Due to the pandemic in 2020, there have been many drastic changes to movie release dates. However, the chaos is not yet over.
In particular, Disney has just announced further delays for five different MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) movies initially set to be released in 2022 and 2023.
MCU Is Known For It's Reliable Release Schedules
MCU was not immune to the disruptions the pandemic caused in 2020, and it had no option but to delay many of the film and TV shows it had planned to release during the year.
These rescheduling changes come as a shock since the Marvel Cinematic Universe is popular for its strict schedules. Typically, the projects are linked to each other for continuity.
After numerous changes, Marvel Studios appears to have finally settled on a definite schedule.
Granted, some shows managed to kick off last year, such as Disney+'s WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. However, planning these shows was nowhere as complicated as planning movies.
Black Widow, the first film to face delays in 2020, was finally released in July. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings came a few months later in September.
Before this year ends, MCU hopes to release two new movies, Eternals and Spider-Man: No Way Home, which is scheduled to be released in November and December, respectively.
Five Movies Scheduled For Release In 2022 And 2023 Were Also Delayed
There are considerable changes to MCU's 2022 and 2023 release schedules, with Disney delaying five Marvel movies.
The films affected include Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which was scheduled for release in March 2022 but has now been pushed back to a May 6, 2022 release date.
Initially, Thor: Love and Thunder was scheduled to be released on May 6, but it will now be released on July 8, 2022, which was initially the release date for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
The next installation of Black Panther will be released on November 11, 2022.
The Marvels will also not be released in 2022 as earlier planned and will instead be released on February 17, 2023. The other movie that has experienced a delay is Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, whose delay means it will be released on July 28, 2023.
Two untitled films have been removed from the 2023 schedule. The movies were scheduled for July 28 and October 6.
Meanwhile, another film has had its release rescheduled for November 3, 2023. It was initially set to be released on November 10.
Production issues caused the delays. So, the box office was not the problem.
Shang-Chi has already proven to be the highest-grossing movie of 2021.
The release dates for three other Disney films, Indiana Jones 5, an unnamed live-action movie, as well as a 20th Century picture, have also been adjusted.
Marvel had to experience these delays because its productions are so interconnected.
Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3 Will Be Released As Planned
Only one movie will be released as initially scheduled, and that's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. The movie will be released in May 2023.
This might indicate that the movie is not as related to other projects as other affected films, which means it does not matter when the film will be l released.
Movies like Doctor Strange 2 and Ant-Man 3 have an interconnected storyline, which means they have to be released at particular times concerning each other to make sense.
The rescheduling will have a massive impact on Marvel fans who couldn't wait for the films to be released. However, given the pandemic's impact on the industry, the changes hardly come as a surprise to anyone.
At least, studios are trying to adjust to the disruptions the pandemic has caused and still deliver what the fans expected, even if that means having to reschedule some releases.
All the fans can do now is hope that the new schedule won't be affected by further delays.