Disney is bringing a variety of movies in 2020, from animated adventures, to action movies, superheroes, and a long-awaited comic book movie. 2019 was a big year for Disney on many levels: Avengers: Endgame became the highest-grossing movie of all time, the Fox deal was completed, and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker arrived to close the Skywalker saga. In addition to that, the studio launched its own streaming platform, Disney+, which had a very long list of content available from day one.
Other big releases from Disney in 2019 were Toy Story 4, Frozen 2, and the live-action and CGI adaptations of Aladdin, Dumbo, and The Lion King. Of course, Avengers: Endgame wasn’t the only Marvel movie to come out last year, as Captain Marvel and Spider-Man: Far From Home also arrived to add more history to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. 2020 will continue bringing the type of content that is expected from Disney (as in: family-friendly movies) but also more mature stories that arrived in the Fox package.
Though there are many Disney movies in development supposedly coming out this year, especially on Disney+, only the ones with confirmed release dates are included here. Movies like Stargirl, Secret Society of Second-Born Royals, and Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Candace Against the Universe are expected to arrive sometime this year to Disney+, while Pixar’s Gigantic continues to be trapped in limbo. That said, here’s every Disney movie coming in 2020.
This adventure movie is based on Jack London’s 1903 novel of the same name and a remake of Fox’s 1935 movie. Directed by Chris Sanders (Lilo & Stitch, How To Train Your Dragon), The Call of the Wild follows the story of a St. Bernard/Scotch Collie dog named Buck who is stolen from his home in California and sold to freight haulers in the Yukon. Once there, Buck befriends John Thornton (Harrison Ford), and becomes part of a mail-delivery dog sled team.
Of course there will be Pixar movies this year, and Onward is first in line. Set in a world populated with mystical creatures, Onward follows brothers Ian and Barley Lightfoot and their quest to see if there’s still magic left in the world – mainly because a spell went wrong and now they have to find a way to fix it so they can spend one day with their father, who died when Ian was a baby. Onward’s voice cast includes Tom Holland and Chris Pratt as the Lightfoot brothers, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Octavia Spencer, and Ali Wong.
The live-action trend continues and is still led by Disney. Mulan is an adaptation of Disney’s 1998 animated movie of the same name, and stars Liu Yifei as the title character. Very much like the animated version, the story centers around the eldest daughter of an honored warrior who steps in to take the place of her ailing father. In order to do so, she disguises herself as a man to battle northern invaders in China, prompting her to harness her inner strength and embrace her true potential.
If everything goes according to plan, Josh Boone’s New Mutants will finally come out this year after being delayed multiple times. The story follows five young mutants (Magik, Wolfsbane, Cannonball, Sunsport, and Mirage) who are discovering their abilities while held in a secret facility against their will. New Mutants is a horror movie within the superhero genre, and it was delayed due to reshoots to make it more frightening (among other reasons).
Viewers witnessed Black Widow’s death in Avengers: Endgame, but they will get one more chance to see her in action thanks to her solo movie, Black Widow. Set between the events of Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War, the story will follow Natasha Romanoff as she reunites with her Russian family and also faces new threats in other parts of the world. Hopefully, Black Widow will finally reveal what happened in Budapest many years ago.
Directed by Joe Wright, The Woman in the Window is a psychological thriller based on the 2018 novel of the same name by A.J. Finn. Amy Adams stars as Dr. Anna Fox, an agoraphobic woman who witnesses stuff she shouldn’t while keeping tabs on the family living across the street, the Russells, who seem to have the perfect life. Turns out that the Russells are hiding some dark secrets, and Anna realizes she can’t trust anyone. Also starring are Gary Oldman, Julianne Moore, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Wyatt Russell, Brian Tyree Henry, and Anthony Mackie.
Based on the first two novels in the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer, Artemis Fowl follows the journey of a 12-year-old genius (and descendant of a long line of criminal masterminds) as he looks for his father, who disappeared mysteriously. Artemis soon finds himself in a battle against a race of powerful underground fairies who might have something to do with his father’s disappearance. Ferdia Shaw stars as the title character, accompanied by Judi Dench, Josh Gad, and Nonso Anozie.
Another Pixar movie is arriving in June, and its story is deeper than it might seem. Soul follows Joe Gardner (Jamie Foxx), a middle school music teacher who dreams of performing jazz music onstage, and finally gets his chance – but an accident causes his soul to be separated from his body and transported to the “You Seminar”, a center in which souls develop passions before being transported to a newborn child. Gardner must work with other souls in training and find a way to return to Earth before it’s too late. The first teaser posed the question of “what do you want to be remembered for”, just to give you a hint of the vibe Soul will have.
Jungle Cruise is an adventure movie based on the Disney theme park attraction of the same name, and stars Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt, Édgar Ramírez, Jack Whitehall, Jesse Plemons, and Paul Giamatti. Set during the early 20th century, it follows riverboat captain Frank (Johnson) who takes scientist Lily Houghton (Blunt) and her brother McGregor (Whitehall) on a mission into a jungle to find the Tree of Life, which is believed to have healing powers. Of course, it won’t be an easy journey, as they will have to fight against wild animals and a competing German expedition.
Based on the graphic novel of the same name by Cullen Bunn and Vanesa R. Del Rey, The Empty Man is a supernatural horror movie starring James Badge Dale, Samantha Logan, and Stephen Root. The Empty Man is the story of an ex-police officer who witnessed the violent deaths of his wife and son and comes across with a secretive group trying to summon a terrifying supernatural entity.
The One and Only Ivan is a fantasy drama movie about a gorilla named Ivan (Sam Rockwell) who lives in a cage at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade with an aging elephant named Stella (Angelina Jolie) and a dog named Bob (Danny DeVito), and none of them can remember how they got there. When an abused baby elephant named Ruby (Brooklynn Prince) arrives and is taken under Stella’s trunk, Ivan starts to care for her, and with the help of the janitor’s daughter, they turn things around at the mall. Like many other movies coming out this year, it’s also based on a novel, this one written by Mike White.
The King’s Man is a prequel to Kingsman: The Secret Service, and has Matthew Vaughn back as director. As the worst tyrants and criminal masterminds gather to plot a war that will kill millions, one man and his protégé will race against time to stop them. The King’s Man stars Ralph Fiennes, Harris Dickinson, Gemma Arterton, Rhys Ifans, Matthew Goode, Daniel Brühl, Djimon Hounsou, and many more.
Death on the Nile is an adaptation of Agatha Christie’s novel of the same name. Directed by Kenneth Branagh, Death on the Nile follows Hercule Poirot (Branagh), a detective investigating the murder of a young heiress aboard a cruise ship in the Nile River. The movie was initially intended to be released in December, 2019, but was delayed until late 2020.
Unlike many other movies on this list, this one is not based on a novel, but a musical. Everybody’s Talking About Jamie follows a 16 year-old teenager who wants to become a drag queen, and for that he will have to overcome prejudice and fight all the bullies that come across. It stars Max Harwood, Richard E. Grant, Ralph Ineson, Sharon Horgan, and Sarah Lancashire.
Marvel is releasing two movies this year, and only one will introduce a new team of superheroes: The Eternals. In typical Marvel fashion, plot details on The Eternals are a mystery, but it will explore the story of this immortal alien race created by the Celestials to protect humanity from their evil counterparts, the Deviants. Starring in The Eternals are Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Kit Harington, Kumail Nanjiani, Salma Hayek, Gemma Chan, and many, many more.
Deep Water is a psychological thriller directed by Adrian Lyne and based on the novel of the same name by Patricia Highsmith. Deep Water follows Vic and Melinda Van Allen (Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas), a married couple going through some problems in their relationship. After Vic allows Melinda to have affairs so they can avoid a divorce, he becomes a prime suspect in the disappearance of her lovers.
Raya and the Last Dragon is an animated fantasy movie by Walt Disney Animation Studios. Details on the story are scarce, and the only bits of information say its set in a mysterious realm called Kumandra, where a warrior named Raya (Cassie Steele) searches for the last dragon in the world (of course!). Also starring is Awkwafina, voicing a water dragon called Sisu.
Steven Spielberg’s new movie, West Side Story, is based on the Broadway musical of the same name by Arthur Laurents, Leonard Bernstein, and Stephen Sondheim (which, in turn, is inspired by William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet). It follows teenagers Tony (Ansel Elgort) and Maria (Rachel Zegler), who despite having affiliations with rival street gangs, fall in love in 1950s New York City. Also starring are David Alvarez, Corey Stoll, and Rita Moreno.
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