Why Disney had to delay almost every Marvel Studios movie to 2022 and 2023

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In most of the Monday moves, Walt Disney Studios has revamped almost all of its release list, pushing most of its films back from a few months to a full year. As you might expect, every Marvel Studios movie slated for release in 2022 and beyond has been impacted by the move. This time around, the delays don’t have to do with concerns about box office performance or pandemic woes. Instead, as one Hollywood insider suggests, Marvel Studios filmmakers have more time to complete their respective projects.

The last idea comes from Deadline Anthony D’Alessandro, who reassures exhibitors, the films will be released exclusively in theaters.

“Exhibition, no need to be alarmed: it has nothing to do with a change in distribution strategy for these films, I am informed,” D’Alessandro wrote on Monday. “There is no Disney + movie date and date, and Disney executives are not immediately concerned about the future of the global market. This is all due to an ongoing domino effect with production and Filmmakers. Some titles are struggling with finishing storylines while others are in production. This is how Disney solves the problem, and when you think about it, most of the dates were already booked by the studio for the fare. Marvel; they’re just moving the titles from one location to another. “

Instead of opening on March 25, 2022, Sam Raimi’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness now opens May 6, almost six months after Spider-Man: No Path Home hits theaters in December. Each film afterwards was postponed by an equal amount (or more).

Thor: Love and Thunder then changes from this May date to July 8, 2022, date previously held by Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. The Black Panther the suite will now open on November 11, 2022, the date previously held by Nia DaCosta Captain Marvel following. Wonders is now postponed from November to February 17, 2023. Finally, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania was then pushed back from February to July 28, 2023.

James Gunn’s guardians of the galaxy threequel was the only film to keep its May 5, 2023 date.

The next Marvel movie, Marvel’s Eternals, will be released on November 5.

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