Amidst the many shake-ups in Hollywood’s release schedule, there has been another change, this time involving the MCU’s third Spider-Man film.
Coming just hours after it was announced that Disney was delaying Mulan indefinitely and pushing the second through fourth Avatar films, as well as three Star Wars films, back a year, Sony has announced a change in release for their next Spider-Man film.
Originally scheduled for release on July 16, 2021, around the same time its two predecessors were released at, Sony push back the Spider-Man: Far from Home sequel to November 5, 2021. Now, with Avatar 2 being pushed back a year, Sony has shifted the date for the as of yet untitled Spider-Man film to December 17, 2021, the date previously held by Avatar 2. According to Variety, this release date shift is only for domestic release, so it is unknown what the international release date will be.
This is just shift to stem from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that has been affecting the world for the past several months. Most theaters around the world continue to be closed due to the ongoing pandemic in order to keep public health risks down. As a result, almost every film that has been scheduled to release so far during the year of 2020, and several due to be released in 2021, has shifted their release date at least once.
The most notable shifts have been the aforementioned Mulan, as well as Tenet, both of which indefinitely delayed, and Wonder Woman 1984, which still holds its October 2, 2020 release date as of July 23, 2020.
This latest announcement of yet another release date shift and will more than likely not be the last change in schedule over the next few months as studios and theaters attempt to find a way to give audiences a way to see these films safely.
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