Two upcoming Marvel movies just had their release dates pushed back

Sony Pictures is pushing back the release dates for two of its upcoming Marvel movies, Variety reports. The titles concerned are “Madame Web” and “Kraven the Hunter”, both in production. “Madame Web,” which stars “The White Lotus” star Sydney Sweeney with Dakota Johnson, was previously scheduled to be released on October 6, 2023; it will instead debut on February 16, 2024. Meanwhile, “Kraven the Hunter,” which stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson and was previously scheduled to be released on January 12, 2023, will hit theaters on October 6, 2023, to take the place of “Madam Web”.

In attempting to capitalize on the Marvel intellectual property the studio still owns the rights to, Sony has had mixed success. His Tom Hardy vehicle “Venom” was unpopular with critics but found a passionate fanbase, leading to director Andy Serkis’ “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” last year. Meanwhile, following the release of “Morbius” earlier this year, the film was another critical casserole, but became memorable in internet circles, leading to an unfortunate re-release in theaters.

While shifting release schedules can signal a number of things, including production issues, it can also reflect a shift in studio priorities. Sony has announced a new ‘Karate Kid’ movie for 2024. It also announced release dates for a ‘Searching’ sequel, titled ‘Missing’, and an as-yet-untitled horror film, which is also expected to come out in 2023.

Kimberly B. Nguyen