As Disney/Marvel’s Eternals is being aggressively buzzed to possibly open at $100 million, and Spider-Man: No Way Home, Marvel’s co-production with Sony, to open even higher, Disney has just shifted its entire Marvel movie theatrical schedule for 2022 and beyond.
Exhibition, no need to be alarmed: This has nothing to do with a change in distribution strategy for these films, I’m informed. There’s no Disney+ theatrical day-and-date going on, nor are Disney execs immediately concerned about the future of the global marketplace. It’s all on account of a domino effect going on with production and filmmakers. Some titles are contending with finishing scenarios while others are in production. This is how Disney is solving it, and when you come to think of it, most of the dates were already reserved by the studio for Marvel fare; they’re just moving titles from one slot to the next.
Even better, the Indiana Jones sequel, which was sitting on the same release date as Warner Bros/DC’s Black Adam next year (on July 29, 2022), now moves to June 30, 2023. That’s Independence Day weekend, where Universal already has an untitled Illumination movie.
Sam Raimi’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will now kick off summer 2022 on May 6 instead of opening on March 25, 2022. That will push Taika Waititi’s Thor: Love and Thunder from that summer kickoff date to July 8, 2022. The only other movie opening against Doctor Strange 2 on May 6 is Focus Features’ Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris, starring Lesley Manville. No rival studio event films are currently dated against Thor: Love & Thunder on its new date.
The moves will push Black Panther: Wakanda Forever from Ryan Coogler off its date to November 11, 2022. The movie is currently shooting in Atlanta and will wrap sometime late next month. Black Panther 2 on its new date is the weekend after Warner Bros/DC’s The Flash, which just dropped a sneak peek during the studio’s DC FanDome over the weekend. Also opening in that preceding November 4-6 weekend is Paramount’s Bee Gees feature and 20th Century Studios’ untitled David O. Russell movie.
Black Panther 2 knocks The Marvels from filmmaker Nia DaCosta from November 11 next year to February 17, 2023. No other tentpoles are dated against it.
This will then push Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania from that date to July 28, 2023. No competition for Ant-Man 3 on its new date, either. Both The Marvels and Ant-Man 3 are in production.
The only Marvel movie sticking to its release date is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which is currently set to kick off summer 2023 on May 5.
There’s another untitled Marvel movie which Disney is moving from November 10, 2023 to November 3, 2023.
Meanwhile, Disney has scrubbed a live-action title previously set for July 14, 2023 as well as an untitled Marvel movie on October 6, 2023. Also, an untitled 20th Century Studios movie dated on October 20, 2023 is no longer on the schedule.
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