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hmv.com previews... 2020's Best Movies - Superheroes
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hmv.com previews... 2020's Best Movies - Superheroes

Over the next two weeks, we're going to be previewing 100 of 2020's best movies. We continue today with superheroes...

 

Wonder Woman 1984

Starring: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Pedro Pascal, Kristen Wiig, Connie Britton

Director: Patty Jenkins

Release date: June 5th

 

After decades and decades of development struggle to bring Wonder Woman to the big screen, Warner Brothers hit the jackpot with Gal Gadot in 2017, earning over $820 million at the box office in the process. 

The sequel moves the action from the dog days of World War I and into 1984. 

This time, Gadot's Diana Prince goes up against two foes, Pascal's Maxwell Lord, a businessman and entrepreneur who is famous for TV infomercials, and Wiig's Cheetah, a rich heiress who through an ancient ritual acquires supernatural feline powers.

The film is set in 1984 and also sees the return of Pine's Steve Trevor, Prince's love interest who was presumed to have died during the events of the first film. 



 

The Eternals

Starring: Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Lauren Ridloff, Brian Tyree Henry, Salma Hayek, Kit Harrington

Director: Chloe Zhao

Release date: November 6th

 

2020 will be a quieter year for Marvel, with just two films on the slate. But the first, The Eternals, is a true epic. 

This story spans 700 years and chronicles the lives of The Eternals, a race of immortal beings who lived on Earth and shaped its history and civilisations. 

We follow their journey and their mission to protect humanity from their evil counterparts, the Deviants.



Black Widow

Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, David Harbour, Rachel Weisz

Director: Cate Shortland

Release date: May 1st

 

Marvel’s other offering in 2020 is a character we’re a lot more familiar with, a solo outing for Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow. 

Set after the events of Captain America: Civil War, the film finds Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff alone and suddenly forced to confront her past.



Birds Of Prey

Starring: Margot Robbie, Mary Elizabeth Winestead, Ewan McGregor, Rosie Perez, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Chris Messina, Ella Jay Basco

Director: Cathy Yan

Release date: February 7th

 

Or, to give it it's full title, Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn). 

After her breakout success in Suicide Squad, Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn headlines this new spin-off. 

This film sees her teaming up with three other female superheroes, Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya, to rescue a little girl from a crime lord named Black Mask. It is set after the events of Suicide Squad.




Morbius

Starring: Jared Leto, Adria Arjona, Matt Smith, Jared Harris, Tyrese Gibson 

Director: Daniel Espinosa

Release date: July 31st

 

Jared Leto headlines this new blockbuster about a super-powered Vampire. 

Leto plays Michael Morbius, a Nobel Prize-winning biochemist who tries to cure a rare blood disease using an experimental treatment that combines electroshock therapy and vampire bats.

Sadly, things don't exactly work out and Morbius gains a taste for human blood. As well as this, he can fly, has superhuman strength and healing capabilities. When he bites victims and drinks their blood, his attacks can prove lethal, but when bitten by him, his victims do not become vampires.

That taste puts him in the FBI’s sights and he’s forced to take to the shadows. 



 

Snake Eyes

Starring: Henry Golding, Andrew Koji, Iko Uwais, Úrsula Corberó, Samara Weaving 

Director: Robert Schwentke

Release date: October 16th



Crazy Rich Asians and Last Christmas star Henry Golding headlines this new G.I Joe spin-off, which follows Snake Eyes, a silent assassin, who is always dressed in all black. 

The film will follow Snake Eyes as he seeks revenge for his father’s death by joining a ninja clan, where he learns incredible skills, and, in the process, finds closure. 



Venom 2

Starring: Tom Hardy, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Williams, Reid Scott, Naomie Harris, Stephen Graham

Director: Andy Serkis

Release date: October 2nd 

 

After producing more than $850 million in box office receipts, it’s no surprise that we’re getting a sequel to Venom in 2020. 

Venom starred Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock, a journalist who begins looking into the work of Carlton Drake and his company The Life Foundation, who he believes are experimenting on humans. 

Through an accident at the foundation, Brock becomes bonded with an alien symbiote. The symbiote needs a human host to survive, who, in return, vests its victim with incredible powers...

This time, Brock has two new foes. Shriek, a drug dealer who becomes exposed to something that allowed her latent mutant powers, and serial killer Cletus Kasaday, the human host for the even more dangerous creature known as Carnage.



 

Sonic The Hedgehog

Starring: Ben Schwartz, Jim Carrey, James Marsden, Tika Sumpter

Director: Jeff Fowler

Release date: February 14th

 

The beloved video game star makes his big screen bow in 2020. 

Sonic is an anthropomorphic blue hedgehog from another world, who comes to Earth to escape villains seeking to harness his power of super-speed. 

After accidentally causing a massive power outage while hiding out in the town of Green Hills, Montana, he is targeted by the government who hire the malevolent roboticist Dr. Robotnik to hunt him down…

 

The New Mutants

Starring: Anya Taylor-Joy, Maisie Williams, Charlie Heaton, Henry Zaga, Blu Hunt, Alice Braga

Director: Josh Boone

Release date: April 3rd

 

Heavily delayed, will we finally get to see this horror-influenced X-Men spin-off in 2020?

It was originally due in early 2018, then late 2018, then mid-2019 and now April in 2020. 

In The New Mutants, we follow five young mutants, all of whom are just discovering their abilities while held in a secret facility against their will. 

Together they will fight to escape their past sins and save themselves...

 

Bloodshot

Starring: Vin Diesel, Sam Heughan, Guy Pearce, Lamorne Morris, Eiza González, Toby Kebbell

Director: Dave Wilson

Release date: February 20th

 

Vin Diesel leads this gun-toating new blockbuster. 

The film tells the story of Diesel's Ray Garrison, a soldier who has been killed, who is re-animated with superpowers. Among those powers are regeneration and the ability to shape-shift. He can also mind-meld with most computers.

Initially, as he trains with fellow super-soldiers, Ray cannot recall anything from his former life. But when his memories flood back and he remembers the man that killed both him and his wife, he breaks out of the facility hellbent on revenge...

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