Kevin Feige Speaks Out on Marvel Movie Delay Chaos

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Marvel President Kevin Feige has broken his silence regarding yesterday’s major announcement that numerous upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe movies will be delayed from their originally scheduled release dates.

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It was confirmed that numerous highly anticipated films, like Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange In the Multiverse of Madness will be pushed back.

The announcement also included projects from Disney-owned 20th Century Studios and Lucasfilm, Ltd., including Harrison Ford’s Indiana Jones 5.

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The full list of Marvel Studios films impacted can be found below, via Variety:

  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (Disney) previously dated on 3/25/22 moves to 5/6/22.
  • Thor: Love and Thunder (Disney) previously dated on 5/6/22 moves to 7/8/22.
  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (Disney) previously dated on 7/8/22 moves to 11/11/22.
  • The Marvels (Disney) previously dated on 11/11/22 moves to 2/17/23.
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (Disney) previously dated on 2/17/23 moves to 7/28/23.
  • UNTITLED MARVEL (Disney) previously dated on 7/28/23 is removed from schedule.
  • UNTITLED MARVEL (Disney) previously dated on 10/6/23 is removed from schedule.
  • UNTITLED MARVEL (Disney) previously dated on 11/10/23 moves to 11/3/23.
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While the delay announcement felt like mass chaos to many Marvel fans, Feige has spoken out to share his thoughts about the situation, and he doesn’t seem remotely alarmed, which should be reassuring to fans:

“It’s production shifts and changes, and because we have so many slots, we can just shift slots. So all of the Marvel movie slots are the same, we are just shifting which movies are coming out.”

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The news of the delays was especially unexpected after the MCU was effectively shut down during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. With all of 2021’s releases on schedule — The Eternals in November and Spider-Man: No Way Home in December have not been not impacted by the delays — fans were just beginning to feel like things were back to normal in Feige and Co.’s Marvel Universe.

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Nonetheless, it sounds like we are on track to see all of our favorite Marvel characters return to the big screen soon — if not exactly on time.

For now, catch numerous Avengers franchise stars in the MCU’s first animated series, What If..?, now streaming in full on Disney+.

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Among the Marvel Cinematic Universe actors who lent their voice talents are are Tom Hiddleston (Loki)Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury)Chris Hemsworth (Thor)Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner/the Hulk)Josh Brolin (Thanos)Hayley Atwell (Peggy Carter)Paul Rudd (Scott Lang/Ant-Man)Natalie Portman (Jane Foster), Michael Douglas (Dr. Hank Pym), Michael B. Jordan (Erik “Killmonger” Stevens)Jeremy Renner (Clint Barton/Hawkeye)Sebastian Stan (Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier)Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Stephen Strange), and late actor Chadwick Boseman (T’Challa/Black Panther).

Are you reassured by Kevin Feige’s comments?

You can stream Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow and the four series in Marvel’s Phase 4 so far — Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany’s WandaVision, Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan’s The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Tom Hiddleston’s Loki, and Marvel’s What If…?— on Disney+ anytime.

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