The action genre seems to be the least respected of all the movie categories in my extremely scientific analysis. (Can you imagine the massive societal changes that would have to happen to get a Fast and the Furious episode nominated in one of the main Oscar categories?) Too often they are seen as thoughtless and reserved only for a certain type of guy. man, but let’s be honest: we could all enjoy a break from the brain dramas and limp love stories every now and then.
Slowly but surely the genre itself is starting to change, realizing that its audience is made up of so many different types of viewers. Marvel and DC, for example, have come to their senses and started releasing female films directed by superheroes; women and people of color are finally welcomed into the category of writers and directors; and even the most toxic masculinity-defined franchises of all have taken small steps towards better and more equal representation in terms of race and gender (looking at you, 007).
The 2020 action movie roster includes some of the best of the best yet: There’s Harley Quinn leading her gang of misfit girls in a series of undeniably epic fight scenes in Birds of Prey directed by Cathy Yan. ; Wonder Woman and Black Widow are on a mission to save the world again; and Ana de Armas changes what it means to be a “Bond girl” in No Time to Die – a film that also counts Phoebe Waller-Bridge as the series’ second co-writer.
Here’s a look at the best action movies of 2020, several of which are already available to rent or buy, and a few to look forward to.
Release Date: July 24, 2020
Starring: Donnie Yen, Gong Li, Jason Scott Lee, Jet Li, Liu Yifei, Yoson An
The latest installment in Disney’s endless list of live-action remakes of animated classics was set to hit theaters on March 27, but it has been postponed until the end of July due to the coronavirus pandemic – but it looks like it will be worth it. expect . While this version doesn’t have a talking dragon sidekick or multiple song and dance breaks, Mulan seems to be even more badass now than she was in 1998.
2. Wonder Woman 1984
Release Date: August 14
Starring: Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Gal Gadot, Kristen Wiig, Pedro Pascal, Robin Wright
After Wonder Woman’s massive (well-deserved) success in 2017, it makes sense that director Patty Jenkins and star Gal Gadot immediately jump back into the sequel. It’ll be released later this summer, with Wonder Woman taking on Kristen Wiig’s villainous Cheetah. Although Chris Pine’s role as Steve Trevor ends at the end of the first film, he does make an appearance in the sequel trailer, and that, combined with the fact that the superhero movies don’t play. by nobody’s rules, means nothing. could arrive on August 14.
3. Black Widow
Release date: to be determined
Starring: David Harbor, Florence Pugh, O-T Fagbenle, Rachel Weisz, Ray Winstone, Scarlett Johansson, William Hurt
The world has been holding their breath for a standalone film since Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow aka Natasha Romanoff first entered the Marvel Universe in Iron Man 2. Those dreams will finally come true this year, as Black Widow is supported by her family – played by Florence Pugh, Rachel Weisz and David Harbor – on a mission to sort out unfinished business buried deep in her past.
4. No time to die
Release Date: November 25
Starring: Ana de Armas, Ben Whishaw, Christoph Waltz, Daniel Craig, Jeffrey Wright, Lashana Lynch, Léa Seydoux, Naomie Harris, Ralph Fiennes, Rami Malek
James Bond has a bit of a sexism issue, but the 25th episode of the British spy series already seems to be miles ahead of its predecessors due to the fact that it was co-written by the creator of Killing Eve. , Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and presents a theme. song performed by Billie Eilish. We can’t wait to see 007 fill up Fleabag – but who will be playing their Hot Priest ?!
5. The Eternals
Release Date: November 6
Starring: Richard Madden, Gemma Chan, Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Kumail Nanjiani, Brian Tyree Henry, Kit Harington
Just when you thought Marvel couldn’t find any more big stars to join its cinematic universe … That’s right, Angelina Jolie and Salma Hayek are now adjacent to the Avengers, as are half of the Stark kids and, of course, , #RippedKumailNanjiani. To protect Earth from deviants, sworn enemies of the Eternal, almost all of them will play members of the titular alien race, who work together. Welcome to the next chapter of the Marvel Universe.
6. Top Gun: Maverick
Release Date: June 24
Starring: Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Miles Teller, Tom Cruise, Val Kilmer
Between franchise installments, there is no “too long” wait. Thirty-four years after the first Top Gun, Tom Cruise will return to his role as a Navy aviator Maverick. According to the official plot synopsis, he’ll face off against ghosts from his past while leading a team of trainee pilots on a very dangerous mission – if they choose to accept it. (Oops, bad Tom Cruise franchise.)
Release Date: January 24
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Charlie Hunnam, Henry Golding, Michelle Dockery, Colin Farrell, Hugh Grant
This exaggerated action comedy stars Matthew McConaughey as the linchpin of marijuana at the center of multiple assassinations, robberies, and general salvage programs of varying levels of success. It’s fun and funny, with a stacked cast and an often confusing but ultimately satisfying storyline. And it’s very led by Guy Ritchie.