Two major Marvel releases were shut down back in May at the start of the WGA strike because the scripts weren’t ready in time to begin. This includes the anti-hero super team of Marvel’s “Thunderbolts,” which is being pushed from December 20, 2024, to July 25, 2025. While the date move is pretty lengthy, it does put the picture in the summer blockbuster season, which feels like a much better fit.
The other film is the Mahershala Ali-starring “Blade,” with the R-rated picture moving from February 14, 2025, to November 7, 2025. Unpopular opinion, possibly, but this feels like a much better time slot for the film. “Blade” deals with vampire hunting, and a release right after Halloween is exactly when folks are going to be looking for badass vamp killing. This does make “Deadpool 3” the only Marvel film releasing in 2024, but given the state of things in the MCU, that doesn’t sound like a bad thing.
Other Disney release changes include the Berry Jenkins-directed prequel film “Mufasa: The Lion King” moving from July 5, 2024, to December 20, 2024, a date that feels like a no-brainer for the holiday family crowd. Two untitled Disney films that were slated for July 25, 2025, and November 7, 2025 debuts have since been removed from the calendar altogether, opening up the availability for “Thunderbolts” and “Blade.” Whether or not this means those films have been scrapped indefinitely has not yet been made public.
In the coming days, we expect an onslaught of news from studios revealing their new post-strike schedules, so keep your eyes on /Film for all of the updates.