A host of new release dates promise the longest gap between MCU movies in a decade.
The gears at Marvel Studios are slowly but surely turning once again. Despite numerous theatrical release setbacks caused by concerns about the coronavirus, which has led to the dreaded phrase “indefinitely postponed,” programming is finally returning to normal.
Of course, we are still in the early stages of the pandemic and the release schedule announced Friday by Disney is subject to change. But for now, Disney, along with Warner Bros., Universal, Sony, and Paramount, are beginning to claim new territory for the second half of 2020 and the next two years.
With Black Widow postponed until 2021, MCU Phase 4 currently has Marvel’s biggest cinematic hole since the establishment began. Getting the Marvel Cinematic Universe off the ground wasn’t a simple achievement; required the involvement of various film studios, as well as long periods of wanting to unfold in The Avengers in 2012. Beginning with Iron Man in May 2008, Tony Stark set the framework for the overall shared universe which was then immediately followed by The Incredible Hulk in June 2008.
The main pivotal link between the two Marvel movies was Robert Downey Jr.’s appearance as Tony Stark in The Incredible Hulk’s post-credits scene, however, that was enough to get the show off the ground with the grand universe.
Given the prosperity of Iron Man, Paramount Pictures quickly gave the green light and Marvel Studios got underway on Iron Man 2, which was delivered in May 2010. After a year, Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger arrived, and Los Avengers took action accordingly in 2012, and Marvel. it has not regressed from that point forward. However, that underlying hole between The Incredible Hulk and Iron Man 2 is, by all accounts, now being revamped.
Regarding these new dates, it should come as no surprise that the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the highest-grossing film franchise of all time, is dominating the conversation in anticipation of the day when we can all return to theaters. Looking at the release dates for Marvel Studios’ new Phase 4 suggests what could end up being a potentially interesting story for the post-Endgame studio identity.
There’s no good news born out of a pandemic, and a multi-million dollar company’s release schedule is the least of our concerns right now, at least if it’s not about the salaries that staff and crew members live on. However, it’s impossible to ignore the fact that movies bring people together, in the best and worst of times, and that Marvel Studios has proven to be an audience favorite when it comes to cinematic event experiences.
People love superheroes, and after this experience, they may love them more than ever. The Marvel Studios schedule, along with updated release dates from other studios, promises an eventual return to normalcy.