Change of date for all three without the Sony title Spider Man the film goes Doctor Strange in Multiverse of Madness open broken and produce Thor 4, Doctor Strange 2, Black Panther 2 and Captain Marvel 2 open within six months of each other.
Today is technically a one-year anniversary, counting Thursday’s $ 60 million buzz preview record from a domestic debut Reply: Endgame. The climax of the 22-movie “Infinity Saga” drives a wave of solid reviews and a decade of goodwill gained to open with a jaw that drops (and probably will never be replicated) $ 357 million domestic launches and $ 1.2 billion globally. The film will eventually generate $ 857 million domestically, second (without inflation) Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($ 937 million in 2015) and $ 2.8 billion worldwide, besting AvatarsThe $ 2.789 billion in cash was thanks in part to a decrease in jaw (and + 71% of Infinity War) $ 629 million in China alone. In a cruel irony, this warning was marked by a series of changes in the MCU’s date, which for the first time, placed the broader MCU narrative into (relative) and / or dangerous questions.
This is not the first time a group of Marvel films has been postponed due to the closure of the coronavirus-related theater and production delays. Black widow has been moved from 1 May to 6 November this year, while other non-Sony MCUs are pushed back “one release date”. So Eternal moved to February 12, 2021, Shang-Chi and the Ten Ring Legend moved to May 7, 2021, Doctor Strange and Multiverse of Madness moved to 5 November 2021 (five years to the weekend thereafter) Weird doctor) and Thor: Love and Thunder moved to February 18, 2022. Since Disney
While I assume that there was some communication between Sony and Disney before the announcement was made, Sony moved Jon Watts to a third without a title Spider Man larvae from July 16, 2021 to November 5, 2021. It sent Sam Raimi Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness until March 25, 2021 (five years to this day Batman v Superman). Meanwhile, to reduce congestion a little, Taika Waititi ‘Thor: Love and Thunder, which will bring Natalie Portman back to the MCU as “The Mighty Thor” while introducing Christian Bale to the MCU party. Oh, and Sony moved Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse from April 8, 2022 to October 23, 2022, but put the pin there for a moment. What does this mean? Thor 4 and Spider-Man 3 will be opened beforehand Weird Doctor 2. That might be a problem.
If we are optimistic, we can assume that the Phase 4 MCU films will be relatively independent and relatively interchangeable in terms of continuity, like most MCU films. In Phase One, Thor, Extraordinary Hulk and Iron Man 2 thought to occur in the same week simultaneously, meanwhile guardians of the galaxy the films take place within six months of each other and basically happen between anytime Thor: Dark world and Thor: Ragnarok. Yes Civil war must be monitored beforehand black Panther, and Ragnarok need to be seen before Infinity War, but there is only so much continuity that is needed in the first mega-arc. Most of the most MCU films are connected to their own specific franchise except for reference to Avengers like certain mythological films and episodes Winter soldier.
Even when Phase Three is preparing for the final of the two major sections, you can still enter black Panther or Spider-Man: Going home without seeing a single MCU movie, and you can enjoy Ant-Humans and Wasps have you seen even the first Ant Man film. Yes, event Captain America: Civil rustled through the film Phase Three, but each film contains enough exposition of the past to get beginners. But what didn’t happen was the release schedule Ant-Humans and Wasps opened before American civil war captain, making us wait to see events that landed Scott Lang by Paul Rudd under house arrest. That would be a problem, which now exists if Weird Doctor 2, originally scheduled to open earlier Thor 4 and Spider-Man 3, intended to be a “mythological episode.”
The initial plan is for Phase Four to be launched this week (in foreign regions) with James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which will adjust any large arcs that will occur during the next phase or three. But it was canceled when Disney temporarily shot (and eventually was rehired) Gunn, which led to GotGV3 delayed indefinitely. Weird Doctor 2 should be Elisabeth Olsen’s co-star Scarlett Witch AND play directly after events that might change the Disney + universe Wandavision episodic. It’s not crazy to assume that, following three stand-alone films (Black widow, Eternal and Shang-Chi), Weird Doctor 2 it should be a mythological episode whose story will have a direct impact on what happens after. But if Weird Doctor 2 now open after Spidey sequel and Thor movie, that might be a problem.
Maybe I was mistaken or overly thought about it, and Phase Four would generally be a stand-alone adventure whose narrative would be combined in the MCU film “everyone who goes into a big pool” no matter what. Spider-Man 3 will likely be a sequel Spider-Man: Away from Home while Thor: Love and Thunder looks like it’s tied to the rest of the MCU like, at the time, the first two Security film. But new release orders make it difficult for any plans for continuity to be shared more explicitly and eliminate one big link Multiverse of Madness, a sequel five years later for a film that was well-liked but not necessarily likeable and made ($ 677 million in 2016) closer to Thor: Dark world ($ 642 million in 2013) money than Thor: Ragnarok ($ 854 million in 2017) money.
Another problem is that Marvel now has four major films that were opened almost simultaneously in 2022. Thor 4 will open on 11 February 2022 (just in time for Valentine’s Day), temporarily Weird Doctor 2 it now opens six weeks later on March 25. Black Panther 2, which will still start the summer, will open six weeks after that on May 6 Captain Marvel 2 opened two months later on July 8. God helps with any competition, but the first three films can cannibalize each other. The practical choice is to move something to October 23, 2022, but Sony has just decided to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2. Even so, I still hope that some of the dates of 2022 will shift, maybe move Weird Doctor 2 until May 6, send Black Panther 2 to July and moved Captain Marvel 2 until early 2023.
Compel Weird Doctor 2 to move not only after Spider-Man 3 (which happened when Marvel changed their release date last week) but now after Thor 4 it can also cause a real hiccup to any big narrative plan that Kevin Feige and his friends might dream of. Spider-Man 3 in November 2021 and Spider-Verse 2 in October 2022 both had the potential to disrupt Marvel’s sustainability and produce four large MCU films that were basically trapped in a small release window (from February to July 2022). Nothing is fatal because continuity is only part of the attractiveness of the MCU, but it is very ironic that this is what we are talking about today, on the anniversary of the anniversary Reply: Endgame, instead of, say, overseas opening weekend numbers for Black widow. Believe me, I prefer to do math.