- In the 2020s, plenty more superhero movies and films based on comic-book characters will be released.
- You can expect the return of Tom Holland‘s Spider-Man in a sequel set for release on July 16, 2021, and Gal Gadot will suit up again as Wonder Woman for “Wonder Woman 1984,” in theatres on June 5, 2020.
- Actors like Robert Pattinson and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will make their debuts as Batman and Black Adam, respectively.
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In the 2020s, Marvel, Warner Bros., and more studios will be leasing films based on comic-book characters. In addition to seeing the return of Wonder Woman(portrayed by Gal Gadot) and Spider-Man (Tom Holland) in upcoming sequels, characters like Black Adam (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) will make their debut in the coming years. Fans will also get to see Scarlett Johansson finally star in a standalone “Black Widow” film.
Keep reading to see all the superhero movies that are scheduled for release in the 2020s.
“Birds of Prey” (DC) — February 7, 2020
Margot Robbie will kick off the decade by reprising her role as Harley Quinn for “Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)” from Warner Bros. The Australian actress played the DC character in 2016’s “Suicide Squad,” but things will be different this time around.
The first trailer for “BoP,” released in October 2019, showed Harley getting a bit of a makeover after breaking up with the Joker (played by Jared Leto in “Suicide Squad”). You can expect her to team up with Black Canary/Dinah Lance (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) and Huntress/Helena Bertinelli (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) to save a girl from crime lord Black Mask (Ewan McGregor).
Rosie Perez, Chris Messina, Ella Jay Basco, and Ali Wong also star in “BoP.”
“Bloodshot” — February 21, 2020
“The New Mutants” — April 3, 2020
The first trailer for the “X-Men” spin-off was released in October 2017, back when the planned release date was April 2018. It teased a dark, horror-driven film directed by Josh Boone and centered on mutants who become trapped in a facility. Following a series of reshoots, 20th Century Fox moved the theatrical date to February 2019, then August 2019.
Now “The New Mutants” is set to hit theatres on April 3 2020. You can watch the latest trailer here.
“Black Widow” — May 1, 2020
Ten years after Scarlett Johansson made her debut as Marvel’s Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow in “Iron Man 2,” the actress will finally get a standalone movie set in Budapest and scheduled for release in 2020.
Johansson told Vanity Fair that “Black Widow” is “about self-forgiveness” and “family” while costar Florence Pugh (Yelena Belova) described it as “very raw and very painful and very beautiful” during Variety’s “Actors on Actors” series.
The film will also provide closure for fans, who saw Johansson’s character sacrifice herself for the mission in “Avengers: Endgame.”
“Wonder Woman 1984” — June 5, 2020
Patty Jenkins directs the “Wonder Woman” sequel and Gal Gadot returns as the titular character (also known as Diana Prince). They will be joined by Kristen Wiig, who will play villain Cheetah/Barbara Minerva, and Pedro Pascal, who will portray foe Maxwell Lord. Jenkins also revealed that Chris Pine will return as Steve Trevor, though it’s unclear how the movie will make this possible since the character sacrificed himself in 2017’s “Wonder Woman.”
As the film’s title suggests, the “Wonder Woman” sequel will be set in the ’80s. A photo shared by Gadot showed Wonder Woman looking at several TVs, with one showing Christie Brinkley driving a Ferrari in “National Lampoon’s Vacation,” which came out in 1983.
“Morbius” — July 31, 2020
The upcoming Sony film will star Jared Leto as the titular character, a vampire who appeared as Spider-Man’s foe in the Marvel comics.
Untitled “Venom 2” — October 2, 2020 (speculated date)
Tom Hardy starred in the first “Venom” movie, which hit theatres in October 2018. Although critics weren’t a fan of the standalone film, leading to a 29% score on Rotten Tomatoes, fans enjoyed it enough to land the movie an audience rating of 80%. It also performed well at the box office, raking in more than $US800 million.
Filming for Sony’s untitled sequel is underway and was confirmed with a black-and-white photo shared by Hardy on Instagram, showing him the makeup chair. The actor later deleted the post.
Andy Serkis is set to direct the movie and in addition to Hardy, Michelle Williams and Woody Harrelson will reprise their roles as Anne Weying and Cletus Kasady/Carnage, respectively. Variety also reported that Naomie Harris was in talks to play a villain known as Shriek.
The sequel’s release date hasn’t been confirmed by Sony yet, but the studio reportedly has an untitled Marvel sequel listed for October 2020. People speculate that the mysterious slot belongs to the next “Venom” movie.
“The Eternals” — November 6, 2020
“The Eternals” marks the second film set to be released as part of Marvel’s fourth phase and the movie focuses on a group of immortals who have special skills, like super strength and the ability to fly.
The movie has a star-studded cast that includes Angelina Jolie,Salma Hayek, Kumail Nanjiani, and Brian Tyree Henry. Plus, the film will reunite former “Game of Thrones” costars Richard Madden and Kit Harington.
Photos taken from the set reveal that Jolie will be sporting blonde hair and the actress previously told People that she’s doing “everything from swords to ballet” to prepare for her role as an immortal named Thena.
“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” — February 12, 2021
Few details have been revealed about the Marvel movie, but Destin Daniel Cretton will direct and Simu Liu will play the titular character, who was introduced in the comics in 1973. Tony Leung will portray The Mandarin and actress and comedian Awkwafina will also star in the movie, as well. It’s unclear who she’ll portray.
“Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” — May 7, 2021
Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) will team up for a new movie. Following the 2016 standalone “Doctor Strange” film, the sequel will have a “horror” tone and tie to Scarlet Witch’s Disney Plus series, “WandaVision.”
At San Diego Comic Con in July 2019, director Scott Derrickson described it as “the first scary MCU film.”
“The Batman” — June 25, 2021
In late May, it was revealed that the “Twilight” star officially signed on to play the Caped Crusader. He’ll star alongside Zöe Kravitz (who’s playing Catwoman), Paul Dano (the Riddler), Jeffrey Wright(Commissioner Gordon), Andy Serkis (Alfred Pennyworth), and John Turturro (Carmine Falcone).
Untitled “Spider-Man 3” — July 16, 2021
In August, Tom Holland’s future with Marvel was shaken up after Deadline reported that Sony and Disney were unable to reach a financial agreement regarding Spider-Man. But the following month, it was revealed that the studios ended their feud and will be coproducing the upcoming third “Spider-Man” film, which hits theatres in summer 2021.
“The Suicide Squad” — August 6, 2021
Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), Jai Courtney (Captain Boomerang), Joel Kinnaman (Rick Flag), and Viola Davis (Amanda Waller) will reprise their DC roles. Newcomers to the franchise include Idris Elba, Nathan Fillion, Taika Waititi,Storm Reid,John Cena,Pete Davidson, and Peter Capaldi.
Gunn also warned that we shouldn’t “get too attached,” meaning that some characters may get killed off.
“Thor: Love and Thunder” — November 5, 2021
“Thor: Ragnarok” director Taika Waititi will return to direct the fourth “Thor” movie. In addition to the return of Chris Hemsworth as the titular character, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, and Waititi as Korg,Natalie Portman(as Jane Foster) will be back. She’ll have an even bigger role this time around, wielding the hammer to portray a female version of Thor.
Jane was last mentioned in “Avengers: Endgame,” when Thor revealed that they broke up.
“Black Adam” — December 22, 2021
In November 2019, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson revealed that he’ll be portraying DC anti-hero Black Adam in an upcoming film. The actor had been dropping hints for years, and called the role “unlike any other I’ve ever played in my career.”
“He’s a rebellious, one of a kind superhero, who’ll always do what’s right for the people – but he does it his way,” Johnson captioned an image of concept art for the character on Instagram. “Truth and justice – the BLACK ADAM way.”
“Shazam! 2” — April 1, 2022
In December, it was revealed that Zachary Levi’s “Shazam!” sequel will be released in spring 2022. Levi previously told AP News that the script for the sequel is currently being drafted and he thinks he’ll start filming in 2020.
Untitled “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” sequel — April 8, 2022
Following the success of the 2018 animated Sony film, another “Spider-Verse” movie will be released in 2022. The news was revealed in November 2019.
“Black Panther 2” — May 6, 2022
“We’re not taking our time, we’re really trying to get it right,”Ryan Coogler, who directed the first film and will return for the second movie, said.
“The Flash” — July 1, 2022
Untitled “Aquaman 2” — December 16, 2022
Jason Momoa, who made his debut as the character in “Justice League,” will reprise his role as Aquaman for a sequel. It’s unclear what the film will centre on, but the actor told Esquire that he “came in with a big pitch.”
“I came in with the whole thing mapped out, and they loved it,” he said.
BONUS: There are more superhero movies in the works, but few details have been revealed.
- James Gunn got rehired to direct “Guardians of the Galaxy 3” following controversial tweets from the director that resurfaced. Returning star Karen Gillan (Nebula) told Yahoo Movies UK that she’s read the script and “it’s amazing.”
- Mahershala Ali will star in Marvel’s upcoming “Blade” reboot, playing the human/vampire hybrid who protects humans. Wesley Snipes previously took on the role in the 1998 movie.
- Following the success of 2019’s “Captain Marvel,” Brie Larson will suit up again for a sequel.
- According to The Hollywood Reporter, a third “Ant-Man” movie is in the works with Peyton Reed returning to direct and Paul Rudd reprising his role as the titular character.