Disney is rearranging its release schedule, pushing back a number of titles, including four from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The release date of Mahershala Ali’s Blade has been pushed back to September 6, 2024, from November 3, 2023, as the film searches for a new director after splitting with director Bassam Tariq two weeks ago. The news comes after The Hollywood Reporter reported that Blade would most likely relocate as the studio searches for a new director and pushes back the start date of production to November. According to sources, the delay caused a chain reaction in Marvel’s schedule.
The release date of Deadpool 3 has been pushed back to November 8, 2024, from September 6, 2024. Hugh Jackman is reprising his role as Wolverine in the film, which stars Ryan Reynolds. Shawn Levy is set to direct.
Fantastic Four has been pushed back to February 14, 2025, from November 8, 2024. The film, which is one of Marvel’s most anticipated, has yet to cast its four leads, but Wanda-Vision director Matt Shakman has been attached to direct.
Avengers: Secret Wars, the conclusion of Marvel’s Multiverse Saga, has been pushed back to May 1, 2026, from November 7, 2025. The crossover event is looking for a director, and its departure means that Marvel will no longer have two Avengers films debuting just six months apart. (Avengers: The Kang Dynasty is still on the schedule for May 2, 2025.)
Other changes to Disney’s calendar include the addition of Searchlight’s Chevalier on April 7, 2023. The film is based on the life of musician Chevalier de Saint-Georges. Kenneth Branagh’s latest Agatha Christie adaptation, Haunting in Venice, will be released on September 15, 2023.
Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes, the latest instalment in the long-running Apes franchise, has been rescheduled for May 24, 2024. The Wes Ball film recently began production and will now be released alongside Warner Bros.’ Furiosa, a prequel to Mad Max: Fury Road.