Disney scheduled a few more release dates this week, and while some of the projects are secret Marvel Cinematic Universe installments, others are 20th Century Fox releases that Disney is moving around. On the Marvel side, Disney staked out October 7, 2022, February 17, 2023, May 5, 2023, July 28, 2023, and November 3, 2023. Don’t confuse those dates with the ones that Marvel has already announced, which include “Black Widow” in May 2020; “The Eternals” in November 2020; “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” in February 2021; “Doctor Strange In the Multiverse of Madness” in May 2021; “Thor: Love and Thunder” in November 2021; and “Black Panther 2” in May 2022. You have plenty of Marvel content to look forward to, even before Disney connects titles with these new release dates.
Looking into our Marvel crystal ball, those new release dates could be the Mahershala Ali “Blade” movie that was announced at San Diego Comic-Con, and the “Ant-Man 3” movie with director Peyton Reed. That’s two movies for the five new release dates, and the other possibilities include a “Fantastic Four” movie; a sequel to “Captain Marvel;” and the long-awaited “Guardians of the Galaxy 3.” Now that Marvel has the Fantastic Four, Deadpool and the X-Men, the possibilities are endless.
Disney also moved around some of the new properties that it picked up, like “The Kingsman” franchise. The new prequel, “The King’s Man,” is moving from Valentine’s Day weekend to September 18th. Disney didn’t say why it decided to move the movie, but the romantic weekend was overstuffed. That weekend is the debut of the horror-thriller “Fantasy Island” with Lucy Hale, “Sonic the Hedgehog,” and the two romance-dramas “Ordinary Love” and “What About Love.” We should also point out that February 14 is only week after “Birds of Prey” and the horror-thriller “The Lodge” hits theaters, so there will still be a backlog during the shortest month of the year.
Moving “The King’s Man” to September 18th does put it against “Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse” with Michael B. Jordan, but the movie might do better with the back-to-school crowd. A few of the other date include Ben Affleck’s “Deep Water” om November 13, 2020, and Matt Damon’s “The Last Duel” on January 8, 2021, with a limited-preview in select theaters on Christmas Day.
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