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This year is going to be a very important one for Marvel and it’s cinematic universe. With only two major motion pictures on schedule, it looks like a small year for MCU. That sentiment couldn’t be further from the truth as Kevin Feige has begun to take full control of all things Marvel.
Fans will need to start to look beyond just the silver screen to find their fix of super-powered content outside of the comic book pages. Here’s a handy list of everything you can expect this year from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Black Widow – May 1st 2020
It may not seem like it at first glance, but there’s a lot riding on the Black Widow movie set to release in theaters in May 1st. It’s the first movie to kick off the next phase of the MCU and with that comes a high level of expectation from fans. The issue is that fan expectation is highly volatile and varies from person to person. Coupled that with the fact that Kevin Feige has said on multiple occasions that this phase will be unlike anything they’ve done so far. It’s impossible to know what we should expect in comparison with what we want.
Black Widow has also been a sore subject in past movies in concerns to that way she’s been written. Her arc with Bruce Banner in Age of Ultron received no shortage of criticism for it’s focus on her inability to have children. In Avenger’s Endgame the treatment and portrayal of Natasha drew even more ire from fans as she was sacrificed so that all the men in the lead roles could go on to save the universe.
It’s been said that the Black Widow movie will complete Natasha Romanov’s story and bring to and end the legacy of the Black Widow. It’s still up in the air whether or not the movie can put right some of the injustices done to her character or just continue on the same tracks.
What we know so far about the Black Widow movie is that take places before Natasha’s death, likely in the five years that separated Infinity War from Endgame. It involves Natasha tracking down several of her old contacts from her days working for the Soviet Union and facing off against Taskmaster. Black Widow stars Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, Rachel Weisz, David Harbour and William Hurt.
Agents of SHIELD – Mid 2020
Agents of SHIELD is all that’s left of Marvel Television and while the show was always set in the MCU it wasn’t never quite allowed to exist in the same way as the movies. For awhile it would follow in the wake of some of the films but the series really came into it’s own when it stopped being weighed down by the need to fit in.
2020 will be the final season for Agents of SHIELD and premiere on ABC sometime in the middle year. Very little is known about what the final season will consist of but at the end of season 6 there are heavy references to time travel. The final season is rumored to explore the history of SHIELD and be used to tie up any threads left open by previous seasons. Agents of SHIELD stars Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge and Henry Simmons.
Falcon and the Winter Soldier – August 2020
The biggest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe will come via Disney Plus. Despite Marvel having launched numerous TV shows with the promise that they would tie into the greater MCU, very few actually did. With Kevin Feige watching over all of Marvel and not just the movies we’ll see what that truly looks like.
It starts with the Falcon and the Winter Soldier, which takes place following the events of Avenger’s Endgame. There isn’t a whole lot that’s been confirmed so far but the rumors we’ve been hearing gives us a small idea of what this 6 episode series may look like.
In the conclusion of Avenger’s Endgame, Steve Rogers gave his shield to Sam Wilson telling him that he’s Captain America now. It seems as though Sam may not be ready to take up the mantle right away. The US Government, however, doesn’t want to go to long without a Captain America and instates one of their own. Wyatt Russel is set to play John Walker, aka US Agent in the series. He likely starts out as the new Captain America but doesn’t live up to the mantle and ends up becoming the villain. We also know that Daniel Bruhl will be reprising his role as Baron Zemo. Falcon and the Winter Soldier stars Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan.
The Eternals – November 6th 2020
Despite being less than a year out, we don’t know a lot about the Eternals. We don’t know it has a stellar cast lined with heavy hitters from all over Hollywood. This includes Angelina Jolie as Thena, Richard Madden as Ikaris, Alma Hayek as Ajak, Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo, Kit Harrington as the Black Knight and many more.
The Eternals are set to help expand the cosmic universe even further as they come out of whatever hiding they’ve been in to combat ancient foes of theirs known as the Deviants.
Wandavision – December 2020
Finally we end 2020 with Wandavision, another Disney Plus show starring Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff and Paul Bettany as The Vision. We known that Wandavision is suppose to based heavily on the House of M story-line from the comics.
Stricken with grief and perhaps in some way tricked, Wanda uses the full extent of her reality bending powers to reshape her own reality so she can have a normal life with Vision, who died in Avengers Infinity War. From the few scenes we’ve seen in trailers the show is going to be weird, to say the least. It’s also drawing heavy inspiration from several ‘family’ shows throughout TV history including the Dick Van Dyke Show, the Brady Bunch, Rosanne and Modern Family.
The other major rumor attached to Wandavision is that it will set up and lead directly into the next Doctor Strange movie, Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness. The Sorcerer Supreme will have to contend with the consequences and fallout of Wanda’s actions in Wandavision.