Marvel stans, Disney is going to be testing your patience next year. The House of Mouse announced on Monday that it has delayed five major Marvel releases, pushing back its entire 2022 slate.
The “Black Panther” sequel is moving from July 8, 2022 to Nov. 11, 2022. “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” is relocating from March 25, 2022 to May 6, 2022. That date was previously reserved for “Thor: Love and Thunder,” which will now premiere in theaters on July 8 (the “Black Panther” sequel’s previous premiere date).
Next, “The Marvels” moves from Nov. 11, 2022 to Feb. 17, 2023, which then bumps “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” all the way to July 28, 2023.
Not to be lost in the mix, Disney also delayed “Indiana Jones 5” nearly a full year, from July 29, 2022, to June, 30, 2023.
The reason for all the release date changes is a combination of production delays and the industry as a whole settling into more of a post-pandemic(ish) routine. With so much in flux over the past 18 months, production, openings, closings, and scheduling has been a perpetually moving target.