Marvel Studios has drastically altered its upcoming release date calendar due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic…
Marvel Studios won’t be doing much in 2020 but that means both 2021 and 2022 will be packed with films from Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
On Friday, Marvel announced a new string of release dates in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic forcing the studio to move the upcoming “Black Widow” film, which was expected to land in theaters in May. With theaters across the United States completely shut down in an attempt to slow the spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus, Marvel joins a slew of studios making huge changes to their release calendar in response.
“Black Widow” — starring Scarlett Johansson, David Harbour, Rachel Weisz and Florence Pugh — will now hit theaters on November 6. That date was originally reserved for the upcoming film “The Eternals,” which stars Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Kit Harington and Richard Madden. “The Eternals” has now been shifted to February 12, 2021 as a result.
The new calendar released by Marvel on Friday also included a release date for “Captain Marvel 2” for the first time. The sequel was already in the works but no date had been confirmed for the release until now.
Here’s the full Marvel Studios calendar as revealed on Friday:
Black Widow — November 6
The Eternals — February 12, 2021
Shang-Chi and the Legend of The Ten Rings — May 7, 2021
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness — November 5, 2021
Thor: Love and Thunder — February 18, 2022
Black Panther 2 — May 6, 2022
Captain Marvel 2 — July 8, 2022
Untitled Marvel — October 7, 2022
Now that fourth film set for release in 2022 doesn’t have a title yet but many believe that could be the upcoming “Blade” reboot starring Oscar winner Mahershala Ali in the lead role. Ali was announced as the new Daywalker at San Diego Comic Con 2019 but there was no word on when he might make his debut as the sword-swinging vampire killer. Considering Marvel has now earmarked a release date in October 2022 and “Blade” could be one of the scarier films Marvel could possibly produce, the timing fits.
For now, let the speculation begin on that mystery release but now the rest of the calendar has been revealed including Brie Larsen reprising her role for “Captain Marvel 2” in 2022.