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Marvel shifts release dates, could one 2021 project be Black Panther related?

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Jul 11, 2018, 3:18 PM EDT

Marvel and Disney have had their upcoming slate of movies planned out for a long time — long enough that outside factors have necessarily changed how the companies think about what films to push forward and when. Turns out, with Star Wars and the MCU complimenting the huge swath of live-action Disney remakes coming our way, there’s some jockeying for position in order for each film to live up to its hype and not pull a Solo.

So when Disney announced that it was reshuffling its schedule, that offered plenty of calendar changes — but the single Marvel change offered the most opportunity for speculation. Kevin Feige spoke recently about Marvel’s strategy towards shoveling its superhero coal into the neverending MCU furnace and one film’s move may hint at its identity.

Previously, these were all the upcoming dates for unannounced Marvel films: May 1, 2020; July 31, 2020; Nov. 6, 2020; May 7, 2021; July 30, 2021; Nov. 5, 2021; Feb. 18, 2022; May 6, 2022; and July 29, 2022. Captain Marvel, Spider-Man: Far From Home, and Avengers 4 aren’t included in this mysterious list of forthcomers, as they’re 2019 releases - though we know that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is one of the 2020 slots.

Now, after the Disney shift, we’ve got all the same dates — except for July 30, 2021. That one Untitled Marvel film has been moved up to Feb. 12, 2021, according to a schedule Disney sent to SYFY WIRE. And what MCU film just did gangbusters with a February release? Black Panther, which started its record-breaking run on February 16 of this year. If any Marvel film was going to follow in its Black History Month-dominating footsteps, it’d be its sequel.

Question the detective work if you will, but if anything, it means that a few years from now fans will be getting a Marvel movie a few months earlier than expected.