With the Disney streaming service loading up on Avengers spinoff TV series, this could make Marvel TV more important than the MCU movies in 2020. The just-announced , which wasn’t regarded as a “must-see” because it unnecessarily filled in the blanks of Han Solo’s life, information that most fans already felt they knew. At least, unlike with Solo recasting Harrison Ford, Black Widow benefits from Scarlett Johansson reprising her role as Natasha Romanoff, a founding MCU hero who audiences have watched since Iron Man 2 in 2010. Still, while fans have been clamoring for years for a Black Widow solo film, it may not match the box office numbers of Black Panther.
The Eternals, while an unknown quantity, do of course have wider cosmic influence and, now coming before Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, are even more important in expanding this corner of the MCU. If this is a core part of that movie, it could see the movies gain importance, albeit more on the promise of what’s to come.
Ultimately, a break for the movies is no bad thing. By 2020, Marvel will be entering its second decade of constant releases and coming off the epic two-part Infinity War. Perhaps a change-up, with some less grandiose movies in a narrative sense and a pivot to TV, is just what Kevin Feige and co. need.