Disney has revised its film schedule, delaying the release of “Blade”, “Deadpool 3”, “Fantastic Four” and other major Marvel properties.
As part of the shuffle, “Blade” went from November 3, 2023 to September 6, 2024, which created a ripple on the rest of the MCU. “Deadpool 3” moved from September 6, 2024 to November 8, 2024; “Fantastic Four” has been moved from November 8, 2024 to February 14, 2025; an untitled Marvel movie was moved from February 14, 2025 to November 7, 2025; “Avengers: Secret Wars” was postponed from November 7, 2025 to May 1, 2026; and another untitled Marvel movie set for May 1, 2026 has been removed from the Disney calendar.
In non-comic news, Searchlight’s historical drama “Chevalier,” starring Kelvin Harrison Jr. as musician Chevalier de Saint-Georges, will hit theaters on April 7, 2023; The Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes is set for May 24, 2024; and “A Haunting in Venice” is dated September 15, 2023.
In the case of “Blade”, the postponement of a year is not surprising given the recent news that Bassam Tariq has left the project, leaving the film without a director. Marvel has suspended production – starring Mahershala Ali as the title Vampire Slayer – as the studio tries to hire a new director.
Given the interconnected storylines in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the substantial delay for “Blade” has reverberated on the rest of the films in development. The next Marvel movie to hit the big screen will be November’s “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”, which marks the end of Phase Four of the MCU.
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige announced in July at San Diego Comic-Con that “Fantastic Four” will kick off Phase Six, making “Blade” and “Deadpool 3” the final two films to complete Phase Five.