By Stephen Ippolito | April 7th, 2020
Last Friday, fans were disappointed to hear the announcement of Marvel Studios’ Phase 4 films being pushed back. Finding out that the next time you will see a Marvel film will be in November was certainly a letdown. However, I’m here to tell you that there is some positivity to this. And that is the delay will allow the studio to make the best films they possibly can.
By delaying all films by 3-6 months, this will allow the studio to make changes in VFX, reshoots or whatever they feel is necessary. Two films that this will help is the Eternals and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
After the announcement, Charles Murphy, Founder of Murphy’s Multiverse, tweeted that he heard rumors that within the studio there were worries that the Eternals was being rushed. This was back up by the MCU Cosmic’s Jeremy Conrad. Now that the film will come out February 2021 instead of November 2020, those worries will go away. The studio will have extra time for effects and reshoots if needed.
The second entry in the Doctor Strange will also benefit from being pushed back. Originally scheduled for a May 2021 release, It will now open November 2021. With the extra 6 months, it will allow new director Sam Raimi and new writer Michael Waldron to rewrite the script.
MCU films have benefited before for being delayed. Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson recently tweeted that his movie was delayed five months. The reason behind it was so Benedict Cumberbatch could be in the film. I think most would agree that this delay benefited the film.
Box office performance could potentially benefit as well. One of the things that caused Star Wars to decline at the box office is that Disney did not put enough gap in between releases. When Black Widow opens in November, it will be 16 months since the last MCU film opened (Spider-Man: Far From Home). That will be the longest time in between films since The Incredible Hulk (2008) and Iron Man 2 (2010). Demand for MCU amongst fans will be higher when the film opens in November.
I know it sucks right now that Phase 4 is delayed. But I do think in the long run it will benefit the studio and also the fans.