Release Dates Shuffle For Disney Films (Again)
Disney Shuffles The Cinematic Deck
In the formidable data deluge following The Walt Disney Company’s Investor Day 2020 (Thursday 10), lots of details have been overlooked. It’s certainly nobody’s fault – there was a lot of information to be had. However, we wanted to start clarifying everything that flew by at breakneck speed.
Disney Film Premieres Find New Dates
For example, lots of Walt Disney Studios films shifted drop dates.
Marvel, in particular, found the schedule shifted; so much so they clarified the docket on Friday.
The 2022 Marvel slate is moving deeper into the calendar, i.e. Marvel’s Black Panther moving from May 6, 2022 to July 8, 2022. It’s the only wide release on that date.
Taika Waititi’s Thor: Love and Thunder which shoots in Australia next year and is already in pre-production there will now kick off summer on May 6, 2022 instead of playing Feb. 11, 2022.
Captain Marvel 2 is also going deeper in the 2022 calendar opening Nov. 11 instead of July 8 that year.
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Meanwhile, Raya and the Last Dragon is March 5, King’s Man on March 12, Free Guy is May 21, Death on the Nile on September 17, and Encanto on November 24 – all in 2021.
Then, in 2022 we see Turning Red on March 11 and Lightyear on June 17.
Finally, Patty Jenkin’s Star Wars entry, Rogue Squadron, sees a December 22, 2023 date on the books.
Slashgear.com posted a prescient point:
All of this assumes, of course, that the COVID-19 vaccine rollout plan goes as anticipated and that the pandemic resolves in the relatively near future. Uncertainty regarding lockdowns and other issues effectively grounded the movie and television industry earlier this year, and though production has since resumed, many movie theaters remain closed. Unanticipated pandemic issues may introduce further disruption to these plans.
Fingers crossed we’re all able to meet at a theater real, real soon.