Female heroines top the charts of Regal fans’ most anticipated movies of 2020, according to a recent poll on our Twitter account, @RegalMovies. The poll, separated into two posts, surveyed more than 14,000 fans on which movies they were most looking forward to seeing in the new year. Movie fans across all genres have no shortage of dates to circle on their calendars in 2020, a year that will see Gal Gadot don the lasso and bracelets once again for her sophomore outing as the Amazonian Princess from Themyscira in Wonder Woman 1984, Daniel Craig make his final appearance as the iconic secret agent James Bond in No Time to Die, and acclaimed filmmaker Christopher Nolan gift us with what is shaping up to be another mind-blowing action epic in Tenet.
The superhero genre claims the top two spots on the list, which is hardly a surprise considering the droves of fans that turned up for last year's Captain Marvel, Spider-Man: Far From Home, and the record-smashing Avengers: Endgame. Marvel Studios continues beefing up their reputation for action blockbusters as their first movie in Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Black Widow, takes the number one spot on the list of most anticipated movies in 2020. Scarlett Johansson reprises her role as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow as she returns to her roots and faces her past in a quest that takes place between the movies Captain America: Civil War (2016) and Avengers: Infinity War (2018). Wonder Woman 1984 transports us back to the decade of excess as Diana Prince faces new foes. To the surprise of many fans, she will be joined once again by her co-star Chris Pine, who returns as Steve Trevor.
The 25th installment in the revered James Bond franchise, No Time to Die, hits theatres this spring, a new release time for the franchise that has debuted its last five movies in November. Cary Joji Fukunaga becomes the first American director in the storied history of Eon Productions’ James Bond while Craig’s co-star Lashana Lynch becomes the first woman to hold the 007 title upon Bond’s retirement from active service. In addition to capping off Craig’s stellar performance as Bond, No Time to Die looks to wrap up the storylines that have permeated his five-movie run, beginning with Casino Royale (2006).
The new year will see the reprisal of another iconic movie hero, Dominic Toretto, when Vin Diesel returns to the role along with his ever-growing family in the 9th installment in the adrenaline-fueled Fast & Furious franchise, one that continues to push the limits and outdo itself with each new chapter. Rounding out the list alongside Fast & Furious 9 is Will Smith and Martin Lawrence’s return in Bad Boys For Life and Christopher Nolan’s epic action/thriller, Tenet.
Below are the complete results of our Regal Poll:
10. TENET (write-in)
Warner Bros. Pictures
Release Date: July 17, 2020
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Starring: John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Michael Caine
Directed By: Christopher Nolan
Written By: Christopher Nolan
Filmed on location across seven countries, Tenet is an action epic revolving around the world of international espionage, time travel, and evolution. Christopher Nolan is directing from his own screenplay, utilizing a mixture of IMAX® and 70mm film to bring the story to the screen.
9. BAD BOYS FOR LIFE (write-in)
Sony Pictures Releasing
Release Date: January 17, 2020
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
Runtime: 1hr 53min
Starring: Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Joe Pantoliano, Alexander Ludwig, Paola Nuñez, Vanessa Hudgens
Directed By: Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah
Written By: Chris Bremner (screenplay) and Peter Craig (screenplay, story) and Joe Carnahan (screenplay, story), George Gallo (characters)
Martin Lawrence and Will Smith return for the third installment in the Bad Boys franchise. Marcus Burnett (Lawrence) is now a police inspector and Mike Lowery (Smith) is in a midlife crisis. They unite again when an Albanian mercenary, whose brother they killed, promises them an important bonus.
8. GODZILLA VS. KONG (write-in)
Warner Bros. Pictures
Release Date: November 20, 2020
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Starring: Millie Bobby Brown, Kyle Chandler, Ziyi Zhang, Eiza González, Alexander Skarsgård, Rebecca Hall, Lance Reddick
Directed By: Adam Wingard
Written By: Eric Pearson (screenplay) and Max Borenstein (screenplay), Terry Rossio (story) and Michael Dougherty (story) & Zach Shields (story)
The next chapter in Warner Bros. Pictures' and Legendary Entertainment's cinematic Monsterverse will pit two of the greatest icons in motion picture history against one another—the fearsome Godzilla and the mighty Kong—with humanity caught in the balance.
7. FAST & FURIOUS 9 (6.97%)
Release Date: May 22, 2020
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller
Starring: Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Ludacris, Tyrese Gibson, Jordana, Brewster, Charlize Theron, Helen Mirren, John Cena, Michael Rooker
Directed By: Justin Lin
Written By: Daniel Casey (screenplay), Chris Morgan (written by), Gary Scott Thompson (characters)
The 9th movie in the Fast & Furious franchise sees the return of Dominic Toretto and family along with Cipher, the criminal mastermind and cyberterrorist from The Fate of the Furious (2017).
6. HARLEY QUINN: BIRDS OF PREY (8.25%)
Warner Bros. Pictures
Release Date: February 7, 2020
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime
Starring: Margot Robbie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Rosie Perez, Ewan McGregor, Ella Jay Basco
Directed By: Cathy Yan
Written By: Christina Hodson
You ever hear the one about the cop, the songbird, the psycho, and the mafia princess? Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) is a twisted tale told by Harley herself, as only Harley can tell it. When Gotham’s most nefariously narcissistic villain, Roman Sionis, and his zealous right-hand, Zsasz, put a target on a young girl named Cass, the city is turned upside down looking for her. Harley, Huntress, Black Canary, and Renee Montoya’s paths collide, and the unlikely foursome have no choice but to team up and take Roman down.
5. TOP GUN: MAVERICK (11.07%)
Release Date: June 26, 2020
Genre: Action, Drama
Starring: Tom Cruise, Val Kilmer, Miles Teller, Monica Barbaro, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Glen Powell
Directed By: Joseph Kosinski
Written By: Jim Cash (characters), Peter Craig, Jack Epps Jr. (characters), Ehren Kruger, Justin Marks, Christopher McQuarrie, Eric Warren Singer
After more than thirty years of service as one of the Navy’s top aviators, Pete “Maverick” Mitchell is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him. When he finds himself training a detachment of Top Gun graduates for a specialized mission the likes of which no living pilot has ever seen, Maverick encounters Lt. Bradley Bradshaw, call sign: “Rooster,” the son of Maverick’s late friend and Radar Intercept Officer Lt. Nick Bradshaw, aka “Goose.”
Facing an uncertain future and confronting the ghosts of his past, Maverick is drawn into a confrontation with his own deepest fears, culminating in a mission that demands the ultimate sacrifice from those who will be chosen to fly it.
4. NO TIME TO DIE (12.97%)
Release Date: April 10, 2020
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Starring: Daniel Craig, Léa Seydoux, Rami Malek, Lashana Lynch, Jeffrey Wright, Ana de Armas, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Christoph Waltz
Directed By: Cary Joji Fukunaga
Written By: Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and Scott Z. Burns and Cary Joji Fukunaga and Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Ian Fleming (based on characters created by)
James Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.
3. MULAN (13.55%)
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Release Date: March 27, 2020
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Starring: Yifei Liu, Donnie Yen, Jet Li, Li Gong, Jason Scott Lee
Directed By: Niki Caro
Written By: Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver and Elizabeth Martin & Lauren Hynek
When the Emperor of China issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Army to defend the country from Northern Invaders, Hua Mulan, the eldest daughter of an honored warrior, steps in to take the place of her ailing father. Masquerading as a man, Hua Jun, she is tested every step of the way and must harness her inner-strength and embrace her true potential. It is an epic journey that will transform her into an honored warrior and earn her the respect of a grateful nation…and a proud father.
2. WONDER WOMAN 1984 (22.97%)
Warner Bros. Pictures
Release Date: June 5, 2020
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Starring: Gal Gadot, Pedro Pascal, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig
Directed By: Patty Jenkins
Written By: Geoff Johns (story) & Patty Jenkins (story), Dave Callaham (screenplay) and Goeff Johns (screenplay) & Patty Jenkins (screenplay), William Moulton Marston (Wonder Woman created by)
Fast forward to the 1980s as Wonder Woman’s next big screen adventure finds her facing two all-new foes: Max Lord and The Cheetah.
With director Patty Jenkins back at the helm and Gal Gadot returning to the title role, Wonder Woman 1984 is Warner Bros. Pictures’ follow up to the DC Super Hero’s first outing, 2017’s record-breaking Wonder Woman.
1. BLACK WIDOW (24.17%)
Marvel Studios / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Release Date: May 1, 2020
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, David Harbour, Rachel Weisz, William Hurt
Directed By: Cate Shortland
Written By: Ned Benson (screenplay), Don Heck (comic book & character), Stan Lee (characters, comic book & character), Don Rico (comic book & character), Jac Schaeffer (screenplay)
Scarlett Johansson reprises her role as Natasha/Black Widow in Marvel Studios’ action-packed spy thriller Black Widow—the first movie in Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Black Widow focuses on Natasha Romanoff’s quests between the movies Captain America: Civil War (2016) and Avengers: Infinity War (2018).
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