by Matt Marshall
It appears that “Phase Three” of the highly anticipated Marvel Cinematic Universe is getting a four-month head start in 2015 now that Marvel has just announced that their 12th feature film, Ant-Man has been moved up from its November 6 release date to July 31. But is it a smart move on the studio’s part?
While the final week of July has generated $100 million hits in the past (Cowboys & Aliens, The Smurfs, The Wolverine), 2015 is an entirely different beast. With studios scheduling sequels left and right in summer 2015, July is already heavily loaded with tentpole releases. Just to name a few, Independence Day 2, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and an Untitled Illumination Entertainment 3D film already have July dates penciled in.
Where does that leave Edgar Wright’s superhero flick? With too much competition ahead of it and it’s currently unknown what films will be slated for August 2015. If studios continue to pile major releases in the weeks after Ant-Man, “Phase Three” could open much quieter than previous Marvel films.
Ant-Man isn’t exactly a massive $400 million draw like Iron Man 3, but opening the first week of November gives the superhero film some breathing room. Granted, November has its fair share of anticipated sequels including Bond 24 and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 later that month, however the fall season is currently less congested than being stuck in the heart of summer.
Thor: The Dark World is a similar position to Ant-Man, scheduled for release on November 8. Right now, it’s difficult to predict how well the Asgard sequel will do in a November frame since no Marvel film in the MCU has been released outside of summer. But if it does surpass its 2011 predecessor at the box office, there’s no reason not to release Ant-Man in November 2015.
The other wild card here is that The Avengers: Age of Ultron is scheduled for a May 2015 release. And yes, right now little is known about the superhero sequel still two years out, but if Ant-Man is crucial to the plot, it makes perfect sense to keep this new addition to the MCU canon fresh in audience’s minds.
Will Ant-Man succeed with its new July date or should Marvel have waited the extra months to start “Phase Three?” Sound off down below.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Matt Marshall is a YouTube movie reviewer who hosts MNMreviews. He has a B.A. in Communications/Journalism from St. John Fisher College and resides in Rochester, NY.