‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’: Release Date Rumored to Get Pushed Back Beyond December 2021

The upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero film Spider-Man: No Way Home has been highly anticipated since the cliffhanger ending to the 2017 installment titled Spider-Man: Homecoming. The upcoming film marks the third solo film for Tom Holland’s web-slinger. It’s set to be a part of Phase Four of the MCU following The Infinity Saga. The fandom has been eager for a trailer for Spider-Man: No Way Home, as the film currently has a release date of Dec. 17. However, the entertainment industry has been cautious with film release slates in the age of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Sony and Marvel have not released a ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ trailer

Tom Holland talks into microphone at MCU 'Spider-Man: Far From Home' event
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The fans have growing concerns regarding the state of Spider-Man: No Way Home‘s release date. There has been a lack of marketing and promotional materials for the upcoming film. If the pandemic is partly responsible for the delays, it certainly wouldn’t be the first title to be affected. With a project as big as this, the studios will want time to properly market the film.

However, there have been some leaks surrounding the toy lines based on the movie. Aside from casting information, the studios have continued to keep their lips sealed tight on any details. There are certainly some red flags regarding the lack of a trailer or other materials to generate hype.

The ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ release date delay rumors are growing

On Aug. 12, Deadline confirmed that Sony would be delaying Venom: Let There Be Carnage from Sept. 24 to Oct. 15. This places the film in direct competition with Universal and Blumhouse’s Halloween Kills. However, the distributor is firm on the decision after considering a January release date. Meanwhile, the animated film Hotel Transylvania: Transformia is also being delayed by the studio.

As reported by Yahoo!, this news doesn’t fare well for Spider-Man: No Way Home. Given that it’s one of the year’s biggest movies, the studio is giving its release careful consideration. The extent of the COVID-19 delta variant’s impacts is unknown. Sony and Marvel still have some time before the December 2021 release date to make a final decision.

‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ is part of the MCU and figuring out the pandemic-era distribution

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is the most recent upcoming installment of the MCU, which hits theaters on Sept. 3. Unlike Black Widow, the distribution plan doesn’t include a day-and-date release on Disney+ with Premier Access. If audiences want to see the film, they must drive to the physical movie theater locations. MCU fans can feel a certain level of comfort if the martial arts expert lands a punch at the box office. Such a success could indicate a greater sign of hope that Sony/Marvel may keep the December 2021 release slot intact.

Disney managed to exceed expectations with the video game movie Free Guy. According to Variety, the film brought in $28.4 million from North America over the course of its opening weekend. In total, the Ryan Reynolds film opened with $51 million worldwide. Many projections expected the movie to bring in under $20 million. Free Guy‘s success indicates that there is some willingness to return back to movie theaters. However, this doesn’t indicate that theaters are in the clear, as the full extent of the pandemic’s impact is unknown.

Spider-Man: No Way Home is currently slotted for a Dec. 17 release in theaters. Sony and Marvel still have time to figure out how they plan to proceed with their distribution strategy.

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