The new phases of the Marvel Cinematic Universe might be proving a little bit more than what Marvel Studios can comfortably chew at a time. With its Disney+ releases along with the production of the big-budget blockbusters have left the cinematic juggernaut in a constant state of motion, which is now beginning to show as projects are being pushed back to later dates. As a result, the magnum opus of Marvel Studio’s current slate: Avengers: Secret Wars has been pushed back to 2026.
Adding to a long list of delayed projects, another addition has taken its place in that list.
We have confirmation that the film which was to mark the ending of the Multiverse Saga of the MCU has now been pushed back a year from its original release schedule.
Marvel Studios delays Avengers: Secret Wars
Disney has officially confirmed that Avengers: Secret Wars has been delayed from November 7, 2025, to May 1, 2026. Its predecessor, Avengers: The Kang Dynasty, is still slated to premiere on May 2, 2025. This comes along with multiple other MCU movies in Phase 5 and Phase 6 that were delayed, including Blade and Deadpool 3.
These delays have been caused for a number of reasons. Blade has paused its production due to the lack of a director to helm the project. Deadpool 3 has been shifted back two months behind because of scheduling issues. And, Fantastic Four reboot has also taken a hit because of similar circumstances, shifting from its original release date of late 2024 to early 2025.
Avengers: Secret Wars is confirmed to serve as the ending of the Multiverse Saga, but it will be a long way to get there due to the news of several delays. The upcoming crossover movie, a project that is still without a director, recently hired Loki and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness scribe Michael Waldron as its writer, meaning that pre-production could be underway soon. So naturally, the dates had to be shifted back in order for the climactic end to the MCU’s Phase 6 may enlighten the audience with the same energy as Avengers: Endgame.
Why has Marvel Studios delayed its slate?
Continuing with the statements from above, the enormous expansion that has taken place in the MCU is possibly the biggest reason why so many projects are being pushed back later than their previous official release schedules. On average, the total amounts of projects that Marvel Studios are undertaking in a year has shifted from four to eight, which is an exponential jump. This also contains the Disney+ Exclusive shows, which have further increased the challenge of perfect execution for the MCU to fall into place. Avengers: Secret Wars is the be-all, end-all of the Multiverse Saga, which makes the default project that has to be perfect in all aspects. So rather than rushing to meet the release dates, executives have revised and decided to take it slowly.
As they say, slow and steady wins the race!
Source: The Direct
Avengers: Secret Wars is scheduled to release in theaters on May 1, 2026