SPIDER-MAN 3's Release Reportedly Unlikely To Be Delayed As A Result Of COVID-19

SPIDER-MAN 3's Release Reportedly Unlikely To Be Delayed As A Result Of COVID-19

According to a new rumour that's doing the rounds today, the untitled Spider-Man 3 remains on track to swing into theaters next July despite the delays which are being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic...

By JoshWilding - Apr 14, 2020 02:04 AM EST
Filed Under: No Way Home
Source: Heroic Hollywood

As of right now, Spider-Man 3 is supposed to be released on July 16th, 2021. It's a key release window which saw both Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home swing to the top of the box office, so it probably won't surprise you to learn that Sony Pictures is anxious to keep that date.

According to a new rumour that's doing the rounds (so, take this with a pinch of salt!), the highly anticipated threequel remains on track to arrive in theaters next July as planned. 

Production is supposed to begin this July, so this likely hinges on the world being a very different place by the summer. That's certainly possible, of course, and even a delay of a month or two means Sony can probably get the untitled movie in theaters as planned next summer. Well, hopefully!

Nothing is really known about the movie aside from the fact that Tom Holland and Zendaya will return as Peter Parker and MJ, while Jon Watts is going to be back in the director's chair.

The prevailing theory is that Kraven the Hunter will be tracking Spider-Man down after Mysterio framed the web-slinger for his murder, while there's also speculation that Daredevil or She-Hulk might turn up to try and help clear Peter's name, seeing as their respective alter-egos are lawyers. 

We'll keep you guys updated as we learn more. 

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10. Sin


Baron Zemo is set to be the lead villain in The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, but it would be no bad thing for him to get some company. There are rumours about the Thunderbolts showing up, of course, while John Walker will almost certainly lose his mind as the new "Captain America" at some point.

Sin would make for a great secondary villain, though, as she could be re-imagined as the Red Skull's grandaughter and possibly even someone who had history with Crossbones. 

Who knows, perhaps what Johann Schmidt did to himself all those years ago was passed down through his bloodline, and Sin could boast a similarly deformed appearance. That would certainly help ensure that she stands out from the crowd, while giving the MCU a formidable and memorable new villain.

9. Green Goblin


Norman Osborn played a key role in both Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy and The Amazing Spdier-Man movies, so Marvel Studios might be understandably reluctant to bring him back. 

However, there's still a lot that could be done with the character on the big screen, especially if those rumours about him one day leading the Dark Avengers are correct. More importantly, we just want a comic accurate version of the Green Goblin to grace the silver screen, as you just know that Marvel Studios would redesign him in an exciting and visually impressive way. 

Yes, there are other villains Spider-Man 3 could make good use of, but Norman taking on a supporting role and the Green Goblin being used as some sort of shadowy figure would be no bad thing, especially if we learn that he's been pulling the strings from the very start. 

8. Mephisto


With Marvel Studios seemingly embracing the supernatural as we head into Phase 4 and beyond, the big screen debut of Mephisto is definitely overdue at this point. Looking at the movies and TV shows on the way, there are any number of MCU adventures he could make his debut in, including Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Loki, and Thor: Love and Thunder.

A sadistic and dangerous villain, Mephisto is a powerful demon who resides in a Hell-like dimension where he often manipulates what's happening elsewhere for his own gain. He also steals souls, and in the comics, is responsible for Peter Parker and Mary Jane's marriage coming to an end.

We're not necessarily saying we want to see that, of course, but it gives you an idea of just how powerful he is! With the right actor, Mephisto is a bad guy who could steal the show across any number of franchises, and he even has the potential to be this shared world's new big bad one day. 

7. Apocalypse


We don't know when the X-Men will return to the big screen, but there already signs that Marvel Studios is making good use of the new characters and locations they acquired from Fox (Madripoor in The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, for example). 

With that in mind, Phase 4 could definitely lay the groundwork for En Sabah Nur's arrival, and while it wasn't that long ago we saw him in X-Men: Apocalypse, a Thanos-style CGI take on him would eliminate any concerns about fans being reminded of the cringe-worthy version from 2016.

Both Eternals and Moon Knight will presumably take a deep dive into the MCU's history, so even just a mention of this ancient mutant could set the stage for a lot of very exciting stories. 

6. M.O.D.O.K.


M.O.D.O.K. was a normal A.I.M. scientist before undergoing a procedure which transformed him into, well, the hideous villain you see above! With such a bizarre appearance, he could be used comedically or as a horribly deformed threat, but M.O.D.O.K. has a lot of potential either way. 

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier teaser seemingly included the return of A.I.M., so it's possible the stage is already being set for this villain's big or small screen debut. 

However, with rumours swirling that we'll see him in Ant-Man 3, chances are he will be comic relief (to some extent) and another character with the potential to make an impact across multiple franchises. We just have to hope that director Peyton Reed does a better job with M.O.D.O.K. than he did Yellowjacket and Ghost, two mostly underwhelming foes for Scott Lang in the MCU.

5. Trickshot


There have been rumblings that plans are in place for Hawkeye to introduce Trickshot, and it honestly makes perfect sense. After all, we've never really had the opportunity to delve into what makes Clint Barton tick outside of the love he has for his family, and exploring his past here is a must.

Barney Barton is Clint's older brother, and after serving in the Army and FBI, he fell into the hands of Baron Zemo after being badly injured in battle. After he was manipulated into going after Hawkeye, their relationship was never the same, and he's been a thorn in Clint's side ever since. 

We already know that Hawkeye will be about exploring the ramifications of the Avenger's time as Ronin and a passing of the torch to Kate Bishop, and Trickshot might be the perfect catalyst for that.

4. Galactus


It's no secret that Kevin Feige is a big fan of Galactus (he even offered Fox the chance to keep Daredevil in exchange for him and the Silver Surfer once upon a time), so it's now inevitable that the planet eating baddie will make his presence felt at some point in Phase 4. 

We're not expecting him to be a lead villain quite yet, but the seeds could very easily be planted over the next few years thanks to after-credits scenes and other references to his existence. 

The Silver Surfer could show up before then, of course, but if anyone should deal with Galactus, it's the Fantastic Four. Their arrival in the MCU can't be too far off, but there are still ways the villain can make his presence felt in this shared world, If you thought Thanos was bad, it's fair to say that when Galactus arrives, he'll make the Mad Titan look like no sort of threat at all. 

3. Kraven The Hunter 


When it comes to Spider-Man 3's lead villain, it's hard to think of anyone better than Kraven the Hunter. Following the events of Spider-Man: Far From Home, the web-slinger is a wanted murderer, so why wouldn't someone like Kraven step up to track him down and make a name for himself? 

Marvel Studios could even make it so that he's been hired by J. Jonah Jameson, and if J.K. Simmons does play a larger role in proceedings, then perhaps TheDailyBugle.net's Editor-in-Chief could also pay for Mac Gargan to undergo that transformation into the Scorpion? 

Either way, Kraven the Hunter is a character with unlimited potential, and definitely a fitting choice for Spidey's next foe (especially if Kevin Feige wants to continue bringing in new villains who haven't graced the silver screen before now). It would also be fun seeing how they reimagine him!

2. Fin Fang Foom


Originally introduced in the pages of Strange Tales, this massive alien dragon hails from the planet Kakaranathara, and has frequently clashed with Iron Man over the years. Now, rumour has it that we'll see him in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, something which makes perfect sense.

In the comics, Fin Fang Foom arrives on Earth in the same ship that contains the Ten Rings which ultimately fall into The Mandarin's hands, so he's bound to factor into this movie somehow.

We're not sure how Shang-Chi would go about fighting a massive dragon like this, but Marvel Studios now has the perfect opportunity to bring him to the big screen, and would be crazy to miss it.

1. Dario Agger


We may have heard rumblings about Christian Bale playing an "intergalactic villain" in Thor: Love and Thunder, but Dario Agger is arguably a much better choice of villain for the former Batman. 

The CEO of the Roxxon Energy Corporation, he runs afoul of Thor and Jane Foster after attempting to mine the Nine Realms for fossil fuels and even aligns himself with Malekith the Accursed (someone we're betting we won't see here based on what happened in Thor: The Dark World). 

Bale playing this slimy businessman would be awesome, but even more exciting would be watching him transform into a Minotaur. You just know Taika Waititi would have fun with that...

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JDL - 4/14/2020, 2:28 AM
In order to make that date things would have to go without a hitch. Obviously everybody would have to be back to work but beyond that nobody key has to be replaced and nobody refuses to work and even then I think it's iffy.
Kumkani - 4/14/2020, 2:30 AM
Headline is written weird
KWilly - 4/14/2020, 4:00 AM
@Necropolitan - Yeah, I thought I was dyslexic for a moment.
tmp3 - 4/14/2020, 2:34 AM
Wouldn't Uncharted have to resume principle photography first? They shut that film down on day one, so wouldn't Holland be contractually obligated to finish filming it before he does this? Since that filming was delayed, it'd have a knock-on effect on delaying the filming for this too, surely.
mastakilla39 - 4/14/2020, 4:39 AM
@tmp3 - Not impossible. Keanu Reeves is doing John Wick 3 & Matrix 4 same time. Both films have the same may 21 2021 release date too.
LongMayHeReign - 4/14/2020, 6:22 AM
@tmp3 - I'm pretty sure Sony would postpone Uncharted to get Spider-man out sooner, even they are smart enough to know Spidey is guaranteed bank far more than Uncharted.
eagc1995 - 4/14/2020, 7:47 AM
@tmp3 - Uncharted got delayed to Late 2021, so that means Spider-Man 3 would now be the priority given that would be coming first
tmp3 - 4/14/2020, 8:06 AM
@LongMayHeReign - I want Uncharted to never come out, but I think contractual obligations would mean it'd have to shoot when lockdown is over; since day one of filming was when everything got locked down
LongMayHeReign - 4/14/2020, 8:29 AM
@tmp3 - Pretty sure Sony will look to renegotiate these contracts to prioritize Spider-man.
bkmeijer2 - 4/14/2020, 2:44 AM
I don't care if this movie is delayed, as long at it is has Kraven, Scorpion and Matt Murdock
L0RDbuckethead - 4/14/2020, 2:55 AM
I'm thinking it will definitely get delayed.

WeaponXCII - 4/14/2020, 5:17 AM
I do have my doubts, but I hope it isn’t....
OmegaDaGrodd - 4/14/2020, 5:21 AM
Feralwookiee - 4/14/2020, 5:28 AM
Spider Man Covid-19: Can't Leave Home.
NinnesMBC - 4/14/2020, 12:13 PM
Hopefully everything goes well and they meet that shooting date. I read earlier a tweet saying that cinema companies could be considering to re-open around late July as well.
Scarilian - 4/14/2020, 4:50 PM
@NinnesMBC - US is not going to peak till the earliest of late July, no chance that cinema's reopen in July.

Doing so is basically asking for a second wave. The reality is that studios are lying about when the films will be out because it would scare investors if they told them "we may not be able to release this in cinema at all because cinema chains may no longer exist"
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