Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige Shares Reason For Those Latest Phase 4 Release Date Delays

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige Shares Reason For Those Latest Phase 4 Release Date Delays Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige Shares Reason For Those Latest Phase 4 Release Date Delays

Talking on the red carpet of Eternals, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige shared some insight into the reason for the next two years of movies being delayed. Find out what he had to say right here...

By JoshWilding - Oct 19, 2021 07:10 AM EST
Filed Under: Marvel Studios

Yesterday, we were all crushed to learn that Marvel Studios' Phase 4 slate had been hit by a fresh wave of delays. While we're getting three movies next year, The Marvels has slipped into 2023 and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is now coming five months after Spider-Man: No Way Home instead of three (it's also avoided clashing with The Batman). 

Talking during the world premiere of Eternals yesterday, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige explained why we'll be waiting a little bit longer for these highly anticipated movies. 

"It's production shifts and changes, and because we have so many slots, we can just shift slots," the executive explains in the video below. "So all of the Marvel movie slots are the same, we are just shifting which movies are coming out. Strange has moved six weeks, so instead of being three months between Marvel movies, there will be five months. And I think we can all handle that."

While it's true that it is only six weeks, it was inevitable that fans would be disappointed by these changes. Unfortunately, COVID is still slowing things down, and with all those Disney+ TV shows in various stages of production, it's no bad thing that Marvel Studios is taking its time with these movies.

It's worth noting these delays also give the box office the chance to fully bounce back by next summer.

Check out the full interview with Feige below:

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Havenless - 10/19/2021, 7:34 AM
He didn’t actually give any reason..z
Kingdork - 10/19/2021, 7:40 AM
@Havenless - I think I've read there were big reshoots on Doctor Strange 2 so they might need more time. Also production under covid are slower than usual so that might explain it as well.
Spidey91 - 10/19/2021, 7:47 AM
@Kingdork - I read it was to allow the productions to work under less pressure, giving more time to the creators, something like that.
regularmovieguy - 10/19/2021, 7:54 AM

Spidey91 - 10/19/2021, 7:55 AM
@regularmovieguy - reshoots are a given anyway, what movie doesn't reshoot things nowadays?
regularmovieguy - 10/19/2021, 8:09 AM

I never said other movies didn't have reshoots?
TheWalkingCuban - 10/19/2021, 8:19 AM
@regularmovieguy - technically you just did
regularmovieguy - 10/19/2021, 8:26 AM

generictheeric - 10/19/2021, 8:39 AM
@Havenless - Better title would've been

"Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige Addresses Those Latest Phase 4 Release Date Delays"
Deonox - 10/19/2021, 9:55 AM
@Havenless - From what I understand is that this might be a reflection of the iatse deal. With laborers getting more rest time (which they rightly deserve), aggressive production schedules need to be stretched out. Meaning the movies won't be ready in time they were normally planned for. It sucks that we have to wait a little longer, but i'm happy for all those amazing people who work hard to give us these films not be exploited.
JDL - 10/19/2021, 11:19 AM
@Deonox - I agree. I suspect that the IATSE deal and also that the prospects that Covid protocols aren't going to be going away quite as fast originally projected are the main culprits.
grif - 10/19/2021, 2:16 PM
@Havenless -


Amuro - 10/19/2021, 7:40 AM
So the reason actually wasn't because they were afraid of The Batman after the trailer's reveal has been met with strong acclaim and they feared that Doctor Strange wouldn't have stand a chance against it then ? lol

Well, at least, people have been joking about it for a few days. And it was a good joke in context.
Amuro - 10/19/2021, 7:45 AM
@Amuro -

DC Fandome :

Warner : "This trailer isn't just a call. It's a warning."

The day after :

Marvel : "We're delaying Doctor Strange for a few months and modifying our whole planning of future releases, effective immediately."

CorndogBurglar - 10/19/2021, 8:21 AM
@Amuro - Not fanboying here by any means, but, who would ever want to go up against a new Batman movie? He's arguably the 2nd most popular comic book character in the entire world.
DalekCraigWasson - 10/19/2021, 8:26 AM
@DoubleD - WB has said they are only doing day and date for 2021 films. The Batman will be theatrically only.
Amuro - 10/19/2021, 8:26 AM
@CorndogBurglar -

He might be the first, actually. He's more popular than Superman or Spider-man.
DoubleD - 10/19/2021, 8:31 AM
@Amuro - If WB/DC was smart they would move The Batman to Primetime Summer months with kids out school. AND No Pandemic issues.

If WB/DC were smart they wouldn't same day release The Batman on HBO-Max. Unfortunately WB/DC isn't smart and will do either.
Manmarvel - 10/19/2021, 8:41 AM
@CorndogBurglar - second to Robin?
CorndogBurglar - 10/19/2021, 9:27 AM
@Amuro - Thats why I said "arguably". Lol. Its hard to tell exactly who is more popular worldwide, Superman, Batman, or Spider-Man. They all easily as well known as each other.
CorndogBurglar - 10/19/2021, 9:28 AM
@Manmarvel - No man. Second to Dog Welder. Duh.
CorndogBurglar - 10/19/2021, 10:13 AM
@Waddles - Yeah, you may be right. Marvel is a powerhouse. But BvS was certainly not the Batman movie a lot of people wanted either.
LongMayHeReign - 10/19/2021, 10:15 AM
@CorndogBurglar - "who would ever want to go up against a new Batman movie? He's arguably the 2nd most popular comic book character in the entire world."

I mean we are talking about the same studio that was willing to open Civil War the exact same weekend as the first film with Batman and Superman (at the time #1 and #2 in popularity) on screen together until BvS moved up a month.

I think Marvel is confident enough in their established brand that they don't fear any other franchise, but in this situation moved to make sure their films would be finished.
bigdannymac - 10/19/2021, 10:18 AM
@DoubleD - You realize every poster says ONLY IN THEATERS right? The same day release stuff doesn't continue in 2022. But good try.
GhostDog - 10/19/2021, 7:45 AM
People made whole ass YouTube videos trying to dissect this, right when this was announced and it really ain’t that deep.
TheWalkingCuban - 10/19/2021, 7:46 AM
I don’t even mark movie dates down anymore man, I look at this stuff and I’m like
GhostDog - 10/19/2021, 7:52 AM
@TheWalkingCuban - LOL!!

There’s so many of these nowadays that marking the dates just doesn’t matter anymore. They’re dropping 3 a year as well as a handful of tv shows too
TheWalkingCuban - 10/19/2021, 7:58 AM
@BlackBeltJones - what more to I need to know than that, my obsession with this stuff is bad enough as it is, I don’t need to plan a rotation with my coworkers on top of it “and a merry Multiverse of Madness to you!”
Spidey91 - 10/19/2021, 7:50 AM
LMAO @ the people thinking a single trailer for The Batman managed to move like 6 movies. these delays don't happen overnight, this sh*t gets discussed for weeks if not months before they happen. at most the timing seems unfortunate but hey, business decisions, and if a company knows a thing or two about decisions is Marvel.
Amuro - 10/19/2021, 7:52 AM
@Spidey91 -

It's a popular joke but I don't think that anyone seriously believes in it. But the timing is surely hilarious.
TheWalkingCuban - 10/19/2021, 7:55 AM
@Spidey91 - I get ya… but you don’t have to laugh at them
CorndogBurglar - 10/19/2021, 8:25 AM
@Amuro - It does make me wonder what the narrative would be if DC moved The Batman to a different date. Surely there would be tons of people claiming DC was scurred of Dr Strange.
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