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Firsts to catch on the big screen this year

Your guide to the big, the shiny and the brand new

Dazzling new effects, historic hires, a trash-eating unicorn: 2020 has them all.

The title of First Female Asian Director to Direct a Superhero Film goes to…
Cathy Yan, who has wrestled Harley Quinn and her fantabulous emancipation into a thrilling big screen adventure with Birds of Prey. Face tattoo, anyone?

Get Birds of Prey tickets and times. 


cinematic firsts Margot Robbie with Cathy Yan on set of Birds of Prey

Trash-eating unicorns!
Yep, Onward features the first of these to ever to grace the big screen (we’re pretty sure, though postcards to the usual address if you can think of another.)

Onward is out 6 March, find out more here


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This epic’s got a record-breaking budget

Disney’s big live-action remake for 2020 may have a familiar story, but Mulan’s setting new precedents all over the place: with staggeringly huge sets constructed by the team behind Thor: Ragnarok, it’s supposedly “on track to become the most expensive movie ever made.”

 

Mulan is out 27 March, find out more here


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A brand new villain...and hero?

No Time to Die’s new villain is said to be THE Bond villain to end all villains. Not much has been revealed so far, it being a highly anticipated Bond film, but here’s a look at Rami Malek in character looking particularly supervillainous. It’s also Daniel Craig’s final Bond film - could we be getting a brand new hero?

 

No Time to Die is out 2 April, find out more here


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Hold onto your butts, we’re about the enter Marvel’s PHASE FOUR
And Black Widow is the one to kick it all off. This is the first time she’s had a film of her very own - and we have a sneaking suspicion it could be the first time we find out her backstory too...

Black Widow out 1 May, find out more here


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Meet Pixar’s first black lead

Soul will follow Joe Gardner, a middle school band teacher voiced by Jamie Foxx. It’s also going to be the first Pixar film set in the Big Apple.

 

Soul is out 19 June, find out more here


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More innovation from Christopher Nolan

The much-anticipated return of Nolan comes in the shape of Tenet, a “massive” blockbuster that’s said to be one of the most expensive original films of all time. Details are scarce but with his previous form for innovating both movie making tech and technique, we’re expecting cutting edge action sequences and shots we’ve never seen before.

 

Tenet is out 17 July, find out more here


cinematic firsts A behind-the-scenes shot from Tenet

Marvel has its first deaf superhero

Not only is Makkari one of the fastest Marvel characters, she’s also the first deaf superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. She’ll be played by The Walking Dead’s Lauren Ridloff (who’s deaf herself) in The Eternals.


The Eternals is out 6 Novermber, find out more here

cinematic firsts The Eternals cast members Brian Tyree Henry, Kumail Nanjiani, Lauren Ridloff, and Barry Keoghan