Reasons mostly include the recently terrible CGI from overworked artists and the tried and tested formulas from the previous Avengers films.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe fans have been extremely excited for some big names to return and new characters to finally make an appearance on their screens, which is why while the delays in the films Blade, Deadpool 3, Fantastic Four and Avengers: Secret Wars may have fans waiting for a long time, it is a move that can be only seen as a well-needed breath between the films.
Variety recently reported that the release dates for these four movies will be moved with some changing entire release slots. The change in the release date of Blade from November 3, 2023, to September 6, 2024, has caused major shuffles in the release date. With Deadpool 3 moving from this release slot to November 8, 2024, Fantastic Four moving from the before-mentioned slot to February 14, 2025, an untitled Marvel film moving from that slot to November 7, 2025, and Avengers: Secret Wars moving from the November 2025 release to May 1, 2026. There was another untitled film scheduled for a May 2026 release but it has been taken off the Disney calendar for the moment.
Disney Delays ‘Blade, ‘Deadpool 3,’ ‘Fantastic Four,’ ‘Secret Wars’ and More Marvel Movies https://t.co/CKkTsrHQ5n— Variety (@Variety) October 11, 2022
While Avengers: Secret Wars was supposed to come out in the same year as Avengers: Kang Dynasty, there will be a year-long gap between the two films. A gap that is extremely important considering the condition VFX artists at Marvel are currently doing. They have been churning out content constantly this year and all of last year. Special effects artist are essentially burnt out at this point. Protests at Marvel have caused sub-par visual effects which were seen especially in films and TV shows like Spider-Man: No Way Home and She-Hulk, with the latter becoming the most recent edition of a Marvel property coming under fire for the CGI.
Additionally, this year-long gap worked extremely well for Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. The two releases were scheduled a year apart and were peppered with the releases of Ant-Man and the Wasp and Captain Marvel, both of which became extremely important additions to the storyline later in the cinematic universe. Therefore, there is more opportunity for the plot to expand when it comes to Secret Wars. With a gap in the middle audiences can also become well-adjusted to the storyline now without it being an assault on the senses.
Marvel may have delayed a number of upcoming Phase 5 and 6 movies, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Here’s why this extra time could help Avengers: Secret Wars become even better. https://t.co/zIetj2wypW— IGN (@IGN) October 12, 2022
The well-theorized superhero fatigue could very well set in, having the films being rated less than they were before. Also, the kind of visual effects and spectacle expected from an Avengers film is completely different from an origin story or a TV show. With this delay artists and audiences alike will be able to have a better experience.