Can someone please go into the Multiverse and fix our current timeline already?
Apparently not, as Disney has made a surprising if familiar move: they’ve delayed the release of every movie on their corporate docket, some by as much as an entire year.
Let’s start with Marvel:
- Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness: moved from 3/25/22 to 5/6/22
- Thor: Love and Thunder: moved from 5/6/22 to 7/8/22
- Black Panther: Wakanda Forever: moved from 7/8/22 to 11/11/22
- The Marvels: moved from 11/11/22 to 2/17/23
- Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania: moved from 2/17/23 to 7/28/23
In short, the next four titled stand-alones from the MCU were set to begin on March 25, 2022 and spaced roughly two-to-four months apart. The spacing will remain the same, but now the schedule will begin six weeks later on May 6, 2022. That means only three MCU movies will launch in 2022 instead of four.
The other major delay: Indiana Jones 5, which gets bumped for a whole year. Again.
For a film originally planned to open in 2020, it now won’t hit theaters until the July 4th movie weekend of 2023, despite the fact that it should wrap shooting this year.
This unfortunate delay has much more to do with (indeed, maybe entirely to do with) corporate calendar strategy than it does any problems with the production itself which, by all accounts, is going smoothly save for a few pulled muscles here and there for the aging Harrison Ford.
Bottom line: with Disney, one move causes an entire ripple effect.
To wit, see also these announced delays, four of which have been paused indefinitely (i.e. “removed from schedule”) with no set return as of now.
- Untitled Disney Live Action dated 7/14/23 is now removed from schedule
- Untitled Marvel dated 7/28/23 is now removed from schedule
- Untitled Marvel dated 10/6/23 is now removed from schedule
- Untitled 20th Century Studios dated 10/20/23 is now removed from schedule
- Untitled Marvel dated 11/10/23 now moves to 11/3/23
The three untitled Marvel movies are likely Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Fantastic Four, and Blade.
No reason was given for the overall shift but, at this stage of the COVID game, it seems less to do with concerns about audience turnout and more to do with whatever production delays these various films have experienced due to the ongoing pandemic.
In short, a number of these movies likely need more time to be properly completed, so Disney simply shifted the whole lineup accordingly.