Disney shook up the release calendar in a pretty big way this week. First, the company pushed Matthew Vaughn’s prequel, The King’s Man back by over 6 months from its February 14th release. It’ll now release in the fall, on September 18th, 2020. This seems like an odd move as it was already pushed back from a November release earlier this year and, judging from the trailers we’ve already seen, seems mostly complete.
Alongside that, the company also set a limited Christmas release for Ridley Scott’s next film, The Last Duel. The Matt Damon-led film about the last legally sanctioned duel in France will receive a wide release just a few weeks later on January 8th, 2021. Adam Driver, Jodie Comer, and Ben Affleck are also set to appear in the film, which was written by Damon, Affleck, and Nicole Holofcener.
The biggest bombshell release dates Disney revealed this week though came courtesy of Marvel Studios. Marvel announced five new release dates between 2022 and 2023, October 7th, 2022; February 17th, 2023; May 5the, 2023; July 28th, 2023; and November 3rd, 2023, Unfortunately, Marvel has gone back to their extra secretive ways for phase five and beyond so there’s no way to know what will be dropping on those dates. But Ant-Man 3, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Captain Marvel 2, and Blade are all in development. Kevin Feige has also confirmed that X-Men and Fantastic Four projects are on the way so, I expect those films to fill the new dates.
But, there is one very exciting thing we know for a fact about these new release dates. With the new Spider-Man film in 2021 and Black Panther II in 2022, Marvel has all but confirmed that four MCU films will be hitting theaters a year from here on out. Add in all the TV shows we know about (and the ones we don’t yet) and Marvel’s stranglehold on pop culture is only going to get tighter moving forward.