2021 saw the MCU release a franchise-record nine projects in theaters and on Disney+, including eight from the live-action sphere. This past year only saw a slight dip with eight different releases, which included the MCU's first two Special Presentations with Werewolf by Night and The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special both coming to Disney+.
Although the Multiverse Saga still has plenty of new material left to release in the coming years, fans and critics alike have grown concerned about Marvel Studios being a little too ambitious with its release schedule. In fact, returning Disney CEO Bob Iger is already considering some big changes to that upcoming slate to ensure that the MCU's quality remains intact as the story continues to expand.
Marvel Studios Reduction Incoming?
Marvel Studios is expected to decrease the number of movies and TV shows it will release in 2023 and 2024, according to Alex Perez from The Cosmic Circus.
The insider noted that this is in order to make sure that the MCU's quality remains as high as possible and that fans shouldn't expect to see one MCU release every month, which was almost the case in 2021 and 2022:
"While the slate moving means having to wait longer for future projects to be released, it’s ultimately for the sake of keeping quality > quantity. I’ll just say this. Don’t expect 2022’s schedule of at least 1 Marvel project each month to stay true for 2023/2024."
Below is the current slate of announced releases of movies and shows for 2023 and 2024, with both years set for eight releases each at the moment:
- Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania - February 17, 2023
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 - May 5, 2023
- The Marvels - July 28, 2023
2023 Disney+ Shows
- Secret Invasion - Spring 2023
- Echo - Summer 2023
- Loki Season 2 - Summer 2023
- Ironheart - Fall 2023
- X-Men '97 - Fall 2023
- Captain America: New World Order - May 3, 2024
- Thunderbolts - July 26, 2024
- Blade - September 6, 2024
- Untitled Deadpool Movie - November 8, 2024
2024 Disney+ Shows
- Agatha: Coven of Chaos - Winter 2024
- Daredevil: Born Again - Spring 2024
- Marvel Zombies - unspecified 2024
- Spider-Man: Freshman Year - unspecified 2024
Which 2023 & 2024 Marvel Projects Will Get Delayed?
After Marvel took 11 years to release the 23 movies that made up the Infinity Saga, the studio took things fast & furious by completing a huge Phase 4 slate in only two short years. But while fans got a new piece of content almost every month of the year in 2021 and 2022, many complained that this resulted in a lack of the same quality that came with Phases 1-3.
While three movies in 2023 certainly isn't something to be too alarmed by, as that's the number Marvel has used for every year since 2017, the Disney+ shows could end up being a different story, even with many of them already deep into development. There are already rumors that insiders are concerned about production for next year's Echo, and with Agatha: Coven of Chaos not set to start production until early 2023, there's a good chance it may not be ready for the end of the same year.
Whether this means more delays for Phase 6 or either of its Avengers movies is a mystery, although it should reassure fans that Marvel is looking to make sure the Multiverse Saga is the best that it can be. With Bob Iger now back in the driver's seat for Disney, many hope that even with fewer potential releases each year, they will live up to the standard the MCU has built for more than a decade.
Phase 5 of the MCU will start with Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, releasing in theaters on February 17, 2023.