The Most Anticipated Movies of 2020


Amy McConnell

Many movies have already been released, and the year has many more in store.(Photo courtesy of Amy McConnell).

Avengers: Endgame earned the title of highest-grossing-film in 2019, with The Lion King, Toy Story 4, and Captain Marvel not far behind in the ranks. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker quickly climbed to the #1 movie in the world not long after its release just before Christmas. It’s no doubt that 2019 brought us some great movies, but what does 2020 have in store?

Several classic movies are expected to have reboots or sequels in the coming year. Legally Blonde 3, starring Reese Witherspoon as her classic character Elle Woods, is set to debut in May of 2020, although it is unclear who Witherspoon will be starring alongside in her role reprisal. Top Gun: Maverick sees Maverick, portrayed by Tom Cruise, train a new generation of pilots for the U.S. Navy. This film is set to release in June of 2020.

However, some movies have gained attention for unfortunate reasons. Sonic the Hedgehog, set to debut in February of 2020, made headlines when its first trailer gained attention for its new version of the beloved character. Fans took to social media to voice their disappointment in the character adaption. Upon witnessing their fans’ disapproval over the design, the creators of the movie gave the hedgehog a much-needed makeover, sticking closer to his classic look. Fans expressed their relief and gratitude over the character’s new-and-improved look on Twitter. After this incident, though, many fans speculated that the first version of the character was a stunt to gain attention for the film, before releasing the actual design.

“As someone who used to play those [Sonic] games when I was little, I think Sonic is just an original character, and you’re not supposed to change him.” said junior Jade Thurman in response to the new movie. 

Mulan, the live action adaption of the classic Disney film, gained attention when fans learned that the live action would not include that animated version’s musical aspects. It’s also apparent that some of the original characters were left out of the remake. According to reports, the new version will not include characters such as Shang and Mushu, which were prominently used in the plot of the 1998 film.’

”I’m not going to waste my time watching it if Mushu isn’t in it,” said junior Brigitte Pinochet. 

However, Disney’s remake is said to more closely mirror the original Mulan story, as opposed to Disney‘s 1998 take on the tale. Still, many fans are upset that many of the aspects featured in the 1998 version will not be featured.

“I’m upset because I had a crush on Shang growing up, and I live to see him on the big screen,” said junior Abbi Manos.

Comic fans can look forward to Marvel’s Black Widow, starring Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff, sees her journey she turns from spy to superhero. D.C.’s Birds of Prey, starring Margot Robbie, sees Harley Quinn teamed up with Gotham heroes to face the evil Black Mask. Also from D.C., Wonder Woman 1984, starring Gal Gadot and Chris Pine, features Gadot in the classic role as she takes on a new set of obstacles, 80s style. 

The future is bright for the film industry of 2020 as a plethora of movies from multiple genres and studios are expected to make the 2020 film industry thrive for both film studios and viewers alike.