Disney Release Date Excitement: 'Avengers: Infinity War,' Animated Films and More

Disney Release Date Excitement: 'Avengers: Infinity War,' Animated Films and More

Mar 01, 2018

Avengers: Infinity War

Earlier today, Disney announced that it has moved up the release date of Avengers: Infinity War (above) from May 4 to April 27. It's only one week -- seven days! -- but it's significant because the first weekend of May has been the traditional beginning of summer blockbuster season for years.

Yet it's only since Spider-Man opened during the first weekend of May in 2002 that the "summer" movie season began that early, as pointed out by The Atlantic last year. Before that, it wasn't until late May that movies targeted at wide audiences opened in theaters.

In recent years, though, Hollywood studios have released wide-appeal movies outside the increasingly crowded summer movie season and that's only intensified as new entries in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and intense thriller machines like the Fast and Furious series have found success in other months. We need look no further than last month, when Marvel's Black Panther rocketed to incredible heights, to see how effective non-traditional release days have proven to be for highly-anticipated, high-quality, big-screen adventures.

In addition to Avengers: Infinity War, Disney and Marvel have announced new release dates for more, not yet identified titles. What could they be? These will all arrive after Spider-Man 2, which is set for July 5, 2019. Our own Erik Davis notes a couple of potential titles.

Remember, that's just the Marvel movies! Disney also has plans for their own live-action productions. Here are the newly-added dates:

As if that wasn't enough, Disney and Pixar have laid claim to dates for three more animated films, to be released on March 6, 2020; March 18, 2022; and June 17, 2022. Dates for animated movies tend to be quite fluid, in part because the development and production periods are often quite a big longer than for live-action films.

Let the speculation begin on Disney, Marvel and Pixar movies! Even though we don't know which movies will end up with these dates, fans can take assurance that Disney, Marvel and Pixar do not intend to slow down their plans. Instead, they are building on past success. We can only hope that they will continue to diversity their offerings, enabling us to see an even more varied slate of characters on the big screen in the next few years.

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