Black Widow

Marvel has been keeping things under wraps, with the future of the franchise pivoting on the events of next year’s ‘Avengers 4’.  But in addition to that film, which opens on May 3, the studio has two other movies locked in for 2019– ‘Captain Marvel’ on March 8 and ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ (co-produced with Sony) on July 5.  Sadly, the fate of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3’ is in limbo after Marvel fired director James Gunn and have, thus far, not been able to secure a replacement.  That film was to begin production next year to be released in 2020.  So, as of right now, Marvel Studios only has two films opening that year and the studio has locked in their dates.  ‘Black Widow’, the first solo outing for Scarlett Johansson‘s super spy, will arrive on May 1, 2020, while ‘The Eternals’ will hit theaters on November 1.

‘Black Widow’ will be directed by Cate Shortland, with a screenplay by Jac Schaeffer.  The film will be partly an origin story, developing on ideas that were teased in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’.  Here is the present plot synopsis:

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.

Chloé Zhao will direct ‘The Eternals’, with a screenplay by Matthew K. Firpo and Ryan Firpo.  This one is a bit of a mystery as these characters, though longstanding inhabitants of the Marvel Comic Book Universe, are not exactly the highest profile property.  They were created by the great Jack Kirby and are based loosely on the Greek and Roman gods of mythology.  Among them, Thanos is their most well-known, but that may change in the movie.  Here is that description:

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.

Will Marvel schedule a third film for 2020?  There is still time.  Benedict Wong teased that ‘Doctor Strange 2’ may begin filming soon.  If so, that would most likely be the third entry.  Ryan Coogler has also officially been confirmed to direct a sequel to ‘Black Panther’, but there’s been no word on when that may begin. It is also believed that Taika Waititi will make at least one more ‘Thor’ picture, but there hasn’t been anything definite announced.

What do you think?  Will ‘Black Widow’ and ‘The Eternals’ be a strong enough showing for the year?

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