Marvel Looking To Throttle Back Releases After This Year

Marvel Studios is having a big year in 2021.  They have already released WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and Loki on Disney’s online streaming service Disney+, and they only recently released Black Widow in theaters and on HBO Max.

But that is only the beginning.  Later in the year, there are plans to release Shang-Chi and the Legend of The Ten Rings, Eternals, Spider-Man No Way Home into theaters, and the highly anticipated Hawkeye limited series Disney+.

This schedule may seem like a large pileup of releases. Still, Marvel is in catch-up mode from where productions and releases were significantly delayed last year by the coronavirus pandemic.  In fact, 2020 saw the first year that Marvel did not release a film into the theaters.

A massive number of releases are required by Marvel, as their MCU is interconnected in such a precise manner that any content has to be released in a pre-set order for the storyline threads to line up as they are needed to.

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A recent report, though, indicates that Marvel will be throttling back their releases after this year, and it will begin with its upcoming series Ms. Marvel.  From the interview, Matt Webb Mitovitch gleaned:

“It is very safe to assume at this point that Ms. Marvel is now on track for an early 2022 premiere.”

Ms. Marvel had initially been slated for a premiere in the fourth quarter of 2021.  The series will be centered around Kamala Khan, a teenager from New Jersey who writes fan fiction about superheroes and gains shape-shifting abilities.

If Marvel does intend to throttle back as they appear to be looking at, then the only new series releases left for this year on Disney+ will be What If…? and Hawkeye.