Disney has moved up the release of Marvel’s AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR one week, from May 4 to April 27.
Now, Robert Downey Jr. may take credit for this decision on Twitter, but this is such a smart idea that it surely must’ve come from Shuri (Letitia Wright), the breakout star of Black Panther, and the smartest character in the MCU according to its corporate overseers.
Avengers: Infinity War will now open against the Amy Schumer comedy I Feel Pretty and the David Tennant thriller Bad Samaritan. I mean, no wonder Disney moved up its superhero extravaganza. They get an extra weekend with minimal competition in the marketplace.
There are still no major studio releases on May 4, though that could always change, while May 11 brings New Line’s Melissa McCarthy comedy Life of the Party and Universal’s thriller Breaking In, neither of which are likely to dethrone Avengers: Infinity War.
In fact, the Marvel sequel won’t face any major competition until May 18, when its own Deadpool sequel arrives from 20th Century Fox, followed by the May 25 debut of Disney’s Solo: A Star Wars Story.
With one more week of release without the threat of Deadpool 2, it’s safe to assume that Avengers: Infinity War will hit the billion-dollar mark with relative ease. In the meantime, King T’Challa will have to end his vacation a little early.
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Infinity War finds the Avengers — Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Black Widow, Black Panther and the Hulk, among others — teaming up to take down Thanos, who’s played by Josh Brolin. Man, it’s shaping up to be a good year for that guy!
Jeff Sneider | Editor in Chief