Marvel already has 2019 down pat. It will release Captain Marvel in March, followed by Avengers 4 in May. Then, the studio will release Spider-Man: Far From Home in July, capping off yet another year with three big releases.
But it’s what comes after that’s still up in the air. With no official plans announced for 2020, a new rumor claims a film tentatively scheduled for July, 31, 2020 is being delayed to an undetermined date.
The news comes from The Wrap’s Umberto Gonzalez, who speculates the untitled Marvel movie being delayed is none other than Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. If true, it shows just how big of an impact James Gunn’s firing is having on Marvel’s plans.
It doesn’t appear Marvel has plans to put another Marvel movie in its place, either. We know we’re getting a Black Panther sequel, and it has been all but confirmed that Doctor Strange 2 is in the works. But neither of those are likely to be done in time for a 2020 release.
It appears Disney has a fallback plan, however. The studio on Friday said the Jungle Cruise, which stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Emily Blunt, will hit theaters on July 24, 2020, rather than on its original date of October 11, 2019.
Even with a contingency plan in place, one has to wonder what Marvel has planned beyond 2019. With the Fox acquisition set to close next year and multiple sequels in the works, there’s still plenty of content to come. But this whole James Gunn saga seems to be having a bigger impact than anyone thought.