The Hollywood Reporter has learned through its sources that Marvel will release CAPTAIN AMERICA 3 on May 6, 2016. Marvel booked the date in the middle of last year and has yet to formally announce which film it will release. In the meantime, Warner Bros. rescheduled its Batman/Superman movie for the same day.
If THR’s sources are accurate on this one, it should come as no surprise given the high level of confidence Marvel has shown in CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER. Directors Joe and Anthony Russo have already confirmed that they will return for the third Cap film along with writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. The early reaction to CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER press screenings has been overwhelmingly positive thus far.
Earlier today, I posted an article examining the issues with Marvel and Warner Bros. sharing a release date and the likelihood as to whether or not that will actually come to fruition. If CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER is a massive hit that elevates the franchise to a level closer to IRON MAN than THOR, then both Marvel and Warner Bros. will have something to consider.
Marvel could look at the success Cap had in April 2014 and move him right back into that slot on April 1 or April 8, 2016, leaving May 6 of that year to Warner Bros. If Marvel decides not to allow Warner Bros. free access to the lucrative first weekend in May, then the latter will have to think about moving the release date for the Batman/Superman movie up to April or back to July.
Stay tuned, as this story isn’t over just yet and may not be anytime soon.