Not everything in the MCU is good news. The release dates of several major upcoming movies have been pushed back, meaning we now won’t be seeing Avengers: Secret Wars and the end of Phase 6 until 2026. It all started with the Blade release date getting pushed, but where there are delays, there are also big opportunities.
Let’s take a step back and explore why these Marvel release date changes may actually be a good thing for the MCU, and why they could help the Multiverse Saga really stick the landing!
There’s been a lot of release date shuffling in the MCU recently, with the Blade movie being the first of many Marvel movie dominoes to fall. That upcoming vampire reboot is reportedly experiencing some trouble behind the scenes. Star Mahershala Ali is said to be unhappy with the short, action-light script, and director Bassam Tariq recently dropped out of the film. Blade has now been pushed back into 2024, causing a chain reaction of delays that means Fantastic Four won’t begin Phase 6 until February 2025, and Avengers: Secret Wars won’t cap off the Multiverse Saga until May 2026.
But the most interesting thing about these Phase 6 delays is what wasn’t affected. Even though Fantastic Four and Avengers: Secret Wars have both been pushed back, Avengers: The Kang Dynasty is still slated for release in May 2025. That means there will now be a full year separating The Kang Dynasty and Secret Wars.
This may simply be a sign that things are progressing more quickly on the fifth Avengers movie than they are on these other projects. The Kang Dynasty already has its director and writer and hasn’t dealt with the same setbacks as Fantastic Four or Blade. But there could be more to the decision to double the gap between the next two Avengers movies.
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