The box office landscape is already just plain lousy with superhero movies, and the cramming of two major releases onto the same release date (in May! 2016!) only drives that point home. But is that date – May 6, 2016, as it were – big enough to accommodate both DC’s Batman vs. Superman and a still-unannounced Marvel Phase Three feature?
We’re going to find out. (You know, in a few years.)
Marvel first claimed the date back in June of 2013, locking it down for a currently-untitled Phase Three project (speculation has so far run towards Thor 3, Captain America 3, or Doctor Strange), before DC swooped in six months later to set the same date for its own highly anticipated Batman vs. Superman feature. It’s long been suspected that someone would back down and move their film to another date, but it doesn’t seem like it’s going to be Marvel, at least if Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige is to be believed (and, given Feige’s track record, he is).
/Film asked Feige about the release date face-off at the Captain America: The Winter Solider junket this week, and Feige told them: “We’re certainly keeping the date there and we’ll announce what that movie is, I assume, in the next few months.” In a canny follow-up question, the outlet pried for more on that potential information release, asking if “the next few months” could mean the July-set Comic-Con, to which Feige responded, “That would be great, I’d love nothing more than to be able to announce them all there. But if it’s ready beforehand, we’ll probably do it beforehand. If it’s not ready then, we’ll do it after.”
Although this could certainly change – again, we’ve got two years until this apparent face-off, and even Feige doesn’t make all the decisions at Marvel, and it’s also possible that someone at Warner Bros. or DC could call for a change on their end – but it’s telling that Feige isn’t interesting in showing anything that could resemble weakness or deference to the competing line this early on.
Which Marvel film would you like to see on that date? And would you see both that and Batman vs. Superman on same day?
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