Pirates 4 and Marvel's Thor Play Release Date Musical Chairs
by Alex Billington
January 6, 2010
With Sony officially confirming the Spider-Man 4 delay, other studios have jumped at the opportunity to take the coveted early May 2011 release spot that they left vacant. Variety has confirmed that Paramount has moved Marvel's Thor movie up two weeks to May 6th, 2011, which was Spider-Man 4's original opening weekend. And then Disney moved Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides back into the May 20th, 2011 slot (which they've used before) that Thor was in. So a bit of a shift, but enough of a change to leave Sony with their tail between their legs over how all the Spidey infighting has cost them their spot.
Both of these studios jumped and took those spots even though Sony "said it wasn't abandoning the date." So there is a possibility, although unlikely, that Sony could figure things out with the script and still start shooting on time. And if that happens, Variety suspects that Thor will move back out of that slot. But for the time being, Marvel is putting its foot down and holding onto that early May date. In only five more months, they'll be releasing Iron Man 2 in the first weekend of May as well. They may become the next "owners" of that spot if Sony can't figure things out quickly. But then again, Spider-Man is a Marvel franchise anyway.