By Stephen Ippolito | October 18, 2021
Well this is a bummer. A short time ago, it was revealed that Marvel Studios has delayed five of their upcoming films and removed two untitled ones from their release slate.
- Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness moves from 3/25/22 to 5/6/22
- Thor: Love and Thunder moves from 5/6/22 to 7/8/22
- Black Panther: Wakanda Forever moves from 7/8/22 to 11/11/22
- The Marvels moves from from 11/11/22 to 2/17/23
- Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania moves from 2/17/23 to 7/28/23
- Untitled Marvel films slated for 7/28/23 and 10/6/23 removed from release slate
The good news is that Eternals (November 5) and Spider-Man: No Way Home (December 17), which is jointly produced with Sony, were not affected by this. The bad news is that almost everything else was.
According to Deadline and The Hollywood Reporter, the move has nothing to do with future Pandemic fears on the box office. It has more to do with “various production delays, as well as finding the best dates for the movies.” The outlet also says that Disney is still committed to releasing the films exclusively in theaters. So this would probably rule out future Disney+ hybrid releases like what Black Widow received.
Either way, the news is certainly going to be a downer for MCU fans.