When Joss Whedon announced that the Avengers 2 would be called Avengers: Age Of Ultron at the end of the Marvel Studios panel at Comic-Con, all the attention was on the fact that Ultron would be the villain instead of Thanos.
However, the official logo for Avengers: Age Of Ultron also revealed another interesting surprise. The Avengers: Age Of Ultron logo graphic promotes that the film will be released in the summer of 2015. Of course, it’s no surprise that Avengers: Age Of Ultron will be released in summer of 2015, because Marvel Studios had previously announced an exact release date of May 1, 2015.
Now, what is confusing is why Marvel Studios chose to put summer of 2015 on the logo art rather than May 1, 2015. Marvel Studios released new logo art for both Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians Of The Galaxy at the same time, and logo art for both of those films included the exact release date.
Could it be that Disney might be considering moving the release date of Avengers: Age Of Ultron? Why would they do that when Marvel Studios has had such success in early May? Well, another Disney announcement made this past weekend might just have given us our answer. At the Star Wars Celebration Europe, it was announced that the next Star Wars Celebration would take place in Anaheim, California from April 16-19, 2015. According to a note on StarWars.com, these dates were chosen for the next Star Wars Celebration, so it could be "timed with the release of Star Wars Episode VII." This announcement would seen to indicate that Star Wars Episode VII is going to be released in late April or early May.
All that Disney had previously revealed about the Star Wars Episode VII release date was that it would be released sometime in the summer of 2015. Disney likely wouldn't release Star Wars Episode VII in late April with Avengers: Age Of Ultron looming for a May 1 release date, because there are only so many theaters to go around.
Both Avengers: Age Of Ultron and Star Wars Episode VII are poised to be blockbuster movies that will likely dominated theater screens for weeks after their release, which means Disney probably doesn’t want to release both of them in May either. Could it be that Disney made the logo art for Avengers: Age Of Ultron with a general summer release date, because they are contemplating whether they might move Star Wars Episode VII into that release date?
Star Wars movies have traditionally been released in May, and Disney has a lot riding on getting their new Star Wars movies off to a successful start. Disney might figure that Avengers: Age Of Ultron is going to do well whenever they release it. The lack of a specific date on the Avengers: Age Of Ultron logo art as well as this weekend's announcement suggesting a possible early summer release for Star Wars Episode VII certainly suggests that Disney might be just using Avengers: Age Of Ultron as a placeholder and be planning to give that release date to Star Wars Episode VII, assuming J.J. Abrams has the film completed and ready to go on time.