The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has a very full schedule over the course of the next five years, and it’s going to continue long after that. As Phase 3 has its schedule in place and is set to end with Avengers: Infinity War Part 2, Phase 4 is going to begin and have a very different look. Well, one movie is now up in the air as Inhumans has been pulled from its scheduled release in 2019, and it appears to be in limbo.
It’s not like Marvel is just going to take off the movie schedule just because. There is actually a pretty good reason for it being pulled, and it’s due to the Inhumans being introduced to the world via the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series on ABC.
Originally scheduled for theatrical release on July 12, 2019, Deadline reported that Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige doesn’t think taking it off the slate will hurt things. A number of additions to the slate will continue to make Marvel’s side of the comic book movie schedule very strong.
The additions of Spider-Man: Homecoming in July of 2017 and Ant-Man and The Wasp in July of 2018 has taken some focus off of Inhumans. Them being a part of the TV series on ABC keeps them in the spotlight and will allow fans to remember them.
Feige recently spoke with Collider about the Marvel movie schedule and made note of Disney adding the fifth Indiana Jones film to the group. That movie is set to hit theaters on July 19, just one week after Inhumans was scheduled to be released, and Disney won’t want two big movies competing with one another.
“Since we made our initial phase three announcement, we added Spider-Man, which was a big joyous coup for us. We added Ant-Man and the Wasp, which was a big fun continuation of that story for us. Walt Disney Company has announced an Indiana Jones film for right around that same time. So I think it will shuffle off the current date that it’s on right now. How far down it shuffles, I’m not sure yet.”
It’s already been known that the Inhumans could be moved out of Phase 3 and end up landing sometime in Phase 4. The release date for the film still isn’t known, but there have been whispers that it would end up falling into place after the Avengers had their big battle to close things out.
May 5: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
July 7: Spider-Man: Homecoming (Marvel/Sony)
November 3: Thor: Ragnarok
March 8: Captain Marvel
May 3: Avengers: Infinity War, Part 2
As can be seen by the current schedule set in place through 2019, Marvel has a lot already on their plate and lost Inhumans for the time being, isn’t going to hurt things. Throw the Disney releases on top of all these films, and there are going to be new films opening up every other month, if not more often.
In time, Inhumans will be put back on the schedule and a release date will be known, but Marvel isn’t going to rush things. They have a lot of material to work with and a vault of characters that can be made into movies so it will come in due time.
Inhumans has been seen as Marvel and Disney’s answer to Fox owning the film rights to the X-Men franchise. Now, that movie is in a place that doesn’t really have a status as the comic book movie schedule has lost one release for 2019. There is still a good chance it will come out in Phase 4, but that all relies on what Marvel ends up wanting to do.
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