Box office projections for The Marvels have skyrocketed with Dune: Part Two’s release date pushed to 2024. According to Deadline, the long-awaited Marvel sequel and a slew of other movies are being delayed due to the ongoing WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes. While the possibility of Marvel Studios delaying its film still exists, the release of a new trailer in July indicates otherwise.
Disney may even consider taking up the now-empty November 3 slot previously occupied by Dune: Part Two. This adjustment would enable The Marvels, initially set to debut on November 10, to make use of the IMAX screens that were designated for the Dune sequel. At the end of July, IMAX CEO Richard Gelfond explained that screening The Marvels in IMAX wasn’t feasible due to a previous commitment.
The Marvels is now poised for a better box office turnout with Dune: Part Two being delayed
However, Gelfond mentioned that should Dune: Part Two be delayed, IMAX would readily shift its focus to The Marvels, adding that having a Marvel movie as a backup is advantageous. The inclusion of IMAX showings would undoubtedly boost The Marvels box office performance, given that this format remains a highly preferred viewing choice among fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
It will be interesting to see how this movie performs at the global box office since other movies in the genre, like The Flash, failed to reach financial expectations. Not crossing the $1 billion mark isn’t a deal-breaker for Marvel Studios as long as the film is somewhat successful. Thanks to Dune: Part Two relinquishing its IMAX spot, the chances of financial success are even greater.
The Marvels serves as the sequel to the 2019 film Captain Marvel
The Marvels serves as the sequel to the 2019 film Captain Marvel. In this installment, Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) teams up with Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani) and Monica Rambeau (Tayonah Parris). Following her victory over the oppressive Kree regime, Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel finds herself grappling with unforeseen repercussions that have thrown the universe into chaos.
While navigating a mysterious wormhole connected to a Kree rebel, Carol’s abilities intertwine with those of Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel, a devoted fan hailing from Jersey City. Joining forces with Carol is her estranged niece, Monica Rambeau, now a S.A.B.E.R. astronaut captain. Together, this unlikely trio must work to fix the power-swapping glitch and save the universe.
Meanwhile, Dune: Part Two has secured the slot previously reserved for Legendary’s Godzilla X Kong: The New Empire, which has now been rescheduled for April 12. The date originally set for Dune: Part Two was occupied by New Line’s animated production, Lord of the Rings: The War of Rohirrim, but this has been moved to December 13, 2024.
The new date for Godzilla X Kong does not coincide with any competing big releases like The Marvels. Additionally, Sony’s reboot of The Karate Kid is the sole movie slated for December 13 next year. Similarly, the Dune sequel currently faces no competition on its newly designated March 29, 2024 date. Although its existing release date might move up, The Marvels is presently slated to debut in cinemas worldwide on November 10, 2023.