If there is one thing that Marvel Cinematic Universe does well, it is planning. The huge franchise is well into its third phase right now, and Marvel Studios has features slated to release through 2019. In a few weeks, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will make is debut, and other release dates line the MCU up through May 2019. However, Marvel Studios has been holding onto three premiere dates for untitled projects for some time. And, today, news broke that one of them had been delayed.
Over on Twitter, Exhibitor Relations pushed for the rumormill to begin after one untitled Marvel film had its release date pushed from July 10, 2020 to August 7, 2020. The one-month delay is a not a long one, but it does let fans know Marvel Studios will be aiming for the film to have a late-summer, early-fall premiere.
For now, it is hard to tell which film could take the spot’s place. There is always a chance that Marvel Studios may seek out an original series to debut in August 2020. After all, that date follows after Avengers 4, and Kevin Feige has stressed that the MCU will go in a very different direction after the ensemble flick.
Of course, there is also a definite chance that the release date is being set aside for a sequel. 2019 will see Captain Marvel, Spider-Man: Homecoming 2, and Avengers 4 hit theaters. It may be that Marvel Studios wants to bring out Doctor Strange 2 or even Guardians of the Galaxy 3 at this time. The former franchise had its first film premiere last fall, so a August 2020 sequel release would give the film fours years to get done. That timeframe seems a bit long for Marvel Studios, so others have speculated the date will be reserved for the next Guardians of the Galaxy film.
Let the rumormill begin: UNTITLED MARVEL drops 8/7/20 instead of 7/10/20.— Exhibitor Relations (@ERCboxoffice) April 25, 2017
Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is written and directed by James Gunn (Slither). The film marks the return of the original Guardians, including Chris Pratt (Jurassic World) as Peter Quill/Star-Lord; Zoe Saldana (Star Trek Into Darkness) as Gamora; Dave Bautista (Spectre) as Drax; Vin Diesel (Furious 7) as the voice of Groot; Bradley Cooper (American Sniper) as the voice of Rocket; Michael Rooker (Jumper) as Yondu; Karen Gillan (The Big Short) as Nebula; and Sean Gunn (Gilmore Girls) as Kraglin. New cast members include Pom Klementieff (Oldboy), Elizabeth Debicki (The Great Gatsby, Everest), Chris Sullivan (The Knick, The Drop) and Kurt Russell (The Hateful Eight, The Thing).
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is scheduled to hit theaters on May 5, 2017.