2020 will go down in history as a total mess. Fortunately, there are really excellent action movies to look forward to.
It looked like it was going to be a good year for movies until the Coronavirus shut down theatres worldwide. That doesn't mean the flicks won't come out, just that they'll be postponed a little. This is still good news as the lineup of action movie releases for 2020 is rather exciting.
Let's crack on then, shall we? First up is Morbius, the Living Vampire, brought to us by the ever-talented Marvel team. First introduced as an adversary to Spiderman way back in 1971, Morbius evolved over time to, as per Wikipedia, "become a brooding and gritty, albeit heroic and tragically flawed antihero in his own series and other titles".
The story goes that Michael Morbius, an award-winning biochemist, suffers from a rare blood disease that he is intent on curing. After a failed biochemical experiment, that included a bunch of bats, he is imbued with superhuman powers, including super-strength and echo-location. One side effect is his insatiable lust for blood, which he tries his best to cure while he goes around killing people.
Next up is the 25th instalment of the James Bond franchise called No Time To Die. Featuring Daniel Craig in his final outing as 007. The story goes that five years after Ernst Stavro Blofeld, 007s archenemy in the last flick, Mr Bond has retired from active service. He is then enlisted by his friend, Felix Leiter from the CIA, to find a missing scientist. Obviously, that's no easy task, and we can expect a lot of what makes the James Bond movies fun to watch.
This one has been in the pipeline for decades. The sequel to the 1986 original, Top Gun: Maverick, sees Tom Cruise reprise his role as Pete 'Maverick' Mitchell thirty years later. He's still one of the Navy's top aviators, working as a courageous test pilot. He hooks up with Bradley 'Rooster' Bradshaw, the son of his dearly departed friend and co-pilot, Nick 'Goose' Bradshaw, and deals with past ghosts and a mission that could go horribly wrong.
The ninth instalment of the franchise, Fast & Furious 9 sees Dominic Toretto, played by Vin Diesel, face up against a deadly assassin who just happens to be his younger brother. It's guaranteed to be action-packed, with a medley of fast cars, explosions, guns and pretty girls. Sounds like every petrolheads dream.
This action spy film is actually the prequel to the Kingsman series of films. The King's Man sees "a collection of history's worst tyrants and criminal masterminds gather to plot a war to wipe out millions, one man and his protégé must race against time to stop them", according to 20th Century Studios. It's set in the early 1900s and promises to be a winner with Ralph Fiennes filling the leading role.
We dive back into the Marvel Universe with Black Widow, the 24th film of the series and the follow up to Captain America: Civil War. It follows Natasha Romanoff, played by Scarlett Johansson, before she becomes an Avenger, as she confronts her past and tries to survive an onslaught from a power that wants her exterminated.
Another Marvel film, the New Mutants, follows a group of young adults who start to display superpowers. This movie includes the characters, Magik, Wolfsbane, Cannonball, Sunspot and more, with a cameo by James McAvoy as Charles Xavier/Professor X to tie it into the X-Men storyline.
Skipping over to the DC Comics Universe of superheroes, Wonder Woman 1984 sees Diana Prince take on two foes in the shape of businessman Maxwell Lord and Barbara Ann Minerva, or Cheetah, the arch-enemy of our hero. It's set in 1984 (obviously) during the height of the Cold War, so expect lots of neon and spandex. It should be terrific.
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson joins Disney for this ride. Jungle Cruise is based on a theme park ride of the same name and is set in the early 20th century. Frank is a riverboat captain who escorts a scientist and her brother on a mission through the jungle to find the Tree of Life while fighting off dangerous animals and a group of Germans looking for the same healing tree.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife is the third movie to grace the silver screen. This supernatural comedy follows two kids and their mom who inherit a rundown farm from their late grandfather. Soon, they stumble across items that link them to the original Ghostbusters, who have been all but forgotten after they saved the work in 1983. Soon the town experiences unexplained earthquakes and, inevitably, all hell breaks loose.
The last on the list of action movies due for release in 2020 is Tenet, a spy film written and directed by legend, Christopher Nolan. With the biggest budget he's ever worked with, this film about a secret agent tasked with preventing World War III has a lot to live up to, but considering Nolan's other movies have grossed more than 4.7 billion dollars and garnered 34 Oscar nominations with 10 wins, it's sure to be exciting and action packed.
The Covid-19 pandemic has seen the release dates of many of these flicks postponed, it means we're in for an action movie overload later this year. Now, isn't that something to look forward to? Check out the trailers for all of these movies in the video below.