Marvel Studios and Disney announced on Thursday they were pushing up the release date for Avengers: Infinity War by one week. Instead of opening on May 4, it will now be unleashed April 27.
The reasoning behind the decision has to do with Infinity War premiering globally on April 27, which has been the typical release set up – open overseas a week before and in North American the beginning of May.
But this time around the studio is worried about spoilers leaking out before the North American audiences get a chance to see it. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel president Kevin Feige said, “the film will have big ramifications for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so much so that the title for 2019’s Avengers 4 has not yet been revealed, as the name itself would be a spoiler.” Wow. Like double wow. That kind of has me even more excited for Infinity War.
Overall, though, summer movies have been starting earlier and earlier. The summer movie season used to traditionally begin around the Memorial Day weekend, but once the huge superhero movies started coming out, the date kept getting pushed up. For the last several years, it’s been the first weekend in May that things really kick off – and it’s usually dominated by an MCU movie.
April has also been becoming a big month for some bigger tentpole movies. Last year, for example, The Fate of the Furious opened April 14, which ordinarily would be considered a summer movie. The year before that The Jungle Book opened in April. Maybe at some point, we won’t have any month that doesn’t have some big movie opening, which would sure make January and the end of August palpable.
Infinity War ensembles all of our favorite Marvel folk, including Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), as they join forces with the Guardians of the Galaxy crew to stop the evil intergalactic despot Thanos (Josh Brolin). And if we are to listen to Feige, something MAJOR will go down.
Check it out April 27!