Since the inception of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel has been really good about planning a roadmap of the movies it’s working on, but with Phase 4, we weren’t really sure what would happen. All that is changing with a new report revealing the two movies the studio is going to release in 2020.
According to That Hashtag Show, the studio is planning to release Black Widow and The Eternals on May 1, 2020 and November 6, 2020, respectively. We’ve known for a while that a standalone Black Widow movie was going to get made, but we haven’t heard much about The Eternals getting a big screen adaptation.
The report outlines that Marvel is going to take advantage of some sweet production incentives to shoot part of Black Widow in Croatia. The project will reportedly focus on Natasha Romanoff’s backstory when she was groomed by the KGB and made her way to the U.S. after the collapse of the U.S.S.R in the early ’90s. Production is set to begin in early 2019.
The Eternals, on the other hand, has been in Marvel’s plans for a while with Chloe Zhao in tow as director, but nothing definitive was nailed as the project was subservient to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Things changed when Guardians Vol. 3 was put on hold and Marvel pushed The Eternals to the forefront of its plans.
In case you are unfamiliar with The Eternals comic book story, it centers around cosmic beings that lived millions of years ago and experimented on humans, creating super powered beings called the Eternals as well as evil beings called the Deviants. The two factions battle each other throughout history to see which are the superior beings. The story will tie in more to the cosmic setting of the MCU rather than the Earth setting most Marvel movies have focused on through the first four phases.
Marvel is still keeping its plans under wraps for the most part, but as we head into 2019 the studio’s plans will have to be addressed at one point or another. When Marvel does, don’t be too surprised when Black Widow and The Eternals are on the list.