With most Hollywood productions continuing to remain shut down as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are starting to see more release dates for major tentpoles having to shift to accommodate the delays. On Friday, Sony announced a long list of scheduling changes with Marvel then being forced to make a few changes of their own due to the interdependent nature of the Spider-Man standalone movies with the MCU. The main gist of it is that Sony’s third Spider-Man movie starring Tom Holland has been delayed by four months with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness also being forced to shift a similar length of time. Meanwhile, Uncharted and Thor: Love and Thunder have both moved up as a result. The key release date changes are as follows:
- Uncharted – moves from Oct. 8, 2021 to Jul. 16, 2021
- Spider-Man: From From Home Sequel – moves from Jul. 16, 2021 to Nov. 5, 2021
- Thor: Love and Thunder – moves from Feb. 18, 2022 to Feb. 11, 2022
- Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness – moves from Nov. 5, 2021 to Mar. 25, 2022
- Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2 – moves from Apr. 8, 2022 to Oct. 7, 2022
Sony also announced release date changes for quite a few other movies including Connected, Escape Room 2 and Hotel Transylvania 4. What this means is that there is still just one MCU movie scheduled for release in 2020 (Black Widow) and there are three scheduled for 2021 (The Eternals, Shang-Chi and the Spider-Man: Far From Home sequel). It also means that Thor: Love and Thunder and the next Spider-Man movie are now opening before Sam Raimi’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which would seem to indicate that there are no important plot overlaps between them. The general belief seems to be that most of the Phase 4 films will actually be more self-contained than usual, which isn’t a huge surprise. Do you think these delays will have any effect on the success of the next wave of Marvel movies?