Some People Move On, But Not Us.
The new Marvel Phase 4 movie schedule is here and it’s NOT good news for Marvel aficionados.
Highlights! Marvel Phase 4 schedule has more reasons for fans to rejoice and then some bad news for Captain Marvel
- The Overloaded Schedule
- The Bad News Is
- More Time for Marvel To Prep
- Superhero Returns
Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, all the productions have been stalled and the uncertainty prevails in Hollywood. The fear and isolation have gripped the industry and studio heads as to when will people be ready to visit the movie theatres.
The looming recession is another thing that movie businesses will have to deal with. But the new marvel schedule gives us some hope and despair.
The Overloaded Schedule
- Black Widow: November 6, 2020
- The Eternals: February 12, 2021
- Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings: May 7, 2021
- Doctor Strange and The Multiverse Madness: November 5, 2021
- Thor: Love and Thunder: February 28, 2022
- Black Panther 2: 2 May 8, 2022
- Captain Marvel: July 8, 2022
The Black Widow origin movie which was supposed to kick start Phase 4 has now taken the place of November release The Eternals – pushing the entire slate back up till 2022.
Between Spiderman: Far From Home in June 2019 and Black Widow in November 2021 – fans will witness the longest gap between two superhero movies. While we get only one movie in 2020, there are three lined up for 2021 (four maybe if there are plans for Sony Marvel Universe’s Spider-Man movie.)
The Eternals movie is now slated for a February 2021 release. There’s not much information about the movie except the SDCC announcement last year. Kevin Feige and the studio is keeping marketing under the wraps for this movie as this one is supposed to be the Avenger team-up level movie for phase 4.
Doctor Strange is not gonna get mad now till November 2021 whereas, Thor will now thunder sometime in 2022.
And The Bad News Is
The year 2022 will witness two sequels back to back – Black Panther 2 and Captain Marvel 2 – yes, Captain Marvel 2 previously un-slotted will now be in theatres sooner than expected to close the phase 4 with a Thanos-level threat.
However, the jam-packed schedule will hurt the anticipation for Captain Marvel 2 big time. The superhero made its entry right before Avengers: Endgame and received a lot of criticism from fans despite the movie becoming a blockbuster. In the long run, Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel has more haters and that works for its image (any publicity is good publicity you see!)
The studio had to previously be cautious with how much screen time Captain Marvel gets in the final Avengers lineup. Kevin Feige based the decision on the success of the movie that eventually led to moderate screen time for Captain Marvel in the movie but with continuity errors.
That said, fans still want to understand the end credit scene of Captain Marvel. Or how she knew where the Benatar was.
Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel 2 releases close to Black Panther 2 which is another highly accomplished movie by Marvel Studios. Captain Marvel is bound to suffer another round of undeserving hate and underwhelmed audience response.
Why Marvel Why?
More Time to Prep for Marvel
The new schedule gives writers and directors at Marvel to work more on the production. There are always behind-the-scene issues due to stringent production timelines and movies have to hit the theatre on time.
Now the writers and directors have got the gift of extra time on hands to fine-tune the individual plotlines. For example, given the scale of storytelling in both Black Widow and The Eternals— that has now been pushed – will give more time to Marvel to shoot reshoot and marinate the production. Resulting in minimizing the continuity errors caused due to global pandemic.
Superheroes to Bring Hope
In a post-pandemic world, moviegoers will have less reason to hope. The social distancing and quarantine would still grip the world once things go back to business as usual (if there is any!)
The news is, the epicenter China, where the virus first broke out killing many people, is re-releasing Avengers movie to revive cinema in a post-pandemic world. Avengers: Endgame in China had set a record for the country’s highest-grossing opening weekend of any film making a 22 billion.
The studio aims to do something like that with the Black Widow movie. A little superhero saving grace, in a post-pandemic world to look out for!
So while there’s hope in Marvel phase 4 new movie schedule for the fans, its certainly bad news for Captain Marvel!