) announced that it would be moving up the release of its 2015 film
from November 5, 2015 to July 31, 2015. You may have never heard of
him, but Ant-Man is another character belonging to the highly
lucrative (at least, for Disney) Marvel universe of superheroes.
Joining the plethora of eccentric characters that has fueled
Disney's domination of the blockbuster season, Ant-Man is a
scientist named Henry Pym who invents a substance that allows him
to become as small as an ant.
But back to business. This news about
is significant for three reasons. First of all, Disney is pushing
back its fifth film in the
Pirates of the Caribbean
series to accommodate the new Marvel film. A new date has not been
set for the next
film, but as the last two films in the series premiered during
Memorial Day weekend, it is likely that the next iteration will do
the same in 2016.
Secondly, this means that
will be making its debut about three months after the second
The Age of Ultron,
which is due out on May 1, 2015. The original, released in 2012,
made $1.5 billion worldwide, making it the third highest-grossing
film of all time, behind James Cameron's
. Moreover, Pixar will release its 2015 feature,
, on June 19. It is safe to say that 2015 will be a huge year for
Because it's set to follow the second Avengers film,
's release will mark the beginning of the next wave of Marvel films
from Disney, widely referred to as Phase 3. Here's how Marvel's
"Phases" work: The studio releases several supe hero movies over
the course of three or four years that sporadically interconnect.
For example, Phase 1 included
The Incredible Hulk
Iron Man 2
Captain America: The First Avenger
(2011). To culminate this phase, Disney released an
film that combined all the characters of Phase 1 into one film.
Phase 1 ended with the first
Phase 2 will end with
The Age of Ultron.
Phase 3 will begin with
and will most likely end with a massive
Finally, this means that
will be opening only two weeks after the July 17 premiere of the
sequel to this year's
Man of Steel,
which was produced by
) Warner Bros. Pictures and has grossed $660.9 million this year.
That sequel made headlines recently with the news that it will
feature Batman and Superman in one film. Moreover, the Internet has
been buzzing about it since the announcement that Ben Affleck will
play Batman -- a controversial casting decision. With the release
of two major films, one from Disney and one from Warner Bros., July
and August 2015 promise to bring a major box office showdown
between two of highest-profile superhero films of the year.
For more on Disney's 2015 dominance, see
Disney Will Rule the World in 2015
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Editor's Note: This story originally said that the
Man of Steel
will open on the same day; it has been corrected, as the
Man of Steel
sequel will open on July 17 and Ant-Man will open on July