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Disney postpones several Marvel sequels and fifth 'Indiana Jones' film

  • >> Reuters
    Published: 2021-10-19 10:30:58 BdST

In an undated image provided by Alex Ross/Marvel Entertainment, a new Black Panther series with a cover by Alex Ross. The Marvel Comics superhero Black Panther is getting a new series and a new creative team — the writer Ta-Nehisi Coates ends his run this month and the screenwriter John Ridley begins in August. (Alex Ross/Marvel Entertainment via The New York Times)

Walt Disney Co on Monday delayed the release of Marvel Studios' sequels to "Black Panther," "Thor" and "Doctor Strange" by several months and pushed the next big-screen outing for adventurer "Indiana Jones" to 2023.

"Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness" moved to May 6, 2022, from Mar 25, Disney said in an updated release schedule.

That forced Marvel to postpone its other 2022 superhero films. "Thor: Love and Thunder," which had been set for a May 6 release, was moved to Jul 8, 2022. "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever" was set for Nov 11, 2022 instead of in July.

The fifth movie in the "Indiana Jones" series starring Harrison Ford was delayed until Jun 30, 2023, instead of Jul 29. Ford, 79, suffered a shoulder injury on set in June and recently returned to filming.

Hollywood studios have shuffled their movie schedules several times during the COVID-19 pandemic. Theatre operators are counting on big blockbusters to help lure audiences back after extended closures.

Among other changes, "The Marvels" is now scheduled for February 2023 and "Ant Man and the Wasp: Quantumania" for July 2023.