The coronavirus has absolutely devastated not only the rhythm of every day life, but nearly everything in the movie industry as well. Particularly with our beloved Marvel Cinematic Universe, Disney has already delayed the release dates for everything in the upcoming Phase 4, starting with Black Widow being pushed all the way to November 6, 2020. The hits just keep on coming today as more delays come to the MCU’s future movies.
Thanks to reports from Twitter and Deadline, three different MCU movies in Phase 4 have changed their release dates. Thor: Love and Thunder has moved ahead one week to February 11, 2022, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is delayed until March 25, 2022, and the untitled Spider-Man 3 from Sony and Marvel takes the original date of the Doctor Strange sequel on November 5, 2021.
This just keeps pushing Phase 4 of the MCU further into limbo, once again changing multiple release dates as well as the release order of multiple films. As of now, the only films that have stayed in the same order as they started are Black Widow, The Eternals, and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. All three movies that changed their release dates in this latest update are now in the order they were originally slated for as well ever since the announcement of Spider-Man 3, so it also seems like everything is somehow falling into a good place for Marvel Studios even through the Coronavirus madness.
This also reinforces the fact that the MCU will have a HUGE couple of years once everything gets back to normal. After Black Widow comes in as the only film of 2020, there will be three films in 2021 and a total of five in 2022 including the unconfirmed title for October 7. It will be interesting to see how everything is finalized once this pandemic is handled, and hopefully things will keep on track from here!