The world has waited for weeks on any kind of news concerning when the movie industry would come back to a sense of normalcy, and today is the day that can finally get people excited again! Thanks to a new press release from The Wrap, news has broken on Disney shuffling around their entire schedule and confirming new premiere dates for over a dozen theatrical releases, including the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe!
Marvel’s Updated Film Slate for Phase 4
For 2020, Marvel has officially moved the release of Black Widow to November 6, finally giving a timeframe for the film’s release after an indefinite delay from its original May 1st release worldwide.
Marvel will continue its plan for the most jam-packed year in MCU history for 2021, moving The Eternals to February 12, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings to May 7, and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness to November 6. Sony and Marvel Studios are also set to release the untitled Spider-Man 3 in the MCU on July 16.
2022 will mark yet another huge year for the MCU. Taika Waititi’s Thor: Love and Thunder will officially arrive on February 18th while Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther 2 keeps its original release date of May 6th. The news release also gives the first confirmation for Captain Marvel 2, which will debut in theaters on July 6th.
This is obviously exciting news to celebrate for the MCU, which has been in a state of flux throughout the entire Coronavirus pandemic that has contaminated 2020. There is still no word on whether Marvel Studios will delay the scheduled releases of their new mini-series, which is still set to start with The Falcon and the Winter Soldier in August 2020. WandaVision and Loki are still in production as well.
The new release dates for the MCU will mark the longest stretch without any new releases since the franchise began in 2008. The last gap in releases comparable to this was the time between the releases of The Incredible Hulk in June 2008 and Iron Man 2 in May 2010.
As for other movies in the Disney release schedule, Mulan has been moved to June 24, which pushes the release of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s Jungle Cruise to July 30th, 2021. Artemis Fowl will not only miss its release date of May 29th, it will skip theaters altogether and move directly to Disney+ and does not have a confirmed release date.
Free Guy (7/3 to 12/11), The French Dispatch (7/24 to 10/16), and Indiana Jones 5 (10/16/2020 to 7/29/2022) all have rescheduled their releases. West Side Story and The Last Duel are keeping their 2020 release dates, and there is nothing confirmed yet for The Personal History of David Copperfield, Antlers, Woman in the Window, or The New Mutants.
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