In a (not-so) surprising move, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures has overhauled most of its 2022 and 2023 movie slate to allow time to breathe in between the release of tentpole pictures which are likely going to make a big comeback in 2022, dominating the silver screen. Instead of having multiple comic book movies come out at once, it seems that Disney wants to let audiences take their time instead of having DC and Marvel compete with one another…unless…but more on that later.
For instance, Sam Raimi‘s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was supposed to come out on March 25, 2022, a mere three weeks after Matt Reeves‘ The Batman is releasing (March 4th). The film is now kicking off Marvel’s tradition of releasing in the first week of May, on the 6th, to be precise. Thor: Love and Thunder were supposed to release on that day, and it is now releasing on July 8, 2022.
And the dominos continue to fall in place, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, which was going to release on the 8th, is now slated to release on November 11th, 2022, a week after Andy Muschietti‘s The Flash is slated to release! Who will move first? That’s the question of the day.
Well, The Marvels was supposed to release then, but it’s now coming out on February 17, 2023, likely giving a bit of time for Ms. Marvel and Secret Invasion to finish its Disney+ run as they will both feed into Nia DaCosta‘s latest film. This results in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania to July 28, 2023, with an Untitled Marvel movie now being released on November 3, 2023, instead of the 10th. Other Marvel movies slated to release on July 4, 2023, and October 6, 2023, are now removed from the schedule, and another Untitled 20th Century production slated for October 20, 2023, is also removed from the schedule.
Additionally, Indiana Jones 5, which was slated to release on July 29, 2022, at the same time as Black Adam, is now releasing on Independence Day weekend, June 30, 2023. According to Deadline, none of the delays are COVID-related, but it is due to some productions still not being complete and the domino effect that happens when one interconnected film gets delayed.