So. How are you doin’ Marvel-ites? Still upset that Disney moved all of those Phase 4 Marvel movies you were anticipating back a few months? Unlike previous times Disney shuffled the deck like this, the reason can’t be traced back to COVID-19. Kevin Feige, speaking at the world premiere of Eternals, explained the decision in the most mundane way possible.
“It’s production shifts and changes, and because we have so many slots, we can just shift slots,” Feige said. “So all of the Marvel movie slots are the same, we are just shifting which movies are coming out. Strange has moved six weeks, so instead of being three months between Marvel movies, there will be five months. And I think we can all handle that.”
Five months is a long time, but he’s not wrong. The dates are the same, the movies a little bit different. That said, this frees up Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness from a March showdown with The Batman. That’s a fight we’d all like to see but not like that.
The good news is that when these movies do arrive, theaters should be mostly back in full swing. And we’ve still got Eternals coming up on November 5th, followed by Spider-Man: No Way Home on December 17th. Those films weren’t touched.
"It's production shifts and changes, and because we have so many slots, we can just shift slots," Kevin Feige says of the schedule changes that altered #DoctorStrange2's release date. https://t.co/F6rov2HB1g pic.twitter.com/ZaTmTKToWk
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