As we emerge blinking, into the sun, after various COVID controls and head of to the movie theaters we may find the latest MCU entry not waiting for us just yet as Disney pushes back their entire film slate.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was due to open on March 25th, 2022 but will now arrive about six weeks later on May 6th, 2022. This moves them out of the way of the tail-end of classic winter flu and respiratory disease season. This will also be based on data from Shang-Chi, Black Widow, and their observations of the box office since Bond led the charge back to theaters globally with No Time To Die.
There is then a domino effect through the entire plan with every movie hopping back one, and others being pulled to slim down the schedule. So now their world looks like this:
May 6th, 2022: Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
July 8th, 2022: Thor: Love and Thunder
November 11th, 2022: Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
February 17th, 2023: The Marvels
May 5th, 2023: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
July 28th, 2023: Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania
November 3rd, 2023: untitled Marvel film (rumored as Blade)
Marvel Studios is returning to three movies per season, down from four. The fourth slot, for those suffering withdrawal, will be a Sony / Spider-Verse entry with their slate ready to roll through Morbius, Kraven the Hunter, and others.
Disney has also announced that the release of the fifth Indiana Jones movie has been pushed back by nearly a full year from July 29th, 2022 to June 30th, 2023.
Harrison Ford was out of action for three months on the set due to a shoulder injury, but production continued, and has moved to Italy.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Antonio Banderas, Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Kretschmann, Boyd Holbrook, and Shaunette Renée Wilson also star in the James Mangold-directed film.