Disney has rescheduled six MCU films and deleted the release dates for two more as part of a big calendar shuffle.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is noted for its meticulously planned timelines, as many of the projects in the franchise rely on one another for setup or continuation.
The coronavirus epidemic led Marvel Studios to postpone every film and television show it had planned for the year, which proved to be a severe setback for the franchise.
The MCU, though, seems to have finally settled into a solid schedule after several adjustments.
- The first picture postponed in 2020, Black Widow, was released in July, followed by Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings in September.
- Eternals and Spider–Man: No Way Home (a Sony release) are the MCU’s final two films for the year, and both are set to hit theatres in November and December, respectively.
- The MCU’s calendars for 2022 and 2023, on the other hand, have just been reshuffled.
- Starting with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Disney has officially postponed six planned Marvel films.
- It was originally scheduled for March 20, 2022, but has now been rescheduled for May 6, 2022.
- Thor: Love and Thunder will now be published on July 8, 2022, replacing Black Panther: Wakanda Forever on the release schedule.
- The release date for the sequel has been pushed back to November 11, 2022.
- Meanwhile, The Marvels have vacated 2022 and will be released on February 17, 2023.
- Quantumania, the sequel to Ant-Man and the Wasp, has been postponed until July 28, 2023.
In addition, two untitled Marvel films set for release in 2023 have been canceled, while one has been rescheduled for November 3, 2023. It had been scheduled for a week later, on November 10.
The two untitled MCU films that were canceled were set to be released on July 28 and October 6, respectively.
These significant delays are purportedly due to production issues rather than box office worries, which makes sense given that Shang-Chi has already been the year’s highest-grossing film.
Disney also changed the release dates for Indiana Jones 5, an untitled live-action film, and a 20th Century Fox film, but due to the MCU’s linked to nature, Marvel received the most adjustments.
Beyond the two remaining MCU films for this year, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is the only one to emerge undamaged.
It is set to release in May 2023. This could signal that film isn’t nearly as intertwined with the other projects, therefore its placement on the broader schedule isn’t as important.
Because of the MCU’s ongoing multiverse storyline, films like Doctor Strange 2 and Ant-Man 3 are supposed to feed into each other, and they must move together in order for it all to make sense.
This is undoubtedly a disappointment for Marvel fans who were looking forward to all of these films, but it also comes as no surprise at this point.
Studios have been compelled to react to developments like these as a result of the pandemic, and Marvel Studios is no exception. Hopefully, this is a schedule that can be maintained.