Disney has made changes in the schedule of its next Marvel releases. “Blade”, “Deadpool 3”, “Fantastic Four,” and various other Marvel movies would be released at a later date.
According to the schedule, Blade is delayed by almost a year, shifting from November 3, 2023, to September 6, 2024. “Deadpool 3” has shifted from Sept. 6, 2024, to Nov. 8, 2024; “Fantastic Four” will now be released on Feb. 14, 2025, from its earlier schedule of November 8, 2024. A yet-untitled Marvel movie has also been shifted from Feb. 14, 2025, to Nov. 7, 2025; “Avengers: Secret Wars” moved from Nov. 7, 2025, to May 1, 2026; and another unnamed movie from the comic verse scheduled for May 1, 2026, will no longer have dates among Disney’s releases.
In news involving non-comic books based films, “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” is scheduled for May 24, 2024; “A Haunting in Venice” is scheduled for September 15, 2023; and Searchlight’s historical drama “Chevalier,” starring Kelvin Harrison Jr. as the musician Chevalier de Saint-Georges, will premiere in theatres on April 7, 2023.
Blade’s yearlong delay is not surprising, given the news about Bassam Tariq’s, the film’s director, exit. The movie’s director is not yet decided; hence, Marvel has put the production on hold, starring Mahershala Ali as the title vampire slayer, and is now looking for a new filmmaker.
As many independent stories of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) are interconnected, the shuffle in Blade’s schedule affected other movies as well. The conclusion of the MCU’s Phase Four will be marked by the release of “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” in November.
The final two movies to complete Phase Five were “Blade” and “Deadpool 3,” according to Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, who made the announcement in July at San Diego Comic-Con. “Fantastic Four” will now begin Phase Six.