Guardians of the Galaxy 3

Guardians of the Galaxy 3

I think it’s a safe bet that one of the three Marvel 2020 films is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3. Guardians of the Galaxy was released in August 2014 and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will be released in May 2017, so it’s pretty reasonable to assume the third installment of Star-Lord’s adventures will also follow three years later.

Spider-Man 2

Spider-Man 2

I’m not exactly sure if Marvel Studios claims dates for the Sony-released Spider-Man series, but if so I think we will see a sequel to the upcoming Spider-Man reboot sometime before the end of 2020.

Doctor Strange 2

Doctor Strange 2

Doctor Strange is the biggest wild card Marvel has ever produced. But Guardians of the Galaxy was once considered a huge risk, and it became a mega hit. If Doctor Strange performs well enough to warrant a sequel, I think 2020 could be a fair slot. It would be three and a half years after the first film’s late 2016 debut, which follows the current Marvel pattern.

Universal Hulk rights

The Incredible Hulk 2?

And there is always the possibility of another Hulk adventure. We haven’t seen a Hulk solo film since Universal’s The Incredible Hulk in 2008 starring Edward Norton, and the character has never really had a standalone hit. But audiences have fallen in love with the big green guy and his human counterpart as played by Mark Ruffalo through his part in the Avengers movies.

There’s definitely demand for another Hulk movie, and initially we heard that Universal owned the rights to a standalone Hulk sequel — which would prevent Marvel from going to bat a third time. But we later learned that Universal only holds the distribution rights, which means that Universal has “the right of first refusal” to future Hulk films. If Marvel decides they want to make The Incredible Hulk 2, or make rumors about Planet Hulk or World War Hulk come true, Universal has first crack at deciding whether or not they want to distribute. Marvel would still be able to produce the movie.

But even Joss Whedon has expressed his concerns publicly that a standalone Hulk movie isn’t an easy task.

howard the duck movie

Don’t Expect Howard The Duck

The character’s Guardians of the Galaxy end credits cameo is probably the weirdest Marvel Easter egg yet. And I’m not sure anyone wants a new Howard the Duck movie, but maybe it’s because the character’s appearance seemed like a tease for something more, rather than just a joke. And also the fact that Guardians of the Galaxy became a huge hit.

Seth Green, who voiced the character in the film, recently put the rumors to rest, saying, “Nobody is thinking about a Howard the Duck movie.” So while we might see the character pull another cameo in a Guardians sequel or whatnot, I wouldn’t expect to see a stand alone movie happen.

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