Disney has revealed release dates for a host of upcoming movies, while revising others including Marvel's Blade, which was announced this morning will be delayed.
Among other adjustments are the postponement of the as-yet-untitled Deadpool threequel, and the postponement of Fantastic Four. Avengers: Secret Wars, the first of two back-to-back Avengers films, will also now be released later than first planned.
Here is everything you need to know.
Which films’ release dates have been pushed back?
At this summer's San Diego Comic Con, Marvel CEO Kevin Feige laid the groundwork for the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s transition from its Phase 4 era of films to Phase 5, and even Phase 6.
Phase 4 concludes with Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, which is set to release in UK cinemas on 11 November. The films of Phase 5 are more or less unaffected by the shifted release dates, although fans will have to wait a little longer for Blade, which was due to bring the fourth Phase to an end.
- Blade - from 3 November 2023 to 6 September 2024
- Deadpool 3 - from 6 September 2024 to 8 November 2024
- Fantastic Four - from 8 November 2024 to 14 February 2025
- Untitled Marvel film - from 14 February 2025 to 7 November 2025
- Avengers: Secret Wars - from 7 November 2025 to 5 May 2026
- Untitled Marvel film - from 1 May 2026 to TBA
Avengers: The Kang Dynasty, the first of the twin Avengers films, was not included in the adjustments, and remains in its 2 May 2025 release slot. Secret Wars was meant to follow in cinemas six months later, but will now release a year after the first film.
Why have the release dates been changed?
The mass change in release dates was likely triggered by the delay in Blade’s production. Following the departure of filmmaker Bassim Tariq, the vampire film, starring Mahershala Ali, is currently looking for a new director.
That’s had a knock-on effect for the other upcoming films in the MCU, and with delicate thematic and narrative threads tied up between Marvel’s ambitious portfolio of multimedia entertainment, delaying one likely means all others have to follow.
What new films received release dates?
Outside the Marvel films receiving delays, a number of other new films were given release dates for the first time.
Disney also announced release dates for Searchlight's Chevalier (7 April 2023), 20 Century Studio's A Haunting in Venice (15 September 2023) and Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes (24 May 2024).