A decade ago if someone said Marvel Studios wouldn’t think twice about releasing a Captain America film against a movie starring Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, you’d probably assume someone at Marvel was about to get fired if they didn’t change that release date ASAP.
Now, after the phenomenal debut weekend of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” Marvel Studios officially confirmed that “Captain America 3” will indeed be released on May 6, 2016.
Following the record-breaking premiere of Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” this past weekend, the First Avenger will jump into his next big screen solo adventure in just a little more than two years on May 6, 2016!
Warner Bros. presumably can’t afford to lose any more face in this comic book movie arms race, but this may be a case where someone at WB should start the conversation about a shift in release dates.
After all, “Man of Steel,” the latest take on the world’s most famous superhero, opened to $116 million in 2013. Captain America may be mainstream audiences’ third or fourth favorite Avenger and the post-“Marvel’s The Avengers” buzz along with an excellent movie got it a few million shy of $100 million without the advantage of opening on Father’s Day Weekend like “MOS.”
Judging by the current Avengers trend, it’s safe to assume that “Cap 3” will get another big boost from the next Avengers’ film, “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” and audiences clearly aren’t getting enough of the Avenger crew. Meanwhile, “Batman vs. Superman” is trying to deal with the fallout and upset fanbase following the news that Ben Affleck will be Batman.
Add in the fact that while “MOS” had a stellar opening, it didn’t hold up and earned a decent, but not super $668 million worldwide. For comparison, “Thor: The Dark World,” which featured a character with significantly less social awareness pre-“Avengers,” brought in $644 million.
“Winter Soldier” proved April doesn’t have to be a wasteland so maybe that’s a better option? What do you think? Should WB move out of May 6 or do they have to stay in that slot and let the chips fall where they may?