Carl looks ahead to next year’s jam-packed theatrical release schedule
With the 2020 summer blockbuster season completely destroyed by the Coronavirus outbreak and most films either removed from the schedules or pushed back, we will need to be content with what we have got left to sustain us for the rest of the year. It’s not looking too bad with the likes of ‘Mulan‘, ‘Wonder Woman 1984‘, ‘Halloween Kills‘, ‘Godzilla Vs Kong‘, ‘No Time To Die‘, ‘A Quiet Place Part II‘, ‘Black Widow‘ and ‘Top Gun: Maverick‘ all lined up but we now have to acknowledge that next summer is full to bursting now with big-budget entertainment. Usually, this would fill us with joy but hold on for a second. Can we fit them ALL in during their release slots and afford to go and see every one of them at the movies?
Let’s take a look at what we have got coming. Already on the slates for release next year are the likes of ‘Fast & Furious 9‘, ‘Venom: Let There Be Carnage‘, ‘The Eternals‘, ‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife‘, ‘Minions: The Rise Of Gru‘, ‘Jungle Cruise‘, ‘Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings‘ and ‘Morbius‘ among others that have slipped into the schedules that were due for release for this year and that is before the films that were already slated to open around the same time and have already been or are on the verge of completion preparing for launch which will not make way for the holdbacks of this year. It’s looking overcrowded before we even get there.
It can be argued that the films would be competing against each other for the box office bucks anyway but it can also be argued that they will be falling over each other and there will be more casualties than usual and its not fair to the other films that will be launching around them that will be considered collateral damage as the big studios fight it out. These films have a hard enough time as it is to become successful and make themselves seen and with more blockbuster entertainment surrounding them, will only struggle even more.
Now, I love the summer season and catch as many, If not all the movies I can that hit the screens. I could say that next summer will be like a movie lovers’ dream scenario, all those big movies, all those top titles lining up to be seen, what’s not to be happy about? It’s simple. Too much of a good thing can be bad for you. Where can you find the time and money to see them all? How do you pick what you’re going to see with this year’s postponed movies opening alongside the next years at almost the same time? You can’t simply push next year’s crop back or you’ll end up with the same scenario in 2022. ‘The Batman‘ has already blinked and moved back until later in 2021. ‘Mission Impossible 7‘ has moved from July to November next year. The Marvel slate has also changed dates. It’s a never-ending merry go round and one that threatens to derail next summer almost as bad as this years. The virus has almost destroyed this year’s season by killing off the world’s population. Next year could be destroyed by something almost as bad.
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Carl Roberts is a Senior Staff Writer and Books and Literature Correspondent for The Future of the Force. Aside from being our horror genre aficionado, he is also passionate about Star Wars, Marvel, DC, and the Indiana Jones movies. Follow him on Twitter @CarlRoberts2 where he uses the force frequently!