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Sony Pushes Back Spider-Man Movies, Disney Changes Marvel Dates


The release date shuffle continues following Paramount Pictures’ earlier changes today. It appears that Sony Pictures and Disney worked together on these — they were announced at the same time — and they include some big films, such as two Spider-Man movies, Uncharted, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Thor: Love and Thunder.

We’ll go through these by release date order, starting with Sony Pictures Animation’s Connected, which is moving from September 18, 2020 to October 23, 2020.

Directed by Mike Rianda (Gravity Falls), co-directed by Jeff Rowe, and produced by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, Connected is about an everyday family’s struggle to relate while technology rises up around the world.

The voice cast includes Abbi Jacobson as Katie Michell, Danny McBride and Rick Mitchell, Maya Rudolph as Linda Mitchell, Mike Rianda as Aaron Mitchell, Eric Andre as Mark Bowman, and Olivia Colman as Pal.

Taylor Russell in Escape Room

Next up is Escape Room 2, which Sony moved from December 30, 2020 to January 1, 2021 (that’s a big move!). Adam Robitel (Insidious: The Last Key) is returning to direct the sequel from a script by Bragi F. Schut. (UPDATE: Escape Room 2 has now been moved back to December 30, 2020).

Originally scheduled for October 23, 2020, Kevin Hart-starrer Fatherhood will now open in theaters on April 2, 2021. Directed by Paul Weitz, the movie co-stars Alfre Woodard and is an adaptation of the Matt Logelin memoir Two Kisses For Maddy: A Memoir of Loss & Love.

Uncharted Video Game

Sony Pictures Animation’s Vivo is being pushed back from April 16, 2021 to June 4, 2021. From director Kirk De Micco, the film follows a capuchin monkey in an adventure from Havana to Miami that will feature new songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda.

One of the movies actually moving up is Sony’s video game adaptation Uncharted, which has been brought up from October 8, 2021 to July 16, 2021. Directed by Ruben Fleischer, the movie stars Tom Holland, Mark Wahlberg, Antonio Banderas, Sophia Ali, and Tati Gabrielle.

Hotel Transylvania 3

Coming to theaters on August 6, 2021 is Sony Pictures Animation sequel Hotel Transylvania. The film was previously scheduled for December 22, 2021. The first three films feature the voices of Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, David Spade, Steve Buscemi, Keegan-Michael Key, Molly Shannon, Fran Drescher, Kathryn Hahn, Jim Gaffigan, and Mel Brooks.

Previously scheduled for November 20, 2020, Sony’s Man from Toronto will now hit theaters on September 17, 2021. Patrick Hughes will direct the action comedy starring Kevin Hart and Woody Harrelson.

Michelle (Zendaya) catches a ride from Spider-Man in Columbia Pictures' SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME.

With Uncharted taking the July 16, 2021 spot, Sony has moved the third Spider-Man movie starring Tom Holland (aka “Marvel Sony Untitled Spider-Man Far From Home Sequel”) to November 5, 2021. The Jon Watts-directed sequel will follow previous Spider-Man movies Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home.

Moving into 2022, Marvel Studios is changing the date for sequel Thor: Love and Thunder from February 18 to February 11, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Taika Waititi will again write and direct the fourth installment, which will bring back Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, and Natalie Portman (as the Mighty Thor, the goddess of Thunder), while Christian Bale will play the villain.

With the Spider-Man sequel now on November 5, 2021, Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness to March 25, 2022. Sam Raimi will direct Benedict Cumberbatch, Benedict Wong and Chiwetel Ejiofor in the sequel.

And being pushed back from April 8, 2022 to October 7, 2022 is the anticipated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse sequel from Sony Pictures Animation. The first film featured the voices of Shameik Moore as Miles Morales, Jake Johnson as Peter B. Parker, Hailee Steinfeld as Gwen Stacy/Spider-Gwen, Mahershala Ali as Miles’ Uncle Aaron, Brian Tyree Henry as Jefferson Davis, Lily Tomlin as Aunt May, Luna Lauren Velez as Rio Morales, Zoë Kravitz as Mary Jane, John Mulaney as Spider-Ham, with Nicholas Cage as Spider-Man Noir, Kathryn Hahn as Doc Ock, and Liev Schreiber as the Kingpin.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Also, Sony had previously scheduled The Nightingale for a December 25, 2020 release, but the film is now undated. Based on the novel, the Melanie Laurent-directed adaptation will star Dakota Fanning and Elle Fanning (UPDATE: The Nightingale release date has now been set for December 22, 2021).

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Mirko Parlevliet
Mirko Parlevliet has been reporting on the entertainment industry since 1998 and founded to cover movie, TV, video game, music, and theme park news.


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