Annlyel explores the Marvel Studios slate for 2020 which features Black Widow and Eternals
2020 marks the first year since 2016 where Marvel Studios will only release two films instead of three movies. After getting so used to having three Marvel Studios superhero flicks to enjoy, it’s a bit sad knowing that this July we won’t be getting another installment in the MCU to enjoy. But, looking at the two films we’re getting this year, it almost seems like a carbon copy of Marvel Studios’ playbook for the 2014 year.
2014 was one of the best, if not the best, years for Marvel Studios, considering that it was the year that featured Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy. Both of these films, leading up to their releases, were not expected to be outstanding movies, leading millions to be utterly surprised by the riveting storytelling told by each film.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier turned out to be a far greater sequel than anticipated. With a darker storyline that presented legitimate stakes and some jaw-dropping surprises, The Winter Soldier would go on to be easily considered as one of the best superhero movies ever made.
And Guardians of the Galaxy. Enough praise can’t be given to this film. With every chance to be ridiculously wacky and ludicrous, James Gunn somehow managed to inject enough heart behind the humor to make this band of scoundrels into a team worth cheering for. And with a brilliant display of musical choices, Guardians of the Galaxy would become the film that showcased Marvel Studios’ fearlessness.
The films this year are mirroring 2014’s playbook.
Black Widow features Scarlett Johannson’s Natasha Romanoff as a fugitive (again) in a gritty superhero flick that will surely feature plenty of surprises. Only this time, she is in the starring role. Not to mention that the composer for The Winter Soldier, Henry Jackman, is composing the music for Black Widow. It should be a fun ride this May.
And Eternals, like Guardians of the Galaxy, is another gamble for Marvel Studios, as it will feature characters and stories (from the cosmos), unlike anything we’ve seen on the big screen. Chloé Zhao (The Rider) is set to direct the film and if the concept art is anything to go by, this is going to be one of the trippiest, most creative superhero films ever created.
If this year resembles 2014’s success at all it’s going to be a great year to be a Marvel fan.
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Annlyel James is a prolific Staff Writer for Future of the Force. She is passionate about Star Wars and Marvel but loves a wide variety of movie genres. Aside from her role with Future of the Force she also writes for her own blog: annlyelonline. Follow her on Twitter @annlyeljames where she channels the Force frequently!