The first Iron Man debuted in 2008; it was the first Marvel movie made and distributed by Marvel Studios. Since then most of our comic book heroes have come to life on the big screen; some well known (Captain America, Thor, Spiderman) and some not so well known, at least not to me (Antman, Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange). Superhero movies, prequels, sequels, and reboots have dominated the big screen in the last 10 years, but for every Fast & The Furious movie, we’ve had an Inception, Get Out, Moonlight, and Parasite. Here’s hoping that the next decade is filled with cinematic brilliance and blockbusters.
For now, let’s take a look at what the new year has in store.
Bad Boys For Life: Jan 17
Que P.Diddy’s 2001 summer anthem Bad Boys For Life wherein the chorus he sings, “We ain’t goin nowhere, we ain’t goin nowhere. We can’t be stopped now, cos its Bad Boy for Life.” Will Smith and Martin Lawerence heeded P.Diddy’s words and brought the dynamic duo together for another installment of the Bad Boys franchise, 25 years after the original Bad Boys movie premiered. Expect an aged rendition of the odd-couple, buddy-cop, explosive ride at the theaters that made the franchise a success (there’s already talks for a 4th movie).
The Photograph: February 14
Need plans for Valentine’s Day? Issa Rae’s character on Insecure may be struggling in the love department, but Issa Rae the writer, producer, and the all-around boss has got you covered with her new movie The Photograph which also stars Atlanta’s, Lakeith Stanfield. Issa plays a woman coming to terms with her past while taking a chance on love.
A Quiet Place II: March 20
The sleeper 2018 hit written and directed by John Krasinski returns with more thrills and screams. If the premise of the first movie had you on edge—imagine a world where you have to be completely quiet to evade alien monsters attracted to sound—the 2nd movie ups the ante. The Abbott family with the matriarch, played by Emily Blunt, escapes terror with a screaming newborn in tow. Get your tickets ready!
Mulan: March 27
“WHO IS THAT GIRL I SEE, STARING STRAIGHT BACK AT ME.” Save your voice for Disney Karaoke night because the live-action Mulan won’t have the original songs we all love. That’s right, no “I’ll Make A Man Out Of You.” Live-action Mulan promises to be more grounded and realistic as we follow our title character who disguises herself as a man to fight for the imperial army in her ailing father’s place. No Mushu for this rendition of the Disney classic, but expect the same kick-butt female action!
The Lovebirds: April 3rd
Issa Rae is booked and busy in 2020! After watching her in The Photograph, you can see her alongside Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick & Silicon Valley) in The Lovebirds, a rom-com about a date-night gone wrong.
007:No Time To Die: April 10
Daniel Craig’s James Bond returns from retirement in the next 007 installment when all Daniel Craig wants to do is retire James Bond; this will be his last 007 film. No Time To Die features the first black female 007 played by Lashana Lynch who had her breakout role in Captain Marvel and a post-Oscar appearance by Rami Malek as the villain. It was recently announced that Billie Elish will sing the iconic James Bond theme song which was previously sung by Adele, Sam Smith, and Madonna.
Black Widow: May 1
When we last saw Black Widow, she was falling to her death in an attempt the retrieve an infinity stone in Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame. Although Iron Man and Captain America’s stories ended with Endgame, Marvel is taking us back in time with Black Widow. Scarlett Johansson reprises her role as the Russian assassin and the movie fills some gaps in her story. Black Widow is also reunited with some old friends including David Harbour of Stranger Things.
Wonder Woman 1984: June 4
Hollywood hasn’t lost its fascination for the 80s & 90s and that’s apparent with Wonder Woman: 1984. Flashforward two decades after the first Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot hasn’t aged a day and she’s going head-to-head with Cheetah, played by Kristen Wiig. Chris Pine also returns as Wonder Woman’s love interest. I’m pretty sure he died in the first movie, so let’s see how they pulled that off.
In The Heights: June 26
Lin-Manuel Miranda, the man who brought the Broadway smash, Hamilton, is bringing his first Broadway brainchild, In The Heights, to a theater near you. In The Heights is a musical that follows a bodega owner in New York Washington Heights neighborhood who is conflicted about staying in New York or returning to the Dominican Republic after gaining an inheritance. Lin-Manuel Miranda also plays a role in the movie.
TENET: July 17
Christopher Nolan’s latest movie has been shrouded in mystery from its first inception (no pun intended). All we knew was that John David Washington, Denzel Washington’s son and star of Spike Lee’s BlackKklansman, had the lead role. With very few details and a twisty trailer having been released that answered very few questions, rest assured the director of Inception and the previous Batman Trilogy will bring us on a crazy ride.
Soul: July 19
We can’t go a year without a Pixar movie to tug at our heartstrings. Soul, starring Jamie Foxx and Tina Fey, follows Joe, a middle-school music teacher with dreams of becoming a big jazz musician. Joe accidentally falls through a manhole turning him into a blue figure representative of his soul and embarks on a journey to find out how souls come alive.
Coming To America 2: August 7
Eddy Murphy has had a momentous 2019 with his critically acclaimed movie Dolemite Is My Name and his triumphant return to Saturday Night Live, it’s safe to say Eddy Murphy is back! To top it off he announced the sequel to the 80s classic Coming To America. In the weeks after the announcement, familiar names from the original cast have been announced including Arsenio Hall and James Earl Jones. Kiki Layne, Leslie Jones, Tracey Morgan, and Rick Ross have also been added to the all-star cast.
Respect: October 9
In a teaser trailer that was released in December 2019, Jennifer Hudson stands on stage silhouetted by yellow lighting reflecting off of her dazzling gold dress. In her powerful voice, she belts out the lyrics to “Respect”. The late great singer, Aretha Franklin, personally selected Hudson to play her in her biopic before she passed in August 2018. Franklin was directly involved in the movie before her passing, so expect to hear her iconic music and an authentic portrayal of her life and career.
Eunice Omega is originally from Connecticut and received her Bachelors in English & Journalism with a minor in African American Studies at the University of Connecticut. Afterward, she pursued her Masters in Higher Education and Student Affairs from New York University. Eunice currently works as an Assistant Director of Residence Life at The School of American Ballet, the premiere dance academy for inspiring dancers. Eunice currently lives in Manhattan and on her spare time she enjoys writing for her omegawattworld.com where she takes a critical view on pop culture, shares personal stories, and her adventures traveling. She also loves to explore the city and spend time with her family.
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