Last Updated: May 11, 2020
In 2020, Marvel Studios, DC Films, and Sony Pictures will be releasing several superhero movies that could 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 they're now a cornerstone of almost every major movie studio.
Interestingly, a number of superhero movies that studios previously planned to release in 2020 have already been shifted later 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 overall future of 20th Century Fox’s Marvel characters and franchises is unclear, following their 2019 acquisition by Disney, the MCU, DCEU, and Sony’s Spider-Man villain universe are all going to expand in 2020. Fox will also be releasing what could be their final Marvel movie ever.
Birds Of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) - February 7
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 - are played by Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary and Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress. Rosie Perez, meanwhile, plays Gotham City detective Renee Montoya, with Ella Jay Basco taking on the role of Cassandra Cain.
Cathy Yan directed the film from a script by Christina Hodson, with Birds of Prey seeing Gotham’s (anti-)heroines teaming up against Black Mask, portrayed by Ewan McGregor. Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn) was released February 7, 2020.
Bloodshot - March 13
Based on the Valiant Comics character of the same name, Bloodshot is the only superhero movie currently set for 2020 that's not Marvel or DC related. Vin Diesel stars as the titular character, known prior his death as Ray Garrison, a U.S. Marine. Ray and his wife are both assassinated, but a team of scientists are able to resurrect him, upgrading him with nanotechnology designed to create a super-soldier. That strategy seems to work, until Ray remembers his past life, and sets out for revenge.
Bloodshot was distributed by Sony, with first time director David Wilson at the helm. Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2) and Eric Heisserer (Bird Box) co-wrote the script. Bloodshot was released on March 13, 2020.
oner Woman 1984 - August 14
The sequel to 2017’s Wonder Woman was supposed to arrive on November 1, 2019, before being pushed back to June 5, 2020. However, the Coronavirus pandemic caused Wonder Woman 1984's release date to be delayed again, this time to August 14.
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 manages to come back remains to be seen. However, there are some rumors suggesting Diana will make a deal with a deity to resurrect Steve. Pedro Pascal, meanwhile, has been cast as bad guy Maxwell Lord, with Kristen Wiig appearing as Cheetah, the classic Wonder Woman villain from DC Comics.
Black Widow - November 6
Marvel Studios originally had two movies set for release in 2020, the first being a long-awaited solo film for original MCU heroine Black Widow. That was until the Coronavirus pandemic, which saw Black Widow's release date delayed from May 1 all the way to November 6, and Eternals shifted out of 2020 entirely.
A decade after Scarlett Johansson first appeared in Iron Man 2, Natasha Romanoff is finally getting her own movie, to the delight of fans. 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 planned to explore Black Widow's origins, including the Red Room, Budapest, and the red in her ledger. The time between Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War is also set to be a major focus. Other MCU characters could appear as well, with a suggestion of a cameo from Sebastian Stan’s Bucky Barnes. as well as an appearance by Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark reportedly on tap.
The New Mutants - TBA 2020
The New Mutants was shot in 2017 for a planned April 13, 2018 release. However, after the first trailer 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. Or at least that's what we thought, as the Coronavirus pandemic caused even that date to be taken away, leaving the film currently in limbo.
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. Despite the prior reports of extensive reshoots happening, director Josh Boone recently insisted the released version will be his original cut.