Disney has announced five new release dates for untitled Marvel Cinematic Universe films. Thanks to the last eleven years of movies, the MCU has become the biggest franchise in Hollywood and, arguably, the most important one for Disney. Marvel Studios has made 23 films during the Infinity Saga but they have no plans of slowing down - despite the continued discussion of whether superhero movie fatigue is possible.
Once Spider-Man: Far From Home ended Phase 3 this summer, Marvel Studios finally began announcing their plans for Phase 4. At San Diego Comic-Con, they announced five movies coming to theaters by the end of 2021, along with five original shows set to debut on Disney+. Since then, Marvel Studios also announced three more shows for Disney+ and dated Black Panther 2 for May 2022. The latter move left Marvel Studios with two release dates for untitled films in 2022, and now they have added even more for the future.
Disney officially announced today (via The Wrap) they've added five new MCU movies to their upcoming release schedule. In addition to the February and July dates in 2022, Disney set an October 7, 2022 release date for an untitled Marvel movie. They also confirmed planned releases in 2023 on February 17th, May 5th, July 28th, and November 3rd.
With this announcement, Marvel Studios has moved to a schedule we and many others have expected for some time and committed to four movies per year. 2021 will be the first time they attempt this thanks to the addition of Spider-Man 3. This now leaves them with seven release dates to eventually plant future films onto. Thanks to Kevin Feige's comments this summer, we know Blade, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, and Captain Marvel 2 are contenders for these dates, along with Marvel Studios' first movies featuring former Fox characters like Deadpool, the Fantastic Four, and the X-Men.
Although it may still be years away from these release dates, the fun of this announcement will be in trying to predict what movies will come out when. The recent confirmation of Ant-Man 3 looks likely to take the July 2022 slot, leaving fans with six dates to fill out in the meantime. We've previously predicted Blade could take the February 2022 date, and also took a shot with suggesting Thunderbolts could arrive in late 2022. As for 2023, the release dates Marvel has chosen aren't terribly surprising and fall in line with our previous predictions. While we can only speculate as to what films will hit these dates, this shows Marvel Studios is already thinking far into the future. Their plan may shift slightly in the years to come, but Feige and company must feel fairly confident in their plans to set these dates four years in advance. Hopefully it won't be too long now before fans know more about these MCU dates and all the upcoming new movies.
Source: The Wrap