Marvel Studios made a number of modifications to its future calendar just as you believed the release date domino effect had finally started to calm down after two and a half years of continual uncertainty. Unsurprisingly, Deadpool 3 fared better than Blade, Fantastic Four, and Avengers: Secret Wars, but at least they were all postponed.
All things considered, it's not too bad that Shawn Levy's threequel has been moved from September 6 to November 8 of 2024. The Merc with a Mouth's long-awaited Marvel Cinematic Universe debut had been riding an unstoppable wave of momentum since the internet split in half at the news Hugh Jackman would be strapping on the claws one more time to return as Wolverine.
Reynolds will tie a record for being the oldest superhero to have their name and their name alone in the title of a standalone Marvel Cinematic Universe blockbuster with the two-month shift, which is an interesting caveat that is made somewhat ironic by the fact that it feels like we've been waiting for the franchise's first R-rated instalment forever.
Robert Downey Jr. now holds the record; he was 48 years, 29 days old when Iron Man 3 debuted in theatres on May 3, 2013. Reynolds will become just the second 48-year-old to have their costumed alter ego take centre stage in a solo MCU movie when she turns the same age on October 23, 2024. Although RDJ will technically still hold the record by just 18 days, the gin magnate, soccer team owner, and marketing executive will surpass RDJ's feat.
Evangeline Lilly shares headline status for those team-ups, and she's reminded us that the upcoming epic isn't Ant-Man 3, but Ant-Man and the Wasp 2. Before you say it, we know that Paul Rudd was 49 when Ant-Man and the Wasp was released in the summer of 2019, and he'll be 53 when Quantumania drops. However, Evangeline Lilly has shared headline status for those team-ups.
Given that 73-year-old Samuel L. Jackson is set to star in the Disney Plus series Secret Invasion, which we're all anticipating to premiere before he turns 74 on December 21 of next year, they won't even come close to the overall record unless something radically changes.