Every year, the blockbusters get bigger, more expensive, and break box office records that were only set a few months earlier. We’re sure Avengers: Endgame will smash some records in 2019, and then Star Wars: Episode IX will smash them again in December, and so on and so forth, forever, until the end of time. With that being said, there are plenty of movies that already have us excited for 2020.
It probably won’t come as a surprise that many of these movies are sequels, prequels, reboots, part of a larger connected film universe, or spin-offs of existing franchises. Let’s face it, those movies get big budgets for a reason — they make huge profits. It’s harder and harder for filmmakers to get funding for a truly original idea these days. Luckily there’s at least one of those included on this list of movies that we hope will blow us away, but only when they finally hit theaters next year!
Bad Boys for Life
We’ll kick off this list with one 2020’s earliest releases, as the long (and we mean loooooooooong) awaited sequel to Will Smith and Martin Lawrence’s Bad Boys franchise will finally see the light of day towards the end of January. The very first Bad Boys movie was released back in 1995, when Smith was at the height of his blockbuster, A-list star powers. The sequel, Bay Boys II, didn’t come along for eight more years, releasing in 2003. Fast forward 17 more years to 2020, and the trilogy will finally be complete.
Smith and Lawrence play detectives Mike Lowry and Marcus Burnett. Presumably they will be much older and grumpier partners this time around, but the story should be a familiar one: they must stop a powerful Miami drug lord (played by Jacob Scipio) who is determined to kill Mike. There will surely be shootouts, car chases, explosions, and plenty of wise-cracks from Smith and Lawrence, as it’s really the on-screen chemistry between the two stars that carried the first two movies.
Joe Pantoliano returns as Captain Conrad Howard, and Mexican TV/film star Paolo Nunez also joins the cast. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your opinion of his movies), Michael Bay will not be back to direct or produce this time around.
Birds of Prey
Without trying to sound mean, the DC Extended Universe hasn’t exactly lived up to expectations. While the movies have still managed to rake in billions at the box office, many of the DC films haven’t received very favorable reviews from film critics or the majority of fans. Not that a poor Rotten Tomatoes score is going to stop DC and Warner Bros. from making more movies, though.
In February 2020, we’re getting a female-focused spin-off from Suicide Squad, focusing mostly on Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, but also adding in classic DC characters like Black Canary and Huntress. Ewan McGregor also signed on to play Gotham City crime lord Black Mask, but it appears that Jared Leto’s Joker will be absent from this one. That’s probably a good thing.
Kingsman: The Great Game
The first Kingsman movie from 2014 was a surprise hit. Based on a comic book series, the R-rated action/comedy combined the suave styling of a Bond flick with the slick action scenes of the John Wick movies. It all worked shockingly well. Then a sequel in 2017 introduced fans to the American counterparts of the Kingsman, the Statesman.
In February, director Matt Vaughn (who directed the previous two Kingsman films) will return with Kingsman: The Great Game. Little is known about the plot, but these are the confirmed details: franchise star Taron Egerton will not be returning as Gary “Eggsy” Unwin, as the franchise is shifting back in time to tell a story about the spy organization at the turn of the 20th century. Egerton says he still plans to return to the series some day in the future.
Gemma Arterton, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Ralph Fiennes are attached to Kingsman 3 with lead billing. And with Vaughn still in the director’s chair, this sequel (prequel?) should be a worthy addition to the franchise.
Okay, so this movie may or may not happen. It’s currently listed on multiple movie sites around the internet with a March 13, 2020 release date, but the whole thing may be on hold (again) as the purchase of 21st Century Fox by our new mouse overlords Disney gets finalized.
Assuming Gambit does hit theaters as planned, Channing Tatum is on board to play everyone’s favorite Cajun X-Men character, the card-throwing mutant Remy LeBeau aka Gambit. Unfortunately, the film has descended into production hell. Multiple directors have signed on and then abandoned the project. Tatum himself even offered to direct early in 2019. Now it seems we are all waiting to find out what Marvel Studios (already owned by Disney) might do once the X-Men and Fantastic Four film rights revert back to a singular owner after the Fox sale. Your guess is as good as ours.
Godzilla vs. Kong
We haven’t even had a chance to watch Godzilla: King of the Monsters yet (it comes out in May 2019), but we’re already excited for the first clash of the titans in Legendary Pictures’ growing “MonsterVerse” when Godzilla vs. Kong drops in 2020. We don’t know exactly how the two legendary beasts will end up squaring off, but we plan to have front row seats when they do!
The film stars Alexander Skarsgard (True Blood, Big Little Lies, Hold The Dark) and Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things), with a heavy dose of secretive Monarch activities and government conspiracies. But honestly, we’re just tuning in for the monsters. The iconic Japanese lizard has been given new life in the MonsterVerse, and Kong: Skull Island turned out way better than most people thought it would. When Godzilla is done beating up Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah in 2019, the main event against King Kong can finally happen!
Here’s what we know about the upcoming spy thriller featuring the iconic character of English MI6 agent James Bond: not much, actually.
One thing we know for sure is that after much “will he or won’t he” speculation, Daniel Craig has agreed to strap on the tuxedo and Walther PP7 for the fifth and final time. Craig had earlier stated that 2015’s Spectre would be his final time playing Bond, citing an exhausting filming process that was heavy on action and stunts. Whatever convinced Craig to fill Bond’s shoes one more time (spoiler alert: it was probably money), it makes us movie fans very happy.
Bond 25 (or whatever typical Bond-like name the movie eventually receives — most recently rumored to be Shatterhand) will be directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga (Beasts of No Nation, True Detective), a new comer to the franchise. Lea Seydoux will return as Bond Girl Madeleine Swann, while Ralph Fiennes and Ben Whislaw will return as agents M and Q. There is a rumor that Rami Malek will join the cast as the villain, but so far it’s just speculation.
The recent Bond films have been exciting, gritty, and overall really good. A lot of people scoffed when Craig originally got the job, but those same fans will be sad to see him go after Bond 25 has come and gone.
A Quiet Place 2
A Quiet Place really came out of nowhere in 2018. Written and directed by John Krasinski (who also starred alongside his real-life wife Emily Blunt), it was a drastic change for many of us who were used to seeing him play the goofy and lovable Jim Halpert on Netflix binges of The Office. This movie was about as far from the Dunder Mifflin offices in Scranton as you can get.
The first movie was a terrifying take on the classic alien invasion, with creatures who hunt humans based on sound. The sequel, which will also be directed by Krasinksi, will once again star Blunt as Evelyn Abbott. However, we expect to see much less of Krasinski on screen, since his character was killed in the first one. There’s always flashbacks and dream sequences, though!
Hopefully A Quiet Place 2 gives us a look at the larger world of survivors, as the first movie alluded to numerous families trying to live out their days in silence. There’s also the possibility that Evelyn will somehow be able to lead a fight back against the creatures, after discovering a sound frequency that seems to cripple their ability to attack. We’ll find out in May 2020.
Fast & Furious 9
The last movie in this testosterone-fueled series, The Fate of the Furious, made over $1.2 billion at the global box office. That basically means they will be making these movies until the end of time. Although they are taking 2019 off (well, not really. The spin-off Hobbs & Shaw will hit theaters this year), the real sequel will make its way to screens in April 2020.
Furious 9 (or whatever its official title ends up being) will bring back Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris Bridges, and probably some other familiar faces as the gang races around in ridiculous super cars, blows stuff up, and inevitably saves the day from whatever terrorist/hacker/government conspiracy is endangering everyone this time.
Look, we’re not going to pretend the Fast & Furious franchise produces films that should be nominated for Best Picture. But dammit if they aren’t a fun, adrenaline-soaked thrill ride — or as we affectionately call them: Popcorn flicks. We’re happily paying our $12 to hear the roar of the engines while Dom Toretto stares hard into the camera, uttering some ridiculous badass one-liner.
Wonder Woman 1984
We are usually quick to point out that the DC movies don’t have a track record of being… well, any good. The biggest exception, though, was 2017’s Wonder Woman, which was downright fantastic. Staring the amazing Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, the epic WWI tale provides some excellent backstory for the Amazonian warrior.
Director Patty Jenkins will return to helm for Wonder Woman 1984, currently slated for a June 2020 release date. This movie obviously flashes us forward in time by a large margin (and skips WWII entirely), but brings into the height of the Cold War, as Wonder Woman clashes with the considerable forces of the Soviet Union.
We expect lots of 80s nostalgia in this flick, along with the introduction of a new enemy: Kristen Wiig has been announced as Barbara Ann Minerva aka Cheetah. Chris Pine will also reportedly be back, although we’re not sure they are going to explain his character still being alive. Or still young and handsome, for that matter. Regardless, we expect this movie to once again be the bright spot in the DCEU next summer.
Unnamed Christopher Nolan Movie
This movie is so shrouded in mystery that we literally can’t tell you anything about it. No title or no big name actors are confirmed yet. [Ed note: John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, and Elizabeth Debicki were announced shortly after we published this article]. It does seem to have a planned release date of July 17, 2020, so that’s something. However, we’re going to give director/writer/producer extraordinaire Christopher Nolan considerable credit for his past achievements and assume that his new movie will be a worthy addition to his already impressive list of credits.
In case you didn’t already know, Nolan is responsible for the likes of Memento, Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark Knight, Inception, The Dark Knight Rises, Interstellar, and Dunkirk. His movie making process and attention to detail routinely produces some of the most enjoyable and original films being made these days. He’s also grossed over $4.7 billion at the box office, so Warner Bros. will probably give him a lot of financial backing and creative freedom for whatever he has up his sleeve. We can’t wait to learn what it actually is.
We can’t escape the over-expanding library of comic book movies, as Sony Pictures plans to milk its license to the Spider-Man characters for all it’s worth. Along with a planned sequel to Venom (also due out in 2020) and a rumored Silver and Black film about The Black Cat and Silver Sable (which might end up being two separate movies, if they ever get made), Sony is planning to do a movie about lesser-known Spidy villain Michael Morbius, a young scientist who accidently turns himself into a vampire while attempting to cure himself of a rare blood disease. Big oopsy!
Directed by Daniel Espinosa (Life, Safe House) and starring Lared Leto as the title character, this movie will be set in Sony’s Marvel Universe, not to be confused with the Marvel Cinematic Universe (although the two are sharing Spider-Man for now). Morbius will also include Adria Arjona (Pacific Rim Uprising, True Detective, Triple Frontier) as Michael’s fiance Martine and Tyrese Gibson as an FBI agent trying to track him down.
Fantastic Beasts 3
The Wizarding World roles on, no matter how many crazy things J.K. Rowling tries to retcon into the Potter lore. At the conclusion of Fantastic Beasts 2, Gellert Grindelwald had successfully aligned himself with Albus Dumbledore’s long-lost brother. That sets up an inevitable showdown between Grindelwald and Dumbledore, which will likely be the climax of Fantastic Beasts 3 when it hits theaters November 2020.
All the main stars will be back: Johnny Depp as Grindelwald, Jude Law as Dumbledore, Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, Katherine Waterson as Tina Goldstein, and Ezra Miller as Credence Barebone/Aurelius Dumbledore. The special effects for these are top notch, and the magical creatures that Newt cares for are awe inspiring. But frankly, we hope Fantastic Beasts 3 also comes with a bit of a tighter script — the second one didn’t exactly blow us away.
Remember Avatar? It’s been 10 years since James Cameron’s epic 3D sci-fi adventure (which was really just FernGully: The Last Rain Forest, but with a $230 million budget) was in theaters, making bank. While the original film might have been light on storytelling, it overachieved with stunning visuals and $2.8 billion in global box office receipts. The studio has been clamoring for a sequel every since, but Cameron works on his own schedule.
In December 2020, we will finally get the first of what could end being four more Avatar movies (a third one is fully confirmed, but numbers 4 and 5 are still up in the air). Sam Worthington returns as Jake Sully, a former human who took part in the avatar program and ended up falling in love Neytiri (again played by Zoe Saldana). Giovanni Ribisi, Joel David Moore, and Sigourney Weaver are also on board for the sequel.
Not much of the plot has been revealed, but large portions of the movie were filmed underwater and “The Way of the Water” was originally being considered as a subtitle. So expect a lot of swimming Na’vi in this one, which promises to be a blockbuster movie event.
Maybes: Black Panther 2, Guardians of the Galaxy 3, and Cyborg
If you’ve been keeping track, you might have noticed that we’ve only covered 13 movies so far. That’s because Hollywood release dates are a fickle thing. They are constantly changing, being pushed back, or projects just never materialize. We are reasonably sure that these movies (Black Panther 2, Guardians of the Galaxy 3, and Cyborg) are going to get made eventually. Disney even announced they has re-hired James Gunn to direct Guardians Vol. 3. But actual release dates for these films? Hard to say.
Our best guess is that they arrive in late 2020 or early 2021. Gunn will probably work on Suicide Squad 2 first, and Marvel has been especially quiet about their plans for the MCU after Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home. With the Disney/Fox acquisition happening, it’s possible the next round of huge Marvel movies will include characters like Wolverine, Professor X, Storm, Deadpool, and The Human Torch. So who knows what that will mean for some of the current popular Marvel movie characters, but we’ll find out eventually — just maybe not in 2020.
As for Cyborg, yet another DCEU movie that seems doomed with delays and re-writes, we’ll just cross our fingers and hope for the best.