The Marvel Cinematic Universe release schedule is changing again. When Disney and Sony agreed to share custody of Spider-Man and reboot the franchise once again after the widely-panned Amazing Spider-Man series turned into a box-office disappointment and critical dud, the addition of a new Spider-Man solo feature (set to take place after Tom Holland has debuted as the new incarnation of Peter Parker in Captain America: Civil War) caused a shake-up in the planned release schedule of several other Marvel films - including, Captain Marvel and Black Panther, the latter of which has since changed dates yet again.
Now, it looks like Marvel fans will be updating their calendars at least one more time, as Sony has opted to move Spidey's (still untitled) MCU debut up a few weeks from July 28, 2017 to July 7 of the same year; with the studio's reboot of Jumanji (originally scheduled as a 2016 Holiday feature) taking over Spider-Man's original spot.
The move comes on the heels of two other high-profile release date changes: Spider-Man is taking over July 7 to fill the gap left by Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales moving to May. Likewise, Sony is likely taking Jumanji out of its original December 25th spot in response to Disney and Lucasfilm's announcement earlier today that Star Wars: Episode VIII will follow the path set by The Force Awakens and open in December rather than the franchise's traditional May slot. Of note: The move now places Spider-Man into much closer competition than before with another comic book hero, as the film will now hit only two weeks after the release of Warner Bros.' Wonder Woman - anticipation for which has spiked since the debut of early footage on a DC Universe television special.
While thus far the move has not impacted the schedule of other Marvel films, the studio has faced criticism previously for moving the anticipated debuts of historically-significant characters like Black Panther and Captain Marvel in order to make room for yet another revival of Peter Parker, particularly since the most-recent installments were largely considered failures. On the other hand, the change in dates could be of benefit to Jumanji: The Jake Kasdan-directed reboot of the franchise ( which began as a book then became a 1995 Robin Williams film) is about a cursed board game that opens a portal to a supernatural jungle world has yet to secure a full cast and could conceivably use the extra production time to work on what are expected to be complicated special-effects sequences - similar to those seen in the technologically-groundbreaking original film.
Jumanji will open in U.S. theaters on July 28th, 2017.
Captain America: Civil War will release on May 6, 2016, followed by Doctor Strange – November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man – July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – March 8, 2019; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; Inhumans – July 12, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on May 1, July 10 and November 6, 2020.
Source: Sony Pictures