The films Marvel Studios will release in 2020 may have been revealed, with a new rumour stating the year has been staked out for the releases of Black Widow and The Eternals.
The rumour comes courtesy of That Hashtag Show, who are often quite reliable in this area, with the reveal that Black Widow will release on May 1, 2020, with The Eternals following a few months later, with a release of November 6, 2020.
What makes this more likely to be true is that neither of those are surprising. The Black Widow movie, which is being directed by Cate Shortland and sees Scarlett Johansson reprising her role (with a big pay increase to boot) has been moving along nicely for a little while, and shouldn't take too long to film as it won't need as much CGI as most MCU films. Expected to take place prior to the events we've seen in the movies so far, the synopsis reads:
"At birth, the Black Widow (aka Natasha Romanova) is given to the KGB, which grooms her to become its ultimate operative. When the U.S.S.R. breaks up, the government tries to kill her as the action movies to present-day New York, where she is a freelance operative. The standalone film will find Romanoff living in the United States 15 years after the fall of the Soviet Union."
Releasing The Eternals in November, meanwhile, fits with Marvel's M.O. for their more out-there, otherworldly projects, with it being the same month Doctor Strange and Thor: Ragnarok released in the last couple of years. Chloe Zhao is directing the movie, which seems to be coming together quite quickly, and it'll serve as another prequel, this time to the MCU in that it's set millions of years before anything else we've seen, with the synopsis reading:
"The story of ‘THE ETERNALS’ is set millions of years ago when the cosmic beings known as the Celestials genetically experimented on humans, creating the super-powered individuals as well as more villainous off-shoots known as Deviants. The two groups went on to battle each other throughout history to see which would eventually become the ultimate race. The story involves the love story between Ikaris, a man fueled by cosmic energy, and Sersi, who relishes moving amongst humans."
The Eternals, either directly or tangentially, have connections to Thanos, the Kree, and the Skrulls, all of whom are already or about to be major parts of the MCU, so this one could end up being crucial to showing how events we'll have already were set in motion millennia ago.
It's also interesting to note that only two movies are slated to be released in 2020, with the previously announced July 31 date supposedly dropped. Marvel have been releasing three movies a year since 2017, and will do so again next year, but with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 on hold, plans are in a state of flux, which means it's probably easier to just release the two.
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