns with a great big power-chord of a movie — heart-pumping, resonant, and positively harmonious.” Onward is in theaters now, so you’re not going to want to miss your chance at seeing another classic on the big screen.
Morbius is the highly-anticipated anti-hero film released by Sony’s Marvel Universe. Jared Leto will play Michael Morbius, a doctor with a rare blood disease who tries to cure himself, resulting in vampirism. He then finds himself with strange superhuman abilities but none of the weaknesses associated with vampires, aside from a thirst for blood.
Considering Leto’s failed Joker, many fans of the Marvel comic book movies are a bit skeptical about how he is going to be portraying the pseudo-vampire. Julia Alexandra of The Verge says that “the Morbius trailer is as ridiculous as ‘pseudo-vampire Marvel villain played by Jared Leto’ sounds.” The film hits theaters on July 31, 2020.
The Invisible Man
The Invisible Man follows Cecilia Kass as she escapes a controlling relationship with scientist Adrian Griffin. Unfortunately, Griffin doesn’t take it well. After staging his own death, Griffin uses his power to become invisible and terrorize Cecilia. She catches on, but her friends and the cops don’t believe an invisible man is stalking her.
John Nugent from Empire, says, “Unbearably tense and thematically rich, this feels like an entirely fresh take on a 123-year-old story. Which is not something we saw coming.” The suspense film is out in theaters now. If you’re feeling like a tense night at the movies, go see The Invisible Man.
Legally Blonde 3
There is little known about the upcoming third Legally Blonde film, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t ridiculously excited. Elle Woods is coming back in all of her blond, pink, and chihuahua-toting glory. Fans of the films can only hope that favorites such as Paulette make an appearance. It’s not a Legally Blonde movie without Paulette’s bend-and-snap being mentioned, after all!
The film’s release date is set for May 8, 2020. So Elle fans best be in line sporting their pink designer clothing and perfectly manicured nails. This is a film that is going to be a must-see.