7 Comic Book Adaptations to look forward to in 2020
Every year we as comic book connoisseurs are gifted various Comic Book Adaptations: Everything from Video Games and Movies to OVAs and TV Series. They don’t always hit their mark and some can even slip under the radar, but Comics Horizon staff is here to bring you the latest on seven of the new Adaptations you can look forward to this year!
- Marvel’s Avengers
- Marvel’s Avengers is gearing up to be one of the biggest releases of the new decade and from what we’ve heard so far, it can back up the claim. Fully customizable characters, including abilities, perks, and costumes! Take control of Kamala Khan (Ms. Marvel) as she attempts to unravel the conspiracy of A-Day, an attack on the Avengers’ new base that leaves San Francisco devastated, and Super Heroes outlawed! (Again?). Play with friends in Arena mode and the story-based Co-Op mode. Collect more heroes as you progress the story and create your ultimate Avengers Team! So far, we’ve only seen six of the available characters: Captain America, Black Widow, Thor, Hulk, Iron Man, and Ms. Marvel, but hopefully as we get closer to the May 15th release, we’ll discover more of the heroes available. The game will feature DLC characters but so far, it doesn’t look like they will be hidden behind a paywall. Personally, I would love to customize my own King of Wakanda or Friendly Neighbourhood Web-Slinger.
- Black Widow
- Marvel Studios has been cryptic as always leading up to the release of the first film to release in their MCU Phase 4. So far, we know that the film is set directly after the events of Cap Am: Civil War. We follow the titular heroine as she must return to the place that created her: The Red Room. She will be joined by Midsommar’s Florence Pugh as Yelena Bellova, another Black Widow, as well as Stranger Things’ David Harbour playing Alexei Shostakov: The Red Guardian, Russia’s response to our own Blue Boy Scout. With this role, Scarlett Johansson will be the first woman to match a male counterpart’s salary from a film; she will earn 15 million for being a part of the movie, the same amount Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth were paid to play Cap and Thor respectively in Avengers Infinity War. May is the beginning of Summer Blockbuster season and with Black Widow being the first slated film of the season, we can only expect good things.
- Wonder Woman 1984
- Diana of Themyscira returns to us for her second cinematic adventure in the DCEU. This time, the God Killer is riding lightning through the Future! Well, her future, post-World War. This time she will be facing against Maxwell Lord, a megalomaniacal supervillain and previous enemy of the Justice League International. While Lord is the main villain of the film, another classic Wonder Woman villain: Cheetah, played by the comedic talent, Kristen Wiig, will feature in the film as well. We don’t have many details at this point, but WW84 is shaping up to be the best superhero movie of 2020 (no shade Black Widow but you’re no Wonder Woman).
- Birds of Prey
- The DCEU is not short on Powerhouse Women and with Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn we get a full ensemble cast of some well-known names from DC Comics. The full roster this time around includes Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress, Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary, and Rosie Perez as Detective Renee Montoya, along with Margot Robbie returning as our favorite person who talks to themselves (Move over, Deadpool). This time though, she’s stepping into her anti-heroine boots to save a young Cassandra Cain from the clutches of the psychotic Victor Zsasz and a pre-Black Mask Roman Sionis, played by Ewan McGregor. Ranked #7 on Fandango’s 10 Most Anticipated Movies of 2020 (Wonder Woman was #1), Birds of Prey is shaping up to be a non-stop adventure and a good start to the Year of the Superheroine. Catch it in theatres now!
- Another entry in the ever-expanding MCU, Marvel’s Eternals follows a group of beings of the titular name that have lived on and protected the Earth for centuries against their dark cousins, the Deviants. Believe it or not, we’ve already met one of the Deviants before: The Mad Titan, Thanos, is a Deviant born to Eternal parents! That’s not even the exciting part though; in the comics, the Eternals are created by another group we’ve met before in the MCU: The Celestials. The Celestials are said to have been the progenitors of the Marvel Universe as we know it today. They created the Eternals and the Deviants (along with modern-day humans, eventually), by manipulating early life on Earth. But if the Eternals have been on Earth for all this time, why haven’t we seen anything of them yet? The answer is simple: we have and haven’t. You’ll recognize names like Sersi (Angelina Jolie) and Ikaris (Richard Madden) because the gods of Greek myth were based on them (At least, as far as the Marvel Universe is concerned). This could be a monumental step for the MCU and should give us a new look at the cosmic-side of the MCU. (Galactus as the Phase 4 villain?)
- Falcon and the Winter Soldier
- The first Marvel Studios original show, set to release this Fall, Falcon, and the Winter Soldier chronicles the adventures of the titular heroes played by Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan respectively, after the events of the Blip that returned the universe’s population to normal. Not many details have been released for this program other than a few set photos, plot leaks and the name of our villain: the nefarious Baron Zemo with Daniel Bruhl reprising his role as the secret villain from Captain America: Civil War. We won’t spoil any of the story yet because we want to be surprised too! We can’t wait to learn more about this new show from Marvel Studios as the Fall release date draws closer.
- The New Mutants
- We’ve been hearing rumors about this movie for about 2 years and the New Mutants has finally worked its way out of production hell. The New Mutants are among the most popular mutant teams of all time. From the trailer that was released recently, we can glean that the movie will be drawing inspiration from a classic New Mutants story from the comic books: The Demon Bear. Our confirmed roster includes Maisie Williams’ Wolfsbane, Anya Taylor-Joy as the Magikal Illyana Rasputin, Charlie Heaton as Cannonball, Henry Zaga as Sunspot and Blu Hunt as the illusionary mutant, Danielle Moonstar. The arc in the comics involves Danielle being haunt by an evil bear that killed her parents. We’re not sure how much of the comic story will play into the movie, but the trailer looks promising. As a comic book fan, as well as a horror fan, this new take on the characters looks intriguing and I’m excited to see where they decide to the vision.
I don’t know about the rest of you comic book fans out there, but I’m always excited when a new adaptation is brought to us. Not only does it allow us to receive new takes on characters we already know and love but it also gives new fans an introduction to a world they could potentially fall in love with. I can’t wait for these titles to be released so that we can all enjoy the new stories to be added to our favorite canons.
23 y.o. non-binary Queer who loves comics, manga and video games!
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