For all MCU fans, there was a bit of a downer this week. As Disney surprisingly announced, a number of long-awaited Marvel movies have been postponed, in some cases quite significantly. A proper reason was not given, however, we do have knowledge of creative troubles with respect to one of the postponed movies. This concerns "Blade" starring Mahershala Ali, who is to embody the iconic character from the comic universe. Shooting was supposed to start next month, however, Bassam Tariq decided to quit his position as director in late September and take on the role of the executive producer instead. Given this news, it was only a matter of time before the release date was officially pushed back, which has now actually been done.
What many were not quite aware of, though, is that this also messes up the entire film schedule of the MCU, and as a result, not only "Blade", but also several other films are affected by the postponement. "Blade" is now due for release on September 6, 2024, causing "Deadpool 3" to be pushed back by two months to November 8, 2024. We must also wait longer for the Fantastic Four adventure, which won't be released until February 14, 2025. The last two movies affected include an as-yet-unknown Marvel movie that will be released on November 7, 2025, and "Avengers: Secret Wars", which is now slated for a May 1, 2026 release date.
Especially for "Avengers" fans, the postponement is anything but positive, since both sequels were originally intended to be released within a short time of each other in 2025. Obviously, this is no longer going to happen, as there is now a year between the two releases. A bitter disappointment for many MCU fans - with such a finicky scheduling of movies, even small changes have a big impact. But at least we won't have to spend a lot of time waiting for the next MCU film. After all, the theatrical release of the last Phase 4 film, "Black Panther 2: Wakanda Forever", is already approaching on November 11.