MarvelBlog News for October 25th
Marvel altered some release dates, the former Daredevil addressed some rumors, and the star and director of a Marvel franchise didn’t get their story straight.
I’ll explain everything in this week’s MarvelBlog News.
Marvel Updates Its Release Schedule
One of the joys of writing internet articles is that they sometimes grow outdated in a matter of days.
To wit, I offered this piece about Marvel’s release schedule last week.
Less than 72 hours later, Marvel took an Etch a Sketch approach to the whole thing.
Yes, several Marvel release dates have changed again. You may recall that the studio recently showed a timeline of its upcoming projects.
New release dates for upcoming Marvel Studios films are here! Mark your calendars: https://t.co/QAUhjUoYFp
— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) October 18, 2021
Well, for whatever reason, that information has already turned incorrect.
The dominoes fall first on May 6th. That’s the new opening date for Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
Previously, Thor: Love & Thunder had held that date. Now, it has fallen back to July 8th, 2022.
You can already guess what’s next in this chain reaction. The previous holder, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, pushes to November 11th, 2022.
In return, The Marvels loses its 2022 release. So instead, we’ll watch it on February 17th, 2023.
Finally, Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania claims July 28th, 2023.
In looking at the Marvel calendar, literally the only movie from the next two years that has kept its date is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
You’ll still get your intergalactic superheroes and yacht rock on May 5th, 2023.
We do have a bit of additional intrigue, though. Marvel had untitled films listed on the old schedule.
Their release dates were July 14th, 2023, and October 6th, 2023. Marvel has entirely removed those titles from the calendar.
Those projects must have hit some roadblocks that have caused the studio to reevaluate.
Obviously, we shouldn’t read anything into this situation, though. As I just showed, release dates can change at a moment’s notice…usually right after I write about them.
Another Eternals Update
Friends, if you don’t want to get spoiled on Eternals, you should keep your pop-culture internet browsing to a minimum.
I have no idea how this happened, but spoilers border on impossible to miss. We’re still 12 days from release, yet a lot of people have written in detail.
To our colleagues & friends in the press & fan community who will be watching #Eternals in the days ahead, please help preserve the experience of this incredible film. Please do not post spoilers and reveals that so many have worked so hard to protect pic.twitter.com/97elpmQVDY
— Asad Ayaz (@asadayaz) October 19, 2021
Eternals recently performed a batch of critics’ screenings that went predictably well. I guess some of those people couldn’t keep a secret.
Anyway, be careful. Also, be aware that future Eternals media events might not be in person.
The Eternal City welcomes the Eternals 🇮🇹✨
Check out the stars of Marvel Studios’ #Eternals at the Rome International Film Festival in Italy. Experience the film only in theaters November 5. Get Tickets Now: https://t.co/RilTsyZ1Ih pic.twitter.com/47cfUtYpul
— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) October 24, 2021
Yes, we’re back to the Zoom era again, as the crew suffered COVID exposure. So, Marvel has shut down most of the press tour for now.
Here’s the official quote from Disney:
Earlier today we were made aware of a possible exposure to COVID-19, and while all of our talent have tested negative, out of an abundance of caution, we are pivoting to virtual appearances rather than in-person events.
Given the film’s tracking, the cast really has no need to indulge in such risks anyway.
Most analysts believe Eternals will approach and probably surpass a $100 million opening weekend.
Also, Marvel can promote the movie in other ways. To wit, here’s an introduction to the characters of Eternals recently published on YouTube:
In other Eternals news, you may hear that Salma Hayek and Chloe Zhao fought during the production.
That’s a half-truth. During an interview with Elle Magazine, Hayek revealed that she had something of a screaming fight with her director.
Immediately after the conversation ended, Hayek entered the next room and said, “Wow, I’m in love with her brain.” If only all fights ended so positively.
About Daredevil’s Return…
I’ve got several unconnected stories to share. For starters, Charlie Cox recently appeared on XM Radio.
During the interview, Cox expressed fears about a fourth season of Daredevil, which would technically be a first-season reboot in the MCU.
The actor noted that the third and final season on Netflix claims the best reviews, which makes me kick myself a little for only watching the first two.
Anyway, Cox fears that if he works again as Daredevil, fans will set expectations too high, leading to disappointment and possibly resentment.
This whole conversation feels a bit tongue-in-cheek, as it’s an open secret by now that Cox WILL return to the role of Daredevil one day soon.
The Hot Rumors
AtlantaFilming is a Twitter feed with 40,000 followers, which speaks to the respect people have for it.
Well, this person just tracked and at least somewhat authenticated a rumor for Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
Some have suggested that Ghost Rider will appear! Here’s the tweet AtlantaFilming makes after a bit of investigation:
Ok. I found what I think is the source for the DS2 leak, so I will share since it is on the innertubes. The "leak" is Ghost Rider gets freed from some spiritual prison during all the kerfufflen.
— Atlanta Filming (@AtlantaFilming) October 18, 2021
Read into that what you will. Nobody’s expecting Nic Cage back in the role.
For that matter, Marvel killed the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spinoff with Gabriel Luna. So, this would already be a third person playing Ghost Rider in the 2000s.
I would imagine this one will act a bit unhinged, what with being trapped for what felt like an eternity and all.
In what looks like reasonable speculative rumormongering, Loki will apparently appear in Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, too.
On the other end of the rumor spectrum, we’ve got something that sounds like utter nonsense.
Some people believe that Bill Murray will appear in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.
Anything is possible as Murray notoriously marches to the beat of his own drum. Still, this one sets off my BS detector pretty hard. It sounds like clickbait.
Finally, this tweet suggests that Justin Hammer will make his not-at-all triumphant return in Armor Wars. How great is Sam Rockwell?
— Christopher Marc (@_ChristopherM) October 21, 2021
Speaking of tweets, it’s weird when two reliable sources directly contradict, right?
Well, here’s Chris Pratt stating he’s on the set of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
A special message from @prattprattpratt and his sick-ass mutton chops. Listen to him dissect his #ParksandRec character, Andy Dwyer, on this week's episode of "Parks and Recollection" with @RobLowe and @AlanYang: https://t.co/0ps1aJFd26 pic.twitter.com/wFH7PsxQrD
— Team Coco (@TeamCoco) October 19, 2021
Strangely, here’s director James Gunn stating that filming hasn’t started yet.
Despite stories to the contrary, we haven't started shooting #GotGVol3 yet (but we are pretty close).
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) October 19, 2021
Did somebody forget to tell Gunn that his star is ready to film?